2016 Kickoff Festival Beer List

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We are thrilled to announce (most) of the beers that our wonderful breweries will be bringing to our L.A. Beer Week Kickoff Festival on Saturday! In the true spirit of craft beer, our L.A. Brewers Guild members and special guests are bringing their A-Game and we couldn’t be more excited to try these brews with all of you! *list will be constantly updated – keep checking back!

Available at the Kickoff Festival on Saturday, June 18 — few tickets left at https://labeerweek2016.eventbrite.com

Allagash Brewing 
Allagash White
16 Counties
Uncommon Crow
Golden Brett

Almanac Beer Co.
Craft Pilsner
San Francisco IPA
Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir
Vanilla Cherry Dogpath Sour

Alpine Beer Co. 
Willy Vanilly

Anchor Brewing
Anchor Mango Wheat
Anchor Steam

Avery Brewing
Maharaja IPA
White Rascal

Alosta Brewing 
Red
Mrs. Adams Stout
1887 Belgian Tripel

Angel City Brewery
Funky Wit
Strawberry Gose
Salted Caramel Gose
Dark Rye Lager
Lo-Lo
+ a special secret!

Arts District Brewing Co. 
Crazy Gideon IPA **Debut!**
Mateo Golden Ale
Beachwood Brewing + Beachwood Blendery 
Ultrahop 2000
Table Saaz
Propagation Series No. 1.6e4 (Barrel-aged Saison w/ Brett and Sumo & Blood Orange Zest)
Propagation Series No. 4.1e3 (Barrel-aged Saison w/ Brett and Nelson Hops

Boomtown Brewery 
Belgian White
Limelight IPA


Bravery Brewing
Magnus Session IPA
Blackberry IPA
Bourbon Barrel-Aged King Korova

Brewyard Beer Company
Tropico Passionfruit Saison
Soul Cal Cali Common

Bottle Logic Brewing 
Hazeflux Double IPA
Lagerithm American Dark Lager

The Bruery / Bruery Terreux
Share This
Mischief
Sourrento
Jurassic Gose (collaboration with Field Recordings Wine & Libertine Brewing Co.)


Cellarmaker Brewing
Get Off My Lawn Double IPA
Baby Blammo Stout w/ tons of Coconut
+ one more TBA

Claremont Craft Ales
Single Dude IPA
Baseline Double IPA
Grapefruit Double IPA
Raspberry Gose

Craftsman Brewing
Cuvee de Masumoto
El Prieto
Heavenly Hef
Honesty Ale

Deschutes Brewery
Fresh-Squeezed IPA
Armory XPA

Drake’s Brewing
War Pigeon Double IPA
Kick Back IPA
Blood Orange Oakland Weisse
Oyster Pirate (Firestone Walker collaboration)
Barrel-Aged Jolly Rodger
Barrel-Aged Drakonic

The Dudes’ Brewing Co. 
Juicebox – Blood Orange Amber
Most Excellent IPA
CalifornIPA
Torrance Gose (12:30pm release)
Coconut-Orange Jitters  (1:30pm release)
Juicebox: Ton-O-Peach Berliner Weisse (2:30pm release)
Randalized Most Excellent IPA with Mosaic (3:30pm release)
On Cask:
Lame Fish IPA – Habanero, Grapefruit, Mango, Lime, Ginger, Watermelon IPA
Bear-liner Weisse – Gummy Bear, Blueberry, Pineapple, Mango
The WRug – White Stout with Lord Windsor Coffee and Cocoa nibs
Blood in the WRug – White Stout with Montmorency and Balintine Tart cherries, Cocoa Nibs, and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans.

