Local Brews – TAPS – Saison

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Beer Flight
April 12, 2014
TAPS – Saison

TAPS takes Silver for Alt and Bronze for Saison at the 2014 World Beer Cup!!

April 10, 2014
Your Local Yard House – The Official Yard House 2014 Draft

New drafts are flowing at every Yard House as the restaurant introduces The Official Yard House 2014 Draft. Nationally, more than 1,000 new tap handles have been introduced based on beer trends such as the popularity of India Pale Ales (IPAs), expansion of the wheat and fruit beer categories and consumer demand for gluten-sensitive beers. As a result, each of the 51 Yard House locations has debuted a custom beer menu with 20 or more new drafts reflecting local selections and flavor preferences.

Selecting new beers for each Yard House location is a rigorous process. The Yard House beverage team began by meeting with distributors and breweries to identify the newest available beers. Next, the team compiled input from regarding guest feedback, sales and trends. Finally, the team tasted and rated over 2,800 beers. The result is a customized beer list for each Yard House restaurant, reflecting the best local, national and craft offerings, as well as up-and-coming breweries.

IPAs continue to be one of the fastest growing categories in beer. At Yard House, the number of IPAs on the menu has increased more than 10-fold over the last decade. The selection has grown to include variations such as black, white and imperial, as well as sessionable IPAs, which have lower alcohol content. Additions to Yard House draft lists include Founders All Day IPA, Clown Shoes Hoppy Feat, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed and Green Flash Le Freak. Yard House offers an IPA six-pack sampler to allow guests to explore the traditional styles alongside more adventurous IPAs.

Yard House has seen the fruit beer and cider category expand rapidly, with a variety of flavors ranging from melon to berry to tropical fruits, as well as sour ales. Brewers have infused fruit in beer for centuries, but the process has changed over time. Historically, brewers used fruit to generate a second fermentation in the cask. Today, the category is experiencing a surge in popularity thanks to new flavors and techniques. New fruit beers and ciders debuting at many Yard House locations this year include Ace Pineapple Cider and Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat.

Nationally, wheat beers are one of the most popular categories. Also known as white, wit or weissbier, these brews are crafted with a large proportion of wheat to barley. Often flavored with spices, herbs and fruits, the hallmark of these beers is a crisp finish and lively carbonation. New offerings in the wheat/wit/Weiss category on Yard House menus include St. Feuillien La Blanche, New Belgium Snapshot, Konig Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel and Ayinger Brau-Weisse.

The surge in popularity of gluten-free foods has not gone unnoticed by brewers. In addition to its gluten-sensitive food items, Yard House has added gluten-sensitive beers, such as a pale lager, pale ale and IPA from Omission, as well as Brunehaut Bio Blonde.

This year, Yard House partnered with Uinta Brewing Company to introduce three new house beers. Located in Salt Lake City, Uinta began brewing in 1993 and has received awards and medals from regional, national and international competitions, including the North American Beer Awards, World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. Yard House is now pouring a House Honey Blonde, an IPA and a White Ale from Uinta*.

All of Yard House’s new beer offerings are available in traditional pints and goblets, but guests can also try a 9.3 ounce shorty or Yard House’s signature 32 ounce half-yard. To learn more about the new draft selections at your local Yard House visit www.yardhouse.com.

April 07, 2014
Beachwood Brewing – Citraholic IPA

Beachwood Brewing is set to release its latest IPA in bottles-CITRAHOLIC India Pale Ale-on April 29th.

Description: Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.09.05 PM.png A “modern” west coast India pale ale, Citraholic is brewed with an abundance of Citra hops and blended with Warrior, Columbus and Simcoe in the kettle (for good measure). The citrusy brew is then dry hopped with a massive charge of Citra, imparting heavy aromas of citrus and tropical fruits along with melon and gooseberry accents.

Citraholic IPA will be available on draft and sold in 22 oz. bottles at Beachwood BBQ and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing starting at 5pm on April 29, 2014. Bottles will also be available at finer craft beer retailers across Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties shortly thereafter.

April 03, 2014
Beachwood Brewing – Pole Position IPA

In honor of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing will be serving Beachwood Brewing’s Pole Position!

Pole Position is an aggressive full-throttle IPA brewed to commemorate the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach. It’s hopped generously from start to finish with Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Summit hops. It then gets double dry hopped for two weeks with Summit, Centennial, and Chinook varieties for a dank citrus aroma. A base of American 2-row malt and a touch of light caramel malt let the hops take the lead while paving a solid track for this supercharged vehicle of hop love. Pole Position will go the distance and grab a checkered flag for your organoleptic senses.

Pole Position
West Coast India Pale Ale
7.1%

March 5, 2014
Anchor Brewing Company – Anchor Saison Spring Ale

Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of Anchor Saison Spring Ale, a sharply refreshing Belgian-style ale with a California twist.

