Happy Hour at Chapter One: the modern local in Santa Ana: #BobbyKnowsFood

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Chapter One: the modern local is located on the corner of Broadway and 3rd Street in Downtown Santa Ana in what used to be a bookstore. Going in to Chapter One you can expect great craft cocktails, 200 aged whiskeys, a rotating list of craft beer and a menu of food that needs to be explored to discover Executive Chef Chicken Wang’s superior culinary skills. Chapter serves Lunch, Dinner, Late Dinner and a rambunctious weekend Brunch. Different evenings bring different events, whether it’s a Taco Crawl with D.J. “I C U Bobbin Ya Head” Lexakhan, a 5 course Dinner with Modern Times Beer or Comedy Night in the Red Room there’s always a damn good reason to chill at Chapter One.

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Thien Le, The Mind of a Home Brewer: Hop Talk

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The 21st Amendment might’ve repealed Prohibition but there was no legislation to support home brewers until 1979 ,when Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Wyoming) sponsored a bill signed by President Jimmy Carter that made it legal to make your own suds in the United States. Nowadays, the American Home Brewers Association estimates about 1.1 million home brewers practice their craft, 19% of those on the West Coast.

One of those people is Thein Le. He belongs to the OC Mash Ups, a group tha…

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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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Welcome to BobbyKnowsBeer!

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Robert Flores “the Butcher”

Greetings fellow craft beer drinkers, my name is Robert Flores, some call me The Butcher since I have been a meatcutter for the last 43 years. In January of 2016 Gustavo Arellano, former editor of OC Weekly asked me to start writing about craft beer in Orange County, I was already Instagramming all my exploits in breweries and brewpubs around town so I said, Sure, why not. The craft beer scene has since exploded, I’ve been to The Great American Beer Festival the last 2 years, Ensenada Beer Fest the last 3 years, I was a judge at Coldchela 2018 the largest Latino Home Brew Fest in the Universe and basically covered every brewery in Orange County, some in Long Beach, a few in Downtown Los Angeles, Temecula, Tijuana, Rosarito, going to get to the Inland Empire soon.

Writing for the OC Weekly was  a great experience but now it’s time to venture on my own, besides beer reviews I will be doing interviews, more Baja beer reviews, food reviews and I will cover the home brewing world. Oh, expect some coffee reviews too, I’m a #coffeesnob! Please get @ me @ bobby@bobbyknowsbeer.com I love to see some feedback, let’s meet up for some beer talk. Honored to have Gustavo Arellano as my editor and Dustin Ames as my WebMaster.

With GABF coming up next month I will be going around to see what our local breweries are going to enter to try to win some Bling! Orange County represented well at the World Beer Cup this year so let’s cheer on our favorite brewmasters! Cheers! BobbyKnowsBeer🍻

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