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Category: GABF

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



GABF ’15 Snippets: Stem Ciders, Or Where I’ll Find My Wife If She Goes Missing

Le Chene & Remedy

While its been almost two months since the Great American Beer Festival there was one aspect of my trip to Denver that I’ve fully intended to write about but I’ve been unable to find the time to post. That place is Stem Ciders and outside of the Convention Center, it was probably the bar I spent the most time at during my 5 days in Colorado. This year my wife decided against getting a designated



GABF ’15 Snippets: LA’s Neighbors Make A Huge Splash at GABF Awards

As a craft beer fanatic, we encourage – and encourage others – to drink local. In a lot of cases that can mean drink as close to home as physically possible – something thats fairly easy in Los Angeles. Its hard to argue against a trip to Torrance where you can now go to four excellent locally owned breweries all within a few mile radius, or take a trip to Anaheim where you can hit up Noble,



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

Factotum Brewing

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