All You Need Is Love Collaboration

The folks at Hillcrest Brewing Company approached Paul Segura of Karl Strauss Brewing Company with the idea of brewing a beer to help raise funds for the victims and families of the Orlando, Florida tragedy. A recipe and graphics were developed for All You Need Is Love. Other San Diego brewers were also encouraged to participate in the movement by brewing their own versions of the beer. Seventeen breweries ended up brewing the beer.

The plan called for release of the beers by July 15th, coinciding with the kickoff of San Diego Pride Weekend. Proceeds will benefit organizations aiding in the recovery of the Orlando tragedy, as well as local San Diego organizations advocating peace, equality and tolerance.

The Karl Strauss/Hillcrest brew is a hoppy session red ale brewed at Karl’s original downtown San Diego location. Other brews included: Gordon Biersch/Hillcrest Intergalactic/Hillcrest, and Wavelength Brewing versions of the Hoppy Session Red, Chuck Alek/Hillcrest’s Dry-hopped Alt, South Park/Hillcrest’s IPA with Beets, Second Chance Beer Co’s Scotch Ale, Belching Beaver’s Passion Fruit Beliner Weiss, Border X Brewing’s Hoppy Red with Hibiscus, Bagby Beer Co’s Wheat XPA, Amplified Ale Works Pulse Porter, Mission Brewery’s San Diego-style IPA, 2Kids Brewing’s Amarillo American Pale, and AleSmith Brewing’s Chrysanthemums & Honeysuckle Blonde. Duck Foot and Mother Earth were also collaborating on an All You Need Is Love beer. Seek out these beers in your travels throughout San Diego and support a great cause.

Cheers to 20 years

Two San Diego area breweries are celebrating 20 years in business. Ryan Brooks and his brewing team at San Diego’s Coronado Brewing Company brewed a 10% alcohol by volume double IPA with Citra, Mosaic, Hallertau Blanc and a selection of experimental hops incorporated in Coronado’s 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA. The beer released in July in 12 ounce 4-packs and 22 ounce bottles, followed by a 20th anniversary celebration party at its Knoxville Street brewery on July 30th.

Stone Brewing Company chose to start its 20-year celebration earlier this year with its Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series, a series of re-brewed and re-released beers from memorable past years. On August 19th and 20th, this year’s invitational festival at Cal State University San Marcos will celebrate Stone’s 20th in style. In addition to guest breweries and phenomenal brews, the Stone 20th Anniversary IPA will be dispensed along with returning versions of its 5th, 10th and 15th Anniversary IPAs. These beers will also see 22 ounce 4-pack bottle distribution in September.

Proceeding north into Orange County, Tustin Brewing Company celebrates 20 years on Sunday, August 28, with its annual invitational celebration. Contact the brewery for complete info and tickets.

Festivals

The new and improved Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup at the Orange County Fair took place in mid-July. Four separate sessions may have made for a long weekend for brewers, owners and the folks at Brew Ha Ha Productions, but gave more opportunity for people to accommodate busy summer schedules. The new and larger venue next to the Pacific Amphitheatre made for a comfortable, airy, and less crowded setting. Attendees were also free to exit festival grounds and enjoy the fair before, during and after the fest. Beers of note included Good Beer Co’s Saison Ana, a mixed cultures amber farmhouse ale, well-balanced with great body, dimension and light tartness. And, Karl Strauss was pouring its refreshingly crisp kolsch. Proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of OC and the Inland Empire. A raffle was also held to further support the charity groups during each session. In addition to numerous instant prizes that included concerts and other prime fairground events, the grand prize was passes for an entire year of Brew Ha Ha Productions festivals. Up next for Cameron Collins and his Brew Ha Ha team is September 24th’s OC Brew Ha Ha in Oak Canyon Park Irvine Lake area. This year’s later date will hopefully also translate into cooler temperatures for OC’s premier festival.

Anaheim’s OC Fest of Ales returns to Downtown Anaheim one week prior to Brew Ha Ha, on September 17th. This year, a VIP experience is promised to every attendee, with unlimited tastes of beer and small plates from numerous area restaurants. Proceeds will support Muzeo Museum & Cultural Center and the Downtown Anaheim Association.