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!".

Monkish Brewing

Monkish Brewing is the creation of westside resident Henry Nguyen. With the help of his wife Adriana, this couple is building a brewery from the ground up. Like many craft breweries it is nestled in the back of an unassuming […] 

Springfest 2012

Mark your calendar because this Sunday the first annual LA Chinatown Springfest is upon us! A portion of the historic Spring Street in Chinatown is hosting what promises to be an amazing variety of art, music, beer, and BBQ. Our […] 

Spring Street Smoke House

Spring Street Smokehouse, located in the heart of Chinatown, is one of Los Angeles’s premier BBQ locations. In addition to smoking meats on site and serving up a variety of rich southern inspired side dishes, the Smokehouse supports a robust […] 

LA Beer Week at Beer Belly

I stopped in to share some beer with Jimmy, the owner of Beer Belly this week. It had been a while since I’d made it out to this Koreatown craft beer treasure; although, I feel like I had been many […] 

Orange County Brew HAHA 2011

I attended the annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha with Steph and Mike. The festival was September 10th at the Hidden Valley Private Park in Irvine. In honor of 9/11, firemen from Local 3631 Firefighters union poured beer and a […] 

John and Steph Roadtrip #2

Between Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Oregon border, Steph and I stopped to camp in the little known (at least to us) California treasure known as Lassen Volcanic National Park. Located in the same volcanic range that extends north […] 

John And Steph Roadtrip #1

Matt posted about our annual Sequoia camping and Scotch ale weekend a few posts back. That trip was the launching point for our two week National Park CA and OR road trip. In addition to a lot of camping, we […] 


  Recently we had the good fortune to take a mini-road trip with our friend, Shail from, and meet up with Chris Briles, the owner of Cosmic Ales. Chris was hosting an all day Brew-BQ event at his house in […] 


Well, I’m finally sitting down to write about my Flip making adventure over Christmas. For those of you that are not familiar with the drink (it was new to me when I first read about it), Randy Mosher in “Tasting Beer” […] 

John’s SD Brewery Tour – Part 2

Brewery Three – AleSmith After spending an hour and a half at Lightning we loaded up the car with our new Lightning beers and headed out to AleSmith. Having been open since 1995, AleSmith is a grandpa brewery compared to […] 

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