Anchor Saison Spring Ale (7.2% ABV) is a traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist. The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of a locally cultured saison-style yeast. And, for this release, Anchor chose three California ingredients-lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger-whose synergy adds a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison.

Brewmaster Mark Carpenter suggests pairing the Saison Spring Ale with sushi or Vietnamese cuisine, which perfectly compliments the tangy, citrus notes of the beer.

Released in California this March thru May, Anchor Saison Spring Ale will be available in 6-packs and draught at select retailers and at the Anchor Brewing Taproom in San Francisco.

February 18, 2014
Beachwood Brewing – 8 Buffalo Imperial Stout

Skillfully aged in bourbon barrels for one year, Beachwood Brewing announces the release of 8 Buffalo Imperial Stout.

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An ode to Professor William Rapaport’s grammatically correct sentence, 8 Buffalo Imperial Stout has notes of roast that blend seamlessly with vanilla and rich toffee.

The limited edition 8 Buffalo Imperial Stout will be released on March 4th at 5pm at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

8 Buffalo will be available in 22 oz. bottles at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
Enjoy Fresh or cellar at 45°-55°F
12% ABV

February 6, 2014
Beachwood Brewing –Amalgamator India Pale Ale

To the delight of hopheads everywhere, Southern California’s Beachwood Brewing will release the brilliantly aromatic. Amalgamator India Pale Ale. This powerful and insanely hoppy brew is the perfect addition to Beachwood’s series of bottled IPAs.

Amalgamator IPA will be released on February 25th at 5pm from both Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach. Celebrate the addition of this limited-supply hop filled ale, with food specials and fun at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach.

Amalgamator is a West Coast India Pale Ale that’s bursting with unique aromas and flavors. This bold IPA is kettle hopped with Amarillo, Warrior, Columbus and Mosaic, a new American variety. The dry hop is a massive charge of Mosaic that lays down an amalgam of passion fruit, blueberry, dank resin and citrus aromas.

Amalgamator IPA will be sold in 22 oz. bottles at Beachwood BBQ and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing along with finer craft beer retailers across Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The IPA will also be available on draft at both Beachwood BBQ locations.

January 30, 2014
Skosh Monahan’s – $ 1 Bud Light Thursday

$ 1 Bud Light Thursday on January 30th and February6th!

January 07, 2014
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – 3rd Annual Pliny Fights Cancer Charity Raffle

Pliny the Younger is a highly coveted full-bodied Triple India Pale Ale that is released just once a year in very limited quantities from Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA. Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in downtown Long Beach are fortunate enough to be among the few places pouring Pliny the Younger on draft in Southern California.

Beachwood will be raffling off 130 of pints from this year’s Pliny The Younger kegs with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Melanoma Research Foundation, in honor of Long Beach elementary school teacher Tony Carbone who passed away in 2008 at age 34 from Melanoma Cancer.

Last year the Beachwood team sold 1800 raffle tickets and raised $9,000, which combined with the money raised in 2012 Beachwood has donated over $17, 000 to the Melanoma Research Foundation. “We hope to raise over $10,000 this year,” says Beachwood BBQ’s Co-owner Gabe Gordon. “This cause is so close to our hearts and the perfect way to give back”.

How It Works

· Raffle Tickets will be on sale January 14th at 11:30am through February 22nd at 10pm.

· Tickets will be available for purchase at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in downtown Long Beach.

· The cost is $5 per ticket-no limit to how many you can buy-CASH ONLY.

· On February 24th, 130 raffle tickets will be drawn at random. The drawing will be streamed live on the New Brew Thursday webcast, winners will also be notified via email or phone.

· Winners will be alerted of which Beachwood location to redeem their pints of Pliny the Younger. Redemption period is between Feb. 25th – Mar. 6th.

posted by Tiffany Haslacker

October 15, 2013
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Just two years after opening its doors, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing takes home five medals and is named Mid-Size Brewpub and Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) the nation’s largest and most prestigious domestic beer festival held in Denver, CO.

With a growing culture of craft beer enthusiasts, this years GABF featured 745 breweries and 4,809 beers judged by a panelist of 201 beer experts from 11 different countries.

Named Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing shares this win with its entire staff, loyal customers and the growing Southern California craft beer scene.

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing along with Brewmaster and Co-owner Julian Shrago and Assistant Brewer Ian McCall took home the gold for Kilgore in the American-Style Stout category and Foam Top in the Golden or Blonde Ale. Udder Love received a silver medal in the Sweet Stout Category. Bronze medals were given to Barrel-Aged Full Malted Jacket in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category and for System of a Stout in the Coffee Beer category.

posted by Tiffany Haslacker

October 13, 2013
TAPS Fish House & Brewery

TAPS Fish House & Brewery took home medals at the recent 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held annually in Denver, Colorado. Brewmaster Victor Novak and Brewer David Huls added to their stash of awards with bronze medals for two TAPS classic German-style lagers: Helles, a golden, medium-bodied Munich-inspired brew with an accent on malt and balanced by hops, and Schwarzbier, a smooth, light-bodied black lager. These awards bring TAPS and Novak’s GABF wins to a total of 18 (five gold, six silver and five bronze) including back-to-back Brewpub of the Year honors, since 2001. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday, October 12.

