Meet the Crafts & Cranks Brewers! - Big Bear Lake Brewing Company Big Bear Lake Brewing Company

Meet the Crafts & Cranks Brewers!


Crafts & Cranks is just around the corner and we have 19 West Coast Premier Craft Breweries that will be there showcasing their best in class brews! Here is a preview of a few breweries that will be at this years brewfest and bike race!

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Absolution Brewing CompanyAbsolution

We operate on a much simpler and smaller converted 7 barrel grundy. This direct-fire system provides us with the opportunity to truly brew in an Old World style. We concentrate on crafting high quality small batch beers 5 to 6 barrels at a time (gotta have room for that boiling froth at the top). We use single infusion mashing in our open mash tun, though we do some decoction on occasion.

All of our fermenters are glycol jacketed open fermenters that allow for temperature- controlled fermentation. While these fermenters may be open, they are always lidded to prevent contamination from floating in on the breeze. Each fermenter is capable of converting 12 barrels of wort into our fine beers, so most of our brews are double-batched to fill our fermenters.

Angle City BreweryAngelCity

Angel City Brewery is excited to be part of the brewing renaissance of Downtown LA by bringing old-world, small-batch, craft brewing to the new world of the expanding Arts District. We are committed to the continued growth and revitalization of our neighborhood by being an interactive and supportive partner to the arts and business communities, as well as the burgeoning craft beer movement in Los Angeles.

Angel City Brewing was founded in 1997. Starting modestly, Angel City quickly became a leader in the LA craft beer scene. In 2004 Angel City bought an 8,000 barrel German-made brewery in Alpine Village near Los Angeles on EBay! and lovingly restored the facility. In late 2010, Angel City relocated the brewery to the historic John A. Roebling Building in LA’s Downtown Arts District. The vision was, and remains, to give this great city a great brewery.

On January 5, 2012, Angel City Brewery was acquired by Alchemy & Science, a craft beer collaboration led by Alan Newman and Stacey Steinmetz, formerly of Magic Hat Brewing Company.

Since January 2012, we’ve undergone massive renovations, including the addition of a new mustache bar. We began brewing in April of 2012, and started popping up in local LA bars and restaurants soon thereafter.

In February 2013, we opened the doors to the Brewery and Public House, but with limited hours as construction continued. We offer an ever-rotating selection of Angel City beer on tap, which includes a number of beers exclusively available at the Brewery. In addition to pints and flights, we offer brewery tours,events, and a great place to gather with friends. We have a small on-site retail store as well. Outside food is always welcome, and there are a number of great locations in our neighborhood that offer take out. In addition to the neighborhood cuisine, our parking lot has become a hot spot for food trucks, with one parked outside nearly every night we’re open. On May 5th, 2013 we had our grand opening with our first ever Heritage Festival. We’re now seven days a week for brewery tours and tastings, and we have full roster of weekly events.

If you’re looking for our beer outside of the brewery, we are available on draft and in bottle at a number of locations around LA. Click here to find us in your neighborhood.

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Backstreet BreweryBackstreetBrewery

Backstreet Brewery opened its doors in 1998 in Irvine, CA.  Establishing itself as an Orange County pioneer in craft brewing, Backstreet Brewery immediately became a local favorite.  Set inside the well established Lamppost Pizza, the brewery and pub style bar immediately earned a reputation for its universal craft beer appeal, atmosphere, and inventive microbrew character.  In 2004, Backstreet Brewery opened another location in Vista, CA; again, spearheading a craft beer surge in North County San Diego, and leading the way to reinventing the city of Vista. The latest installment is a tasting room and production facility in the city of Anaheim. This facility opened in August 2015 and right down the street from Anaheim Stadium and many other fantastic breweries and restaurants.

After years of operating as an award winning microbrewery and pub, Backstreet Brewery plunged into the world of craft beer bottling in February 2014.  Beginning with four different styles of craft beer: Tomahawk Double IPA, Set Sail IPA, Rita Red Ale, and Rydin’ Dirty Rye IPA, Backstreet Brewery began supplying Orange County with 22 oz. bottles of local craft brew straight from its original location in Irvine. BSB will be consistently releasing new beers to the bottling line.

Backstreet Brewery has continued to grow and expand as a family run establishment with deep roots in the local communities throughout Southern California.  In addition, Backstreet Brewery has evolved its online presence through social media and various web applications, while participating in beer festivals, tastings, and competitions.  As a pioneer of craft beer in Orange County, Backstreet Brewery plans to continue its expansion and grow its operation within the craft beer industry.

Ballast Point Brewing CompanyBallastPoint

After developing a taste for beer in college, founder Jack White decided to try making more interesting beer than he could find in the store or at a keg party. Jack, along with his college roommate Pete A’Hearn, began home brewing in their apartment at UCLA and soon realized it wasn’t easy to get access to the various supplies and ingredients he wanted—nor did he have anyone with whom to trade ideas about brewing.

