Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:57

15th Annual Learn to Homebrew Day is November 2nd!

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Learn to Homebrew Day is less than two weeks away!

Learn to Homebrew Day was established by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 1999 to encourage people to homebrew.

Sunday, 08 September 2013 10:56

Another New Brewery Is on Tap in the Coachella Valley

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The soon-to-open La Quinta Brewing Company is part of a deliciously welcome trend.

According to the national Brewers Association, as of June 2013, 2,483 craft breweries were operating in the United States. That number is up 6 percent over just a year—and it’s the most craft breweries the U.S. has ever seen.

Friday, 21 June 2013 13:56

Craft Beer Weekend at the Ace Hotel

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If you’re up for two full days of craft beer, culinary delights and live music with just the right balance of nostalgia and vogue, then Ace Hotel’s annual Craft Beer Weekend is for you. The youthful hotel on the eastern leg of Palm Canyon Drive was the perfect spot for the hipster chic celebration of craft beer.

Most beer festivals that are hosted at fairgrounds, parking lots or large venues may have capacity for large quantities of beer. But the hotel’s Friday evening’s menu and Saturday BBQ and beer tastings were a slightly smaller celebration, by the pool, Palm Springs style. The sun, the view, the water and the California style beers are, in fact, their ace in the hole.

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.

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 17:04

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest - 2013

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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.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:56

Journey To The Center of the Barrel

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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.

Saturday, 02 February 2013 10:22

Craft Beer Connect

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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.

Friday, 25 January 2013 15:21

The Can Van is on a Roll

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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.