—Recognition Also Bestowed Upon Departing White House Chef Sam Kass—
Boulder, CO • December 17, 2014 – ‘Tis the season of giving…and brewing! This holiday season, in recognition of their support and participation in the popular American hobby of homebrewing, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) has extended special lifetime gift memberships to President Obama—the first president to brew beer in the White House—and outgoing White House chef Sam Kass.
Mark Twain once said, “The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious.”
Those words weren’t truer than they were on Saturday, during the rare beer flight, flying over the Coachella Valley.
Every year for the past 33 years, Denver, Colorado attracts thousands of craft beer lovers and brewers to what is known as the largest beer festival in the nation. And this year was the biggest ever, with about 3,500 beers being poured for 49,000 festival attendees.
One of the overarching themes of the weekend was “more”.
Located just 60 miles from the Coachella Valley, Temecula is known as Southern California’s wine country. Commonly known as the 'jewel' of Riverside County; the charming California town produces over 50 different varietals of wine.
And this is a great thing for the craft beer industry.
Coachella Valley Brewing will be celebrating Stout Day on Thursday, November 6th, with five new stouts!
The weather has cooled down in the valley and what better time to explore what the craft beer industry has to offer. Beer festivals are the perfect place to experiment, meet fellow craft beer enthusiasts and even get involved in your community!
For the third year, Palm Springs combines two things that you may not normally think to pair: beer and planes. That’s right, the Props and Hops Beer Festival commences again on Saturday, November 22nd. Held at the historical air museum in Palm Springs, a picturesque spot with gorgeous views of the desert mountains, Props and Hops will feature brews that range from slightly funky to dark and rich.
Set amongst palm trees, hotel pools and golf courses in a throwback atmosphere, Palm Springs remains a major cultural hub with its modern architecture, noteworthy chefs and poolside cocktails.
Previously known for its decadent weekend retreats, Palm Springs was a destination for the truly hip. Frank Sinatra often hoisted his Jack Daniels flag on the flag pole in his luxurious Movie Colony neighborhood, which went up like a smoke signal to Frank’s cohorts that it was cocktail hour.