May 3, 2013 |
Once a barroom outlier compared with its standing in other West Coast cities, craft beer has become a Los Angeles fixture. Breweries have been sprouting like hops across town in recent years, and the latest in the field is the new incarnation of Angel City Brewery. Located in the historic John A. Roebling building in the downtown L.A. Arts District, the brewery came under new ownership early last year and is finally swinging its doors open to a thirsty public on a regular basis. To celebrate, owner Alan Newman and brew master Dieter Foerstner are throwing on Saturday what they hope will become the first of many annual spring parties.
April 30, 2013 |
Smog City Brewing Co. finally has its own home. Started by John Porter -- just call him Porter -- and his wife, Laurie, while Porter worked at Tustin Brewing Co., a brewpub in Orange County, Smog City has moved to a new facility just steps from the hot spots of the South Bay brewing scene . Known for beers like L.A. Saison, Saber Tooth Squirrel and the award-winning Groundwork Coffee Porter, Smog City has become a favorite of L.A.'s craft...
April 13, 2013 |
With craft breweries exploring the whole world of ale styles, some people must wonder how lager beer, particularly in the Pilsener style, triumphed so completely over ale in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mama's Little Yella Pils is a handy tutorial. You don't find the ale-type riot of complex floral and funky aromas here. The nose is mildly hoppy and not particularly reminiscent of pine or citrus. On the palate, it's rich but clean, with a short hoppy finish. It even looks clean, as clear as pale yellow glass, with a moderate yellowish head.
March 15, 2013 |
After millions of dollars were pledged just the first day of a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign for a "Veronica Mars" feature film, the popularity of crowd-funding services is sure to soar. Services such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter have already found popularity in the Los Angeles craft-beer community as brewers, would-be brewers and bar owners turn to crowd funding to overcome their dreams' initial financial hurdles. The last year has been big for brewery crowd-funding projects, but although many entrepreneurs across the country completed successful campaigns to start brewing or expand their operations, Los Angeles-area brewers were having difficulty gaining support for their Kickstarter projects.
March 15, 2013 |
The gig: Greg Koch, 48, and Steve Wagner, 54, are the founders of Stone Brewing Co., one of the largest brewers of craft beer in the United States. The company is best known for its hoppy, high-alcohol beers, including Stone IPA, Stone Ruination IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Koch and Wagner started experimenting with home brews in Koch's Solana Beach, Calif., condominium in the early 1990s and opened a brewery in a San Marcos, Calif., warehouse in 1996. Stone has grown from 400 barrels that year to 177,200 barrels last year, developing a cult-like following among craft beer enthusiasts.
March 11, 2013 |
Opened in 2010, Strand Brewing was an early entry into the L.A. craft beer scene, and soon you won't need to visit its Torrance taproom to get some 24th Street Pale Ale or Atticus IPA to enjoy at home. After three years of growing pains the small team has begun bottling its beers for distribution throughout Los Angeles. The South Bay brewery will package all the beers in its catalog on a rotating basis, and the first varieties to see the inside of the bottle will be 24th Street and Atticus IPA, the flagship Beach House Amber Ale, and Second Sleep Imperial Stout.