Featured Charity – Ocean Education Outreach

Taste of Brews is ecstatic to announce it’s partnership with Ocean Education Outreach!!!

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This up and coming non-profit corporation is on a powerful mission to promote hands on education about “the wonder of our oceans and watersheds and emphasize the importance of preserving them.”  Ocean Education Outreach pursue’s this mission by funding, organizing and promoting educational programs that teach about the advancement of ocean and watershed education aimed towards under served children, schools, and communities.

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Ocean Education Outreach has many different programs that they support and promote ocean education through, such as: Wetlands Programs, Hands On Research Vessel Programs, Channel Islands Programs, Day Programs, and Overnight Programs.

In addition to these educational programs, they have also teamed up with three wonderfOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAul partners to help them promote their mission, and take their educational programs to the next level.

Their first partner is The Long Beach Marine Institute. For over 20 years they have offered wonderful, hands on educational programs aboard their vessel, the Challenger.  The many years of experience give an excellent hand to Ocean Education Outreach’s day programs in Catalina and Long Beach.  The Catalina Experience is their second partner.  Located at White Landing on Catalina Island, they have an educational facility and, just like Ocean Education Outreach, they are also highly committed to the education of our oceans and environment.  Lastly, they are partnered with Five Star Transportation where, for over 30 years, Jack Anderson has been in the transportation business.

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Ocean Education Outreach is on a mission to provide hands on education about our magnificent oceans and waterways, and especially spread the importance of their conservation.  This is a powerful message that may have a lasting impression on all that it reaches.

Whether you love the whales, enjoy waking up early to go surfing, or just like that beautiful sunset drive down the coast, don’t miss out on a chance to support this amazing non-profit at our Twilight Tasting event in March!  Also, make sure you visit Ocean Education Outreach at http://www.oceaneducationoutreach.org/ and also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oceaneducationoutreach!

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“Our mission is provide hands on educational programs and funding to under served schools and communities.”

Featured Brewery – Four Sons Brewing

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Four Sons Brewing is a micro-brewery located in Huntington Beach, California. This family owned brewery is run by parents Duke and Daune and, you guessed it, their four sons.

Most of Four Sons craft beers have a Southern California, beach vibe to them. And all of us that live in So Cal know, it’s pretty much always sunny here so Four Sons is the perfect beer to enjoy during our great year around weather.

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One of Four Sons beers on tap is called Going (Coco) Nuts. This craft beer is a malty, full bodied amber ale. Four Sons uses 75lbs of toasted coconuts to give this beer little something special. When drinking this you’ll swear you are on a tropical island, soaking up some rays.

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Another beer is their Not So Dum raspberry blonde ale. It has subtle hints of passion fruit and hibiscus flower. This beer is perfect for those nice sunny days.

Four Sons tasting room is opened to the public, so make a trip to Huntington Beach and try their variety of craft beers on tap.

On March 7th, Four Sons will be attending our Twilight Tasting event so you can also try what they are brewing there!

Featured Brewery – Bootleggers

Bootlegger’s Brewery is located in Fullerton, California. The brewery began when owner and beer lover Aaron Barkenhagen was enrolled at California State University, Fullerton pursuing an Entrepreneurship major. After following his dream, Aaron opened up Bootleggers Brewery in April 2008.

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The brewery has expanded distribution and production capacity over the year, but the company still stays true to their original plan. They wanted to build a local artisan brewery supported by local business and consumers while continuing to make the highest quality and most unique beer possible.

Bootlegger’s motto is “Drink Fresh, Drink Local.” It is their goal to continue this motto and to sell their beer close to home.

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Bootlegger’s Winter Seasonal Release beer is the Mint Chocolate Porter. It sounds like a strange combination, mint chocolate in a beer… But it is a match made in heaven! This porter consists of a refreshing mint balanced with subtle hints of dark chocolate.This beer will keep you in the Christmas spirit!

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Another must try is the Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich! This double IPA truly lives up to its name with a large hop profile and aggressive aroma. This beer has a huge malt backbone with little floral and citrus notes, providing a great mouth feel to this heavyweight hitter. The Knuckle Sandwich is Limited Edition, so try it as soon as you can before it runs out.

We are very excited that this local brewery will be joining our Twilight Tasting event, and we can’t wait for all of you to try their crafts on March 7th!

Featured Charity – Make-A-Wish Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that Taste of Brews is collaborating with Make-A-Wish Foundation: Orange County & the Inland Empire Chapter for our 2nd Annual Twilight Tasting event!

