Monday, October 19, 2015

Three Weavers turns 1!

Has it been a year already? My how they grow in such a short time! This weekend, Our lovely babies over at 3 Weavers are turning 1! They want to invite all the kids in the neighborhood to the party! Even Bobby, and no one likes Bobby. They are so nice.

The parents have been kind enough to provide pinatas with special prizes, everyone's favorite lawn games, including "pin the tail on the Omar", and all the beer! 

Party Deets:
- Oct 24th
- GA- 2-6 ($25) - Ticket price includes a commemorative glass (3W merch is always the best), five 5 oz. pours, entertainment, and good feels.  Additional beer tickets will be available.
- VIP Hour- 1-2 ($40) - This gets you in early to dodge the crowds, as well as a couple extra special beers that they are keeping under wraps, and all the perks and whatnot of GA
- There will be 18 different 3w beers, including their 1st anniversary IPA called "First Rodeo". It's coming in at 7.3% with all the dank hopiness that you could dream of.
- Food will be available from local favorites Fill R Up Gastro Garage and Front Page Jamaican Grille.
- live music
- Proceeds from tickets sales will be benefiting (One For All), an Inglewood charity "empowers youth through community-based programs which instill an everlasting sense of personal pride, academic achievement and distinct accomplishment."

You can find tickets at the link below

Friday, August 28, 2015

HQ Gastropub opening in woodland hills

Hey guys, I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about a new gastropub that's opening down the road from me in the next couple weeks. I'm pretty excited that a decent food and beer place will finally be within a few minutes drive. Hopefully this is the start of craft beer coming to my part of the valley!

Here's some details on HQ Gastropub opening to the public on September 1st:

"HQ offers 32 craft and artisan beers on draft and 32 bottled beers, including 52 outstanding red and white wine varietals.  HQ’s premium selection of spirits also offers choices of small batch distilleries not normally found in most taverns and bars.  HQ Gastropub pairs a vast selection of first-rate craft and artisan beers, esoteric wines, and premium spirits from around the world with every item on the menu resulting in infinite pairing possibilities. 

What does HQ stand for? “High Quality,” says Mark Matters, owner and creator of the highly developed concept, who believes that HQ Gastropub is the latest innovator within the Gastropub hospitality. “We are an organization that takes a personal interest in the happiness and well being of every guest.  The food is as important as the beer, wine, and spirits we dispense.”

Following the press and VIP openings, HQ Gastropub, located at 20969 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills, California, is slated to open its doors to the general public on September 1, 2015. Its hours of operation will be Monday–Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 am, Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 am, Sunday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm."

32 beers on tap at any time means you can rotate what you're drinking pretty often and keep the place fresh. They will also have a special private tasting room that is reservation only which features a private beer expert and a special menu only for that part of the restaurant. This brings some high class exclusivity to your beer experience that you won't see everywhere.

Come check out HQ Gastropub in the next couple weeks. You'll probably see me hanging out over there.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Firk through the heart

A few short months ago (why so soon, right?) I had the great pleasure of pouring at and enjoying the casks of the second annual Firkfest. If you didn't go, or hadn't heard my plaintive cries to get tickets on the facebook, then you should feel bad!  This year the Firkfest included over 50 casks of beer from 30 of socals best breweries and 9 chefs from the area who participated in a chili cookoff. All of which was hosted by my vastly more popular and handsome OC counterpart, Greg Nagel

The Nagelest - photo credit to

Craig and I decided to come out of hibernation for this event for a couple reasons:
 A) How awesome the previous years Firkfest was
 B) Beer
 C) Greg needed some help. The kind of help only beer nerds like us could provide

We actually got to spend a few hours pouring beer for one of our favorite breweries, MacLeod Brewing co! They brought a huge beer rack that held 6 pins. 2 of which were brewed with the help of fellow LA Beer Blogger Aaron Champion from All the beers were amazing, but people were really going crazy for the Session Gap after the mid-afternoon heat started up. People had a ton of questions about beer and about MacLeod so it felt pretty awesome to be able to help them out the best I could. We even had a couple people stay around for the entire 6 beer tour de MacLeod. Most of all we got to enjoy the company of some excellent beer lovers!

