We blame the industry for this… It used to be that when we wrapped up our Weekend Picks on Friday, we could coast through the weekend. But clearly all that’s changed. So here’s some of what’s happened in the world of craft beer while you were off enjoying yourself.

Firestone Walker Is Propagating Beer In SoCal (Venice, CA) – Firestone Walker’s long-delayed Southern California pilot brewhouse is finally up-and-running and officially churning out beer. The third hub for the brewery which already includes their home compound in Paso Robles and the Barrelworks operation down the road in Buellton, Firestone Walker’s Propagator  is positioning itself as additional experimental outlet for the growing company.

The latest step in a company’s ongoing evolution the Propagator was conceived as an idea laboratory for brewing that would also establish Firestone Walker as an integral part of the Southern California’s vibrant and eclectic coastal community.

Helmed by Firestone Walker’s Ben Maushardt, the new Venice campus also includes a beer savvy artisan gastropub and a new barrel cellar committed to exploring rustic ales. There’s also a merchandise nook for company merchandise, a growler fill station and a space for beer gatherings and seminars.



Words To Drink By (Woody Creek, CO – “Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it.”

Hunter S. Thompson – American journalist and author



America’s Newest Craft Beer Capital (Portland, ME) – Statista an interesting portal that consolidates data from more than 18,000 sources, has just released their list of cities most craft breweries per capita and Portland Maine edges out Boulder, Colorado in 2016 with a whopping 25.5 breweries per 100,000 residents.

, QUICK HITS – FIRESTONE WALKER NOW BREWING IN VENICE AND MOREBeer For President! (Ft Collins, CO) – Bill Clinton held a rally in support of his wife’s bid to become president at the New Belgium compound last Friday. No comment as to what beers he sampled during his afternoon visit but we’ve got to think it was a Lips of Faith release.

Fat Head’s Looks East (Middleburg Heights, OH) – Ohio-based Fat Head’s Brewery who opened a hugely successful brewpub in Portland, Oregon in 2014, have decided to take their brand into another craft mecca, this time to the east. Charlotte, North Carolina will be home to the new brewpub/restaurant that they hope to bring online in 2018.


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