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Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Orange County & the Inland Empire chapter was established in 1983. Make-A-Wish OC & IE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that reaches out to children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 that live in Orange County, San Bernadino & Riverside. This chapter first began by fulfilling a 14 year old girl named Tamra’s wish to see the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean. Ever since Tamra’s wish was granted, the Orange County and Inland Empire chapter has made over 5,000 other children, with life threatening medical conditions, wishes come true.

This amazing non-profit has granted more than 240,000 wishes for children in the United States and its territories. Also, “Make-A-Wish grants a wish, on average, every 38 minutes and, on average, a child is referred for a wish every 28 minutes.” Here are a couple breathtaking wishes that have been granted by the Orange County and Inland Empire chapter.

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Katie, 18, was diagnosed with kidney cancer and wished to New York during the holiday season. Once she was well enough, she was able to travel to the city that never sleeps, during the time where it is filled with beautiful lights and holiday cheer. Katie was able to experience many different things in New York such as the going to see a show on Broadway and visiting the Statue of Liberty, but most importantly be able to kindle her passion for fashion with New York’s infamous shopping.

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Jorge, 5, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, which a rare form of cancer of the eye. His wish was to join the ranks of the Marines. Make-A-Wish and everyone over at Camp Pendleton joined together to make Jorge’s wish come true. He was sworn in as the general for the day and everyone obeyed is every order. He also got the chance to ride in assault vehicles, take Marine Corps boxing lesson, and fly a helicopter simulator. Jorge’s excitement, happiness, and energy effected every single person involved in making his wish come true that day.

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Both of these wishes, along with the thousands of others that have been fulfilled by the Orange County and Inland Empire Chapter, have not only helped to change the lives of those children that have life threatening medical conditions, but also their family’s lives and all of the lives that they have touched in between. A recent study that was done about the wishes that Make-A-Wish grant, show that: “98% of wish parents felt the wish experience gave them an opportunity to be a “normal”  family again, and 92% of parents saw their children experience re-empowerment to take back the ability to make decisions in their lives.”

Make sure to visit Make-A-Wish Orange County & the Inland Empire at ocie.wish.org for more information about how you can help to make more wished come true and learn about the Make-A-Wish events held throughout the year. Don’t miss the opportunity to raise money for this wonderful charity at our Twilight Tasting on March 7, 2015! Tickets are on sale now!!

Featured Brewery – Absolution

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An Imperial Porter, the perfect drink to get you in the mood for the Holidays! Luckily, Absolution Brewing Company just released their newest winter wonder, the Wandering Star!

Wandering Star is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter, 8.7 ABV. The upfront toffee caramel flavor moving into a bittersweet chocolate note, that will leave you wanting more. Absolution hopes to inspire your palate with “Pure Pleasure, No Guilt”… and they definitely succeeded with this beer!

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Now available in a 750 ml champagne bottle, you have the option to taste this beer in their tasting room, or enjoy it in your own home. The Wandering Star is limited edition, so why not make your holiday shopping easy and purchase this craft for all your beer lovin’ family and friends!

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Absolution has many other unique craft beers that you will want to check out! Keep a look out for their bottles in-stores, or visit them in Torrance, CA at their tasting room. You can also buy your Twilight Tasting ticket to assure your tasting experience of Absolution in March.

Featured Brewery – Valiant Brewing Co

Valiant Brewing Company is an up and coming craft brewery located in Orange, California. The husband and wife brewing duo discovered their passion 7 years ago, after receiving a Mr. Beer brewing kit. In March 2013, the couple opened their business doors and have become a well-known brewery in the Orange County community today.

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During the summer, Valiant received several awards for their craft beers. At the San Diego International Beer Festival and the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition two of their craft beers took gold: a Belgian-Style Dark Ale called Axiom, and a Scottish-Style Ale called The Bruce.

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Their Axiom beer has a slight malty highlight and Graham cracker aroma; combines with cherries, raisin, and some spices. It begins with a rich caramel sweetness flavor then leads into a mixture of malt savor. The Bruce’s flavor profile has hints of nuttiness, dried fruit, toffee, and caramel. The full body finish ends in a sweet savor that you won’t want to end!

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On December 11th, Valiant collaborated with Black Market Brew and released a Russian Imperial Stout called Chernyy Medved. The newest addition to the Valiant family is created with smoked malt, cherries, vanilla and oak. Try their newest winter flavor; it’s perfect for the holidays!
Find Valiant beer near you! http://www.valiantbrewing.com/find-our-beer

Featured Brewery – Firestone Walker

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The Firestone Walker Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by Adam Firestone (aka the Bear) and David Walker (aka the Lion), in the Central coast of California, laying its roots in wine county. This once small brewery is now a regional force in the craft beer industry, and every day they strive to constantly bring craft beer to the next level. In the words of Firestone, they are “passionately in pursuit of the perfect beer…and never satisfied.” This driving attitude is reflected within Firestone’s achievements in 2014.

