The first Lucky Lager brewery was established by the General Brewing Corporation of San Francisco on 31 August, 1933. General Brewing was begun as Prohibition was ending as a way to profit from the beer business boom. Unlike other large, new breweries at that time, General Brewing built everything from the ground up.
IPA. Its very mention can inspire visions of acres of hop fields. August 4th marks the first annual International IPA day. On Thursday August 4th, craft beer drinkers across the globe will raise a pint in a collective toast to one of craft beer’s most beloved styles: the India Pale Ale.
“She had to leave Los Angeles...” As I pulled back the maroon drapes to a tiny bar that we passed nearly three times, these were the words being sung.
Back in 2009, we entered the dusky, hipster, Brooklyn-ish type, unassuming bar on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park, after arriving too late to a beer festival. The majority of the folks there seemed just …cool. The ‘I’m not trying’ kind of cool. You know, Vincent Galo cool.
Salute is to express commendation of or praise; to address with expressions of kind wishes, courtesy, or honor - to give a sign of respect, courtesy, or goodwill to greet. Yeah, that about sums it up.
“Two to three inches of head is how they do it.” Travis tells his team in preparation. “It’s near blasphemy to pour it wrong.”
As the festive holidays arrive, let us not forget one of the most celebrated reasons of family gatherings, to drink. Let us count the ways… mulled wine, spiked eggnog, hot buttered rum….but don’t forget the awesome winter and Christmas ales. No preparation needed.
I recently had a glorious, hedonistic evening, with several free flights and full pints of various Belgium style and wonderful American craft beers, some that hadn’t even been released yet. Alongside, was food pairings consisting of Santa Barbara sea urchin, duck breast w/ akane apple, chanterelles and bacon, foie gras ravioli, strips of double cut New York Strip and cheeses like the Smokey Blue and Rogue Chocolate Stout Cheddar from Rogue Creamery. And it was free.
Beer and football. It goes together like peanut butter and jelly…like rosemary and thyme… like flies on shit or like rama lama lama ke ding a de dinga a dong. Ya’ know, like the Superbowl and the Detroit Lions – just kidding on that last one.
Someone once said, "If beer and women aren't the answer, then you're asking the wrong questions."
Stone Brewery is proving, yet again, that they are in the forefront of the craft beer industry. The third installment of their ‘Women Only’ beer classes - held at the brewery – featured eight stouts and porters and about 40 beer loving women of all ages.
The image of a fresh, ice cold, frosted glass full of light beer has been imprinted into our mindset with just as much force as, well, millions of dollars of beer advertisers can shove down our collective throats. The very concept of deliberately aging a beer contradicts everything we see and hear in most beer advertisements. Such fizzy, yellowish lagers will indeed suffer with a few months of age. The most common, mass-market beers such as Budweiser, Heineken, Stella Artois and Corona, are designed to be drunk as soon as they leave the brewery.