SOCAL: 1st Anniversary Celebration at King Harbor Brewing Co. on April 11

King Harbor Brewing Co

King Harbor Brewing Co. will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday, April 11

Tickets include eight 12oz pours with access to all beer tents, cask beers procured by Cask Ale LA, commemorative anniversary mug, photo booth, dunk tank, live music, and all ticket holders will go home with a bottle of King Harbor Brewing Co. Anniversary Ale.

The Anniversary Ale is an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with Graham Crackers and has been aging in Corsair Whiskey Barrels.

Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite.com for $50.00 or on-site at the tasting room located at 2907 182nd St., Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

A portion of proceeds will benefit local non-profit, Richstone Family Center.

San Clemente Beer Festival

I  drove down to San Clemente this weekend for the 3rd annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Festival hosted by Left Coast Brewery and the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce.

The 17 participating breweries were:

This was my second time at this festival. It’s becoming an annual tradition as I get to spend a day with my sister (I can’t say her name or show her face because her school district has a very prudish social media policy…that’s another story).

The crowd definitely seemed bigger than last year and I’m afraid they’re going to outgrow the Left Coast location very soon (actually, I’m not afraid…I hope they can move it somewhere closer to the beach that allows for a nice breeze and wider spaces).

My one big bitch with this festival is the food. There was only one vendor which had a very long line the whole event. I would add a couple additional food options in the future.

There were two fun bands (I really liked the second one), but their names escape me!

Since I love hoppy beers, I used all my tasting tickets on IPAs I’d never tried. All were good, but two really stood out:

  • Pizza Port El Camino IPA – what a great aroma!
  • Beachwood Pole Position IPA – hoppy and citrus!
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My sister and I at the San Clemente Micro-Brew Festival on April 20, 2013.
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The crowd enjoys the beer and music.

Great time at 6th annual Raley Field Brewfest

Okay, here’s my first real attempt at blogging.

I was able to attend the 6th annual Raley Field Brewfest in West Sacramento last night with my friend John. This was my first time at this brewfest and I was impressed.

This was the first time the event was held on the field. It was held on the concourse in past years. All the breweries were lined up along the outfield wall with the music stage at second base. I really enjoyed this setup as I had a clear view of all the beer choices plus the outfield provided ample room to mingle, eat and relax to the music.

This event, a partnership between Raley Field and the Northern California Brewer’s Guild, showcase 50+ Northern California Breweries, the best the BAY AREA, GOLD COUNTRY and NORTH COAST regions have to offer.

I went into this brewfest with a strategy. I would only taste beers not readily available to me (so no Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, or Anderson Valley) and I would keep a log of my tastes (I kept the log, but neglected to make tasting notes!).

I wanted to branch out tasting different styles other than my favorite India Pale Ale, but when I looked at my list I still had six IPAs on the list.

Last night’s tastes were:

Auburn Alehouse PU240 Imperial IPA
Mad River Jamaica Red Ale
Eel River Organic IPA (I was hoping Mad River, Eel River or Lost coast would have some Saison du Humboldt!!!)
High Water Hop Riot IPA
Heretic Evil Cousin IPA (very hoppy)
Berryessa Double Tap IPA (this one blew me away, not what I was expecting, but amazing)
Ol’ Republic Biere de Garde
Track 7 Soulman Stout
Riley’s Wildcat IPA
American River Coloma Brown

A couple of notes on the festival:

1. Don’t buy your ticket online. My $30 ticket cost more than $44 once Ticketmaster added it’s fees!
2. The outfield location has one disadvantage — it’s a bit of a hike to the bathrooms on the concourse.
3. Food was lacking. The only option (other than a cheese booth) was the stadium food. Choices were hot dogs, burgers, black bean burger, and chips. Add some local food vendors!!
4. Music provided by The Remedies was good, but I would add a band or two.

Overall, a good festival. I plan to return for the 7th annual event next year.