818 Brewing
Good Day Imperial IPA
Gravity Hill Belgian Golden Strong Ale

El Segundo Brewing Co. 
Broken Skull IPA
Berliner
Mayberry IPA
Hammerland IPA
Amarillo Rye IPA
Hop Logger IPL

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Luponic Distortion
Union Jack
DBA
UDBA
UDBA (Cask)
Nitro DBA
+ special beer TBA

Green Flash Brewing 
Tangerine Soul Style

Great Divide
Samurai IPA
Nadia Kali
Yeti

Hand-Brewed Beer
VRB- Vanilla Raspberry Bourbon Porter (VIP hour)
Deez Nuts- aggressive brown ale
Chubasco- Serrano and Arbol pepper infused ale
Rocky Peak Red-malty hop backed red
Erudite wit- coriander white pepper Witbier
Post Race- session ale

Highland Park Brewery
Bonkers, West Coast IPA with Simcoe
Fun Juice, Barrel Aged Sour Ale with Passionfruit, Orange Peel, and Grapefruit Peel


Homage Brewing
Chat Flou
Someone Great

Indie Brewing
Port(er) Los Angeles
Superfood Saison

Iron Triangle Brewing
Ale
Dark Ale
IPA

Institution Ales
Clarity (Dry-hopped Golden Ale)
Batch 007 (American Strong Ale)
White Walls IPA

Karl Strauss Brewing 
Aurora Hoppyalis
Follow the Sun Kolsch
Mosaic Session IPA
L.A. Beer Week Hoppywood & Bine IPL

Ladyface Ale Companie
Trébuchet®
railleur®
Flamberge
+surprises!

Lucky Luke Brewing
The Tillman Tart Saison
The Adventurer IPL
The Millwright Oatmeal Stout
Sour’d Blonde

Modern Times Brewing
Apricot Fruitlands
Fortunate Islands

Mother Earth Brewing Co.
Cali Creamin
Big Mother TIPA
Sin Tax Peanut Butter Milk Stout
End of Summer ESB

Mumford Brewing
Make Hops Great Again IPA
Mindclouder 2.0 NEDIPA

New Belgium Brewing 
Transatlantique Kriek
2016 La Folie
NBB Love Apple Felix
Peach Wheat Wine Sour

North Coast Brewing
North Coast Tart Cherry Berliner weiss
Pranqster
Stellar IPA

Ohana Brewing
Spa Water Saison
Encrypted Data IPA

Pacific Plate Brewing
Horchata Stout
Mango IPA
Widowmaker IPA

Phantom Carriage
Lugosi (timed tapping)
Ingmeyer Bergman (Cascade Collaboration)
Citra/Mosaic Dry-Hopped Muis
Blackberry Broadacres
Fog Island
Coconut Dolores
Rathbone 


Pocock Brewing
The Old Road Brown Ale
Hopped Up Ole’ Red
Noble Piper

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
Revival Hard Apple
Sacrilege Sour Cherry

Sanctum Brewing Co.
Tangeronimo
Kottbusser
Toda La Noche

San Fernando Brewing
O’Melveny Red Ale
Royal Road Pale Ale

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Saison Bernice
Silver Lies

Scholb Premium Ales
SoCal Blonde
Cherrywood Smoked Brown


Smog City Brewing
Goldie
Bourbon OE
Coffee Porter
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
Ch’nooks and Crannies
Cuddlebug

Societe Brewing
The Publican
The Harlot

Strand Brewing
Harvest Ball Orange Wheat
Atticus IPA
Expression SIPA w/ Citra
Musashi Black IPA
White Sand
Batch 100 Stout

Stone Brewing
Stone Enjoy By 07.04.2016
Stone Mocha IPA

The Honest Abe Cidery
Pineapple Cider
Local Wildflower Mead

Timeless Pints Brewing Co.
Timeless Tale Pale Ale
The Bear Reader – Huckleberry Oatmeal Stout
Wicked White Grapefruit IPA

Transplants Brewing Co.
Secret Pilgrimage (Beet Saison)
Hitting the Rhubarb (Wheat Ale)
El Mas Guapo (Guava IPA)
Filberta brown ale with mexican chocolate, chilies, and cinnamon