In 1992, Jack opened Home Brew Mart, which he filled with the supplies, ingredients, and conversation every brewer needed to make better beer at home. His plan was to one day take this hobby to the pro level and start a brewery. Around the same time, Pete went off to UC Davis to get his master brewer’s certificate – they soon found a collaborator in Yuseff Cherney, a fellow home brewer with a similar passion and a set of home brewing awards to boot. Yuseff became Home Brew Mart’s first employee and was part of the team to open a “back room” brewery behind the shop. In 1996, Ballast Point Brewing was born.

Belching Beaver BreweryBelchingBeaver

Belching Beaver does not brew good beer. We brew truly great beer. Currently, we are crafting 7 distinct beers that range from blondes to stouts, which are sure to please anyone’s tastes. Our first priority is using quality ingredients to create the beer recipes at our microbrewery. When we decided to move forward with the brewery, we told Troy not to worry about how much money we were spending on ingredients. With a name like Belching Beaver, we better have great beer or we would be the biggest joke in town. We contracted our hops before we found a location or even bought equipment. I told Troy that I would throw any beer out and delay opening unless it was perfect. In truth, we had no worries because Troy makes great beer. He did not disappoint! As my wife would say, “It’s fabulous.” Our customers say, “They’re all fabulous.” As Dave would say…well he would sniff out each aroma hop, and then describe the grapefruit flavors, the honey overtones and the crisp clean orange peel that delights the palate. I just say, “Man, great beer!”

Boomtown BreweryBoomtown

Established in 2014, Boomtown Brewery is a safe haven for locals, art, local artists, and anyone striving to make a craft something that it used to be, art.

In the mid 1800’s, Boomtowns in California were the number one reason people moved west in the United States.  Lured by potential riches and excitement, tens of thousands moved to California to various overnight success-story towns, with one purpose in mind…to make it, and make it big.   Some of those towns ceased to exist after very short periods; others remained until the “well” ran dry.

Los Angeles, in particular, maintains the same allure for thousands of people that move here every year to pursue their dreams in a myriad of industries, giving it a constant injection of people with aspirations to make their mark.   The arts industry in Los Angeles remains one of the most influential in the world, thus creating an undying boom that has made this city, and its inhabitants, the mecca of creativity it is today.

It is with that in mind that we embarked on a journey to bring artisan beer to those artists, and to embrace both their creativity and community.  Boomtown Brewery will not only craft old world, unfiltered, gravity fed, full flavored beers with integrity; it will be a showcase for local artists through events, galleries, and by simply being a creative local establishment.   We want everything about Boomtown to be a haven and an expression of what our home, the Arts District in Los Angeles, is all about.

Boomtown will have every label designed by local artists, as well as furnishings, fixtures, and structures.  Boomtown will be a community where people can gather to enjoy beer, games, to express themselves creatively, and to hang with like-minded people.  We will host a variety of events ranging from live music shows to gallery showings, benefits, block parties, bicycle rides, etc.  All in the name of contributing to the creative community that is “The Los Angeles Arts District”.

Bootlegger’s BreweryBootleggers

Bootlegger’s Brewery began as the brainchild of experienced homebrewer and beer lover Aaron Barkenhagen. Aaron developed the business concept and business plan while enrolled in the Entrepreneurship program at California State University, Fullerton. The envisioned brewery would be a small artisan brewery supplying the local community and beyond with fresh and unique handcrafted beer.

With the support of family and friends, Aaron continued to lead the development and construction of Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, CA. It took almost a full year of construction and licensing to complete the small brewery on Richman Ave. The resulting brewery was a humble 7 barrel brewhouse with three fermenters and plenty of space to grow.

After over 2 years of planning and building, Fullerton’s first packaging microbrewery opened its doors and delivered its first keg in April 2008.

While the brewery continues to expand distribution and production capacity, Bootlegger’s Brewery stays true to the original plan; build a local artisan brewery supported by local businesses and consumers while continuing to make the highest quality and most unique beer possible. “Drink Fresh, Drink Local” is the motto at Bootlegger’s Brewery and while there is constant expansion of production and distribution, no matter where Bootlegger’s beer ends up, the brewery is determined to continue to brew beer not far from where it’s sold.

The Boston Beer CompanyBostonBeer

In 1984, Jim Koch discovered his great-great grandfather’s recipe for Louis Koch Lager in his father’s attic.

Looking to follow his family’s passion for brewing, Jim brewed the recipe in his kitchen with the hopes of challenging the status quo in the American beer industry. He started by introducing American drinkers to craft-brewed beers that were full-flavored, balanced, and complex, and brewed with quality ingredients. Pleased with his brew, Jim started The Boston Beer Company with his co-founder and first employee, Rhonda Kallman. In those first months, Jim walked bar-to-bar with a briefcase full of beer that he called Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation’s great founding fathers, a revolutionary man of independent mind and spirit. Boston Lager soon became a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution, making its public debut in Boston on Patriot’s Day in April 1985. Six weeks after its introduction, Boston Lager was selected as “The Best Beer in America” in The Great American Beer Festival’s Consumer Preference Poll, which became an award Samuel Adams Boston Lager went on to win an unprecedented four times.

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