TAPS Fall Beer Dinner THIS THURSDAY

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Chef Manny is ready for autumn

When our 2014 Best Seafood Restaurant schedules their Fall Beer Dinner, it's the best of both worlds. Five seasonal courses by Manny Gonzalez paired with unique tastes by their brewmaster. It's worth fighting the afternoon commute for.

For $60 (before tax and gratuity) and one 6:30 reservation, we've got your TAPS menu. First course: Corn and Spanish ham fritters accompanied by their Pumpkin Ale. So delicious, we wrote it up as a Drink of the Week a while back. To view the rest of your dinner service, keep reading.

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Six Award-Winning OC Beers to Try Now

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Cheers!

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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Out Of The Park Pizza Announces Second Location

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They've hit a double!

A place better known for their brews than pies, Out of the Park Pizza recently shared that a sister location was in the works. How are they celebrating? By selling some beer! Duh.

Bottles upon bottles of inventory are being unloaded at reduced prices to make room for new craft whiskey barrels in Anaheim. The party appears to be nonstop over there, as karaoke and flashback nights are local favorites.

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The OC Brew Ha Ha Is THIS SATURDAY

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It's that time of year again..

Get your beer bellies ready because the fifth installment of the annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will be taking place this Saturday in Oak Canyon Park in Irvine. If you've been to a brewery over the last few weeks, you may have noticed Cameron Collins or other Brew Ha Ha minions selling discounted event tickets and festival swag. If you were smart, you took advantage.

This festival will have over 80 -- yes 80 -- breweries from around the world pouring unlimited tasters for your drinking pleasure. Of course some of our Orange County favorites including Bottle Logic Brewing, Noble Ale Works, Beach City Brewery, Bootleggers Brewing and others will be serving up their classic brews for the end-of-summer beer bash. Aside from flagship beers and easy-drinking beer for the heat, you can always plan on the beer community to put out something funky and original.

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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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Costa Mesa To Join the Craft Brewing Scene With Barley Forge Brewery

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Dave Lieberman
Orange County's going through its sophomore run of brewery openings lately, but most of the breweries opening are in the city of Anaheim. Of course, it's hard to compete when the mayor of Anaheim is actively recruiting breweries, to the point of personally driving brewers around and pointing out properties that can be built out cheaply and with no residential neighbors to cause conditional-use permit issues.

Well, Costa Mesa, your time is coming. Barley Forge Brewing will be opening next month on Randolph Avenue in Costa Mesa, down the street from Rooster PM and the Tin Lizzie.

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Craft Beer Bar Native Son Alehouse Opens in DTSA, The Copper Door Opens Kitchen

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Now open and with food!

Big news for craft beer in downtown SanTana the past few weeks: Native Son Alehouse has finally opened its doors for crowds and craft beer lovers alike. Currently serving beer from various Orange County breweries, the joint also aims to incorporate beer, wine and mead from around the world into its tap list.

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Legends Brewery To Open In Anaheim

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Proximamente, en Anaheim.
Legends Brewing has secured a space in east Anaheim and applied to transfer their beer manufacturers' license, according to ABC records. The space is located at 1301 S. Lewis St., just down the street from The Ranch restaurant and almost exactly halfway between Anaheim Brewery and Noble Ale Works. It will contain a working brewery and, eventually, a tasting room.

Owner Jay Talley has posted pictures of the space, which is currently an empty warehouse, on their Facebook page. Currently, they their beers, an American lager at 5.5 and a double IPA, come out of an industrial space in Costa Mesa, near the airport, which means it's only available for purchase at beer bars and liquor stores.

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Understanding Beer: Glassware, Smell, and OC Beer

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Snifty!

Most people order a beer by asking for a "pint," a "glass" or even just "one." But while it may look pretentious to ask for a goblet or tulip glass for your favorite Belgian, these glassware options aren't just for show. Most American-style beer, like American pale ales or ambers, don't need fancy stemware, but everything from steins to snifters have a place in the beer world, and every savvy beer drinker should understand why these different glasses will enhance your beer drinking experience.

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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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