Just wonder if you've heard much about brewing science? Fans are important to a comedian; FAN is important to fermentation! And, what's your favorite beer in SoCal?
I don't know much about brewing beer. My roommate in grad school was an enology major so he used to take me to a lot of homebrew parties around Davis. I listened while I tasted but I can't recall much because alcohol and retention don't go together.
My favorite brewery in Socal is Stone Brewing Company.