After MUCH anticipation from craft beer fans throughout Southern California, Dudes’ Brewing in Torrance finally opened their doors to the public this past weekend. For over a year, Dudes’ Brewing has graced Southern California with their presence at multiple beer festivals, such as Bock Fest or Drink Good Beer Fest. Most, if not all, people who have encountered Dudes’ Brewing will recall the Grandma’s Pecan and/or the Kölschtal Eddy beers, as these two essentially represent the flagship beers of Dudes’ Brewing. With the opening of their doors this past weekend, Dudes’ Brewing marks yet another entry into the South Bay craft beer scene.

Their tasting room has just what it needs to feel homely for any dude or dudette entering the premises. An open space gives way to some tables, a wall ledge between the front door and the garage door, two televisions, Lebowski stickers & references everywhere, and of course the bar when the beertenders serve up their brews. The rest of the tasting room gives way to the production area, which not only includes their canning line, but the five tanks bearing the letters in the word DUDES’.

For the grand opening, Dudes’ Brewing did not celebrate alone. Pretzel Crisps and Tribe Hummus brought free samples for all guests to snack on. Food trucks also showed up right outside to serve up hot food to any hungry guest that needed more sustenance than just pretzel snacks.

For as long as they have brewed beer, one would expect them to have a full grasp on the grand opening of a tasting room. Unfortunately, some issues did arise right from the start. Perhaps what irked guests the most involved the beer servings. Not only did Dudes’ Brewing not fill growlers, but they did not have beer flights available, only opting to serve pints or half pints. Although Dudes’ Brewing originally advertised 13 taps, they started off with only nine brews available. Not only that, but their credit card swiping device did not function at the start, so they remained on a cash-only basis for quite some time. To make matters worse, the city police department set up checkpoints on both sides of Western Avenue early on Friday evening. Although I wanted to stick around longer to try more of the brews, I knew that lingering would get me into trouble, so I left before anything bad could go down.

Regardless of the rocky first weekend, Dudes’ Brewing had already stomped their foot down on the Southern California craft beer scene, and the opening of their tasting room only solidifies their position as a stronghold. Keep up with the happenings at Dudes’ Brewing by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Let me know in the comments section below what you think about Dudes’ Brewing if you attended the grand opening weekend, or after you have visited the tasting room.

Times change, a fact that nobody can deny. People must learn to adapt and keep up with changes, or fall behind in life. For that reason, the Slidebar in Downtown Fullerton has chosen to go in a brand new direction by redesigning their entire menu, both culinary and libations. The Slidebar has brought on Chef Oge Dalken, locally known from his work at Chapter One in Santa Ana, to cultivate a menu driven on local ingredients, a move that many gastropubs around the world have already made. This new menu will contain a handful of gastropub staples fused with traditional bar food, such as Duck Confit Nachos, Candied Bacon Cheddar Cheese Popcorn, Korean Tacos, and Mini Kobe Dogs. In addition to this brand new menu, the Slidebar will start to carry a greater variety of craft beers from local breweries, both in bottles and on draft.

I received an opportunity to attend a beer-pairing menu preview last week, so along with my camera, an empty stomach, and a punk anarchic outlook, I set off to the Slidebar to give them a chance to prove that they have what it takes to turn into a meal destination. Our menu tasting included the following items, plus the craft beer pairing:

  • Ahi Slider: seared sesame-encrusted Ahi, Asian slaw, pickled ginger, wasabi mayo. Pair w/ Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA
  • Coney Dog: all-beef hot dog, Coney Island chili, tobacco onions, mustard. Pair w/ Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA
  • Mac N’ Cheese: cheddar & fontina cheese, mixed bacon relish, truffle oil, toasted parmesan cheese, panko bread crumb gratin. Pair w/ Chimay Trappist Ale
  • Chicken & Waffles: potato waffle, spicy herb panko-crusted fried chicken breast, chicken & mushroom gravy, fried leeks. Pair w/ Noble Ale Pistol Whip’d
  • Coulotte Steak: choice top sirloin cap, coffee & unsweetened cocoa powder rub, bacon-wrapped, beef demi, sun-dried bing cherries, stilton cheese, dijon mashed potatoes. Pair w/ Golden Road Get Up Off That Brown Ale
  • Banana Bread Beer Float: Wells Banana Bread Beer, French vanilla ice cream, fried plantain

Through all these radical changes to the offerings at the Slidebar, can this win over a new crowd? Can this retain the old crowd? Historically, Slidebar has received the reputation at the “frat boy” hangout spot, and lends primarily to the stereotype behind Downtown Fullerton. I never thought to come here on my own volition due to encounters with “bros” here, and the Kelly Thomas incident left a foul taste the mouths of many locals. Due to my connection to the Orange County punk scene, I still hear people boycotting the Slidebar to this day, three years later. The Slidebar has done all they can to separate themselves from that unforgettable night, and it sucks when unwanted trouble stumbles upon your doorstep. Believe me, a similar situation occurred over 20 years ago to a business belonging to a family member, and many people still boycott that business to this day. Do you think Slidebar now has the right resources to leave their past behind and forge new grounds with this menu redesign? Head on in to Slidebar, order some of the new food, and post in the comments section below letting me know what you think.

