Upcoming Events – Tony’s Darts Away

Tony’s Darts Away 5th Anniversary – April 4th & 5th

TDA5Fellow TDA regulars will recall that we’ve covered the past Tony’s Darts Away Anniversary weekends and commemorative Dart’s Away IPA releases. This April marks five years of a constantly rotating list of quality craft beer at Tony’s and festivities, April 4th and 5th, promise to be on par with previous years celebrations. Continue reading

Beer For The Apocalypse

aam-art-revBeer Guy LA friend and contributor, Dane Elcar recently threw back a few pints with us over the release of his latest audiobook. This time he lends his voice to the critically acclaimed novel, “Above All Men” written by Eric Shonkwiler and produced by Fiddleblack. In celebration of his efforts, we decided to take on the apocalypse depicted in the story by asking what might be the most important question of all: what beers pair best with the end of the world? Continue reading

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest Tickets

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival***THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Took all of 60 seconds.***

It’s that time again! Hopefully you’ve budgeted your beer money wisely this year, because tickets for the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest go on sale this Sunday.

For those who may not have heard of this festival, it has been one of the best and most sought after beer festivals to take place in California for the last few years. Firestone Walker has been able to get some of the worlds greatest breweries to come out to Paso Robles for one day of amazing beer. The event consists of more than 45 breweries that were hand selected by Firestone Walker to participate. Previous years saw the likes of Russian River, Three Floyds, Cigar City Brewing, Mikkeller, and Jester King Brewery. If you have not been before, this is definitely a beer fest to put on your bucket list. The sheer amount of rare and impossible to otherwise get beers along with the chance to talk with the brewers who made those beers really doesn’t exist at that many other beer festivals.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014) – Goose Island

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2014There are very few beer events that coincide with special days in the “real world”. The one exception to this rule is the Black Friday release Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout and its four variations. You may remember that we wrote about Bourbon County last year as it was the first time that this historically coveted beer had been “officially” distributed to California. As Black Friday approaches, I’ve done the very difficult work of trying this year’s batch and gathering all the info on where you can find some to try yourself. Continue reading

Sin Tax – Mother Earth Brew Co.

CU1_sm2A sucker for peanut butter anything, my interest was piqued when I discovered Sin Tax from Mother Earth Brew Co. Whereas other peanut butter stouts use a sweet Milk Stout to support the peanut butter flavor, Mother Earth’s Sin Tax is able to balance the rich peanut butter in a full on imperial stout.

The pour and color are spot on for the style, boasting a fluffy cap of coffee colored foam that leaves subtle lace throughout the glass. The nose is of roasted malt, subtle chocolate, and a polite dose of peanut butter. Continue reading

Mohawk Bend Announces Blog, 2nd Annual LA IPA Fest

LAfestlogoA fixture on the craft beer scene, Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend has launched a blog in support of their commitment to local craft beer. In the inaugural post written by owner Tony Yanow, they’ve also announced the return of the Los Angeles IPA Festival – December 6th.

Last year’s IPA fest at Mohawk Bend featured a stunning list of California IPA’s too long to mention, save for Noble Ale Works’ winner Tongue Tickles and my personal favorite, Day Game, a hoppy IPL courtesy of Kinetic Brewing (and at that time Alexandra Nowell).

Though we’ll all have to stay tuned to catch the 2014 tap list, it’s fair to say Mohawk Bend will deliver on another great event, and no doubt up the ante with even more handles dedicated to brews you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in town.


Coffee Milk Stout – Stone Brewing

Stone Coffee Milk StoutMost people would agree that Stone is known for intense, in your face, hoppy beers, but even breweries need to try something a little different sometimes. So when news of Coffee Milk Stout started surfacing I was kind of interested that they would take such a deviation from their usual offerings.

