There's a common misconception that craft beers are exclusively high-alcohol beverages and that the world of microbrews only includes boldly flavored and anti-macro styles like IPAs and imperial stouts. But spend a whole evening washing down full servings of these big beers and you'll soon realize t ... More >>
Since we last checked in with Smog City Brewing just a few short weeks ago, the newest Torrance beer makers have already filled up all of the fermenting tanks with fresh batches, submitted label approval for their new keg rings and opened the roll-up door to customers during its first ever soft-open ... More >>
For many bars, happy hour means rock-bottom prices for stiff well drinks that could peel paint off the walls. But plastic-bottle vodka isn't for everyone. Besides, any two-for-one deal on Kentucky Gentleman is likely to leave you stuck calling a cab. Instead, take advantage of beer-focused happy hou ... More >>
By Sarah Bennett and Erika Bolden
When we went looking for all-day happy hours, geographic diversity was a priority. But striking patterns emerged -- namely, the bars most likely to discount booze beyond the typical late-afternoon hours were located mostly in 9-5 work destinations. In fact, from Sa ... More >>
Are you a woman in Los Angeles who loves -- or wants to love -- craft beer beyond Lindeman's Framboise but don't know where to begin? Don't worry. You're not alone.
In fact, as this sprawling metropolis has been slowly changing its beer-drinking habits away from the fizzy yellow stuff, both men and ... More >>
Usually when a room full of people are chanting "Dudes! Dudes! Dudes!" it's a bachelorette party in a Vegas hotel suite. But last week, when the refrain erupted inside Hot's Kitchen in Hermosa Beach, it was not for male strippers. It was for L.A.'s newest microbrewery --The Dudes' Brewing Company. ... More >>
Less than two months after Strand Brewing Company celebrated its 3rd Anniversary -- and just over a year after opening its always-busy Torrance tap room -- the foundational South Bay beer-makers are ready for another epic milestone: bottles.
Starting with a two-day kickoff at the tap room this wee ... More >>
Years into a nationwide culinary movement that has seen countless producers returning to craft and traditional goods, Los Angeles boasts its own brands of locally roasted coffee, handmade chocolates and new school food trucks.
But not until Angeleno Matt Lauster decided last year -- with flavors l ... More >>
Though it's been open for less than two years, the tiny El Segundo Brewing Company has already doubled its fermentation capacity and garnered more than 150 draft accounts from Santa Barbara to San Diego. And starting with tonight's bound-to-be-epic release party, the notoriously hop-forward brewery ... More >>
It seems that every year, brewers across the country align on some psychic wavelength that motivates those with adventurous spirits to expand on a new, emerging beer style. Last year, anniversary beers and specialty one-offs became double black IPAs -- roasty, hoppy, boozy guys that warm the soul wh ... More >>
It feels weird to gush about the rarity of FiftyFifty Brewing Company's bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout Eclipse series when gift boxes of Westvletren 12 landed in the United States for the first time yesterday (and at most places, sold out within an hour).
Nonetheless, the annual bottle release ... More >>
Today is National Lager Day, a grassroots holiday started as a way to celebrate the many faces of the world's most produced type of beer. But what the hell is a lager anyway? Is it an ale? Is it a style of beer? Is it a corporate marketing term expertly concocted to roll off the tongue so perfectly ... More >>
A wise San Diego brewer once said, "Every week in San Diego is beer week," an undeniable truth for a county with more than 60 breweries and two decades of beer culture to its fame.
And still, the ten-day festival officially known as San Diego Beer Week continues to amaze palettes, concluding its 4 ... More >>
To most Angelenos, San Diego is the kid sister of SoCal cities. But to beer lovers, San Diego is Mecca. Ten years ago, when L.A. was still trapped by endless Bud and Miller tap handles, San Diego brewers were over-hopping their suds, blowing palletes (and minds) and defining an entirely new west coa ... More >>
A week before last Thursday's official grand opening celebration at Stone Brewing's new Company Store in Old Town Pasadena, the line to get growler fills wove through the Gold Line platform it sits on and out onto Raymond Ave. Stone employees were shocked at the response and kegs of the brewery's l ... More >>
When someone's business card says "Beer Champion," it's hard to know what to expect. But Paige Reilly -- who is in charge of keg ordering, education and events at Mohawk Bend, Tony's Darts Away and the Golden Road Brewpub -- just might define the term by her fast-talking love of beer and passion to ... More >>
In the late 1990s, Long Beach's Belmont Brewing Company was at the top of its game. With a longtime homebrewer named David Blackwell at the helm, beers from BBC -- which is the oldest operating brewpub in Southern California -- began picking up awards at local and international contests. Soon, its S ... More >>
Manhattan Beach's beachside restaurant and craft beer pub Simmzy's will be opening a second location in Long Beach's Belmont Shore shopping and entertainment district this Spring -- and artist's renderings of the final look were posted on Facebook recently.
Construction has been underway on Simmzy ... More >>
Driving down this unsuspecting stretch of Interstate 15 in San Diego County, it's hard to tell that some of Southern California's most notable craft breweries are just off the freeway.
If coming down the 5 from Los Angeles, take the 78 East in Carlsbad to the 15 South; before Downtown even has a c ... More >>
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Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, and Mayer Hawthorne
June 12, 2011
Gibson AmpitheatreFresh off their smashing performance at this year's Grammys, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe linked up once again to tour. With the addition of Mayer Hawthorne, you've got three of the truest pu ... More >>