Tuesday, 10 November 2009 03:37

Stone Beer & Chocolate Pairing

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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. 

Friday, 30 October 2009 10:30

15th Annual Christmas Beer Festival in Belgium

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For two days beer drinkers can taste more than 100 Belgian Christmas and winter beers in what is most likely the most popular Christmas beer festival in the world.  It's held in Essen, Belgium (north of Antwerp, near the Dutch border) on December 12-13. 

Friday, 30 October 2009 10:30

15th Annual Christmas Beer Festival in Belgium

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For two days beer drinkers can taste more than 100 Belgian Christmas and winter beers in what is most likely the most popular Christmas beer festival in the world.  It's held in Essen, Belgium (north of Antwerp, near the Dutch border) on December 12-13. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2009 02:39

Eleven Days of Beer in and Around Los Angeles

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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. 

Monday, 12 October 2009 16:50

Island Brews

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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.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 23:23

Angel City Breweryfest

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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!  

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 23:23

Angel City Breweryfest

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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!  

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 08:00

The Return of the Beer Fest

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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. Beer drinkers at the California Beer Festival 2009