Octoberfest, Ahh…

Paul, Joan, and the once and future SCCBB in Munich, many Harvest moons ago... Memory Lane When I attended the University of Southern California's year-abroad program in Madrid, I found myself over winter break pounding steins at the world-famous Hofbrau Haus in Munich. The winter trip was a master-stroke of genius by friend and classmate … Continue reading Octoberfest, Ahh…

GABF 2022 Medal Winners

Southern California Breweries dominate at this year's Great American Beer Festival by BeachRock Bill and the SCCB Blogger Around the same time Munich's Oktoberfest is being held, here in the States there is a pretty impressive celebration of beer as well--the annual Great American Beer Festival weekend in Denver, Colorado--this year was the 40th Annual GABF. … Continue reading GABF 2022 Medal Winners

Hazy September-Part 4

The Haze Fades Into the Sunset by SCCB Blogger 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 … Continue reading Hazy September-Part 4

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

RADIANT BREWING: An SCCBB Collaboration

Text and Images by BeachRock Bill, C.C. Hansen, Eleanor, BrewHead Ted, and LSD Luke Credit: BeachRock Bill BeachRock Bill Growing up in Glendale California, my best friend Chauncey and I were just a short drive away from fine food, good music, and hip-to-the-jive scenes in Hollywood, West LA, Echo Park, and Laurel Canyon in the … Continue reading RADIANT BREWING: An SCCBB Collaboration

Vermont, America, Craft Beer, The World

by C. C. Hansen, the SCCB Blogger Think globally, drink locally. A BeachRock Brew outside the SCCBB's comfort zone in the comfort of his backyard. Apparently, it's American Craft Beer Week. The Brewers Association invites us to "drink outside our comfort zone" and "try special beers." Craftbeer.com exhorts us to "flip our brew-tine," reminding us … Continue reading Vermont, America, Craft Beer, The World

Deluxe 1717’s New Liquor License

by C. C. Hansen Leek and asparagus terrine: goat & cream cheese, tarragon & dill, coriander & fennel seeds, and local mixed greens. Sublime! Because my daughter Isabella has worked on occasion with culinary artists, I've had the privilege not only to occasionally enjoy divine gastronomic creations and make the acquaintance of rockstar restaurateurs but … Continue reading Deluxe 1717’s New Liquor License

SCCBB ARCHIVES – Napa Smith

Learning About Craft Beer Brewing with Master Brewer Don Barkley by C. C. Hansen Don Barkley in 2010 at Napa Smith Brewery. Though this article was originally published in the now-defunct Examiner.com in 2010, the SoCal Craft Beer Blogger (SCCBB) was inspired to re-post it to the old SCCBB site after hearing a piece that … Continue reading SCCBB ARCHIVES – Napa Smith

SCCBB Archives – Sierra Nevada

by C. C. Hansen (formerly the Ventura Craft Beer Examiner) Part of a series on Northern California brewers and breweries.Originally posted as "docking with the California craft beer mothership" on the now-defunct Examiner.com in May 2010. According to CraftBeer.com, "An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional." The limit on "small" is less than two … Continue reading SCCBB Archives – Sierra Nevada