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Blue Palms 6th Anniversary; One Week Later

In between the LA Vegan Beer Festival and LA Beer Week Opening Gala,there are several different events a beer lover can go to. Blue Palms 6th Anniversary is one of those events and gets bigger every year! My friends and I were new to this Anniversary celebration though, very familiar with Blue Palms Brewhouse’s stellar list of craft beers. When we arrived to check in, the sun was out, the music was going, the beers were flowing and everyone had a smile on their face. With a blue pamphlet listing the beers in hand, a wrist band of twenty tabs (drink tickets), and a beautiful little tasting glass, we were ready to go!

For us newbies, the experience was exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. Pacing ourselves didn’t cross our minds as we were excited to try a little bit of everything. We were still creating a list of beers while seasoned veterans of this grand event had a plan of attack and a pre-printed taste list. Our notable favorites from the long list of beers were Monkey Paw Honey Summer Citrus, Avery Brewing Company’s Lilikoi Kepolo, Dogfish Head’s 120, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, The Lost Abbey Spontaneous Cheer, and Superstition Meadery’s BDSM.

Toward the end of the event, us newbies were fresh out of drinking tabs and beers from our wish lists were complete. My friend Victor compared this year’s anniversary celebration to the one two years prior with the exception of the layout. This year, we got to hang out inside The Fonda theater to enjoy the shade, the beers and some skee-ball. The music, the people, and the great selection of beers made this event worth every dollar spent! My friends and I truly cannot wait till next year where as seasoned veterans, we’ll pace ourselves but most importantly, take time off from work the next day for proper recovery. Oh and one more thing, while in Hollywood, do as the tourist do and take a picture with a character from Planet of the Apes! A huge thank you to my friends Ari and Shirley for joining me. Congrats to Brian Lenzo and David Almaraz on an amazing six years and many more!

The Newbies

The Gentle Ape

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Brewja and Cosimo of Monkey Paw

Brewja and Ari

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Cheers,
Brewja

Blue Palms 6th Anniversary Celebration

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The “must go to” event of the summer is a day away! Those lucky enough to have purchased tickets online can rest easy, plan for transportation and which of the 90+ beers to taste tomorrow. That’s right folks, over 90 of the world’s best beers will be poured tomorrow at Blue Palms Brewhouse 6th Anniversary celebration in Hollywood. The online sales have ended, though, there will be tickets available at the door for purchase. I imagine with the stellar list of beers that will be there tomorrow, those tickets available at the door won’t last. If you’re looking for a Sunday-Funday event to go to, I highly recommend attending this event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. The Metro Red Line will be my chariot of choice for the event and can hardly wait!

For the confirmed list as of August 7th, visit the Blue Palms Brewhouse website.

Cheers,
Brewja

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Night at City Tavern Culver City

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Next Thursday July 24th City Tavern Culver City will host the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Pint Night. If you’re a fan of Sierra Nevada, I highly recommend attending this event at City Tavern Culver City. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America is a collaborative journey with 12 breweries across America. For beer lovers such as myself, it will be interesting to taste the variety. Take the journey with Sierra Nevada across America one pint at a time! Hope to see you there!

Visit the website city tavern.com for directions and their telephone number. I also recommend making reservations so give them a call.

Cheers!
Brewja

An Afternoon with the Yeastside Brewers Organization

I am very excited to finally populate this segment of my blog, Homebrewing Homies! I am even more excited to start this segment with an afternoon at a Yeastside Brewers meeting. Early last year, on one of my many solo adventures having some delicious pints, I met my friend Victor, member of the Yeastside Brewers homebrew club. We had great conversations about beer, blogging, music, and homebrewing.

