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Craft Beer by Emily Mclaughlin - 4d ago

San Diego Festival of Beer, San Diego’s Original Beer Festival and Cancer Fighting Fundraiser, returns for its 24th year on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 12 pm – 5 pm.

The event will take over the entire Broadway Pier on the bay front and will feature more than 50 breweries pouring 120 varieties of craft beer!

This event is brought to you by the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC), the only 100% volunteer-run nonprofit that donates 100% of proceeds to local cancer-fighting charities.

The 24th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer offers unlimited and exclusive craft beer tastings, food trucks, vendor booths, lively music, fun games, and more!

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Chuckanut Brewery celebrates ten years of brewing beer with its 10 Days of 10 Years of Chuckanut beginning Friday July 13 through July 22. Each day there will be a special activity to help honor each year Chuckanut Brewery has been in existence! Chuckanut Brewery’s history has been rich and heavily rewarded for brewing some of the best European style Lagers and Ales in the country. It won Small Brewpub of the Year the first time it entered the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) 2009 and Small Brewery of the Year two years later at the 2011 GABF. Chuckanut now has two breweries, the original in Bellingham with it’s full service Kitchen and its production facility in Skagit Valley with its big Beer Garden & Tap Room. The calendar of activities will happen at both North Nut (the Kitchen, 601 W Holly St, Bellingham) and South Nut (Tap Room in Skagit Valley, 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington).

  • Friday the 13th will start with the tapping of Willis Helles Lager. This is the beer everyone has been asking for Chuckanut to brew since opening in mid July 2008. It’s made in honor of the original Thomas Kemper Brewery (Brewmaster/co-owner Will’s first craft brewery started in 1984) Helles Lager. This Helles Lager uses a special yeast to give it a blueberry aroma and flavor. Will and the brew crew were able to track down the yeast from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) in London, England and used it with Chuckanut’s award winning Helles Lager recipe to create the Willis Helles. But this Helles is very different from Chuckanut Helles and here’s the opportunity to roll back the clock! And Thomas Kemper Soda will be sold at a reduced price for those under 21 years. This is the soda that came out of the original Thomas Kemper!
  • On Saturday July 14 a free tour will be led at North Nut at noon then at South Nut at 3 pm. Just show up to get a look inside and hear more about the magic of Chuckanut Beers.
  • Sunday July 15 the celebration will continue with Brewery Bingo at South Nut 5:30 pm to close and at North Nut in the back covered patio 7-9 pm. Here’s your chance to win some schwag!
  • July 16, Monday is College Night both North and South. Students can show their college ID’s for a $3.50 pint, over 21 years of course!
  • July 17 features an extra bonus for Kolsch Tuesday. On the 17th when a train goes by at North Nut and when a helicopter flies over at South Nut you can order a $1 Kolsch in it’s traditional 6.8 oz glass stange.
  • July 18, Wednesday we are bringing back Wurst Wednesday with specialty sausages served up in different styles.
  • July 19, Thursday is Keller Night with beer straight from the fermentation (Cellar) tank. This beer has the yeast still in it creating a different flavor and texture to Chuckanut’s brilliant beers. This option will be available at North and South Nut.
  • July 20, Friday we’ll celebrate with A Liter Night Music! Traditionally Chuckanut’s Liter Night is Friday but this Friday live music will be playing to add to the fun.
  • July 21 is Dog Day Saturday. Bring your dog in and get a $4 pint for yourself and a doggie treat for your four legged well-behaved friend (patio seating only).
  • And to complete the 10 Days of 10 Years of Chuckanut Brewery we will celebrate with Schwag Day. Wear your Chuckanut Schwag and your pint is $4 plus you can purchase a new Tshirt for $15 (+tax)!

There’s lots of ways to help Chuckanut celebrate 10 years of brewing please come join in the fun when you can!

