Oho! Oktoberfest!

By BeachRock Billl Ahhh...Oktoberfest. Thoughts of cooler evenings, turning leaves, and full flavored German beer come to mind, but beyond that, most Americans don’t have a clue what it is (a festival in Munich) and how it began (a wedding celebration for a future King). So the SCCBB thought it would be fun to give a little … Continue reading Oho! Oktoberfest!

Hazy September-Part 4

The Haze Fades Into the Sunset by SCCBB Welcome to our fourth and final Hazy September post. To recap, we started with BeachRock Bill's perspective and selections. He gave us his homebrewer's-eye-view of the key factors involved in producing the brew, including the pH or acidity level of your water (hazys have a lower pH, … Continue reading Hazy September-Part 4

Hazy September-Part 3

Hoppin' for a Hazy by Contributing Editor Eleanor In May, a leak began on the Upper Feeder, a large pipeline that brings water from the Colorado River Aqueduct in Southern California. Repairs are scheduled from September 6-20. Water agencies have asked customers to avoid all outdoor watering during that period. When it's 100 degrees at … Continue reading Hazy September-Part 3

Hazy September-Part 1

San Diego By BeachRock Bill Here at the SoCal Craft Beer Blog, we love our Hazy IPAs. They are juicy, refreshing, flavorful, complex, and with their un-beerlike opacity, very cool looking. So we have decided to proclaim September "Hazy Month," where (hopefully) each week our Contributing Editors wax poetic on what the style means to … Continue reading Hazy September-Part 1

Central Coast Brews

Part of SCCBB's Summer of Beer Series by Eleanor Humdinger Board The Central Coast of California is more known for its wineries than its breweries but Chauncey and I didn't let that stop us from trying out some brews at Humdinger and ManRock while on a recent trip to Arroyo Grande. Hungry and thirsty after … Continue reading Central Coast Brews

Sour Beer Genies

Jester King

The Education of the SCCBB Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas I suppose it was inevitable that I would fall for sour beer. From a very early age, my palate craved sweet and sour things, whether they were Fanning's Bread and Butter pickles, or honest-to-god kosher dills from Carnegie Deli in New … Continue reading Sour Beer Genies

Sayonara Stone Brewing

By BeachRock Bill “Stone Brewing to be Sold to Sapporo Holdings in Deal Expected to Close in August” While trying to decide on a date night with some blog potential, a friend of mine suggested a “good-bye” visit to the non-corporate Stone before it becomes a Japanese-owned brewery. I loved this idea, and knowing Stone’s … Continue reading Sayonara Stone Brewing

Not So Fired Up By Firestone

Part of SCCBB's "Summer of Beer" series by Guest Blogger Eleanor Stolo Vineyards Tasting Room Last weekend on the eve of our anniversary, Chauncey and I left Stolo Vineyards in Cambria, where we’d had a magical experience wine tasting, and traveled over to Paso Robles for an early dinner and a beer at Firestone Brewery. … Continue reading Not So Fired Up By Firestone