The 4th annual the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ will be held March 21-23, 2014. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as the ultimate culinary destination.
ANAHEIM, CA—FirkFest, Orange County’s first cask beer festival, is set to take place on March 22, 2014 from noon to 4 P.M. on Farmers Park in the Anaheim Packing District located at 400 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim. Firkfest highlights Old World beer serving technique and blends them with new creativity of today’s burgeoning local craft brewers. Thirty Southern Californian breweries will participate in this unique event that pays homage to how beer has been traditionally served for centuries.
(Los Angeles, CA) – Fireman’s Brew, a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two firefighters, today announced a partnership with Crest Beverage to distribute its award-winning beers throughout San Diego County. With the addition of Crest Beverage, Fireman’s Brew continues to strengthen its distribution network throughout Southern California, adding Crest to a roster of leading distributors that includes: Allied Beverages, Mission Beverage and Haralambos Beverage. Together these partners will now provide distribution of Fireman’s Brew handcrafted beers from Santa Barbara County, down to San Diego County.
SAN FRANCISCO—Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of Anchor IPA; an adventurous new brew to join Anchor’s core lineup of distinctive, hand-crafted brews.
Could it be that one month is better than another for craft beer? I enjoy drinking craft beer just about any time for any reason, but February has a special place in the heart of California craft beer drinkers.
The culture of beer stretches back more than 4,000 years. Cheers to Jimmy Carter for launching the more recent microbrewery movement back in 1978, by making it legal to homebrew. In most states, it is legal to homebrew up to 100 gallons of beer per year for each adult in the household or 200 gallons maximum if more than one adult of legal drinking age resides there.
Homebrew is primarily made from malt extract, malt, hops, yeast and water. Once you know the basics, you’ll be able to experiment with offbeat ingredients and truly understand the craftsmanship that is home brewing.
In order to get started, visit your local homebrew supply shop. You can search the Homebrew Supply Shop directory at www.HomebrewersAssociation.org or search “brewing” or “home brewing” in your search engine.
ABV: Alcohol by Volume is a standard measure of how much alcohol (ethanol) is contained in an alcoholic beverage (portrayed as a percentage of total volume).
Adjunct: Any grain used in the brewing process besides wheat and barley. The grains used are typically either rice or corn.
Ale: Ales are any beer that is fermented with top fermenting yeast at warmer temperatures. Ales typically are associated with fruity flavors.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2): The gaseous by-product of the fermentation process along with alcohol. Sometimes this is captured and used to carbonate casked or Real Ales.
IBU: International Bittering Units provide a measure of the bitterness of beer. This measurement depends on the style of beer. Light lagers typically have an IBU rating of 5 while big, hoppy India pale ales have an IBU rating between 40 and 140.
Lager: Lagers are any beer that is fermented with bottom fermenting yeast at colder temperatures. Lagers are associated with crisp, clean flavors.
Malted Barley – Barley is a cereal grain that provides the sweetness, body, and much of the flavor in beer including tastes such as: grainy, toffee, toasty, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and roast. Malt extract is sugar extracted from the malted grains. Once malted, the barley provides sugar for the yeast to consume which provides the carbonation for the beer, when the alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2) is created.
Hops - The hop is a climbing plant related to hemp, and there are both males and females. Hops, flowers of the Humulus lupulus, are the balance to the malt in beer. It takes about an ounce of these dried flowers to bitter a ten gallon batch of beer but different styles of beer require different levels of bittering. Hops lend spicy, herbal, floral, citrus and earthy notes to the beer aroma and tasting experience.
Yeast - Yeast is a single-celled organism that consumes sugar while releasing alcohol and carbon dioxide (carbonation). The life blood of beer, yeast also provides hundreds of flavor and aroma compounds including fruity flavors such as apple, banana and pineapple, clove and smoke and earthy notes.
Water – It’s important to have high quality water when producing high quality beer. Water affects the perceived bitterness and hop utilization of finished beer. Different mineral contents in water will impact different factors in beer.
You will need:
Usually a 6.5-to-7-gallon (24.6 to 26.5 L) food-grade plastic bucket with a tight fitting lid. The lid will have a small hole where the air lock will be inserted.
Racking cane and tubing
Clear or white plastic cane and tubing used for transferring the beer (racking) from one vessel to another and during bottling.
An open-topped plastic bucket used during bottling.
A device used to affix bottle caps to the filled bottles of beer.
Your homebrew shop can recommend various options.
You can purchase clean, new bottles from many homebrew stores. You can also reuse empty bottles and clean them yourself.
This is used to measure the specific gravity or density of the beer before and after fermentation.
Carboy and accessories
Plastic carboys are rated up to 140°F (60°C). For each carboy, you will want a stopper, a carboy brush for cleaning the vessel and possibly a handle or web harness.
The Maltose Falcons Homebrewing Society, the oldest homebrewing club in the United States, marks its 40th anniversary with a year-long celebration filled with two commercial collaboration beers with acclaimed craft brewers Eagle Rock Brewery and Firestone Walker Brewing Co., homebrew competitions, monthly brewing sessions, monthly meetings, and brewing education events.
Do your holiday spirits need some more lifting? These beers will keep you warm as roasting chestnuts with their holiday-ified ABV, spices and rich barrel aged flavors. These seasonally appropriate flavor profiles featuring chocolate, ginger, cinnamon and winter fruits are a welcome respite from ugly Christmas sweaters and that Neil Diamond Christmas album your mom insists on playing every year. Bring goodwill and joy to your fellow man with the gift of the following holiday beers.
I’d venture to say there are few women in the world that can claim they’ve been brewing beer professionally for nearly a quarter of a century. Before brewing was all the rage, Teri was a grain handling, wort boiling, carboy carrying, yeast pitching, beer fermenting, woman, in a male-dominated industry.