• GABF 2016- America's Best Craft Beer Festival Returns for it's 35th Year
  • We Need To Talk About Beer Releases
  • Bruery Terreux: The New O.C. Destination
  • Plaza Fiesta, Tijuana – A Serious Beer Geek Travel Destination
  • CaskAleLA Does GABF 2016
  • CaskAleLA On The Road: Oregon
  • What's On Cask?

Category: GABF2016

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