Craft ~ brews and reviews
By Greg Richardson
is a great month for drinking beer.
All over the Northern Hemisphere winter is
slowly being peeled back to reveal spring. In the Southern
Hemisphere summer is being transformed into autumn. Even here in
Southern California, the home of endless summer, temperatures are
warming and daylight is lasting longer.
March is also the month of Saint Patrick’s
Day, when we celebrate our Irish heritage whether we have it or not.
Our celebration often includes consuming significant amount of two
types of beer: industrial beer tinted green and Guinness Irish dry
All of these, except perhaps the green
tinting, are excellent reasons for exploring new beer choices. Many
craft breweries recognize Saint Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to
highlight their stouts, red ales, and other Irish-oriented brews.
Last Name Brewing in
Upland, California is hosting a special
Shameless Saturday on Saturday, March 17 from 11:00 AM to 10:00
PM. The festivities will include plenty of Irish-themed beer, food
from various trucks throughout the day, and live music. Part of the
proceeds of the day will go to Chefs
Cycle for No Kid Hungry in
Angel City Brewery in
the Arts District of Los Angeles will also feature Irish-themed
beers, food from a variety of trucks, and live music throughout the
day on Saturday, March 17.
Some Saint Patrick’s Day beer events are
bigger than a single brewery. A Beer
March each year in Camarillo,
California will be held on Saturday, March 17 this year. The event
features a large number of local craft beers and live music in
venues around Camarillo Old Town.
There is no requirement, though, that
drinking beer in March be limited to Saint Patrick’s Day. Almost any
day is a good day to taste something new. It might even be a benefit
that the beer is less likely to be tinted green.
The best way to try something new is a visit
to a local craft brewery or tasting room. The easiest way to get an
idea of what might be available on a given day in March is checking
the website of your favorite brewery. You can find out the hours
they are open and which beers they are offering this month.
You can learn a good deal about what kinds
of beer they brew and serve, whether they serve food or have live
music, and the general atmosphere of the place. Each place has its
own priorities and clientele.
The best way to learn more is to visit a few
tasting rooms and ask a lot of questions.
Most of the people who work in craft
breweries and their tasting rooms work there because they are
interested in craft beer. They are welcoming and happy to tell you
what they think.
There are plenty of other reasons, and days,
to try a local craft beer in March besides Saint Patrick’s Day. Do
not limit yourself. There are the Academy awards, March Madness, the
beginning of spring, and many more.
If you lost your opportunity in February
because the month was shorter, take full advantage of the additional
days of March.
Enjoy your month!
Greg Richardson is a leadership and
organizational coach, and a spiritual life mentor, in Pasadena,
California. He is passionate about craft brewing, listening, and
monks and monastic life. Greg is a recovering attorney, executive,
and university professor. Greg’s website is StrategicMonk.com and
he is on Twitter @StrategicMonk.
You can email Greg at StrategicMonk@gmail.com.