Gamecraft Brewing Grand Opening!!!!
Gamecraft Brewing

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Saturday, December 8th, is the official Grand Opening of Orange County’s newest brewery, Gamecraft Brewing. They’ve been in soft opening mode for a few months, getting everything ready, testing out food and brews, making sure all the kinks are out before they cut the ribbon on their beautiful Tasting Room and Game Room. Owner Scott Cebula has brought in award winning brewer, Andrew Moy, who won a Silver Medal for Riip Brewing at The Great American Beer Festival in 2016 for his Super Cali IPA. Hoppy suds are Andrew’s thang but at Gamecraft he will be offering Stouts, Ales, and plenty of Lagers. assisting Andrew with the brewing is Mike Ewoldt, They will be opening with 7 beers brewed in-house and about 6 guest beers, the lagers will be introduced soon, the first thing I noticed when I walked in was the 6 lagering tanks, yes, 6! Me thinks Andrew has big plans for those tanks and I can’t wait for the results, I’m going to go ahead and predict more awards for Andrew and Gamecraft Brewing down the road. 🥇

The Tasting Room is super comfortable, it’s managed by Demetria Dorame and Ian Frailey, there’s also a patio and a huge video game room, along with traditional board games you will have plenty of cool stuff to do while you enjoy the fresh suds and tasty pub style food. Lead cook is Jesse Robinson, he likes to give some of his dishes some kick so expect some spicy treats from the kitchen. There’s cheese and charcuterie boards, flatbreads, karaage chicken( get the hyper-spice), pulled pork sandwiches, tots, and both entrée empanadas and dessert empanadas. Everything can become addictive, it’s so good, if you order an empanada take a close look at the custom stamp, a nice touch.

On my visit I had the Not Your Father’s Brut Beer IPA 6.3%(ABV) super fresh and crisp, nice and dank some notes of fruit and finished very clean. Another in-house brew was the Imperial Stout, Dark Archon with Portola Coffee 9%(ABV) BOOM. Yummy rich with loads of chocolate and fresh roasted coffee. I’m keeping my eye out for the lagers and some more IPA’s as Andrew builds his menu. Scott has done a fabulous job in hiring some great staff, you can tell that everything has been given plenty of thought, it’s a very nice location, he has lived in Laguna Hills for a long time and has put his heart and soul into Gamecraft Brewing, Scott even has a plan in case they need to expand. If you are planning an event please contact Kanda Chokkijkarn Events/Merch Manager. Gamecraft Brewing will be open 7 days a week and open at 11 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. Sun-Tues. and 10 p.m. Wed-Thurs, @ 12 .am. on Fri-Sat.

Congratulations to Scott and Thanda, to Andrew and to the whole crew at Gamecraft Brewing! A great addition to the craft beer community of Orange County.                 BobbyKnowsBeer!

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Hail! Hail! Stereo Brewing (and Rock’n’Roll)
Stereo Brewing Company

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Seems like yesterday that I was at the soft opening for Stereo Brewing in Placentia, I was there with my buddy, “Late Nate” Jackson, Music Editor of the OC Weekly. I was  the craft beer critic for the Weekly at the time and we were both impressed with the beers as well as the ambiance, the tasting room was packed with friends and family as well as those in the craft beer community, all there to break in the place. We drank our suds, ate some sausages from the Viking Truck and were serenaded by Master Brewer and DJ, Rick Smets, spinning his best vinyl while pouring his soon to be award winning brews. Amanda Pearce, now Amanda Pearce Smets was the hostess with the mostess, answering all questions and making sure we had full pints of beer at hand.

