Posts Tagged ‘Gourdgeous’

The age of the domestic beer monopoly in the United States shrinks with each passing day. The beer industry around the world dominates the alcoholic beverage industry, as consumers drink 3,500 bottles of beer for every one glass of wine – that makes 8,000 times more beer consumed by the liter. Annually, consumers worldwide drink 189 billion liters of beer, but only 24 million liters of wine. While drinking habits may peak during certain times of the year such as holidays, the consumption of beverages remains fairly consistent and rarely makes huge changes in consumption from one day to the next. An exception to this exists on Thanksgiving Eve, the day of the year when the most alcohol gets consumed throughout the world. With Thanksgiving approaching in less than two months from now, several beers have made their way to the shelves of your favorite local liquor store for this specific season. If you want to savor the coolest brews this season has to offer, check out these five brews certain to wet your whistle.

5. Coronado Brewing Company‘s Punk’in Drublic

Other than bearing the same name as a punk rock album, this pumpkin ale represents the pumpkin style quite well, but steps it up a notch with its west coast flair. San Diego County never shies away from strong bold brews, and Coronado Brewing displays that very well with Punk’in Drublic. This 8% abv imperial pumpkin ale contains brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and of course, lots of pumpkins. The resulting brew yields lots of sweet characteristics without the overbearing sweetness found in most soft drinks. The pumpkin itself provides its own finish, allowing the flavor to linger for a bit with each sip. People may criticize pumpkin beers, but perhaps adding some local flavor may mix things up.

4. Uinta Brewing Company‘s Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin

Mainstream media has done quite a job over the past few decades of giving beer a negative connotation. Television shows like Married With Children or King Of The Hill depict men lazily drinking beer and performing other manly activities, like gambling or standing around doing nothing. However, the media fails to show the artistic side of beer. The art of brewing requires intense studying and inherent knowledge of the industry or ingredients necessary to brew beer. In addition to the brewing, micro brewery owners need artists to give life and a face to their brand. Consumers will either see a bottle or tap handle first before trying the beer, so a good first impression can influence opinions of the beer. If you seek fancy beer art, take a look at some of the beers from Uinta Brewing. This Salt Lake City brewpub has had a foot in Southern California for at least a few years by now, but most people tend to overlook them for other prominent breweries like Deschutes, Great Divide, or Avery. Although Uinta’s distribution reaches California, they have yet to cement an image of their company in the minds of Californians. This all changed with the improvisation of their themed lines of beers. Each series of brews contains its own themes, but Californians may best recognize beers from Uinta’s Crooked Line, which houses Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin. Clocking in at 10.31% abv, this amber-colored beer yields an aroma of pumpkins, brown sugar, oak, and Fall spices, while tasting like pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oaked whisky. The Crooked Line consists of Uinta’s odd or strong brews that do not fit in the other categories. Uinta strongly supports the local art community, and looks to them for inspiration for naming beers in the Crooked Line. Explore all of Uinta’s beers, and see for yourself how they give back to the community more than just refreshing beers.

3. The Lost Abbey‘s Witch’s Wit

If something does not fit in with the others, do you call it a black sheep or a wolf in sheep’s clothing? You probably answered black sheep… but what if the black sheep holds power over the herd? Standing out from the crowd, The Lost Abbey does their own thing down there in San Diego County and pays no attention to all the other breweries around that all compete for the top West Coast IPA of San Diego. While the hundreds of breweries in San Diego County all attempt to produce the best West Coast IPA, Lost Abbey simply wants to make the boldest, strongest brews, regardless of style. Lost Abbey has personified this so well that any other brewery that also only focuses on strong brews, such as The Bruery, Valiant Brewing, and Four Sons Brewing, may colloquially receive the unofficial nickname as the “Lost Abbey” of fill-in-the-city/county/region. How can you tell that Lost Abbey does their own thing independent of the rest? Take a look at last season’s seasonal brew: Witch’s Wit. For a 750ml bottle, it only sits at a measly 4.8% abv, classifying it as a session ale. Although originally released as a summer seasonal, the combination of coriander, wheat citrus, honey, and oats give it a filling presence, perfect for the Fall season when things start to cool down. Many will disagree with drinking a seasonal beer during the wrong season. That means that the beer has had some time to age. Consumers may age certain beers nicely, while consumers should avoid aging certain other beers. Witch’s Wit definitely can age, but I would cut off the aging of this at 12 months.

2. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers‘ Blind Tiger

When people thinks about Fall beers, they tend to envision pumpkins, squashes, bocks, and Oktoberfest beers. Something about the Fall harvest plus the merry celebrations of the Germans cause people to crave a beer representative of those thoughts. Not everyone thinks along those lines, however. While the hive minds will tend to shift towards what the majority believes, the outliers will scuttle in a different direction, and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will await those who walk off of the beaten path. Brewing for almost two decades by now, Speakeasy has carved out a solid name for themselves to the locals in San Francisco. From their vivacious brews to their speakeasy-style tasting room, craft beer fans cannot get enough of Speakeasy! Speakeasy does not develop traditional seasonal beers; rather, they have set yearly releases of certain styles, none of which match the current trend of the industry. As such, now in the Fall season, you may encounter Blind Tiger, a complete turn from what many perceive as traditional Fall beers. While Speakeasy released Blind Tiger in mid-summer, Southern Californians recently discovered Blind Tiger on store shelves as of last month. This 9.5% abv imperial IPA represents Speakeasy’s hoppiest beer, with the aroma and taste dominated with four different hops, followed by subtle malts. The aftertaste yields signs of piney, citrusy hops that you must enjoy fresh. If you stumble upon the dumb luck of witnessing this magnificent bottle on a store shelf, do not hesitate to purchase it immediately!

1. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery‘s Gourdgeous

Having officially lived through the Fall season for over two weeks, we can already enjoy the perks of Fall. For example, the weather has changed from excessively hot to the kind of weather where you wear a jacket in the morning and a tank top in the afternoon. Also in the Fall, coffee lovers rejoice over the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattés from Starbucks. Fall in general reminds us all of pumpkins, yams, squashes, and other similar produce. At this time, I would like to thank Beer Advocate for their integral role in this year’s popularization of pumpkin beers with a simple innocent retweet that managed to infuriate their followers to the level of a headless horseman. With the rising desire for pumpkin beers, breweries have to stay a step ahead of the competition to capitalize on what the market demands, and Hangar 24 Craft Brewery took that go-ahead step last year. With as big as a local reputation as Stone Brewing, Hangar 24 stands toe-to-toe with the big guys of Southern California, never relenting in the face of pressure. Their massive popularity stems from their incredibly diverse selective of brews, from the light & approachable Orange Wheat to the bold & assertive Double IPA. In addition to their year-round lineup, Hangar 24 releases a handful of seasonal releases, and will usually have up to three series of beers available at a time. For example, during the Fall season, Hangar 24 will have Oktoberfest, Gourdgeous, and a surprise brew available in addition to the year-round offerings. For now, we focus on Gourdgeous, perhaps the true personification of a pumpkin beer. Unlike most pumpkin ales, Gourdgeous falls under the classification of an imperial porter brewed with pumpkins, molasses, and spices. Standing tall at 8.5% abv, this American porter combines the rich, roasted flavors of a porter with pumpkins, dark chocolate, caramel, and spices. Imagine a peanut butter cup, but with pumpkin butter instead of peanuts, and in the form of beer. I believe Trader Joe’s has Pumpkin Butter Cups, and if they do not carry it yet, they will very soon. Oh sweet joy, seasonal candy you can drink that has alcohol in it? Count me in!

Against Me! @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 29
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Against-Me!

Against Me! will headline a small show tonight at The O in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early enough to park at The O’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Reagan Youth – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30, Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura http://www.facebook.com/events/1467265370210223/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/628355-reagan-youth-special-guests-san-diego/
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 4, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/reagan-youth
1:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 5, Gringos Cantina, Montebello http://www.facebook.com/events/898877996806828/

Legendary punk band Reagan Youth ends their national tour this week in Southern California, complete with four headlining shows. Ticket prices and age restrictions vary with the show, so click on each link for individual details.

Taste of Laguna & Business Expo 2014
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach
http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/taste-of-laguna-expo/

Gather in Laguna Beach this Wednesday night for a mixer of food and local businesses. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5:30, while VIP admission costs $80, starts at 4:30, and includes one parking spot.

Stone Brewing: Beer Pairing @ Parker’s Lighthouse
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
Parker’s Lighthouse, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/689896047730385/

Enjoy a five-course dinner complete with craft beer pairings courtesy of Stone Brewing this Wednesday night at Parker’s Lighthouse in Long Beach. This dinner costs $65 per person plus gratuity, and nobody under 21 may participate in this dinner.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/327889390715823/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 2
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 4
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/Orange_County/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Ska Night in Riverside
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 2
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/681757968581824/

Reel Big Fish will headline a ska show in Riverside this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $29.

Sham 69 – Southern California Shows
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 2, Cobalt Cafe, Canoga Park http://www.facebook.com/events/1447456858876497/
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, Octber 3, The Airliner, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/674194709334289/
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 4, Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa http://www.facebook.com/events/343356365839182/

Legendary UK punk band Sham 69 will headline various shows in Southern California this week. Each show had different ticket prices and age minimums, so check each link for more information.

