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Dont miss this years OC Brew HaHa there will be many of your favorite breweries, along with some new comers. This event is always one of the best in all of California. For more information please check out out event page at
OC Brew HaHa Event



Craft Brewing Company will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary on June 1, 2013. For more information check out our event calendar at  and also see the pictures from last year at .

Admission is $ 55.00 for VIP which gets you in at 12:00 PM. Otherwise General admission is $ 45.00.


The event runs from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Hope to see you there!

Ironfire Brewing Company – Ales for Outlaws

Last week, since it way National Beer Day, Jim and I decided to mosey on over to Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula, CA. We are usually a bit more organized but this day we actually just dropped in on the crew!  We were fortunate that Greg Webb, the Vice President, happened to be around. Along with Aubree they were both pretty busy keep customer’s pints full and working on replenishing the quickly dissipating supply of beer. Greg was very gracias to spend some time and give us the run down on the brief but very successful history of Ironfire Brewing.


Greg along with John Maino are the leaders of the posse that make up Ironfire.  Both with a pretty successful history with Ballast Point, officially opened in August, 2012.  (After several years in the garage, perfecting their recipes) They currently have a total of 42 beers that can be pulled into the fold at any one time. Usually at the tasting room there are about 12 available via tasters, small or large portions.  Currently there are no growlers.  (Which is being done to ensure the availability of the beer to more people) In addition the flagship beers can be purchased in 22oz bottles as well.

As we took a seat at the bar, Aubree setup us up with 2 rows of samplers.  This included their flag ship beers that including Gun Slinger Gold, Synner Pale, 51/50 IPA, 6 Killer Stout and Vicious Disposition.  We also had samples of their less frequent but equally popular beers including Habanero Pale Ale, Prickly Pear Ale, Boomstick Brown and Cucumber ale. We also were treated to some Dead on Arrival IPA as well. Of these beers, the 51/50 is their best seller.  Most of these were in the 5-6% ABV range aside from the Vicious Disposition.  I was a bit disappointed that I did not get to taste the Outcast Dead Red. (Which is aged in a variety of Whisky and Bourbon barrels.  (I was actually informed they were prepping for a barrel flight the following weekend) There is also some Rye barrels in the works as well!

All of the beers were excellent.  You can taste care taken to ensure everything poured is spot on!  My personal favorite was between the 51/50 IPA and the Habanero Pale Ale.  Jim was also very impressed by most of the beers poured as well.  They have some very big plans on expanding more of the styles offered, especially when it come to their barrel aged offerings.

Total projected sales for their first year is at 1500 barrels.  There are about 150 accounts in San Diego along, these numbers will obviously keep growing. They are using local distribution as well as some self-deliveries as well. They brew about once a week currently on the big system.

Overall, this was a perfect pick for our National Beer Day stop.  The tasting room has a very comfortable feel and the western / outlaw motif is fantastic. The beers are really amazing and it has something for everyone. They are posed to really do some great things! We look forward to another visit were we can really break down the intricacies of their offers. Until them, we hope everyone will stop by the tasting room in the meantime. The tasting room is open 5 days currently.  For more info, hit their website at .  For more pictures goto


I and I Brewing will be celebrating their first year anniversary on Saturday January 5th from 12PM to 10 PM. We look forward to seeing everyone out there to help them empty the taps!  I am personally looking forward to some of the special releases they will have including the Belgian Cranberry Wheat.  I am also looking forward to the food trucks. Both Garlic Scapes and Vizzi Food Truck will be on hand.  See more details below.


The great folks the bring you the infamous Brew HaHa proudly bring you the best holiday cheer of the season!  Saturday, December 8th marks the first of many BrewHOHO’s to come.  Over 50 Craft beers will be available with unlimited pours, Great Food, Music and a specially brewed beer just for the event! This event will run from 12 noon to 4 PM.   In Addition, this event will benifit the Pediatric Cancer Reseach Foundation as well as the Yellow Ribbon America – Operation Christmas charities. This will be a jolly good time, for sure!  Hope to see you there!   For more information visit

Nothing screams “#STOUT DAY” like some Black Hole Sun from Black Market Brewing in Temecula, CA. Myself and Jim (Official Beer Blog Photo Guy!) were lucky enough to get a taste of this beer before it was actually completed. Even at that early stage, we knew it would be great. Fast forward a month, and this beer has been become even more magical! Finished in Rye Whiskey Barrels, this classic example of an Imperial Russian Stout does not disappoint. The overall aroma consists of currant and plum combined with the toasted malt. You will also pick up a bit of the 15.2% Alcohol effect off the nose! The color on this is PITCH BLACK (as the name implies) with a tan colored head. I bet a 1000 watt light would not even make it through this dense liquid! The pour of this beer is a wonderfully thick elixir. Due to everything that is going on, the head of the beer quickly disappears into the moat of goodness. As any good, (But Impatient) Stout lover will do, you give it as much of a rest as possible and let the beer warm up. The characteristics really come together after about 15 mins of warming. The flavor on this brew is amazing! You can definitely pick-up the flavors of the Whisky Barrel, along with sweet toasted malt with a bit of some clove notes. That along with the plum / currant combination make this beer a true winner. As you finish your taste of this medium to heavy bodied beer you get a creaminess as the malty sweetness coats your tongue. As the slight alcohol warming makes its way through your body, you realize this beer will be one to not rush through.
The crew at Black Market Brewing have hit a home run with this one! Thanks to Shaun and Aaron for bringing this beer to our attention and allowing us to review! It will be a mainstay in the Official Beer Blog cellar!  Them along with the rest of the crew are doing a great job (And have come along way in just a few short years)  I was also amazed to see a price for this beer! (Actually less than 10 at Bevmo!) They are already prepping some additional whiskey barrels. (Not sure if it will be for this or another wonderful variation!) We look forward to tasting and talking about those as them become a reality!