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen located at 601 West Holly St, Bellingham was awarded the National Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery/Brewer of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The full service “Kitchen” serves from 11:00am every day to guests of all ages with an eclectic fresh local menu with weekend brunch starting at 9:30 am. South Nut’s Tap Room is in the heart of Skagit Valley, 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington and welcomes guests of all ages. Check out additional information about Chuckanut Brewery at http://www.chuckanutbrewery.com/

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Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass is back and better than ever! This mini-fest, featuring live bluegrass music from Part & Parcel, is free and open to the public. Our friends from Tender Belly will be hanging out in the beer garden cooking up their cherrywood and habanero bacons – think bacon wafting through the air, free bacon samples, bacon by the pound for sale – and we’ve designed a special bacon-centric menu for the occasion with items that will be available for purchase all day. We’re now offering buckets’o’beer that are great for sharing, and for the non-beer drinkers in your life, we’ve also got a full cocktail menu. No tickets are required for this event – just show up and enjoy yourself! Beer, bacon and bluegrass is a guaranteed cure-all.

ABOUT BLACK SHIRT BREWING CO.

Craft Beer. Pizza. Music. Community.

Black Shirt Brewing Co. is a small craft brewery located in the RiNo neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, serving delicious hand-crafted beer and pizza every day starting at 11 am. We also host free live music every Friday evening & Saturday midday, as well as Think & Drink Pub Quiz every Tuesday.

3719 Walnut St | 303-993-2799 | www.blackshirtbrewingco.com.

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Church Street Brewing Company taps the revived Weinbauer Distribution, Inc to transform the brewery’s business inside the city of Chicago, Illinois. As one of the great suburban brands, Church Street has experienced steady growth over the first five years of the brewery’s life. Weinbauer will be responsible for growing the business in Chicago’s downtown and growing north-side neighborhoods.

The current Weinbauer Distribution is a new company formed from the remains of the older German wine distribution house. New owner and CEO, John Levanti, a veteran of beer distribution, purchased the company recently and is working to turn the focus back to craft beer and spirits.  Even the company name itself will be changing shortly.

“We are excited to be expanding our distribution network and are always on the look-out for the right business relationships to further spread the availability of our ‘Righteously Good Beer,’” said Jace Rhea, Sales Manager for Church Street Brewing Company.

Church Street Brewing Company will also be expanding its reach in the Missouri market with another new distributor Sparta Beverage. Sparta was created in 2007 to fill a service gap for small craft brewers in the Kansas City MO market.  Our goal then was to provide a distribution alternative with a  tireless attention to quality that our founding managers incorporated as craft beer manufacturers. Our mission today is steadfast to that goal.  The product matters. We focus on delivering a “quality first” sales and service experience.

Look for Church Street to grow in 2018 as they add in new styles and keep making the beers that put them on the map.

The Church Street Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Itasca – a western suburb of Chicago. We love what we do! We brew traditional and unpretentious lagers and ales that represent the old and new beer styles of European influence. A family business built on a dream to make quality beer for our loyal clientele. Although we have won several awards, our real passion is to serve our patrons with consistently good-tasting craft beer. We serve locally, nationally and internationally. Come on down and enjoy a beer and tour (free) of our brewery. We love to connect, converse and share our craft beer knowledge with fellow beer lovers! All are welcome!

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Montebello, CA – Angry Horse Brewing is thrilled to announce that Saturday, June 30th, 2018 marked the brewery’s first can release. Just in time for a hot summer, our flagship IPA will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans to take with you wherever you go.

East LA IPA is a 7.2% ABV, traditional American India Pale Ale that has a citrusy backbone. The mixture of malts are slightly sweet and balances out it’s medium body. The quadruple combination of hops gives it a floral and piney character that pairs well with spicy dishes and carrot cake.

Los Angeles County is home to over 10 million people and is the most populated county in the country. With so many people and neighborhoods, Los Angeles has many diverse identities. As Montebello’s neighborhood brewery and contributor to the Los Angeles County Independent Beer Movement, we are proud to have our first can pay homage to our community and our new home on the east side of Los Angeles on iconic Whittier Blvd.

The release of East LA IPA is a milestone for Angry Horse Brewing. “It was one of the first four beers on tap on opening day and has become a local favorite. We’re excited to have it as our first can release”, says President, Nathan McCusker.

“Angry Horse has put together an amazing team and to be part of the first can release is something special” says Lead Brewer, Derek Bougie.

Cans will be sold out of the taproom with future plans to distribute to Los Angeles County.

