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Photos from Showcase Hermosa

Thursday, July 18th, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau hosted Showcase Hermosa on the rooftop of the 200 Pier Avenue Building in Hermosa Beach. Showcase Hermosa was a reception that was to promote Hermosa Beach as a travel destination by showcasing various restaurants, hotels and shops that are based in Hermosa Beach.

The reception had snacks from a few of the local Hermosa Beach restaurants, as well as wines and American craft beer provided by The Brewery at Abigaile. Towards the end of the event the group went on a walking tour of the three hotels by the Hermosa Beach Pier; unfortunately I had another event to attend so I had to leave before they did that.

Judging by the smiles, everyone was having a good time enjoying the sunshine, food, spirits and networking with each other. Hermosa Beach is good for that. Continue reading

A visit to Babe’s Bar-B-Que Brewhouse & Alpine Beer Co

Last week I had a trade show to photograph out in the Phoenix, AZ area, so I had an opportunity to visit a couple brewpubs during my travels. We decided to leave on Tuesday evening and drive out to Indio to get out of the city and have an easier drive into Tempe the next day. We set our sights on Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage. To be honest, we targeted Babe’s for their peach pie; I had completely forgotten they were a brewpub. Naturally I got a flight, and each selection seemed perfectly suited for the desert. While we were there our server told me Alice Cooper and Cheech Marin were there so I went up and asked if they had a problem with my taking a photo; they didn’t. We chatted a little as we had some connections, in a couple of ways. It was pretty cool and they were very nice guys.

On the way home from Arizona on Sunday, we took a detour on I-8 and stopped in Alpine, CA at Alpine Beer Company. I have only been able to try Alpine’s brews on a few occasions, at special events, so it was a treat to be able to visit the brewery and get a flight of samples. Everything they do that I have tried is really good. It is a nice place to visit with some pretty good food; I know we will be back. Continue reading

Beer tasting in the Inland Empire

These photos were taken at I and I Brewing Co, Craft Brewing Company, Lazy Dog Cafe, Black Market Brewing, South Coast Winery, Lake Skinner and Brew-Ligion Brewhouse in the Inland Empire area of Southern California. Tanya and I have not really had a chance to venture away for an over-nighter in what seems like forever, so we decided we would head down to Temecula to see if there was a chance that I could visit with my son and his family and maybe do a little beer tasting. Since I knew a visit with the family was not going to happen very early, we decided to take the long way there and started off by visiting I and I Brewing in Chino. While I and I is very “micro” in size, they offer more than a dozen varieties of brew. They accomplish this by brewing very small batches; so while it may be a while before they begin to distribute I know that we will stop by to sample more of their creations. We really enjoyed their Belgian Pineapple Blond and the Peach Wheat.

After leaving I and I, we headed to Craft Brewing Company in Lake Elsinore. I had some prior experience with Craft Brewing as they attended the Hollywood On Tap beer festival back in October. Their Four Headed Hef and Raven Stout were two brews that stood out. Craft Brewing is definitely a place worth stopping by; if in the area. It is a large location so I expect that they will eventually be stepping up production.

Since neither of these microbreweries served food, we made our next stop the Lazy Dog Cafe in Temecula. I was told that they were a brewpub, but when I got there I discovered that their six house brews were actually brewed by Firestone Walker and Bayhawk Ales. They had a nice selection of beers but if I was in the area again, I would probably look a little harder for a gastropub. The fact that they are dog friendly, and we had Buddy and Hershey with us, was really the selling point. Continue reading

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