Drinko De Mayo Scooter Ride In San Gabriel Valley May 3rd, 2015

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Well hello folks, been a while but I’m back! What a good way to start, was asked by some old friends about helping set up a scooter rally from the brewery REV Brewing Co in Covina Ca (where I brew craft beer) to my frequent visits to Progress Brewing in South El Monte Ca. So it’s set up, so dust off those Vespa’s and Lambretta’s and join the fun.

I will be there for this event and will post many pics and review of this great event to be held May 3rd 2015. Here’s some details from the Facebook Invite page:

“BZZZZZZZ….. is that a pack of bees???? No they aren’t Michael Pigneguy’s, but he probably is broke down behind the noise. It’s the Hive Crew, representing East Los. Leading our monthly ride this month will be our own Rafael Nava and the Hive Crew. 

Meet up 12:00pm
Join us at noon at REV Brewery in Covina 1580 W San Bernardino Rd, Covina, CA 91722 brewery link for a sweet tour around 1:00pm for some of LA’s finest brews and some good times with the Eastside.

Turnbull Ride 2:00pm
After the tour we will head south west, across historic Turnbull Canyon, in the Rose Hills. Some nice twisty roads and some even nicer views will make for an awesome ride. Please make sure your brakes and such are up to par as this will be a vigorous ride.

Brewery tour 3:00pm
at Progress Brewing South El Monte brewery link
Think you’ve had enough??? Think again, because we are going on another brewery tour. Set to arrive around 3:00, Progress Brewing, located at 1822 Chico Ave in South El Monte will be taking us through their facility, and there are some strong rumors of some tacos, grilling, homemade salsa, and possibly some of the best ceviche in LA, all brought to you by our devoted Eastside riders, and especially the Hive Crew. http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/el-monte/making-progress-in-south-el-monte-progress-brewing-company.html

More details will be posted as soon as I get them. Happy Drinko De Mayo!

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LA Brewers Guild Expands LA Beer Week 2015 with New Date and Venue

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LABG Moves 7th LA Beer Week to June 20­28
LOS ANGELES​­­ March 3, 2015

­­After their great success as the new organizers of LA
Beer Week last fall, the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild has decided to move the dates of
the 7th annual LA Beer Week to June 20­28. Festivities
begin on Saturday, June 20th with the LA Brewers Beer
Week Kick­Off festival at its new location at Exposition Park.
Entering its 7th year, LA Beer Week is comprised of
over 200 events spread about the county at various bars,
restaurants, retailers, and breweries. This year’s kick­off
event will feature over 70 breweries ­­ 30 of which are
members of the LA Brewers Guild. The LA Beer Week
Events Committee, led by committee chairman Thomas
Kelley (El Segundo Brewing Co.), are working to bring beer
fans an even bigger and better experience with an
expansive space adjacent to the iconic Los Angeles Coliseum. This new locale more than
doubles the capacity of last year’s kick­off event which saw approximately 1,250 people in Old
Chinatown Plaza.

The date change was born out of the guild’s interest to focus on a time of the year that
would fall within various summer activities and benefit craft breweries who are beyond
time­constrained during the fall season’s major beer events.
“It was always so hot in Los Angeles in September,” said LABG Vice President Laurie
Porter (Smog City Brewing). “We’re looking forward to a little June gloom.”

In addition to more space, guests can look forward to two stages featuring local music
and educational panels, a special VIP tent which will house specialty beers, and more space
for food trucks and vendors. A limited number of pre­sale tickets for the June 20th LA Brewers
Beer Week Kick­Off go on sale at noon on Friday, April 3rd.

General tickets go on sale at
noon on Friday, May 1st.
Further details regarding LA Beer Week’s main event and other LABG official events to follow.

Save the Dates:
June 20­28: LA Beer Week
June 20: LA Brewers Beer Week Kick­Off event
Connect with us!
Website: ​www.labeerweek.com
Facebook: ​www.facebook.com/labeerweek
Twitter: ​www.twitter.com/labeerweek
Instagram: ​www.instagram.com/labeerweek
@labeerweek | #LABW7
For Media Inquiries, please e­mail Frances Lopez at frances@goldenroad.la
For Sponsorship Inquiries, please e­mail labrewersguild@gmail.com

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Big News Coming…I’m Back!

Been a big battle with life this last year, but ready to kick it in the nuts.