Now fast forward to today, Stereo Brewing has won back to back medals at The Great American Beer Festival for their Oatmeal Stout, Wall of Sound, a smooth AF stout with notes of chocolate and toffee, in 2017 it took Gold and in 2018 it won a Bronze medal. They also won a Silver in 2018 for Robot Imperial Red, a maltlicious red ale, beautiful  rich caramel notes, full body of flavor. That’s a very impressive start for a new brewery, of course there’s a whole playlist of beers on tap, Hazy IPA’s, Kolsch, Pale Ale, Scottish Ale and small batch brews that don’t last too long. Rick and his crew are keeping his customers happy with great brews, rock’n’roll and a chill space to enjoy it all. There’s board games, big screens for sport events, food trucks and a constant list of events. Currently they’re having a food drive, follow them on Instagram @stereobrewing for all current events. Stereo Brewing is kid and pet friendly, everyone behind the bar is always very friendly and helpful. On my recent visit I unfortunately got a flat tire right when I drove into the parking lot. I drank my beers and decided to leave my car there and come back the next day to fix the flat, the folks at Stereo were very cool and said it was OK to leave my car over night. I came back in the morning to try and fix the tire and at the same time Rick and Amanda showed up, they were going to pick up some equipment from a festival, Rick saw that I had a flat and he brought out 2 beers for my brother and myself. “I hope this makes it a little better”     WOW    🍻😍  Yes, Rick, thank you so much for your kindness. I ended up having to pay someone to change my tire, those damn lug nuts!!

Stereo Brewing is more than a brewery, it’s about community, it’s about bringing people together to listen to music to drink some craft beer to laugh to talk to relax.   Hail! Hail! Stereo Brewing! Cheers! BobbyKnowsBeer

And, in the end, the beer you take, is equal to the beer you make” -anonymous brewer

 

 

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Tepache Sour by Agua Mala @Alta Baja Market Downtown SanTana
Alta Baja Market

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Downtown Santa Ana or as us long time homies call it, SanTana, has become craft beer heaven over the last few years. The Good Beer Company keeps us happy with their latest fermented wonders, El Indio has a wide selection of Baja Craft beer and Mission Bar always has the latest local and top trending suds. Not to be ignored though is Alta Baja Market where you can find all the previously mentioned styles under one roof.

Owner Delilah Snell is not only serving up delicious grub all day but stocks a wide variety of craft beer, both Baja and local, to wash it all down. Alta Baja serves up breakfast and lunch all day long, chilaquiles, breakfast tortas, quesadillas, frittatas, along with salad and sandwiches for lunch, try the La Llorona, it’s packed with carne adovada(shredded pork with Hatch chile) with a nice spicy kick! There’s plenty of vegan options, every last Sunday of the month they are serving pozole  with pork or vegan version, Delilah also  partners with her neighbor Electric City Butcher and uses their products throughout her menu.

Besides food and drink Alta Baja Market stocks a wide variety of home goods, in-house branded spreads, jams, pickled goods and spices. Take some time and browse every shelf, there’s always something cool to find at Alta Baja, they also stock the flour tortillas from Burritos Las Palmas. There’s plenty of room to kick back and enjoy one of their 7 Micheladas, yup, 7 different and original spicy Michi’s to tantalize your taste buds. If craft beer isn’t your thing there’s plenty of wine! Check out the website for upcoming wine tasting events and classes. There’s always something going on at Alta Baja and on my most recent visit I enjoyed a beer rarely brewed by the Baja breweries, it was a pineapple sour beer, Tepache Sour 3.7%(ABV)by Agua Mala, one of the best breweries in Ensenada. Tepache itself is a fermented drink using the peels and rinds of a pineapple, it’s then sweetened with piloncillo or brown sugar. There was nothing sweet about this version, it was crisp and tart, the slight note of pineapple was at the back end of the back end, ha, usually if there is pineapple in a beer it’s too damn sweet and that’s probably because they used syrup, so I really enjoyed this Tepache Sour from Agua Mala. I hope to see more sour beers coming out of the Baja California breweries, especially with a Mexican twist! Cheers! BobbyKnowsBeer!

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My Interview with Charlie Carrillo of Zombie Brewing in Ensenada: He’s Brewing a Caravan of Beers!

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L to R Mauricio Peralta, Daniel Lugo, Charlie Carrillo

I’ve attended the Ensenada Beer Fest for the last few years, it’s a very fun festival with craft beer, food, live music, DJ’s , dancing, I have met so many cool folks including Charlie Carrillo of Zombie Brewing. He’s agreed to answer a few questions, we’re just scratching the surface here, if you have any other questions feel free to message me. The craft beer scene is huge in Baja California, breweries are opening in Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada, along with the culinary offerings and wine tasting in the Valle de Guadelupe,  visiting Baja is a blast so wear your stretchy pants! Salud!

