Posts by Ryan Lamb

What’s Brewing: Hangar 24

Feb 20

betty_IPAJust a few hours ago, Hangar 24 announced details on their new Betty IPA, a 6.5% ABV Mosaic hop-driven beer that will be available starting in March as the company’s second flagship. West Coaster spoke with H24 founder and master brewer Ben Cook recently, who said the company is pricing the beer right alongside Orange Wheat — quite a feat given how much hops cost. The beer will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles, and 22-ounce bombers; someday, “it might show up in cans.”

That’s not the only news coming out of Hangar 24. The Redlands-based brewery, which brewed 15,000 barrels in 2011 and 35,000 in 2013, is expanding distribution and production (as well as refreshing their brand). Earlier this month, the company starting sending beers to Arizona, in addition to the beers already gracing Nevada and Southern California, the latter in great part thanks to the efforts of Stater Bros.; Cook was quick to mention that “they’re one of the reasons we are where we are today.” Soon, Oregon and Washington will come into the mix as the brewery strives towards their 60,000 barrel goal this year.

Kevin Wright, head brewer

Ben Cook (left) with Steve Garcia (sales & distro), Kip Snider (Yard House)

Back in the Inland Empire, Hangar 24 is searching for a new space to potentially house a restaurant as well as “some sort of venue for live music.” That’s on tap for 2016. The hunt won’t extend far, however: “If it has a Redlands address, we’re looking at it,” said Cook.

A new brewhouse is also in the works. Cook stated that the team is within just a few months of picking the supplier for a 150-BBL automated brewhouse. “Eventually, that brewhouse can pump out at least half a million barrels,” Cook claimed, adding that the facility will make for a great tourist destination. “Our strategy has been to take a few steps wide and dig a mile deep. The success itself has been a surprise, but we’ve always been in it for the right reasons.”

DSC_0040While Cook has his eyes on 2016 and beyond, there’s fun slated in the more immediate future as well, with the brewery’s sixth anniversary party going down May 16th and 17th, complete with an air show featuring the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demo Team, live music, food, and of course, beer. “This event will be the only one like it in the world,” said Cook, a pilot who still gets in the air when he has some free time. The fans will be asked to get involved as well; soon the brewery will announce a label contest to help design the sixth anniversary bottle. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more info.

5 brewers, 5 casks, 5 courses @ 38 Degrees (w/ Stone Brewing Co.)

Feb 11

DSC_0374Event details for 5 courses, 5 casks, 5 brewers:
$55 beer dinner w/ Stone Brewing Co.
March 5 @ 38 Degrees
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at (only 100 available!)

Pre-dinner beer: Stone Go To IPA, a new 4.5% session ale; release: March 3

First course: Roasted cauliflower and uni bisque, with duo of morels and chanterelles, chive oil
First course cask pairing: (Hollie Stephenson, Brewing Supervisor) Stone Cali-Belgique IPA with lychee, yuzu, toasted macadamia nuts, and grains of paradise

Second course: House-smoked trout on a cilantro blini stack, with salmon roe, crème fraîche, and a pomegranate gastrique
Second course cask pairing: (Mitch Steele, Brewmaster) Stone IPA, with French oak and a new hop: Vic’s Secret from Australia – lemony, citrusy goodness…

Stone_38Degrees_CaskDinner_HANDBILL_140210 copyThird course: Roasted duck breast with roasted candy beets, parsnip puree, micro green salad with a Granny Smith apple and pancetta vinaigrette
Third course cask pairing: (Steve Gonzalez, Research and Small Batch Manager) Stone Levitation Ale with Darjeeling & Chamomile tea, and tangerine zest

Fourth course: Braised pork ossobuco with Hook’s two-year cheddar grits, roasted heirloom carrots in a red ancho mole, pickled red onion
Fourth course cask pairing: (Cecil Menasco, Small Batch Brewer) Arrogant Bastard Ale with chipotle peppers

Fifth course: Bourbon gelato affogato, Lavette coffee, Little John English toffee, rosemary syrup
Fifth course cask pairing: (Justin Clemente, Brewer) Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale with crystallized ginger and cacao nibs

Brewbound Session: Live Stream Tomorrow

Dec 4

Brewbound’s latest craft beer conference takes place tomorrow at the Paradise Point Hotel. Although it is not open to the public, a free live stream will start at 8:00AM at this link.


Here’s the full program:

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Startup Brewery Challenge; live stream viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite small brewery business pitch. Voting instructions will be shown on-screen.

