Tasting the combination of cocoa and a Trappiste ale, I have to wonder if the monks in Belgium cleverly planned it all, establishing a brewing tradition in a country also known for its cocoa confectionary aptitude.
For these eleven days, beer had the starring role. L.A. Beer Week consisted of an array of local breweries, beer, tastings and cuisine in brewpubs, retaurants and taverns across Los Angeles and Orange County.
Kaua’i is famed for its diverse and scenic wonders, such as the 3,567-foot deep Waimea Canyon, stretching 14 miles across the western end of the island and often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, water-sports galore like scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and of course, the 43 gorgeous white sand beaches.
We arrived to our hotel, the Aston of Maka’iwa in Kapaa. Or, as Nicholas Cage would say in Honeymoon in Vegas, “Kap-a-A-A!” The balmy, beautiful evening led us to the hotel bar by the pool - Cooks Landing - where I ordered a 14 oz. Kauai Gold. The local beer is brewed by Hawai‘i Nui Brewing. It’s a light-bodied, all-malt golden ale that has a sophisticated bitterness balanced by a delicate citrus finish. Kauai Gold is one of the go-to quaffs of the island, and is available on Kaua’i, Maui, Oahu and the big island of Hawai’i. The next day, we wondered around Kapaa. And yeah, we were sucked into the timeshare lecture meeting for a couple hours. But hey, we saved $200 on our car rental. Having a proclivity towards pub-style nightlife - even on Kauai - we inquired into local pubs, as night fell. As luck would have it, there were a couple within walking distance. Also in Kapaa, tucked in the Coconut Marketplace was the two room, wooden shack of a pub called Tradewinds. We tried to order a Guiness, as it was September 24th (they turned 250 years old), but alas they were out of the popular stout. We ordered a Longboard Ale, when suddenly it started pouring rain....lovely warm rain. Apparently, Thursdays are DJ night, and he was impressing us with some older hip hop like Run DMC, a little bit of disco and altered Blondie with a rap background. Meanwhile, the Longboard Ales were going down easy. This became obvious when my photographer began buying beers for the DJ and demanding EPMD.
Enjoy $5 pints every Friday and Saturday, at 6pm at the Angel City Brewery in Alpine Village.
This weekend is the LAST weekend (10/23 & 10/24) to enjoy Angel City beers in the brewery!
In the early afternoon of September 26th 2009, I realized that Vincenzo Giammanco had pulled off exactly what southern California beer lovers have been thirsting for.
Many cities know how to put on a beer festival, but Hollywood knows how to put on a beer production. Paramount Studios in Hollywood near Stage 25 and 26 was home to this years Septemberfest - America's answer to Octoberfest.
I arrived at the San Diego Festival of Beer in downtown San Diego on Friday, September 18th, on the corner of Columbia and B Street, near the W Hotel. The two girls at the front table directed me to security around the corner, because I wasn't on the list. After informing them that I was press, and supposed to be on the list, they directed me back to the table with the girls.
Guinness will celebrate its 250th anniversary in style on September 24th. Some of the biggest names in music (including the Black Eyed Peas) will perform live in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, the home of GUINNESS®.
It was hot. The kind of hot where you just want to float in a lake with an ice, cold beer. The Irvine Lake wasn’t open for swimming or ‘beer floating’ as I like to call it, but luckily there was plenty of cold beer from Orange County and 60 other domestic and international brands.
The 1st Annual Trump National Wine and Beer Festival was held on Sunday, August 16, 2009. Approximately 50 wineries and micro-breweries were in full force on the grass. The famous golf club provided for an amazing backdrop on the cliffs of Palos Verdes.