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

Phantom Carriage

Climb aboard On March 7th, LA’s first all wild brewery opened its doors, Phantom Carriage.  Angelenos are notoriously late to everything, unless it comes to beer.  Even arriving early 11:45 wasn’t enough to beat the line that had formed in […] 

The Beer Curmudgeons

Craft is Worth Discussing There are quite a number of beer podcasts available online ranging from dudes drinking around a table, to commercial beer tastings, to more traditional-style talk radio.  From Jesse Friedman’s (Almanac Beer) Brewer’s Log to John Palmer & Jamil Zainasheff’s Brew […] 

BPLA – On the Air Pilot

Suds on the Radio It has been a long time goal of mine to, at the very least, attempt a podcast, hence “Bierkast.”  Wether it was convenience or general time-commitment, podcasting just never came to fruition, until now.  On February […] 

Simmzy’s Opens New Burbank Location

Burbank just got Simmzier I last wrote about Simmzy’s when I was putting together my Beer Lover’s Southern California Book.  At that time, the young gastropub brand had a location in Manhattan Beach, the first, and a location at Long […] 

Barley Forge in Costa Mesa

New craft brewery makes Costa Mesa a beer destination! It’s hard to believe that it’s been a little over two years since I last wrote about Greg Nylen and his brewery, Barley Forge Brewing Co.  (December 17, 2012 when I […] 

Ss Brew Tech – 7g Chronical

Ss Brew Tech continues to impress me with the equipment they release.  I was incredibly excited to ferment my first stainless beer in a brew bucket, and I then was again amazed when I upgraded to my conical style fermentor.  Using a […] 

Ss Brew Kettle – Updated Trub Dam

New & Improved Exciting news for existing and future Ss Brew Kettle owners.  The trub dam has been updated to increase stability and improve the seal between pot and silicone dam.  What does this mean? Ss Brew Tech has released a […] 

Ss Brew Tech – Ss Brew Kettle

It’s been an exciting year in terms of home brew equipment, and while I didn’t start formally reviewing some of my finds up until recently, it’s been really rewarding to finally put these in electronic ink.  Home brew equipment is […] 

The [Shelton Bros] Festival

5 Reasons I can’t wait for next year’s Shelton Bros Festival 1. Go for the Portfolio The showcase at this year’s festival was tremendous and great beer was plentiful.  Cantillon, Tre Fontane, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co, Fireston Walker, Jester King, […] 

November Events!

Here are a few events we’ll be going to this month.  If you like going out and experiencing beer, you can’t go wrong here. Shelton Brothers Beer Fest: The Festival 2014 If you’re familiar with the Beer Fest circuit in […] 

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