Posts Tagged ‘Barley Forge Brewing’

Dozens of microbreweries have opened their doors to the public in Southern California in 2014. The rising popularity of craft beer lends well to the establishment of all of these new breweries, and the rate of growth exceeds many people’s expectations. While breweries pop up all over the place, craft beer enthusiasts sometimes have a difficult time keeping track of them all, especially for those out-of-town. Although I have visited more brewery grand openings than I can count on my hands, these five remain a staple in my routine brewery visits. Note that this list does not contain any breweries from San Diego County, which has seen the greatest expansion of breweries in 2014 than the rest of the west coast. However, Wet ‘N Reckless Brewing holds a dear place in my heart, and the loss of them in 2014 really made it difficult for me to support anyone else but them in their time of need. That said, I sincerely hope that you as the reader of this post lend any support you have for Wet ‘N Reckless, as all craft beer fans wish for them to return to the scene sooner than later.

5. The Dudes’ Brewing Company

After MUCH anticipation from craft beer fans throughout Southern California, Dudes’ Brewing in Torrance finally opened their doors to the public in 2014. For over a year prior, Dudes’ Brewing has graced Southern California with their presence at multiple beer festivals, such as Bock Fest or Drink Good Beer Fest. Most, if not all, people who have encountered Dudes’ Brewing will recall the Grandma’s Pecan and/or the Kölschtal Eddy beers, as these two essentially represent the flagship beers of Dudes’ Brewing. With the opening of their doors this past weekend, Dudes’ Brewing marks yet another entry into the South Bay craft beer scene.

4. MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.

Craft beer has a huge market in Southern California that continually expands annually. MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public in 2014 with a grand opening complete with food trucks, bagpipe players, and of course, beer. Now you may think to yourself, “Oh great, another brewery.” Let me tell you that this brewery with a Scottish background sets themselves apart from the others by focusing on cask ales. Most breweries have their own niche with what they brew, and MacLeod chose cask beers. Out in the San Fernando Valley, breweries have not established themselves as part of the community, largely due to Anheuser Busch’s dominance in this territory. MacLeod hopes to break ground and start getting microbreweries out to this area.

3. Skyland Ale Works

Skyland Ale Works aims to bring a sense of community to the craft beer scene in Corona. Following the untimely closure of Main Street Brewery, Corona has lacked a brewery of its own, and if not for the various supermarkets and restaurants carrying craft beer, would turn Corona into just that one city that people would pass through between Orange County and the Inland Empire. Located just off the 91 Freeway in West Corona, Skyland Ale Works makes full use of their small working space. Stepping into the tasting room, you immediately get the feeling of a Mom & Pop joint, as it does not feel like money bleeds out of the walls here, unlike certain other breweries. Craft beer enthusiasts ought to seek out Skyland Ale and support them to promote the growth of craft beer.

2. Barley Forge Brewing Co.

Tucked away behind The Camp in Costa Mesa in the triangle created by the 405, 55, and 73 freeways, Barley Forge had already forged a legacy of their own among Orange County’s craft beer enthusiasts. Although I had not personally heard of Barley Forge up until their grand opening, the name easily spread out through the veins of Orange County and as far down as San Diego County during the Brewers Guild Fest. One look at their tasting room, and one will understand how this brewery has generated so much buzz prior to their grand opening. In stark contrast to another brewery that also had their grand opening that same day, a waltz into the Barley Forge tasting room will have you feeling like you just walked into a millionaire’s playground. I mean, just how much money went into building this masterpiece? I can safely say that the folks behind Barley Forge proved their point that they intend to stay in this industry for a very long time.