How long have you been brewing? Did you start on your own or with friends?

We started homebrewing around 2009, it was amongst childhood friends that are in the industry today, Mauricio Peralta(Zombie), Jose “Cheche” Arce(Bruer), Daniel Lugo(Zombie), Minoru Nomura(Distrito Barra Publica). It all started because we heard Ballast Point had the Home Brew shop in SD and some people were brewing for some time now, it wasn’t that “hard” and we could brew our own craft beer that was practically impossible to get in Mexico around that time.

What was the specific reason that got you interested in brewing? Was it a certain beer?

We always liked beer and were tired of not having good craft beer available, we could clone our own Stone IPA, Pliny the Elder, Green Flash Barley Wine, Nelson, etc. At least that’s what we thought back then, and after we got good at doing these clones, maybe do our own stuff with a Mexican twist.

What was your first craft beer?

 My first craft beers that I remember are Sam Adams, Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but the one that really shocked me (in a good way) was Stone IPA. I try to go to as many concerts as I can in San Diego (cause we don’t get most of those shows down in Baja) even as far as LA or Phoenix, and while attending a concert at the Casbah ( I think the band was Pinback) I made a brave choice when the bartender asked me what I wanted, I thought to myself “that IPA with the gargoyle looks pretty cool, let’s give it a try”, when I first took a whiff of this beer I found myself in the middle of a forest, then I took a sip and was rewarded with a never before sweet/bitter liquid that would change my beer preferences forever. After that I really got into the independent beer scene and never looked back.

Is it difficult to get brewing ingredients or supplies in Mexico?

It’s not so difficult anymore, well you can’t go into any brew shop and get Nelson Hops or Vic Secret, or whatever, but there are some guys with home brew shops locally and the internet has made it pretty easy for anyone to order online. Some people sell in bulk and cross it over the border for you (legally) there are some local ingredients that can be purchased as well. We have a friend, Miguel Loza, who started to grow hops in El Valle de Guadalupe at Rancho Loza, was the owner of the first home brew shop in Ensenada but had to quit because his daughter got diagnosed with cancer and had to fight that battle with her, I am glad to say that she is doing great now. It’s easier to get supplies now but not yet a great experience. I do know some breweries with hop contracts that get a steady supply from the states, there are some local yeast suppliers and there are plans to further develop the supply chain for craft brewing.

What about water? While there is no shortage or rationing I know water is an issue in Baja, is it a concern with the breweries?

I don’t think there is a shortage of water in Baja, Constellation is trying to tap into that source in Mexicali, because Mexicali has a great amount of untreated water that can be a great source for local breweries. Constellation’s coming into Mexicali has been a big issue in the past few years. It’s a political issue but not sure what’s the status on that.

Please tell me about your brewery. What’s currently on tap?

The brewery is our hobby, we have fun going to the local festivals in Baja and selling some of our beers at the tasting room (which is no longer managed by us) and in cans on special occasions. It is by far our main means to get by but we are hopeful that someday it will be. I do love putting in long hours into the brewery that doesn’t even seem like work. As of today the brewery is in Ensenada, Mauricio our head brewer and co-founder is working in Alabama and I am living in Mexicali, we are both Industrial Engineers and work as such, we might one day quit our day jobs and do the brew thing full time, who knows. On tap we have 2 beers, our Bronze Medal Zombie Gold and a NEIPA called Alien Gangster that was a collaboration with Cerveza Cardera. Our long time friend and owner of Cerveza Bruer is helping us brew our Zombie Brews, we kinda work together and apart, it has been like this for quite some time, he just won Gold at Cerveza Mexico for this Porter that he brewed for Cerveza Hussong. So as you can see he has his own brewery and is also a brewer for hire, pretty versatile.

How many breweries are open in Ensenada?

