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Bronze Sky Blue Golden Ale Carolina Brewery NC German-Style Kölsch
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Silver Mecktoberfest The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery NC German-Style Märzen
Bronze Dominion Oktoberfest Old Dominion Brewing Co. DE German-Style Märzen
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Bronze Paintbrush Pilsner Snake River Brewing WY German-Style Pilsener
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Bronze Black Bear Morgan Street Brewery MO German-Style Schwarzbier
Gold Berliner Metro Weiss Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp VA German-Style Sour Ale
Silver German Sparkle Party 10 Barrel Brewing Co. OR German-Style Sour Ale
Bronze NBB Love Felix New Belgium Brewing Co. CO German-Style Sour Ale
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Silver AlpenGlow Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon OH German-Style Wheat Ale
Bronze Weizeneisbock Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. CA German-Style Wheat Ale
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Bronze Pale Ale Harvester Brewing OR Gluten-Free Beer
Silver Brown New Planet Beer Co. CO Gluten-Free Beer
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Silver Firemans #4 Real Ale Brewing Co. TX Golden or Blonde Ale
Bronze TAPS Cream Ale TAPS Fish House & Brewery CA Golden or Blonde Ale
Bronze Utah Sage Saison Epic Brewing Co. UT Herb and Spice Beer
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Bronze Double Jack Firestone Walker Brewing Co. CA Imperial India Pale Ale
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Gold Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout Weasel Boy Brewing Co. OH Imperial Stout
Bronze Russian Imperial Stout Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Media PA Imperial Stout
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Gold Got Beer BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder CO Indigenous Beer
Bronze Hot Rocks Lager Port Brewing Co. CA Indigenous Beer
Gold River Runners Pale Ale Eddyline Brewing CO International-Style Pale Ale
Silver Southern Chaos Hollister Brewing Co. CA International-Style Pale Ale
Bronze Pipe Organ Pale Ale The Church Brew Works PA International-Style Pale Ale
Bronze Balefire Red Echo Brewing Co. CO Irish-Style Red Ale
Gold Irish Red Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. CO Irish-Style Red Ale
Silver TAPS Irish Red TAPS Fish House & Brewery CA Irish-Style Red Ale
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Bronze Organic Hopworks Kellerbier Hopworks Urban Brewery OR Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
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Gold 6X Helles CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery – Fort Collins CO Munich-Style Helles
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Bronze Stagecoach Stout Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. CA Oatmeal Stout
Gold Oats Pizza Port Solana Beach CA Oatmeal Stout
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Bronze AleSmith Decadence ’10 Old Ale AleSmith Brewing Co. CA Old Ale or Strong Ale
Bronze Sawtooth Ale Left Hand Brewing Co. CO Ordinary or Special Bitter
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Silver Mens Room Original Red Ale Elysian Brewing Co. WA Ordinary or Special Bitter
Gold Reverb Imperial Pilsner Boulevard Brewing Co. MO Other Strong Beer
Bronze Double White Marble Brewery NM Other Strong Beer
Silver Heart of Gold Perennial Artisan Ales MO Other Strong Beer
Bronze Classic American Pilsner Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery MN Pro-Am Competition
Silver Pointon’s Proper – An English Mild RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Wheeling IL Pro-Am Competition
Gold More Fun Blonde New Belgium Brewing Co. CO Pro-Am Competition
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Bronze Black Sand Porter Kona Brewing Co. HI Robust Porter
Gold Gramarye Heretic Brewing Co. CA Rye Beer
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Bronze Roggenbier Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Phoenixville PA Rye Beer
Gold Way Heavy Pizza Port San Clemente CA Scotch Ale
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Bronze Scotch Ale Barley Brown’s Brew Pub OR Scotch Ale
Bronze MacPelican’s Scottish Style Ale Pelican Pub & Brewery OR Scottish-Style Ale
Silver Isle of Skye Scottish Ale Boscos Brewing Co. TN Scottish-Style Ale
Gold Wee Heavy Maui Brewing Co. HI Scottish-Style Ale
Gold Twerp Pizza Port Carlsbad CA Session Beer
Bronze Bitter American 21st Amendment Brewery CA Session Beer
Silver Dock Street/Thiriez Table Saison Dock Street Brewery PA Session Beer
Gold Bambastic Fort Collins Brewery CO Smoke Beer
Silver Rauchtoberfest Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Lancaster PA Smoke Beer
Bronze Smoke & Dagger Jack’s Abby Brewing MA Smoke Beer
Bronze Yazoo Hefeweizen Yazoo Brewing Co. TN South German-Style Hefeweizen
Silver Ebel’s Weiss Two Brothers Brewing Co. IL South German-Style Hefeweizen
Gold DreamWeaver Wheat Tröegs Brewing Co. PA South German-Style Hefeweizen
Silver Alaskan Birch Bock Alaskan Brewing Co. AK Specialty Beer
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Bronze Exit 8 Flying Fish Brewing Co. NJ Specialty Beer
Bronze Kuhnhenn Braggot Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. MI Specialty Honey Beer
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Silver George’s Fault Nodding Head Brewing Co. PA Specialty Honey Beer
Bronze Udder Madness Bastone Brewery MI Sweet Stout
Gold Udder Love Beachwood BBQ & Brewing CA Sweet Stout
Silver Milk Stout Rock Bottom Westminster CO Sweet Stout
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Bronze Danish Red Lager Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. CA Vienna-Style Lager
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Bronze Local Species Blue Mountain Barrel House VA Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
Gold Jerry Maker BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Chandler AZ Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
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Bronze George’s Phunk Nodding Head Brewing Co. PA Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Silver Sentience Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project CO Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
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Gold The Manhattan Project The Beer Co. CA Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Silver Silva Stout Green Flash Brewing Co. CA Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
Bronze Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout AC Golden Brewing Co. CO Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
Gold Fourteen Fourteen Central Waters Brewing Co. WI Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