Last September, he invited me to a homebrewer’s dinner where I got to meet more members of the Yeastside Brewers and sample their beers. I didn’t know exactly what to expect; however, I felt privileged to be there. I was very impressed with all that I sampled that evening but more with the beers of the Yeastside Brewers. IMG_3241
Here we are nearly a year later and I’m attending my first Yeastside Brewers meeting at Eagle Rock Brewery. As it was with that homebrewer’s dinner, I didn’t know what to expect. I visited the Yeastside Brewers website so I could learn what they are all about. As stated on their website, Yeastside Brewers are a group of like-minded homebrewers whose primary concerns are the exploration and production of fantastic beers. In my own personal opinion, Yeastside Brewers are an amazing group of homebrewers with a true passion and talent for crafting homebrew.

As I sat waiting for the meeting to start, a couple named Nora and Henry walked into Eagle Rock Brewery for some beers to enjoy with their fresh tamales. Unbeknownst to them, they walked into the homebrew meeting just before it got underway. They sat beside us and as Henry was ordering a beer, Nora leans in toward Gayle Michel, Treasurer of Yeastside Brewers and Co-Owner of Angry Horse Brewing Company, to ask why we were gathered there that afternoon. Simply said, Gayle Michel tells Nora about the homebrew club and explains that the monthly meeting is about to commence. Nora asked how she and Henry could taste their beers. Gayle Michel warmly invites them to be her guests that afternoon and gave them name tags. Just like that, Nora and Henry found themselves in the right place at the right time.

Meeting essentials for the members of Yeastside Brewers are as follows; taster glass (Yeastside Brewers taster glasses available for purchase), homebrew to share, snacks, cash or credit card for purchasing shirts, glassware, and commercial beers. The members checked in with Gayle, they were given a pen and a tag for their beer, and placed it on the table which soon looked like a gift table at a party. As all the members arrived, they congregated around the beer table; the sound of tightly bottled beers opening could be heard. With each bottle opened, the carbonation made its sweet escape as if it were sounding the bell that the meeting had commenced.

From a list of over thirty beers that afternoon, I tried eleven. My overall favorite of the day was the Oak Glen Cider by Jerl Leutz.
Jerhl's Cider
Last October, then President Jerl Leutz organized a cider pressing trip to Snow-line Orchard in Oak Glen. The cider purchased was unpasteurized, preservative-free, and fresh off the press, heirloom apples. Perhaps it is the reason why Jerl’s Cider was so delicious. With each sip I would breathe in the fresh scent of the apples which made it taste exceptionally refreshing, crisp, and sweet.

There were 2 Black IPAs I tried from the list; one was made by Cesar which he added more malt than hops and gave it a nice roast flavor. The second was Josh’s Black IPA which had an even balance of malt and hops.
Cesar's Black IPA

Josh Black IPA
What I enjoyed about both these selections was the slight bitter hop taste that did not linger nor overpower the brew.

My friend Victor made a gruit which I initially tried last September; however, this version had a much earthier flavor and was just as enjoyable. Brewed on a Belgian Dubbel base, Victor’s gruit was made with a total of 9 herbs, no hops and is at 7% abv.
Victor's Gruit

All the beers I sampled that day were fantastic!

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Homebrew leftovers

I sat enjoying the tastes of these homebrews and listened in on the chatter amongst the members. Each member sampling was face to face with the brewer giving feedback on the profile of the beer. There were no snarky remarks or rude comments or gestures, only criticism that was constructive, helpful, encouraging, and appreciative.
Gathering around the booze table

Toward the end of the meeting, David Ochoa, president of Yeastside Brewers made the announcement for upcoming events, thanked everyone for helping out while he was out of town during the last meeting, and spoke about other club business. It was no ordinary club meeting – where minutes are taken and attendance is required. Instead, this was a club gathering of friends: homebrewers that genuinely care about their product and have the ultimate respect for one another.

