Perfect summertime brew: Windansea Wheat

Summer is here, which means it’s officially time to ditch the hoodies and long pants in favor of flip-flops, bathing suits, and lighter beers! Although we are spoiled here in Cali with sunny skies most of the year, the onset of June still brings with it the magic of summertime fun. And this is great … Continue reading

Orange County Beer Festival 2012

Do you have your tickets yet? The 4th annual OC Beer Festival returns May 5th to Irvine Lake for another day filled with unlimited beer from dozens of international and local craft breweries, some of LA and OC’s most popular food trucks, and, of course, some crazy cover band music. This will be my 3rd … Continue reading

Stout: the perfect Halloween beer choice

What’s better than a bag full of candy on Halloween? How about a dark, delicious stout, hearty enough to get you through a chilly, ghoul-filled night? Traditionally, stout referred to a strong, black beer, the “stout”est one produced by a brewery. Today it has become a broad category of beer known for its dark black … Continue reading

Unique beer flavors: chocolate brews, part 1

Bring Back The Dirty German! It’s that time again… crisp fall air, diluted sunshine, football, and dark beer. The light, refreshing beers of summer no longer seem as desirable as they were just a few weeks ago when the thermometer was still pushing triple-digits. Now my cravings turn towards the heartier brews, with full-bodied tastes … Continue reading

Unique beer flavors: chocolate brews, part 2

Another chocolate brew… sort of. Although Ernest’s Silky Smooth is not technically a chocolate beer, for all intents and purposes it’s close enough. The brew in question comes from Pizza Port in San Clemente, which is just a short (and worthy) drive to the south end of the Orange County border. Many beer lovers automatically associate the … Continue reading

Unique beer flavors: chocolate brews, part 3

The “Chocolate Truffle” Beer Cocktail The next chocolate brew in our series was inspired by last Friday’s weekly beer tasting at BevMo Ladera Ranch, where Mike coincidentally was pouring Young’s Double Chocolate Stout as part of the flight. According to many beer lovers, if you’re searching for the gold-standard of chocolate brews, Young’s is it. After sampling … Continue reading

This week’s Orange County craft beer events (11/2009)

This week (from 11/6-11/15) is San Diego Beer Week 2009, where all things craft beer are celebrated throughout San Diego with special dinners, seminars, discounted tastings, and other events hosted by participating breweries. Some examples of the merriment include Green Flash Brewing Tasting and Tours, Craft Beer and Chocolate Happy Hour, and San Diego Brewing … Continue reading