Upcoming Events: September 15-21, 2014

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Events, Long Beach, Restaurant, Food, Music, Punk Rock, Ska, Orange County, Los Angeles, Irish, Drinks, Beer, Wine, Burlesque, San Diego, Art, Animals, Cars, Sports, Inland Empire
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23rd Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

Sunset Strip Music Festival Pre-Party Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 16
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1469030910045438/

Warm up for this weekend’s Sunset Strip Music Festival with this weeknight party in West Hollywood. For a $10 cover charge, check out some local rock bands, plus a burlesque show. No one under 21 may enter.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through September on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront?id=67350

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 18-21
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all SoCal locations
http://www.mitsuwa.com/ai1ec_event/hokkaido-torrance-2/

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

2014 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 18
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Thursday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

California Brewmasters Book Signing & Drake’s IPA Collab Tapping
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/689783837768725/

Join brewers from local breweries at Beachwood Brewing this Thursday evening as they congregate for a signing of the book California Brewmasters. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer. In addition to the signing, Beachwood Brewing will tap a new IPA that they collaborated with Drake’s Brewing to brew called Vulcanizer, so ensure you grab a pint of that as well.

Savor Summer: Umami Burger Music & Art Series
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Space 15 Twenty, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/272174519638418/

Enjoy a night of art, a live DJ, cash bar, and food from Umami Burger this Thursday night in Hollywood. Please have cash available for any food and/or drinks you desire to consume.

Generate LA Showcase
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 18
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/337479513083180/

This event will feature an art exhibit, two stages of bass music, a fashion run, dance performances, and more. The cover to enter this event costs $5 if entering before 9pm, or $10 after 9pm. The venue sells their own food and alcohol. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just avoid getting in trouble for it. Yarr~

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 19
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcastairclimb.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1070058

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

2014 International Food Blogger Conference
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 19
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 20
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 21
The Westin, Downtown Seattle
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2014

The world’s top conference for food bloggers returns to Seattle this year! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. Unfortunately I cannot attend this year, but look forward to it next year for sure!

16th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 20
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2014
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 20
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, September 21
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $35 for a weekend pass. No one under 21 may attend on Friday or Saturday, but they may attend on Sunday only. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Pasadena Greek Fest
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 19
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. The race track charges $4 for parking per vehicle.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://mpknightmarket.com/

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

The Aquabats: 20th Anniversary Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 19
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/623861-aquabats-pomona/

The Aquabats continue their 20th Anniversary Tour, which sweeps through Pomona this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.

1st Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $195 and a weekend pass costing $350.

Get Lit In North Pine
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 19
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Get-Lit-in-North-Pine?id=67456

This Friday night, North Pine will host a FREE and all-ages twilight walk on Pine Avenue between 3rd & 8th streets in Downtown Long Beach. This nighttime event will contain glow zones, bubble soccer, roller disco, live music, food, and more activities for the entire family.

H.R. of Bad Brains @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, September 19
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/h-r-of-bad-brains-the-wyldz/

Check out this show going on this Friday night as part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

6th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
September 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

14th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 20
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
http://www.bikewalkandroll.com/

Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

20th Annual Pacific Islander Festival of San Diego
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 20-21
Ski Beach, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/

Check out this free and all-ages Pacific Islander festival this weekend in San Diego. Visitors will find food, treats, arts & crafts, games, merchandise, music, dancing, and more. Please have cash available for either parking or the shuttle service.

17th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado
http://www.fleetweeksandiego.org/events/fleet-week-coronado-speed-festival/

This all-ages event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts at one of the most distinctive race track locations, Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy! The two-day festival includes a military pit crew challenge, car show, garage tours, test drives, a vendor village, a stunt show by Aaron Colton, a special appearance by the Robby Gordon SUPER Trucks, and more. General admission presale costs $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend, while tickets at the door will cost $10 more.

10th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 20
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

7th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://pacificislanderfestivaloc.com/

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2014
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 20
Wilson Plaza, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

Make The Music Go BANG! Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/bang-fest

See, X, The Buzzcocks, and more at this all-day all-ages music festival at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this show cost $35.

