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Restaurants, Squid Ink 4 Things We Learned Bar Hopping with Firestone Walker

4 Things We Learned Bar Hopping with Firestone Walker

On Saturday, Sept. 27, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. celebrated the end of LA Beer Week with their third annual Wild Ride. In a 1964 Series 2A Land Rover named Olivia, they delivered kegs of specialty sour beer from their Barrelworks brewery in Buellton to four different bars throughout Los Angeles...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 8 Beer Festivals to Keep You Drinking All Summer

8 Beer Festivals to Keep You Drinking All Summer

Nothing says summer in Southern California like unlimited beer outside on a sunny day. If you're new to craft beer, attending a festival is the perfect way to access many different breweries and styles in one place. Plus food to keep you grounded and music to keep you occupied.  Every...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 6 Reasons the Firestone Walker Invitational Is the Ultimate Beer Fest

6 Reasons the Firestone Walker Invitational Is the Ultimate Beer Fest

51 breweries attended the third Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival (FWIBF) last Saturday, May 31. The Paso Robles event has quickly garnered a prestigious reputation because the breweries represented are meticulously selected from all over the world by Firestone Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson. Last year was unbearably hot and high gravity beers idled...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 California Beers To Buy This Minute

5 California Beers To Buy This Minute

A three day weekend is swiftly approaching - and plenty of beer drinking with it. Lucky for you, this is one of the most exciting weeks we've seen for beer releases, and every selection we've featured is unique and large-format. If you're looking for beers you can take generous pulls...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5th L.A. Vegan Beer Fest Delivered Animal-Free Beer and Food

5th L.A. Vegan Beer Fest Delivered Animal-Free Beer and Food

Saturday, May 17, was the perfect day for a cold beer. The 5th Los Angeles Vegan Beer Festival saw the close of American Craft Beer Week and a scorching heat wave, with crisp, low-alcohol beers that were more popular than ever. Lagers and fruity beers were highly appreciated, but it was a salty gose...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Beer Quality Issues You Should Know About

5 Beer Quality Issues You Should Know About

Quality is the most talked-about issue in craft beer right now. Many homebrewers are starting commercial breweries. There is no compulsory quality control to open business, so brewers have to take the initiative to educate themselves. As the number of U.S. breweries multiplies, speculation rises about whether a bubble burst...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A Michael Pollan Speech, and Other Highlights From the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference

A Michael Pollan Speech, and Other Highlights From the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference

Last week 9,000 beer industry professionals gathered in Denver for the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) and BrewExpo America. Attendance reached a new high for the 31st edition of the CBC, organized by the Brewers Association (BA), with 1,100 U.S. breweries represented. Paul Gatza, director of the BA, advised a happily captive audience Wed., April 9, on the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A. County Craft Brewers Win at the 2014 World Beer Cup

L.A. County Craft Brewers Win at the 2014 World Beer Cup

The World Beer Cup is the Olympics of beer. There is no better way to describe one of the biggest and most prestigious commercial beer competitions open to breweries from around the world. Held in Denver on Fri., April 11, at the end of the Craft Brewers Conference, the World Beer Cup awards ceremony...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Where to Unite Your Inner Beer and Board Game Geekery

Where to Unite Your Inner Beer and Board Game Geekery

Until recently your devotion to Dungeons and Dragons might have been a fetish you concealed from coworkers, family, even judgmental friends. But the days of hiding experience points from anyone who isn't a fellow player are gone. Stephen Colbert is a proud former D&Der, and Wil Wheaton has rejuvenated the Los Angeles...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink FirkFest Cask Beer Festival Serves Up a New California Tradition

FirkFest Cask Beer Festival Serves Up a New California Tradition

On Saturday, March 22, 31 California breweries hauled casks of beer to FirkFest, at Farmers Park in Anaheim. These "real ale" one-off brews and specialty selections were unlimited and generously poured, without wait, on an idyllic Southern California day - much to the delight of 500 festival-goers. Especially for an inaugural event,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 California Beer Releases to Buy Now

5 California Beer Releases to Buy Now

The new California beers being released this year are so promising that our heads are spinning as fast as our notions of Lenten sobriety are dissolving. Small breweries are rising to big occasions - barrel-aging and releasing bottles - while larger craft breweries are curbing their most ambitious styles for...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Beer Alert: Tap Takeover for Story Tavern's Patio and Game Room Expansion

Beer Alert: Tap Takeover for Story Tavern's Patio and Game Room Expansion

Story Tavern in Burbank hosts a kickoff party for their game room and patio expansion tonight, Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. A tap takeover featuring Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. will christen the festivities.  The new 1,500 sq. ft. game room features three dart booths, each with two boards allowing multiple games to run...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Tickets on Sale at Midnight For Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

Tickets on Sale at Midnight For Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. for the 3rd annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. That's midnight tonight! On Saturday May 31, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will welcome brewers and beer lovers to kitschy-fun Frontier Town at the California Midstate Fairgrounds to sample the offerings...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Bock Fest Brings the Malt to L.A.

Bock Fest Brings the Malt to L.A.

There are as many kinds of beer festivals as there are beer drinkers. For the rare beer seeker, the geek whose second bedroom is dedicated to storing Reserve Society loot, there is the Firestone Walker Invitational (tickets on sale Feb. 7). For the beer drinker who is more inclined to drink…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Great California Beers to Drink for Christmas

5 Great California Beers to Drink for Christmas

L.A. is a challenging city for getting into the Christmas spirit. Here we dream not of a white Christmas but one less clotted with smog. Angelenos wish for a Christmas when the leaf-blowers will quiet and the 405 will relent. There will be nothing to shovel on our walkways, no...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Winter Beers To Drink Now

5 Winter Beers To Drink Now

The holiday season brings with it a smattering of specialty beers from every corner of the beer-making world. Rare, small-batch releases are just as anticipated as seasonal favorites that return to us like old friends. Styles run the gamut, but rich, heavy beers and those with delicate spices really shine...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Unveils Taproom Plans

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Unveils Taproom Plans

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will host a public meet-and-greet at the Venice/Marina del Rey property at 3205 W. Washington Blvd., which they acquired earlier this year. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. (no RSVP required) and co-proprietor Adam Firestone will be on hand for questions...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Your Thanksgiving Day Beer Release Schedule: Yes, Pilgrims Drank Beer

Your Thanksgiving Day Beer Release Schedule: Yes, Pilgrims Drank Beer

The Mayflower is famously said to have dropped anchor on the shores of New England, short of their Virginia destination, because they ran out of beer. While this account may seem the stuff of preppy frat house legend and historic Anheuser-Busch advertising, it's based in truth. Look to William Bradford's...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Latest Los Angeles Beer Bottle Releases

The Latest Los Angeles Beer Bottle Releases

It's a good time to be a beer-drinking Angeleno. Not only can we enjoy local craft beer from a vast array of quality beer bars, but now an increasing number of our own breweries are bottling their wares. With two breweries bottling for the first time and other established bottle...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Great American Beer Festival Changes Spell Good News for L.A.

Great American Beer Festival Changes Spell Good News for L.A.

This year's 2013 Great American Beer Festival was an overall success for all who attended. But there were unprecedented hiccups from the beginning, mainly due to an increased demand for participation by the continuously growing number of breweries in America. 2,347 craft breweries were operating in 2012, up from 1,970...…
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