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Karl Strauss Releases Collaboration IPA with Beachwood Brewing

Riders on the Storm IPA collaboration with Karl Strauss and Beachwood Brewing

Let me just begin by stating, there is beer mail, and then there is beer mail. This is beer mail.

It’s no secret that brewery collaborations can often be more strategic than organic in conception, but Karl Strauss Brewmaster Paul Segura and Beachwood Brewing’s Julian Shrago have been thick as thieves for as long as can be remembered; and have been pushing for the chance to put their heads together on a large scale release. Well, Karl Strauss gave in, and they don’t regret it. “Riders on the Storm” IPA is available on draft and in 16oz 4-Packs at all Karl Strauss Brewpub locations, and at select retailers and craft beer bars throughout California and Arizona. Continue reading

A Visit to Trademark Brewing

These photos were taken Sunday afternoon at Trademark Brewing, a production brewery with a tasting room in Long Beach.

I had first become aware of Trademark Brewing probably in the summer of 2019; in fact, I am relatively confident that I had made plans to visit them in July, but there had been some delay in the planned opening date; a rarity, I know. I was able to sample their brews for the first time at the third annual Craft Beer LB Fest. A few months later COVID hit and pretty much put a halt to my ability to go out and visit new breweries. Continue reading

Common Space Brewery 3rd Anniversary Photos

These photos were taken Saturday afternoon at Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne, where they celebrated their third anniversary with an actual in-person event at the production brewery’s tasting room and patios setup outside.

Prior to today, the last time I attended a brewery’s anniversary was the Brouwerij West 4th anniversary in February 2020; that’s a long time considering how many brewery anniversary parties we have around here usually. Continue reading

Pink Boots Brew Day at Eureka Brewing

These photos were taken Friday morning at Eureka Brewing Company, in Gardena. The reason for my showing up on a Friday morning is that Eureka is participating in the 4th Annual Pink Boots Brew. Essentially, Yakima Chief Hops and the Pink Boots Society come up with a hop blend that breweries can purchase and then create whatever beer they feel like brewing. The Pink Boots Society receives a percentage of the monies spent on the actual purchase of the hop blend itself.

Due to COVID protocols, this year’s blend was chosen via a global virtual hop selection. This year’s blend consists of Cashmere, Ahtanum®, Citra®, Loral® & Sabro® brand hops, creating a blend with tropical, herbal, citrus and woody aromatic qualities. Continue reading

Photos from the March Madness Craft Beer Can Exchange

The photos were taken Saturday afternoon at the Craft Beer Reclamation Center (aka my house), where I held another in a series of what I call the COVID Craft Beer Exchange.

Those of you that read my recap of 2020 may recall that I mentioned that back in September Craft Beer Guy Facebook followers were being invited to participate in a craft beer exchange that I started holding. So far we have done it every month except February.

Yesterday we had our largest turnout, with 15 traders; it was also the first time that we had two people bring the same beers. We had lots of local breweries represented, including King Harbor, HopSaint, Common Space, The Crac Brewery and Grub, Project Barley, Brouwerij West, and Three Weavers. With a total of 27 craft beers to choose from, there were plenty of options available. Continue reading

Karl Strauss Debuts Low-Cal, Low-ABV Hazy IPA to Lineup

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Low-cal, Low ABV Hazy IPA by Karl Strauss

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is proud to introduce Sun Drops Hazy IPA, their brand new low-cal and low-ABV beer that is joining their year-round lineup.

Launching March 4, Sun Drops Hazy IPA is a better-for-you beer clocking in at just 4.0% ABV and 99 calories, yet with all the character and complexity that you expect in a Hazy IPA. Brewed with Columbus, Idaho 7, and Amarillo hops for juicy citrus aromas, plus rolled oats for a silky mouthfeel, this beer refuses to compromise. Sun Drops Hazy IPA will be available on draft and in 6-packs of 12oz sleek cans at all Karl Strauss brewpub locations, as well as at select retailers throughout California.

