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GABF ’15 Snippets: More Lagers Please

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

I’m not delusional enough to think that I’m the first person to call for more craft lagers. Hell, we have been hearing for more than a year about how lagers are going to be the next big thing in craft beer. But IPA remains king, and sours have effectively secured second place. Sure, more breweries are making India Pale Lagers than they were three years ago, but I would argue most of them are more



A Year In Beer: 2014 via Instagram

A Year In Beer

The end of the year calls for a lot of ‘best of’ lists and reflection on the previous twelve months. While considering what kind of content I was going to post on CaskAleLA to commemorate 2014 I went through my instagram feed as a way to remind myself of the year and realized that those photos are simply the best and most honest way to reflect on 2014. I’ve broken down the year month by month and chosen an



GABF 2014: Altitude Sickness, Pizza and Getting Sour on Sours

GABF Sour Plum

I can’t remember why, but attending the Great American Beer Festival was my wife Heather’s idea. Odd, considering she’s gluten intolerant and can only really drink cider, yet for whatever reason last year she proudly declared we were going to attend in 2014, and that it was going to be my birthday, anniversary and Christmas presents all rolled into one. Fine by me of course, and despite spending months planning for it, it was kind



Drinking On A Monday: Firestone Walker Opal

Drinking on a Monday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays. I was originally going to focus on a different beer this week but I finally grabbed a bottle of Firestone Walker’s Opal this weekend and figured it would make a really good comparison to last week’s Stone Saison. This is pretty relevant to the current SoCal beer industry for a couple