After our pouring duties were done, we got to enjoy the rest of the fest. There were so many great cask beers on display it's hard to say which was best. But I gotta say, there's no need to drop a bunch of extra stuff into the beer for just the second event. Just trying some of the offerings on cask is interesting enough. There were some amazing offerings from noble and some great spicy beers. Some of the familiar faces were missing which was a little disappointing. Eagle Rock and 3 weavers apparently couldn't make the event for one reason or another. I also got to try several of the chili offerings including the eventual winners chili monstrosity... Slater's 50/50 came up with a frito chili cheese mashup that was literally my dream of chili cheese frito deliciousness come to life.

The Firkfest will mostly be remembered due to a rare treat... This was one of @yourpicssuck real life appearances! He was using his traditional dance moves to woo all the ladies of the fest. When I saw him last, a large crowd had gathered to hear his ministrations #educateyourself

All in all the fest was much improved over last year. There were even enough toilets to sate the needs of double the attendance of the previous year which was one of my few nit picking complaints about last year. Even though it's located in the awful OC, it's still worth the trip to enjoy the great beers that the brewers bring out and the hospitality of Nagel and crew

Monday, June 15, 2015

The best of L.A. Beer week 2015 part 1

Hey all! We're back for another L.A. beer week and this one is earlier than ever. It's like two beer weeks for the price of one! Or like... One beer week... for the actual price of one. Who can tell with all this craziness going on in the world?

With the restructuring of LA beer week last year, a lot of things changed. This year is no different as the kick off even is now in June! (as you may have inferred from the timing of this post and... ya know, living in the world) So I wanted to take a few moments to highlight some of the events that I think will be super sweet this year. Starting of course with...

Saturday, June 20th - The LABW7 kick off event!
Featuring over 50 breweries, multiple food trucks and every member of the LA brewers guild they could scrape together, this event is what kicked off beer week last year and what will be kicking it into high gear this year. In order to be a bit more centrally located and to make sure people have all the public transport options in the world, they have moved the event to Exposition park just south of downtown Los Angeles. So make sure you have your route planned on your flavor of public transportation as you will be having ALL the beers. Oh, also The #worldfamous Jemma Wilson will be speaking at the event! Can you believe it!!!!?!?!?!

Sunday, June 21st - Cask and ye shall receive
This event is a triple threat. In addition to being Father's day and LABW, it is also the first anniversary of one of our favorite breweries, MacLeod! There are three sessions to this beer event. The first one features a panel featuring our friends from BPLA and Cask Ale LA talking about cask beers and their influence on the LA beer industry. The other two feature awesome beer and your chance to drink it.

Monday, June 22nd - Pink boots LA beer garden
Support lady brewers, support LA, support continuing to make awesome beer! While the list for this hasn't been announced yet, I'm sure Alex will bring out the goods from Three Weavers.

Tuesday, June 23rd - Eagle rock Brewery's battle of the bands
On Tuesday, take a break from celebrating the best beer LA has to offer and see the brewers of the best beer shred it for four hours. Oh wait, who am I kidding, the best beer in LA will also be there! Special shout out to Chris from Three weavers who will be shredding this up.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

6th Annual Vegan Beer Fest

Hey guys, it's been a while! I wanted to take a minute to make sure everyone had the word about the 6th Vegan Beer fest. This beer fest and the people who put it on are near and dear to my heart. They were the first lovely people to allow me to talk about their event on the internet and this year is going to be their biggest and best ever so I have to talk about it, right?