 

The Brewery at Abigaile
Palm Porter
Abigaile IPA

Wicks Brewing
Paladin Pale Ale
Squire Cream Ale

Wolf Creek Brewery
Buffalo Trace Barrel-Aged Timber Wolf Red
Surfin’ Monks Belgian-Cali IPA
Howlin’ Hefe
Desperado IPA

101 Cider House 
Black Dog
Cactus Red
India Pale Cider
Pina Menta


HopSaint
-Kolsch Enough
-Pure Intention (Pale Ale)
-Something else special

State Brewing Co. 
Mango-Chili Lime Blonde Ale
Pilsner
IPA
Session IPA
Rye Lager
Oatmeal Porter
Blonde Ale
Passion Fruit Blonde

Progress Brewing
Wolverine Amber
Axolotl Oatmeal IPA
Mustang Belgian Tripel
Fat Henry Imperial Stout
Xbalanque Grand Cru
Vincent w/ Blackcurrant Sour Ale

Macleod Ale Brewing Co. 
Deal with the Devil [IPA]

Better Days [Pale Ale]
Lost in London [Oatmeal Stout]
The King’s Taxes [Scottish 60 Shilling] ON CASK

The Baldoozer [Strong Ale] ANNIVERSARY BEER — VIP beer

Eagle Rock Brewery
Manifesto (Belgian-Style Witbier)

Milo (Oatmeal Pale Ale with Citra & El Dorado Hops)

Zaigermeister (Sour Blonde Ale with Pluots and Mangoes)

Brouwerij West
Dog Ate My Homework: blackberry saison

Popfuji: unfiltered pilsner

King Harbor Brewing Co.
Nitro Coconut IPA
Streets of LA (mango chili wheat beer)
Cerveza Hermosa
Endless Rant IPA.

 


The Lost Abbey
Road to Helles Lager
Red Barn Saison
Framboise de Amorosa (first tapping if 2016)
Veritas 0014 Oak Aged Sour with Cherries

Three Weavers Brewing
Unity
Cambria’s Grapefruit Kolsch
Expatriate West Coast IPA
Little Elvis Session IPA
Southbound Coffee Stout
Deep Roots ESB
Day Job Strong Pale

 

Absolution Brewing

Purgatory – Hefeweizen
The Convert – CA Common Lager
Padre Bravo – American Brown Ale
Strawberry Trespasser – Saison
Rest in Peach – Blonde Ale with Peach
Raspberry Conviction – Raspberry Kolsch
Revelation – RyePA
Angel’s Demise – IPA

Kinetic Brewing
Hops Angeles 8.0% DIPA
Saisonification 7.7% CA dry-hopped Saison
Cucumberbatch 4.8% Cucumber Kölsch
VIP hour and timed tapping:
4th Gear Vanilla Imp. Stout w/ Coffee and Cacao NIbs

 

 

FAQ: L.A. Beer Week Kickoff Festival 2016

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We are just days away until the L.A. Beer Week Kickoff Festival and we want to make sure that our guests have all the information they need to make the best out of our 8th Annual beer fest. The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild and our non-profit partners at Food Forward want to THANK YOU for joining us on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Los Angeles Center Studios. Your support of local organizations such as ours is much appreciated. The L.A. craft beer community would not be where it is without your continued support!

Just a heads up: ALL BREWERY, FOOD, AND OTHER VENDOR SLOTS ARE FULL!

FAQ: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

1. NO PHYSICAL TICKETS! There will be no physical tickets mailed to you. Please PRINT your Eventbrite-issued tickets or use your phone to check-in. You can either Download the Eventbrite App or show us the PDF at check-in. *We strongly recommend you use the Eventbrite app for easier check-in. It is compatible with both iOS and Android phones. 