New updates, posts etc…

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LA Beer Week Returns Sept. 20-28 | Highlights LABG Gears Up to Produce 6th Annual LA Beer Week

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LOS ANGELES — September 2, 2014 —  The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild (LABG) are charging full steam ahead as the new producers of the LA Beer Week. Festivities start off strong with the LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off Festival in Chinatown on Saturday, Sept. 20th and continue through the week with nearly 100 craft beer events all over the greater Los Angeles area.

Here are some highlights:

The Festival: LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off | Saturday, 9/20/2014, 3-7pm

Join us at Chinatown Plaza on 9/20 for the largest-ever showing of LA Brewers! #LABW6 kicks off with unlimited craft beer samplings from over 35 breweries — 20+ from LA County alone. Admission also includes informational panel discussions, live entertainment from Christopher Hawley and the Rollers and SoCal’s favorite beer-centric band The Firkins, and access to our food truck lot. (Please see LA Beer Week Poster and Social Media asset attached)

Buy Tickets: http://bit.ly/labw6tix

Check out brewery lineup: http://bit.ly/labw6FB

The Beer: Unity | Available in bottles and on draught at select retailers

Unity, the official beer of LA Beer Week will make its return this year in a new all-California iteration. This year’s Unity, brewed at Eagle Rock Brewery as a collaborative brew day with members of the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, will be a pale ale with citrus. Ingredients include California-Select malts donated by Country Malt Group, local fruit, and California-grown Centennial and Gargoyle hops (the latter of which is a rarer varietal native to California). This 5.5% abv pale will be an easy-drinking offering with a balanced hop bite accentuated by citrus. *Expect to see Unity in both draught and 22-ounce bottle formats distributed by Stone Distribution. (Please see Unity beer label attached)

The (Friendly) Competition: Meeting of the Guilds | Thursday, 9/25/2014, 6-10pm

The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild will host guest breweries from the San Diego Brewers Guild and San Francisco Brewers Guild at the Meeting of the Guilds event taking place at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park. Each Guild will take over 15 taps to champion the offerings of California beer as well as to engage in a friendly competition to earn beer week bragging rights and the coveted Golden Keg. The event was built around a similar event which took place during this year’s SF Beer Week and will be the second in what will hopefully become a traveling tradition. (Please see Poster and Social Media-friendly square attached)

Event Details: http://bit.ly/3Guilds

The Community: LABG Open House Weekend | Saturday, 9/27 & Sunday, 9/28

To wrap up a week’s worth of beer-centric events all over LA County, member breweries of the LABG will host a county-wide Open House to invite folks to visit their tasting rooms and brewhouses. Get a behind the scenes tour, taste some new beers, and re-visit your local favorites. Check your local brewery’s website for business hours or keep track on www.labeerweek.com

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Magic Stone Dog – 5%

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A hoppy menage a trois of epic proportions, Magic Stone Dog is a rustic farmhouse pale ale mash up. Brewed in collaboration with Greg Koch (Stone) and Rich and Stu (Magic Rock) just before our AGM, Magic Stone Dog has the best qualities of a saison and a pale ale, combined.

The nose has a citrus punch straight from the US West Coast, boasting zest, pineapple and orange notes, offset against a big spicy clove warmth courtesy of the saison yeast.

This continues into the flavour, where the best of both worlds combine – orange, spice, a touch
of lemony tartness – and sit alongside a thirst- quenching dryness and refreshing effervescence.

This bright, zesty, subtly tart, Belgian-inspired brew is the perfect beer to enjoy during the Indian summer we all know is definitely coming. Definitely. For sure. 

ABV: 5%
OG: 1043
IBU’s: 40
Malts: Extra Pale Amber Wheat Rye Oats
Hops: Amarillo Simcoe
Twist: Mash up style with both saison and pale ale character

Order here

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Brew At The Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo

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Friday Aug 8, 2014 7-11pm

Spend an evening sampling beer from local craft and microbreweries in the beautiful Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

4.5 ounce beer samples, pub-style grub for purchase, and more. Live music from The Spazmatics, Indian School, and the Jug or Nots. DJ Johnny Hawkes will also be there spinning tracks.

Animal highlights include elephants, koalas, apes, and the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles).  Plus, visit the new Rainforest of the Americas, featuring giant river otters, cotton-top tamarins, toucans, and many more! During evening events, animals are given access to their night houses for their comfort.  As a result, some animals may not choose to be on exhibit.

You must be at least 21 years of age to attend this event.