1. Beach City Brewery

Prior to 2014, Huntington Beach never truly had a standalone microbrewery. In downtown, they may have Huntington Beach Beer Company, but they qualify more as a brewpub, and they do not widely distribute their beers. Huntington Beach also has Brewbakers, but they function more as a homebrew store than an actual brewery. In 2014, Huntington Beach welcomed their first actual microbrewery with Beach City Brewery, the latest addition to the Orange County craft beer family. Located in an industrial block off the intersection of Beach Blvd and Slater Ave, this microbrewery has already greeted many craft beer fans with their more approachable brews (as opposed to strong brews) at recent beer festivals. At long last, craft beer fans can finally check out this brewery’s tasting room and taste the beers at any time during business hours. They may appear small, but Beach City Brewery has already put in tons of work with their production, and they proudly distribute canned beers as the only Orange County brewery to can their beers. Expect great things from Beach City Brewery in the years to come.

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Orange County continues to build its craft beer momentum with the introduction of Barley Forge Brewing. Tucked away behind The Camp in Costa Mesa in the triangle created by the 405, 55, and 73 freeways, Barley Forge had already forged a legacy of their own among Orange County’s craft beer enthusiasts. Although I had not personally heard of Barley Forge up until this month, the name easily spread out through the veins of Orange County and as far down as San Diego County during the Brewers Guild Fest. One look at their tasting room, and one will understand how this brewery has generated so much buzz prior to their grand opening this past Saturday. In stark contrast to another brewery that also had their grand opening that same day, a waltz into the Barley Forge tasting room will have you feeling like you just walked into a millionaire’s playground. I mean, just how much money went into building this masterpiece? I can safely say that the folks behind Barley Forge proved their point that they intend to stay in this industry for a very long time.

Barley Forge has brought an important craft beer presence to this neglected central county area. With only Bayhawk Ales nearby (who does not have a tasting room), folks in this neck of Orange County finally have a haven to sip on some sophistication with their pinkies held high in the air. For future updates on Barley Forge, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Who knows – they may get into something really big within the next few weeks!

6th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 7-16
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Dropkick Murphys – Celtic Punk Invasion Tour
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 10
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D231ABC24FE&oid=0

The Dropkick Murphys currently tour across the world, and they will play the final Southern California show of the tour tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $40.

7 Seconds @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 11
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/180331

Punk rock legends 7 Seconds will end their Fall 2014 tour in Long Beach this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

OB Warehouse Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
OB Warehouse, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.pacificsandiego.com/ob/

Check out a new experience in culinary indulgence at this grand opening gala this Wednesday night. The venue will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, ciders, live music, live tattooing, and more.

Hot Water Music, Dave Hause, and The Flatliners – On Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 12, The Irenic, North Park, San Diego http://theirenic.com/events/hot-water-music-w-dave-hause-the-flatliners/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Hot-Water-Music
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 15, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/661923-hot-water-music-los-angeles/

Hot Water Music will end their tour in California this week with three shows in Southern California. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a link for more information about that particular show.

The Misfits: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/617387-misfits-ventura/
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 13, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://concerts.livenation.com/event/09004CFC0920604A
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004CCEF552B668&oid=0
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 15, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0B004D2965C110A4
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 16, House of Blues, San Diego http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0A004CC2E12B7A3E

Just like they do this time of the year every year, The Misfits will perform at countless international shows as part of their yearly tour. Every show listed has a different ticket price and age limit, so click on a link for more information.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 13
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1552938878269304/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Absolution Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 13
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/891459

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $20 presale or $30 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 13
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

The Ghost Inside & Every Time I Die – On Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 13, SOMA, Midway, San Diego http://www.somasandiego.com/main.php
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 15-16, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/709359-ghost-inside-every-time-i-pomona/

Post-hardcore bands The Ghost Inside and Every Time I Die currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through California this week. Each of these all-ages shows has a different ticket price, so click on each link to see the prices.

SEQUEL – Artists Imagine Movie Sequels That Were Never Made
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 13
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/942423485772530/

This FREE and all-ages event will feature multiple works from various artists depicting fictional movie sequels.

