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21st Amendment now brewing their seasonal ‘Bitter American’ year-round

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Just days after it was named “Top 10 Beers of 2011″ by the Washington Post, 21st Amendment is bringing back Bitter American and offering it all year. “People were “Bitter” when we ran out last year. Yep I said it, Bitter!,” said 21st Amendment Brewery co-founder, Nico Freccia.

Here’s what Brewmaster Shaun says about the beer, “when we first brewed this beer it really scratched the lower-alcohol-session-beer-itch that I would get when I was tired of drinking barley wines, imperial stouts and other stronger hoppy beers. I wanted and I think a lot of good beer drinkers want a session beer where you can enjoy a few pints of a beer with huge flavor but without all the alcohol. Bitter American is a mere 4.4% ABV. It’s got all the flavor and you can keep moving.”

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Golden Road Brewing pub serving up something for everyone

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Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village had their grand opening party last Sunday. To celebrate, they tapped seven new beers: Burning Bush IPA, Either Side of the Hill American strong ale, El Hefe Anejo – a tequila barrel-aged Hefeweizen, Festivus Cinnamon Bitter, Get Up Offa That Brown, Lost its Way IPA, and Rye on the Palate. Those delicious glasses of malty goodness will be joining the three taps already up – Golden Road Hefeweizen, Point the Way IPA and Schwartz Stout. Read More

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The growth of beer sommeliers in the U.S.

Interviewing 'Cicerone Certification Program' founder Ray Daniels with host Jace Milstead

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For years wine experts have been acknowledged by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Now, the same degree of acknowledgement has been given to the beer experts. For the past four years, beer industry veteran Ray Daniels has been running the Cicerone Certification Program for people working in the beer industry, ranging from bartenders to brewers. There are three levels of certification: Certified Beer Server, Certified Cicerone and Master Cicerone. Read More

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A lesson in Belgian beers with Little Bear’s Ryan Sweeney

5 things you didn't know about Belgium's brews

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It’s been a goal for Ryan Sweeney to open up a Belgian beer bar since he first visited the country years back. Last Friday, Little Bear opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles. A concept created by the Oinkster and Maximiliano’s Andre Guerrero (pictured left) and Verdugo Bar and Surly Goat’s Ryan Sweeney (pictured right) showcasing Belgian food and beers. After spending an afternoon with Ryan as he finalized the logistics of opening night, we learned a few facts about Belgian beers and its culture. Read More

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Handsome Coffee Roasters launching flagship location in L.A.

Also in New York

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Coming February 15, Handsome Coffee Roasters will open their flagship coffee bar in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. 2010 World Barista Champion Michael Phillips is joined by coffee pros Tyler Wells and Chris Owens as co-founders. Michael is the only American to ever win the title. Read More

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Golden Road Brewing officially launches pub with extended hours of operation

It's all coming together

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Golden Road Brewing has had three goals since they opened, produce as much beer as possible, get the canning line up and running, and open up a pub. Well folks, the pub is here (since mid-December with limited hours and abbreviated menu) and the cans are right around the corner. The Pub will be featuring food items created by Chef Adam Levoe with 20 planned taps in the future (five taps to start). See examples of the menu and plans for the taps. Read More

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Best stories of 2011

10 of our most viewed and notable stories

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Based on your views, Facebook likes and whatnot, here is our best stories of 2011 with commentary from the pens and cameras. Read More

Best photos of 2011

We took a lot of pictures this year, most of them will never see the light of day. But we’ve gathered up the best photos we took in 2011 for you right here. Read More

2011 video round up

If you don’t like to read our stories, at least watch them. Here is a round up of all the videos from 2011. Read More

2011 brewery round up

For all you beer lovers, we’ve compiled a list of all the breweries that we’ve visited this year with the interviews from brewers you wish you met. Read More

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Los Angeles happy hour round up: Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills

Taste Terminal's Happy Hour Round Up

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Got the Monday blues? Been a long week? Been a long day? Heck, been a long hour? We all need happy hour sometimes (if not all the time), so here is Taste Terminal’s Happy Hour Round Up from Hollywood to Santa Monica! Read More

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Bootlegger’s Brewery: of business and beer

Plus a video interview with host Jace Milstead

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Aaron Barkenhagen, founder of Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, CA is one of those rare cases where school and real-life actually correlated. We sent Jace Milstead, ever excited over Mint Chocolate Porter, to Bootlegger’s to talk beer, books, business, and the point where they all meet. Read More

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Enegren Brewing Company: the definition of American nanobrewery

Inside look at three under 30 year-olds' path to commercial brewing

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These boys do more than just throw their hands up in the air. Enegren Brewing Company based in Moorpark, CA is a nanobrewery created by three guys, all under the age of 30: brothers Chris Enegren, Matthew Enegren (pictured on the left) and friend Joe Nascenzi (pictured on the right). In fact, they are so small that they were able to brew a batch of beer with hops they grew in a communal garden in Santa Monica. We got together with little brother Matthew Enegren during brew day to discuss how they got started, high tech brewing and their day jobs. Read More

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Noble Ale Works: a nobler experiment now brewing in Anaheim

A look at building the brewery from scratch with co-founder Jerry Kolbly

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Starting out by contracting the Dale Bros. facility in Upland, CA and brewing every two weeks, Noble Ale Works finally has their own facility. And in a way, while it might not be their intent, the microbrewery’s strict focus on quality is giving a twist on the idea of the Noble Experiment. We sent our host Jace Milstead down to their brewery in Anaheim, CA to discuss all that is beer with co-founder Jerry Kolbly. Read More

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LAB Brewing Company: inside look at Agoura Hills’ newest gastropub

Plus a video interview with brewmaster Roger Bott and a lesson on the importance of yeast

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Just a mile east of Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills, CA sits the newly opened LAB Brewing Company, lead by brewmaster Roger Bott and Executive Chef Moez Megji. Our host Jace Milstead sat down with Roger to chat about his brewing days abroad, the role of yeast and transitioning from home to commercial brewing. Read More

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Sam Adams’ founder Jim Koch announces 2011′s ‘Infinium’ with Weihenstephan

A collaboration with the oldest brewery in the world

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2011′s Infinium is almost here. Claiming to be the first completely new beer style created in more than 100 years that adheres to the German Purity Law, Reinhetsgebot, which requires beers to be brewed with only malt, hops, water and yeast, Infinium is a prized Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams) brew that’s just around the corner. Read More

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Proprietors LLC debuts ‘Chapter and Verse,’ a test bar in their office

A look into cocktail & hospitality experts David Kaplan and Alex Day + video with Alex

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Just to be clear, this isn’t going to be the next L.A. hotspot to have a drink at. It’s a bar that Proprietors LLC partners David Kaplan and Alex Day (pictured above) opened in their office. Why would anyone want to open an awesomesauce factory like this? First you have to know the men behind the bar. Read More

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Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world

Our host tastes five beers with Marcus Englet, world export director

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Approaching a thousand years of documented history, Germany’s Weihenstephan has had the time to figure out this whole beer thing that we all love. Our host, Jace Milstead sat down with Marcus Englet, the world export director for the brewery for a tasting and brain picking session with the representative of the oldest brewery in the world. Read More