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Tuesday Musings

I’m working on a post about my recent trip to Santa Barbara, but in the meantime here is the first video I shot for Beer Belly.

 

Tomorrow, we will be headed to Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village to shoot another video. I am really excited that we’ll get to speak with Meg Gill, co-owner of the brewery. I’m hoping to get more time editing this video so that I can improve upon the previous one.

 

I am also planning a return to homebrewing. My last beer was a pale ale brewed with Calypso hops. It was a great beer with a lot of pear and apple flavors. A friend of mine gifted me a pound of Cascade hops grown on his parent’s farm, so I’m putting together a recipe that will lend itself to Cascade. I’m thinking of brewing a (Brown) IPA, or a hoppy wheat beer.

 

Cheers!

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I’m Back

I must sincerely apologize for my two month vacation from beer blogging. I started this blog many months ago when I was unemployed/underemployed, bouncing from job to job just trying to get by.

WELL, my absence from That’s Ale He Wrote was caused by me finally getting a full time job! I am an account manager for a digital distribution and encoding house in Los Angeles. I work with NBC, Magnolia Pictures, Music Box Pictures and MGM, helping them deliver their content to video streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. I’ve been there for about two months and I’ve really enjoyed having steady work. But it has taken me away from this blog.

I also have another piece of exciting news. I am shooting and editing video for Beer Belly, one of my favorite beer bars in LA. They are mostly promotional videos for events that the bar is holding, mostly brewery spotlight nights.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. I hope that you will continue to read my blog as I become more active in the blogging world once again.

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Happy Repeal Day and Modern Prohibition

Today, December 5, marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st amendment which repealed the 18th amendment and ended Prohibition. Recently PBS released the latest fantastic documentary by Ken Burns, Prohibition. His three part film chronicles the rise and fall of one of America’s darkest times. Below is a trailer, but if you would like to watch the movie you can do so here.

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The Beer World V.3

I’m working (slowly) on a piece about my trip to Flagstaff, AZ, which is an amazing beer town. But in the meantime enjoy another issue of The Beer World.

I never ever thought I would embed a Hanson video into a blog. But it seems fitting today. And be real with yourself. We all know that you hum along to this song and belt out the chorus. Just let go and enjoy yourself.

No Joke, Hanson Is Releasing Their Own Beer… MmmHop

The Next Wave of Homebrewing Setups? Probably not…

Why Those Damn Flies Attracted To Beer

More Evidence To The Rise Of Cider

LA Times Covers Ventura’s Surf Brewery

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The Beer World V.2

Here’s what’s going on in the World of Beer:

Cider the next Beer? Greg Hall Thinks So…

Anheuser-Busch Opening Belgium Beer Cafés…

Drink Beer For Your Health…

Georgians Can Now Enjoy Beer on Sunday…

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Tis The Season… For Beer

With Thanksgiving still a week away it might be a bit premature to start talking about Christmas and Hanukkah, but it’s never too early to begin thinking about what gifts to get your loved ones. And besides, every single store out there is already completely decorated for the season.

I understand that it can often be extremely difficult in finding the perfect gift for the  men in the family. I mean what do we really enjoy? Sports, Beer, Movies, Music, Beer, Video Games, Beer. We really do love beer. Well, I’m here to give you a few options for the beer lover among your family and friends. There are a ton of great options for this holiday.

The Oxford Companion To Beer – Edited by Garrett Oliver

This is THE book to get this season. This expansive book is the first reference work detailing the history and culture of mankind’s greatest creation, Beer. Read about beer pairings, pub games and the development of beer styles from around the world.  $40 from Amazon

 

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The Beer World

This is the first weekly edition of a round up of what’s going on in the World of the Fermented Arts.

Sam Adams officially sues Anchor Brewing…

Craft Beer taking over the arena in Nashville…

A hospital run on beer?

A Pulque renaissance in Mexico…

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Say Hello To LA’s Newest Brewery Golden Road Brewing

LA’s newest brewery, Golden Road Brewing, opened this past Sunday and I of course had to be there. GRB had a huge grand opening party with a long list of guest kegs. I’ve been reading about this new brewery for several months now so I was really excited to finally check it out. As I tend to do all too frequently, I forgot to take a lot of pictures while I was there, so you’ll have to be okay with just a couple. Deal with it.

The brewery is the love child between Tony Yanow, owner of Tony’s Darts Away andMohawk Bend, and Meg Gill, of Speakeasy Brewing and Oscar Blues. Meg was lucky enough to convince John Carpenter from Dogfish Head to swap coasts and brew beer for them. Good choice Meg!  Three of John’s beers were on tap for the opening party, Point The Way IPA, Hefeweizen, and Burning Bush IPA (a smoked IPA). I had a glass of each and loved all of three of them.

Tony told me that GRB is planning on brewing a variety of cask ales. Unlike many other breweries, GRB will brew beers with the intention of putting them into casks. If you haven’t had a cask ale do yourself a favor and go get one. You won’t regret it.

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Oishii. Beer and Noodles in Little Tokyo.

It’s the best week(s) of the year! I am of course talking about Los Angeles Beer Week. Two jam packed weeks full of beer. Every good bar in the city is holding events in celebration of locally made brews. We really aught to extend the festivities and  just call it LA Beer Month. I don’t think that too many people would complain.

For my first event of the week my friend Garrett and I went out to Little Tokyo to check out a bar called  Far Bar, which was releasing Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily), a collaboration between Dogfish Head and one of my favorites, The Bruery.  In my four years living in LA I have not really spent much time exploring downtown LA. I’m sure like many people, I thought that downtown was for bums and basketball games. I was wrong. Little Tokyo is an amazing example of what downtown has to offer.

 

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Now Be Nice, Samuel Adams

Today, the Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams, is filing suit against a former employee for violating a non-compete clause by working for Anchor Brewing Co. (Read the article here). The Boston Beer Co. claims that Judd Hausner, a former employee, signaled his intentions to leave Boston to work for Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, CA in direct violation of a non-compete agreement he signed. The agreement stated that if Hausner were to leave Boston Beer Co., he would not work for another company in the “Better Beer” category for a full year. Hausner was hoping to take a key sales and marketing position with Anchor.

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