Author: Kip

Kip is the founder of Bierkast and co-founder of Los Angeles Ale Works. Picking up home brewing after college, he has since become an accomplished award winning home brewer, LA Beer Blogger, and author of the Beer Lover's Guide to Southern California. Kip is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinema Television. He lives in Inglewood, CA with his sciency wife Katie. Follow him @bierkast or #FollowTheLAAW @laaleworks

Stainless Progression

Things are starting to heat up for Hawthorne’s first brewery, Los Angeles Ale Works. Perhaps “starting” is a little misleading because it’s really been gradually getting more intense since our building procurement in February. For me, it’s been a serious […] 

The Next Chapter

Hooray! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Los Angeles Ale Works is actually happening! The past 6 months have been a huge turning point for me and the company as a whole. We officially and successfully finished our first […] 

Brouwerij West

Grand Pedro Brouwerij West’s Brian Mercer has been making beer commercially since 2010, but it’s 2016 that hallmarks a new chapter in the gypsy brewers book of beer.  On Saturday Feb, 27 2016, Brouwerij West celebrated its official grand opening […] 

More Beer Digital BrewSculpture V4 – Review

Review Through Brew When I wrote about the More Beer Digital BrewSculpture V4 system previously, I had said that a true review would be an ongoing endeavor.  I still stand by that statement.  This system is a collection of different pieces so distilling […] 

More Beer Digital BrewSculpture V4

I started home brewing on a tiny kitchen stove nestled in the heart of Palms, Los Angeles.  Smaller batch sizes, malt syrup, a specialty grain bag, plastic buckets, and a whatever fermentation temperature.  Times were simpler back then.  Moving to […] 

First Look – Brew Bucket Mini and Brewmaster

More brew toys just in time for the holidays! I recently procured a brew bucket mini and brewmaster Chronical from Ss Brew Tech, and while I haven’t had the chance to take the conical fermentor for a spin, I did […] 

Detour Seattle

I don’t get to travel back home very often, but when I do make the trek up to the Seattle area, I’m always very excited to see how the beer scene is doing.  I didn’t really get a chance to […] 

The Summit in Sacramento

The California Craft Beer Summit in Sacramento was a true testament to how well California as a whole is doing in terms of craft beer. Listening to the talks and advisory panels given by some of California’s most influential beer […] 

California Craft Beer Summit

Let’s climb together! It’s not often that I see a line-up for a beer fest or convention that I get truly excited about.  That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty to look forward to, but for me it’s like […] 

Conserving Water with the Mark’s II Keg Washer

The Joy of Clean I’ve recently fallen in love with a curiously simple device that makes cleaning my kegs, carboys, and conicals a breeze while simultaneously saving me money on my water bill.  Introducing the Mark’s II Keg Washer.  At […] 

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