The internationally famous desert resort destination that we call home, as of this moment, does not have a commercial-production brewery with a tasting room.
Who knows why? Blame the caviar crowd, or maybe the midcentury martini surroundings. In any case, this omission will soon be no longer, thanks to Coachella Valley Brewing Co.
Revered as one of the best beer festivals ever and sold out months prior to the festivities, Firestone Invitational Beer Fest was born from a dream of creating a world class festival featuring not only the best brewers in the world, but brewers whom they feel are leading the craft.
And having now experienced the beer festival among festivals in Paso Robles, I wholeheartedly agree.
Most craft beer drinkers are already privy to the numerous awards that Firestone Walker has deservedly won over the years. What most of us may not know about the four-time world beer cup champion and multiple GABF winner is that they blend the artistry of local farming with state of the art brewing technologies and forward thinking brewers.
With roots in the wine country on California’s central coast, this brewing powerhouse team is among an elite group, leading the craft beer revolution. It’s a bold statement, for an even bolder brewery.
We've all used those products and services that make you wonder why they didn't exist sooner. Their brilliance in simplicity begs the question, 'why didn't I think of this?' In today's 'we want quality, we want it now and we want to take it with us' world, The Can Van delivers convenience in a can.
Awards and medals for brewing and dining excellence adorn Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse like golf courses adorn Palm Springs. And the smell of bbq hits you like the blues - a comfortable, yet uninhibited, tantalizing embrace.
Decades ago, Don Callender started a Southern California chain of American style restaurants that was known for its pies, fully stocked saloon and salad bar. As the years passed and the restaurant chain was sold and merged with other restaurants, Don had a slightly different vision of BBQ and beer.
The three-tiered beer distribution system can be a bit dizzying. Beer distributors act as the middle man between brewers and the liquor and grocery stores that sell the final product. They also provide transportation, refrigerated storage and maintenance, because producers do not sell directly to bars, liquor stores, or grocery stores. Who cares, right? Well, certain craft breweries are only able to distribute their beers to specific regions. After all, craft beer is best served in its local, where it's brewed. But with the advent of monthly beer clubs and specialty beer shops, more of us can get our hands on what we want: more great beer.
Queen City Brewers Festival (QCBF) returns Saturday, February 2nd, 2013. QCBF is exclusive to the Charlotte-area breweries that are putting the Queen City on the craft beer map. The event will feature a diverse selection of beer styles and flavors to taste and learn about from official brewery representatives.
Originally, stout meant “proud” or “brave”, but morphed into the connotation of “strong” after the 14th century. So, why on earth should this brave and strong beer style not have its own day of celebration? The holidays are approaching, the leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, so what better time for a holiday dedicated to drinking the dark, rich stuff?
In my recent trip to Ireland and a VIP tour of the Guinness Brewery, there were moments I felt like the female version of Charlie who won a golden ticket.
While there was no gluttonous German boy or Paraguayan millionaire touring with me, there was a factory that brewed top secret deliciousness, using special, local water. There was even a great glass elevator that took us up many flights only to display the gorgeous surrounding city. And yes, the tour was given by the slightly mischievous, coolheaded and abundantly generous brewer impresario – Fergal Murray.
Dreaming of a beery vacation where you can leisurly bike from village to village, hitting all the best breweries and beer cafes in Belgium or the Netherlands? Like most devote beer fans, Beer Cycling believes that beer is better enjoyed at the source. Explore the culture, history, tradition and scenery of a beer mecca with other like-minded people. Sounds like heaven, to me.