57th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 3
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 4
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 5
Columbus Tustin Park, Tustin
http://www.tustintillerdays.org/

Bring the family out to this all-ages city fair this weekend. Free to attend, this fair has everything that a family can enjoy, from the rides and games for kids, to the entertainment and vendors for adults. Remember to check out all the fair food, drinks, and dessert too, since buying food here supports local organizations and businesses. On Sunday afternoon, the park will host a small beer fest with some local breweries. Guests interested in the beer fest can purchase five tasters for $12, or ten tasters for $20. Guests can find free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Dark Nights at LA Live
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 3
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lalive.com/events/la-live/detail/dark-nights-at-la-live-1

Enjoy a night in Downtown LA without the fuss of overpriced parking and overpriced food & drinks. Gain all-night parking for just $5, and enjoy $5 specials from local restaurants and bars.

Taste of North Park Kickoff Movie Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
North Park Theatre’s Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tastenorthpark.com/movie-night/

Just a week prior to the actual Taste of North Park, the organizers will host a free and all-ages movie screening this Friday night in North Park. In addition to the movie, visitors will find a beer garden, local food booths, a live DJ, a craft cocktail competition, and more.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 3
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/182637

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Walnut Tree Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 4
Roadside Rest Park, Whittier
http://whittiercaf.org/

Enjoy family-friendly fun this Saturday at the Walnut Tree Festival in Whittier. Free to attend, participate in a walnut cookie baking contest, or check out all the art, shopping, food trucks, and more.

OrangeCon 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 4
Pavilion at the University Conference Center, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton
http://www.ipmsoc.org/

The name of this event does not describe it at all. This all-ages exhibit showcases miniature models of airplanes and other types of vehicles, mostly military in theme. Admission to this viewing costs $5.

2nd Annual Discover East Long Beach
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 4
Farmers & Merchants Bank, Anaheim & Obispo, Long Beach
http://www.easba.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=628&Itemid=119

At this scavenger hunt of sorts, participants will scour East Long Beach for certain businesses that hold prizes and/or raffle tickets to win bigger prizes. Participation for this scavenger hunt costs $15.

2014 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 4
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointbbqchampionships.com/

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase sample tickets for $2, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. For the adults, catch the craft beer & wine garden, featuring some of the country’s favorite breweries and wineries. Small 4oz beer pours will cost $2 each, while large 12oz beer pours will cost $6, and visitors can walk freely around the festival with drinks in hand. Visitors may park for free at the Salt Creek Beach parking lot located within PCH and Ritz Carlton Dr, despite signs saying that parking requires a fee. Otherwise, park at Dana Hills High School, and take the free shuttle service to the park.

42nd Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 4-5
Live Oak Park South Field, Manhattan Beach
http://www.mbfair.org/

This free fair for all ages makes its annual return this weekend, featuring games, arts & crafts, food, beer & wine gardens, live entertainment, and more. The city will provide free parking and shuttle transportation at the Northrop Grumman Building at 15092 Aviation Blvd near the intersection of Aviation Blvd and Marine Street in Manhattan Beach.

23rd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 4-5
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://filamarts.org/

This all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. New this year, visitors can now enter for FREE. Do take into consideration the commute and parking for the new location in Downtown LA.

1st Annual Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 4
Pioneer & 183rd, Artesia
http://www.cityofartesia.us/index.aspx?NID=282

At this free and all-ages street fair this Saturday, visitors will find food, music, dance, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Falling Leaf Launch & Gourdgeous Release
11:00 am – 12:00 am, October 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=3285

This Saturday, Hangar 24 will release two beers on the same day. As they do every year, their pumpkin porter Gourdgeous comes out starting this Saturday. In addition, check out the latest addition to the roster, Falling Leaf, their Gourdgeous aged in bourbon barrels. Visitors to the tasting room can sip on Falling Leaf from draft, as well as take bottles home for $20 each. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy live music, as well as food from the local mobile eatery.

1st Annual Vegan Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 4
Beach Park 1, Santa Monica
http://www.veganoktoberfest.com/

A first time exists for everything, right? If you love Oktoberfest but follow the vegan plan, then you will fit right in at this one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest. All the typical Oktoberfest festivities will keep everyone occupied, while everyone gets full on vegan food and vegan beer. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and includes one stein glass with unlimited beer pours. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12pm, and also provides access to a VIP area with food samples.

16th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 4
Colorado Blvd & Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockmusicfestival.org/

Take over the streets of Eagle Rock with this FREE and all-ages music festival this Saturday evening. With six stages all providing different genres of music, surely something exists for everyone here. In addition to all the music, check out the food trucks, local food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2nd Annual San Diego Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 4
Engineer Rd, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

Following the massive success of last year’s event, the San Diego Night Market returns to a new location in Kearny Mesa this Saturday evening. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission only costs $2 for adults, while children can enter for free! Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 5
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

The streets of Downtown Los Angeles close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.