5 Great Orange County Beers for an OC Autumn

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It may not feel like Summer Solstice has actually passed in Southern California, but we still reap the benefits of tasty beer made for cool air and fuzzy boots. We might not be seeing too many scarves or coats, but Orange County brewers are so good that they don't need the weather to change to make you enjoy fall beer. Here is a lineup of some excellent beers that are perfect for autumn, and while the list is numbered, they're all top picks.

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Five Great Pumpkin-Less Fall Treats

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Satirist John Oliver put it best in his recent rant on the pumpkin spice gimmick: Come autumn, we look at pumpkins and go "I don't know why, but I simply have to drink that."

There are plenty of valid (and delicious) applications for pumpkin, don't get us wrong, but there are a myriad of other fall flavors that get neglected by pumpkin-crazed consumers. Thankfully, Orange County hasn't entirely forgotten about autumn specialties like spiced apples and gingerbread. Here are five non-pumpkin autumn treats to devour in Orange County.

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Five Tips for Combining Craft Beer and Dating

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This could be you!

With the growth of breweries and craft beer bars in Orange County, you're eventually going to end up at one for a date, but for some of you not-so-savvy beer drinkers, a night out to a brewery can be intimidating. Long, winding draft and bottle menus stare at you from the moment you enter a craft beer bar, and the choices fluctuate with each visit. It can be tough to have a "usual" order at places like Native Son Alehouse or The Copper Door, and while rotation is ideal for the avid beer snob, it's not so fun for first-timers on a date. Here's how to combine romance and craft beer.

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Five OC Food Courts that Dish Out Restaurant-Worthy Eats

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Banish the thought!

Let all your preconceived notions about food courts go: they're not all filled with fast food, neon signs and lukewarm, unpleasantly chewy Chinese takeout. In fact, Orange County boasts a few food courts that put actual restaurants to shame with the quality, quantity and value. Below, we've compiled five OC food courts to work into your lunch rotation.

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Six Award-Winning OC Beers to Try Now

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The OC beer-scape has grown and improved quite a bit over the last year, and this past weekend's Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver was only a testament to what we already knew: OC beer rules. Although the usual award-winners like TAPS Fish House & Brewery and The Bruery didn't place, other OC favorites, both new and old, left the Academy Awards of craft beer with some pretty impressive hardware. Here's the list of which OC breweries brought home awards. Hats off to all.

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The 5 Best Breakfast Beers in Orange County

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Orange juice?! Who needs orange juice

Apparently, September is National Breakfast Month, so happy National Breakfast Month, everybody! But instead of writing another list of breakfast restaurants (which you can read here), here's a list of all the best Orange County beers that would be pretty great for breakfast. Note: I'm not telling you to start every morning with a drink, but football season is kicking off soon and those East Coast games do start kind of early...

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5 Rules for Your First Bottle Share

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Whale, whale, whale..

Bottle shares are the best part about the craft beer world. Brewers bust their buns for terrible pay all so we can crack a couple of bottles open with pals and spend a night tasting the brewer's hard work in the comfort of our own homes. These fancy BYOB gatherings are what turn this hobby into a lifestyle.

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Five Tasty Reasons To Visit The OC Fair

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Say nacho cheese!

Sig Alert-style traffic on the 55 South begins this Friday. The OC Fair might only be 23 days of the year, but it's a reason for excessive amounts of sunshine, fried eats and the occasional concert. Most people want to be entertained and thrilled. Me? I get that from the seasonal bliss of Chicken Charlie's menu and a good parking spot. And let's not forget concert tickets include fair admission, unlike their LA counterpart. Here are the five food-related reasons why this year, summer starts at the fairgrounds.

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Four Foods to Avoid on the Fourth (And What to Make Instead)

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Potluck time!

Fourth of July is a time for celebration, fireworks, beer and lots of cookouts. Burgers, chips, ribs, potato salad -- they're essentials to any cookout, but you might want to rethink your menu.

Is everything you're making going to be good? Will people actually want to eat it? Or are you just making it out of habit. You don't want to put your guests to sleep, so here are four foods to avoid on the Fourth. Trust me on this one.

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The 5 Most Awkward Pizza Deliveries...Ever

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At least in China, they provide transportation

Pizza delivery drivers see a lot of shit (figuratively and literally, I'm sure). Drugs? Yup. Sex? Mhmm. Abuse? Unfortunately. The poor drivers really just want to drop off their pizza and hopefully get a tip big enough to cover wear and tear on their car. But no, their jobs can't be easy, as evidenced by a recent AskReddit thread. As always, the replies are mostly better than the OPs, but for your perusing pleasure, these are the five most awkward situations pizza deliverer have ever found themselves in.

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