This is a totally legit discussion of American Light Lagers. I do get a little critical about the style when it comes to the beer and food pairing section (around 3 minutes in) so be sure to stick around for that!
Festival season is in full swing already and it doesn't get any bigger (in Ventura County, anyway) than this event. If you have been to this festival then I know you don't need anymore encouragement than this announcement. But if you haven't been to this festival before or if you're not sure if you can make it back this year Burt the Bear has just upped the ante.
I'll see your general admission and raise you a "Meet the Brewer Session"...
A special "VIP Meet the Brewer" session has been added this year that will give attendees the opportunity to meet with participating breweries and taste some of their special reserve beers! This will be a great time to hang with the brewers, talk beer and generally geek out! Only 500 tickets will be sold so be sure to get your ticket now before they sell out! Click [HERE] to purchase your tickets.
New and improved mobile App.
You may remember from last year (or if you had too much fun maybe you don't) the mobile app the allowed people to vote for their favorite brewery/beers. Well the app is back again this year but with new features. This year, the App will keep track of all the beers you rated and it will e-mail you that list and any notes you took back to you the day after the event. This will help all of us (even those of us who don't get too crazy) remember which beers we tasted. You can get peek at the app by clicking this [LINK].
CBF: Ventura gets a little more leg room
The festival grounds are expanding a little this year. The Ventura County Museum has granted access to their courtyard where many will be able to gather, relax and enjoy their beer in sophisticated style.
As usual, CBF has gone over the top to keep you entertained while you are waiting for your beer, enjoying your beer or talking to your friends about beer! Visit the CBF website [LINK] for a complete list of bands that will be performing but Burt the Bear was the most excited about Foreverland, a 14 piece Michael Jackson tribute band. Who knew Burt was such a HUGE Michael Jackson fan?!
New merchandise in the beer.gear store!
Besides t-shirts and trucker hats, you can get these great new designs on everything from bumper stickers to clocks and even pint glasses! Click "more" above and choose beer.gear.
When I think of surfing I conjure up images of sand, blue waves, silhouetted riders on long boards, stainless steel, and hops. Wait, stainless steel and hops?! Well, now I do and you will to (if you don’t already) thanks to Surf Brewing.
You can find Surf’s regular beers, bottled or on tap, all over Ventura County, but my favorite place to enjoy one of their beers is in their taproom (4561 Market Street, Ventura) where you will have at least 10 styles to choose from. You are sure to find something you love in their eclectic lineup, which ranges from a light and refreshing cream ale, to a big and bold imperial IPA, and all styles in-between. You can order a beer to enjoy by the pint, or sampler (served on tiny wooden surfboards), or get a growler filled to enjoy at home.
Surf Brewery is not a brewpub but you are welcome to bring your own food with you if you want, or better yet, visit their taproom on a Friday or Saturday night when there is a food truck conveniently parked right outside their door. But if you are really interested in pairing one of their beers at home, you don’t need to look any further than www.surfbrewery.com. Their website contains descriptions of all their regular beers as well as food-pairing suggestions to help you get started pairing their beers with food right away. These suggestions are a great place to start but if you are looking for a specific pairing then Chas Cloud, Surf’s brewmaster, has a delicious suggestion for you. He encourages you to pair their County Line Rye Pale Ale (my favorite Surf beer, by the way) with pork belly sliders. He explains that the spicy character of the rye cuts through the savory pork flavors while the beer’s fruity esters and aromas complement the sweetness of the pork.
You can find their taproom hours, new offerings, food truck schedule and off-premise sales locations on their [website] or Facebook page.
The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community which was started by Stan Hieronymus at [Appellation Beer]. On the first Friday of each month, all participating bloggers write about a predetermined topic. Each month a different blog is chosen to host The Session, choose the topic, and post a roundup of all the responses received. For more info on The Session, check out the Brookston Beer Bulletin’s [nice archive page].
This months Session is hosted at [Booze, Beats & Bites] and delves into drinking alone.
I must admit I am not one for drinking alone and I am reminded of that every time I pull up to a bar with out a sidekick. Don't get me wrong, I am not casting sideways glances at those of you who do, but for some reason I just like to drink alone. I won't dwell on this for to long (it starting to sound like I am talking a therapist) except to say I just can't separate the social from the session.
And certainly, I don't have any problems drinking and/or enjoying a session with friends, and I have had some great beers alone but I can't help wonder if I would have rated the experience just a touch higher if I had been enjoying that beer with a friend. Now don't get me wrong, I do drink by myself. I'm not sure you could be a beer blogger if you didn't.
Here are what my Kickstarter incentives will look like!
Bellow are the t-shirts. You will have your pick of men's or lady's style.
Remember, that each pledge level includes the incentives from levels below. So shoot for the top and get all the beer pour'n goodies. It will help me out a lot, as well!