Dedicated to the preservation, presentation and interpretation of the Air Power of World War II, the Palm Springs Air Museumwas home to the 2nd annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, November 23rd. Sixteen breweries served their brews among Grumman A6 Intruders and McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantoms.

The veterans enjoyed the festival alongside the war planes, by volunteering to serve the beer.

As founder of Props & Hops, Brent Schmidtman, said, “…it’s an air museum, so there’s a lot of veterans that were pilots during wars, so that’s really where that whole thing started. And a lot of them volunteer and dedicate their time here all the time, whether it’s as mecanics to refurbish the airplanes, whether it’s in the snack shop…that’s kinda how it started and because they are volunteers here, they’re all very happy to volunteer to help in any way to help the museum. We’re very proud to have them here and honored.”

Among the 16 breweries were three Coachella Valley locals, Coachella Valley Brewing Co. (Thousand Palms), La Quinta Brewing Co. (Palm Desert) and Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse (Rancho Mirage).  
The other attendees included Black Market Brewing Co. (Temecula), Bootlegger’s Brewery (Fullerton), Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles), Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles), Hanger 24 Craft Brewery (Redlands), Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma), The Lost Abbey (San Marcos), New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins),Ninkasi Brewing Company (Portland), Packinghouse Brewing Company (Riverside), Refuge Brewery (Temecula) and Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido).

Thursday, 28 November 2013 14:54

Firestone Walker Opening Up Restaurant In Venice Beach

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L.A. continues to grow its culinary craft beer footprint with Firestone Walker's plans to open up offices and a restaurant by Q2 2014.

Firestone opened in Paso Robles in 2001 and is now California's fourth-largest craft brewery. The property is located at 3205 West Washington near Lincoln Boulevard. The space's two structures was purchased for a reported $7.5 million.

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.