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

Ss Brew Tech – Infussion Mash Tun and Sparge

As far as home brewing gear innovation goes, Ss Brew Tech seems to be ahead of the curve. Previously I reviewed the Ss Chronical fermentor series, Ss Brew Bucket, FTSs temperature control, and the Ss Brew Kettle. I’ve been steadily […] 

Wort Under Pressure

Pressure Canning One of my least favorite aspects of brewing beer is making a starter a few days before.  While not the hardest thing in the world to do, it can be a colossal pain in the ass to lose an […] 

LABW7 – Kickoff to What’s Next

LA Beer Week is Now LA Beer Week is officially underway and that means beer events to the max showcasing everything from local beer to colorful collaborations.  If there was ever any doubt about LA’s devotion to beer and it’s […] 

The Success Behind the Invitational

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2015 It’s been four years now and the Firestone Walker team has been developing and executing one of the greatest beer festivals in the nation, the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest.  Unlike the traditional brew fest which […] 

5 Beers I’m Glad Exist – May 2015

Last month, I mentioned that I would be starting a monthly post about beers “I’m glad exist.” This month, I’m here to point out that I skipped last month. Rather than say that I’ll make up for it with two posts […] 

Firestone Anniversary Blogger Blending

Continuing with coverage from the 2015 LA Beer Blogger pilgrimage to Firestone Walker, we experimented with barrel aged firestone beers and practiced blending them to create an FW Anniversary prototype #LA2FW3 How many bloggers can you fit into a Firestone Anniversary […] 

Total Acid(ity) Trip

Continuing with coverage from the 2015 LA Beer Blogger pilgrimage to Firestone Walker, we travelled to Barrelworks and attended a sensory analysis panel with food grade acid! #LA2FW3 Barrelworking Sour beers are complicated and definitely worth fussing over. The ecosystem […] 

From the Barrel

There are two events that I especially look forward to during the year. One is the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest, coming up on May 30th, and the other is the annual LA Beer Blogger (LABB) pilgrimage to Firestone Walker. […] 

The Almighty Kumquat

Chances are, if you’re a home brewer, you have a particular style and ingredient you enjoy most. For me, it’s the saison and a sour citrus fruit that I didn’t truly discover until I read Randy Mosher’s Radical Brewing. In his […] 

5 Beers I’m Glad Exist

Recently, a friend on facebook reposted the Logan Thompson’s 2014 article “The Top 5 Beers in The World”, which, if you haven’t read it yet, is worth a read prior to reading this. I remember reading his post last year and thinking, […] 

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