About Angry Horse Brewing

Angry Horse Brewing opened in March of 2017 and is based out of Montebello, CA in Los Angeles County. We pride ourselves on our classic, yet distinct flavors; embracing the old world of beer, through the lens of a new world approach. We aspire to produce a quality product that enhances any occasion or culinary experience. We strive to be a benefit corporation and purveyors of our community by embracing it and revitalizing it one independent craft beer at a time. To learn more about Angry Horse Brewing visit www.angryhorsebrewing.com

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The 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational 2018 is presented by Proof Brewing Company and For The Table Hospitality. With over 40 amazing Florida craft breweries and over 100 new and rare beers, this two-day event is one of North Florida’s largest beer festivals.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 1st 2018 at 10:00am.

Purchase tickets via http://www.floridatapinvitational.com

General Admission tickets are $55 and include:

  • Admission to Friday night kickoff party in College Town
  • Unlimited 3oz beer samples at Saturday’s Florida Tap Invitational
  • A collectable tasting glass
  • Entrance begins at 1pm

VIP tickets are $100 and include:

  • Admission to Friday night kickoff party in College Town
  • Unlimited 3oz samples at Saturday’s Florida Tap Invitational
  • A collectable tasting glass
  • Early admission to Florida Tap Invitational (Noon)
  • 750mL bottle of “Barrel Aged Royal Blood Line” Imperial Stout (Released just at this event and VIP only)
  • One plate of food

Purchase tickets via http://www.floridatapinvitational.com

This is a 21+ event. No dogs will be allowed in during the festival. Rain or shine

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The Virginia Beer Company‘s mantra is: BEER · PEOPLE · PURPOSE

As such, we are proud to support the People Power Beer project – a non-partisan, grassroots movement organized by brewers to support those communities in which we live, brew, and play.

As a part of People Power Beer, Virginia Beer Co. joins Threes Brewing and other breweries across the nation in donating 10% of the proceeds of this beer to the ACLU‘s People Power community organizing initiative.

Our take on “People Power” features a 100% Nelson Sauvin Belgian-Style Saison that will be available on draft and in 500 ml bottles beginning on Saturday, July 14th.

7/14’s release will take place during VBC’s Craft Fair (with Beer), supporting local artisans coming together at the brewery to share their passions with our community.

More: https://www.facebook.com/events/214110549124032/

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(FORT COLLINS) – New Belgium Brewing is all about beer. And bicycles. And sustainability. And a few other things, but mostly really good beer. Behind each world-class beer are world-class people and the brewery is looking to for college students to expand its team.

New Belgium is hiring 14 College Brand Ambassadors for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Those selected for this program will play a frontline role in increasing New Belgium brand awareness by executing tasting events, promotions and more.

“If you are into mindless busy work, coffee runs, making copies, this opportunity is not for you,” said New Belgium’s Recruiting Manager Justin Cross. “We’re looking for college students who want to do something valuable and impactful while helping to drive value for one of the best independent craft beer brands in the country.”

This new program gives students considering a career in craft a foot in the door and possible fulltime employment upon graduation. Students hired for these positions will begin their beer journey with a training session in Fort Collins to learn the ins and outs of craft beer sales and marketing. Once armed with a beer education, the College Brand Ambassadors will return to their campuses to work alongside local Rangers (the brewery’s name for salespeople) about 15 hours per week.

The students will not be just working for free beer, these are paid positions.

New Belgium will be accepting applications from now until July 20th, 2018. This is a part-time position and is responsible for executing local tasting events, building and maintaining partnerships/relationships and executing promotions. To be considered for one of these positions, successful applicants will attend one of the following institutions of higher learning:

  • University of Michigan
  • DePaul University
  • University of Miami
  • Arizona State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Long Beach State
  • University of North Carolina
  • Atlanta University Center Consortium (Morehouse College/Spelman College/Clark University)
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • Boston University
  • University of Colorado
  • Boise State University
  • University of Kansas

This position will be working during the 2018-2019 school year. 

