Protocol 76 Oktoberfest Style
Network Brewery

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Protocol 76 Oktoberfest Style at Network Brewery in Santa Ana

I always love going to Network Brewery in SanTana. Its old tasting room was one of the smallest in Orange County yet brewed some of the most creative suds around. It just finished an expansion that removed the intimacy but now has 12 extra tap handles,  big-screen TVs on either side, and an art exhibit with five artists that have used drink coasters as there canvass. So much…

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Parts Unknown Coconut Pandan Stout
Riip Beer Company

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Parts UnKnown Coconut Pandan Stout by Ideation Brewing

The 2018 Great American Beer Festival will be held next month from September 20-22, with over 4,000 craft beers from 800-plus breweries. But a separate contest is also being held where pros brew the entries of amateurs who have previously won at an American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned competition. Last year saw 118 entries, and it’s become a popular feature of GABF because this is where you see the next generation of taste…

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BobbyKnowsBajaBrews
Border Psycho Cantina

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Border Psycho Zonkey Imperial Stout

I’ve attended the Ensenada Beer Fest the last 3 years and have seen it grow from 60 breweries to 120 breweries in 2017. It’s held every year in March and is nothing but fun, fun, fun. But you don’t have to wait until March to sample some Baja craft beer—do a quick day trip to Tijuana.

Start with the new Border Psycho Cantina on Avenida Revolucion, within walking distance of established cervecerías Mamut and Nor…

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Moon Sparkle with Mostra Hambela Coffee
The Good Beer Company

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Moon Sparkle Oak Aged Amber w/Mostra Coffee

Husband-and-wife team Brandon Fender and Robyn Spevacek opened the Good Beer Company in the fall of 2014 in downtown SanTana. Their brewery (located in a building that used to house livery stables) has row after row of wooden barrels full of  delicious suds fermenting with different versions of wild yeasts that Brandon has cultivated throughout the years. Brandon began brewing at home in his garage and became fascinated by wild yeast and bacteria and how they reacted with hops, spices and fruits. Thanks to this obsession, Good Beer remains one of the few breweries in Southern California that brews sour beer, a genre that deserv…

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