So where can you try beers from this fantastic homebrew club? Well, it just so happens that on Sunday June 29th, Yeastside Brewers will be serving up their well crafted beers at the 2nd Anniversary of CRAFTED at the Port of LA. With the purchase of admission you get a live homebrew demo, tote bag, and souvenir glassware. If you purchase your ticket before Saturday and use the discount code TASTE, you can get $5.00 off admission price. See the link for details. Crafted

Spending the afternoon with Yeastside Brewers made me want to brew my own beer. I was inspired by the camaraderie and everything I tasted. Homebrewing will be a project in the near future; for now, writing about amazing homebrewers like the members of Yeastside Brewers is what I want to do. If you are interested in learning more about Yeastside Brewers click here Yeastside Brewers
Before I close this blog entry, I would like to thank Yeastside Brewers for the warm welcome. Honorable mentions to the Yeastside Brewers Eleven whose beers I sampled, you are all amazing brewers!

The YeastsideBrewer’s Eleven
Gruit by Victor Macias
Black IPA by Cesar
Smoked Wheat by Jorge
Bow by Eddie
Black IPA by Josh
Kumquat Blonde Farmhouse Ale by Martin # 17
Brown Sour by Christina
Oak Glen Cider by Jerl Leutz
Kolsch by Oscar
Red Ale by Oscar
Black Jax Imperial Stout by Gayle, Luis, and Nathan of Angry Horse Brewing Company

See you Sunday, beer lovers!

Cheers,
Brewja

Powered By Firestone Walker

Last Thursday 5/29, my political science professor informed us that we would not have the luxury of using our books or notes for the final exam today. With that said, I cancelled all social activities I had planned for my weekend to prepare. By the time Wednesday came along I was burnt out. I needed a release and needed one soon because I could not squeeze any more Civil Liberties and Civil Rights discussions in my head. Luckily for me, one of my favorite local hot spots, Beer Belly LA, was hosting a Firestone Walker event last night.

After reading all the reviews from the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival last weekend, I was craving to have a similar experience. Knowing I had the morning before my final off, I decided to go to Beer Belly LA for a much needed break in my studies. I started off with Firestone Walker’s Pale Ale 31 fw-paleale31 a 4.9% abv California style pale ale. With all this political history fresh in my brain, it was only natural that I choose a California style pale ale. A tribute to California being the 31st state to be added to the union, Pale Ale 31 fittingly represents everything about California. It is a light beer, subtle on the hops with a fresh, crisp finish. It is California weather in a bottle all year round!

With the amazing selection of Firestone Walker beers on tap, I wanted to try something I have not tried before. I stepped it up and went with the Stickee Monkee. fw-stickeemonkee
Firestone Walker refers to the Stickee Monkee, at 13.4% abv as a Central Coast Quad, which is, a Belgian style quad by recipe but aged in spirit barrels. For me, immediately present was the full body texture of the beer with a sweet, sugar and bourbon flavor. It was just what I needed to relax my tightly wound brain.

I chose to end my evening with something in the middle. Not too light and definitely nothing strong. From the chalkboard menu Beer Belly presented I went with Opal.
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A dry hopped Saison at 7.5%, at first sip all I could taste was spice with a nice dry finish. Not as fruity as the other Saison’s I have tried however, there was a sweet subtlety to it.

As my evening came to an end, I had a conversation with Jordon and Cindy, two patrons I met at Beer Belly LA. In our conversation, Jordan and Cindy mentioned they spent the day at different restaurants sampling wine as is their job. Both seemed very happy to end their day of restaurant and wine hopping with a nice cold beer in hand. What better way to end the day, whether it was cramming for a final, crunching numbers, or wine tasting all day, than with a nice refreshing beer like Firestone Walker’s Opal.

Cheers!
Brewja

Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery: Bernadette’s Birthday Weekend Pt. 2

Following the Vegan Beer Festival, my work week was hectic. I longed for the Memorial day weekend continuing the birthday celebration of my good friend Bernadette. For her birthday, Bernadette chose to spend Friday night in San Diego aboard the Hornblower yacht for a Stone inspired Brews Cruise. We had our plans to get into San Diego Friday afternoon, though my sincere intentions were to be in San Diego as early as possible to enjoy the luxury of the hotel pool accommodations. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating, neither was my curvaceous figure. Getting into San Diego at noon, I opted instead for a place to have some good food and of course, awesome selection of beer.

