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Respect between craft brewers often flows both ways, sometimes resulting in joint beer ventures. This month's BEERVENTURE tasting is dedicated to these collaborating breweries.

We’ve all heard the saying “two is better than one” countless times. In the beer world that’s regularly the case as well! When two great breweries collaborate something magical is often the outcome.


There have been some absolute favorites in the recent past that were collaborations. One being “Juice Cruz” by Alvarado Street Brewing in collaboration with Rar Brewing that flew off our shelves very quickly. And who could forget an all local collaboration between Huntington Beach’s Riip Beer Co and the Long Beach Beer Lab when they made the brilliant sourdough double IPA called “Rollin’ in the Dough.”


One would think that since two breweries have the same target audience that they might be competitive adversaries. But the craft beer industry is quite the opposite.  More often than not neighboring breweries love to see one another succeed. And in the best circumstances even teach one another things that they’ve learned. When two great breweries collaborate, often you will get the best attributes from each brewery in the same glass.


If you’re looking to grab some great collaboration libations at The Wine Country, try snagging some of these for yourself:


Mason Ale Works & Offshoot Beer Co “Haze Initiation” a double hazy IPA. Smooth and hoppy with great citrus notes. Low bitterness makes this a very approachable beer for all beer drinkers.


Oskar Blues & Cigar City “Bamburana” double barrel aged imperial stout. Having aged in both whiskey and brandy barrels gives this beer tons of sweet, boozy flavor with a smooth finish. Hints of figs and dates can be detected for even more flavor.


The Bruery Terreux & Jester King “Bouffon Sour Wit. This beer has tons of funk on the nose (a sour drinkers dream) with clean and distinct tart notes on the tongue. You’ll point out distinct flavors of bananas, pears, lemons, and hint of vanilla.


Collaboration beers are incredibly fun, sometimes extremely wild, and almost always delicious. Which is why we decided to make this month’s Beerventure on Wednesday February 20th at 7:30 p.m. themed for all Collaboration Brews. Most often when breweries collaborate, they will stick to the style that the public most enjoys so IPAs and Stouts will dominate this tasting, though there will be a handful of other styles involved! This is definitely going to be a fun and unique Beerventure and seats are limited so sign up soon while you still have time. Call (562) 597-8303


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