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California Returns To Cask Days 2016 With Some Heavy Hitters

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For the third year in a row, we’re bringing California to Cask Days and for 2016 we’re bringing back some heavy hitters. While last year we tried to contain our California feature to the Los Angeles area, this time we’re expanding our line-up to include breweries from all over the state, bringing some of the biggest craft breweries side by side with some of the smallest. Sierra Nevada Returns Two years ago, Sierra Nevada was



GABF 2016: Riip Beer Co. Becomes The Most Underrated Brewery in SoCal

The Riip Beer Co. team accepting their Gold Medal at GABF. (Photo © Brewers Association)

A few weeks ago I was at an event for a big Los Angeles distributor and Phil Thomas, California rep for Clown Shoes Beer, was ranting about how Riip Beer Company in Huntington Beach was brewing some of the best hoppy beer in the region. Our group, consisting of brewery owners, sales people and Cicerones, was skeptical to say the least. Most of us could barely name one of their beers, let alone heard much



GABF 2016- America’s Best Craft Beer Festival Returns for it’s 35th Year

GABF had plenty of lagers to show off, but I would love to see more in the craft community. Photo © Brewers Association

Within our local beer community, its almost sacrilege to call anything other than the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival the ‘best beer festival in America.’ And to be honest, after attending it this year for the first time, I totally understand why it gets so much love. Its an event build around a very tight-knit community and the quality of beer and food is second-to-none. A few years back “The Festival” (hosted by importing company



We Need To Talk About Beer Releases

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Seriously – We need to talk about beer releases. Los Angeles has been pretty lucky so far in that most craft beers that hit the market have a reasonably sized footprint. For years, if you wanted a beer and made half an effort, you could get your hands on it fairly easily. That’s certainly not the case anymore. With people lining up 4-5 hours in advance for can releases at Monkish its clear that LA



Bruery Terreux – The New O.C. Destination

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade – or – when mixed-culture fermentation contaminates your clean beer, build a beautiful new tasting room. Walking around the brand new Bruery Terreux tasting room – which opens today – its strikes me that this beautiful space, accented with herringbone wood and barrels stacked to the rafters, only exists because of a serious crisis moment for The Bruery. Back in 2013/2014, the Bruery was forced to recall and