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.

As the summer comes to a close it is about time to polish off the last Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. ( In addition to a standard review, I decided to do a comparison of Keg vs. Bottle vs. Can.    Hence the late review, since I wanted to give the can and the bottle some time to sit in the fridge.

Review on Summer Solstice

History – My first experience with Summer Solstice was in the summer of 2006. Once I tasted it, I knew it was a winner! That summer I had a full 13.5 gal keg.  Living in Southern California, that was my only keg choice.  Now we have the availability of 5.3’s which helps if you get through two fresh kegs before the end of the run! This beer is the close sibling to the Winter Solstice, which is where some of the spice notes are influenced.  Since its inception, it has gone through a bit of a transformation… This includes the dropping on the original tag line “Cerveza Crema” and the additional hops that have been introduced to help with longevity of the product!

Appearance – A very inviting beautiful medium copper color with bone white head that retains for good while with its tight bubble pattern. Nice glass lacing as well.

Aroma – Carmel and Malt goodness play a key role in this easy drinking summer beer. Vanilla as well and it has some nice bread and grain notes. Very pleasing and inviting aroma that makes you almost salivate for that first sip!

Flavor –  Sweet Carmel and Vanilla notes ring through. These are flavors are not as subtle as in years past but still are very inviting and acceptable to my tastes.  Detectible citrus flavors give it the summer spin that finish of with some hints of clove and possibly cinnamon (Or maybe that is the vanilla working!). The flavor profile of this beer is complex and changes as the beer warms up.  You will also get some different flavors if you are coming straight from the can vs. pouring it in a glass or cup.  The sweetness my be a bit surprising for some people, but for me I enjoy something multidimensional and it is somewhat deceptive with everything going on in this beer.

Mouth feel – Creaminess is excellent. Very good medium carbonation with a light-medium body.   Nice mouth coating with a clean finish.

Overall Impression –  A very enjoyable, easy drinking summer beer. At 5.0 ABV you can chill with your pals by the pool and keep pace with the festivities. I always look forward to this beer and start asking for kegs around April 1st. With any luck I am able to get atleast two kegs in before summers end!

Now for the Vessel Comparison – Keg vs. Bottle vs. Can!

