Beer Paper LA is a monthly print and online magazine dedicated to providing and promoting news, commentary, education and growth for the craft beer community of greater Los Angeles and Orange County. Our contributors are all local beer enthusiasts, journalists and industry professionals, who provide a well-rounded voice for our growing beer region.
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Kevin Ashford of Figueroa Mountain Photo Credit: J North Productions
In 2010, Jim (father) and Jaime Dietenhofer (son) opened a brewery in Buellton they called Figueroa Mountain. It was just on the other side of the 101 freeway from another brewery you might have heard of called Firestone Walker. At the time, I’ve gotta say my reaction was, “Why the Hell would anyone open a new brewery in the imposing shadow cast by FW?” My skepticism quickly evaporated as “Fig” immediately began racking up medals at the Great American Beer Festival and now, six years later, was just named 2016 Best Commercial Craft Brewery in the greatest brewing state in the country. With over 700 craft breweries in the Golden State, to be named the best at the California State Fair’s annual competition is no mean feat. It confirms what any beer drinker worth their hops and barley already knew – Figueroa Mountain is in no one’s shadow when it comes to brewing consistently world class beer.
Beer Paper LA is an online and monthly print publication dedicated to providing and promoting news, commentary, education, and growth for the craft beer communities of Los Angeles and Orange County. Our contributors are all beer writers and industry professionals.
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