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July 20, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila
On summer nights, who doesn't love a beer garden? Sitting outside at long communal tables, tucking into juicy sausages, hoisting a stein of beer. Though you can now buy your own traditional beer garden tables and benches, somehow having six or eight people in your backyard doesn't a beer garden make. You need a boisterous crowd. Draft beers in big mugs. Sausages and wursts. Definitely fries or slaw. Strings of lights. Maybe an oompah band. Standard Biergarten You can't beat the campy rooftop Biergarten of the Standard hote l at 5th and Flower for its wide-angle view of downtown skyscrapers.
July 20, 2013 | Charles Perry
This is the ideal backyard beer for summer (made on Maui, where they know all about sunny weather). It's a Munich helles -type lager, made with Pilsner and Munich malts and German Hersbrucker and some American German-style hops. The result is light and drinkable but not mindless: bright and crisp with a good deal of quiet, malty heft. Although it's a little less hoppy than a Pilsner, you detect lively hops as well as malt in the nose. It pours very light yellow with a moderate head.
July 20, 2013 | Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: During my family reunion in Portland, Ore., this past summer, we stumbled upon what we all decided were the tastiest beer nuts. We had them at Deschutes Brewery at 210 NW 11th Ave. I also discovered, upon returning to California, that some of my friends didn't know what beer nuts were! I would very much like to make some and share with them. Beverly Matsuda Irvine Dear Beverly: Deschutes Brewery was happy to share its recipe for this classic sweet-and-salty bar snack.
July 18, 2013 | By John Verive
The craft beer scene in Orange County is thriving, and besides the great bars and restaurants highlighting craft brews, there are a dozen breweries serving the thirsty crowds from Seal Beach to San Clemente. Here are five tasting rooms at Orange County's best production breweries where you can get a flight, fill a growler, and get to know the craft brewers of the O.C. The Bruery The most celebrated of Orange County's craft breweries, the newly remodeled tasting room in  Placentia serves up experimental brew, potent barrel-aged concoctions and a bevy of face-puckering sour treats.
July 16, 2013 | By John Verive
Geek icons joined forces with Stone Brewing Co. to brew a collaboration beer to kick off Comic-Con International: San Diego , and Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is the nutty result. I sat down with "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor, science fiction author and home brewer Wil Wheaton to share a bottle of the pecan-laced imperial stout and to discuss the genesis of the project and what it was like to turn pro brewer for a day. Wheaton said he took up home brewing more than two years ago as a way to connect with his adult son, and that he was quickly hooked by brewing's melange of art and science.
July 15, 2013 | By John Verive
There is no denying that beer is delicious, but many craft beer fans will deny (or choose to overlook) the implications that a few pints may have on their waistline. While the "beer belly" is now considered a myth , beer is still a calorically-dense beverage that can add up quickly. Thankfully, the craft beer fan has plenty of options for brews that manage to be lower in calories but still full of flavor. Alcohol is the source of nearly all of the calories in beer, and the more potent the brew, the more calories in the can. Light beer has about 110 calories in a 12-ounce serving and that is simply because it is less alcoholic than its non-light counterparts.
July 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake was kitschy long before being kitschy became a hallmark of counterculture cool. The venerable German beer garden on Glendale Boulevard, which has always been earnest about its over-the-top Bavarian-themed decor and dirndl-clad bartenders, is now situated across the street from one of hipsterdom's most self-consciously ironic and aggressively kitschy bars, the Cha Cha Lounge. This faded Frau of Silver Lake was cool long before a pilgrimage of the young and tragically hip led to a steady gentrification process that last fall resulted in Forbes magazine dubbing Silver Lake "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhood.
July 3, 2013 | By John Verive
The Berliner Weisse is a traditional style of wheat beer that's been gaining popularity with local craft breweries and beer fans alike. The style is a perfect accompaniment to warmer weather and backyard barbecues. Light, pleasantly tart and low in alcohol, the Berliner Weisse is an approachable beer that fits the L.A. lifestyle and climate. The beer style was developed in Germany centuries ago, but the heyday of its popularity was during the first half of the 20th century when the tart ale became popular in Berlin's outdoor cafes.
July 1, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The Addiction Bistro , a West Hollywood cafe known for its house-made gluten-free food, has added alcohol to the menu, owner Richard Foster tells us. Green's Amber Ale, which is made with sorghum rather than barley, sells for $10 and has been popular, Foster says. The cafe -- as of last weekend -- also is selling wine and a gluten-free hard cider. Beers with gluten are also on the menu. Foster and co-owner Johnny Kovin, the chef, don't eat gluten, and t heir cafe began the way many gluten-free businesses have started: by people who were frustrated with the choices available to them.
June 28, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Drinking just got even more social. A Scotland-based brewery has created what it's calling the world's first “Twitter beer.” BrewDog brewery had its Twitter followers, Facebook fans and blog readers vote on ingredients for a beer ultimately named after the hashtag they used to talk about it on Twitter: #MashTag. Mashing is the first stage of brewing, and yes, the name of the beer was crowdsourced too, as was the brew's label. The crowdsourcing happened during a week in March when the brewery put out a blog post every day explaining the choices voters had. Each day was devoted to a different element of the beer.
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