New policy in L.A. County allows dogs in the outdoor dining area

Grab lunch with man's best friend

Effective immediately, restaurant patrons in Los Angeles County are now privy to the company of their four legged friends. Recent policy changes now allow dogs in the outdoor dining area of restaurants. With the support of dog advocates and restaurant owners, Spot no longer needs to sit outside throughout LA County (excluding areas not subject to this policy – Pasadena, Long Beach, and Vernon). However, the decision is at the restaurant’s discretion and specific guidelines must be followed. Read More

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Orange County Restaurant Week 2012 restaurants announced

Features 100 OC restaurants

dineLA is just around the corner, but don’t you feel left out, Orange County residents, your restaurant week kicks off on February 26 through March 3 featuring multiple course menus starting at $10 to $40. Pamela Waitt, president of the OC Restaurant Association describes Orange County Restaurant Week as the showcasing of “top chefs at the county’s best restaurants.” See the list. Read More

Hangar 24 becomes a regional craft brewery

With only being open for four years, on December 31st, Redlands, CA based Hangar 24 Craft Brewery broke the 15,000 barrel production mark and graduated from being classified as a “Microbrewery” to a “Regional Craft Brewery”. The criteria between the two terms is based on the number of barrels they produce, regional breweries brew from 15,000 to 6,000,000.

We asked owner Ben Cook what the significance of this classification meant to him, “reaching Regional Brewery status is a milestone in Hangar 24’s history books. It shows what a small company can accomplish with hard working, dedicated individuals, great beer and the support of its community.” Hangar 24 has doubled their production twice since opening and is in the process of doubling again.

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Los Angeles beer drinkers becoming savvier

It wasn't always like this

California might be the state with the most breweries totaling 245 in 2010, but Los Angeles County, with a population over nine million, is still behind with their number of craft breweries. With the recent movement of Alchemy & Science, the newly formed craft beer consortium of Ace Beverage and Mission Beverage, and four more L.A. breweries in development (according to the Brewers Association), L.A. is rapidly catching up to the rest of the craft drinking region of the United States. Read More

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Founder of Magic Hat Brewing, Alan Newman and Boston Beer Co. acquires L.A. microbrewery

Alchemy & Science coming to L.A.

After yesterday’s unconfirmed report on Reddit.com by Redditor djolliebaba about Magic Hat Brewing to open up a brewery in L.A. Today the Boston Herald reports that Alchemy & Science, a company launched by Boston Beer Co. and Alan Newman, founder of Magic Hat Brewing Co. is taking over Angel City Brewing‘s facility in downtown L.A. The report also states that it’s the first brewery for the portfolio in the newly formed company Alchemy & Science and the current owner of Angel City, Michael Bowe, will remain with Angel City for two years as an adviser. 216 South Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

See the full story Boston Beer Co. subsidiary buys L.A. microbrewer.