2. NAMES DO NOT NEED TO MATCH ID AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TICKET. If you purchased a group of tickets under your name or were given a ticket by a friend, all you need to check-in is a copy of your TICKET so that you can be scanned in. If you do NOT have your ticket, it is important that you change the ticket-holder name on Eventbrite prior to the festival so that we are able to look up your name. 

3. NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR! Sorry if your BFF had to miss out this year, but they should have believed you when you told them to get their tickets early. 

4. NEW FESTIVAL VENUE THIS YEAR! Please note the NEW ADDRESS for this year’s June 18th festival:
Los Angeles Center Studios
450 S. Bixel Street (Entrance)
Los Angeles, CA 90017

5. PARKING: Please use one of the following pay lots surrounding the venue. These Athena Parking Lots are close to the studio and will offer a $10 flat rate on June 18th. CASH ONLY!! 
Lot A: 1037 W. 6th St (0.2 mi. from entrance) 

Lot B: 416 S. Boyleston (0.2 mi. from entrance) 
Lot C: 333 S. Boyleston (0.3 mi. from entrance) 

6. BUT WHAT IF WE DON’T WANT TO DRIVE? The venue is only a short (0.5 mi.) walk to the 7th Street/Metro Center Train Station with connections to the Metro RED, BLUE, and EXPO lines. From 7th St/Metro you are only 3 stops until Union Station where you can take the GOLD line, Amtrak, and Metrolink trains! You can also take the Blue line to the GREEN line. 

7. BUT WHAT IS PUBLIC TRANSIT JUST ISN’T MY THING? There’s always Lyft or Uber! Please note that you should be dropped off/picked up from the 450 S. Bixel Street  address. 

8. NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINKS are allowed at the festival. UNOPENED water bottles or empty re-fillable water bottles are OK. There will be food trucks available for you to purchase food from.

9. WHAT DOES MY ADMISSION GET ME? VIP access begins at 12pm and General Admission at 1pm. Both tickets grant you UNLIMITED (responsibly-served) taster-sized pours from our 86 craft breweries & cider producers plus specialty home-brewed sodas, Hop Water, and craft cold brewed coffee. Food and additional non-alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase.

10. If you appear over-intoxicated, it is our right to cut you off (so know your limit, stay hydrated, and eat before or during the event!) PS. We don’t this to be mean, we do this because we must abide by the LAW and safe serving standards dictated to us by the ABC.

11. PLEASE drink responsibly! We want you to have a great time…and remember that you had a great time! Please organize for a designated driver, a carpool, Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or take advantage of public transit. As we already stated up in #6, we are a very close walk to the Metro Train Station.

12. Yes, you can bring backpacks – BUT security will have to take a look inside. NOT Permitted: weapons, outside alcohol, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, children, pets, and anything else you normally can’t take to these kinds of things.

13. There will be plenty of complimentary water stations available to rinse your glassware and stay hydrated. This event is outdoors so please mind your water consumption. Think about it this way: Drink water, stay hydrated, last at the festival long enough to enjoy a multitude of delicious beers!

14. WHAT SHOULD I TAG MY SELFIE?!? #LABW8! We are also @LABeerWeek on social media. 

15. KNOW YOUR LIMIT! We can’t say this enough. Don’t be that guy. We want everyone to have a good time — one you’ll remember the next day. 

THANK YOU. 

 

 

 

 

L.A. Beer Week Kickoff 2016 Breweries – UPDATED

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L.A. Beer Week Kickoff  tickets are on sale NOW! The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild has been hard at work getting things together for this year’s festival taking place at the Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown L.A. We’ve got some fun plans ahead, but in case you needed the extra motivation to get your tickets, here is the list of all the breweries confirmed for our event!

A couple notes:

  • This is the largest gathering of breweries from L.A. County! Our Guild is proud of how far our craft beer community has come in the last 6 years. Enjoy brews from all 45 of our L.A. Brewers Guild Breweries! 
  • We have special guest breweries! Some familiar faces from L.A. Beer Weeks past, but also some exciting new additions! This year we wanted to invite some of our brewers’ favorite breweries — some of whom aren’t even available in L.A.! Take this time to meet some of California’s best brewers from all the way north in San Francisco to all the way south to San Diego! 