Responsibilities (but not limited to):

  • Provide sampling at accounts and other promotional events to drive sales in local markets
  • Sell into set local accounts with assistance of local Ranger, including building and maintaining relationships/partnerships and visibility in marketplace
  • Provide excellent customer service and education on NBB beers, culture and business practices
  • Engage customers through social media outlets as required, adhering to legal compliance and internal policies
  • Understand and maintain legal compliance when serving and selling our beers
  • Availability to work flexible hours, up to 15-20 hours/week

Desired Skills/Experience (but not limited to):

  • Minimum six (6) months of customer service related work experience
  • Must be 21 or older
  • Ability to have transportation to event locations
  • Exceptional customer service skills and abilities
  • General knowledge of brewing and the beer industry
  • Knowledge and understanding of local laws/guidelines around identification and service of alcohol and ability to pass TIPS training during orientation
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to speak in front of larges groups
  • Ability to deal with difficult situations and resolve matter appropriately and effectively

To apply for any of these opportunities, please visit New Belgium’s jobs board. To learn more about the brewery or any of its beers, visit www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work, one of the Wall Street Journal is Best Small Businesses and tops Bicycling Magazine’s Best Companies for Cyclists. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire Amber Ale, New Belgium brews sixteen year-round beers: Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Fat Tire Belgian White, The Hemperor HPA, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA, Sour Saison, Honey Orange Tripel, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Fruit Beer Series, 1554 Black Lager, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Style Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced beer, Glutiny Pale Ale. To learn more, visit NewBelgium.com and follow the brewery on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

-NBB-

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Hemp ales are a growing trend in beer and not just for brewers seeking to create new flavors, but also for those looking to spread awareness.

Although hemp doesn’t have the psychoactive components of the cannabis plant like marijuana, brewers who create hemp ales still must follow proper licensing and regulations on state and federal levels.

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The use of hemp in craft beer was a topic of discussion as more than 13,000 craft beer professionals made their way to Nashville for the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) this spring. According to Alva Mather, an alcohol beverage lawyer who presented at the “Cannabis and Craft Beer” CBC seminar, hemp contains less than one percent THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which LiveScience.com defines as the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. Hemp seeds, seed oil and stalk aren’t considered a controlled substance.

While using hemp is legal, Mather notes that brewers still must follow state legal considerations such as formula approval, including:

  • TTB (Alcohol Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau) formula approval is required even if only sold in-state.
  • Brewers will need to obtain a lab analysis for the hemp component which can be a prolonged process.
  • The word “hemp” cannot be used unless it’s in the process: (“Ale Brewed with Hemp seed” vs. “Hemp Beer.”)

The TTB must approve all non-traditional beer ingredients, and the use of cannabis extracts is no exception. It’s a lesson a few South Florida breweries recently learned the hard way after receiving TTB cease-and-desist letters earlier this year.

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“If you’ve used an ingredient, like [cannabis] terpenes oil, you would need to come to us for formula approval first, since that product isn’t recognized as a traditional beer ingredient,” Thomas Hogue, a TTB spokesman and director of the agency’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, told SouthFlorida.com.

Brewery Explores Hemp Seed Oil Extracts in Beer After Family Diagnosis

Michael Sanders of Xtracts, a Tennessee company that specializes in the manufacturing of high value molecules from plants for food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical applications, believes it’s a catalyst for a much more meaningful conversation beyond the beer. He joined a panel at CBC for the seminar “Understanding Pure Distilled Hop Oils.”

“Since the seminar we’ve got a lot of phone calls from Craft Brewers Conference attendees,” Sanders says. Sanders partnered with Nashville’s Little Harpeth Brewing taproom manager Devin Pena and brewer Mike Onofray to introduce Xtracts’ distillation process for a CBC event. Little Harpeth’s Pena has a personal connection to cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in cannabis plants.

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His daughter, Kora, was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome years ago. According to chargesyndrome.org, this is a complex genetic syndrome involving extensive medical and physical difficulties that differ from child to child. Doctors say it’s what brought on Kora’s autism and hearing impairment. Her symptoms ranged in “gnarliness” Pena says.

“The drugs she was prescribed were no longer working and CBD was illegal at the time in Tennessee,” he says.

Pena eventually would partner with a proactive medicine practitioner which led to Kora’s symptoms dissipating drastically due to the use of CBD extractions. The extractions were made possible by Xtracts distilling hemp flowers grown just up the road from Little Harpeth Brewing at the Six Boots Collective farm.

