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Redlands will be the site of one big party today!  Hangar 24 is celebrating their 4th Anniversary in grand style.  Many Special Releases, anniversary Beer, Food vendors and some great music!  There will also be a shuttle service to alliviate the parking challenges around the airport! @hangar24brewery





Today is the Firestone Walker International Beer Fest located in Paso Robles, CA.  This event is Sold Out!  We look forward to some news from the event from our good friend and fellow Beer Reporter, Pat Callard and Husband Richard! Wish we were there!  @gandolfcat @firestonewalker @fw_brewmaster

Official Beer Blog will be at the event.  Hope to see everyone there! Cost is 30 dollars with unlimited pours!  Starts at 1 and runs til 5PM!  15 Breweries, 3 Bands and some great food.  All for a great cause as well. (Cops for kids!) Click the calendar link for more info.  @CraftBrewingCo


If you are around the Inland Empire area tonight, I & I breweing will be having their Grand Opening.  It should be a great event.  Looking forward to trying to new brews and supporting some hard working local brewers with some great ideas!  Hope to see you there!

We will post a recap in case you dont make it.

For more information, see our events page post.


Union Station was the site for the finale of LA Beer Week.  One of the best things about this festival is you can take the train to Union Station.  No problems finding parking and plenty of time to relax and visit with friends on the train.

The festival showcased breweries from the Los Angeles area, across the US, and around the world. More than 70 breweries poured unlimited 4 ounce pours of their beers, some of which are hard to find.  Enjoying a sunny day with friends and great beer made the event an enjoyable day.

Many of the beers and local breweries provided highlights for the afternoon. Unity was the official LA Beer Week collaboration beer brewed by Eagle Rock Brewery and Craftsman Brewing.  This beer, a tamarind saison at 6.7% ABV was easy to drink with a hint of sour.  Ladyface Alehouse poured Hot for Teacher, an IPA brewed with habenero peppers. This one was surprisingly good, with just enough heat from the peppers and not a lot of bitterness usually found in an IPA. Ohana Brewing, a new LA brewery poured Black Dahlia, their black IPA and two unnamed sours.  Smog City Brewing had a great coffee porter that brought many back for a second pour.

Festival goers waited in long lines for some harder to find beers like Kern River Citra, Bootlegger’s Imperial Black Phoenix, and Firestone Walker 14. All in all it was an enjoyable day and it is good to know that LA is making great strides in supporting and promoting craft beer and local breweries.


The Beer for Brains Foundation is a national, non-profit organization of craft-beer lovers, distributors and brewers, who are committed to:

  • Raising public awareness about brain cancer
  • Engendering compassion for its victims and
  • Helping fund groundbreaking research leading to a cure.

Based in Peoria, AZ,  are one of only a handful of beer industry-related charities currently operating in the United States.

And tomorrow you have the opportunity to help them by drinking beer at the Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ. The BFBF will giving away merchandise, and also a Beer for Brains – RAREaffair™ ticket!

I’m looking forward to the main event at the Beer for Brains – RAREaffair™, I will be helping them for the first pouring session. So I hope to see you there! I also hope to see you tomorrow night at the Taste of Tops tasting room enjoying a pint and supporting this great cause!

Also let’s take a look at 13 beers that are a must try thanks to James Swann, one of Phoenix’s knowledgeable beer promoters.

On Saturday, November 5, 2011, the Beer for Brains Foundation will be hosting a RAREaffair™  at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona from 6:30 – 10:30pm (5:30 p.m. admission for VIPs.) RAREaffair™ provides the exclusive opportunity to enjoy over 75 rare craft-beers, wines, select spirits and cigars, local gourmet cuisine, three live bands, a silent auction, raffles, door prizes and more. The Beer for Brains Foundation invites anyone with a passion for excellence to join us in this celebration under the stars to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research.


General $75.00 VIP $175.00 Designated Driver $30.00

To buy your tickets go HERE or follow them on facebook



 Check out the teaser list of beer by following this link!




Looking for a German pint? Then join me this weekend (14th, 15th, and 16th) or next weekend (21st, 22nd, and 23rd) at Haus Murphy’s 14th annual Oktoberfest for an authentic bier! There will be live music by GUGGENBACH-BUAM from Heidelberg, Germany. It will be an $8 cover plus food and drink for these events. They’re located at 5739 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale AZ. If you’re interested in the food menu, click here  but the more important list that we all need to know is the beer list Here. I’ll be trying the Franziskaner Dunkel that will be on tap, described as a “unfiltered dark wheat beer, dark roasted malt, mild caramel color; smoky roasted grain finish.” which comes in at 5% ABV.

Fun Fact:

The Franziskaner brewery has been able to trace its roots back to 1363 making it the oldest brewery in Munich, and the name “Franziskaner” was derived from the Franciscan monastery diagonally across the street. To learn more about this brewery check out their website.



Haus Murphy’s is offering a flight of Oktoberfest beers from September 26 thru October 13 for $10.  That is three .3 liter beers for $10.  That ends tonight so get out there tonight for this deal!

Dale Bros. Brewery in Upland, California announced details for their second annual Oktober-Fiesta to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 4-9pm.  Attendees at the event will be able to taste the first keg of their new IPA which will be available that day.  This is a first for a brewery that only brewed lagers (until now, as hinted on their website).

Admission to Oktober-Fiesta is free with food, beer, water and soft drinks available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by three bands.  The event will be held at Cable Airport, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland which is the future home for this brewery.

Sad to hear that Karl Strauss at Universal Citywalk in Hollywood has cancelled their Reverse Tap Takeover event scheduled for Thursday, October 13 as part of LA Beer Week.  The event would have paired beers from LA breweries with food prepared by the Karl Strauss chefs.  Having been to other events at this location, this is a true disappointment for both craft beer and food lovers.

In an email to registrants, Karl Strauss indicated that ABC permitting issues led to the cancellation.  Refunds are being processed.

Karl Strauss still has their line of craft beers on tap to enjoy, or check out other events scheduled for LA Beer Week at


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