Monthly Archives: June 2016

Bottle Shoppe to open on Naples: POSTPONED

UPDATE: The Bottle Shoppe will not be opening this weekend, July 1st, as originally planned due to unforeseen circumstances. We’ll update this article with the new opening date once it’s known. Thanks!

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There’s a new bottle shop(pe) in town and their doors will be opening on Friday, July 1, kicking off the big holiday weekend with loads of grand opening beer events!

Owner George Younan plans to not only offer a large, unique selection of craft beers at the shop, he also promises to host regular tasting events for neighborhood microbrew lovers. A ribbon cutting and bourbon tasting will kick things off on Friday at noon, along with a tasting hosted that day by Pizza Port from 3 pm to 6 pm. Pop in on Saturday for loads of giveaways and Sunday afternoon for a special beer tasting from Great Divide Brewing out of Colorado from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Upcoming beer tastings will include Modern Times and many others are slated for the rest of the month.  “Ultimately we’d like to have tastings every Friday and Saturday, possibly other days,” says Younan. “We’re one of the few locations to do tastings and we intend on using our tastings space for many future events.” Beer tastings at the Bottle Shoppe are free and feature one ounce pours of, on average, six different beers by the featured brewery. The store will carry upwards of 600 unique craft brews.

Check the Bottle Shoppe’s Facebook page for announcements about the grand opening this weekend as well as future events. Hope to see some of you this holiday weekend at the new beer spot on Naples. Cheers!

The Bottle Shoppe is located at 5764 E. 2nd Street, Suite 150, Long Beach, California 90803.

LA Beer Week 2016 Kickoff Festival

LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival
June 18, 2016
Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown LA
Author: Dikla Tuchman
Photos: Dikla Tuchman & Rachel Ann

It’s official: LA Beer week is in full swing! With over 80 craft breweries pouring, more than half of which hailed from the Los Angeles area, LA Beer Week’s kickoff festival in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, June 18 drew huge crowds and loads of unique brews. From bigger, more established LA spots like Karl Strauss and Angel City to the barely-a-year-old nano brewery 8one8 Brewing in Canoga Park, there was strong turnout from all corners of the vast and diverse LA County craft beer scene. Representation from the LBC included Beachwood and Timeless Pints, both breweries drawing large lines and happy drinkers.

The most popular styles pouring at the weekend’s big kickoff were unsurprisingly IPAs, from sessions to doubles to fruit infused hopped-up pale ales. Among my favorites was the El Mas Guapo, a guava IPA from Transplant Brewing Company in Palmdale. Coming in at only 5%, the guava gave this brew a nice, fruity finish with lots of citrus notes. Definitely a refreshing sessionable summer beer! Another citrusy, crisp IPA was from El Segundo Brewing, the Mayberry IPA. El Segundo never ceases to disappoint, and the Mayberry made a perfect pairing with a cheesy pastrami sandwich from Berlin food truck.

To my surprise and delight, many local breweries brought out some impressive sours. Among my favorites were two of the barrel projects from Craftsman Brewing in Pasadena. The Honesty Ale was a tart, sweet American Wild made with tons of cherry juice. Coming in at just over 7%, this should be carefully consumed in the sun. Even heavier hitting was the absolutely delicious and drinkable El Prieto sour dark ale. At 8.4%, this evil temptress lives up to its name, after the El Prieto hills in Angeles National Forest. This dark sour would make a great entry point for those who may not enjoy overly tart sours, as this one had lots of nice dark cherry and plumb notes, very juicy but not too much pucker. A more classic and wonderfully drinkable sour was poured by the fine folks at Eaglerock Brewery, the Zaigermiester. A sour ale coming in at only 5.7%, this incredible drinkable sour aged ale was brewed with tons of apricots and mangos. Juicy, sweet and tart.

One of the most creative and surprising brews I tasted included the PCH (Pale Chocolate Heaven) by Santa Monica Brew Works, a light-grain porter brewed with a liberal amount of cacao nibs and hint of vanilla. Don’t let the color deceive you, this caramel-colored ale has plenty of malty flavor and body, though light on the tongue. On the nose, this creamy brew replicated Nestle Quick. As I found myself instantly transported to happy childhood memories, it became hard not to love this sweet, chocolatey treat. PCH makes for a great dessert beer that doesn’t sit heavy and goes down easy even on a hot Southern California day. I will definitely be looking out for more by this still-young and impressive brewery from Santa Monica.

As the heat climbs, there will continue to be an array of eclectic beer events to choose from throughout the rest of LA Beer Week held throughout LA County, including a few here in Long Beach. Check out the schedule and keep an eye out for other coverage of LA Beer Week from your friends here at Craft Beer LB. Cheers!

