Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Long Beach Marine Institute

We at Taste of Brews have announced our charitable partner for the event so I present you with all the goodies from the press release.

Taste of Brews designates Long Beach Marine Institute as our official charitable partner for our inaugural event on Saturday, August 20, 2011, in Long Beach, Calif.  

“Taste of Brews is excited to be working alongside the Long Beach Marine Institute and helping to create awareness for their fine organization,” said Jennifer Hernandez, event director.  “The institute has long-standing relationships with a number of schools, colleges and community organizations in the Southwest U.S., plus their staff is experienced and dedicated.  Our spectacular oceanfront location at Lighthouse Park dovetails nicely with their marine-focused mission.”

The Long Beach Marine Institute was founded to prepare children for an exciting and challenging future.  Unlike zoos, or aquariums, the Marine Institute takes students to the source through hands-on exploratory excursions aboard its 118’ vessel Challenger in addition to camp programs in Long Beach and on Catalina Island.  The Marine Institute is a tax exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of IRS code.  More information is available at www.longbeachmarine.org.

“At the core of our education programs is the goal to inspire an appreciation for highly successful marine ecosystems,” said Karen Shackelford, Managing Director of the institute.  “We believe that if people are aware of the unimaginable life that exists in our oceans, they will be more inclined to protect and preserve what we have.” 

Fireman's Brew for Memorial Day

Thanks to the men and women who serve our country, we were able to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. We thought it would be fitting to try something from Fireman's Brew, a line of microbrewed beers by two Los Angeles firefighters and also participating in Taste of Brews.

Fireman's Brew makes three beers: a Blonde, a Brunette, and a Redhead. The Blonde is a pilsner styled lager. It has a light body and crisp taste that would be refreshing on a hot summer day. The Brunette is a German doublebock with a strong hoppy flavor with chocolate undertones. The Redhead is a red amber ale that is well-balanced in hops and crystal malts for a smooth caramel finish. All of the flavors were great but my favorite was the Blonde for having flavors of fruity malts with some grassy hop notes as well. We're glad Fireman's Brew is joining us on August 20th!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cismontane at Father's Office

I got the chance to see the hilarious Conan O'Brien for a second time, so what better time to try out a well-regarded restaurant with a great beer selection in the LA area? Father's Office was our pick, whom I saw on an episode of Foodography. They have two locations in Los Angeles so it might not be surprising I got lost and actually wound up closer to the farther one by the time I realized I was lost. Luckily, it was worth allll the trouble in the end.

I was ecstatic to see a beer by Cismontane Brewing Company, who had just recently been added to the Taste of Brews lineup. It was also an Imperial Stout, one of my favorite styles of beer. Going by the name of Blacks Dawn, it was a dark, rich beer with flavors of roasted coffee and hints of cocoa bitterness. Blacks Dawn is a delicious full bodied stout best sipped as it inches closer to room temperature. We are definitely looking forward to working with them for Taste of Brews!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Blue Moon!

We wanted to firstly announce to you one of this year's participating beers, Blue Moon. Taste of Brews will have their famous Belgian White along with their seasonal Honey Moon Summer Ale.

The Belgian White is a Belgian-styled wheat ale that is orange-amber in color with a cloudy appearance because it is unfiltered. It is also spiced with coriander and orange peel in addition to the hops. Blue Moon is traditionally served with a slice of orange, as it is said to accentuate the flavor of the brew.Yummyyy.

Next, we have the apropos Honey Moon Summer Ale since summer is just around the corner. With its promise of honey and orange, Honey Moon Summer Ale definitely sounds like the perfect companion to a lazy afternoon of sun and mornings at the beach. Smell is light wheat malt and lemony citrus. Nice clean taste with sweet wheat malt, orangey citrus notes, a bit of mild hops leading to a smooth honeyed finish. Some spices as well.

Have any of you tried these?!


Hey guys, its been about a week since we've got the website in full force. We've been keepin' busy and have added a few more brews to our list, which we will release soon to all you. Also, we decided that we'll be sampling beer in work soon! (oh, work is so hard...) Then we'll write up reviews to inform you guys of how tasty they are!

So many things are happening recently within the beer world. The American Craft Beer week was last week. I celebrated by going to Beachwood BBQ and had me a Green Flash Double Stout

So creamy and chocolaty; just wonderful on draught. HIGHLY recommended for stout lovers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Taste of Brews joins Long Beach SeaFest; Inaugural event is Sat., August 20, 2011!
Taste of Brews is heading to Lighthouse Park in Long Beach on Saturday, August 20. An official event of the Long Beach SeaFest, Southern California's premier beer-tasting festival features dozens of seasonal, craft, and micro-brews paired alongside "traditional" libations from top breweries. Several affordable sponsorship and exhibitor options are available.