9:00AM – 9:10AM
Opening Remarks

9:10AM – 9:40AM
Keynote — Transcending Liquid: Branding Beyond Beerwith Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione

9:40AM – 10:10AM
The State of Contract Brewing with Tim Schoen, Founder, Brew Hub

10:10AM – 10:30AM
Reflecting on 3 Decades in Beer featuring Pete’s Wicked Ale Founder Pete Slosberg

10:30AM – 11:00AM
Networking Break

11:00AM – 11:30AM
Breaking Down the Craft Beer Consumer with Danny Brager, SVP, Nielsen

11:30AM – 12:00PM
Earning a Spot on the Shelf with Martin Saylor, National Sales Manager, Mission Brewery; Nancy Knott, Senior Beer Category Manager, BP; Chad Heath, Southern California Sales Director, Stone Distributing

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Lunch & Networking

1:00PM – 1:40PM
Breakout Sessions Round 1
Attendees choose from a selection of the following breakout sessions:

• Scaling Up: Troubleshooting for Maturing Craft Brewers — a panel discussion moderated by Lost Abbey Co-Founder, Tomme Arthur featuring Meg Gill, Co-Founder, Golden Road Brewing; John Barley, President, Solemn Oath Brewing; Doug Constantiner, Owner, Societe Brewing
• Crafting Your Visual Voice: The Art of Telling Your Brewery Story Online with Jared Cotton and Chris Burke, Co-Founders, Redtail Media
• Equity Crowdfunding for Craft Brewers with David Dupee, Founder, CraftFund

1:50PM – 2:30PM
Breakout Sessions Round 2
Attendees choose from a selection of the following breakout sessions:

• The On-Premise Environment for Craft with Tom Nickel, Owner, O’Brien’s Pub; Scott Slater, Owner, Slater’s 50/50; Martin Saylor, National Sales Manager, Mission Brewery
• Trademark Law for Craft Brewers with Candace Moon, Founder, The Craft Beer Attorney
• The Tools of Growth: Navigating Pain Points as you Grow with Randy Smith, CEO, Vicinity Manufacturing

2:30PM – 3:00PM
Networking Break

3:00PM – 3:30PM
Distributor and Crafter Brewer Relationships with Joe Cotroneo, SVP, Crescent Crown Distributing

3:30PM – 4:00PM
Improving the Message: Developing Retail Strategies with Phil Jamison, Executive Vice President, Golden Road Brewing

4:00PM – 4:30PM
Crafting an Identity with Josh Landan, Co-Founder, Saint Archer Brewing

4:30PM – 5:00PM
The Business of Collaborations with Joey Redner, Founder, Cigar City

5:00PM – 5:20PM
Brewers Round Table: Discussing the state of the industry with Sam Calagione, Joey Redner and Tomme Arthur

5:20PM – 5:30PM
Startup Brewery Challenge Winner + Award Presentation

OC Fest of Ales This Saturday

Sep 19

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 1.14.49 PMBenefiting the Downtown Anaheim Association and the Anaheim Fall Festival Foundation’s Halloween Parade, this Saturday’s Beer Run/Beer Festival, aka the second annual OC Fest of Ales, features 35 local craft breweries from Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego.

Tickets for just the 5K are $45, with registration ending tonight at midnight.

Beer fest tickets are $50 through tonight (or $25 by going through this link), or $65 for VIP. The VIP is unique in that it has an actual separate area with a dozen local restaurants pairing appetizers with beer. Highlights include The Crow Bar & Kitchen, The Side Door, Hopscotch, Slaters 50/50 and others. The VIP area will have special beers like Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich, The Bruery’s White Chocolate, Hangar 24’s pro-am winner BOSS and others. Get $10 off a VIP ticket by using the code GONZO.

A homebrew competition will also be judged, with the winner getting to brew their beer at Noble Ale Works.


Brewery Safety Essentials Class: September 24

Sep 17

One week from today The Bruery in Placentia, CA will host a brewery safety essentials class from 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. The class is being put on by Dan Drown, owner at Drown Consulting, LLC (disclosure: a West Coaster advertiser) and is geared toward craft brewery owners, operations managers, head brewers and brewery employees. Course content is based on Cal OSHA regulations.

Topics to be covered include injury/illness prevention programs, lockout tag out (energy isolation), confined space entry, personal protective equipment, emergency action plans, chemical safety, accident investigation, equipment safety, work comp issues, property protection, Cal OSHA record keeping and more.

Instructors include Dan Drown of Drown Consulting, LLC; Sean Nitzen, AMR, Brewery Insurance Program; and John Hoefer, Brewery Insurance Program. This class was also presented at White Labs this past June, and all three instructors have spoken at past Craft Brewers Conferences.

The cost is $195 per person; view more information at this link.


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