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May 13, 2010
  Firestone Walker Union Jack India Pale Ale Warmer weather, and one's thoughts lightly turn back to India Pale Ale. Firestone Walker, first known for its English-style pale ale Double Barrel, has catered to our hoppier tastes over the years by adding two India Pales, this one being the more heavily hopped — "heavily" meaning two bittering hops, two late-kettle hops (hop-head favorites Cascade and Centennial) and five kinds of dry hops, including more Cascade and Centennial.
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NEWS
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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BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Could a new glass make beer taste better? Two brewers on opposite sides of the United States have partnered to produce a glass they say will amplify and balance “even the hoppiest of IPAs.” Manufactured by German glassware company Spiegelau , the glass was designed with input from Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., from Chico, Calif., and is available for $9. At least one beer enthusiast says...
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Could a new glass make beer taste better? Two brewers on opposite sides of the United States have partnered to produce a glass they say will amplify and balance “even the hoppiest of IPAs.” Manufactured by German glassware company Spiegelau , the glass was designed with input from Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., from Chico, Calif., and is available for $9. At least one beer enthusiast says...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Practically no suburb shall be left behind in thriving craft beer movement. The past two weeks alone have welcomed two new outfits to the ale-destination that is the Inland Empire. Joining a region already home to Hangar 24, Black Market, Dale Bros, and I&I Brewing, among others, are Ontario's Chino Valley Brewery (1630 E Francis St, Unit J) and, only about 10 miles away, Claremont's alliteration-friendly Claremont Craft Ales (1420 N. Claremont Blvd, Suite 204C). The latter opens Saturday, and Chino Valley has been welcoming customers since the end of July.
FOOD
June 2, 2011 | Charles Perry
Enough with the novelties for a while. Here's a West Coast classic, brewed since 1984, when people had scarcely heard of India Pale Ale. It pours lager gold with a medium head and slightly coarse carbonation, and it's definitely an IPA, dry-hopped with Cascade for that brisk piney nose we've grown to love. It does not, however, belong to the later West Coast school of hop extremism. It has a nice round feel on the palate, with a long, long bittersweet finish fading out cleanly on the bitter side.
FOOD
December 2, 2009
We've come to think of Christmas beer as a tradition, but for American brewers, it's really a chance to show off their originality. Some make sweet, malty ales, perhaps splashed with fruitcake spices (Anchor typically goes this route), while others may make a richer, more alcoholic version of the brewery's flagship beer. (Rogue's winter seasonal is more or less an India Pale Ale, bitter as sin, enriched with a roasty note.) Port Brewing in San Marcos makes its Christmas beer in the style of an imperial stout.
FOOD
November 25, 2010 | By Charles Perry, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  Green Flash Brewing Barleywine 2010 Barleywines are typically sweet and malty with plenty of hops for balance. This one, from a India Pale Ale specialist based in San Diego, leads with the hops. It pours dark amber with an attractive nose of pine and oranges. In the mouth, it's a riot of flavors with the hops inexorably knuckling the malt under. The finish is medium long and hoppy all the way. It can stand up to strongly flavored foods such as curries. One thing all barleywines have in common is a high alcohol level.
NEWS
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.
FOOD
March 18, 2010 | By Charles Perry, Los Angeles Times
Jolly Pumpkin Brewing La Roja Artisan Amber Ale It took about 10 years for Americans to get used to the bitterness of India Pale Ale. How long will it take for us to get used to Flemish brown ale, which is sour, actually sour? Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja is an easy introduction to the style. It's a serious beer, blended without filtering from oak barrels where the contents have been aging from two to 10 months and then bottle-conditioned for months longer. But it's not as fiercely sour as, say, some of Russian River's sour ales.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Practically no suburb shall be left behind in thriving craft beer movement. The past two weeks alone have welcomed two new outfits to the ale-destination that is the Inland Empire. Joining a region already home to Hangar 24, Black Market, Dale Bros, and I&I Brewing, among others, are Ontario's Chino Valley Brewery (1630 E Francis St, Unit J) and, only about 10 miles away, Claremont's alliteration-friendly Claremont Craft Ales (1420 N. Claremont Blvd, Suite 204C). The latter opens Saturday, and Chino Valley has been welcoming customers since the end of July.
