Brewer Interview: Bryan & Chintya Doty of Sour Cellars

Sour Cellars Interview Featured in Beer Zen Issue #20   In the current state of beer trends (i.e. hazy IPA’s reigning king), a few beloved beer styles are neglected – forgotten in the mist. Thankfully, some brewers choose to tread on their own path and reject the status quo of the fleeting cravings of the…

Cinco De Mayo Is Over But Artifexican Lager Is Forever

At family fiestas I’m sure many of you’ve found yourself sipping on some Corona with lime (or maybe some Modelos). Perhaps being nostalgic got you in the mood for something crisp. clean, and sessionable. We can thank the hardworking Austrian and German immigrants who, in the 19th century, began brewing beer from their homeland in…

CBC World Beer Cup Competition: OC Beer Entries!

As our local beloved brewers make their way to Nashville for CBC World Beer Cup, this week stirs up a bit of excitement — and in that excitement: hope, stress and suspense – brewers waiting with bated breath for the judgment handed down. We live in a great country where beer is appreciated – and…

OC Beer Week Top Picks!

As Tupac says, “Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice” – well not exactly but I’d like to imagine if Tupac were kicking back of a few of these decadent porters he would approve. Meet Jerrod’s Larsen’s latest porter brewed with 500 pounds of fresh blackberry puree. Larsen has been hard at…

Jump on The Burlington Bandwagon to Hazeville 

In a world full a hazy IPAs, there is one plain evident truth – not all hazy IPA’s are created equal. Often times you hear that one instance of this newly adopted style (no, seriously – the Brewers Association now officially recognizes it as a separate style) tastes the same as the next. There are…

Noble Aleworks 7th Anniversary Recap

Another year, another anniversary celebration, and another set of unique and amazing memories. Every year, Noble Aleworks’s Anniversary Party sets big expectations, and every year, they exceed them. As all those who’ve attended a Noble Anniversary will tell you, beer is only about half the fun. Between music, colorful photo booths, food trucks, and the…

Hop-Line Bling: Meet Local Singles at Noble Aleworks

You used to call me on my cell phone Late night when you need my hops Call me on my cell phone Late night when you need my hops And I know when that hop-line bling That can only mean one thing I know when that hop-line bling That can only mean one thing Alerting…

Orange County is for Lovers – Valentine’s Day, 2018

That time of the year again – to get that fancy haircut, break out the nice threads, and let Cupid do his job (or, for some, lament his absence from your life). From intimate dinners at Five Crowns, to a Galentine’s Day succulent workshop, to decadent chef curated eats, (and more) these are some of…

Most Memorable Beers of 2017

  …Never send to know for whom the beer pours; It pours for thee. As we sing our Auld Lang Syne, we remember our GREAT year – our year of triumph, our year of defeat, our year of greatness, fault, and grief – and our year of beer. The holidays always make me take stock of…