Archive for January, 2015

D.I. performing Guns at The Vex in Los Angeles, CA. Filmed on April 18, 2013.

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Located just a stone’s throw away from where the 91 and 57 freeways meet in Anaheim, Bottle Logic Brewing has carved out a bold reputation for themselves with their succulent brews and innovative themes. All the staff at Bottle Logic come from experienced backgrounds, and thus could already brew beers to the standard set by many Southern Californian breweries. Bottle Logic aims to brew beers with unique ingredients for curious palates. They like to think outside of the box with their beers, and stray away from conventional, traditional beers. They apply a scientific approach to their brews, made evident by their beaker glasses and other themes around the tasting room. When tasting their beers, keep an open mind with their beers, and search for all the ingredients that go into that particular brew. A beer’s description may sound funky, but tasting it may reveal something you will crave more of. For example, take a look at their Double Actuator IPA. Dry-hopped with Mosaic hops, this bold yet balanced brew contains a floral nose and smooth bitterness, with hints of blueberries, mango, and papaya. Classified as a Double/Imperial IPA, this does not come off as super bitter – it goes down well, and goes well with any food or snack, especially if it has sharp or strong flavors like spicy or savory foods. You can find Double Actuator in 22oz bombers at your local craft beer shop throughout Southern California.

When you consider the people behind a beer fest, what type of people come to mind? Do you picture tough men drinking nonstop? Do you envision Irishmen drinking all day at the pub? Perhaps you think of Germans celebrating Oktoberfest. Contrary to what many believe, certain nationalities do not need a holiday or occasion to drink. Who said the Irish clamor over St. Patrick’s Day? Who believes Germans only drink prior to Oktoberfest? Each nation delivers more than the stereotypical beer that people know them for. Take the Germans for example – what else do they drink other than Oktoberfest beers? Have you heard of Bocks? This winter equivalent of the Oktoberfest brew deserves more attention than they currently do not receive. Luckily, Southern California holds an annual beer fest celebrating the wonderful world of Bock beers, and holding true to its location, Bock Fest brings more than just the beer – it also brings more booze including lots of spirits.

Taking place at its new location of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, the 2015 Bock Fest holds true to its roots as the beer fest that celebrates the lesser-known of German beers. Similar in style to Oktoberfest brews, Bocks appear darker and taste bolder, but can range from the paleness of a pilsner to the darkness of a stout. Although this fest focuses on Bocks and other German beers, many other microbreweries served their amazing craft beers as well. Popular breweries such as Figueroa Mountain, Fireman’s Brew, Spaten, and Lagunitas made an appearance, while rotating live music, food vendors, wines & spirits, cigar rolling, and more kept all guests occupied as they guzzled their brews.

Missed Bock Fest? Want to go to another beer fest just like it? I heard they plan to host a St. Patrick’s Fest. I currently have no details about such a fest, but perhaps I shall soon. For the latest in beer fests in Southern California, follow my blog for my weekly events post!

Downtown Pomona has really turned into a popular place for young adults in the past few years. Many stores now appear more alternative, almost giving off a hipster vibe without feeling so pretentious. Traditional restaurants and bars aplenty, new restaurants have slowly moved in over the past few years, such as The Rookery right there on the corner. This gastropub that opened two years ago celebrated their 2nd anniversary with a beer festival this past Saturday afternoon.At this celebration, guests paid $40 to enjoy up to five hours of unlimited beer tastings (while supplies lasted), plus the souvenir snifter glass to take home. The folks at The Rookery hold nothing back when it comes to their craft beer selection. They utilize a rotating taps system, changing up their beers whenever a keg blows to keep things fresh and spontaneous. The Rookery kept things fresh here by tapping mostly strong beers, both from the guest breweries and on tap in the restaurant. Of the visiting breweries, maybe only three of them brought a beer under 9% abv.

On a day with multiple beer festivals going on in Southern California, craft beer fans had a tough choice deciding how to enjoy their beers on this lovely California day. The Rookery has a rock-solid core of fans that devoted themselves to celebrating with their favorite local gastropub. This beer festival had just the right amount of visitors so that no person had to wait in a line for beer, and a great selection that allowed anyone to drink what they prefer. Everyone who attended The Rookery’s 2nd Anniversary Beer Fest will agree – they had a fantastic time hanging out at The Rookery.