Tickets:  $45 general admission (presale); $50 at the door (subject to availability)$40 GLAZA membersDesignated drivers: $25 (free non-alcoholic beverages in a Zoo cup)

Buy Brew Tickets

We strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance as this event will likely sell out.

** Important: The Zoo Drive off-ramp from the northbound 5 Freeway will be closed the evening of this event (8 pm to 4 am) by CalTrans due to paving work.  Please consider an alternate route

Breweries

Beachwood Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, Black Market Brewing Co., Fireman’s Brew, I & I Brewing, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Mad River Brewing Company, Golden Road, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Mother Earth Brew Co., Port Town Brewing Co., San Pedro Brewing Co., Brouwerij West, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Port Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Alosta Brewing Co., Trumer Pils, Goose Island Brewery, Pizza Port Brewing Co., Shock Top, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Heretic Brewing Company, Wolf Creek Brewery, Goose Island Beer Co., Shiner, Trumer Pils, Angel City Brewery, Drake’s Brewing, Twisted Manzanita Ales, Stone Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing Co., Frozen Beer, Gordon Biersch, Tap It Brewing, Inland Empire Brewing Company, Old Orange Brewing Co., Kinetic Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Kinetic Brewing Company, and Hangar 24 Craft Brewery.

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Stone Brewing Co. Introduces Stone Coffee Milk Stout: A Bittersweet, Creamy, Coffee-Laced Stout

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ESCONDIDO, CA (Aug. 4, 2014) – Stone Brewing Co. is showcasing (yet again) the outstanding skills of its Brew Crew by releasing a special beer that stems from a homebrew recipe developed by Brewery Trainer Brian Gallagher. Dubbed Stone Coffee Milk Stout, the 4.2 percent alcohol-by-volume stout is brewed with lactose and whole coffee beans to enhance the session ale’s hearty, sweet flavors. Beginning today, Stone Coffee Milk Stout will start arriving in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft at retailers, restaurants and bars in select markets nationwide.
 
Originally named Gallagher’s After Dinner Stout, the recipe was formulated and brewed on the 10-barrel pilot system atStone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station as a one-off, limited-release offering. A passionate and competitive homebrewer, Gallagher chose to revisit one of his medal-winning recipes for a milk stout with coffee beans when given the opportunity to brew at Liberty Station with Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham. The beer was an instant hit with Team Stone, Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele and company Co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner.
 
“Brian did a wonderful job developing this recipe and was able to artfully overcome the challenge of brewing a low-alcohol beer without it tasting too thin or watery,” explains Steele. “Because of the positive response from Team Stone and those lucky enough to taste the small-batch brew, we decided to brew it on our 120-barrel system and make it more widely available for craft beer enthusiasts across the country.”
 
To produce a full-bodied and silky mouth-feel, lactose was incorporated, creating a creamy sweetness that balances with the mild coffee flavors made possible by adding whole coffee beans from San Diego-based artisanal roaster Ryan Bros. Coffee. Mild ale malt was used as a base grain to help create a rich, roasty character, while other specialty grains contribute cocoa, licorice and subdued coffee flavors. Magnum hops bring a clean bitterness, brilliantly contrasting with the beer’s malt-forward qualities. Together, the ingredients make for an easy-drinking beer that is robust yet smooth. 
 
“I was thrilled to find out that my ‘little beer’ would go on to be part of the Stone lineup and be distributed nationally,” said Gallagher. “To make this beer stand out from others, I added coffee beans at a very early stage in the brewing process, which helped bring out the roast character from the coffee, while eliminating bitter acidity and astringency.”

On the beer’s dedicated webpage, the company is sharing recipes for culinary enthusiasts to create and pair with the beer. Fans are also encouraged to explore and prepare their own dishes to pair with Stone Coffee Milk Stout, then share their favorites by tweeting and posting photos using the hashtag #PairedWith on TwitterFacebook,InstagramGoogle+Pinterest and the Stone Coffee Milk Stout webpage.
 
Stone Coffee Milk Stout will only be available during summer and fall. To fully relish the subtle touch of coffee flavor, the beer should be enjoyed within 120 days of its kegging or bottling date, which can be found on the shoulder of the bottle. 

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Quick FactsName: Stone Coffee Milk Stout

URL: stonebrewing.com/coffeemilkstout 

Stats: 4.2% ABV, 40 IBUs
Availability: Limited 12-ounce bottles in six-packs and on draft, beginning August 4

Hops bill: Magnum

Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico

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