For those of you that have been in the past, you are familiar with the big lot on sunset. It was hot, dusty and parking sucked but at least you got some good beer and vegan food in you, right? Well this year you don't have to worry about those things! Well... this is California so it will most likely still be hot... But this year the event is being held at The Rose Bowl! Parking will be plentiful and you won't have to drive to Hollywood. Those are both wins in my book.

Check out the details:
  • Just like every year, you will receive your very own LAVBFF glass and unlimited pours from 40 breweries featuring over 100 different beers. There will also be 40 restaurants and food vendors supplying various vegan foods and snacks. The food is not part of the ticket price though, so bring some cash money to feed yourself. 
  • General admission door time will be at 1pm. 
  • VIP admission includes separate entrance, early entry at 12pm, and access to the VIP lounge with exclusive pours.
While you're there, make sure to check out some of my favorites.  Bells (This'll be the first beer fest I've been to where they are pouring. Super exciting!), Golden Road (of course), Noble, Three Weavers, and El Segundo. I can't wait to see how they set all these guys up at the Rose Bowl.

Oh, and I guess knowing where to get tickets would be good. Get them here! And watch the facebook this week as I'll be giving away a pair of tickets to someone as soon as I figure out how I want to give them away.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Budweiser: SHOTS FIRED

If you were living under a rock or just don't particularly care for sportsball, you may not have heard about the commercial that the MacroBeer company Budweiser aired during halftime. Please let me enlighten you.

This could possibly be the best thing the big beer companies have ever done to support craft beer. There was always a somewhat unspoken "us vs them" mentality in the craft beer community regarding the relationship between macro and micro beer. Budweiser just used the internet troll argument on one of the most public of stages and it just makes them look like idiots.

They are talking down to craft beer lovers and making it sound like hard work and care goes into the brewing of budweiser. And anyone who likes a Pumpkin Peach ale is an idiot for not drinking piss flavored corn and yeast juice. As an aside and if you would like a bit of irony, Elysian brewery who the abinbev company owns, makes a pumpkin peach ale. So they are actually talking down to their own potential customers.

Bud is "for people who like beer brewed the hard way."... What does that even mean? All the ingredients and recipes are dumped into a program, moved through the brewing process by automated pumps into the fermentation chambers where they are monitored by computers for temperature and co2 levels in budweiser plants. So who is brewing this the hard way? Are we supposed to feel sympathetic to those over worked pumps? Is the Bender analog in the Bud plant not getting paid overtime?

You have to think to yourself, "Self, what is the point of a commercial?". If I were to answer for your self, I would say the point is to sell a product. Then who was the intended target of this commercial?
Maybe it was Craig's uncle who refuses to drink most anything but Bud Light. But why would you need to sell him more beer? He's already sold.
Maybe they are trying to change people's minds who drink craft beer? By insulting them and calling them hipsters? And why would they buy craft beer companies if they just want people to drink more bud?
Or Maybe they are just jackasses who are buying into their own hype and declining market share. Who thought this would be a good way to get more people on their side since "Murica, fuck yeah".

All I really know is that you should keep an eye out for the "Pumpkin Peach Ale Fest 2015".

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Angel City's "For the Sake of Ale"

Tonight, at the Japanese-American Cultural & Community Center in downtown, join me for the release of "For the Sake of Ale", the latest of Angel City's bottle releases! Inspired by the brewery’s neighbors in Little Tokyo, Angel City has combined their brewing expertise with traditional Japanese sake fermentation methods to create a unique style of beer. The beer uses a traditional sake-style rice and koji fermentation which balance naturally with the malted barley and hops. Huge floral notes blend with fruit flavors of pear and pineapple, then round out with a signature, dry finish. For the Sake of Ale weighs in at 9.2% ABV and should be a really interesting beer.

“This is one of our greatest brewing experiments to date,” said Angel City brewer, Layton Cutler. “We’re excited about the beer, and the fact that it has a relevant cultural reference. Being next to Little Tokyo and in such a diverse neighborhood, there is constant inspiration and this is one great result.” 