Craft beer fans will want to visit The Rookery often to check what new beers they have on tap. Also consider visiting at night every third Wednesday of each month, when The Rookery hosts their monthly Bottle Share event. Not only does The Rookery have a great location on the corner of the main intersection of Downtown Pomona, but guests can find free parking just a block away (the lot adjacent to The Rookery costs a minimal fee). For a great space, The Rookery has great potential to turn into a thriving business, which may include a larger menu, more beer taps, and more beer events, especially tap takeovers.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 29-31
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover @ Alpine Village
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 30
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/626928454103678/

Check out Stone Brewing’s Green Tea IPA and more of their brews at Alpine Village this Friday night.

Ska Vs. Punk
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 30
Elks Lodge, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/1592684134301610/

Enjoy an all-ages ska and punk show this Friday night in San Bernardino for just $5.

Meet The Brewer: Double Mountain Brewery
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 30
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/639165162896682/

Visit 38 Degrees in Alhambra this Friday night to drink some brews and meet the brewer from this Oregon brewery.

The Bombpops: Record Release Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/904891532868407/

The Bombpops have just released a new 7″ record, and they will celebrate the release of it with this show in Downtown LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Alex’s Bar 15th Anniversary Party
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 30 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/190092
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 31 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/189269
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Alex’s Bar in Long Beach celebrates their 15th anniversary this week with some mixed back-to-back shows, featuring bands such as Rocket From The Crypt and more between Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets to either night costs $28 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/anaheim.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Downtown Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year with this FREE family-friendly festival this Saturday in Riverside. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more.

5th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Bottle Share #18
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 31
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1517332285208694/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

X-Members @ Fuzion Huntington Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 31
Fuzion, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/678015008983064/

Rock out to some great local bands this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Darlington and The Maxies – FREE Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/892413530817745/

Check out this FREE punk show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Asian Lunar New Year Family Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 1
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/programs/calendar/event/2082-target-free-first-sunday-asian-lunar-new-year-family-festival

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year with this FREE family-friendly festival this Sunday in Santa Ana. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more.

As time moves forward, the demand for craft beer continues to increase exponentially. Many of the big beer companies have attempted to appeal to the craft audience, but fortunately the people see through the lies. After all, Budweiser’s Platinum and Black Crown still tastes like fizzy cardboard. Unfortunately, the masses still order their beloved brands like Heineken, Corona, or Stella simply because they have heard of it and know what to expect. They play it safe, unwilling to take the bold step by trying something new. This explains why massive events such as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA have big brand logos everywhere, such as Heineken banners plastered everywhere. For those planning to attend Coachella, I would like you to know that you do have a choice with your beer this time, since microbreweries now have a presence in the Coachella Valley. Granted, only two standalone breweries exist as of the date of this post (will explain below), both breweries will ensure that you will enjoy not only your Coachella experience, but also your local drinking experience.

Bearing the namesake of its regional location, perhaps most Southern California craft beer fans have heard of the Coachella Valley Brewing Company (CVB). CVB has already made their presence felt not only at beer festivals throughout California (including a few central and northern), but at select supermarkets and grocery stores, such as Fresh & Easy. Having opened their doors to the public almost a year and a half ago, CVB wasted little time in getting their name out to the local craft beer market. Even I cannot recall when I first discovered CVB, as I probably did so not too long after they opened. I do recall that they have a nice, cozy tasting room located on the other side of the freeway from the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, making CVB easily accessible to anyone in the area. CVB has over a dozen taps running at a time, more than what they list on the big board above the counter. Always pay attention to the small boards below the big one, as CVB sometimes has rare beers, beers that they only brewed one batch of, or promo/discounted beers on.

Located a few miles closer than CVB to the Empire Polo Club, the La Quinta Brewing Company tends to focus more on delivering quality brews to the locals of the Coachella Valley. La Quinta opened not too long after CVB did, but unlike CVB, La Quinta has yet to reach craft beer fans outside of the Coachella Valley. I happened to discover La Quinta only after traveling to CVB and doing a search on my phone. La Quinta has their own vehicle/van with draft taps installed onto it, allowing them greater freedom to attend beer festivals or private catering events to pour beer. With all that they have going for them, I believe that the rest of Southern California may soon start to see more of La Quinta.