Chicks That Rock @ The Redwood Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 13
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/737803476256517/

Rock out with chicks that rock this Thursday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Obituary – Meat n’ Greet
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Grill ’em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/495732763899666/

Metal band Obituary will crash Grill ’em All in Alhambra this Friday evening for a two-hour session of autographs, photos, merchandise, and more. All day at Grill ’em All, catch the one-day exclusive Obituary Burger: Shoestring Potatoes, Diced Onion, American Cheese & Frita Ketchup on a half pound Burg!

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 14
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 16
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/long-beach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

Beverly Hills Wine & Food Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 15-16
Hyatt Century Plaza, Century City
http://beverlyhillswinefestival.com/

At this premier gala, over 50 chefs will prepare culinary samples for guests, while they sip on drinks from the over one hundred available wines, beers, and spirits. A VIP pass costs $300 and starts at 1pm, while general admission costs $150 and starts at 2pm. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

3rd Annual Kraft Bierfest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 14
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 15
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/kraft-bierfest/

Alpine Village hosts a beer fest this weekend that will actually contain a decent amount of craft beers (unlike their Oktoberfest offerings). Two different sessions will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $32.50 and starts an hour later, while VIP admission costs $52.50 and provides an extra hour of drinking. No one under 21 may enter. Use promo code 7craftyguy7 to save $7.50 off the ticket price.

Punk Rock Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1486323374957623/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this benefit show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10 or your best donation.

Total Chaos @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1588308334724355/

Punk band Total Chaos will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats – Fall Shows
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 14, Jewels Catch One, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/375427542613115/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 15, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://gonzopresents.com/event/184990
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Lower-Class-Brats

The Lower Class Brats will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a link to find out more details about the show.

Stäläg 13 – Live in Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 14
The Red Cove, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/879291682082101/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands in Ventura this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 15
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests receive a goodie bag! Please note that this event now only lasts one day instead of the full weekend like in previous years.

Wings of Angels – Book Signing & Release Party
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 15
Yanks Air Museum, Chino
http://www.facebook.com/events/597126100397675/

Wings of Angels, a book tribute to the art of WWII pinups and aviation, just released to the public. This Saturday in Chino, meet the photographer and various models from the book. Bring your own copy of the book to get it autographed.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 15
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=90&TargetID=1

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

Barley Forge Brewing – Grand Opening
11:30 am – 1:00 am, November 15
Barley Forge Brewing, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/415256288628503/

Another brewery joins the illustrious Orange County brewery family with their official grand opening this Saturday at their location in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find new brews, brewery tours, live music, gourmet food, and more. This event requires no tickets or reservations – simply show up, and pay for items as you go.

Free Pizza Sampling @ Zpizza Belmont Shore
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 15
Zpizza, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://events.presstelegram.com/longbeach/events/zpizza-southern-california-sampling-events-share-/E0-001-076402707-0

This Saturday afternoon, receive FREE pizza samples from Zpizza on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, Long Beach.

Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 15
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachrestaurantweek.com/events.html

Preceding Seal Beach Restaurant Week that will take place next week, around a dozen Seal Beach restaurants will participate in a chili cookoff this Saturday afternoon. Unlike last year’s chili cookoff that took place in the Hennessey’s Grill parking lot, this year’s chili cookoff will function more like a stroll. Visitors of all ages purchase a wristband for $10, which will allow them to sample as much chili as they like from participating restaurants up and down Main Street. The Hennessey’s Grill parking lot will function as the hub, where visitors can purchase wristbands, observe raffle prizes, and vote for their favorite chili.

The Gears – Live in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1711099265782173/

Get your punk rock on this Saturday night in Baldwin Park with a bunch of great local bands. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8, or FREE if entering before 7pm.

United Nations – West Coast Tour 2014
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 15
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5050/

Post-hardcore supergroup United Nations will end their west coast tour in San Diego this weekend. Catch them in Southern California at this all-ages show for just $12.

JFA – Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/551711184956403/

Punk rock legends JFA will headline an all-ages show in La Habra this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.