Beer Camp Pitches Final Tent in Long Beach to Highlight LA Beer

NGingold_BeerCamp16BLOG_002On Saturday June 25th Long Beach was home to the grand finale of Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America. In the shadow of the Queen Mary over 150 breweries came together to celebrate both the local and nation-wide craft beer community in the only way craft beer knows how; with a strong showing of flavorful and diverse brews. The second Beer Camp to materialize after a one-year hiatus, Beer Camp Across America again highlighted various regions throughout the country in both a the six-city festival tour with nearly 700 participating breweries, as well as a commemorative twelve-pack featuring six beers each brewed in a different region.

Los Angeles has played a particularly important role here, which underlines a respect for the city’s fast-growing beer culture as well as a reputation for quality. “We saw a lot was happening in Los Angeles,” says Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman on bringing the festival to LA County. “LA had been a bit of a beer-desert… and now it seems like there’s really a movement here with a lot of great brewers and a beer scene’s really starting to happen.”


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Don’t Miss These LABW8 Events


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The 8th annual Los Angeles Beer Week is finally upon us – and for folks like me it might as well be the summer time version of Christmas. Like the holidays, Beer Week (which runs from June 18 – 26th) week will be bountiful with gifts for all, coming in the form of great beer events. With so many options, I thought I’d share my two cents on what not to miss out on for what is sure to be the best LA Beer Week yet. Hope to see you at one of these beer-riffic shin digs, sure to satisfy the palate and enrich your sense of community so often found in LA Beer Culture.

_MG_7284Before I give you my list, may I highly recommend picking up this year’s Unity beer – an IPA brewed this year by Three Weavers using two experimental hops, HBC522, and HBC342 (sexy names, aren’t they). Unity is the official beer of #LABW8 (make sure to use the hashtag), so get your hands on this awesome-looking bottle while it’s nice and fresh.

Saturday, June 18th

LA Beer Week Kick Off Festival at Los Angeles Center Studios (12p-4:30p)

Not to be missed, this festival will feature 75 craft breweries bringing their A-game to represent Los Angeles and the amazing quality of beer that LA is beginning to be known for. With 200+ beers on tap, live entertainment, and tasty food trucks, this event is quintessential in my eyes as your direct line to enjoying all that LA beer can offer. Buy Tickets ahead of time, take public transportation (this year the fest has relocated to Center Studios in Downtown) and I hope to see you there!

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No back up, just go… but also hit either El Segundo for a Pizza After Party, or industry folks can check out Far Bar in Little Tokyo for a VIP after party.

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