It was suggested by a friend of mine that I start at the hotel bar, though, I had to disagree. Typically, the hotel bar would be the place to start except for the fact that, I’ve already been there. I wanted something different and being in the Mecca of California breweries, I wanted something local, something I’ve never tried before. The beer gods must have heard me because after entering my room, I spotted the local San Diego Magazine with the cover titled The Beer Issue. In it was a breakdown of all the local San Diego breweries and the one that caught my eye was in the section titled Beer Bars: Reader Favorites which was Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery.

Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery was not far from where I was staying which was a major plus, though, that is not the reason I wanted to visit. Instead, I wanted to visit because after the description in the San Diego Magazine stated “Homebrewer-turned-pro Cosimo Sorrentino crafts 45 to 50 beers throughout the year at this boutique-style brewery”(128), I knew I had to go! Off I went via taxi so anxiously, that I didn’t even properly charge my cell phone. Arriving at Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery I walked in, took a seat at the bar where Kevan graciously greeted me and asked what I would like to drink. From the selection Kevan mentioned, I chose the Great Ape Nectar, a hazelnut chocolate milk stout at 5.60% abv.
The Great Ape Nectar
I’ve only had two milk stouts in my past and have loved them for the rich, creamy, chocolate profile they deliver. The Great Ape Nectar by Monkey Paw was the complete opposite and instead, I loved it for it’s mild body, chocolate and nutty profile. It was deliciously well made and definitely not what I was expecting for a milk stout.

Next, I had the Oatmeal Pale Ale which was incredibly interesting. Most Pale Ale’s I’ve tried had been light body with a medium hop presence however, the Oatmeal Pale Ale was something different. Oatmeal Pale AleCaramel in color with a nice, foamy head that breaks down into a beautiful lace. There was a richness to it that I loved which highlighted the fruit flavors in the hops. Days later, I was still trying to figure out why this Oatmeal Pale Ale left such an impression on me.Oatmeal Pale Ale LaceIn describing this Pale Ale to my friend Victor, he helped me figure out what I was tasting that made this beer a unique and unforgettable experience… Oatmeal!

My friends Bernadette and Jon were still hours away so I decided to stay awhile and talk to Kevan about the other beers on draft. Bartender Morgan came in shortly after and I saw her make a mixed drink that caught my eye. Lime, Vodka, a quick swirl of the glass and topped off with an IPA. San Diego Vodka Soda
The name of this beer cocktail, San Diego Vodka Soda. The cool thing about this drink is the hop infused Vodka that was used. If like me, the taste of Vodka is too harsh, the bitterness of the hop helps ease the taste. San Diego Vodka Soda was the perfect way to end my afternoon adventure! Special Thanks to Kevan, Morgan, Cosimo and the all at Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery!
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Later that evening, my friends and I boarded a yacht filled with beers by Stone Brewing Co. My favorite Stone brew is Matt’s Burning Rosids, 10.5% abv imperial saison brewed with cherrywood smoked malts. Named after Matt Courtright, brewmaster at Stone who has passed, this imperial saison is a celebration of malt goodness. Matts Burning Rosids

Reading up on this amazing beer on Stone Brewing Company’s website, I became a little teary eyed as I learned how much Matt’s Burning Rosids means to the people at Stone. At the end of the description of the beer on Stone’s website it says:

Enjoy, and please remember that life and those we hold dear are precious gifts to be cherished every day. Consider sharing this beer, conversation on life’s passions and, again, lots of laughter, with good friends as we remember ours.

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We did indeed!