UPDATED ON 6/9/2016
Los Angeles County Brewers Guild Breweries:
Absolution Brewing Company | Alosta Brewing Co. | Angel City Brewery |Arts District Brewing Co. | Beachwood BBQ and Brewing | Boomtown Brewery | Bravery Brewing | Brewyard Beer Company LLC | Brouwerij West| Claremont Craft Ales | Dry River Brewing | Eagle Rock Brewery | El Segundo Brewing Co. | Hand-Brewed Beer, LLC | Highland Park Brewery |Homage Brewing | HopSaint Brewing Company | Indie Brewing Company |Iron Triangle Brewing DTLA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company | Kinetic Brewing Company | King Harbor Brewing Company | Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie | Lucky Luke Brewing Co | MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. | Monkish Brewing Co. | Mumford Brewing | Ohana Brewing Company | Pacific Plate Brewing Co. | Phantom Carriage Brewery | Pocock Brewing Company |Progress Brewing | Sanctum Brewing Co. | San Fernando Brewing Company | Scholb Premium Ales | Santa Monica Brew Works | Smog City Brewing | State Brewing Co. | Strand Brewing Co | 8one8 Brewing | Three Weavers Brewing Company | Timeless Pints Brewing Company | The Dudes’ Brewing Co. | Transplants Brewing Company | Wolf Creek Brewery+ Craftsman Brewing!

Special Guest Brewers:
Allagash Brewing Company | Almanac Beer Co | Alpine Beer Company |Anchor Brewing Company | Artifex Brewing Company | Avery Brewing Company | Bottle Logic Brewing | The Bruery | Bruery Terreux |Cellarmaker Brewing Company | Deschutes Brewery | Drake’s Brewing Co.| Enegren Brewing Company | Figueroa Mountain Brewing | Firestone Walker Brewing Co. | Great Divide Brewing Co. | Green Flash Brewing Co. |Honest Abe Hard Cider | Institution Ale Co. | Left Hand Brewing Company |Mammoth Brewing Company | Modern Times Beer | Mother Earth Brew Co.| New Belgium Brewing | Noble Ale Works | North Coast Brewing Company| Pizza Port | Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales |Sierra Nevada | Sixpoint | Societe Brewing Company | Solarc | Stone Brewing | Telegraph Brewing Company | Topa Topa Brewing Company |Wicks Brewing Co | 101 Cider House!

 

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SAVE THE DATE: L.A. Beer Week 2016 Returns June 18-26, 2016

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The 8th Annual L.A. Beer Week is returns! Join us for our big Kickoff Festival on Saturday, June 18th at the Los Angeles Center Studios in the heart of Downtown L.A.! We are bringing the heat this summer with an awesome festival featuring over 75 craft breweries, live music, great food, and more!

Our sold out event in 2015 was a great success and we want to bring you even more fun this year that you’ll be talking about all summer long. Produced by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, #LABW8 will feature the largest number of Los Angeles County-based craft breweries — more than any other festival in town! Join us and support your local brewers. Early Bird tickets go on sale Friday, March 4th at 10am, so take advantage of discounted tickets before they go full-price after April 1st.

More information to come!

*Enthusiast Members will receive their unique discount codes on March 1st. Not a member yet? Join us by February 26th and get $15 off full-priced VIP tickets (limit 2) or $10 off full-priced General Admission tickets (limit 2)!  Join here: www.labeerclub.eventbrite.com

#LABW7 Kickoff | Entertainment & Panel Schedule

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We know that the star of the show is the beer for tomorrow’s festival, but we hope that you can enjoy some of the fun we have planned to enrich the L.A. Beer Week experience. Our event producers at Tap & Cheer have helped get together a diverse music lineup for the day & L.A. Beer Week Events Chair Tom Kelley has gathered some very knowledgeable folks to speak on a wide variety of panels.

