Cinco de Mayo [May 5th]

Oh the fun we'll have!

Blended Margaritas Casa Vega

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, but how will you honor the Mexican victory at the battle of Puebla? Aside from downing pitcher after pitcher of margaritas, here are some events to accompany your drinking. Read More

Fullerton-based Bootlegger’s Brewery to celebrate 4th anniversary

On Friday, April 13 starting at 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM, Bootlegger’s Brewery celebrates turning 4 years old with a music and beer festival at The Muck in Fullerton, CA. Tickets are $25 during pre-sale and includes: 10 taster tickets (additional tickets will be available for purchase), commemorative tasting glass, live music, 30 house beers on tap including specialty and rare beers, and access to The Muckenthaler Gallery exhibit showrooms. Three food trucks will also be onsite with food for purchase. 1201 West Malvern Ave., Fullerton, California 92833.

Bootlegger’s Brewery to release highly sought after hoppy craft brew

Knuckle Sandwich DIPA release starting tomorrow

Pliny the Younger is not the only beer with all the hype. Fullerton, CA based Bootlegger’s Brewery is releasing their specialty – the Knuckle Sandwich DIPA (Double India Pale Ale; same beer-style as the Younger) starting tomorrow. The release weekend will kick off Thursday, February 23 until Sunday, February 26. Owner Aaron Barkenhagen released a newsletter this afternoon stating the limited availability of the brew. The Knuckle Sandwich DIPA will not be distributed to retailers, only bars on kegs as “this time around we had to make a little less than December due to other production constraints.” There is a three bottle/one growler purchase limit per person. Additionally, Aaron and the team will be celebrating their fourth birthday on Friday, April 13. 401 South Richman Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832. 714-871-2337.

Bootleggers’ 10 brew tap takeover of Bruery Provisions and more

Happening today in O.C.!

Late notice, but starting at 6 PM on January 30 in Orange, CA, Bootlegger’s Brewery and The Bruery are teaming up with an event at the Bruery Provisions. Ten taps will feature popular brews from Bootlegger’s plus collaborations that they’ve created with the Bruery including Chocosaurus Rye, a representation of each brewing style: “a dark rye lager that was finished with cacao nibs and vanilla beans.”

Two other beers from The Bruery will also be released, Mother Funker is a sour blonde all aged in Chardonnay barrels for several years which is “a seriously sour beer, perhaps the most sour beer we’ve produced so far.” Sour In The Rye! makes it’s return, brewed with almost 40% rye malt and also barrel aged for over a year. 143 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866. 714-997-2337.

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Bootlegger’s Brewery Mint Chocolate Porter

Christmas Time. Yes! Let’s do this thing! I love Christmas. As my wife will tell anyone who’ll listen, I have the sensibilities of a small child. I get teary and weepy every time I see Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Let me tell you something- best Christmas special ever. Yes, even better than Jingle All The Way … slightly. Read More

Bootlegger’s holiday party, holiday party and bottle release at Cismontane Brewing

Two Orange County breweries to be at this weekend

This Friday, December 16 from 4 – 10 PM, Bootlegger’s Brewery is throwing a “Festive Holiday Party” in Fullerton, CA. Come dressed in an ugly holiday sweater, a Christmas/holiday costume, or your most festive holiday colors and accessories. Bring in your own stein/cup and receive drink specials all night and to compete in the competition. If it’s snazzy enough, your stein/cup could win you a case of Knuckle Sandwich, Bootlegger’s limited Double IPA. Two food trucks will be on duty to keep you full. 401 S. Richman Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832. 714-871-BEER (2337).

Cismontane Brewing’s holiday party & bottle release happening Saturday December 17 from 12 PM – 8:30 PM in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. The event celebrates the release of Dead Santa, an annual Christmas brew. You will also have the chance to buy Black Dusk, which comes with a Cismontane pint glass, an Imperial Stout brewed aged in red wine barrels for 6 months. 29851 Aventura Suite D, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. 949-888-BREW (2739).

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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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Pumpkin beer rodeo: 5 to try this Thanksgiving

Uinta Punk’n, Kern River Pumpkin Ale, Bootlegger's Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Céleste de Citracado

Stan, CEO of Taste Terminal, pin up boy, and the guy who will someday sign my checks joined me in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. Or, I joined him … not sure which. All I know is we stayed in a crappy hotel and spent more hours together in 5 days than my family and I have logged in, well … ever. Our first night took us to Falling Rock, for they had a pumpkin beer night featuring Elysian Brewing Company. Elysian is a brewery out of Seattle, run by Dick Cantwell, who is known for brewing amazing pumpkin beers. Giddy up. Read More