FOOD
June 2, 2011 | Charles Perry
Enough with the novelties for a while. Here's a West Coast classic, brewed since 1984, when people had scarcely heard of India Pale Ale. It pours lager gold with a medium head and slightly coarse carbonation, and it's definitely an IPA, dry-hopped with Cascade for that brisk piney nose we've grown to love. It does not, however, belong to the later West Coast school of hop extremism. It has a nice round feel on the palate, with a long, long bittersweet finish fading out cleanly on the bitter side.
FOOD
November 25, 2010 | By Charles Perry, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  Green Flash Brewing Barleywine 2010 Barleywines are typically sweet and malty with plenty of hops for balance. This one, from a India Pale Ale specialist based in San Diego, leads with the hops. It pours dark amber with an attractive nose of pine and oranges. In the mouth, it's a riot of flavors with the hops inexorably knuckling the malt under. The finish is medium long and hoppy all the way. It can stand up to strongly flavored foods such as curries. One thing all barleywines have in common is a high alcohol level.
FOOD
May 13, 2010
  Firestone Walker Union Jack India Pale Ale Warmer weather, and one's thoughts lightly turn back to India Pale Ale. Firestone Walker, first known for its English-style pale ale Double Barrel, has catered to our hoppier tastes over the years by adding two India Pales, this one being the more heavily hopped — "heavily" meaning two bittering hops, two late-kettle hops (hop-head favorites Cascade and Centennial) and five kinds of dry hops, including more Cascade and Centennial.
FOOD
May 4, 2010 | By Evan George, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When Scottish brewers Martin Dickie and James Watt came up with the cheeky idea to make a beer as potent as whiskey, they couldn't wait to share it with the world. They didn't know they would trigger an arms race. But that's what ensued when their brewery, BrewDog, released the first limited-edition bottles of "Tactical Nuclear Penguin," a stout that measures 32% alcohol and was quickly crowned "strongest beer in the world" — for less than a month. Then the buildup began.
FOOD
March 18, 2010 | By Charles Perry, Los Angeles Times
Jolly Pumpkin Brewing La Roja Artisan Amber Ale It took about 10 years for Americans to get used to the bitterness of India Pale Ale. How long will it take for us to get used to Flemish brown ale, which is sour, actually sour? Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja is an easy introduction to the style. It's a serious beer, blended without filtering from oak barrels where the contents have been aging from two to 10 months and then bottle-conditioned for months longer. But it's not as fiercely sour as, say, some of Russian River's sour ales.
FOOD
September 1, 2004 | David Lansing, Special to The Times
Every August, my friend Hardy McLain comes to town from London, where he's lived for 20 years, and we try to get together for a couple of beers at what he calls a real bar, meaning a place like Henry 'N Harry's Goat Hill Tavern in Costa Mesa, where they not only offer you peanuts to munch while you're drinking, but, more important, they have more than 120 beers on tap, many of them English.
FOOD
January 27, 1999 | JOHN BALZAR
In America, "beer" refers to both ale and lager. You can regard these as distinct families, divided by the type of yeast and the temperature and length of aging. Lagers are aged longer and at refrigerated temperatures. Often they are golden in color and usually are more refined in taste--but sometimes not. Ales are aged at cellar temperatures and often are coppery to very dark in color. Ales tend to have more "character," although that, too, is a generalization.
FOOD
December 2, 2009
We've come to think of Christmas beer as a tradition, but for American brewers, it's really a chance to show off their originality. Some make sweet, malty ales, perhaps splashed with fruitcake spices (Anchor typically goes this route), while others may make a richer, more alcoholic version of the brewery's flagship beer. (Rogue's winter seasonal is more or less an India Pale Ale, bitter as sin, enriched with a roasty note.) Port Brewing in San Marcos makes its Christmas beer in the style of an imperial stout.
FOOD
September 1, 2004 | David Lansing, Special to The Times
Every August, my friend Hardy McLain comes to town from London, where he's lived for 20 years, and we try to get together for a couple of beers at what he calls a real bar, meaning a place like Henry 'N Harry's Goat Hill Tavern in Costa Mesa, where they not only offer you peanuts to munch while you're drinking, but, more important, they have more than 120 beers on tap, many of them English.
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