If you ever find yourself out here in the Palm Springs/Coachella area, you owe it to yourself to visit both of these breweries during your trip. If you plan on staying in the Coachella Valley during the weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, I highly suggest obtaining growlers from both breweries to enjoy not only with yourself, but with your friends/family that accompanied you to the show. Search-engine websites may reveal two other breweries in the area, but both of those count as a brewpub (Back Street and Babe’s Bar-B-Que).

This Sunday, the 2015 Bock Fest returns to Southern California at its new location of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where they love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers.

For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks. Street parking meters do not go into effect on Sundays, so commuters can possibly find free parking on the streets around the venue; otherwise, the venue has a paid private parking garage. Absolutely no person under the age of 21 may attend, and do not forget to bring a valid ID!

Thousands of adults got to relive their childhood this past weekend at the annual Arcade Expo that returned in Banning. This three-day expo contained hundreds of different arcade machines, games, and pinball machines that visitors of all ages could come to play to their heart’s content for the duration of their visit. In addition to all the free games available, various movies, seminars, vendors, live music, tournaments, and more kept visitors occupied.

The building that housed the Arcade Expo had various rooms all with different types of arcades in them. The two main rooms represented the main halves of the expo: one half held all the pinball machines, while the other half held all the arcade games. The arcade half had hundreds of nostalgic video games, most of which resembled 8-bit games such as those found on the original Nintendo system. While most of the arcade games fell under the category of 8-bit to 16-bit, visitors could find a few modern games, such as Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Beyond the arcade room, visitors could walk outside to find the main stage, where live bands, DJ’s, and speakers set up.

The bulk of the expo’s action took place in the pinball half of the building. This side contained hundreds of pinball machines, ranging from the traditional classic 2D machines to the modern machines with ramps and lighting effects. A pinball machines exists for virtually any theme in the world, and this expo had a pinball machine for it all. They even had some adult-themed pinball machines, one of which had actual nudity in it.

Anyone who grew up with these sorts of traditional games would not want to miss the Arcade Expo. Adults especially would get a kick out of replaying some of these classic games that they may not have seen in decades. My eyes gleamed with delight when I discovered some classic games I grew up with, such as the Simpsons arcade game and the Surfer pinball machine. The Arcade Expo will return to Banning again next year, so make a note to look out for this in January next year. Having already attended and experienced this, I do not believe that I may return. However, I urge everyone to attend this annual event at least once in their life.

Natural selection tells us that size matters. Among virtually all organisms, size determines the viability of any particular living thing, especially in males. Animals like fiddler crabs, lions, deer, and peafowl all sport an exceptionally large body part in order to attract females. In other species and cultures, size does more than flaunt a male’s viability to females – size determines strength and/or rank. This particular practice translates to human cultures, where men display size to broadcast their rank or strength. In ancient cultures, Vikings wore horns, with the higher-ranking Vikings wearing larger horns than the followers. In today’s world, this practice exists even in the kitchen, where the height of the chef hat determines the seniority of each staff member. What happens when you throw a Viking into a modern-day kitchen? You get the next chapter of The Viking Truck going brick & mortar.

The owners of The Viking Truck and Garlic Scapes truck have teamed up to open their own restaurant in Placentia called Meat Up BBQ. Over at Meat Up BBQ, they serve West Coast barbecue with southern influences, plus each chef’s own spin on barbecue. With multiple different backgrounds converging into one location, the menu will likely see many rotations as each chef adds his own influence not only from the respective food truck, but from their culinary background as well. For example, we have already seen certain food truck items make their way into the menu at Meat Up BBQ, such as the Garlic Feta Fries or the Odin sandwich. This kitchen allows them to craft up some mighty fine concoctions as well, such as the Rotten Richard burger, a burger with pork chili verde and a fried potato patty. Other fine entrées include fries smothered with pork chili verde & cheddar cheese, a gorgonzola & horseradish slaw burger, and the hefty three-meat platter.

Perhaps what draws in the most people appears above the bar. Meat Up BBQ has 25 draft beer taps that feature rotating craft beers, ensuring that customers receive the freshest brews possible. For the purists, they have domestics like Bud Light and Michelob Ultra. However, they may also get some rare beers in occasionally, such as Goose Island’s Bourbon County.

Many locals have anticipated the grand opening of Meat Up BBQ ever since the announcement of its existence last year. When you have the owners of two of the county’s most popular food trucks teaming up to open a restaurant, people will talk. Throw local craft beer into the mix, and you have the perfect formula for a lasting business. Check out Meat Up BBQ on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest happenings, and check them out in person in Placentia on the southeast corner of Kraemer Blvd and Yorba Linda Blvd.

