September 9, 2013 |
C. James Koch, the man behind Sam Adams beer, is a newly minted billionaire, and he owes it all to craft beer. Or, perhaps craft beer owes it all to Koch. Koch, a Harvard grad with multiple acronyms (BA, MBA, JD), wanted to make beer. It was a family thing. As the Sam Adams site says, he brewed his great-great-grandfather's recipe in his kitchen in 1984. Then he brewed his beer in batches and carried bottles bar to bar. A year later, Koch's Boston Beer Co. created Samuel Adams. Six weeks later, it won a "Best Beer in America" consumer poll.
August 14, 2013 |
Craftsman Brewing Co has been making craft beer in Los Angeles for longer than just about anyone, and the Craftsman team is known for their creativity and attention to detail. But they also operate largely behind closed doors; the Pasadena brewery is not open to the public, and there is no tasting room where fans can sample Craftsman's brews. Thankfully, the notoriously fastidious founder of Craftsman Brewing Co, Mark Jilg, has developed a partnership with Los Angeles chef and restaurateur Andre Guerrero, and Jilg's beers are spotlighted at Guerrero's restaurant in Highland Park.
August 7, 2013 |
Like any interest, hobby or obsession, craft beer has its own lingo, and navigating a tap list or communicating what your preferences are when ordering at L.A.'s craft-beer-focused establishments can be intimidating. Here are some terms to know that are growing in popularity among craft beer drinkers. Dry-hopped -- Most often seen in reference to hoppy IPAs, dry-hopping is a brewing technique in which additional hops are added during the final stages of the beer's fermentation.
July 18, 2013 |
Angel City Brewery continues to showcase local artists at its Arts District brewery, and this weekend it will be holding an open house for the new "Over a Barrel" exhibit benefitting the Free Arts charity. The open house runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and six local Downtown artists, Andre Miripolsky , Scott Forrest , Jaime Colindres , A.S. Ashley, Emmeric Konrad , and J.W. Pippen , will have works displayed at the brewery's on-site gallery. Each artist will also produce an original work using an Angel City oak barrel top as a canvas, and the finished pieces will be auctioned off on Saturday to benefit the Free Arts For Abused Children charity . The charity was founded in 1977, and in 2012 alone nearly 30,000 kids received free art instruction, workshops and supplies from the charity, whose mission is to "inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers.
July 18, 2013 |
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 15, 2013 |
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.