Posts Tagged ‘Watermelon’

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. The changing seasons do have a great effect on the types and styles of beers consumed, as more people start to prefer light and portable beers. When pool or beach parties come to mind, canned beers logically make sense; after all, we would not want to risk broken glass in an environment where people walk around in their bare feet. To commemorate the start of summer, check out this special Cans Edition of craft beers to try this summer, all of which you can find at your local bottle/can shop in Southern California.

5. Victory Brewing‘s Summer Love Ale

When we picture an ideal summer gathering, we picture people having a good time in the backyard with a glass of transparent beer in hand. Unfortunately transparent beer comes with a bad stereotype of having little to no flavor, which poses a problem for the microbreweries churning out full-bodied lagers and blonde ales. Many microbreweries make a fine blonde ale that no one should ever compare to the mass-produced beers in various stores. For example, Victory Brewing‘s lineup of amazing beers makes it way across the country to land in our hands from the east coast to the west coast. They make not get much exposure at beer events, but the name resonates well in California due to their appearances in bars and at retail. This summer, expect to see a lot more of their Summer Love Ale around. Victory makes this 5.2% abv American blonde ale with pale malts, German hops, and Brandywine River water. The initial floral hop aromas bring a great body while leaving behind a refreshing dry finish. An easy and approachable beer, Summer Love Ale appeals to both craft beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers while retaining its natural hop notes.

4. Oskar Blues Brewery‘s Gubna Imperial IPA

Canned beers have existed for a very long time, but for the most part, those belonged to the big breweries mass-producing beers. Microbreweries did not originally can their beers because they needed brown bottles to preserve the quality of the beer. Advances in brewing technology have changed this, and allowed some beers to come to our hands in cans and some other colored bottles. Once this technology made its way to the brewing market, breweries from all over did not hesitate to start canning their beers. One of the earlier breweries to start canning their beers, Oskar Blues Brewery, did not hesitate to get their beers out to retail across the country. They made a lasting impact on craft beer enthusiasts across the country with their lineup of canned beers, which includes seasonal brews like Gubna Imperial IPA. Measuring 10.0% abv and over 100 IBUs, this strong summer brew emits aromas of fresh hops with citrus and resins. The initial sweet flavor yields the way to grapefruit and orange flavors, finishing with a nice bitter hop taste. Albeit strong, it goes down well by itself, or perfect with savory food such as food that one might grill up in the backyard.

3. Avery Brewing Company‘s Liliko’i Kepolo Wit

During the summer time, we often crave tropical flavors. Tropical flavors provides us with visions of relaxing on the beach with a nice ocean breeze and palm trees swaying in the wind. Beach resorts like the Bahamas or Hawaii come to mind, with Hawaii providing inspiration for many aspects of today’s diverse cultures. Hawaii possesses many unique things that the world respects, mainly due to their tropical climate and status, and Avery Brewing has perfectly captured that spirit. Perhaps famously known for their Avery IPA, this brewery from Colorado maximizes their retail production out of a relatively small facility, compared to the likes of other famous breweries such as Stone Brewing. Almost all of their beers go to retail, including seasonal brews like their Liliko’i Kepolo Wit. A refreshing summer beverage inspired by the Hawaiian tropics, this 5.4% abv witbier tastes spicy with a Hawaiian theme including Hawaiian passionfruit in the brewing process. The body contains a big tropical fruit character with pineapple and lime. This makes for a refreshing brew that finishes easy and fares well by itself.

2. 21st Amendment Brewery‘s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat

Summertime snacks include a variety of different types of foods. The hot weather makes us crave cold and refreshing foods like ice cream and fruit. A fruit tray goes a long way in entertaining friends and family during an outdoor party. When one pictures a fruit tray, it would undoubtedly contain watermelon. Watermelons make the perfect refreshing snack due to its high water content, and lends well to going into foods that require lots of water, including beer. Leave it to 21 Amendment Brewery to think about ways of incorporating refreshing food into their brews. This San Francisco-based brewery does not get as much exposure in Southern California, but sure enough you will find much of their brews at your local beer shop. 21st Amendment Brewery makes a fine lineup of brews, such as their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat. At just 4.9% abv, 21st Amendment brews this unique American-style wheat beer with over 400 pounds of fresh pressed watermelons in each batch, providing a bold taste and essence of fresh watermelon, finishing dry and cleanly. If you enjoy watermelons, you will love the taste of this brew.

1. Ska Brewing‘s Vernal Minthe Stout

People often associate summertime with light, bright colors. Something about the heat makes people think about these types of colors, while the cold weather normally reminds us of darker, gloomier colors. Perhaps the contrast of night and day lends to this connotation, but hey – we live in a time of innovation and progress, so we can now think about things in a new light. Ska Brewing has done just that with the way they approach their craft. They look at things in their own light, doing things the way they want to and not from other people who tell them what to do. Ska Brewing’s beers break the norm, and attempt to introduce new concepts to the old finicky beer drinkers. For example, take their summer seasonal, the Vernal Minthe Stout. Of course Ska Brewing would attempt to dole out something like a stout during the hot summer months. This 5.8% abv American stout pours like a normal stout, and will initially yield coffee aromas with hints of dark chocolate. Upon sipping it, the full mint flavors that blend well with the sweet chocolate hits your scent scenes all at once. After all, real spearmint and peppermint went into the brewing process for this fantastic mint chocolate stout. While chocolate and coffee sound like more of a chilly morning type of combination, the mint sensation will greatly cool you down, making this the perfect summertime beverage.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 14-15
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Downtown Disney
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://choc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=100061&view=Detail

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $75.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 16-23
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

2nd Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 18
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.rpwbbq.com/

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $10, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

52nd Annual Watermelon Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17-18
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lionswatermelonfestival.com/

This annual street fair has moved from the streets to the world famous Rose Bowl! Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Pasadena. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

2013 Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Orange County BBQ Bonanza has relocated to Long Beach for the first annual Long Beach BBQ Festival. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $2 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

The Angry Samoans in Malibu
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 16
The Malibu Inn, Malibu
http://www.indieonthewestside.com/

Catch old school punk band Angry Samoans in Malibu this Friday night, along with five other bands including Bad Samaritans. Tickets to this 18+ show cost $10.

5k Foam Fest – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://5kfoamfest.com/Location/Index/18

In this installment of non-traditional 5k races, the Foam Fest now pits runners in a 5k obstacle course complete with lots of dirt and mud, followed by foam, water, suds, and soap. Actual obstacles may include wall climbs, army crawls, slides, balance platforms, and more. Registration for this wacky race costs $70 online and $80 on the day of the event, if any spots remain. Children ages 9 and under may not participate in the race. Wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, yet comfortable enough to run in. Bring towels and spare clothes for the ride home following the race. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling.

13th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 17
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2555

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

Stone Brewing’s 17th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $40 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

2013 Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 17
Mariachi Plaza Station, Boyle Heights
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Boyle Heights. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

5th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/buskerfest/

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Screeching Weasel, The Dwarves, Angry Samoans, & The Bugs @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/screeching-weasel

Punk rock returns to The Observatory this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early for free parking in their lot. Arrive late, and potentially pay a neighboring lot to park in.

Atomic Bombs in La Habra
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/568404229869918/

Check out some local punk rock bands playing for FREE at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Rock ‘N Roll Reunion
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 18
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1410065182538193/

See some of the former member of the Dirty Little Secrets perform with the current lineup this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.