Show 366, March 28, 2020: Green Flash Brewing Co. and Alpine Beer Company with Certified Cicerone and Vice President of Hospitality Dave Adams

Dave Adams of Green Flash Brewing Company and Alpine Beer CompanyGreen Flash Brewing Co. has been crafting innovative award-winning beers in San Diego since 2002. “We obsess over every detail, because we believe each Green Flash beer should be as remarkable as the last. Green Flash was one of the original breweries in San Diego with a focus on big but approachable beers with tons of flavor and aromas. When the perfect ingredients come together at just the right moment, the result can be magical…a Green Flash.”

“Celebrated by craft beer fanatics as “The Home of Pure Hoppiness,” Alpine Beer Company was established in 1999 by husband and wife team, Pat and Val McIlhenney, with the creation of McIlhenney’s Irish Red. Shawn McIlhenney (Pat & Val’s son) now leads brewing operations in the small town of Alpine, located in the hills at the eastern edge of San Diego County. The brewery includes a tasting room and outdoor beer garden. Just a few blocks away, Alpine beers are on tap at the Alpine Beer Company Pub and served alongside barbecue dishes. In 2014, Alpine Beer Company merged with San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company, increasing production and distribution of its ales.

Dave Adams, Green Flash Brewing Co’s and Alpine Beer Co’s Vice President of Hospitality and a Certified Cicerone taps the keg for us on both independently-owned craft breweries.

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Show 361, February 22, 2020: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part Two

Matt Ranney of El Segundo Brewing Conpany and the Slice and PintEl Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of appealing pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. In addition to whole pizza options there is a daily changing selection of 5 varieties by-the-slice. There is even a 12” pizza option that has a gluten-free cauliflower crust.

“The Slice & Pint is locally focused and environmentally responsible. We partner with vendors who share the same values. We support local, independent farmers for our produce whenever possible. If we can make it in house, we’re going to…simple as that.”

The Slice & Pint is proud to partner with these local providers:

Coleman NaturalNiman Ranch • Petaluma Farms • Grande CheeseEzzo Pepperoni King Arthur FlourStanislaus TomatoesCreekstone FarmsBeyond MeatMama Lil’s Pickled PeppersCalifornia RancherMcConnell’s Ice Cream

Let’s not forget the styles of El Segundo Brewing Co’s award-wining craft beers available. On any given day there are a dozen selections available on tap including Broken Skull IPA. Also a full menu of rotating guest craft beers on rap.

“Hop forward beers make up an overwhelming portion of what we do at El Segundo Brewing Co. Mostly because that’s what we want to drink. Our beers showcase the best of what the industrious and creative growers around the world have accomplished in the past few decades. Hop varieties like Citra, Mosaic, Nelson, Simcoe to name a few. Amazing aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and just dankness explode out of the glass when these beers are young.”

Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney continue with us…

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Show 360, February 15, 2020: “Ask the Brewers” with Golden Road’s Victor Novak and Steven Torres Part One

Victor Novak of Golden Road BrewingIt’s definitely time with the new year and decade for another effervescent installment of “Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ intriguing questions about craft beer. There are finally some decent non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers on the market. It’s a promising growth area. How do you brew a premium non-alcoholic beer? How does the alcohol go out?

Joining us with all the needed intel is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

Golden Road’s first entry in the non-alcoholic craft beer market is Non-Alcoholic Golden Road Brewing Mango Cart – Mango Wheat Brew. We’ll get a taste…

“Our goal was simple…Make a full- flavored non-alcoholic beer (for beer drinkers). So here you have it, Mango Cart NA, inspired by the iconic fruit cart vendors of Los Angeles and bursting with fresh Mango flavor and aroma. Who says non-alcoholic means less flavor? Certainly not us.”

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Show 359, February 8, 2020: Restauration – Finely Recrafted Food + Beverage (Long Beach)

Dana Tanner and Philip Pretty of Restauraton in Long Beach“What’s old is new again. Restauration – Finely Crafted Food + Beverage is a combination of two of our favorite words that are defining pillars of the Long Beach community: restaurant+restore. Situated in the vibrant and creative stretch on 4th street between Cherry and Temple dubbed Retro Row, our little eatery brings the Long Beach family together to pay tribute to the American culinary spirit while embracing modern fare.” Restauration recently relaunched after a renovation and refreshening as a result of an unfortunate fire in late 2018.

“Menus for Restauration created by Chef / Owner Philip Pretty are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using seasonal ingredients based on the abundant bounty available on the Southern and Central Coast. Many options are served family style intended for sharing. Our beer offerings feature craft beer on draft and in bottles/cans from across the US. The comprehensive wine list highlights small producers from California and other unique wine growing regions from afar.”

“Our vision was to create an environment that encourages an audience to stay awhile and brings them together in a hospitable space. We were able to do just that by recrafting the interior and exterior space with an urban style that integrates vintage and upcycled materials for a comfortable yet sophisticated feeling. Repurposed lighting, handmade tables & benches, a 70-seat patio encircled with vertical gardens that are warm yet refreshing all contribute to the inviting atmosphere.”