1st Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.artwalkmtb.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.

Gourmetzia 2014
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 20-21
South Hall K, Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.gourmetzia.com/

Described as “the international food lovers ultimate sampling event,” this two-day expo at the LA Convention Center showcases the finest in trending foods, gourmet, and artisan delicacies. Between all of the food sampling and browsing, check out all the culinary demos, performances, and high-energy activities. General admission costs $40 per day and starts at 4pm. Early entry admission costs $50 per day and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $85, starts at 12pm, provides access to BOTH days, and provides access to a special VIP section.

Beauty And The Creep – Costume Faire
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Halloween Club, La Mirada
http://www.halloweenclub.com/beautyandthecreep

Halloween Club right off the 5 freeway will host a FREE all-ages costume contest and party this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature a costume fashion show, makeup artists, costume designers, contests, food, drinks, music, giveaways, and more.

Shoreline Village Pirate Festival 2014
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 20
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 21
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/pirate-festival-september-20th/

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more all for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

12th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 20
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://nightout.com/events/1st-annual-san-diego-sriracha-festival-food-gps

Last year, the LA Sriracha Fest made us appreciate the beauty behind Sriracha. This year, the fest moves down to San Diego to spread the love for Sriracha. Test your spice tolerance at this food festival dedicated to sriracha this Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $59, starts at 3pm, and include all tastings, including craft beer and cocktail samples. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes reserved seating.

1st Annual Apollos Bash Car Show
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
Rio Vista Inn, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/271052923104771/

As the event name suggests, dozens of classic cars will arrive for display this Saturday in Anaheim. This event has no cost or age limit to attend.

LA Beer Week 6th Anniversary Opening Gala
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 20
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://labeerweek.com/2014/event/la-beer-week-kickoff/

LA Beer Week kicks off its 2014 run with its annual beer fest this Saturday at its new location of Chinatown. In addition to the over 70 breweries present to serve beer, multiple food trucks will pair their foods (sold separately) with the beers.

Downey International Food Festival 2014
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/international_food_festival_2014.asp

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

World Foodie Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
LA Spice Café, Culver City
http://www.worldfoodiefair.com/

Ten hopeful restauranteurs will serve their cuisine at this mini food fest this Saturday in Culver City. Each $6 ticket provides $7 worth of food, and attendees can vote for their favorite foods throughout the event. Four one-hour sessions will take place starting at 5pm in order to spread out the flow of attendees, and interested attendees can purchase tickets for this event ONLY online so that the organizers can cap each session due to capacity limits. Buy at least one ticket to secure your spot in a session – you can buy more tickets once you arrive there if you still feel hungry for more food.

CrossFit Intersect Downtown Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
CrossFit Intersect, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/711383145566355/

A new CrossFit gym will open up in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday evening. Doors open at 6pm with tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks from local brewers. Ribbon-cutting ceremony happens at 7pm followed by a short workout at 7:30. Attendees will continue the celebration throughout Downtown afterwards.

Idle Worship – The Photography of Edward Colver
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
Lethal Amounts, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/296784110473924/

Check out this unveiling of never-before-seen images of old punk bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Youth Brigade, and more this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The event page makes no mention of a cover charge or age minimum or parking info or any other piece of event detail, so bear that all in mind if you plan to attend this event.

Thrash Show @ Five Star Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 20
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1464835617097357/

Get your thrash on at this show in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can park at the street meters for free after 8pm.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 21-26
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

Run For Love – Yoga & 5k
8:00 am – 11:00 am, September 21
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://runforlove.info/

Hundreds will gather on the beach this Sunday morning for a communal yoga session plus a 5k run/walk. Registration costs $35 and includes an event t-shirt.

19th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 21
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

Tony Hawk’s 11th Annual Stand Up For Skateparks
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 21
Green Acres Estate, Beverly Hills
http://www.standupforskateparks.org/

Come to Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills this Sunday for an afternoon of action sports thrills. Visitors will find action sports demos, music from live DJ’s, games, food, arts & crafts, vendors, a silent auction, and more. Individual tickets cost $550 each, while a family package costs $2750 and includes an autographed skateboard by Tony Hawk.

4th Annual Ska Day at Disneyland – It’s A Ska World After All
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Disneyland, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/692882780775823/

Rendezvous and mingle with ska fans at Disneyland this Sunday. Participate in multiple activities, such as a scavenger hunt, a ska outfit contest, a group picture, meet & greet lunch, and more. Please note that no ska show will actually take place.

