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


Bierkast visited Fremont Brewing Company recently and found out first hand just why their motto is “Because Beer Matters” – It’s Delicious! If ever you travel to the rainy Emerald City make sure you stop by Fremont Brewing Company.  Located in the […] 


How is everyone doing out there? As you can see by this picture, I am as happy as a clam…or maybe a sparkly princess.  What a picture right? Matt and Ali have this Sony Camera that can modify a persons […] 

The Rusty Rocket

Can I just start off by saying that it has been a crazy 2011?  I cannot believe how many things are going on right now.  It’s been hard to fit brew time in and that makes hulk angry!  I wanted […] 

Nostalgia 101: ERB Brewday – 500 & 5 Gal of Beer on the Wall

(A trip down memory lane.  My first commercial brew day @ ERB with Eric Garcia and Jeremy) So much has happened since the last entry – I’m not actually sure if I’ll be able to remember it all, but I’m […] 

Nostalgia 101: Chimney Sweeper 2010

Chimney Sweeper 2010 is shaping up to be a dirty, old, soot-covered bastard…Just like he should be.  He’s wearing a 1 lb christmas coat of Carafa III, is full of gas, and is drunk on Link-to-the-Past christmas potion…and moon wine.   […] 

Nostalgia 101: 1st Rye Beer – The Rye Famine Monster

 The next beer is here – Roggen Hungersnot!  For me, there was a lot of uncertainty going into this beer.  Rye Beer is very similar to wheat beer, but it is supposed to be more difficult to deal with due […] 

Nostalgia 101: Kurbis Alter & White Oak

  So saturday was a bit of a bummer in terms of the football game, but on the other hand, a new “great beer” may have been created.  I feel that my recipe skills are getting better.  One thing that […] 

Nostalgia 101: 1st Saison – TRB Summer Saison

We (Matt, John, and I) started another brew on Sunday July 5th.  We chose a Saison (French for Season), a summer pale ale traditionally brewed in farmhouses of the French speaking are of Belgium (  I had one of these […] 

Nostalgia 101: First Ever Bierkast Article

Tonight I dine on turtle soup! Well…not actually, but I am going to try my hand at making beer.  I’ve been reading a ton about the subject and now it’s time to see if I have what it takes to […] 

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