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! 

L.A. Brewers confirmed as of 4/8/16:
Absolution Brewing
Alosta Brewing
Angel City Brewery
Arts District Brewing
Beachwood Brewing
Boomtown Brewery
Bravery Brewing
Brewyard Beer Company
Brouwerij West
Claremont Craft Ales
Dry River Brewing
Eagle Rock Brewery
El Segundo Brewing Co.
Hand-Brewed Beer
Highland Park Brewery
HopSaint
Indie Brewing
Iron Triangle
Kinetic Brewing
King Harbor Brewing
Ladyface Ale Companie
Luck Luke Brewing
Karl Strauss Brewing – Universal City
MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.
Monkish Brewing
Mumford Brewing
Ohana Brewing
Pacific Plate
Phantom Carriage
Pocock Brewing
Progress Brewing
Sanctum Brewing
San Fernando Brewing
Santa Monica Brew Works
Scholb Premium Ales
Smog City Brewing
Strand Brewing
State Brewing
The Brewery at Abigaile
The Dudes’ Brewing
Three Weavers Brewing
Timeless Pints Brewing
Transplants Brewing
Wolf Creek Brewery
818 Brewing

Very special guests confirmed as of 4/8/16 — with more to come!
Allagash Brewing
Almanac Beer Co.
Alpine Beer Co.
Anchor Brewing
Artifex Brewing
Avery Brewing
The Bruery
Bruery Terreux
Cellarmaker Brewing
Deschutes Brewing
Drake’s Brewing
Enegren Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing
Great Divide
Green Flash Brewing
Honest Abe Cider
Institution Ale Co.
Left Hand Brewing
Mammoth Brewing
Maui Brewing Co.
Modern Times Beer
Mother Eath Brewing Co.
Noble Ale Works
North Coast Brewing Co.
Pizza Port Brewing Co.
Reverand Nat’s Hard Cider
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Societe Brewing
Solarc Brewing
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Stone Brewing
Telegraph Brewing
Topa Topa Brewing
Wicks Brewing
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!

  

Unity: The Official Beer of LA Beer Week

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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! 

 

Tickets to LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off On Sale NOW!


LA Beer Week to launch with LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off

The time has come once again to gear up for LA Beer Week! To launch this year’s festivities, the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild has banded together to curate the LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off festival taking place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The LABG decided to switch things up a little this year to create an event all their own. Modeled after the Opening and Closing Gala events of LABW’s past, this new event will feature beer from over 40 breweries, live entertainment, a wide-selection of food trucks and educational panel discussions at a new locale in the old Chinatown Plaza.

Tickets to the LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off are on sale now.

>>>CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE<<<

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 3pm-7pm (2pm for VIP ticket-holders)
Where: Chinatown Plaza | 950 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
How much?: $45 General Admission (includes beer, commemorative glassware) | $65 VIP Admission (includes unlimited beer, commemorative glassware, and an extra VIP hour)
Why: Because you love beer, community, and Los Angeles!
Who: 
Confirmed so far…| Absolution Brewing | Alosta Brewing |  Alpine Beer Co. | Angel City Brewing | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing |  Bravery Brewing | Craftsman Brewing |  The Dudes’ Brewing | Eagle Rock Brewery | El Segundo Brewing Co., | Enegren Brewing | Firestone Walker | Golden Road Brewing |  Highland Park Brewery |  Kinetic Brewing | King Harbor Brewing |  Ladyface Ale Companie |  MacLeod Ale |  Monkish Brewing |  Noble Ale Works |  Ohana Brewing | Sierra Nevada | Smog City Brewing |  Strand Brewing |  Taps Fish House & Brewery | Telegraph Brewing | The Brewery at Abigaile |  The Bruery | Timeless Pints |  Wolf CreekBrewery + more TBA!

How: Metro | Uber | Lyft

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