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TAPS Hosting Two Events This Month

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TAPS Time!

Beer season is upon us, and TAPS Fish House & Brewery plans to do right by hosting two events this month, their annual Craft Brew Festival and their Summer Luau. Get excited.

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Understanding Beer: Sours, Infections, and How One OC Brewery Handles It

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Photo by Cleo Tobbi
Oh, The Bruery

You guys already know about old beer, but a refresher: Kegs aren't immortality chambers, beer expires, and air is bad. But today I'm going to tell you that beers can be ruined before they even see the light of day. Yes, there are steps in the brewing process that can easily turn a beautiful brew into soured swill before you even take a sip.

I'm talking about bacterial infections.

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Clay Oven in Irvine Hosts Second Pub Night TONIGHT!

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Chef Bansal

Weekly contributor Chef Geeta Bansal's restaurant, Clay Oven in Irvine, is hosting a Pub Night Monday, July 14th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm.

What's Pub Night? Well, it's kind of a Beer Fest, except indoors, where you can sample beers from local breweries including Bottle Logic Brewing, Valiant Brewing, Left Coast Brewing Company, Mission Brewery, Strand Brewing, and more. Admission for the evening will be $25 which gives you the opportunity to sip all of the over 25 beers.


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Synek Is a Keurig for Beer, and It's A Lot Less Stupid

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Let's get this out there: Keurigs are kind of dumb. They're wasteful, the pre-packaged coffee isn't even that great, and what you get isn't even that awesome. If you really want a quick cup of coffee at work (seriously, no pour over? Casual.), just use a mini French press or an aeropress. Keurigs are just dumb.

So, the Synek is basically a Keurig for your beer.. except it's not actually dumb.

No, it doesn't brew your beer for you. What it does is that you buy containers of beer, pop them in the machine, and then pour them fresh. They're never in contact with the air. Pretty snazzy.

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Liberation Brewing Company Is Long Beach's Newest Brewery-In-Planning

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A bright craft beer spotlight shined on the city of Long Beach last year when its newest brewpub, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, won the title of Best Mid-Sized Brewpub in the country (after only two years in business!) at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.

And before the end of the year, another attention-grabbing brewery will be hopefully opening in the International City--Long Beach's first production brewery and taproom, replete with an award-winning brewer, a former ska-scene king owner and an acronym that would make even Snoop Dogg proud.

Liberation Brewing Company (aka LBC) grew out of former Reel Big Fish trombonist Dan Regan's homebrewing efforts, which started during a touring lull in 2007.

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5 Great Orange County Beers for an OC Summer

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Photo by Rob Boudon
You know what's good for hot crowds? Beer.

The sun's starting to stay up longer, the temperatures are climbing higher, and the glasses are starting to sweat. That's right, everyone, it's summer, and that means it's the perfect beer drinking weather. Seriously, what better way to cool off and watch the sun set than with the brew.

But what to drink? Well, here are five great OC beers for the season.

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Cismontane Brew Co To Open Tap Room in Santa Ana; Native Son Alehouse to Open in Downtown

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Coming soon to Santa Ana

North County's been the center of Orange County's craft beer scene for a while now, but within the next year, that center could be a little more... central. It's time for Santa Ana to bask in the fizzy, golden limelight.

That's right; Santa Ana is going through a craft beer makeover. The city will be welcoming both Cismontane Brewing Company and Native Son Alehouse in (hopefully) the next couple months.

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The Bruery to Open Bruery Terreux, Wild-Fermented Tasting Room, In Anaheim

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Tart of Darkness, coming soon to Anaheim!
What do you do when you're a brewery that geeks out over beers fermented with wild yeast, but also want to brew beers that don't use spontaneous fermentation? If you're the Bruery, and your sour beers are known throughout the beer world, you separate the wild from the "domesticated" to avoid cross-contamination.

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Understanding Beer: Yeast is Beast

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Wild yeast beers, just chillin' out in barrels

When it comes to beer, a lot of ingredients hog the spotlight. Hops? A-list ingredient. Coffee? As important an adjunct in beer as it is in daily life. Heck, even water, hops, and malted barley get their day in the sun.

But what most casual drinkers forget is that without yeast -- the funny little living (technically) fungus that's responsible for all alcohol -- we wouldn't even have beer.

See, beer needs to be fermented to, well, exist. During the fermentation process, the yeast transforms sugar into alcohol and expels carbon dioxide, giving beer the buzz and bubbles we all love. If brewers didn't have yeast, all we'd have would be sad little pots of damp cereal and sugar water.

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VIDEO: The Big Draw at the Copper Door

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Aimee Murillo

Deep inside the cavernous Copper Door, visitors gather together on 30 feet of communal drawing space to drink, draw to music by local DJs in a monthly event called The Big Draw. The Copper Door features entertainment nightly, but nothing so interactive and engaging as this, which has been happening for a couple of years. I explored this event in order to figure out what's the draw is for The Big Draw- what inspires these adults on a weeknight to push oil crayons around a giant piece of paper like a bunch of three-year-olds (spoiler alert: alcohol is involved). Enjoy!


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