(MORE: Beers to Your Health: Researchers Link Health Benefits and Beer)

The FDA doesn’t recognize healing effects from hemp and the use of hemp in the brewing process isn’t meant to mislead consumers in the belief that a beer could heal their ailments. But Pena thought using hemp seed oils in beer would be a great awareness campaign. Sanders donated the hemp seed oils and Little Harpeth brewer Michael Onofray got brewing.

The process was pretty simple. Onofray started with two sixtel barrels where one was empty with only a measured dose of hemp seed oil injected into the clean barrel. It was then racked from a full barrel of Mosaic Pale Kolsch. They sold out of seven barrels for CBC with proceeds benefiting the Tennessee Cannabis Coalition.

Craft Brewers Further Explore Hemp Extracts

Little Harpeth’s new head brewer, Jesse Brown, is intrigued by the use hemp extracts in beer. Brown comes from Nashville’s Tailgate Brewery where IPAs are a specialty. He plans on at least exploring hemp extracts and sees it as an opportunity to work with a “useful plant that’s been used for centuries all over the world.”

“I’m interested in exploring the science behind it,” he tells us.

Jesse Claeys of New Belgium Brewing agrees.

“We believe it’s a game changer that could be the next IPA, maybe even a new category,” he says about New Belgium’s new release, The Hemperor HPA. The beer is brewed with hemp hearts — the meat of the seed, minus the shell — and dry-hopped with Simcoe and experimental HBC 522 hops to create a dank, pungent hop aroma balanced by a sweet, mildly herbal finish. The Hemperor HPA does not contain THC or CBD, but it’s currently banned in Kansas.

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New Belgium is also partnering with GCH Inc., the company co-founded by Willie Nelson and family to build brands inspired by his journey as an artist and advocate, in supporting a national advocacy campaign to reverse the ban on industrial hemp. One dollar from the sale of every barrel of The Hemperor HPA will be donated to raise awareness and promote pro-hemp legislation.

In spring 2018, Four Saints Brewing in Asheboro, North Carolina, released Founding Fathers Hemp Ale, which the brewery says is the state’s first legally registered hemp craft beer. Four Saints’ Joel McClosky describes Founding Fathers Hemp Ale as a dark, english mild ale with a low ABV and traditionally low carbonation point — the perfect pairing for hemp seeds which add even a more nutty profile, somewhat like sunflower seeds. He prefers the beer served on nitro to add a touch of creaminess.

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McClosky says he never thought about using hemp until he met Bob Crumley speaking at the local rotary club. After a successful law career, Crumley retired and got into hemp research with his new venture, Founder’s Hemp, where he’s working with farmers all across North Carolina.

“We’re receiving what would be a waste for Bob, and then put it into the mash and fermentation like dry hopping. The lab sample came back with zero percent CBD,” McClosky explains.

As if being North Carolina’s first legally registered hemp ale wasn’t enough, Four Saints used the opportunity to put a spotlight on sustainable brewing. They partnered with Greensboro’s Urban Offsetters on a carbon-neutral brewing process to make Founding Fathers Hemp Ale — a first for North Carolina and among the earliest of its kind in the nation.

The verdict is still out whether this hemp ale trend is what New Glarus Brewing co-founder Deb Carey might call a “relationship grabber.” But one thing is for sure: this relative of hops can sure stir things up.

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The drive from San Diego to Seattle covers 1500 miles of ridiculously gorgeous Pacific coastline along Highway 101 (or sometimes Highway 1 in California). Even though it could technically be tackled in two 15 hour driving shifts, as every traveler knows: it’s the journey not the destination.

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Having said that, if your summer road trip plans include this top-to-bottom stretch of jaw-dropping scenery, check out these 15 Pacific Coast breweries along the way, all conveniently located close enough to the beach to hear the waves crashing.

