June 14, 2013 |
Drinking with dad is an underrated pleasure. After a whiskey or maybe a few beers he'll start to open up. He might tell you about that time in college when he got busted for something he once busted you for. He'll tell you how he fell in love with your mom, and about the trips they took before you were born. You might shoot a few rounds of pool, or walk to the restaurant across the street for a burger, but mostly you'll just hang out and talk. Fathers are best at being low maintenance, so this Father's Day celebrate dad by doing what he does best: relax.
June 12, 2013 |
In case you hadn't realized it, there's a whole lot of brewing going on in Southern California. Don't believe it? Read the New Yorker. The magazine has put together a slick interactive map that illustrates the dramatic growth of the craft beer industry. Based on new data from the Brewers Assn., the map highlights which states have the most craft breweries, which produce the most craft beer and where the biggest and newest breweries are located. California makes the most craft beer and has the most craft breweries of any state, with 316 breweries combining to produce almost 2.5 million barrels (nearly 79 million gallons)
May 31, 2013 |
Pasadena has long been at the forefront of craft brewing in Los Angeles, and while there are not many operating breweries in the city, there are some great bars and restaurants that make Pasadena a destination for craft beer fans. Here are some suggestions to get you started on exploring the beery side of Pasadena, and they are (nearly) all accessible via the Metro Gold Line. Stone Company Store: Pasadena is home to Craftsman Brewing Co., one of the first and most respected craft breweries in Los Angeles, but Craftsman doesn't offer a public taproom.
May 23, 2013 |
Orange County craft beer lovers' anguish is over. Haven Collective is opening in the same space as the much-missed Bruery Provisions in Old Towne Orange. The Bruery Provisions had sold bottled beer, cheeses and poured a selection of the Bruery's popular brews; there was even a special line of beers made specifically for sale at the retail outpost. But in December, Patrick Rue -- founder of The Bruery -- announced that the space would be closed so that the brewery could focus on its core business of making incredible and creative beers.
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.
May 2, 2013 |
Dust off your drinking cap; you're going to need it for all the craft beer events planned for this Saturday, May 4. Whether you want to drink beers from a renowned out-of-state brewery, try creative low-alcohol brews, take in some art and music with your craft beer, or party with all your vegan friends, there will be a craft beer event for you this weekend: Fan of Dogfish Head's creative beer? Hollywood craft beer hotspot Blue Palms Brewhouse will be hosting a rare Dogfish Head total-tap takeover . All 24 of the restaurants taps will be pouring beer from the Delaware brewery known for its take on ancient beer recipes, hoppy IPAs and collaborations with musical acts.
April 26, 2013 |
The craft beer movement is fueled by inventive brewers who will turn to just about anything to flavor their beer, and beers with creative ingredients are becoming more common as craft beer grows in popularity. Additions like coffee and chocolate have become positively pedestrian in craft beer, and it often seems as though brewers are racing to one-up each other with their concoctions. We recently told you about Angel City Brewing's -- surprisingly drinkable -- seaweed- and rosemary-laced beer, the French Sip . Here are five more craft brews from Southern California that are more than just gimmicks.
April 23, 2013 |
This Sunday afternoon, the intersection of Glendale and Glenfeliz boulevards in Atwater Village will be taken over by brewery tents, wine tasting stations and food trucks for the first Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival . Organized by the folks behind 55 Degree Wine shop and the adjacent Link N Hops gastropub, and sponsored by the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, the festival will showcase more than a dozen breweries ...
April 19, 2013 |
It's all too easy to write off the bustling streets around Hollywood Boulevard and the Cahuenga Corridor as nothing but tourist traps and over-hyped clubs, but scattered among the head shops, dirty sidewalks and over-priced parking lots, there are some beacons of the craft beer scene. Here are five places to get a pint or some bottles of craft beer that are worth finding a parking spot for. Blue Palms Brewhouse Not only the best place for a beer in Hollywood, Blue Palms is one of L.A.'s best craft beer outposts.
April 19, 2013 |
As downtown's historic Grand Central Market undergoes renovations, new retailers are moving in as part of the planned revival of the 1917 community marketplace. Thai food vendor Sticky Rice opened last month, and now Valerie Confections has announced the planned opening next month of Valerie at Grand Central in the stall formerly occupied by MF Gourmet. Valerie Confections owner Valerie Gordon said the coffee-and-pastry shop will open in phases, at first offering all of the same pastries she sells at farmers markets, such as her Durango cookies (chocolate chip cookies with roasted almonds, cacao nibs and smoked salt)