A Bruin, for those of you who haven't figured it out, is just a common brown bear. The bear has been a symbol for California since before it even became a state, hence why the two primary public institutions of higher learning, UCLA and Berkeley, use it for a mascot. Ostensibly a symbol of "strength and unyielding resistance" the bear has remained on the California flag since it was first raised during the California Republic revolt in the Mexican War.
As a result, Bear Republic imagery is common throughout the state, and one of my favorite Californian breweries is even simply called "Bear Republic Brewing." Their very delicious Racer 5 IPA is my tailgate beer-o-the-week.
|Sure, their Cloverdale brewery, located north of San Francisco, is no where near LA, but... Bear.|
From a state known for cranking out some incredible IPAs, Racer 5 is easily in my California-based top-3. (In no particular order: Stone IPA, Racer 5, and Russian River's Blind Pig) You should be able to find some in your local beer-mart, and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Happy Friday! Go Buffs, beat the Bruins!