Cheers,
Brewja

Vegan Beer Festival & Berna’s Birthday Celebration Recap Pt. 1

What can I say about these last two weekends other than I have the sweetest exhaustion! It was not school or work related for a change. Two weeks ago, Saturday May 17th, my friend Bernadette took a long train ride from Riverside to LA so she could join me at the LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival in Hollywood. This was her first year attending and my second year, though, this will not be our last!
Soon as we crossed the gates, we went for our first brewery, North Coast and sampled Le Merle, a Belgian Style Farmhouse Saison at 7.9%abv. The taste was fresh for that long wait at entrance into the festival and hit the spot cooling us off from the heat that day. We visited other notable breweries such as Noble Ale Works to sample Gosebusters, a German Style Gose beer and a blond ale called Pacific Ale by Ohana Brewing Company. Both offered the perfect style of beers; refreshing, crisp and satisfying especially since Los Angeles was coming off of a heat wave. I am familiar with blond ales and I did enjoy Ohana’s Pacific Ale, however, the Gose style of beer is one that peaked my interest that weekend and is one I will further explore.
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While enjoying our sample beers, Bernadette and I found a nice little shade which we shared with vegetarian food blogger Taylor of whatvegetarianseat.com who gives a fantastic review of the food that was offered. We moved forward and tried a few others till we landed at Bootlegger’s Brewery where we had the Rustic IPA and the Palomino Pale Ale. I fell in love with Bootlegger’s Brewery last spring when I had Mountain Meadow and just about everything they had the following seasons after. I wish I could go in depth of what I liked about the Rustic IPA and the Palomino Pale Ale offered however, it is difficult for me because Pale Ale’s and IPA’s are two styles I am just starting to explore. However, I can honestly say that the Rustic IPA and the Palomino Pale Ale were impressive enough for me to want to explore those two styles more in the near future.
Winding down the event, we had a taste of the Ginger Saison from Eagle Rock Brewery and the Swami IPA from Pizza Port. By this time, the heat had relaxed a little and a cool breeze blew through the festival. I wish I could say that we wandered our way back to Bootlegger’s but in reality, we never really left. IMG_82530718518698Jose Luis of Bootlegger’s was way too nice to let us cramp his style in the booth and so we just stayed. He was kind enough to give us a taste of the Chango, a Mexican style lager while we were there. ResizedImage_1401161508958 Light gold in color and just easy to drink all day!
I wish I had more pictures to offer from this event however, in a rush to get to the event, I left my camera in my apartment that day. In all honesty, this event shouldn’t be one to shy away from simply because it is a “Vegan” beer festival. If you love food and you love beer, then there is no reason why you should miss next year’s event. Hope to see many of you out there next year!

Cheers!
Brewja

United We Shall Stand

These last few weeks have been hard on me. Both school and work have consumed just about every ounce of energy I have, which makes it hard for me to blog. I’m finally at a point where I am feeling mighty inspired so I am taking a mental break from the school/work duel for my sanity to do something I love…drink beer and write about it.

In March on International Women’s Day, Women from the beer industry around the world joined together to brew one beer, Unite Pale Ale. The finished product by this amazing group of women had a fresh hop aroma with a flavorful bitterness to match. It was important that I be at the release of Unite Pale Ale by Angry Horse Brewing Company because I believe in supporting the female base in the beer industry and also locally crafted beer. My friend Victor of the Yeastside Brewers Organization thought it would be a good addition to my blog and I agreed 100%. What was so great about this event was having the opportunity to meet the ladies, and the opportunity to help Angry Horse Brewing Company, who are looking to open their own tasting room in Montebello, California. IMG_50908843291038

A month ago, when my life was a little less crazy, I attended the Unite Pale Ale event at City Tavern Culver City with my friend Missy Tate. Missy Tate is in the process of relocating and this is how I convinced her to go with me to the event “are you sure you don’t want to go, the Yeastside Brewers will be there. You can ask them all you’re burning questions about homebrewing”? Her response “Fuck this i’m on my way”! That’s my girl! So there we were on a mission to try this pale ale brewed by a group of women from the Angry Horse Brewing Company and the Yeastside Brewers Organization. For the hot weather present that day, the Unite Pale Ale was beer drinking perfection!

