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The Beer Goddess

18 May 2016
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Great beer and excellent music go hand in hand—so it’s no wonder that craft beer is becoming a bigger deal each year at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, aka Coachella. Not only did the Craft Beer Barn delight beer fans for the third year in a row; this year’s festival included a smaller rare beer barn, craft beer cocktails and a cabin speakeasy by the Houston Brothers. Also present were all three of Coachella Valley’s local breweries, including La Quinta Brewing Co.—just weeks before taking home a gold medal at one of the world’s biggest beer competitions. (More on that later.) As I enjoyed the second weekend of the festival, seeing all of the great beer together with all of the renowned musicians got me thinking about pairings: Which brew goes best with which music? Prince Prince was at Coachella in spirit, after passing away on April 21,…
03 May 2016
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Belgium is reportedly home to 195 breweries, 93 beer firms and five gueuzeries. But you don’t need to visit Belgium to enjoy the country’s amazing beers. The season of beer festivals is upon us in full force; the Coachella Valley may not be the home of as many festivals as our neighbors in Los Angeles or San Diego—but you can always make a day trip to one of those aforementioned cities. That’s what I’ll be doing on Sunday, May 15. Join us as we head out on the party bus from the Coachella Valley to Belgian Fest 2016, at Stone Brewery World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station in San Diego for a wonderful day of Belgian brews paired with delicious dishes. The bistro opened in May 2013 in Point Loma’s now-historic Naval Training Center. More and more craft beer lovers have descended upon the desert, and a loyal group…
21 Mar 2016
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I recently rented out my room through AirBNB to a Smog City Brewing Co. employee. Located in Torrance, the 5-year-old brewery has quickly developed a cult following for its quality, flavorful beers. I was giddy when he brought with him a dozen of Smog City’s delicious stouts, IPAs and sours. That same weekend, I stayed in La Quinta, at Jim Lefebvre’s house. I got to sip on some Hoptonic IPA with a baseball legend. I learned more about baseball in that one weekend than I had in my entire life. The 1965 National League Rookie of the Year while he played for the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, Lefebvre was named to the All-Star Game in 1966. He played in Japan from 1973-76, then returned to the big leagues as a coach. He managed the Seattle Mariners, the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers, and managed China’s national baseball…
23 Feb 2016
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The Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience is back on March 5 with an amazing lineup of bands, wine and brews. Live music, craft beer from 48 breweries and amazing wine from 21 wineries will be enjoyed with the scenic Empire Polo Club as the backdrop. Kevin Olsen runs Adam’s Bottle Boutique in Redondo Beach; he is the RWB beer curator. “This year, we have a more unique selection of breweries,” he said. “Some are a little less mainstream, with some smaller breweries that are more artisanal and craft-driven. Last year, we definitely took a step in that direction. “Belching Beaver came out this year, (as did) Strand Brewing; Ritual Brewing, which is a little closer, is an Inland Empire brewery.” Here is more information some of the breweries that will be rockin’ this year’s Rhythm, Wine and Brews. Get more information at www.rwbexp.com. 10 Barrel Brewing: This is a favorite…
27 Jan 2016
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The craft-beer industry has long been on top of the latest trends and technology when it comes to helping people create, find and enjoy the best beer possible. In other words … when it comes to craft beer, yes, there’s an app for that. In fact, here are five applications I recommend for beer-lovers both geeky and curious. Untappd: Drink socially. That’s the mantra of Untappd. Imagine a beer app that’s a combination of Facebook, FourSquare and Yelp. With Untappd, you check in by both location and beer type. If the beer you’re drinking isn’t listed, you can add it yourself. In Yelp fashion, there’s a great five-bottle-cap rating system. Taking a page from Facebook, Untappd allows users to “friend” other beer-drinkers and say “cheers” regarding friends’ beer check-ins. The app also recommends other beers based on the style you’re enjoying. Drink new beers and unlock some awesome achievement badges!…
21 Dec 2015
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Some beer-drinkers and wine-drinkers have the idea that you must be loyal to one beverage or style. Well, let me introduce myself: My name is Erin Peters. I am a cross drinker—and I’m not the only one. A visit to California’s Central Coast offers cross-drinkers like me the chance to compare some of the world’s best artisan beers and wines. I recently took a drive up to Paso Robles, and then further north to the Monterey area, to find out what craft beers are preferred by wine experts. Midnight Cellars is a small-production, award-winning winery on the west end of Paso Robles. The boutique winery produces sustainably farmed Bordeaux grapes on 28 acres of hilly and limestone-rich soil. Midnight is known for making some of the best blends and big merlots. (Do not mention Sideways to the winemakers there!) Merlots are often viewed as gateway wines—kind of like pale ales…