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Compiled by Jonathan Andrade and Derek Lee Ramsey, co-creators of Brews With Masters.

Father’s Day is upon us! Celebrate with pints in hand.

With everything fully re-opened, local craft beer fans can flock to the tasting rooms of the microbreweries in the (818), where they’re churning out some of the best brews in all of So Cal.

We’ve compiled a list (alphabetized by name) of 12 must-try beers in the (818).

Bridge to Nowhere IPA, 6.5%, Hand-Brewed Beer, Chatsworth

  • Hand-Brewed nails it every time with this smooth sipper. A rotating series, this evolving IPA has never failed us. Want to #EarnYourBrew? Hit up a hike on the nearby trails before stopping into this Chatsworth tasting room.

Casual Friday Hazy DIPA, 8.2%, Lincoln Beer Company, Burbank

  • It’s OK to stray away from crisp lagers and dank IPA’s, if only just to try this 8.2% hazy double IPA fruit bomb from our friends in Burbank. Big fruit flavors and requisite haze. Flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts encouraged when consuming this beverage.
Jonathan Andrade and Derek Lee Ramsey, co-creators of Brew With Masters

Cut and Dry Irish Stout, 4.8%, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Van Nuys

  • Undoubtedly a Brews With Masters favorite. Available in nitro cans, this liquid gold will quickly make you forget about…that one beer…with the black and gold…Forget it. Doesn’t matter. Drink Cut and Dry. Now.

Deez Nuts Brown Ale, 6.2%, Hand-Brewed Beer, Chatsworth

  • Boasting arguably the best name of the bunch, Deez Nuts delivers. Dubbed “a beer so nutty, it could only have been brewed by a couple of real squirrels,” this American brown ale is no joke. It’s a well-balanced brew that’s ideal for everyday sipping.

Grapefruits of Wrath IPA, 7.7%, San Fernando Brewing Co.

  • It’s exactly what it sounds like: Big grapefruit flavor that equates to big smiles from beer drinkers. A refreshing summer beer that packs a punch.

Jewel City Common, 5.8%, Brewyard Beer Company, Glendale

  • Glendale’s first microbrewery tipped its cap to city of Glendale by sharing a name. Also known as a steam beer, this light amber has hints of toast and caramel maltiness with light hop bitterness.

The Lucky Penny Extra Special/Strong Bitter, 6%, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Van Nuys

  • The folks at MacLeod’s sure do know how to brew a beer true to the style. This is a malty, English style classic on cask. Go for the cask experience, stay for the Cut and Dry.

Matador Red Ale, American Amber 5.8%, 8one8 Brewing Canoga Park

  • Brewed by alumni, this red ale is an ode to the nearby Cal State Northridge. Citrus and floral tones are balanced by “seductive caramel notes and a soft chocolate finish.”

O’Melveny Red Ale, American Amber, 7.5%, San Fernando Brewing. Co.

  • Named after the sprawling park in the north valley, O’Melveny Red Ale is a malty amber that is complimented by a hint of sourdough. Perfect for a picnic in the park.

Smash Lager, 4.7%, Lincoln Beer Company, Burbank

  • This single hop and single malt pilot brew at Lincoln won’t last long. “A beer tasting experience,” Smash Lager has a malty foundation with light citrus notes.

Ube Wan IPA, 6%, Brewyard Beer Company, Glendale

  • Drawing from his Filipino heritage, head brewer Sherwin Antonio used purple yams with Motueka, Citra and Northern Brewer hops. While there’s a light ube finish, the purple hue of the beer coupled with the Star Wars inspired can art makes for an overall fun experience.

Valley Girl Blonde Ale, 5.6%, 8one8 Brewing, Canoga Park

  • A staple in the (818), it’s more than likely that you’ve already tried this beer, or at least seen it at your local liquor store. The epic label of the Wendy Peffercorn-esque blonde blowing a giant pink bubble—palm trees reflecting off the pink lenses on her white shades—is hard to miss. The beer is equally as great as the artwork. Be sure to grab a four-pack to go before heading home.

For more information about the ingredients used, the brewing processes, the breweries or the tasting rooms, visit Brews With Masters on YouTube, where we conduct in-depth interviews with brewery owners, head brewers and brewery patrons.

8one8 Brewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4HIq17Tw44

Brewyard Beer Company: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFbJK6KpIxw&t=34s

Hand-Brewed Beer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nOch2CpQao&t=9s

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr4Bok_yqZs&t=18s

Inside the KimBobRex Food truck: The making of the Best Friend Sushi Burrito

KimBobRex, a food truck known for serving up sushi burritos, is a staple at the Granada Hills Grubfest every Friday for more than five years. You can always expect a line wherever they’re around. One of their bestsellers is the Best Friend Roll—spicy tuna, salmon, shrimp tempura, their special sauce, all wrapped up in sushi rice and seaweed. Chef Jin, owner and chef of @kimbobrex, shares how the magic happens and what goes in this sushi burrito.

Follow them on Twitter and on IG @kimbobrex to see where you can grab one of their many sushi burritos. Your tummy will definitely thank you.

Celebrating Year 2

Time sure flies! As Meet The (818) celebrates its second anniversary, I’d like to say thank you for your continued support for this little enterprise of mine. I am truly grateful for all the stories I got to tell and everyone I got to meet the past two years. Sharing your stories and seeing you all work so hard to bring your dreams into reality is truly inspirational, especially this past year. As heartbreaking as it was to see some of our local businesses struggle and eventually close its doors, it was also awe-inspiring to see our community pull together, help each other out and adapt to our current situation. That resiliency and pulling through as a community is just one of the many reasons I love living in and being apart of the San Fernando Valley community.

As a 16 year old who migrated to Burbank, CA in the late 90s, I’ve enjoyed to seeing all the growth and development in the San Fernando Valley this past couple of decades. All the local places I frequented growing up will always hold a special place in my heart but in the same token, I always love discovering new local businesses and supporting local businesses owners. Needles to say, my list of favorite places (which goes beyond local restaurants) has grown quite a bit over the years. (That list, of course, also extends outside of the valley but that’s a story for another time…).

The best thing about living in the San Fernando Valley, apart from the diversity of each city, is the possibility of creating your own dream and living it—be it opening a coffee shop or sharing your art on a community wall or having a safe haven to just de-stress for a couple of hours. At the beginning of this journey, someone asked me what the end game was for Meet The (818), at that time, I joked around and said it was to eventually get an interview with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. Maybe? Who knows? Even pondering on the question now, I really don’t have a serious answer. I’m just a girl with a blog and a social media account with a love for hearing stories, telling stories, and supporting the area code she grew up in. And that’ll do for now.

Cheers to year two! Thank you for all your support. If you have a story to share, just send me a message and I’ll be more than happy to listen and share.

Take care and stay safe, everyone! Live. Love. Local Meet The (818).

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