Check out the schedule for our TWO stages:

MUSIC STAGE:
12:00 PM: Heaps n’ Heaps
1:20 PM: Headshine 
2:40 PM: Whiskey Sunday
4:10 PM: The Firkins
DJ: James Morgan

PANELS STAGE:

Time Title Moderator
1:15 – 1:45 Los Angeles, B.C. (Before Craft) Tomm Carroll
2:00 – 2:30 California Barley & Mirco Malting Erika Bolden
2:45 – 3:15 How to Taste Beer Like a Cicerone John Verive
3:30 – 4:00 Social Media and Collective Story Telling Kip Barnes
4:10 – 4:40 Bridging the Gap – Craft Beer and Craft Cocktails Karen Grill

 Guest Panelists: 
Los Angeles, B.C |  Tomm Carroll (Celebrator Beer News), Larry James (Beer Specialist – Wine Warehouse), Kevin Kasay (Artisan Ales Distributing), Mark Jilg (Owner/Brewmaster – Craftsman Brewing), Lou Mensch (Original Owner – Father’s Office), Bob Kunz (Owner/Brewmaster – Highland Park Brewery), Clay Harding (Owner – 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill).

California Barly & Micro Malting | Erika Bolden (Writer, L.A. Weekly), Curtis Davenport (Farmer & Maltster), Nile Zacherle (Mad Fritz), Thomas Kelley (El Segundo Brewing).

How to Taste Beer Like A Cicerone | John Michael Verive (Beer Writer – L.A. Times), Chris Walowski (Brewer – Smog City Brewing), Lauren O’Neill (Beer Buyer – Mohawk Bend), Sean Smith (BJCP Judge, Beer Writer).

Social Media & Collective Story Telling | Kip Barnes (Bierkast), Alex Davis (GM & Beer Buyer – Library Alehouse), Laurie Porter (Owner – Smog City Brewing), Jemma Wilson (Social Media Manager – Firestone Walker), Frances Michelle Lopez (Social Media Manager – Golden Road Brewing).

Bridging the Gap – Craft Beer and Craft Cocktails | Karen Grill (Mixologist – Sassafras Saloon), Julian Cox (Mixologist & Consultant), Andrew Bell (Brewer – The Bruery), Jacon Grier (Authoer- Cocktails on Tap), Chloe Burciaga-Terry (Bar Manager – Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie).

 

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions for 6/20 Festival Attendees

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#LABW7 is just 24 hours away! The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild would like to Thank You for supporting local beer and for purchasing tickets to our L.A. Beer Week Kickoff. Please read through these directions so that we can best serve you on a day that will be filled with good times and great beer!

1. There will be NO physical tickets mailed for this event. Please PRINT your Eventbrite tickets -OR- download your mobile tickets. We strongly recommend using the Eventbrite app to speed up the check-in process. *Valid form of ID is required*

2. If you purchased multiple tickets (example: 3 General Admission Tickets), ALL your tickets will be under ONE name. If you are arriving at different times, please make sure your group has the name of the person who purchased the tickets so that we may cross your tickets off the list once you arrive. *All person’s IDs will be checked to confirm they are 21 years of age or older.

3. There will be NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR. Sorry if your best friend has to miss out this year, but we do not want to go over capacity as to keep within fire code AND keep the festival from being too crowded.

4. EVENT ADDRESS:
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
but how do I get there? SEE HERE.

5. PARKING: There are two Exposition Park parking lots closest to our location. Please try to park in Lot 2 or Lot 3. Parking costs $15 per day (CASH ONLY). **WE STRONGLY recommend using Uber, Lyft, or public transit to get to the festival. We are only steps away from the Expo Line!

6. NO outside drinks are allowed at the festival. UNOPENED water bottles or empty re-fillable water bottles are OK. There will be food trucks available for you to purchase food from. You can see the list here.