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Show 353, December 28, 2019: Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres, Golden Road Brewing Part One

Steven Torres and Victor Novak at the KLAA StudiosTime for another effervescent installment of “Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ intriguing questions about craft beer. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

Golden Road Brewing and Australia’s 4 Pines Brewing have collaborated on Dingo Pup Trans-Pacific Hazy Pale Ale to be released in January in California and Australia. We’ll hear about it as well as the cute story of the benefiting Wandi the Dingo (pure Dingo pup) and the Australian Dingo Foundation.

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Show 353, December 28, 2019: Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres, Golden Road Brewing Part Two

Steven Torres and Victor Novak at the KLAA StudiosContinuing another effervescent installment of “Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ intriguing questions about craft beer. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

Golden Road Pub Huntington Beach at Peter’s Landing is now tapping the draft craft kegs and serving food. From-scratch pizza is on the new menu here including vegetarian and Vegan options.

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Show 346, October 26, 2019: “Ask the Brewers” with Golden Road Brewings’ Brewmaster Victor Novak & Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres

Steven Torres and Victor Novak at the KLAA StudiosTime for another effervescent installment of Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ intriguing questions about craft beer. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

It’s the season for special styles of limited production craft beers to celebrate the Holidays. Our brewers share the spirited Holiday cheer.

We sampled Victor’s signature (and long-ago perfected) recipe for Pumpkin Ale (6 % ABV) and Steven’s special creation, Drunken Pumpkin, which is 9.5 % ABV and is Golden Road’s Pumpkin Ale aged for 11 months in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels.

Victor mentioned that Golden Road Pub OC’s 25,000 square foot outdoor expansion has been completed just in time for the Holidays. It includes a dog run and is all child & Family-friendly. (More restrooms, too…)

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Show 343, October 5, 2019: Preview of 3rd Annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival at L.A. County Arboretum

Frances Lopez of the Los Angeles Brewers GuildThe Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods.

“In addition to the unlimited tastings, the event will also feature entertainment, educational talks about beer, fermentation, and California plant-life, plus special group tours of the Arboretum Library.”

General Admission ($60.00) is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes a keepsake tasting glassware, craft beer tastings, complimentary bites from local restaurants (while supplies last,) and educational panels and entertainment.

Thomas Kelley of El Segundo Brewing and ESBC Slice and PintVIP Admission ($75.00) is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All of the General Admission goodies plus access to the event one-hour early.

“We are excited to bring back this intimate event to L.A. to elevate craft beer culture and showcase our local businesses in collaboration with our friends at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.”

El Segundo Brewing’s Slice & Pint restaurant will be serving their signature Chicken Wings in addition to a sampling of their popular craft beers. Think Casa Azul and Mayberry IPA.

Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

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Show 342, September 28, 2019: Lucky Callender – Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery, Rancho Mirage

Lucky Callendar pf Babe's BBW in Palm SpringsBabe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is centrally located in the Greater Palm Springs area at The River in Rancho Mirage. It launched to instant acclaim in 2002, the dream project come true of Founder Don Callender (of Marie Callender’s Restaurants fame.) Today Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is under the stewardship of Don’s son, Lucky, who carries on the founder’s vision.

There are bar-b-que styles represented at Babe’s from every part of the United States and abroad, from the great state of Texas to Korea. The secret is perhaps Babe’s smoking process. It differs from the conventional barbecue restaurants that typically rely on heavy sauces or rubs to flavor the meat. All the sauces and rubs are house-made.

New at Babe’s is the release of 3 styles of their award-winning craft beers (Honey Blonde, Palm Springs IPA & Blackfin Lager) in 16 – ounce cans with eye-catching watercolor artwork labels by Lynn Knowles (who had a long history with founder Don Callender.)

Second generation proprietor Lucky Callender taps the keg for us.

 

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Show 341, September 21, 2019: Libation & Food Journalist Greg Nagel with highlights from the California Craft Beer Summit

Greg Nagel of FirkFestGreg Nagel is a certified Cicerone Beer Server and, as a journalist, is a regular contributor to OC Weekly’s extensive beer, wine & spirits coverage. Recently held (September 12th to 14th) at the Long Beach Convention Center was the 3-day 2019 California Craft Beer Summit produced by the California Craft Brewers Association.

“The Craft Beer Summit is possibly the most important event of the year for anyone who loves tasting beer or is interested in building their business in the craft beer industry.

“The three-day event launched with hands-on education, tastings, pairings, interactive exhibits and networking opportunities and concluded with the largest California craft beer festival hosted outdoors on the water in Long Beach at Marina Green Park. Unlimited tastings were offered from 170 breweries from across California pouring more than 500 beers of every style and variety.”

Greg provides us with the effervescent highlights.

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