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Stone Brewing Announces 2018 Beer Release Calendar

December 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Stone Brewing is never one to shy away from hop forward beers, they along with the likes of Sierra Nevada helped pioneer the West-Coast style. And in 2018, Stone will continue to push the needle on hops with a slew of dank, juicy, and floral focused beers.
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Epic Brewing Acquires California’s Telegraph Brewing

December 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Epic Brewing this morning has announced their acquisition of Santa Barbara, CA’s Telegraph Brewing. Telegraph, which opened in 2006 has focused on Belgian inspired beers and grown a thriving sour and wild program. Epic Brewing’s acquisition aims to help grow Telegraph’s overall production, sour program, as well as introduce a 12 oz canned line.

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HenHouse Brewing | Chemtrails IPA

December 1, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

You know when you find a beer or brewery that just tugs at all your little beer heartstrings? That was HenHouse Brewing for me when I first visited the Bay Area in July. Being a beer girl from Seattle, I have a natural tendency to scope out all the breweries in any area I visit.

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The Good Hop’s Extrava-CAN-za w/ Track 7 Brewing

November 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

You’ve probably heard of an extravaganza, but have you ever experienced an Extrava-CAN-za? Sacramento’s Track 7 Brewing releases limited run cans twice a month. These beers rotate and can only be purchased on-site at the brewery. Your first introduction to Track 7 Brewing may have been their bottles, but now they’re killing it with a whole slew of new recipes debuting in cans.

Can’t always make it up to Sacramento? Well our friends at The Good Hop have trekked up to Track 7 Brewing for you and picked up a carload of the special release cans to be sold in Oakland at The Good Hop store as part of today’s Extrava-CAN-za release. Ain’t that some Bay Area love?!

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Angel City Brewery | Zero Flocs Given

November 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Here in Los Angeles, I tend to get a bit of season-envy this time of year. My friends in the Midwest and East Coast are bragging about sweater weather, while I’m still cranking the AC in my car and wearing flip-flops on the weekends. Having nearly 300 days of sunny weather is great, but sometimes I like a bit of cloudy weather. Angel City Brewery likes things a little cloudy, too. Hence their new Zero Flocs Given Hazy IPA.
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Event Preview | San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

November 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

San Diego is a well known craft beer haven and the city is getting ready to host one of the most highly anticipated beer events of the year, San Diego Beer Week. In its ninth year, San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) is presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild and consists of more than 500 beer-centric events spanning 10 days, highlighting the region’s innovative brewing culture.

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Burgeon Beer Company | Hitched on Haze

October 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

A wedding is all in the details, but what about a beer specifically brewed for a wedding? If you are like me, there is a good chance that beer was going to be a top priority at your wedding. After all, there is no better way to celebrate your recent nuptials than by sharing some phenomenal beer with family and friends.
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HenHouse Brewing | IPA (Incredible Pale Ale)

October 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

To HenHouse, their IPA means Incredible Pale Ale, to me their IPA means Intoxicating Pleasurable Awesomesauce. Read More

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. | Pumpkin Harvest Ale

October 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Some of my favorite Fall things are the leaves changing colors, pumpkin spiced foods and beverages everywhere, cooler weather, and of course pumpkin beers! Half Moon Bay Brewing Co brews up their Pumpkin Harvest Ale seasonally to delight the taste buds. Read More

2017 GABF Pour List Preview

September 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

As the 2017 Great American Beer Festival approaches, I bet you’re wondering what kind of delights you can expect to sample on the festival. A hazy IPA from that Vermont brewery that doesn’t distribute in your state? A rare whale stout aged in the most fantastic of barrels? A wild, enamel-stripping sour ale full of hand-picked snozberries? PorchDrinking has you covered!

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Fieldwork Brewing Co. | Hop & Glo Double IPA

September 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

I recently wrote about the division of IPAs that’s happening. New England style IPA against West Coast IPA, a real Biggie vs. Tupac situation. But now, Berkeley’s Fieldwork Brewing Co. comes along and unites the two with Hop & Glo.
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Brewery Showcase | Cleophus Quealy Beer Co.