Around 20 with constant production, not all have permits to sell alcohol from the city yet but most are working on it. There are a lot of small breweries that are trying to start up and would be considered more of Home Brewers at this point.

What’s the big issue right now in Baja concerning breweries?

It’s always Big Beer vs Us Small Guys, and that is done via the Alcohol permits, we are better off now than a couple of years ago, a new Craft Beer permit was created for us small guys, but there is still a ton of red tape to get that permit approved and we guess it’s all that pressure from Big Beer on the government. Taxes are a big deal because as you may know there is a 30% tax called a Luxury tax on beer (IEPS). On the bright side Baja took home more medals than any state in Mexico at the Cerveza Mexico (40), Mexicali was the city with more Gold (9) and in total Baja took 19 Gold. Fauna won Best Brewery for a second year.

How many awards have you won at the Ensenada Beer Fest? Do you see the Fest becoming even bigger than it already is?

We have won a total of 6 medals, in our first Ensenada Beer Fest in 2012 we won Honorable Mention for our English IPA, in later editions of the festival we won Gold for our ESB, Gold for our Double IPA and Silver for Best in Show, Gold for Saison de Valle, Bronze for our Gold Ale (ironic) and Gold for the Imperial Stout.

The Ensenada Beer Fest could definitely be more than it is, it could very well be bigger than Cerveza Mexico, but we lack the infrastructure to hold this type of event in Ensenada. For starters there is no commercial airport in Ensenada, the closest one is in Tijuana, I have spoken to many people that have attended Beer Festivals in many parts of the world and think that the Ensenada Beer Fest is one of the Top 10, it might not be the same in terms of quality of beers yet, but we think we are getting there. But the weather, the vibe, the music, the people make it all worthwhile. I think that this is a big part of why it’s such a great beer festival, you still feel important when approaching all the breweries, it’s not as fun when you are waiting in line to be served by somebody who doesn’t really love the beer as the brewers. Also, once done with the beer fest you can go to the wine country (Valle de Guadalupe) experience the amazing culinary scene and enjoy the beach, what more can you want.

Can you predict the future of craft beer in Baja California?

Since we started we have been at the forefront of the craft beer movement, Cerveza Cucapa, Cerveza Tijuana and some others paved the way for us, sad to see most of them sold out to Big Beer, but I guess that’s the dream of some of these craft brewers, build a successful brewery and sell it to retire or do something else. Also those breweries didn’t have the backing most of the craft beer has today, they had to fight tooth and nail to sell those beers and I guess they got out at the most “optimal” moment for them. I expect for Baja to keep on this path, make exceptional beers, distribute them farther and farther into Mexico so people can enjoy drinking what we enjoy brewing. I love how in California you can go into any supermarket and see craft beer everywhere, even at Walmart you will see a six pack of Stone or some other Big Craft beer breweries. You can go into some super markets here in Baja and see something like that already happening, not just Tecate and Modelo all over the place, that puts a smile on my face. The next step I think Baja needs to move towards is Barrel Aged beers, stouts, sours, etc. We are pretty good at IPA’s, Pale Ales, and many other common styles. I think it’s time to move into bolder flavors, I think that the customers are more than ready for these types of beers. We do have breweries doing 1 or 2 a year but I mean doing something like Lost Abbey, Firestone Walker, a whole barrel aged program, a whole line of sour beers.

Charlie mentioned Cerveza Mexico a few times, it is to Mexico what Great American Beer Festival is to the U.S. Baja has ruled that competition for years, Mexicali is the San Diego of Mexico as far as winning medals, they kick ass!  This is the first of many interviews I will have with folks that brew craft beer in Mexico, I hope to talk some more with Charlie and some other hoppy people I have met in Baja. Feel free to message me with any questions, we just scratched the surface of what’s going on in Baja, there is so much more and I am happy to answer any questions or we can ask Charlie. Viva Mexico! Cheers! BobbyKnowsBeer!