Angel City will be serving samples of For the Sake of Ale alongside viewings of Arts District artist, JW Pippen’s Jugatsuzakura. His piece is a riveting new samurai-themed sculpture using oak barrel staves from Angel City brewing barrels. This sculpture ties together Pippen’s continued interest in Japanese culture and love of the Los Angeles Arts District. During the event sushi and mochi will also be served. There are three tasting sessions throughout the evening – 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm. To purchase a ticket to the event and for more information, visit the “For the Sake of Ale Tasting Party” page on Eventbrite.

Starting November 20th, For the Sake of Ale will be available in limited 22oz bottles at the Angel City Public House and very limited draft throughout Los Angeles. Use the beer finder to locate it outside of the Public House:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Goose Island rarities at the Goat!

Just a quick one for everybody today. Next Wednesday, November 26th join us at the Surly Goat for a tap takeover of epic proportions. The Goat got a hold of some of the true barrel aged rarities from Goose Island and will have them on tap for You next week! I know some people are down on Goose Island due to who owns them, but that really hasn't stopped their Bourbon County line from being outstanding. 

Check out this Tap List:

2014 Bourbon County Vanilla
2014 Bourbon County Coffee
2013 Bourbon County Stout
2014 Bourbon County Stout
2013 Bourbon County Barleywine
2014 Bourbon County Barleywine
The Muddy Imperial Stout
Madame Rose Flanders Oud Bruin
Class of '88 Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Rambler IPA
The Illinois Double IPA
Matilda Lambicus
Festivity Brown Ale
Père Jacques Dubbel
Matilda Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Sofie Saison
Goose Island IPA
Bottles: 2013 Bourbon County Backyard Rye with Berries

That is not a bad gathering of beers if I say so myself. So come on out next Wednesday and drink some bad ass beers with LA's finest beer drinkers at the Surly Goat!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Art of Craft

Did you ever wonder how your favorite breweries came up with their sweet logos? Did you ever want to hear John Verive talk for several hours? Well, you can have both of these things as the American Institute for Graphic Arts is hosting a panel to discuss brewery branding and brewing techniques.

As Los Angeles’ beer community continues to grow, AIGA LA will recognize those who are part of its roots with an experienced panel that’s ready to talk beer, batches and solid first drafts.  The event will take place on Wednesday, November 12, from 7PM-9PM at Golden Road Brewing.

John Verive (Founder of Beer of Tomorrow, Certified Cicerone® and freelance writer for The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine and Beer Paper LA) will moderate Asif Ahmed (Art Director, Golden Road Brewing), Lee Bakofsky (Brewer and Packaging Manager, Eagle Rock Brewery) and Andrew Bakofsky (Marketing Manager and Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery) as they share their stories, experiences and insights into how LA’s most prominent beer brands were born and cultivated.  

The ticket price includes one GRB beer unless you are a member of the AIGA. Then you get two...
Prices are as follows:

AIGA Members (Supporter) $20
AIGA Members (Contributor) $25
Non-Members $30

Monday, November 3, 2014

Come support Bernie Wire and Wounded Warrior

It's been a while since I've had time to post, but i can take a couple minutes out of my day for anything that supports the wounded warrior protect. What am I talking about? The opening reception for Bernie Wire's latest exhibit of photos in the Ramona Room at Mohawk Bend.

The Reception takes place Tuesday November 11th, from 5:30 -7:30. After the reception the party will continue in the bar until 9:30ish. There will also be a running slide show of hundreds of Bernie's photos from years past to the present.

This year’s exhibit titled “Drink the Beer You Love – Love the Beer You Drink” features images of hops, breweries, bottles and taps. This exhibit will have 10, 24x36 inch and one 36x36 inch prints on aluminum. This works by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets, which produces vibrant colors with an amazing luminescence.

The exhibit opens on Veterans Day and $100 from each print sold will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. I would like to encourage everyone to make a donation no matter what amount.