The Keg along with the can and the bottle were purchased at around the same time at Bevmo in Chino Hills, CA. (The cans and bottles were out on the floor so they were at room temp up until I purchased them!)  I let them sit for about 3 weeks in the kegerator along with the keg to keep roughly the same temp before I cracked the first set for the comparison!

All three examples were poured into pint glasses. Again this helps to keep the playing field level.  This also helps to get the aroma out of the beer and is needed in order to get key indicators like head retention, color and overall appearance.

Of all the examples, the most head retention was the bottle.  This may have been due to the pour!   But for the most part, the product in the bottle seemed to break down a bit.  Versus the other examples, it seemed not as balance and the sweetness was more evident. It did not seem as fresh as the other two examples. The age of this been was maybe close to 3 months on this comparison, so that could be the reason!

Of course, the freshest and best tasting beer comes from the Keg.  I can really taste the difference. Head retention is good and the overall balance of the beer is great.  Of course the carbination from the keg delivery system helps as well! But, for the most part, many people will not have this choice, especially if you are not within the key distribution areas.

So this gets me over to the Can vs. Bottle debate.

Canned beer has been around for a long time, but this is not your grand fathers can of Olympia!  The technology that has been put into cans has improved greatly since then. Each can has a special lining (Actually a water based polymer in the case of Ball Manufacturing that produces the majority of the cans for the industry) that is designed to prevent any contamination or affect the overall taste of the product.

Overall shelf life.

Sept 3rd tasting.  Of course the Keg did not last until this date.  I did notice a tailing off at the end of about early August. (Which is about the 3 month period)

The bottle example I tried today had a date of April 13th, 2012.  (Julian dates are on the bottles only currently, it is a bit hard to detect and it is located between the collar and main label at the bottom of the neck.  It is best to shine a light or hold up to an open window to let the daylight shine through the glass! Calculation can be done via this website ) which puts it at 4.5 months.  My personal pallet would say it about 3 to 4 months should be the breaking point for the bottle.

The can on the other hand was still really good.  Unfortunately, I did not have a date to go with, I  am hoping at some point AVBC starts this practice. Other craft can makers already have this technology!   I am assuming the same batch so equal age to the bottle!  The can was opened and poured into  only cups this time.  (A couple of friends would not let me finish the last one alone!) Aside from maybe some of the spice notes dissipating, it was really good.  (I am looking for more to try again)

It also has a tad bit more bitterness in its flavor. (But not over powering)  Some of this has been done to help extend the shelf life of this beer.

This year examples are very close in most aspects.  There are some very slight nuances that I detected about each one of the methods. Just to prove the difference in batches, one year my keg had much more citrus and lightness in the color versus the much sweeter bottle. This year was not the case.

Head retention – Good retention on Can and Keg versions.  The Bottle seems to dissipate pretty quickly.

With the addition of the cans, you can really extent your months of enjoyment of the beer.  (Although, maybe it is a mind trick, but it seems much more refreshing coming from the can and obviously will retain more chill for that hot summer day rehydration ration!  From the keg, a chilled glass will also keep it cool or pour it into a pitcher with and ice cavity.  (Like the one from The moral of the story is to keep it cool! The first examples will for the most part be very close, as time goes on, the actual clear winner will be the can.  I plan to do this same test with Winter Solstice as well.  Including some cans from last year!

You might be able to still find some of this, as the summer seems to be extending itself for us this year!  If you see both cans and bottles, you now know which one to grab!

Cheers!  El Hefe

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.  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!

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
  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.

After surviving inspections and approvals, Chino Valley Brewing opened their tasting room to the public on Friday, July 27th.  We arrived 15 minutes early and the ‘open’ sign was already outside and six other people were inside tasting the brews on tap.  Four beers were on tap – a blonde, English ale, porter and stout. If you bought a flight of the four, you got a logo pint glass with that signature Chino cow on the brewery logo.   

The Butterfield Blonde was one of my favorites with good flavor and a surprising 6.3% ABV. Route 83 Ale brewed with English yeast was the strongest beer on tap at 7.9%. This brown has flavor reminiscent of ales found in English pubs.  Another favorite was the Prado Porter at 5.5% with a licorice taste from the star anise used in brewing.  The porter was available with regular carbonation or on nitro. The fourth beer for the opening was Foggy Morning Stout, a lighter stout at 5.2% served on nitro.   