 

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Buy a Pint and get a Free Slice of Pizza! @Asylum Brewing
Asylum Brewing

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Taco Tuesday will never be the same now that Asylum Brewing in #AleAHeim is offering on Tuedsay’s a slice of pizza with purchase of a pint or three tasters. From 6 pm until they run out enjoy a slice of Out of the Park pizza with your tasty suds, pizza and beer are a more dynamic duo than Batman and Robin and almost as spirited as owner Tommy Sebestyen and Head Brewer Chris Brown, the Lennon and McCartney of Orange County brewers.

Since they opened I have always found a beer that stood out amongst the rest, with so many breweries sometimes it’s the same old same old but not at Asylum. In June of 2017 I was writing for the OC Weekly, I was their beer critic and occasional pot guinea pig, I name the Rorschach Brown Ale with Coffee the Beer of the Week. I can still vividly remember how I could smell the aroma of coffee as the bartender served me my pint. The coffee at that time was from a local roaster in Fullerton, Bangarang, a rich, mild roast that kept all it’s tasting notes and complimented the roastiness of the Brown ale. Later that year I was at Asylum and ordered their Frankenstein Casanova, an Imperial Stout, the bartender infused it with coffee they had on nitro at the time. WHOA! That became the Beer of the Year for 2017, on off the menu craft beer, something you don’t find too often these days. Then earlier this year, in April, I was at Mission Bar in Santa Ana and had Asylum’s Shotgun Golf, it was on the menu as a Hazy Pale Ale which I had never heard of so I called and talked to Chris Brown and he told me it was actually a Kellerbier or Zwickelbier, an age old German style lager that was conditioned in caves, Kellerbier translates to cellar beer and since customers aren’t familiar with the Kellerbier style it was renamed for marketing purposes. Anywho, it was another Beer of the Week, from the style to the name it was all so fascinating and when they re-release it I’ll tell you why 😉

Currently on tap the boys have a another German style Lager, Achtung 5.4%(ABV) it’s crisp, refreshing. something you can wash down a pizza slice with! Elephant Riders is an outstanding Hazy IPA 7.3%(ABV) using South African Southern Passion hops, pith helmet not included. How the West Was Won is a straight up West Coast IPA 6.6%(ABV) hop forward but with a nice malt presence.

I know, Orange County is absolutely blessed with so many craft beer options but cancel your tacos and make a beer line for Asylum Brewing!  Cheers! BobbyKnowsBeer!

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SoCal Cerveceros Dia de Los Cerveceros y Cocineros
Plaza de la Raza Lincoln Park

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SoCal Cerveceros follow up to their highly successful Coldchela 2018 was held on October 21, 2018 at the Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Park. Coldchela 2018 put the Latino Homebrew club on the map with recent articles in the Los Angeles Times, BeerPaperLA, L.A. Taco, a mention in TIME magazine’s Beer issue and I’ve been covering them since June 2016 as the former beer critic of that infernal rag, the OC Weekly. The Cerveceros have grown in leaps and bounds and now boast over 80 members throughout Southern California, they are the largest Latino Homebrew club in the United States and at this rate should be the largest in the World. Dia de los Cerveceros y Cocineros was a benefit event with all proceeds going to the Vision, Mission and Service program at El Centro de Ayuda and Plaza de la Raza, featuring craft beer, food, live music and vendors, this review will be primarily on the beer, I was so impressed with the quality of the beer I didn’t get a chance to sample any food. Fijate!

I was fortunate to have been a judge at Coldchela 2018 so I am very familiar with the groups in Socal Cerveceros and their suds. It’s been great seeing the group grow and now Brewjeria Beer Company is slated to open their own brewery sometime next year in Pico Rivera. The weather was perfect for a craft beer festival, sunny with a light breeze, the event started at 1 p.m. and we arrived shortly after, right away I saw the folks from Maltitude Brewing Company, Phil Limon and Sandra Toledo, they brew out of Long Beach, I went for their Mexican Chocolate Stout, yummy! it was rich, smooth, not too sweet, looking forward to the batch they have aging with Madagascar Vanilla and Bourbon Tincture! Julianna had their Spicy Tamarindo Saison, Deeeelicious! So good and  it didn’t last long. I then saw the Brewjeria boys and made a beer line to their booth. We talked a bit about their new brewery and let’s just hope they can get it open without too many setbacks, the city sounds like they will expedite things but you never know. Hop on the 110 West Coast IPA with Amarillo, Cascade and Columbus hops sounded good and it was very refreshing, hop forward but not crazy bitter, Julianna prefers the lighter brews and A Blonde Moment was perfect, light but full bodied, crisp and fresh this also went quick. I spotted my homies Cerveceria Ortiz across the way, Alex and Desiree Ortiz from Silverado Canyon in Orange County, their Oktoberfest was calling my name, I love the maltier beers, the Oktoberfest was spot on! Rich with malts it went down smooth with tons of flavor, I offered Julianna a taste and she liked it! I’ll convert her yet!

