Los Angeles is not particularly known for its Oktoberfest celebrations. Our city never saw the waves of German immigrants that settled in the Midwest and Great Lakes Region, who brought with them precision brewing and sausage-spicing techniques. That doesn't mean there aren't dozens (literally, doze ... More >>
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Steven ArmstrongChef CJ Jacobson has fun with liquid nitrogen at the third annual LABFS Saturday marked the third annual L.A. Beer Float Showdown. And unlike last year's showdown, which featured four local beer bars, this year's competition teamed five L.A. chefs (including three Top Chef alu ... More >>
Tim Sheerman-ChaseMunich's Augustiner Beer Hall during Oktoberfest With just over a week left of Oktoberfest, it's time to don the lederhosen, bust out the bierkrug, and hop on a redeye to MÃ¼nchen (Lufthansa will fly you there and back this weekend for $2,079.22). Or if that's not an option, ... More >>
Fraunhofer EMFTThe sensor film changes color, from yellow to blue. Proof positive that this fish is spoiled. Ever wondered whether that vacuum-packed chuck steak or that chicken breast is still fresh? Looks can be deceiving, and the "best-before" date may be no guarantee. A group of German sc ... More >>
J. Wilson from Diary of a Part-Time MonkMillions of people the world over are giving up something for Lent, but few are doing it as publicly or as interestingly as J. Wilson, who's consuming nothing but beer for the 46 days leading up to Easter. The 38-year-old Iowa native, who lives eight mi ... More >>
J.KoslowLa Brea Bakery fresh pretzels Celebrating its 200th year, Oktoberfest officially kicked off this past Friday, as it does mid-September every year in Munich. And although it may be confusing -- you'd think the event would take place in, well, October -- Bavaria bases the timing on a ... More >>
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Katherine SacksThere's no better way to celebrate the arrival of cool autumn days then by walking around downtown L.A. in a pair of lederhosen and drinking a strong German beer. This year, instead of paying for the expensive flight to Munich (or driving to Alpine Village in, umm, Torrance), c ... More >>
Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles TimesBrewin' It Real at CC Home BrewIf you know what carboys, hydrometers, and wort chillers are, you've likely already spent plenty of your paycheck at Culver City Home Brew Shop. If those don't ring a bell, consider enrolling in one of the home brewing retail sup ... More >>
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