Friday, 01 November 2013 15:43

Karl Strauss Releasing Peanut Butter Cup Porter

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Having just devoured several of these yesterday over Halloween, the timing is earily perfect for the release of their rich porter. Diabetics beware, Karl Strauss Brewing Company is releaseing their wildly popular Peanut Butter Cup Porter today, November 1st.

Brewed with chocolate malt, caramel malt, peanut butter and cocoa nibs, the beer is a medium-bodied porter with smooth layers of peanut butter and chocolate.

San Diegans rejoice, as this specialty beer is only available to you, during San Diego Beer Week.

Friday, 01 November 2013 15:09

International Stout Day - November 2013

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I like my beer like I like my men: tall, dark and handsome.  What is the darkest beer of them all?  Well hello, stout!

Originally, stout meant “proud” or “brave”, but morphed into the connotation of “strong” after the 14th century. So, why on earth should this handsome, brave and strong beer style not have its own day of celebration?  

Happily, it does.

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.