Author: Eric Ortega

Historian of brewing in California at the California State University, Fullerton. - A Fullerton resident, Eric can be found scouring the bars and tap rooms of Orange County and Los Angeles, observing as much as imbibing. - If you ever have a question about beer history, shoot me an email at or you can follow me on Instagram @

Brews as a Text: The System of Cultural Exchange in Beer Culture

Lately I’ve been kicking around some heavy thoughts about beer and it’s importance to human civilization. Admittedly I have been absent from Bierkast for many months, struggling through a sea of researching, editing, and writing a Master’s Thesis in History […] 

The History of California Beer: LA’s First Brewery

Leave it to a historian to analyze a beloved subject ad nauseum. Admittedly writing a thesis on California brewing has proven to be a slow process; the twin difficulties of little oversight from faculty advisors and lack of inertia equals […] 

Learning Lessons at Beer Camp Across America w/ Photos

Fewer things are more pleasing in a beer-geek’s life than a finely run beer fest. Sad that I could not join the activities at the Firestone Walker Invitational, I opted to sign up for a few legs of Sierra Nevada’s […] 

Sierra Nevada: “Beyond the Pale” and Beer Camp Across America

It feels as though Sierra Nevada has been on my mind a lot lately. Their Beer Camp Across America hits the road on Saturday July 19th, hitting seven stops on a massive journey through the nation. I have the good […] 

Sneak Peak Beer Release: Valiant Brewing ‘Alpha Overdrive’

Just what the heck is a Quad IPA anyway? I’m certainly familiar with Belgian Quads, and Triple or Imperial IPAs; but a Quad IPA? When I joined a group of bloggers yesterday to sample Valiant Brewing’s newest bold creation, I […] 

Wild Night with The Bruery at Haven Gastropub Orange (6/9): Review [and Interview with Chef Greg Daniels]

Admittedly I am not well versed in culinary arts. I am more familiar with a plate of curly fries, simple pulled pork sliders, and a plastic cup of ranch than I am with haute cuisine. A well-crafted beer is more […] 

“California Brewmasters” Book Release Party at Noble Ale Works (6/3)

The Party Last night the tasting room of Noble Ale Works was filled with buzz over the release of California Brewmasters, a newly released book of photographs and interviews with 46 California brewers. I arrived early to purchase a copy […] 

Adventure in the North – The Red Beast of Fairfield

Preface and Personal Notes I did not begin drinking until I was 22. Unlike many of my fellow high school and junior college students, I opted not to begin drinking in part because I had no desire to. In hindsight […] 

Beerfest Recap – Bite at the Beach Food and Craft Beer Pairing Event

The city of Manhattan Beach was treated to an excellent joining of various brewing and culinary delights in the first ever Bite at the Beach Food and Beer Fest last Saturday amid brisk breezes and sunlight in the back lot […] 

Beerfest Recap – OC Brew Ha Ha’s Sabroso Fest

Amid the heat last Saturday hundreds of attendees congregated on Lake View Park in Silverado, South Orange County, for the First Annual OC Brew Ha Ha Sabroso Craft Beer and Taco Fest. Entry and Observations OC Brew Ha Ha has […] 

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