At this point we sat down to enjoy our beers and listen to the DJ, the strolling Mariachi came by the stage and played a few songs to kick off the live music. I was thinking out loud and told Julianna that I could tell that the quality of the beer was better than Coldchela, the first five or six beers were all very good, not just good but very good like this isn’t  home brew good this is brewery good. From judging the beers at Coldchela I knew there might be some so so beers, it happens, but so far the brews were all 👍, it was still early in the day could this trend continue? Hmmmm…

Stopped by Norwalk Brewhouse to see what Ray had brewing, his Bidi Bidi Blonde Blonde was another hit with Julianna, I had the Hef with Pomegranate which I really liked and I’m not a fan of hefs. Next up was the food vendors, this is when we decided to keep drinking! Yeah! We walked in to the vendor hall to say hi to Alfonso Zuniga Jr. from Flight Tours, he will set up a custom craft beer tour for you and your friends, hit him up! Micho and Mary Premium Michelada Mix was another vendor you might want to look up, their michelada mix was 🔥🔥🔥🔥. Ha!

A new face in the group was Rueben from Rue’s Brews, he’s been brewing for about 4 years and this was his first event with Socal Cerveceros, I tried his Mango IPA and BOOM so good! I hope to see/drink more of his brews soon! Another new brewer I met was Sarah Flora, Flora Brewing, she brought a couple of tasty brews, follow her on Instagram @flora_brewing. South Central Brewing Company and Hub City Brewers were sharing a booth, South Central had You Down w/IPP an India Pale Pilsner! What the who? A hoppy pilsner sounded good to me and Ding! Ding! Ding! it was my favorite beer of the day. Today would have been a tough day to judge all these crushable brews, they were all so consistent, just all solid across the board but You Down w/IPP just separated itself from the crowd, it was different in a good way, clean, crisp, hoppy, Wow, this brew didn’t last long either. One more brewery and I was done, Big Boys Brewing out of Downey, David Garcia and his crew brought 4 beers and I had to try them all. Black Ring Coffee Stout, super rich, very delicious, hints of chocolate and coffee, YUM. Fiesta Saison w/ Jalapeno, WOW, nicely balanced Saison and you get the spice on the back end, it doesn’t hit you right away, wait for it, BOOM. ESBorracho, a style you don’t see often enough, ESB, excellent! El Pelirojo IPA, an IPA with malt, right up my alley, hop forward with a malty backbone. Another good showing by Big Boys Brewing, 4 different styles, all very consistent.

Dia de los Cerveceros y Cocineros was another success, SoCal Cerveceros know how to throw a party! The event was well organized, location was perfect, plenty of room to roam around and in addition to everything else Plaza de la Raza was hosting the art exhibit El Velorio presented by Antonio Pelayo. In it’s ninth year of production this was a great addition to the festival. If you missed out don’t worry Coldechela 2019 is coming up next year! Cheers! BobbyKnowsBeer!

 

 

 

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LUNA Belgian Style Pale Ale 6.3%(ABV)
Homage Brewing

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Homage Brewing is a welcome addition to the growing downtown Pomona scene, amongst the bars and restaurants Homage is brewing and fermenting some of the best suds in Southern California, they were recently mentioned in The Full Pint as one of the Best Sour Ale Makers of California. Not too shabby for a brewery that just celebrated two years in May. Homage Brewing is owned and operated by husband and wife, Matthew and Lauren Garcia along with Jeremiah Bignell, they are brewing up a storm in Pomona, collaborating with Cellador Ales from North Park and the Blendery from Long Beach. I had been wanting to pay a visit for quite some time and this past Sunday I was lucky to be joined by my partner in crime, Julianna Castillo, her palate leans towards the finer wines and brews so I value her insight and opinion.

