Thursday, May 8, 2014

Beach City Brewery's Grand Opening

This past Sunday, I had the chance to visit Orange County's newest brewery, Beach City Brewery.  I've been looking forward to their opening for quite awhile, so I was really happy to finally have a chance to visit them and try their beers!  Beach City Brewery is located in an industrial park area, like many other breweries.  Their facility houses both their brew house and their tasting room, which is always interesting to see all in one location.  Beach City Brewery has the distinct honor of being the first production microbrewery located in Huntington Beach.

PCH Pale Ale, Hang Five IPA, Overcast Summer Wheat, and Sweet Crude Stout were all on tap on Sunday and I was able to try all of them.  I have to say, I enjoyed all of the beers but the one that I was surprised at liking the most was the Overcast Summer Wheat.  I tend to gravitate towards IPAs and Pale Ales, and often don't try wheat beers.  So I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked the Overcast Summer Wheat.

I had a great time visiting Beach City Brewery, while the beers and tasting room were both outstanding, I'd have to say my favorite part of my visit were the friendly staff.  It's obvious from the enthusiasm from everyone who works at Beach City Brewery that they truly care about their brewery.  I look forward to visiting the tasting room again and sampling more of Beach City Brewery's beers.

Beach City Brewery's Grand Opening is this Saturday, May 10th from noon until 10 p.m..  PCH Pale Ale, Hang Five IPA, Overcast Summer Wheat, Sweet Crude Stout, an exclusive nitro beer and two special cask ales will be available.  Two food trucks will also be at the Grand Opening, GD Bro Truck will be there from 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. along with The Viking Truck from 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m..

Beach City Brewery
7631 Woodwind Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 425-4756

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sabroso Craft Beer and Taco Festival

Yesterday went from being disappointing to amazing thanks to some of my rad friends.  I woke up in the morning with plans to head down to San Diego, but those plans quickly changed to going to a craft beer event here in Orange County instead.  The folks of OC Brew Ha Ha held their inaugural Sabroso Craft Beer and Taco Festival, which was amazing!  The event was located at the picturesque Lake View Park in Silverado, just adjacent to the venue of the OC Brew Ha Ha. The Lake View Park venue is a fantastic venue!  Even though yesterday was a warm day, the trees and misters located throughout the park helped make the heat less noticeable.

Over sixty breweries attended with many pouring beers that were created specifically for Sabroso.  Bottle Logic Brewing was one of the breweries that brought a special beer for the day, Leche Borracho which was one of my favorite beers of the day.  Besides beer, of course there were tacos available from a variety of food vendors.  From octopus, to Spam tacos, there was something for nearly everyone's tastes!  During the event, judges sampled the tacos and Hopscotch was awarded first place for their lamb al pastor taco at the end of the afternoon.

My favorite part of the day, besides the beer was the lucha libre!  The luchadores were full of energy interacting with the crowd and were so much fun to watch.  Several match ups occurred during the day and the wrestling ring was centrally located in the event so it was easy to catch the action no matter where you were standing.

I can't wait until the next event put on by OC Brew Ha Ha, they definitely know how to make sure that people have a fantastic time at all of their events!  You can tell that they put a lot of thought into their events, as they are always well organized and fun to attend.