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 – FTSs

Recently, I reviewed both the Ss Brew Tech Brew Bucket and Half Barrel Chronical Fermentor, high end stainless fermentation vessels put out by Ss Brew Tech.  In both of these pieces I detailed the upcoming release of something called the FTSs or […] 

Ss Brew Tech – Half Barrel Chronical

I recently reviewed the Ss Brew Tech Brew Bucket, a 7 gallon stainless steel fermentation vessel for home brewing.  The bucket came complete with a conical bottom, a ball valve, locking lid, and airlock port, but other than it’s sturdy construction, […] 

BBC14 – Closing with Collaborative Blogging

Well here it is, the end of the Beer Bloggers Conference 2014 coverage.  If you’ve been following along through parts 1 and 2, you have my thanks.  Covering an event of this magnitude is difficult as there is often too much […] 

BBC14 – Word Crafting / Ken Grossman / Stone

Day 2 WordPress, Ken Grossman, and Stone Liberty Station Provided you didn’t destroy yourself during the Lagunitas afterparty, day two started at a bright and early 9:30 AM with a hello from the WordPress creator, Automatic.  Speaker, Derek Springer, AKA Dr. […] 

BBC14 – It all Starts with San Diego

Once a year, local, national, and international beer bloggers descend on the Beer Bloggers Conference. This year’s 5th annual con was held in beer mecca, San Diego, California, and was nothing short of fantasmic.  Not only did I get the opportunity […] 

SS Brew Tech – Brew Bucket

If you’re like me, home brewing sanitation is one your top priorities.  It’s this focus alone that causes stress when determining whether to ferment in plastic or glass.  Glass is sanitary and easy to clean, but it’s also heavy and […] 

The Perfect Beer Fest – FWIBF 2014

A Fest For Champions The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest (FWIBF) is my home boy, my bff, my main squeeze.  I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a loyal fan of this central coast brewery and its annual fest. If you […] 

The LAAW of Shu (Japanese Sake)

The Los Angeles Ale Works Sake/Nihon-Shu Project One of the greatest parts about home brewing is being able to experiment with drinks of any shape, size, flavor, and origin.  From beer, to mead, to wine, as long as you have […] 

LA’s JFC Sake Expo 2014

Letter from the Editor (who also happens to be the author of this post) We’ve been focusing tremendous attention on Los Angeles Ale Works, our private fundraising, and seeking out interested investors that want to help us take the brewery […] 

Firestone Walker Beer Blogger Trip

Rough Cuts & Remixes It’s been a year since our last trip together with Firestone Walker.  Last year we focused on barrels, how they affect the liquid inside them, and the then new Barrelworks in Buellton.  It was an epic […] 

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