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One of their seasonal beers, Easy Jack, a summer session IPA, was voted one as one of the 20 best beers of 2014 by “Paste Magazine.” Sailing onto the top 20 list, this session IPA was, hands down, one of the best out of the many session IPAs that were introduced in 2014. Brewmaster Matt Brynildson wanted to create a different kind of session IPA that had a signature malt balance, enormous hop aromas with hop varieties from all around the world, and most importantly leave you with an empty glass before you even know it. You can definitely look forward to even more of the delicious Easy Jack in 2015!

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A second great achievement for Firestone Walker in 2014 would be Pivo winning the gold at the Great American Beer Festival two years in a row! This traditional German style pilsner has a hoppy Bohemian twist and gentile malt flavors. The “refreshing, light-bodied and hop-driven Pils”, with its perfect balance, will have you coming back for more.

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Visit the Firestone Walker Brewing Company at http://www.firestonebeer.com to learn more about these award winning beers and the many more delicious, and refreshing, craft beers they have to offer. Also, look for them in your local store! 

Come visit Firestone Walker at the 2nd annual Twilight Tasting event on March 7, 2015. Tickets are on sale now! Don’t miss out on tasting these refreshing, next level, craft beers!

Featured Charity – The Little Red Dog

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We are excited to announce that Taste of Brews and The Little Red Dog have recently teamed up for the 2nd annual Twilight Tasting event, to help spread awareness among all craft beer and wine lovers out there about the importance of rescuing, in hopes of providing support, and possibly forever homes to those animals in need!
The Little Red Dog is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 2011 by PJ Rosch and Steve McClain. The Little Red Dog was founded in memory of the Little Red American Pit Bull Terrier, and all of the other lost dogs, that were part of the Michael Vick trial. This foster based rescue aims to end prejudice against the American Pit Bull Terrier, breed discrimination and, most importantly, provide loving, forever homes to all dogs.

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Their motto is, “We Are On A Mission From Dog” and this seems to go without saying. The Little Red Dog team works hard to constantly rescue those dogs in need, saving many lives from abusive situations and kill shelters all around Southern California.
There are many ways in which you can help support The Little Red Dog. You can apply to be a foster for their sweet dogs in need, apply to be a volunteer for the rescue, or make a donation. They also have an online store where everything that is purchased will go towards funding food and care for their rescued pooches, and may even help to save more lives.

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This is Davey, a one year old German Shepherd/Chihuahua mix, who was rescued from the Devore animal shelter. He is a sweet boy who is good with kids, dogs, and cats, and all he wants is to be loved. Davey is only one of many dogs that are in need of a forever home. The Little Red Dog is holding their next adoption event Saturday December 13, 2014, at the PetSmart in Lake Forest, starting at 11:00am! In the name of Christmas cheer head out to the adoption event this Saturday to help save a life and possibly meet your next best friend!
Visit The Little Red Dog at http://www.thelittlereddog.com to learn more about ways in which you can help them keep their goal alive and save the lives of the loving dogs in need all around Southern California.

Featured Brewery- Lagunitas

We are excited to talk about our featured beer of the week, Lagunitas!

Lagunitas Brewing Company is currently located in Petaluma, California and Chicago, Illinois brewing their one of a kind beers.

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Right now two of their popular seasonal beers are out on the market ready for you to try!

First, there’s the Brown Shugga Ale, or as Lagunitas knows it as their ‘accident beer.’ Lagunitas said the beer was, “Originally a failed attempt at our 1997 batch of Olde Gnarly Wine Ale resulting in an all-new-beer-style we like to call… Irresponsible.” The beer consists of brown cane sugar, malt, and hops. It’s only available from November to January, so get it now!

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The Hairy Eyeball is another seasonal fan favorite. This rich, thick, chocolaty (and dangerous) beer is just what you need to cure a hangover… or to create one. Lagunitas jokes that this beer is, “especially formulated for when you wake up feelin’ like you need to shave your eyeballs to see the new day.” I’d say that sounds pretty tempting!” This beer will be gone by the end of December so buy it now and drink up.

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Go to the Lagunitas website to see where you can purchase these seasonal beers and find their wide variety of IPAs. Also, come visit Lagunitas this March at our 2nd annual Twilight Tasting event. Buy tickets now!

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