Patagonia’s 40th Anniversary Beer

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Just because you run a clothing company doesn’t mean you can’t release your own beer every once in a while. That’s exactly what outdoor Ventura-based apparel company Patagonia has done to celebrate their 40th year anniversary.

Patagonia has teamed up with Colorado beer company New Belgium to release an organic lager dubbed, “California Route,” named after the rocky passage on Patagonia’s Mount Fitz Roy, which was scaled in 1968 by the company’s founder, Yves Chouinard.

Unfortunately, getting a sip of this brew will be as difficult as scaling a mountain if you don’t live near a Patagonia retailer. Unless you’re willing to travel to Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Boulder, Denver, Boston, New York, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Cardiff, or Ventura, you ain’t gettin’ a taste.

When asked about the limited availability of the beer, Patagonia said:

“We’d love to go big with it, but our attention remains focused on building the best outdoor clothing available.”

For more about the beer, click here.


Jimmie Johnson Wins 6th Title In 8 Years

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Jimmy Johnson has just won his 6th Nascar title in 8 years. That ranks the California native among the top Nascar drivers of all time. He is now just one championship shy of reaching the likes of legends, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty, whom share the record for the most Nascar titles in history.

Johnson was declared the Sprint Cup champion Sunday night at the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 9th place finish. He only needed to place 23rd in order to beat Matt Kenseth for the cup as he was 28 points ahead of him. Basically, Johnson was on cruise control for the majority of the race due to his impressive season. During the Sprint Cup Series, he won 5 races and only finished outside the top ten 12 times in 36 races (where the points counted).

Now that he is on the verge of rivaling the Nascar gods, many are suspecting Johnson of someday becoming the greatest of all time, even suggesting that he already is. According to USA Today, Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief, said of his racer:

“I can tell you this: I’ve worked with a lot of fantastic race car drivers and I’ve seen a lot of drivers come and go in our sport. Jimmie is, for me and for our time, the best driver to ever sit in a race car.”

Earnhardt was 42 when he won his 6th title; Petty was 38 years and 3 months old. Johnson is 38 years and 2 months old and still has a lot of racing left in him. Many are betting that Johnson will eventually surpass 7 title record.

“He’s liable to go to eight to 10 (championships),” said Richard Perry.

The only one who seems unwilling to address the argument is Johnson himself:

“I have six, and we’ll see if I can get seven. Time will tell. I think we need to save the argument until I hang up the helmet, then it’s worth the argument. Let’s wait until I hang up the helmet until we really start thinking about this.”

Whether you call him the best or not, just remember to call him “6-pack.” “Five-time” is now obsolete.

Puig, Second In The League

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The Rookie of the Year for the National League is a Cuban, but not the one you’re thinking of. Yasiel Puig finished second in the polls, losing to the less posterized, Marlins rookie pitcher, Jose Fernandez. Puig was awarded four first-place votes and 25 second-place votes, totaling to 95 points. Fernandez, on the other hand, received a staggering 142 points.

Puig was listed in 29 of 30 ballots for the award. John Maffei of the San Diego Tribune, was the single member of the BBWAA to leave Puig out of their top 3 candidates, instead, favoring a San Diego local instead: Padres second basemen, Jedd Gyorko.

According to NBC Sports, Maffei said:

A second baseman hit 23 home runs and played great defense. Maybe Puig’s antics were in the back of my mind, but I really think the guy [Gyorko] deserved a third-place vote. I just felt he deserved it, not that Puig didn’t.

Say what you want about Maffei, but his vote had little affect on the outcome as it is.

Both Puig and Fernandez were extremely dominant in their rookie seasons.

Puig hit .319/.391/.534, including 19 home runs and 21 doubles in 104 games. In June alone, he hit .436/.467/.710 with seven home runs, was named the National League Rookie of the Month, and received Player of the Month honors.

