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This year’s OC BrewHAHA will be happening on September 8th.

As they enter their 3rd Year, OC Brew HAHA has become one of the premier events for beer lovers! This year will be in a new location, but will be the same  great event!  The proceeds for this event supports the Orange County Fire Authority Fallen Firefighters Fund

This year there will be 70 breweries, Tons of  foodtrucks and also Live music.

Get VIP access for the price of General admission by using the promo code OBBVIP.  http://ocbrewfest.eventbrite.com/?discount=obbvip  This is a must since this event get’s packed!  Just see some of our pics from last year!  There were literally 50 people in line just for Hangar 24!

 

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Look forward to a great event, as always

 

On Sunday, August 12, 2012, Blue Palms Brewhouse celebrated its fourth year of operation. Blue Palms, located in the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood,  CA features craft beer and a nice selection of menu items that pair well with beer.

Blue Palms’ fourth year was filled with anxiety due to problems with the sub-lease on their property. Earlier this year, they were forced to vacate the premises while searching for a solution. The craft beer community rallied behind the owner, Brian Lenzo, during those hard times. It took months for Brian to negotiate a new lease, and reopen the restaurant.

 

The celebration on Sunday included over 60 beers, which were available in the beer garden and inside the restaurant. Most of the kegs were collected during roads trips to San Francisco and San Diego during the beginning of the week. Marinated tri tip was grilled for sandwiches that were available for lunch. Specialty beers were released throughout the afternoon, including Dogfish Head 120, Southern Tier Crème Brulee Stout, Alpine Nelson, Firestone Lil Opal (barrel aged for 3 years), and Stone 16th Anniversary. And, Greg Koch was on hand to debut the release of the Stone 16th Anniversary beer. Brian also subjected himself to a dunk tank as a fund raiser for the Hollywood YMCA. Early in the afternoon Space Kyle and the Newtonians entertained the crowd with Jazz. In the late afternoon, DJ Chuck got the crowd dancing with a variety of music.

 

Following is a complete list of the beer served Sunday:

Stone Pouring Station

  1. Stone 09-09-09
  2. Eagle Rock Equinox
  3. Stone 15th Anniversary w/ Espresso Beans
  4. Avery Liliko’i Kepolo
  5. Avery Sam Oak
  6. Lost Abbey Red Poppy
  7. Lost Abbey Bourbon Barrel Angel Share
  8. Coronado DIPA Sock Knocker

Bruery Row

  1. 4 Calling Birds
  2. Cuir
  3. White Oak
  4. Tart of Darkness
  5. Oude Tart
  6. Drakes Le Resistance Brandy Barrels
  7. Drakes Stygain Witches Barleywine 2010 10.5%
  8. Oskar Blues TenFidy Barrel Aged ~ NITRO

Firestone Pouring Trailer

  1. Firestone Walker Parabola
  2. Firestone Pivo Pils
  3. Firestone Union Jack IPA
  4. Ballast Point Dorado DIPA
  5. Firestone Double Jack DIPA
  6. Alpine Firing Squad Quad

“Jockey Box Alley”

  1. Ballast Point Sour Wench
  2. LadyFace Guillotine, Justin Cab. Sour
  3. Southern Tier XXIPA
  4. Founders Centennial IPA
  5. New Holland Barrel Aged Dragons Milk
  6. Pizza Port Dusk till Dawn
  7. Marin 3 Flowers IPA
  8. Lips of Faith / Lost Abbey Brett Beer
  9. Big Sky Ivan the Terrible
  10. Monkey Paw GOSE Bananas
  11. Noble Ale Musty Muck
  12. Strand Black IPA
  13. Anchor Zymaster
  14. Cask: Monkey Paw Buffalo Trace Oaked Imperial Choco Porter

Inside Bar

  1. Trumer Pilsner
  2. Russian River Sanctification
  3. Sierra Nevada French Style Saison
  4. Russian River Redemption ‘11
  5. Karl Strauss 22nd Anniversary
  6. New Belgium Tart Lychee
  7. Sierra Nevada “THE DUDE”
  8. Speakeasy Massacre
  9. Pizza Port Capt. Farrell’s Revenge Irish Red
  10. Russian River Pliny the Elder
  11. Vicaris Tripel-Gueze
  12. Sierra Nevada Kolsch
  13. Golden Road Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Brown
  14. Kern River TBA
  15. Sierra Nevada Kolch
  16. Russian River 2 Row / Hill 56
  17. LadyFace Blue-Belly Markers Mark Barrel Aged Barley Wine
  18. Beachwood Brewing Laurel IPA
  19. Rodenback Grand Cru
  20. 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat
  21. Drei Fontaine Porter Zwet.be
  22. Green Flash Park West Porter
  23. Pizza Port El Camino IPA
  24. Ballast Point Barrel Aged Sea Monster NITRO
  25. Pizza Port OB Chronic
  26. Gentleman Scholar #1
  27. CASK: Ballast Point Lenzo Lollipop ~ Oaked Sculpin

 

On a regular basis, Blue Palms typically has 24 beers on tap and features specials during the week. For example, $4 pint night on Tuesday, 1/2 off canned craft beer on Wednesday, and 35 cent wing night on Thursday.

 

This was a great event and I look forward to next year!  Victor

 

There’s another new brewery in the Inland Empire!  August 1st from 5-7pm was the first “sneak preview” of Claremont Craft Ales.  They are located in the shadow of the mountains north of downtown Claremont. Walking into the open space of the brewery/tasting room, there’s a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Next to the serving bar, a counter with seats lines one wall.  In another are, you’ll find a couch and chairs with artificial grass. Additional seating and tables are scattered around the space. It’s a welcoming atmosphere that is family friendly. 

Owners Simon Brown and Emily Moultrie along with brewer, Brian Seffer and his wife Natalie were busily pouring beer and greeting customers. Personal touches are found on the walls, logo shirts, and beers.   You see the phrase “Simon says….” followed by several craft beer phrases on the large wall. Even the t-shirts have “Simon says, Drink my Beer” on the back.

Enough about the space – what about the beer?  A flat screen at the serving bar lists the beers on tap with ABV and prices for a glass, taster or growler fill. Six beers were available ranging from a pale ale at 5.1%, to a blonde, rye IPA, oaked red, stout and a black rye imperial IPA with the highest ABV at 9.1%  Quite a variety for an opening. The beer names have a personal connection to the owners or brewer. Willow, the blonde ale is named for Simon’s dog and Buddy, the black rye imperial IPA is named after Brian and Natalie’s dog. Carlisle, the pale ale is named after a street where Simon lived and St. Mawes, an American stout is for a small town in England. The rye IPA is named Jacaranda for the purple flowering trees we enjoy in the area. Lastly, Roble’d is Spanish for oak which is appropriate for the oaked red ale. There will be other styles coming out – an IPA with a mid-range IBU and 11th Street, a pomegranate wheat are in the works.  Brian mentioned something about a porter too.

If you read this today, there’s another “sneak preview” planned for tonight (Thursday, August 2nd from 5-7pm). Stop by if you can and enjoy a cold one.

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