September 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

If you haven’t heard about Cleophus Quealy Beer Co. consider this your formal introduction to a great farmhouse brewery in the East Bay! They are located at 448 Hester Street, San Leandro, CA 94577 – which is right by the Oakland International Airport! So, you know it’s good to grab a great beer on your layover or on your way out of town.
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Carlsbad Brewfest | San Diego Area Craft Beer Festival, Sept 9

September 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The annual Carlsbad Brewfest (Sept 9, 2017) provides 60 beers and 30 ciders from more than 30 of San Diego’s breweries/cideries to 1,500 guests. Beer aficionados will also enjoy live music performed by local band OSS “Oceanside Sound System,” a DJ, yard games, and food from local restaurants

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Event Preview | California Craft Beer Summit

September 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Over the next week, craft beer brewers, connoisseurs, retailers and distributors from across California will converge on Sacramento for the 3rd annual California Craft Beer Summit. This three-day event is focused on education, knowledge sharing, collaboration and celebration of everything California craft beer. “The Summit isn’t just a food pairing event, it isn’t just a festival, it isn’t just a trade show and it isn’t just educational – it’s all of the above,” says Leia Ostermann Bailey, Managing Director with the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA), “The Summit brings together a community of people that share the same values of creativity and innovation.“  Read More

BREAKING | Modern Times Beer Opening Portland Location

September 1, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Already one of the fastest growing breweries in America, Modern Times Beer has continued to double down on their meteoric rise, with even greater production in 2017 and the announcement of additional upcoming production and taproom facilities in Los Angeles, Anaheim, and a tasting room in Encinitas, CA opening later this year. But it’s clear the now four year old brewery isn’t resting on their laurels.
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Firestone Walker Releases Generation 1 IPA

August 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

In a world full of juicy IPAs, Firestone Walker (FWBC) is bringing Generation 1, an unfined and unfiltered West Coast IPA, to all its markets for a limited time (eight weeks). The beer is a product of the FWBC R&D program, located at the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice, California.

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Modern Times Beer | Ice (Pilsner)

August 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Summer may be coming to a close but that doesn’t mean the temperature has let up. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we’ve been bombarded with unseasonably stifling heat and sticky high humidity. This has meant that light beer has been a major staple in my refrigerator. Lagers, pilsners, session IPAs, and Gose are not normally in my wheelhouse but I’ve come to appreciate their low alcohol crushability.
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New Belgium Brewing Group Acquires San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Company

August 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

There is never a dull moment in the world of craft beer. Today, it was announced that a group led by New Belgium Brewing Company has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. This partnership will be a majority-owned subsidiary of New Belgium, with Elysian founder Dick Cantell as well as Belgian lambic producer Oud Beersel as minority partners. Both Magnolia locations, their existing brands and staff, will continue to operate, working alongside Magnolia founder Dave McLean, who is included in the partnership. This will be Cantwell’s first brewing project since leaving Elysian in April of 2015.

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Drake’s Brewing Co. | Tart Breaker Sour Blonde

August 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Drake’s Brewing Co has been releasing a steady stream of 500ml bottles of specialty brews this year and their newest, Tart Breaker, is out to steal your heart. Members of Drake’s ’89 Club, named after the year they were founded, are able to snap up bottles a week before the public.

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7 Weird Beer Names from California Breweries

August 7, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Names are a very important part of every culture and we use names within language to communicate, categorize and understand. It’s how we relate to one another or a subject matter. Keeping this in mind, I would argue that naming beer is not only an art form, but is as equally important as the naming of a brewery. Breweries are almost solely represented by their beers across social media now. Fans showcase their favorite pints, can designs, and bottles on their pages spreading their love for their favorite breweries. Many times the beer is the first exposure someone has to a brewery they haven’t heard of before.

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