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5 things we learned at the 33rd Annual AHA National Homebrewers Conference

Thanks to President Jimmy Carter homebrewing was made legal in the U.S. in 1979 (but in 2011 it’s illegal in only Alabama and Mississippi). The American Homebrewers Association was formed by Charlie Papazian in 1978. As of 2009, there are over 750,000 homebrewers, 300 homebrew competitions and over 800 homebrew clubs in the U.S. We attended the 33rd Annual AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego last weekend — here is what we learned about these passionate hobbyists. 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

Gordon Ramsay raises the bar on ‘MASTERCHEF’

TV personality and chef Gordon Ramsay says he’s “excited” for the new season of “MASTERCHEF” — the contestants have stepped it up a notch and they are determined to win the title of “MASTERCHEF.” Read More

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

Coffee: 5 things you didn’t know

We drink it hot or iced, with soy milk or steamed milk, but how much do we really know about the coffee we drink every morning? We went on a tour of the Gaviña Gourmet Coffee Plant in Vernon, CA. The Gaviña name has been in the coffee business for over 100 years and they make Don Francisco’s Coffee. Purchasing Manager and Resident Q Grader Michael Gaviña schooled us on the world of coffee. Read More

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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

Ahn-Joo food truck, bless you and your Seoul

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The Ahn-Joo food truck is hitting the streets starting June 18 at the LA Film Festival. Chef Debbie Lee gave us a sneak peek as she whipped up Korean-inspired pub grub. Read More