Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Are you a citizen of Stone Ruination Nation??

Stone Ruination Nation is a celebration at stores, bars and restaurants nationwide featuring the newly reintroduced Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 and the sought-after annual release of the massive 2015 Stone RuinTen Triple IPA.

This Thursday July 30th, Out of the Park Pizza in Buena Park will be helping Stone Brewing Company celebrate Ruination Nation.  The celebration of all things Stone Ruination will begin at 7 PM and there will also be some sweet Stone swag available for attendees!

Out of the Park Pizza in Buena Park will be featuring:
  • Stone's RuinTen Triple IPA
  • Ruination Double IPA 2.0
  • Double dry-hopped Ruination 2.0
  • American oak-infused Ruination 2.0

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2nd Annual OC Brew Hee Haw

"Brew Hee Haw" Craft Beer Roundup July 18-19 at the OC Fair

Costa Mesa, CA--Brew Ha Ha Productions, creator of the most award winning craft beer festivals in Orange County, along with the OC Fair are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup on July 18-19 opening weekend of the OC Fair.  The Brew Hee Haw offers day and evening tasting sessions and includes free admission to the OC Fair, a commemorative festival glass and special presentations by "Dr." Bill Sysak.

Brew Ha Ha Productions puts on some of my favorite events, such as the Sabroso Craft Beer and Taco Festival and the OC Brew Ha Ha.

New this year, the OCBG (Orange County Brewers Guild) is presenting an exclusive VIP hour prior to the General Admission sessions featuring rare and limited release beers as well as a unique VIP tasting glass.  Some of the breweries participating include:

Additional new features at this 2nd annual event are unlimited 2 oz. pours, more than 80 craft beer selections from some of the best breweries in the county, and no ticket fees when you buy the print at home tickets!  
  • Two VIP sessions are offered on Saturday July 18th (12-4 p.m.) & (5-9 p.m.) and one Sunday, July 19th (1-5 p.m.).  
  • Two GA sessions are offered on Saturday July 18th (1-4 p.m.) & (6-9 p.m.) and one on Sunday, July 19th (2-5 p.m.).  
Arrive before your session of choice to ensure you have the most fun with a day at the OC Fair plus a great beer event!

General Admission tickets are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the event.  
VIP tickets are $65 in advance and $75 the day of the event.  
A portion of the proceeds from Brew Hee Haw will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County.  
For more information or to purchase tickets visit
For more information on the OC Fair visit

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Firestone Walker Brewing Company's Helldorado Debuts July 18th, 2015

Inaugural Bottling of Barrel-Aged Blonde Barley Wine
Set for July 18
Paso Robles, CA: You’ve been warned: Helldorado may be blonde in color, but if you take it lightly, you’ll get gunned downed by a blast of barrel-aged flavor at an ABV of 12 percent.
Indeed, after years as an occasional draft rarity, Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s iconoclastic Helldorado—a blonde barley wine aged in retired spirits barrels—is set to make its bottled debut on July 18.
“The idea behind Helldorado was to create a super blonde barley wine that could still carry the strong barrel character imparted by these intense spirits barrels,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “You’ll want to expect the unexpected with this beer.”
Naked & Unafraid
Helldorado was originally brewed to fill a stylistic gap in Firestone Walker’s barrel-aged Anniversary Ale blending program, which is composed of eclectic component ales.
“A few years into the program, we noted that all of our barrel-aged components were really dark and thick,” Brynildson said. “We needed some differentiation in color and style. It got us thinking about how cool it would be to brew this really pale blonde ale, and then age it in spirits barrels to create this naked beer with tons of pure barrel expression.”
He added, “Helldorado is made with just one malt, El Dorado hops and the barrels. I’ve resisted the temptation to blend a little something else into it. It’s just this really interesting expression of barrels beyond anything else we’ve done, and I decided that there was no need to mess with it.”
Tombstone Days
The name Helldorado comes from a fortuitous road trip that Brynildson took with his grandfather to Tombstone, Arizona—home of the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral.
“We were walking around this old-timey desert town and grandpa suggested that we go have a beer,” Brynildson said. “We went to the local saloon and there was this poster on the wall advertising a local event called Helldorado Days, depicting this evil bull scaring the crap out of some cartoon guy—Hellll-dorado!
At the time of the Tombstone excursion, Brynildson had just begun brewing this blonde barley wine with El Dorado hops. He also knew that the German word for “pale” is hell. “It was just too perfect, so I knew right then, sitting in that saloon, that I’d found the name for the beer,” he said.

The 2015 Helldorado is limited to 3,500 cases of 22-ounce bottles as part of Firestone Walker’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series. It will be available in select markets across the United States. The suggested retail is $16.99.