Sun Drops Hazy IPA is the first release in the Karl Strauss “Small but Mighty” series, a collection of low-calorie beers that refuse to compromise on flavor. This 99-calorie brew is teeming with juicy tropical fruit aromas, big notes of spritzy citrus, and hints of sticky pine. Plus, it has the soft and pillowy mouthfeel that you crave in a hazy. Sheesh, pretty big claim for such a little beer, eh? Small but mighty, indeed. Continue reading

Absolution Brewing Announces New Can Releases

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The Wicked 2021, Lion Around, and Fizziks Pomegranate Hard Seltzer Now Available

It is that time of year again, when triple IPAs come out of hibernation and are sighted all across California. Absolution Brewing is celebrating the season with a triple can release, including the annual release their triple IPA, The Wicked.

The Wicked 2021 offers in your face dankness matched with absurd drinkability; it is what you have learned to expect of The Wicked and you got it. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, Simcoe and Idaho 7 hops, the results are a golden, dry IPA with juicy after tones. The Wicked 2021 (10.5% ABV) is available in 4-pack cans ($20) and on draft.

For the second release, Absolution’s Floc’ing Great series presents Lion Around Hazy IPA. Lion Around is a super hazy IPA loaded with Mosaic, Citra, and Zamba hops making this juice bomb burst with tropical fruit notes! Lion Around (6.3% ABV) is available in 4-pack cans ($16) and on draft. Continue reading

Dust Bowl Brewing Releases California Golden Ale

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Now in Cans from Dust Bowl Brewing

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. announces its first new release of 2021, California Golden Ale. The year-round beer fills yet another niche in the Northern California brewery’s growing portfolio.

“Blonde ales and lighter lagers have been gaining in popularity and they are always good performers at our taprooms,” shares longtime Brewmaster, Don Oliver. “Our range of beers had a good amount of lagers and IPAs, so the golden ale was a good compliment and brings more balance to our portfolio. It’s a clean, easy-drinking beer with a light fruitiness and low bitterness.”

California Golden Ale was first released in draft only in December 2020. While consumer exposure was minimal due to the Pandemic on-premise restrictions, those consumers who picked up growlers or crowlers to go from Dust Bowl’s taprooms responded positively to the new release. California Golden Ale will reach the promising off-premise sector in late January. Available in 12oz. 6 pack cans, and 5.2 gallon and 15.5 gallon kegs, California Golden Ale is an ideal gateway beer at 4.5% ABV and 10 IBUs. It is sold through Dust Bowl’s network of wholesalers servicing California and Nevada, and at Dust Bowl Brewing Co. taprooms located in Turlock and Monterey, California. Continue reading

Karl Strauss and Modern Times Beer Release Collaboration IPA

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Mosaic Oasis – a Karl Strauss/Modern Times collaboration

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is kicking off 2021 with the latest in their acclaimed collaboration series, an innovative IPA brewed with their friends at Modern Times Beer in San Diego. Mosaic Oasis will debut statewide on draft and in 16oz 4-pak cans on January 14.

Modern Times is widely recognized as one the top IPA producers in the country and when the teams came together to work on a recipe, they were inspired to push the envelope with their experimentation through the inclusion of the newly released Talus hop varietal. Talus hops impart big aromas of pink grapefruit, dried roses, pine resin, tropical fruit, and sage, which makes it the perfect complement to the Mosaic hop’s classic tropical and citrus notes. The result is a dank and citrusy San Diego-style IPA with a colorful mosaic of intoxicatingly fruity aromas. Continue reading

The Craft Beer Guy Recap of 2020

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Port Town Brewing – progressing

Well, it is that time of year again. I usually call these articles a “review” of the prior year; but that would be a very short article. I give it two stars out of five, and would not recommend. Instead, this will be a recap of 2020; let’s see what happened.

January 2020

2020 started off mellow enough; little did we know what was in store for us. The highlight of the month, and possibly the year for some, was the Hop Culture Juicy Brews Beach Party Craft Beer Festival held at Brouwerij West. It was a very fun event featuring craft beer from more than 25 of the top breweries in the country.

The month ended with a going away party for Smog City’s taproom manager Jason “Breezy” Briseño as he and his bride prepared to move to Australia; I think COVID put a temporary damper on those plans. Continue reading

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