May 24, 2013 |
Hipsters are making beer more expensive, or at least that's the argument that's been popular the last couple of days. But the brewing industry -- run by enormous multinational conglomerates -- has been planning price hikes for years. First appearing in the New York Daily News , the quote that launched a thousand Facebook shares was from Chuck Ellis, head of a research group called Restaurant Sciences that looks at trends in the restaurant industry:...
May 23, 2013 |
If you're a baseball fan, you probably know that the Omni San Diego Hotel offers a unique tie to the game: It overlooks Petco Park , with a pedestrian skywalk connecting the hotel to the action. It's the only hotel in the nation attached to a major league ballpark. The Omni offers visitors other perks too. It's in the historic Gaslamp Quarter across from the convention center and is convenient to other city sites. But the hotel really shines in summer, when the ballpark is in use. The deal: Celebrate America's pastime with the "Beer, Brats and Baseball" package, which starts at $289 and offers lodging, plus two tickets to a P adres game, beer and brats.
May 22, 2013 |
For too long, lagers have been derided and marginalized in the American craft brewing scene, but the unfair treatment of ale's more refined cousin is beginning to change. When many beer drinkers hear "lager" they immediately think of the thin, watery brews produced by America's giant, industrial breweries, but there is much more to lager beer. Broadly, lager refers to a brewing process and a specific family of yeasts that make up the younger side of beer's family tree. Ales are more common and popular, at least in the craft beer world, and they are defined by the strains of yeast that sit on top of the beer while fermenting at a warm temperature (60 to 70 degrees)
May 22, 2013 |
Here's another reason to be annoyed at hipsters: They're driving up the price of beer. A recent study has found that the price of low- and mid-range beers has been climbing at U.S. bars and restaurants. And the guy who oversaw the study for Massachusetts-based research firm Restaurant Sciences said he thinks the popularity of Pabst Blue Ribbon could be the cause. “While all the attention has been on craft beers, the price of mainstay brands in the mid-price tier have risen more dramatically,” Research Sciences President Chuck Ellis said.
May 18, 2013 |
Redlands' Hangar 24 makes some interesting beers with dates, wine grapes and other fruits. This one, with its sunny orange personality, seems particularly right for spring. It starts out as a German-style weizen, so you might be able to detect faint notes of clove and banana, but orange predominates. The flavor comes not from orange peel alone, which is a common enough addition to wheat beers, but from whole pureed oranges, complete with the rind and pulp, added at several times in the brewing process.
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May 15, 2013 |
A 31-year-old man who police say was keeping beer in a diaper bag in his car while allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, with his two young daughters unrestrained in car seats, has pleaded not guilty. The man, Juan Peralta, was stopped by Glendale police Friday when he allegedly failed to pull over after hitting a Volkswagen on Brand Boulevard near California Avenue. He initially told police he was trying to rush his children to the hospital. But officers smelled alcohol on his breath and found six cans of Budweiser inside the younger daughter's diaper bag, authorities said.
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May 14, 2013 |
A 31-year-old man remained in Glendale police custody on Tuesday after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol with his two young daughters aboard -- and not in car seats. The man, Juan Peralta, initially told officers he was trying to rush his children to the hospital. But in addition to the smell of alcohol on his breath, police reported finding six Budweiser beer cans inside his youngest daughter's diaper bag. Peralta was stopped by police Friday when he allegedly failed to pull over after hitting a Volkswagen at about 1:07 p.m. on Brand Boulevard near California Avenue.
May 11, 2013 |
Trumer Pils , a traditional take on the classic German Pilsner style lager made in the Bay Area, launches in Southern California next week with special events around town, but you might want to exercise some caution when trying the beer for the first time. Europe has long produced the worlds finest pilsner beers, but the crisp and hoppy lagers are notorious for not traveling well. The style is so light and delicate that flaws and mishandling can quickly manifest in the aroma and flavor, and the months that can elapse between when the beer is brewed in Germany or the Czech Republic and when the bottles finally land on American shelves are not kind to the style.
May 3, 2013
Angel City Brewery's Heritage Festival Where: 216 S. Alameda St., L.A. When: Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Price: Free to enter, beer $6 Info: http://www.angelcitybrewery.com
May 3, 2013 |
Brewers have long used anything and everything they can as a source of fermentable sugars in their mix of brewing grains -- called the "grist", but malted barley is by far the favored grain. Barley is full of the enzymes needed to properly convert the starches contained in its kernels to the sugars that the yeast can eat, and it's fibrous husk eases the brewing process. Wheat is another very popular ingredient that is important to many styles of beer, but it is better suited to bread-baking than it is to brewing.