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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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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Next Week Is Bottle Logic's Week of Logic One-Year Birthday Celebration

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It was love at first sip

It's been nearly a year since Orange County has had the pleasure of welcoming Bottle Logic Brewing to its beerscape, and now its time to celebrate said year with some drinking of epic proportions. The Bottle Logic birthday party will consist of an entire week of specialty beer releases that they're coining as the Week of Logic. This seven-day event is open to the public and will showcase a different barrel-aged beer each day from March 22 to 28.

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This is Where You Can Drink Pliny the Younger in Orange County in 2015

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Pictured: the average Pliny the Younger experience

UPDATE Monday, Feb. 16, 2014: The Crow Bar and Kitchen's Pliny will be flowing at 3 p.m., not 2 p.m. Keep that in mind

It's that time of the year again. Everyone's favorite Triple IPA will be making its appearance in Orange County at the end of this week. This is the list that'll tell you where you can drink it, but you'll have to check after the jump for that.

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5 Beer-y Things to Do this Valentine's Day

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If you have to spend the night alone..

Love it or hate it, we are on the cusp of Valentine's Day, and the Orange County beer scene will have your heart thumping for some excellent beer whether or not you have a date in tow. If you're still scrambling for ideas or are looking for activities to fill the weekend, take a deep breath and read the following ideas below. Whether single or smitten, casual or classy, the bars and breweries of the OC have you in mind this Valentine's Day.


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Get A $1 Pint of Craft Beer (And Clean Up Huntington Beach) This Saturday

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Do good, drink well!

Want to do some good and get $a 1 draft pint from Beach City Brewery this weekend? Join the Beach City crew as they host a volunteer project to clean up Huntington Beach this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. After the clean up, you get a $1 pint from Beach City.

"We figured after the Surf City Marathon, there might be some extra attention needed down there," says Glenn Closson, founder of the brewery.

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LA's Golden Road Brewery Expanding into Orange County with Viktor Novak-led Brewpub

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He's backk

Six months after L.A.'s Golden Road Brewing hired brewer Victor Novak from his longtime perch at TAPS' Fish House, the award-winning brewer will be returning to make beer in Orange County when Golden Road opens its new brewpub across from Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Golden Road Brewing, the largest brewery in L.A., announced on Friday that it will be expanding outside of the county for its first major investment since opening the main production facility and pub in Atwater Village in 2011. Though expansion of some sort has been in the plans for some time now, moving into Orange County was a decision born of chance (and a little help from the City of Anaheim's brewery-friendly laws).

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The Best Places to Drink in Orange County Right Now

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Anepalcos Cafe

By Gustavo Arellano, LP Hastings, Charles Lam and Dave Lieberman

With breweries opening up at a rapid rate, distilleries getting ready to debut later this year, bartenders upping their games, and dive bars remaining a place for comfort, we live in a golden age of OC drinking. With that in mind, behold a list of our finest booze barns, from Korean and Mexican bars to cocktail lounges, beer-tasting rooms, Long Beach dives and more. Enjoy, and let the second-guessing come with last call, cabrones!

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5 Great Beers for an OC Winter, 2015 Edition

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Pictured: Not California

With the exception of the few rainstorms a few months ago, Southern California's winter this year has been very... warm. It's doesn't even qualify with sweater weather, what with the temperature hitting the 80s this weekend. That doesn't mean there's no reason to change up your drinking habits though. OC's breweries have the perfect beers for our not-so-frightful winter nights.

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Coming Soon to Long Beach: Beachwood Blendery

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Beer heaven

Drumroll please. The award-winning Beachwood BBQ and Brewing recently announced they will be opening up a souring program, Beachwood Blendery.

Situated next to their downtown Long Beach location (sorry, Seal Beach), the facility will also house a tasting room so you can get your sour on straight from the teat. The acidic adventure will aim to brew and blend authentic Belgian-style spontaneously fermented beers.

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