Los Angeles Feline Film Festival & Internet Cat Video Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://lafelinefilmfestival.com/

As if cats do not already dominate our lives and the internet, a feline film festival will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday that celebrates out furry friends. See real cats, dozens of cat videos, meet famous cats, and more. Ticket prices vary to this event, with general admission costing $15, and additional prices for add-ons.

I ♥ Bois Hardcore
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Blood Orange Infoshop, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1406591726293435/

An all-day all-ages punk show invades Riverside this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $10.

Caskforce
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/338837772907451/

As part of LA Beer Week, Beachwood Brewing will unveil FIVE cask ales for this Sunday only. If you love craft beer, you owe it to yourself to visit Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday.

Whitekaps & The Maxies @ Slidebar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Slidebar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1497574080482934/

Head over to Slidebar in Fullerton this Sunday night to see both Whitekaps and The Maxies play a FREE show. No one under 21 may enter.

Craft beer has boomed substantially in the past few years across the nation, and it has boomed just as much in Orange County. These days, microbreweries pop up everywhere you can think of, but generally in geographical clusters for closer proximity and because some cities do not want breweries at all. In recent years, some areas have seen quite a number of breweries popping up, such as the South Bay, the San Gabriel Valley, and now Huntington Beach. Earlier this year, Huntington Beach saw the opening of its first production brewery with Beach City Brewing. This past weekend, Huntington Beach welcomed the addition of another microbrewery under the name of Four Sons Brewing. Located in an industrial park directly next to a CrossFit gym, Four Sons Brewing has established a name for themselves with their usage of unique ingredients on their brews, such as coconuts or raspberries. They have gained exposure at recent beer festivals, such as OC Brew Ha Ha or OC Beer Fest, providing them with an ample fan base prior to their opening. Although I have to determine the direction they intend to head in with their beers, they appear to have a bold approach to their brews, similar to Valiant Brewing‘s lineup of in-your-face beers.

Craft beer fans should not hesitate to check out Four Sons Brewing at 18421 Gothard Street in Huntington Beach. Four Sons joins the ranks of the few Orange County breweries with a tasting room open seven days a week (Bootlegger’s, The Bruery, and Noble Ale come to mind), so you can visit them at your leisure. Remember to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to receive updates on new brews and events when they occur!

The 25th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show took over 2nd Street and its side streets this past Sunday. Every year from 9am to 3pm on the Sunday following Labor Day, hundreds of cars go on display at this FREE and all-ages car show, along with many food and car-themed vendors on 2nd Street. From classic to modern, spectators could exhibit all sorts of vehicles. The entire stretch of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore closes to through-traffic to allow visitors to freely roam the streets and gaze at all the cars on exhibit. During this time, all local businesses remain open for business, and typically see increased volume due to the influx of visitors. Instead of attempting to describe all the cars, perhaps these photos could tell a better story, and maybe even entice you to return next year.

Recently people have explained to me that September generally indicates the slowing of certain businesses as they prepare for the dreaded Q4. Understandably, not only do most young ones return to school, but the start of the NFL season means people stay locked in place every Sunday with no incentive to do anything else other than eat junk food and sit on a couch fixating the eyes on a television screen. As we all know, times change, so old trends may slowly fade away to give way to new ideas and notions, sometimes causing reverse trends. Now in 2014, we can take September and give it new light, bringing life back into it. Life should not have to slow down in September, and things definitely did not slow down at the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival.

Orange County’s biggest craft beer festival returned for its fifth run this past Saturday at the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival. Taking place at sunny Oak Canyon Park out in the hills of Silverado and Irvine, this lush park away from civilization marks a great getaway from the cluster of the city, especially since cell phone signals do not normally reach out here. Trumping last year’s festival in geographical size and content, this massive beer festival puts all others to shame by including a whopping 80+ breweries in attendance from all over the world carrying over 170 different brews, doubling its area from last year, and adding more food, games, exhibits, vendors, and live entertainment. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, general admission started at 1pm, while early admission started at 12pm. Newly changed this year, all attendees received UNLIMITED beer pours for the duration of the festival, as opposed to the ticket limit of previous years. All beers stopped pouring at 4pm, but trust me – many of the breweries brought strong or filling brews, resulting in majority of attendees leaving the fest at the end of the day full of beer and no room for much else.

Although attendees entered from the east end, vendors entered from the west end, so this brief tour shall start there. The west field contained a handful of breweries, all the food trucks, and the games including glorified Jenga, bean-bag toss, and the human foosball arena.

The southern stretch contained many vendors, with one of them servicing free haircuts for anyone needing one. A few breweries, a few food vendors, and the cigar lounge also welcomed attendees at this area.