To be fair, Stone does have quite a few offerings that don’t fall into the “hop bomb” category, like the Smoked Porter and their seasonal Saison. Of all the non-hoppy styles that come to mind, a milk stout was the last one I’d expect Stone to pursue, but in usual craft beer fashion this beer has an interesting origin story. Continue reading

LA Beer Week 2014 – Stone Brewing Company Events

LA Beer Week 2014For those of you planning your LA Beer Week 2014 – #LABW6 agenda, here are a slew of Stone Brewing company events to consider, kicking off a bit early with tomorrow night’s “Mother of all Tap Takeovers” at Story Tavern.

Thursday, September 18th:
“Mother of all Stone Tap Takeovers” – 6:30pm
150 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank

-Bastard in the Rye
-Old Guardian 2013
-Old Guardian 2014
-Cali Belgique
-Chipotle Porter
-Coffee Milk Stout
-Reason to be Damned
-Stone Delicious
-2013 Double Bastard
-Woot Stout
-IRS 2014
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-Oak Smoked Old Guardian
-Stochasticity Quad
-Burnin Rosids Saison
-Sublimely Self Righteous
-Smoked Porter
-Sprocket Bier
-18th Anniversary
-Loca Veza
-Hibiscus IPA
-Stone Pale
-stone IPA
-Go to IPA
-Cask (ruined)

Saturday, September 20:
Mystery Tap Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
To kick off LA Beer Week, Stone is tapping two amazing mystery beers. Facebook fans will be the first to get a sneak preview of the beer list at 10 a.m. To find out the beers or “like” the page, visit Facebook.com/StoneStorePasadena.

Sunday, September 21:
Big Bottle Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.
Stone is going big for LA Beer Week celebrations and breaking into the cellar to bring out vintage and barrel-aged bottles for fans to purchase. More details are available for the 3-liter bottles and Quingenti Millilitre 500-ml bottles available for sale.

Monday, September 22:
Beer U: Pasadena – Barrel Aging from 7 to 9 p.m.
Join Steve Gonzalez, Stone Research & Small Batch Brewer, for a casual and educational discussion about the deliciously enhancing magic of barrel aging beers, while guests enjoy a variety of Stone barrel-aged creations. Beer list includes: Stone w00tstout 2.0, Stone Arbalest (Belgian Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels), Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone Passion Project and 2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine aged in White Wine Barrels.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance at Stone Company Store – Pasadena only.

Tuesday, September 23:
Stone Vertical Epic Ale Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m.
Stone is digging deep into the archives and bringing out Stone Vertical Epic Ales to share with LA-area fans. More details are available for the beers that will be on draft and the bottles available for sale.

Wednesday, September 24:
Wednesday with Wil Wheaton from 7 to 9 p.m.
Stone collaborator Wil Wheaton is back to celebrate LA Beer Week with an epic tap takeover event showcasing some of his brews, as well as other amazing Stone collaboration beers. During the event, Wheaton will be onsite to mingle with fans and exchange geeky homebrew lingo. Stone is donating a portion of the event’s proceeds to the Pasadena Humane Society, a non-profit organization close to Wheaton’s heart. Details on the beer list are available.

Thursday, September 25:
Thursday Liberty Station Brews from 7 to 9 p.m.
Join Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham and fellow collaborators NASA’s Bobok Ferdowsi, and actress and Team Unicorn star Rileah Vanderbilt, while they show off the fruits of their labor. The evening’s draft list includes Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Unicorn Summoning Ale (collaboration with Rileah Vanderbilt), Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Galileo’s Four Moon Brew (collaboration with Bobak Ferdowsi) and a new Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station beer yet to be announced.

Saturday, September 27:
Small Batch Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
Fans will have a chance to taste some of the special barrel-aged creations from the Stone Small Batch Team featured during Monday’s Beer U with Stone Research & Small Batch Brewer Steve Gonzalez. Draft list: Stone Passion Project, Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels, Stone Arbalest (Belgian Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels) and more to be announced on the Stone Company Store – Pasadena Facebook page at 10 a.m. For more information or to “like” the page, visit Facebook.com/StoneStorePasadena.

Stay tuned for more info on remaining #LABW6 events!