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Stone 14th Anniversary Celebration recap

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Stone Brewing 14th Anniversary Celebration culminated last Saturday with their annual brewfest which was bigger than ever, taking place on the campus of California State University in San Marcos. As usual, Stone had a great selection of beers from breweries all over the world. There was plenty of food including Mike’s Famous Beer Cheese and Arrogant Bastard Onion Rings, both of which are excellent. And this year Stone added a Rare Beer section which included some very hard to find beers from all over the world including the Brewdog Tokyo, the Struisse

From the combined efforts of the Stone Brewing Company, the many breweries who donated beer to the events, the volunteers who worked the events, the Dye-Hards who had their hair dyed green and the attendees of the Brewer’s Reception and the Anniversary Brewfest who simply bought a ticket and drank some great beers, a total donation of over $180,000 will be distributed to some great charities in the Escondido and San Marcos areas.

Thanks to everyone who was a part of helping to change people’s lives for the better.

I’ll be posting some Beers With segments with Greg Koch, Dr Bill and others from the 14th Anniversary soon.

Filming an episode of New Brew Thursday for Pints for Prostates

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Most of you know the New Brew Thursday gang of John, Stephen and Brad and have probably seen some of their episodes. They’re big beer geeks and love to travel around and talk to different beer people and enjoy a variety of brews much like myself.

And like the craft beer community of brewers and brewpubs, we also like to support each other’s endeavors to bring other beer people entertainment and information about the craft beers they love. It’s actually really cool when different beer shows give each other props because ultimately we want to support craft beer.

So last night, after filming the new segments at Stone, I headed to the top secret filming location of New Brew Thursday to shoot their newest episode on the Pints for Prostates event that I have worked very hard to organize. The charity is an important one because of how dangerous prostate cancer is to men and this event is a great way for men to learn more about the dangers of prostate cancer and also enjoy some great craft beers.

I didn’t know completely what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. John’s girlfriend Evie had worked hard to learn and prepare a prostate healthy meal of pork loin, kale and potatoes in a pomegranate sauce which is a prostate healthy food. The guys decided to pair it with The Bruery’s Hottenroth Berleiner Weiss and instead of the commonly used raspberry, Evie made a pomegranate reduction sauce for the beer which was most excellent! So big thanks to Evie for the delicious food!

The shoot went very well. We talked about Destination Beer Show and prostate cancer, the great food and the very good beer. And after we finished, more beers were enjoyed, tweeting was happening and there was much rejoicing.

The episode is slated to air next Thursday June 10th, just nine days before the LA Pints for Prostates event. Make sure to tune in!

And if you are in the LA/Orange County area, buy your tickets to the event soon! There are only 250 tickets available. They are only $45 for unlimited tastings and there will be some amazing beers there! Click here to buy your ticket now.

Mutineer Magazine Launch Party!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Last night I attended the launch party for a new magazine called Mutineer.  It’s a great mag for those of you interested in wine, beer, spirits and food, esp those in the restaurant industry.  It was held at a really awesome restaurant called Falcon Hollywood on the Sunset Strip in LA. 

They had a variety of breweries, distillers, wineries and restaurants there with their best including Makers Mark (my favorite bourbon), Stone Brewery, Firestone, Green Flash, Ballast Point and many others.  Head brewers Chuck Silva (Green Flash) and Colby Chandler (Ballast Point) were also there along with Dr Bill from Stone!  We had a great time with some great brews and food.  Definitely check out the latest issue and a review of Beer Wars, written by a friend of mine in San Diego (there’s your shout out Amy!).

Declaration update, what an amazing Saturday!!!

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Wow and wow!!  Yesterday had to be one of the very best days ever!

The Bruery in Placentia, CA was celebrating their 1st Anniversary with a big party and let me tell you, those guys know how to throw a party!  The facilities themselves are gorgeous and much bigger than I expected and the beer, oh the beer.  The Bruery specializes in Belgian style ales and head brewer Patrick Rue knows his stuff.  They’ve won awards for the Orchard White and I am just in love with the Melange.  And he brought out another beer aged in brandy barrels.  Just wow.   They also had Beechwood BBQ there serving some delicious food AND there were true Belgian waffles, made with beer and my personal favorite, chocolate covered bacon.  Oh, and we collected more signatures on the Declaration too!  icon smile Declaration update, what an amazing Saturday!!!

After a short rest, it was on to Blue Palms Brewhouse for the Prime Rib Dinner and Firestone Walker 10th, 11th and 12th anniversary vertical tasting.  Owner Brian Lenzo was working it in the kitchen, using some of the 10th and 11th as a marinade for the meat and then cooked it to perfection!  It was served with a salad and a baked potato and let me tell you, that plate could barely hold the 2 pounds of prime rib let alone a potato.  I had never had the Firestone 10th or 11th and they were simply fabulous! 

The Firkins played a rocking concert and we collected a whole bunch more signatures for the Declaration.  I might not have the thousand I aimed for when I started this project but I’ve collected a lot of signatures from people who love craft beer right here in Los Angeles and opened many more eyes to the awesomeness that is craft beer.  It’s been a great week and I really want to thank all the brewpubs and breweries that participated.  Cheers to each of you!