11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 18-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Cheese Week @ The Factory
January 19-25
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/648232371966407/

Two years ago, Downtown Long Beach had a Cheese Week. Last year, they had a Pepper Week. This year, we have not heard anything from the Downtown Long Beach camp. Until then, The Factory will host their own Cheese Week this week with different cheese specials each day.

Saosin with Anthony Green
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 19
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Saosin

Post-hardcore band Saosin will headline a show at The Observatory tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30. Arrive early to get free parking at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Cosplay Photoshoot @ CSULB Zen Garden
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
CSULB Zen Garden, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559612120924673/

Got a cosplay costume that you want to show off? Come to this photo shoot this Wednesday in the Zen Garden located at the northwest end of Cal State Long Beach. As this takes place on a college campus, visitors may not freely park here. Visitors can find street parking on Atherton or the neighborhood north of it.

Dory Deli – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 21
Dory Deli, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/583687015096996/

Dory Deli in Newport Beach will have their official grand opening next Monday. Until then, they will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the chamber of commerce this Wednesday evening at 5:30.

Madball – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2276
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 22, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738277
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23, White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738869
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 24, Jerry’s Pizza & Pub, Bakersfield http://www.ticketfly.com/event/738875-madball-bakersfield/

Legendary New York hardcore band Madball will play a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click on the show’s link for more information.

Mobile Deathcamp – Live in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 1:00 am,  January 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/705405139556615/

Release some aggression at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies & The Aggrolites @ The Troubadour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 21
The Troubadour, West Hollywood
http://www.troubadour.com/event/727085-mad-caddies-los-angeles/

The Mad Caddies and The Aggrolites will embark on a west coast tour this week, starting with a show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17 presale or $20 at the door.

Keg For A Cause – Pink Boots Society
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
Bottlecraft, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/330008397204713/

On Thursday evening, stop by Bottlecraft in North Park to buy Pizza Port’s Tres Tuercas Nut Brown Ale. 100% of the proceeds will go to Pink Boots Society – San Diego.

Dogfish Head Flight Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537796286502035/

Sip on some Dogfish Head beers this Thursday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra.

San Diego Caffeine Crawl
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 23
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 24
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego.html

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

Nuke the Fridge Con (Special Edition)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 24-25
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

While it normally occurs in November each year, Nuke the Fridge Con returns to Rowland Heights this weekend for a special event featuring Stan Lee of Marvel fame. This FREE event features dozens of pop culture vendors all selling various goods of video games, sports memorabilia, comics, and other collectibles. Anyone will surely find something here to satisfy their inner collector.

4th Annual Kites Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 24
Claremont Sands Beach (Horny Corner), Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/605903379532016/

Bring out the kids to this kite-flying event this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach. Admission to this event costs $10.

Beer Geek Speedway Release Party
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 24
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1380631615576435/

AleSmith and Mikkeller have collaborated to brew up an imperial oatmeal stout with Kopi Luwak coffee, which goes on sale TODAY. This Saturday, the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego will have multiple variations of Speedway Stout available for the public to try.

Phat Con 2015
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 24
Dave & Buster’s, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/713657188681347/

Release your inner nerd at this FREE event this Saturday at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets At Orange. Meet dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and more, as you gaze upon all of the wondrous works of art and collectibles. Bring some cash if you intend to purchase any toys, comic books, or other collectibles.

The Rookery 2nd Anniversary Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1075775

The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns two this weekend, and to celebrate, they will hold an in-house beer fest for you to come get sloshed. Admission costs $40, and comes with unlimited beer pours plus a souvenir glass to take home. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.

2015 North County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
Moonlight Amphitheater, Vista
http://www.northcountybeerfestival.com/

North San Diego County has a beer festival this Saturday afternoon featuring over 25 breweries. Admission to this beer festival costs $42.50 for unlimited tastings while supplies last.

8Kalacas – Live in Van Nuys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys
http://www.facebook.com/events/489235587886250/

Go crazy at this skacore show this Saturday night in Van Nuys. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Eagle Rock Brewery 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 25
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/eagle-rock-brewery-5-year-anniversary

Eagle Rock Brewery turns five this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive three drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this one-day event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $21, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2015 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 25
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.