Stock up for the upcoming Stout Day Celebration!


El Hefe and Jim the Photo Guy

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California Beer Festival is this Saturday in San Dimas, CA. This should be a great event in a new location.  Last year was a bit cramped so it is a natural progression to get to a new location where you can have some elbow room!  (And maybe pass out on the grass instead of the hard concrete of the downtown Claremont streets) Look for some of our favorites including Black Market Brewing, Kat Daddy and also Claremaont Craft Ales.


El Hefe



On September 8th, 2012 the OC Brew Ha Ha held its 3rd annual event. This year marked a new location at the Oak Canyon Park adjacent to Irvine Lake in Southern California. This is a fantastic event for a great cause, the Fallen Firefighter Relief Fund.  Every year this event gets bigger and bigger. This year saw over 3000 beer lovers come through the gates to help celebrate with Great Beer, Food and Music.

The day started out at 12 PM for those with VIP tickets.  This is really the way to go if you want to hit your favorites without having to stand in line for too long!  It also helps ensure you get any “special” releases before they run dry!  Several brewers were Tapped Out before the end of the event and many late comers were literally left in line holding empty glasses!  As we entered the new location, I noticed it seemed very open and well laid out.  The one thing that might have been better would be the signage for breweries or a map of them to help the day’s logistics. With 75 breweries present, it made it very difficult to hit everyone to see what was new and happening!  To be able to target specific ones early one would be priceless! Other than that, I think the new location is great!

As I mentioned, there were 75 breweries on site.  (See below for the link to the entire list of breweries)  Pouring over 175 brews, it is near impossible to get to everything between two guys and a camera, within four hours.  (But boy do we try!) This also does not give us time to listen to the guest speakers either.  I think this really needs a four man, full court operation to get to everything! That being said, there were some new breweries in addition to long time favorites!  Most of the pouring was done by volunteers from the firefighter association!  This year there seemed to be a few less than years past.  I also appreciated that most of the brewery reps were in the booth as well to help answer questions!

Of the new comers, some of our favorites included I & I Brewing Company, , Ritual Brewing and also Golden Road Brewing.   I & I has been in business for almost 1 year!  They actually specialize in Small Batches which allow them to offer a huge variety out of their tasting room in Chino, CA (Last I checked they had 14 live tap handles!). My favorite from them is the Session IPA.  It has a good amount of hops but the ABV is less than 5%!  Ritual in Redlands, CA , which we be opening shortly, is hitting the ground running with a brewery that will rival Hangar 24 with respect to overall capacity. According to Steve at Ritual, they are going to really work on some special releases.  The Red I tasted was fantastic, which is a good indicator they will be very successful! Golden Road located in Atwater Village founded also last year, with a focus on delivering via can’s. (No doubt due to one of the founders history with Oskar Blues!) have some great beers that the release year round as well as limited releases. They also have a great onsite pub at the brewery as well!

Some of the breweries from the past events that we stopped by included Maui Brewing , Craft Brewing and also Sierra Nevada   . From Maui, we were informed that there will be a collaboration beer happening with Dogfish Head in the coming months that will be featuring Breadfruit which sounds amazing! . At Craft, Kurt was serving up a special mix of the Raspberry Wheat and Stout creating a sort of Chocolate Raspberry Truffle (AMAZING!) and Sierra Nevada not only were pouring one of my favorite seasonals Tumbler, but also at 3 PM pulled out the BIG Guns with a session of Bigfoot!  I ended the day with some beers being poured by BRU grill  that included Dogfish Head Punk which is one of the best Pumpkin beers which they have been doing since 1994 and one of the breweries first beers!

In the food department, there was the awesome traveling fire truck pizza unit known as Company 77.   I always look forward to the amazing Pesto pizza they put out.  In addition, Stone Catering was onsite, Bru Grill  and several other food trucks serving up great stuff.  And for dessert… what is a better pairing with Great Beers than Brew Cakes.    This amazing creation uses locally sourced beer to concoct some wonderful  cakes and cupcakes.

The OC Brew Ha Ha continues to be one of the premier events in Southern California.  With their ever expanding number of breweries and food vendors, it will no doubt continue to grow and flourish!  A big congratulations goes out to everyone on the team including Ed, Tiffany and Cameron for a job well done.  We hope to expand our coverage a bit next year for better, comprehensive insight.  We are already preparing for next year’s event, Cheers!  El Hefe

Click to check out the great photos from the 2012 OC Brew Ha Ha Event.

Here is the entire list of breweries this year.


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