Originally, stout meant “proud” or “brave”, but morphed into the connotation of “strong” after the 14th century. So, why on earth should this brave and strong beer style not have its own day of celebration? The holidays are approaching, the leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, so what better time for a holiday dedicated to drinking the dark, rich stuff?
In my recent trip to Ireland and a VIP tour of the Guinness Brewery, there were moments I felt like the female version of Charlie who won a golden ticket.
While there was no gluttonous German boy or Paraguayan millionaire touring with me, there was a factory that brewed top secret deliciousness, using special, local water. There was even a great glass elevator that took us up many flights only to display the gorgeous surrounding city. And yes, the tour was given by the slightly mischievous, coolheaded and abundantly generous brewer impresario – Fergal Murray.
Dreaming of a beery vacation where you can leisurly bike from village to village, hitting all the best breweries and beer cafes in Belgium or the Netherlands? Like most devote beer fans, Beer Cycling believes that beer is better enjoyed at the source. Explore the culture, history, tradition and scenery of a beer mecca with other like-minded people. Sounds like heaven, to me.
This October 18th Street Arts Center brings its renowned BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival) to the Westside of L.A. Held in the heart of Santa Monica, BAM Fest celebrates the best of locally produced art and music in conjunction with a variety of delicious craft beers. With 35-plus breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks, BAM Fest is prepared to draw record-breaking crowds in its third year as one of the Westsides’ most anticipated festivals.
Cost: $35 before Sept. 22 — $40 after Sept. 22 — $45 at the door gets you a BAM Fest logo tasting glass and unlimited sampling, 5 hours of live music, exploration of artist studios and galleries and the joy of drinking some of the best beers around.
LA Beer Week is an eleven day delebration of beer culture in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Featuring a mind and palate pleasing array of local beer establishments, breweries, beer cuisine, restaurants and education. Come out and celebrate the diversity of our local beer culture at one of the many events being held at great establishments all across the Southland.
“We are not in a bubble, we are knee deep in foam & the foam is still rising.” – Charlie Papazian
The author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer festival, the American Homebrewers Association and the Association of Brewers welcomed regional craft brewers, microbrewers, pub brewers, allied trade and media alike.
Thousands of people in the beer industry came to San Diego to network with one another at the 29th Craft Brewers Conference at the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center. Thirty five countries were in attendance, totaling approximately 4,500 people.