Friday, August 28, 2015
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
|The Nagelest - photo credit to www.beerandbaking.com|
Craig and I decided to come out of hibernation for this event for a couple reasons:
A) How awesome the previous years Firkfest was
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 www.caskalela.com. 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
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
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.
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
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
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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
The Illinois Double IPA
Festivity Brown Ale
Père Jacques Dubbel
Matilda Belgian Strong Pale Ale
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
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
Monday, November 3, 2014
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. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Thursday, September 25, 2014
For the last five years, LA beer week was all about the big finale at Union Station. It was the culminating event of the week and capped it off with a good amount of all the beers you could drink from around town and beyond.
This year with the stepping down of the former organizers, there was a gap for the beer week that the newly formed L.A. brewers guild willingly stepped in to fill.
They decided to depart from the previous format of an end of the week celebration at union station to a beginning of the week kick off in Chinatown. Still just a train ride away from union station, the event provided some much needed breathing room for all the brewers and attendees that the previous years did not. As an extra bonus, it was outdoors in the shade so everyone wasn't sweating their asses off!
All 25 members of the brewers guild were in attendance showing off their latest and greatest brews for the thirsty crowd. We're not big enough to have an L.A. only beer week, but we're getting there pretty quickly.
Some of my favorite brewers from the fest were:
Beachwood brewing co: Vulcanizer Collab with Drakes. A 7.1 abv west coast ipa.
Reverend Nats: This cider maker form Oregon brought the goods. They had an amazing fresh hopped apricot cider and a heavily hopped 10% Apple cider.
Highland park Brewery: My favorite from them so far was their Beer Spaceship. A somewhat lightly hyped session ipa
All in all, I'd have to say that this year was a significant improvement over last year's event. The organizers really worked hard to ensure that everyone would have a good, safe time. Cheers to them and Fran specifically for making it happen, cap'n!