7. Which beers will be there? You can check out the LA Beer Week Tap List via The Full Pint here. You will need an appropriate wristband to obtain a glass and any samples.

8. If you appear over-intoxicated, it is our right to cut you off (so know your limit, stay hydrated, and eat before or during the event!) PS. We don’t this to be mean, we do this because we must abide by the LAW and safe serving standards dictated to us by the ABC.

9. PLEASE drink responsibly! We want you to have a great time…and remember that you had a great time! Please organize for a designated driver, a carpool, Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or take advantage of public transit. We are only a short walk away from the Expo Line train station.

10. Yes, you can bring backpacks – BUT security will have to take a look inside. NOT Permitted: weapons, outside alcohol, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, children, pets, and anything else you normally can’t take to these kinds of things.

11. There will be plenty of complimentary water stations available to rinse your glassware and stay hydrated. This event is outdoors so please mind your water consumption. Think about it this way: Drink water, stay hydrated, last at the festival long enough to enjoy a multitude of delicious beers!

12. What should I tag my selfie? >>> #LABW7 <<< 

13. So there are bands and panels and stuff? >>> YES. <<<

14. Know your limit! Don’t be that guy. We want everyone to have a great time. THANK YOU! 

Smog City Brewing Releases UNITY 2015 on June 17th

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We are proud to announce the release of this year’s UNITY collaboration beer brewed at Smog City Brewing. We hope that you can join us for a little pre-L.A. Beer Week fun at the official bottle release. In case you missed it, this year’s UNITY brew was featured in the Los Angeles Times and will make its big debut at our L.A. Beer Week Kickoff event on June 20th.

Can’t wait until then? Join us at Smog City Brewing on June 17th from 4-9pm for the bottle release! Details below:

Created as a celebration of innovation and experimentation, this Tart Saison exemplifies what the LA Brewers Guild is becoming known for: the UNITY of individualized voices coming together. We believe that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and our community will continue to benefit as we raise the bar together. Brewed in collaboration at Smog City Brewing, this year’s Unity commemorates LA Beer Week 7, which promotes and celebrates the growth of craft beer culture in Los Angeles.

Join us Wednesday June 17th at 4pm for the bottle release of UNITY Beer, the official beer of LA Beer Week…brewed here at Smog City in collaboration with the LA Brewing Community! 

Bottles available, growler fills, pours and tasters available!! It’s going to be a fun day. 🙂 Bottles will be available throughout L.A. Beer Week so if you cannot get here on a week day, swing by during the weekend! It will also be for sale at Rarest of the Rare!

Cheers to you from Smog City and the L.A. Brewers Guild! 

Tap into Torrance’s Delicious Craft Beer Scene

DiscoverTorrance-300x265With six unique breweries and brew houses, it comes as no surprise that Torrance is rapidly becoming known as a hub for Southern California’s craft beer scene.

  • Monkish Brewing Co. offers an assortment of Belgian-style beers that reflect brewer Henry Nguyen’s past as a student of theology. Monkish beers are famous for their unique flavor and memorable names, such as Brown Habit and False Prophet.
  • In 2013, Smog City Brewing Company relocated to Torrance, opening a brewery and tasting room. This family-run craft brewery has continued to grow, offering an experimental beer series and variety of popular standards.
  • While Strand Brewing Co.’s beers are distributed throughout Southern California, the local taproom is the best place to taste the brewery’s selection. Among Strand Brewing Co.’s offerings are IPAs, Pale Ales and Stouts.
  • Absolution Brewing Company’s brews provide an ideal fusion of Old World styles and New World ingredients. At the on-site tasting room, visitors can enjoy an array of craft beers including Fallen Archangel and Possessed Porter.
  • The Dudes’ Brewing Company is committed to providing quality brews in a laid-back and fun atmosphere that reflects Southern California’s beach lifestyle.
  • In the making of its artisan-ales, Red Car Brewery primarily uses English ingredients. The brewery also offers a variety of appetizers, salads, pizzas and more.
  • HopSaint Brewing Company will open in Torrance mid-July, adding another great destination for beer lovers to enjoy.