Downtown Pomona was very quiet that Sunday so Homage Brewing was easy to find, it was around 3 p.m. and it looked closed but we walked in and we were greeted by 2 very friendly bartenders. We had our choice of seats but decided to sit at the bar, it seems like as soon as we ordered the place started to fill up, the Tasting Room is very comfortable, wide open, you can see all the equipment that they brew with. The décor was easy on the eyes, bright, clean, no TV’s, just you, your beer and your thoughts. Ha! Julianna ordered the Whitest Bier Alive 4.5%(ABV) a crisp and refreshing wit bier, something you would pair with a plate of meats and cheeses. I went ahead and ordered the Petit Masumoto 6% (ABV) Barrel Aged Saison w/Masumoto peaches and nectarines. Tart, refreshing, slightly sweet from the stone fruit, almost champagne-E. I then switched over to Milk Lizard 7%(ABV) Coffee Milk Stout on Nitro. Rich with notes of chocolate, toffee and wee hints of coffee. Very smooth and enjoyable, finished clean with no aftertaste.

So many interesting choices on the beer menu but I have always like Pale Ales and so I thought I would go with LUNA 6.3% Belgian Style Pale Ale Dry Hopped with Galaxy and Citra hops. YUMMMMEEEE!  I’ve become a fan of Galaxy hops, Amarillo hops are my numero uno but I hardly see them anymore, LUNA is hop forward with a nice tropical fruit backbone. FULL bodied, super enjoyable, finishes clean as a whistle. I’m thinking a tall stein of LUNA and a ribeye steak, medium rare.

Homage Brewing allows you to bring in your own grub or you can get your drink on and then cruise over to Dia de Los Puercos which just opened on 2nd and Garey. BOOM   #Bobbyknowsbeer!

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Dia de Los Puercos “Firme Comida Xicana”

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From creating T-shirts for chefs to a food truck to a brick and mortor in West Covina and just recently opening new digs in Pomona and at the Riverside Food Lab, Rick “El Chefe” Garcia is channeling both his inner Homie and his Grandma “B” Beatrice. “El Chefe” has built his menu around his Grandma “B”‘s recipes, home cooking with a Chicano twist, a visit to Dia de Los Puercos is like visiting your Primo’s pad in East Los, complete with lowriders parked out front to a pair of Cortez hanging inside. The Pomona location is bigger than the West Covina site, the first room you enter is a bar area, you then walk into the main dining room which is like a big hall, tons of room and seating. I was actually in Pomona to visit Homage Brewing and was told that Dia de Los Puercos was nearby, ORALE! I have been hearing nothing but good things about DDLP so I grabbed my hyna and hustled on over to get our feast on.

The menu at Dia de Los Puercos is so inviting, so very familiar. We right away gravitated towards the appetizers, we ordered the Mexicorn-corn off the cob, mayo, cotija cheese, lime,  powdered chili , topped with bacon bits. Taquitos de Weenie- 4 taquitos with beef weenie, ketchup, may, mustard, onions and cotija cheese, Chicha and Chile-huge plate of chicharrones with salsa roja, lime, and chili salt, El Tri- 3 tacos with your choice of meat, so we picked uno de lengua and dos de mochomos(crispy pieces of pork). This was plenty for 2 of us but doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the complete menu that is full of your favorites, tortas, burritos, sopes, more tacos, quesadillas, there’s also dessert and plenty of drinks. And don’t you worry Mr. and Mrs. Vegan there are options!!

Put Pomona on your list of places to visit. Besides Homage Brewing there’s also Sanctum Brewing nearby, both are excellent breweries and with Dia de Los Puercos it’s GANGSTA AF! C/S BobbyKnowsTacos  BobbyKnowsBeer

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