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Pacific Coast Breweries: California Bagby Beer Co. | Oceanside, CA

Brewmaster Jeff Bagby of Pizza Port fame launched his eponymous brewery in San Diego’s North County a Frisbee’s throw from the beach. Need proof that this craft brewery caters to the hop geeks? Sip on pints of Dork Squad, Nerd Herd, Doofus, and Dinkus. That said, Bagby Beer Co. offers a world of pitch-perfect beer styles to discover beyond IPAs including German roggenbiers, Belgian-style blonde ales and Czech Pilsners.

Newport Beach Brewing | Newport Beach, CA

An hour north in Orange County where breweries are nearly as ubiquitous as surfboards and strip malls, this became the OC’s second craft brewery in 1992 and this neighborhood joint has kept up with the times. Sessionable beers rule the draft board and many take on the tropical flavors befitting the palm trees towering over the pub including a blood orange IPA, a blonde ale infused with coconut, and a kettle soured beer with pureed mangos.

Riip Beer Co. | Huntington Beach, CA

Surfer-dude pretty-boy Hansel, the Owen Wilson character in “Zoolander,” put it succinctly: “I grip it and I rip it.” Get “riiped” at this smaller spot on the OC coast that knows how to please locals and national beer judges alike as evidenced by their silver medal for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in the almighty American-style India Pale Ale category. Typically shortened to “Super-Cali,” this IPA is indeed supercalifragilisticexpi-delicious and pops with bitter orange zest and other citrus notes atop a biscuity malt bill that still packs a 7.2% ABV punch.

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Beachwood Brewing & BBQ in Longbeach, California, has racked up GABF medals in the last 5 years. (Beachwood Brewing & BBQ)

Beachwood Brewing | Long Beach, CA

For a brewery with an outsized reputation, a visit to Beachwood Brewing is sort of two breweries in one since there’s the brewpub that boasts one of Long Beach’s longest beer lists (crowd fave juicy IPAs include Thrillseeker and Melrose while stouts include Udder Love and Kilgore Stout). Sour beer lovers can then pop right around the corner into The Blendery where a nonstop parade of fruited sours (including the “Careful” line, like Careful with that Peach, Eugene, and Careful with that Pluot, Eugene, to give you the gist). All said and done, Beachwood has racked up more than a dozen GABF medals in the past five years.

Topa Topa Brewing | Ventura, CA

North of Los Angeles and below the Topatopa Mountains you’ll find Topa Topa Brewing where head brewer Casey Harris, who cut his teeth researching hops and writing recipes for Stone Brewing, creates over a dozen fresh beers on tap. The small tasting room offers a sunny patio where you can enjoy the various hop delivery vehicles as well as a few coffee-infused beers. Can’t make up your mind which to go for? There’s Howler Coffee IIPA.

Telegraph Brewing | Santa Barbara, CA

Surrounded on three sides by wineries (and one side by the beach that’s five blocks away), Telegraph Brewing is the brewery that put the “American Riviera” on the beer map. Their IPA is a benchmark of the West Coast style and California Ale is an earthy, yeasty Belgian-style pale ale. But for beer nerds and wine lovers alike, the Obscura series of wild ales makes Telegraph Brewing a destination. The sour beers, often aged in area wine barrels, sometimes get a boost from local citrus or stone fruits such as Gypsy aged on plums.

The Libertine Pub | Morro Bay, CA

Libertine Brewing’s ambitious beers are often made using the steinbier brewing method, which employs superheated rocks plucked from the bay. Launched as a tiny brewpub in tiny, charming Morro Bay, Libertine operates a larger brewery and tasting room inland in San Luis Obispo now but this waterside brewpub and music venue remains terroir-minded. The gose uses Pacific Ocean water for the requisite salinity. This cozy, entrancing joint offers dozens of taps ranging from session IPA to saison with several devoted to their in-demand, wild, barrel-aged creations.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales | Capitola, CA

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, dubbed “SARA” by those in-the-know, is a small brewery with a larger-than-life reputation. Most formidable for beer lovers is West Ashley, a pinot noir-aged saison with apricots. Each visit is a game of chance since you never know what they’ll have available, but if you come across Westly, which they could’ve called Westlier since it’s apricotier and oakier than West Ashley, do not miss your chance.

