California 7: Karl Strauss Brewing Company, North LA

Cajoled by everyone else in to visiting Universal Studios, I had assumed this would be a ‘no beer blog’ kinda day. But I was wrong (unusual, I know – mark the date in your diaries folks…) For a start, I had reckoned without The Simpsons and the fabulously infamous Duff beer served For Real in […]


California 5: Magnolia Pub & Brewery, San Francisco

We spent the morning at Alcatraz, with a quick stop at the USS Pampanito submarine, then wandered up to Lombard Street to marvel at the crazy zig zag hill. Walking from there to City Lights bookstore, we stopped to pay our respects to the burned down shell of Rogue’s SF outpost and cursed the arsonists. […]


California 4: Mikkeller SF and Brewcade, San Francisco

The Mikkeller bar has one of those traditional horseshoe shaped bars we all know and love from Cheers, but we didn’t get to sit at it instead taking a shared table with waiter service (such a good idea for any bar I always think). Mikkeller mainly serve their own brews but they use around a […]


California 3: Almanac Beer Co, San Francisco

Almanac Beer Co‘s San Francisco tap room is a must-do when in SF. We’ve long loved their barrel-aged beers in bottles and on draught at our local bar, Beer Gonzo, so to be actually setting foot in Almanac’s bar was a bit of a dream. It’s not their actual brewing premises, those are in Alameda […]


California 2: Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco

After satiating our cultural needs by dragging the kids to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see some classic pop art and work by Sargent Johnson, as well as Sublime Seas a contemporary film on migration and the sea by British artist John Akomfrah, a beautiful walkthrough light bulb installation, and thought-provoking photography […]


California 1: Woods Cerviceria, San Francisco

With a flight delay of just a few minutes under three hours (can’t help thinking that the fact cash compensation kicks in at the 3hr mark sped things along eventually…) we arrived in California a little bit bedraggled after 17 hours in transit. Flight was great, watched 3 films (Ghost Stories: disappointing despite Jeremy Dyson’s […]


We heart Coventry Homebrew Club

All three Mashionistas owe a great debt to Coventry’s Homebrew Club run by Ritchie at Twisted Barrel Ale. All three of us learned to brew there, asking advice and testing our beers on critical friends. It’s such a great group pf people – yes it’s mainly male, but not entirely, but Flo never felt out of […]


California road trip:1 The Planning, The Planning

Two thirds of the Mashionistas crew will be tasting their way through some of California’s finest beers this Summer, travelling through the golden state itself. Being thoroughly modern, we’ll be blogging and tweeting our progress. Keep an eye on our website, or follow us on Twitter @Mashionistas or Facebook at MashionistasBrewCo. We’re visiting the places […]


And we’re legal….

It was a bit of a wait but finally all our documentation has arrived so we have our Alcohol Wholesaler Registration number and our Certificate of Registration so we are officially A BREWERY! Sadly the brewing equipment has yet to arrive and due to holidays etc we are now unlikely to brew anything to sell […]