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Scientists discover the genetic origin of lager yeast

Scientists have tracked the elusive lineage of lager yeast. Molecular geneticists have known what yeast was in lager beer, but they didn’t know where it came from. But a team of three scientists, on three continents, incidentally ran into the strand through their research in finding other new yeasts. So the hunt began. Read More

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Mr. Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern teams up with Cascal soda for unique flavors

There is Andrew Zimmern (pictured above) demonstrating the preparation of the geoduck clam to pair with not wine or beer, but soda. The host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods recently teamed up with Cascal, a soda company with unconventional flavors for a soda and food tasting. Read More

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A tale of New Belgium Brewing with employee number three

Jamie Mastin became a brewer for New Belgium Brewing in 1992

Based in Ft. Collins, CO, New Belgium Brewing is the third biggest craft brewery in the United States. Recently they announced plans to expand distribution into Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Now with over 400 employees, distribution in 28 states and a state of art brewing facility, the brewery has gone a long way since it was founded by Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan in 1991. We sat down with employee number three, Jamie Mastin, and spoke to him about CEO Kim Jordan, Ranger IPA and drinking Chimay in 1983. Read More

Tequila: 5 things you didn’t know

There’s so much more to tequila than margaritas and downing too many shots. After visiting the tequila room at Mas Malo in Downtown Los Angeles, we learned about the misunderstood spirit — and are setting you straight too! Read More

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How to let your palate identify the beers you like

Identifying beers isn’t always easy for the casual drinker but for someone to find a beer they’ll enjoy is simple. We enlisted the help of Matt Olesh of Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood to identify some common beer flavors. Read More

Drinking in nature made easy at Kern River Brewing Company

Kern River Brewing Company was started nearly five years ago by brewer Kyle Smith, husband and wife combo Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Giddens and Olympic athlete Eric Giddens. The brewpub sits at the base of the Sequoia National Forest in Kernville, CA serving locals and visitors alike with American style food and four standard beers (Class V Stout, Isabella Blond, Sequoia Red, and Just Outstanding IPA). We took a tour of the cozy brewpub with brewmaster Kyle Smith and learned about his seven barrel-system brewhouse. Read More

Ryan Sweeney talks about Surly Goat, Verdugo Bar and the Belgium Beer Knight

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Did you know there’s an age-old connection between goats and beer?  Ryan Sweeney, Los Angeles’ first Certified Cicerone and owner of Surly Goat in West Hollywood and Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park, teaches us about beer’s past and religious background.  Read More