North Coast Brewing | Fort Bragg, CA

The North Coast Brewery Taproom’s clams are steamed in Blue Star Wheat and one pint will make you as happy as one of those mollusks. Old Rasputin (or “Old Raspy”) Russian Imperial Stout is so iconic, Russian River Brewing’s Vinnie Cilurzo swore off ever making an imperial stout out of respect. Not only can you catch some great live jazz at the pub, North Coast also supports jazz via their Brother Thelonius Belgian-style Dark Ale benefitting the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for jazz education.

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Pacific Coast Breweries: Oregon 7 Devils Brewing | Coos Bay, OR

Carmen Matthews and Annie Pollard had mused about opening their own brewpub as homebrewers before they’d even met and got married. Now 7 Devils Brewing with a seven-barrel system has given this Oregon southern coastal town the community hub it craved. Families, including four-legged “children,” dine out in the eco-friendly rain garden. For a true taste of terroir, try the Ebb Tide Oyster Stout, a velveteen dry Irish stout made with Coos Bay oyster shells.

Rogue Ales | Newport, OR

Having racked up more than 30 GABF medals since launching in 1988 (well, since it first medaled in 1990, really) Rogue is one of the best-known American craft beer brands worldwide and it all starts here in the marina of the Yaquina Bay. Legendary brewmaster John Maier‘s greatest hits include Dead Guy, Shakespeare Stout, and that nuttily delicious Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but it’s their Rogue Farms-to-beer concoctions like 4 Hop IPA, 5 Hop (and up to 10 Hop) that show they keep forging new paths just as they did 30 years ago.

Pelican Brewing sits on the beach in Pacific City, Oregon. (Pelican Brewing)

Pelican Brewing | Pacific City, OR

There are Pacific Coast breweries near the beach, but Pelican Brewing is the only one I know of that’s on the beach. As you gaze at Haystack Rock offshore or watch the dory boats, wiggle your toes in the warm sand while sipping imperial pints of Kiwanda Cream Ale on the patio, named for the Shore Pine-topped Cape Kiwanda that ameliorates the view. It’s not just the view, though. Pelican has garnered more than three dozen GABF medals across myriad categories. If you find it, dive into their 2018 World Beer Cup gold medal winning Queen of Hearts (Saison du Pélican aged in gin barrels) in the wood- and barrel-aged category.

Ft. George Brewing + Public House | Astoria, OR

OK, so Ft. George Brewing + Public House is a bit inland, but it is right off Highway 101 where it crosses from Oregon into Washington state and the view of the mouth of the Columbia retains its coastal aesthetic. Although their Festival of Dark Arts celebration of mega stouts makes beer lovers swoon in February, summer’s ideal for sitting on the patio and quaffing Vortex IPA bursting with Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial hops for a huge trop-hop bomb that smells as good as it tastes. In fact, in a state rife with hop maestros, sample all the IPAs because Fort George bitters with the best of ’em.

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Pacific Coast Breweries: Washington State North Jetty Brewing | Seaview, WA 

You, the readers of CraftBeer.com, recently voted North Jetty Brewing the best beer bar in Washington state. Far from the beer temples of Seattle, this southern Washington joint on the Long Beach Peninsula offers 12 beers from its 10-barrel system and a chill environment in which to enjoy them. The CDA, er, American-style dark ale will never die in Cascadia so enjoy Simquinox, a beer as dark as a winter’s day featuring Simcoe and Equinox hops. The local favorite, Leadbetter Red, is a malty Scottish ale that clocks in sub 5% ABV.

Blackbeard’s Brewing | Westport, WA

Although it’s 177 miles from the northwest corner of Washington state, Blackbeard’s Brewing is actually the northernmost brewery along the U.S. Pacific Coast. Where the Chehalis River flows into Grays Harbor, it’s no surprise the beers in this serene fishing town often feature pirate or seafaring named beers like Shiver Me Citra and Cannon Ball Cream Ale. But even more than Blimey Blueberry Wheat, it’s the strawberry blonde ale that’s plundered most frequently.

Yes, it’s a long drive. It’s literally a cross-country trip, just one from south to north (pro tip: you could easily do this in reverse.) Either way, when you end up in Seattle or San Diego, there are several dozen excellent Pacific Coast breweries to check out at the bookends, but not a single one comes with quite the same view.

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