Author: JRockwell

John Rockwell is a co-founder of LA Ale Works and contributing writer to Bierkast. He has been home brewing for over seven years and is a certified BJCP judge, "Bring me your beer!".

Beer Judging Series #2: The Guidelines

John discusses the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) in an on-going series about beer judging. Part 1 here. Welcome back to the beer judging series! It’s been a couple months since the last post so to get reacquainted with the BJCP let’s […] 

BAM Fest 2012

Beer. Art. Music. In early October, on a bright sunny Saturday afternoon, BAM Fest brought together breweries, artists, and musicians in a unique outdoor festival. Held annually in Santa Monica, the event raises money for the 18th Street Arts Center (website here), a non-profit […] 

LA Beer Week Closing Festival

This past Sunday LA Beer Week held its closing ceremony and it came to us in the form of a top notch beer festival. As is tradition, the festival was held at Union Station and nearly every local and regional […] 

LA Beer Week – Mid-Week Summary

Can you believe it? LA Week Beer is half over! We’ve been busy attending events (here) and introducing new writers (here). Here’s a quick rundown of some of the other cool events we’ve attended. Thursday 9/20 Haven Gastropub – Stone Brewing Dave […] 

LA Beer Week Begins!

It’s here!  Beer week is starting today, and if you checked out the link from earlier you’ve seen that there are enough events to make your head spin (even without over indulging). Something new this year is the massive Stone […] 

LA Beer Week

It’s that time of year again! Mark your calendars for the 4th annual Los Angeles Beer Week taking place between September 20th and September 30th. All your favorite craft beer bars and gastropubs will be hosting events throughout the week. […] 

Beer Judging Series: Introduction

Hi, my name is John, and I’m a beer judge. Early on in my beer journey with LA Ale Works I decided to start studying for the Beer Judge Certification Program (or BJCP). I knew it was not a replacement […] 

Far Bar’s Summer Beerfest

Little Tokyo is home to a bar that is changing the downtown LA beer scene. After walking down a nondescript alleyway off 1st Street, you emerge into an urban beer oasis that is home to some of the finest craft […] 

BloomfestLA

The Arts District in downtown was host to the annual BloomfestLA this past Saturday. Named in honor of community activist Joel Bloom (1948–2007), BloomfestLA is part craft fair, part music festival, part beer garden, and showcases all the Arts District has […] 

Angel City Brewing

We were lucky enough to tag along with the Strand Brewers Club (SBC) to a bottle share event and tour of the newly revived Angel City Brewery. Located in a beautiful historic industrial building in Little Tokyo, the brewery was […] 

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