Fernandez, a CY Young Award candidate, was an assassin on the mound. He went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 starts. Fernandez led the MLB in fewest hits allowed, 5.8, and had a 6.3 rating in Wins Above Replacement. Lastly, unlike Puig, Fernandez was named to the National League All-Star Team back in July.

The first and only meeting between Puig and Fernandez was on August 19, which resulted in a 0 – 3 strikeout for Puig.

Check out the full results for the ROY Award for both leagues here.

Decadent Decade of Stone Imperial Russian Stouts

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Last night, I made my way over to Stone Brewery for their Decadent Decade of Stone Imperial Russian Stouts, part of San Diego Beer Week 2013, and let me tell you, it was awesome. Between the crowds and the limited seating, there was beer, glorious dark beer that could intoxicate even the biggest dudes. I had myself a number of delicious beers including the 2013 Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout and the 2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels, all of them fantastic. I also took part in the ever-ever popular, Stone IPA, the less appreciated, Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, and a personal favorite of mine, the Smoked Porter.

If you ever get the chance to visit Stone Brewery, I promise you will not be disappointed.

Hot & Bothered In Irwindale

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Huy Fong Foods, maker of Sriracha, is sticking to their guns after the residents of Irwindale, California have demanded that the popular hot sauce brand leave town.

Since the company moved in last year, they have received numerous complaints about the way they operate their factory. The citizens of Irwindale claim that the fumes produced by the factory are detrimental to their health. There have been complaints of headaches, burning sensation in the throat, and irritated eyes.

When Huy Fong Foods rejected the city’s request to add a new $600,000 filtration system, Irwindale decided to sue. The city’s attorney, Fred Galante, filed a suit with the Los Angeles County Court, asking Judge Robert O’Brien to order the company to shut down until it could find away control the fumes. O’Brien ultimately rejected the bid, according to Huffington Post, calling the city’s demand “very radical.”

Immediately after Irwindale’s suit was denied, Philadelphia council member James Kenney invited Hoy Fong Foods to relocate to his city. Kenney wrote to Hoy Fong CEO, David Tran, exlpaining how much Philadelphians love Sriracha and how emotional they had been over the possible shut down of the factory. Kenney hopes that the relocation of the factory will increase the amount of jobs available in Philadelphia.

Hoy Fong Foods has not yet responded to Kenney, nor have they made comment about the suit. A hearing for the lawsuit will take place November 22.

500 Foot Drop

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Imagine being a helicopter pilot, making a routine sight-seeing trip over the California coast, when your passenger suddenly opens the door and leaps.

That’s exactly what happened to pilot, Corbin Street. He and his father were taking 61 year-old Gary McFadden on a tour of the Newport Beach coastline Tuesday when McFadden suddenly unfastened his harness, opened the helicopter door, and plunged 500 feet to the sea below. He was retrieved by lifeguards and taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

According to CBS News, his brother, Bradley McFadden, said Gary suffered from a mental disorder. “Greg had a rare medical condition, which caused him severe reflux, kept him from sleeping every night. He was trying to get some kind of medical financial aid to cover for a surgery that would take care of the problem, but he couldn’t,” said Bradley. His brother believes it was a combination of depression and the inability to cure it which caused Gary to jump.


New Kings Of California?

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The Lakers may be the kings of L.A. (for now), but there’s a storm brewing in the North. The Warriors’ opener at home against the Lakers was a pillaging. I didn’t get the game down here in SoCal, but I kept a close eye on the score from my phone, and from what I saw, the Warriors were up by about 20 points the entire time. The final score was 124 – 95.

We all remember the Warriors’ historic run last season. They finished 6th in the division and made it as far as the semifinals (losing to the San Antonio Spurs). They haven’t placed second in the Western Conference since 1992! Well, the Warriors are back, and this time with gold medalist, Andre Iguodala.

They are already looking like the team to beat, and they haven’t even played their second game yet, which is tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers.

So, let’s see: the Lakers beat the Clippers, and the Warriors beat the Lakers. Tonight should be very interesting then.