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Category: Beer Events

June 2016: The Month Of Awesome Beer Festivals

LA Beer Week

At this point, there’s a resonably sized beer festival every couple weeks in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for people that like good beer and well organized events, most of them are pretty lousy. Usually one look at the event page and brewery list can tell you whether they are serious about beer, or serious about gouging patrons. But there’s a few festivals in Southern California every year that are absolutely worth checking out. One of them



The California Guide to Cask Days 2015

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Last year’s Cask Days festival was a real honor for me. Bar Volo and Cask Days are both very important pieces of my craft beer education and it was great to finally be able to connect my home city with my adoptive State of California. We made history by serving casks from craft legends like Stone, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas and Ballast Point for the first time in Ontario and in some cases, the first time



GABF ’15 Snippets: Factotum Hands Homebrewers The Keys To The Brewhouse

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Part of the media package at the Great American Beer Festival is a tour organized by Visit Denver, the tourism board for the city. After the media luncheon on Friday morning, dozens of journalists and bloggers piled onto two buses to check out a few of the newer craft breweries in town. The first brewery on our tour was your typical neighborhood spot, pouring a wide variety of mostly average beers for a roomful of



How to GABF Effectively

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Last year was my first year at the Great American Beer Festival and I had no idea what to expect at the time. Sure, I’ve been to plenty of festivals before, but certainly none that came close to the size of GABF. Even more so I was totally unprepared for the effect that GABF had on the entire city of Denver. So to help get ready for the festival this year, here’s a few “do’s”



Thinking Beyond Beer with the LA Cider Fest

While Portland, San Francisco and Seattle have been hosting cider festivals for years, LA Cider Fest will be the first one for Los Angeles

My home – the province of Ontario in Canada – is a prominent apple growing region and combined with the English influence on Canadian culture we have a pretty strong hard cider market. For as long as I can remember, Strongbow was a staple on taps in Toronto but over the last few years that’s changed as craft cideries have started to pop up – creating incredibly dry and complex ciders that make the big