The east field housed the majority of the breweries plus a few vendors. The majority of the attendees spent their time on this side, as it had most of the beer, plenty of trees for shade, and the stage for the live music.

Although two separate admissions existed to allow attendees in at different times, one would not expect a difference, as it appeared that more of the early-admission tickets sold than the regular tickets. A huge cluster of people entered right at 12pm, and the show got on the road.

Moving on to the northern stretch, we find our friends from Bad Pickle Tees, plus a handful of more breweries.

After having completed a round, I remembered my obligation to actually work at this event, while at the same time managing my beer intake. By now, a human foosball game had gone under way, so I knew I had to see how they would manage.

The aforementioned haircut vendor had already received some customers this early!

Our friends from Drinkbar Juicery brought a booth to serve up some juices and cleanses.

I finally got to check out Craft Brew Tours, something that has appeared before my eyes plenty of times in the past, but I had never done anything to discover more information about them. Now that I found them, I discovered the grand party bus of them all. This small party bus basically gives a middle finger to all other party buses out there.

With the festival moving along solidly, alcohol plus people means that anything could happen. Beer bottle candles? Check. Impromptu photo shots? Check. Bagpipes? Check. Short bus? Check. Noble Ale with a long line? Check forever.

Now that the afternoon had progressed a bit, we get to the timed releases. Some breweries brought rare beers that they decided to release at certain times instead of having them available from the start in order to build hype. Some breweries received more hype than others, such as Noble Ale with their Cinnamon Roast Crunch, or Bottle Logic with their Darkstar November. Other special releases include Ritual Brewing with Fat Hog, Valiant Brewing with Alpha Overdrive & Axiom, Bootlegger’s with Knuckle Sandwich, Beach City with their cask, and Hangar 24 with Hammerhead.

At this rate of expansion, I foresee a 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha as so large that any normal person cannot possibly complete a circuit in given time. If this case arises, they must consider running two sessions, just like how Stone Brewing does for their anniversary. If they cannot run two sessions on the same day, then they can add another beer fest of the same magnitude. Luckily, they already have – the 3rd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho will return to its same location at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, December 13th. Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but cost $45 for general admission last year. No other beer fest in Orange County can compete on the same level as the Brew Ha Ha – see why for yourself at their December beer fest, or hang on tight until next year!

Sometimes in dire places like East LA, one can only throw a killer birthday party with a brutal punk rock show. Skunk & Pedz did that last Friday night in East LA with a show filled with great local hardcore punk bands. This show saw many lineup changes in the few days prior to this show, and as a result, the show did not start until close to 9pm.

Opening the night, new band Evul Maniax opened to a small crowd. Coined as thrash punk, they sound very much like old D.R.I. with some metal or thrash influences. If you take D.R.I. vocalist Kurt Brecht and place him in a metal band, you get Evul Maniax.

Up next and still downstairs, we get a set from Underground Alliance. I had seen these guys at shows in the past, but never actually saw them perform until this show. Luckily I got to finally see them play, as they have a nice unique hardcore sound to them thanks to their vocalist. The instrumentals aside, vocalist Tony has what I can only describe as a comedian’s voice, yet applied to a punk rock background. I hope to see more of these guys soon.

Moving upstairs, we move to License To Kill. For such a generic name, they carry a darn good sound. If you have listened to songs from The Unseen, then you could say that License To Kill sounds like a harder version of The Unseen.

Skunk decided to make something happen for his birthday by drumming for the next band, Poor Ignorant Nuisance A.K.A. The P.I.N.s. Imagine the instrumentals of The Casualties and add the vocals of Narcoleptic Youth. This more or less describes how The P.I.N.s sound.

Skunk returned to play guitar for Empty Pockets up next. If these guys all look familiar, Empty Pockets represents a supergroup of the local music scene, including Justus from Slow Children. Fans of F-Minus will love Empty Pockets, as they sound like F-Minus that came from the backyard shows of East LA.

At long last, Destruction Made Simple could finally get onto the stage to bring the house down. I see these guys perform a lot, and they never disappoint. As a band that has existed for over a decade, they have not allowed the test of time to wear them down. Expect to see some great things from these guys in the near future.

The headliner finally came on right before the venue started to close, so Resilience wasted no time jumping into their set. As the headliner, they naturally drew much of the crowd towards the front of the stage. Their old school oi sound resonates well with any punk fan, bringing back memories of 80’s punk or British punk. If you like to see classic punk in action, head to a Resilience show while they still have their youth in them.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages to stay up to date with all the news about the bands. Every band has shows coming up now that September has arrived indicating the year’s end when all the best shows come around.