With the purchase of a drink ticket, we also received raffle tickets which,for me, is a huge distraction because I love to gamble. Soon after, I found myself buying more drink tickets to increase my chances of winning, forgetting completely, that it also increased my chances for a good buzz.Loot from the Angry Horse Brewing Co's United Pale Ale Event
I didn’t get to ask the ladies of Angry Horse Brewing Company the few questions I had and instead just enjoyed the day with them. Thankfully, Gayle Michel President of Angry Horse Brewing Company and co-head of the Los Angeles Chapter for Pink Boots Society was able to share with me some of her experience on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. Brewja & Gayle Michel from Angry Horse Brewing Co. Lots of luv in this pic!

Brewja: Who were the ladies representing Angry Horse during the Women’s Collaboration Day?
Gayle Michel-AHBC: Georgia Bell, Heidi Michel, Gayle Michel, Mary Novokhovsky, Kelly Beach and up-and-coming brewer from Transplants Brewing Sarah Luker. All of us are members of The Yeastside Brewers Organization

Brewja: How long was the brewing process from start to finish?
Gayle Michel-AHBC: 5 hours

Brewja: What was your take on the finished product and if there was something you could add/change to it, what would it be?
Gayle Michel-AHBC: It turned out so good we plan to brew the Unite Pale without any changes for next years IWCBD which will be brewed on our new 10 barrel brew house at Angry Horse Brewing. (With the support of our family & friends that is… the launch of our indiegogo campaign is May 12th and we need everyone’s support to open our doors).

Brewja: It is my experience when working toward a cause for empowering Women, the journey is inspiring. How was the experience of collaborating with other women inspiring to you?
Gayle Michel-AHBC: Going into this I never really thought much about it being a cause for empowering women. Rather, it was another opportunity to hang out and have some fun with some great girls while brewing. It was that very day while brewing that my eyes swelled with tears thinking about the effect we were having on women and young girls around the world on this 1st IWCBD started by a wonderful woman from Stone Brewing, Denise Ratfield (Global IWCBD Organizer).

Gayle Michel, the ladies of Yeastside Brewers Organization, and Pink Boots Society are truly an inspiration to women looking to take that step into a world dominated by men. The Pink Boots Society has done a fantastic job of organizing and empowering these amazing women in their pursuit to advancement within the beer industry. Que Viva Pink Boots Society! Que Viva Angry Horse Brewing Company!

As the event was winding down, my friend Miss Tate and I were listening to some of the members of Yeastside Brewers Organization (my buddy Victor included) talk about their home brews. I posed a question that I knew was on Miss Tate’s mind and asked, “Does every batch of the home brew you make come out perfect”? Their response, a collective NO! They explained to us that no matter how good the brew turns out, they have a taste and immediately think of ways to make it better. I can relate to that because I love to cook and with every dish I make, I wonder, how can I make it better. The event was exactly what I had hoped it was going to be, uplifting and motivational. IMG955033
With that said, I have made a contribution to the Angry Horse Brewing Company indiegogo campaign and wish them all the very best! I highly recommend those of you reading to visit the Angry Horse Brewing Company indiegogo campaign and help get this local brewery tasting room started!
Angry Horse Brewing Company Campaign

Cheers,
Brewja

Upcoming May Events

Hello Everyone!

Here is a short list of some upcoming events for May.

May 3rd – Beers & Bands @ Inland Empire Brewing Company. There is No cover charge for this event, $3.00 beers and will feature music by The Union Drifters and DKJ IMG_9444 Good Tunes, Good Brews, Good Times!

May 5th – Cinco De Mayo Ditching Pari @ Eastside Luv Wine Bar Y Queso. This is an all day indoor/outdoor event beginning inside ESL at 9am. IMG_55281973076932 Beer Garden hours will be 12pm-10pm outdoors. Mariachi-Oke, Mariachi Los Toros and a Mechanical Bull ay guey! Eastside Luv knows how to pari!

May 10th – 4th Annual Session Fest @ Eagle Rock Brewery. Session beers are low in alcohol which makes them easy to drink. As posted on their website, the event starts at 12pm and tickets are $15.00, commemorative glass included. For $15.00, this is a pretty good deal! Visit their website eaglerockbrewery.com for the deets!

