Redeveloping Beer with the Good Beer Company

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It's good

Welcome to the first installment of The Fermentor, where I will sit down with Orange County's craft beer brewers to learn more about what got them here and what got them brewing. First is Brandon Fender and his wife Robyn Spevacek, owners of The Good Beer Company in Santa Ana. This October will mark their one-year anniversary of slinging ambitious farmhouse saisons and sours. Here's a look at what got them started.


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Green Flash Beer Pairing And Hi-Time Sake Tasting Tonight!

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A&O Kitchen+Bar
Drink me

Depending on your local watering hole, the beverage of choice may vary. White linen establishments lean towards wine, while spirit-forward bars prefer cocktails. Since we don't discriminate between alcohol choices, it's our duty to report the comings and goings of all things refreshing. Coincidentally, there are a duo of drinking events going on this week.

If you're treating yourself to an all-encompassing meal, check out the Green Flash beer pairing dinner over at Balboa Bay Resort's A&O Kitchen+Bar. Starting with a 6:30 p.m. Jibe Session IPA reception, guests will then be seated for a four-course lineup of flavors. At $75, we're not surprised they're doling out the seared foie gras with a braised, rabbit stuffed cannelloni. And how about that suckling pig in the third round?

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New Homebrew Supply Store Opens in Costa Mesa

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Sampled all that The Bruery's Tasting Room had to offer and found nothing you liked? Think you could do a better Belgian White than TAPS? Would you rather make the beer you drink than pay for it? Then you might be interested to know there's new homebrew shop that recently opened in Costa Mesa.

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The 7 Kinds of Beer Fans You'll Meet at a Brewery

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Pictured: The beer blogger's kit

While the craft beer push of the last few decades has brought us countless fantastic brews, it has also sprouted multiple subcultures worth of beer folk. And while most people assume that anyone interested in craft beer is your standard hipster, they're quite wrong. When you scan your neighborhood gastropub or brewery, you'll notice buzzed groups that fit into a variety of molds. Many of you are probably already part of this rapidly growing culture. Read on to see who else is out there.


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5 Great Beers for an OC Summer, 2015 Edition

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Doesn't a nice cool beer just sound so.. pleasant?

If there's anything that can make this Orange County heat bearable, its Orange County beer. With each passing season, it becomes more and more difficult to narrow down a succinct list, not because of too few options but because there are too many. Alas, I sifted and slurped through the myriad of craft beers in Orange County for you, dear reader. I live to serve. Please take a gander at this curated list of OC brews you should become acquainted with in the near future. There's a little sweet, a little sour and a lot of swigging.

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Dog Haus Santa Ana Now Offering Self-Serve Craft Beer

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Hello, lover!

Late last year, when Dog Haus opened their first Orange County location in Main Place Mall, we were informed that there was something cool coming. It took six months for them to follow through on their promise, but it was worth the wait. Public beer dispensers, a.k.a. iPourit!

It goes like this: Give the cashier a dollar amount when you're placing an order, and that amount will be loaded onto a sensor. The sensor is attached to a Dog Haus card. Touch the sensor onto the beer brand you're thirsting for, waiting for a green light to glow. Once that happens, grab the corresponding tap and go for it! If it seems a little too easy, then good. Pouring beer should be a no-brainer.

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5 Words to Help You Avoid Craft Beer Bros

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No shelf turds here!

Like any subculture, the craft beer world comes equipped with its own vocabulary, and oh what a gloriously outrageous vocabulary it is. We can thank beer bloggers and the good people of Reddit for this insane vernacular that oozes from the beer bros we love to hate -- the kind that pride themselves on trying as many specialty beers as possible and feel better than everyone because of it. If at any breweries, festivals or beer bars you hear these words, be sure to steer clear. You wouldn't really want to hang out with those people anyway.

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This Saturday, Drink for Nepal at a Buncha Local OC Breweries

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It's been a little bit now, but the country of Nepal still needs help. Aftershocks are ongoing and what the orgs doing work right now need most is more money. What's a better way to give money than by drinking this Saturday, during Crawl 4 Nepal, a charity drinking day organized by some of Southern California's beer bloggers and featuring over two dozen breweries.

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5 Great Beers for an OC Spring, 2015 Edition

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Perfect beer weather

Spring might be one of the best seasons for beer, especially in Orange County. Since the gods rain down sunshine and happiness upon us over 300 days out of the year, our brewers know how to make beers that match the sensational weather. From session IPAs to farmhouse ales and everywhere in between, OC brewers make the perfect beer for the OC climate. Here's a compilation of (some) excellent springtime beers brought to you by OC's finest.


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UPDATE: Golden Road Brewing's Charity Beer Garden CANCELLED :(

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Golden Road
Happy Baseball!

We have some bad news for you Angels fans. Due to reasons outside of their control, Golden Road Brewing must cancel the Pop-Up Beer Garden scheduled for this weekend. As reported yesterday, the brewery was planning to host a small beer garden in the parking lot of their upcoming Anaheim location to celebrate Angles' opening weekend. This was a last minute cancellation for everyone and Golden Road apologizes deeply for the mishap.

Fear not, for Golden Road's projected sister brewpub will be open soon enough (the end of the year most likely) and Anaheim will be swigging fresh pints of Point The Way IPA, Get Up Off Of That Brown, and 329 Lager soon enough. TAPS Fish House & Brewery former brewmaster Victor Novak will act as head brewer at the new location and plans to whip up original recipes in addition to the Golden Road staples. Hold tight.

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