While home to an amazing beer scene, exploring the city’s breweries is just one of the Top 10 Things to do in Torrance. With its close proximity to some of Southern California’s most iconic attractions, Torrance has the ability to provide big city amenities without sacrificing its small town charm. Among its many attractions are Torrance Beach, the multi-level Del Amo Fashion Center and 14 diverse hotels.

In honor of LA Beer Week, several of Torrance’s breweries are offerings special events and limited edition bottles; be sure to stop by the individual websites for additional details! For more information about the city’s breweries or planning a Torrance getaway, visit DiscoverTorrance.com.

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The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild and L.A. Beer Week Committee are proud to welcome this guest blog post from our friends and partners at Discover Torrance. On behalf of all of us, we’d like to recognize and extend our heartfelt gratitude for your support of local breweries and craft beer establishments! 

 

SAVE THE DATE: LA Beer Week 2015 Returns June 20-28

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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 20­-28. Festivities  begin on Saturday, June 20th with the LA Brewers Beer Week Kick­off festival at its new location at Exposition Park’s south lawn.

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  time­-constrained 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 pre-­sale 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.

Stay tuned on www.labeerweek.com for more details regarding this year’s #LABW7 events!

 

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions for 9/20 Festival Attendees

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We are just HOURS away until we start LA Beer Week 2014 with a bang! The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild would like to Thank You for supporting local beer and for purchasing tickets to our first-ever LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off. Please read through these directions so that we can best serve you on a day that will be filled with good times and great beer!

1. There will be NO physical tickets mailed for this event. All you need to check in to the festival will be your valid form of identification. *must be 21+ to enter. 

2. If you purchased multiple tickets (example: 3 General Admission Tickets), ALL your tickets will be under ONE name so please try to arrive with your group to check in together. HOWEVER, if you are arriving at different times, please make sure your group has the name of the person who purchased the tickets so that we may cross your tickets off the list once you arrive. *All person’s IDs will be checked to confirm they are 21 years of age or older.

3. The event is SOLD OUT and there will be NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR. Sorry if your best friend has to miss out this year, but we do not want to go over capacity as to keep within fire code AND keep the festival from being too crowded.

4. EVENT ADDRESS:
Chinatown Plaza (Downtown LA)
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

5. PARKING: There are pay lots all over Chinatown. Rates vary as they are independently owned. Street and metered parking is limited. We suggest carpooling or using public transit!

6. NO outside food or drink are allowed at the festival. UNOPENED water bottles or empty re-fillable water bottles are OK. There will be food trucks available for you to purchase food from should you desire.

7. Which beers will be there? You can check out the LA Beer Week Tap List posted on The Full Pint here You will need an appropriate wristband to obtain a glass and any samples.

8. If you appear over-intoxicated, it is our right to decline the distribution of more tickets to you (so know your limit, stay hydrated, and eat before or during the event!)

9. PLEASE drink responsibly! We want you to have a great time…and remember that you had a great time! Please organize for a designated driver, a carpool, Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or take advantage of public transit. We are only a short walk away from the Chinatown Gold Line station.

10. Yes, you can bring backpacks – BUT security will have to take a look inside. NOT Permitted: weapons, outside alcohol, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, children, pets, and anything else you normally can’t take to these kinds of things.

11. There will be plenty of complimentary water stations available to rinse your glassware and stay hydrated. This event is outdoors so please mind your water consumption. Think about it this way: Drink water, stay hydrated, last at the festival long enough to enjoy a multitude of delicious beers! 

12. Have fun! Thank you again for supporting LA Beer Week! Engage with us on Social Media and be sure to use Hashtag #LABW6 on all your Instagram and Twitter photos all week long!