The sold-out event drew an impressive field of competitors. Over 740 breweries from every state in the U.S. entered more than 4,800 beers in 84 judged categories in the 2013 competition. Only 250 medals were awarded.

Major Kudos to TAPS!!!

posted by Tiffany Haslacker

August 20, 2013
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar celebrated their 10th Anniversary this summer! They are commemorating the occasion with a special collaboration brew Executive Chef Gabe Caliendo developed with Firestone, as well as some “Throwback” items inspired by the menu at their original location in the Huntington Beach/Westminster area. The brew featured is the Lazy Dog Anniversary Belgian Blonde Ale, a crisp summer brew based on a recipe Chef Gabe developed andcreated in conjunction with Firestone Master Brewer Matthew Brynildson. This special anniversary brew will be on tap until September 12th.

posted by Tiffany Haslacker

July 26, 2013
Mama’s on 39 – New Line Up of Draft Beers

Sculpin IPA – Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
White Rascal Belgian White – Avery Brewing, Boulder, CO
312 Urban Wheat Ale – Goose Island Beer Company, Illinois
24th Street Pale Ale – Strand Brewing Company, CA
Fat Tire Amber Ale – New Belgium, Fort Collins, CO
Pacfico Clara – Group Modelo, Mexico
Pabst Blue Ribbon – Milwaukee, WI

posted by Tiffany Haslacker

July 16, 2013
Beachwood Brewing – Melrose IPA

To the delight of hoppy beer fans across Southern California, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing is set to release its second bottled IPA and one of it’s most recognized beers – MELROSE IPA – debuting July 16, 2013. Melrose is brewed with American 2-row malt and a touch of Canadian honey malt to accentuate the tropical and citrus hop. It’s generously dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarilllo for an over-the-top aromatic experience.

As Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago explains, “Melrose is a true West Coast India Pale Ale that I’ve been brewing for many years.” A throwback from his days as a homebrewer, Melrose IPA is already a favorite among Beachwood Brewing fans. “After many humbling requests, it’s finally here!”

Melrose IPA will be sold in 22 oz. bottles at finer craft beer retailers across Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The IPA will also be available on draft at both Beachwood BBQ locations.

posted by Tiffany Haslacker

July 1, 2013
Taps Fish House & Brewery – Thomas Jefferson Ale

Summer also brings back a favorite TAPS tradition: Brewmaster Victor Novak’s seasonal Thomas Jefferson Ale, which was released last week. The recipe, formulated from purchase orders of Jefferson’s British brewer at Monticello, is unfiltered, a deep reddish brown, full bodied with a hint of toffee, a complex malty finish and an abv of 9.5%.

Also new at TAPS for summer is MJoe (Em-Joe), a Raw Honey Beer. Challenged by TAPS owner-founder Joe Manzella to create a summer wheat beer, Novak and the Brew Crew have played off of a Swedish honey beer called Mjod. It’s light in body and color with a vibrantly fresh orange blossom honey character from 30 pounds of Massey Honey, locally produced in Yorba Linda, that was added during conditioning of the ale.
posted by Tiffany Haslacker

May 21, 2013
Beachwood Brewing – Still Life Smoked Double Stout

Beachwood Brewing is excited to release Still Life, a Smoked Double Stout on June 7. Still Life is brewed with golden naked oats, which contribute to the smooth creamy feel.Still Life will be sold in 22 oz. bottles at finer craft beer retailers throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The stout will also be available on draft at both Beachwood BBQ locations.

posted by Tiffany Haslacker

March 01, 2013
Beachwood Brewing – Dual Bottle Release: Barrel Aged Full Malted Jacket Scottish-Style Ale & Full Malted Jacket Scottish-Style Ale (non-Barrel aged)

Barrel Aged Full Malted Jacket is a Scottish-style “wee heavy” ale. The beer is rich, malty, and brewed with heirloom Scottish barley containing hints of vanilla and toasted oak that meld seamlessly with notes of toffee and caramel. Recognizing a unique opportunity to release two versions of the same beer, Beachwood Brewing is releasing classic-style Full Malted Jacket as well. This beer brewed with heirloom Scottish barley similar to its barrel aged counterpart. This complex beer endured a 3-hour boil, leading to a decadently rich malt profile with toffee and caramel accents.

Bottles of Barrel Aged Full Malted Jacket will be available exclusively at Beachwood BBQ Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach. Bottles of Classic Full Malted Jacket will be available at both Beachwood BBQ locations as well as a wide variety of local retailers in Southern California.

posted by Tiffany Haslacker