May 17th – Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival 8950 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood,Ca. This event is sold out but still well worth the mention! I will be attending this event so if you see me around come say hello! 1398795629762
If I hear of any extra tickets out there I’ll be sure to post the info.

May 23rd- Stone Brews Cruise/BFF Bernadette Hunt’s Birthday Weekend Celebration! To kick off her birthday weekend, my BFF Bernadette Hunt of IEBC requested we do the Stone Brews Cruise in San Diego. We will embark a yaght filled with over 40 different breweries as we cruise the San Diego Harbor! Beers, Boats & Ho’s! Tickets for this event are sold out though, they will do another in August. Visit rockstarbeer.com for more info on the August 29th cruise.

With summer right around the corner, events are sure to happen and I’ll try to post them here! If you know of an event going on send me a message and I’ll add it. Hope to see some of you at these events!

Updated April Events

As mentioned, here is a list of upcoming events for April.

For those of us not attending Viva Las Vegas or Coachella this year, here are a few beer events for this weekend.

April 19th – Art District Clean Up in Downtown LA. Help Angel City Brewery clean up the neighborhood and enjoy some food and beer in the afternoon. From 12pm-3pm and visit Angel City Brewery at angelcitybrewery.com

Taste of Brews Inland Empire at Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona. More than 40 breweries will be attending. I highly recommend getting your tickets before the event to avoid any line hassles. If you have someone in your party that is willing to be a designated driver, Taste of Brews offers a specially priced ticket just for them. Visit tasteofbrews.com for the deets!

***Recommended*** LA Foodie’s Float Trip at Angel City Brewery. If you’ve never had a beer float, this is the event to try it. A beer float is just what it sounds like, an ice cream float made with beer. Not just any ice cream, locally produced ice cream with a locally produced craft beer. Having a beer float is something every beer lover should do whenever possible! This event will take place at Angel City Brewery in Downtown LA from 4pm – 7pm.

April 23- ***Recommended*** Beer Belly LA in my new hometown area of Koreatown or “Ktown”, is one of my favorite places to indulge on both food and drink. Once a month, Beer Belly will host a brewery for an event they call “One Night Stand”. Their taps are taken over by a featured brewery and this month’s O.N.S. is with Mother Earth Brewery. Visit the beer belly event page at beerbellyla.com

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April 24 – The Dudes’ Brewing Cask Tapping at Kings Row Pub in Pasadena. Beers on Cask are beers in barrels. To release a beer on cask is pretty much like having it as fresh as possible. I would compare it to eating an ice cream sundae with a wooden spoon as opposed to a metal spoon. The beer in a cask takes your taste buds for a ride. Visit kingsrowpub.com for further detail

April 26 – Bootlegger’s Brewery 6th Anniversary Celebration. Bootlegger’s Brewery has been one of my favorite places to get beer. This is one ticket in which you get more bang for your buck as opposed to other beer festivals. boot Tickets are still available though I don’t know for how long. Visit bootleggersbrewery.com for ticket purchasing info.

April 27 – Atwater Village Beer, Wine and Food Festival at Link N Hops. This ticket is a little more than the average beer festival ticket but for unlimited tasters, it’s worth it. atwater Visit the site for info on price and ticket purchase.

April 27 – 1st Annual Brewfest of the Foothills at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena. Congregation Ale House is a place that has an amazing selection of beer and such great burgers! I would imagine any event with “1st Annual” to it’s name is going to be a blast! The ticket prices are reasonable $25 presale $30 at the door, and tickets can be purchased at Congregation Ale House Chapters (Pasadena, Long Beach, Azusa). The plus side, it’s walking distance to the Metro Gold Line!!!

This rounds up the month of April. I will try my best to continuously update the events page as I hear about them. There are so many great beer events happening that I’m not sure just yet which one I will be attending. If you happen to see me at any of these events be sure to say hello and have a drink with me! Hope to see you soon!

Cheers!
Brewja