Matthew Maldonado and Ray Duran, co-owners were clearly excited to be open and seemed a little surprised at the turnout for the opening day. They spent time behind the bar and greeting family, friends and new customers. Matt talked about his next beer on tap, Mule Car IPA, a double IPA with a bit more hop presence.

Brewing on a small 2/3 bbl system has its advantages and disadvantages, but as they posted on Facebook, they’re looking to upgrade soon. Based on the beer poured that first night, they will need to!  I also heard that growlers will be coming. So next time you’re on the 60 freeway in the Ontario area on a weekend, stop by and check them out!





On Thursday, July 19th 2012, Total Wine & More in Brea, CA was the host of a very special Firestone Walker Brewing event.  There were some great Beers, good Pizza and a nice group of folks in attendance.  It was a very well-received event which most likely is attributed to the host for the evening, Cofounder – David Walker!  In addition, Jason from Firestone and Daphne from Total Wine was in attendance helping with the logistics and pouring.  

The event was held in the Total Wine classroom off to the side for the store. The cost of the even was 15 dollars which covered the cost of the beer, glass and pizza that was brought in for the evening.  There were approximately 15 people in attendance. Two of which were Pat C and her husband Richard.  (Pat, as you know, does a good bit of writing for this Blog as well)   There was a great range of knowledge levels within the group which made for some great sharing and interaction between David and the rest of the attendees.

I have personally been drinking Firestone Walker beer since their inception in 1996 when they were operating out of the Firestone Winery in Santa Ynez, CA! (I actually brought up to David Walker “Windsor Ale” which was the 2nd beer they released as a company but later retired in favor of the Pale 31!) They have obviously come a long way since those days, but the thing has not changed; their commitment to putting our excellent beer! This has been further confirmed by the industry at large with the amount of awards and accolades they continue to collect every year!

David is a fantastic host and beer ambassador.  He makes it a point to come to events and sessions like these to not only promote the Firestone product, but Craft brewing in general.  He has an impressive depth of knowledge that was great to experience first-hand.  Firestone Walker Brewing and David himself both earn high marks for the work they do in this area.

The event started at 5:30 and unfortunately ended at 6:30. I think it was a bit too short and should have been more like 1:30 to 2 hours long.  It seemed a bit rushed towards the end but I understand that David is pretty busy and any time spent listening to him is always valued!

The lineup for the evening included Double Barrel Ale (DBA), Pale 31 , Union Jack, Double Jack, Wookey Jack, Solace and then ending with Walker’s Reserve.   (Unfortunately no surprise beers we brought for example, Double DBA)  All of the beers were poured into Firestone Logo’s glasses that we were able to keep.  Many of the beers have some amount of Barrel ageing that leads to a great uniqueness to the taste. David was great at explaining not only what goes into making these beers but also the origin and history of the classic examples these beers try to follow.  I can’t even do this justice by trying to repeat all of the amazing facts and figures that he covered in a short amount of time…  Needless to say David knows his stuff!

Thank You to Total Wine and More, Firestone Walker Brewing, and especially David Walker for this great event. I look forward to a Paso Robles trip and some in depth analysis of their lineup (Especially the beers that don’t leave the tasting room!)  in the near future. 

Here are a few pics myself and Pat took during the event.

Firestone Walker – Total Wine Photo Gallery

Chino Valley Brewery located on Francis Street in Ontario, California has announced their grand opening on July 27, 2012. They will be open to the public on Friday from 4:30-9pm and Saturday from 1-9pm.

Craft beer drinkers in the Inland Empire have been waiting for this announcement as they watched the progress of construction and inspections over the last several weeks on Facebook and Twitter.  Once the inspections were completed and approvals in place, the brewers began brewing beer in preparation for the opening.  The website indicates that 5 beers are usually on tap, sold by taster or pint. From their Facebook page, it looks like they plan to have a blonde, porter, ale and stout.  Stop in for a visit to see what else comes out those fermenters.



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