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Noble Ale Works Turns 4 in Anaheim

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Happy 4th Birthday to Noble Ale Works in Anaheim! One of my favorite breweries PERIOD, I always get giddy when the opportunity arises to hang out with good people drinking seriously good beer. If you missed the fun on Saturday, fear not, for I have documented a bit of the party to share with you now. A few highlights included the musical stylings of brewers like Mitch Steele (Stone), Jeremy Raub (Eagle Rock), Julian Shrago (Beachwood BBQ) and of course Noble’s own Evan Price, pictured above, as well as over 30 tasty beers spread across the parking lot in front of the brewery. Several variations of Noble’s signature Naughty Sauce, a golden stout, were being poured, as well as beer cocktails (thanks to Santa Ana restaurant Playground), making this a truly enjoyable event filled with friends and beer-quaintances. Check out some shots below.

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The Golden Road to Anaheim: Victor Novak Interview

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Golden Road Brewing announced earlier this month that they’d be launching their first major expansion brewery in Anaheim. The Los Angeles based brewery found 56,000 square feet of prime real estate just a few steps away from Angel Stadium. This second location not only solidifies Anaheim as a beer town to be reckoned with, but also brings home Victor Novak, acclaimed brewer from TAPS in Brea who has been working for Golden Road for the past six months; and who will be running the show at this new location. In Victor’s own words, taking charge of this new facility “couldn’t be more perfect for an Angel’s fan.”

I’ll spare you too many of the details of this new brewery because, first off, it’s been discussed in many other articles and blog posts, and secondly, I want to focus on Victor and let you hear him talk about this new opportunity in his own words. I sat down with Victor last week to discuss what he’s been doing with his time in Los Angeles, and found out how he’s going to approach the task he’s been given; putting the Golden Road stamp on a town already buzzing with terrific breweries.

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Firestone Walker’s Lion Visits His New Venice Beach Den, and Cans!

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It’s been two years since Firestone Walker announced their plans to construct a taproom restaurant in Venice Beach, complete with pilot brewery and all. Many of us have been waiting patiently for this  idea to become a reality. While I love my trips to Paso Robles and Buelton, this move South is surely a positive for the Los Angeles beer scene as well as my car mileage. That’s why I was thrilled to learn that the Lion, David Walker himself would be previewing the space, albeit on short notice, with fresh cans of Union Jack IPA (canned just the day before, of course) to walk us through the new space.

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