‘Beer Nazi’ Sam Samaniego dies, leaves behind craft beer legacy in San Gabriel

beer-news10SAN GABRIEL>> Locals knew him as the “Beer Nazi,” a la the cantankerous soup chef from the TV show “Seinfeld.”

Affectionately, of course.

Sam Samaniego had no shortage of specialty craft and imported beers at his San Gabriel restaurant The Stuffed Sandwich, but you had to work for it. And it was that playful, cranky character and his intense love and appreciation for the local beer industry that made the beer and sandwich legend a pioneer for Los Angeles’ craft beer community.

Samaniego died Wednesday after a long illness.

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