Timeless Pints: Upcoming Brews

A few brews to look forward to!

1. Grapefruit Wicked White IPA – The Wicked White is a seasonal, summer
IPA for us, and our brewer, Chris, decided to put a grapefruit spin on it
this year. It will be tapped on Thursday the 16th.

2. Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse – Our Father’s Day small batch, special
release beer. This will be a fun one because it’s a first for us and we
get to share it on a special day. There will be live music at the brewery
as well for Father’s Day.

3. Smoked Chocolate & Rey Stout – Also a first, however, Chris has made a
few stouts, a peanut butter cup porter, and a black Rye IPA. This beer
will hit the taps towards the end of this month.

Timeless Pints

Had a chance to swing by Timeless Pints last week and got lucky as they had a couple of their beers that aren’t always available on tap. They had some pours left of their Scotch Strong Ale and Peanut Butter Cup Porter. Apparently they had a special food pairing event the night before and those beers were stored away for the event. The Scotch Strong Ale was delicsious, but I’m pretty hooked on the Peanut Butter Cup Porter! I’ll have to keep an eye out for when it returns.

Let’s talk about their location for a second… They’re actually in Lakewood, but most of the surrounding businesses are Long Beach! I have no idea how that little section became part of Lakewood. If you google, “Lakewood, CA Map”, you’ll see a little hangtag looking section on the bottom left that’s surrounded by Long Beach.. That’s where Timeless Pints is. If you’re not specifically looking for them, you’ll likely miss them. They’re a little tucked away. During business hours you’ll see their signs out on the main roads, Cherry Ave and Lakewood Ave, pointing the direction of where they are. Follow them!

They have food trucks that rotate through to feed your bellies. They also have trivia every Thursday and live music every Sunday. For a full list of food trucks and events, visit their website, www.timelesspints.com.

If you’re interested in meeting the Brewer and enjoying some of their beers with some great people, our Meetup Group is planning to meet there very soon. Join us to stay updated on when!

Timeless Pints
3671 Industry Avenue, C1
Lakewood, CA 90712
(562) 490-0099
www.timelesspints.com

Stein Fillers: Brew It Yourself!

Ever thought of brewing beer at home? If you have the time and patience, it’s actually pretty easy. If this is something you’re interested in, head on over to Stein Fillers. They have everything you need to get your first batch fermenting. They have full kits of different style beers or you can buy all the ingredients separate and create your own concoction. They even offer free home brewing demos so you can see how everything works before you dive in. Our Meetup Group is planning to attend one of the classes. If you’re interested, join us for updates of when we’ll be attending. If you just want to go already, call Stein Fillers and they’ll let you know when their next class is.

Here’s a blurb from their website:

“Stein Fillers has been in business since 1994 providing quality ingredients to brewers, vintners and meadmakers throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Since our inception, we have prided ourselves on being a public resource center for fermentation information and specialty brewing ingredients. We aim to continue that tradition, with knowlegeable helpful staff and accomodating hours.

Over the years we have come to be a well known meeting place for local hobbyists that want to further their education in the fermentation arts.

If you’re in the Long Beach area please stop by and browse our brewing library. Currently we are not in the mail order business so we can concentrate on our store.

We are a full service homebrewing supply store and cater to brewers both large and small, from novice to expert. We probably have any item you are looking for and if we don’t, we can definitely arrange to find it.”

Stein Fillers
4160 Norse Way
Long Beach, CA 90808
Wed- Sat: 11am – 6pm / Sun: 11am – 3pm / Closed Mon & Tue
Phone: (562) 425-0588
www.steinfillers.com

Craft Beer Long Beach Meetup

Not only are we a blog/website, we’re also a social group! Join our Meetup Group and join us on our next outing!

The group was only created a few weeks ago and grew to 100+ members. We weren’t expecting it to grow so fast, but since it did, why not meet up?? Our first Meetup happened this past Wed, June 1st at Congregation Ale House and about 20 were in attendance. What an awesome group of people.. Can’t wait for the next one!

A huge THANK YOU to the crew at Congregation Ale House for allowing us to use their patio and for providing us goodies to raffle off! Also, thanks to Nathan from Latitude 33 Brewing out of Vista, CA for joining us and not only providing a hat for the raffle, but also sharing some of their awesome beers with the group. If you haven’t already, you’ll have to pickup their Blood Orange IPA. Check them out at http://latitude33brewing.com/.

Hope to see everyone at the next Meetup!

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