Archive for March, 2015

Craft beer has never looked better, and the industry continues to grow exponentially as time passes. While microbreweries may exist in geographical clusters, some bold individuals may elect to start a craft beer foundation in a city or area without a brewery. Thankfully, just over a year ago, Sanctum Brewing settled down to open up Pomona’s first production microbrewery. The urban region between the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire already had some sparse microbreweries around, such as in Chino, Ontario, and Claremont, but none in Pomona. Sanctum Brewing broke new ground by adding itself to a lineup of craft beer-friendly places in Pomona, going along with the multitude of restaurants finally starting to tap craft beer. Sanctum Brewing treated the locals to a great time this past Saturday at their 1st Anniversary Celebration, a beer tasting event so highly anticipated that they decided to hold two different sessions in order to accommodate all the guests in their little space. At this beer tasting event, Sanctum Brewing served up to 20 different brews to guests, over half of which they released only for this day. For what appears as a small space, Sanctum Brewing sure did output quite a large volume of beer on this day. Although they have a small tasting area for guests to roam around in, space never truly felt like an issue, since most of the guests remained seated while not in line for more beer. Along with a resident mobile food vendor and live music later in the night, Sanctum Brewing put together a solid package for their first anniversary celebration. Cheers to Sanctum Brewing for enduring the first year in business, and to a prosperous future.

San Diego Burger Week
March 27 – April 6
Participating locations, San Diego County

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $5 each!

Citraholic IPA Release
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 31
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach/Long Beach

Beachwood BBQ will release another of their coveted IPAs this Tuesday night at both their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations.

Pundamonium: The Los Angeles Pun Slam
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 31
Ghengis Cohen, West Hollywood

Fancy yourself a comic? If you have the puns to make people laugh, you can win cash at this pun contest this Tuesday night in West Hollywood. No registration required – simply show up early and compete. First come, first served – they have a limit to the number of entrants.

April Fools Blind Beer & Wine Tasting
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 1
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Get into the holiday spirit with some booze at The Factory. Participants will blindly taste samples of beer or wine flights that will include one non-craft drink. Correctly identify the non-craft drink to receive the flight for free; otherwise, pay for it like normal.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 2
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $10, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Luba Nude Yoga – Photo Exhibit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 2
Unknowngallery, Venice

Yes, nude yoga. I need not speak anymore. Free to attend, but no one under 18 may enter.

WonderCon 2015
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 3
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $20, while attending on Sunday only costs $10. If you want to avoid the parking fee, you can find free street parking in the neighborhood west of West Street.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village in Torrance will have a bunch of Hangar 24 beers on tap this Friday night. Stop on by and check out the selection.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

5-Course Sustainable Seafood & Craft Beer Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Eat some seafood and drink some beer at the aquarium this Friday night. Admission to this beer dinner costs $75. No one under 21 may participate.

Strung Out @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Strung Out will begin touring this week, which includes a show in Orange County this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

West Coast Punk Invasion
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 3
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles

A bunch of awesome local punk bands will perform at this show in LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should look for parking in the neighborhood across the street.

The Movielife – Live in Southern California
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 3, Glass House, Pomona
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

The Movielife will headline a triplet of shows in California this week, ending with these two Southern California shows. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25.

2015 Spring Forward 626Drift Event
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 4
Willow Springs International Raceway, Rosemond

Get your drifting on this Saturday morning, or just come spectate. Participation costs $85 for drivers or $5 for passengers.

9th Annual Easter Festival & Food Truck Brunch
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, April 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Enjoy family-fun Easter activities and various local food trucks this Saturday morning at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. Use the link above to receive admission for FREE; otherwise, admission will cost $2 at the door.

2nd Annual Filipino Sun Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 4
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego

Check out this FREE and all-ages festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. At this Filipino-themed festival, find food, drinks, treats, music, dance, activities, games, vendors, demos, workshops, and more that all celebrate Filipino culture.

Hangar 24 Palmero Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, April 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Hangar 24 Brewery will release Palmero, the next of their yearly seasonal brews, this weekend. To celebrate, the tasting room will have Palmero available for pints, flights, and growler fills starting this Saturday. In addition, guests can enjoy live local music all day, and munch on some tacos later on.

5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 4
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

After taking a year off, this gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to San Diego at its new home in Qualcomm Stadium. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $65, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 4
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $8 and starts at 1pm, while early entry for 12pm costs $16.

5th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking.

Bourbon O.E. & Goldie Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Smog City Brewing, Torrance

Smog City Brewing in Torrance will release two barrel-aged beers in bottles this Saturday. For this momentous occasion, visitors can buy bottles to take to-go as well as enjoy the brews in the tasting room.

Deltopia 2015
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 4
Beaches of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara

Bring out your floaters, because this Spring Break party will rock your boat. You will find everything stereotypical about Spring Break at this all-day beach party in Santa Barbara. Come mix & mingle with everyone here, meet new people, and enjoy the warm California sun.

Cosplay Spring Fashion Show 2015
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 4
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

Looking for a venue to show off your latest cosplay outfit? Want to see a bunch of other cosplayers without having to deal with the WonderCon crowds/registration? Check out this cosplay meetup this Saturday afternoon in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA, completely free to attend.

Taco Madness 2015
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 4
Villains Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles

A bunch of taco businesses from across LA County will gather here this Saturday for an afternoon of slinging tacos. Admission costs $10but does not include anything but entry – guests should bring plenty of cash to purchase tacos once inside.

2015 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 4

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

Voodoo Glow Skulls performing Voodoo Anthem at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on May 4, 2013.

Orange County craft beer fans have looked forward to this for a year, and the time has finally arrived. In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic Brewing currently celebrates their first anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting this past Sunday, Bottle Logic released an exclusive new beer daily, which will culminate with the release of Ideation, a Bourbon-Aged Wheat Wine, on Saturday, March 28th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. To reward loyal customers, Bottle Logic came up with the idea of a passport – a mini booklet that chronicles your daily visits during the Week of Logic. By showing up to the tasting room on a specific day, folks would receive a unique stamp in the passport representative of that particular day. By the end of the week, folks will receive various goodies for receiving stamps in their passport – three stamps nets a bottle opener, five stamps nets an anniversary glass, and seven stamps from going everyday this week nets a t-shirt.

Sunday started off with a line out the door, with everyone clamoring over Darkstar November.

Visitors received their first passport reward on Tuesday – a choice of a Lagerithm or Recursion bottle opener. If you have not visited Bottle Logic yet this past week, fret not – visit them today, tomorrow, and Saturday, and you can still obtain one of these beautiful bottle openers.

As for the beers, they taste delicious as always. Following Sunday’s Darkstar November, I went on to try Monday’s Sour Prince, Tuesday’s Dark & Stormy, and Wednesday’s Passionate Dragon.

If you have not yet visited Bottle Logic this week, why dawdle? Go on a visit them the next three days and sip on some rare brews that they may never concoct again! You can also pick up a nifty bottle opener by attending the next three days. To everyone else who has already gone everyday, I hope you enjoy the anniversary glass tonight, and the t-shirt on Saturday.

Back in action with their continuing series of special monthly dinner nights, Beachwood BBQ will host a Curry & IPA Night tomorrow night. Just like with the last time they held a Curry night, Beachwood BBQ will present a menu with five different choices of curry, along with five different IPA’s that each correspond to a type of curry. Individual curry entrées cost between $15 and $18, while a sampler plate of four of the curry dishes cost $19. To go with the sampler plate, guests can add on the beer pairings for $6. Traditionally, an IPA goes very well with meaty, flavorful dishes, as the bitterness penetrates the flavor of whatever you eat, acting as a pseudo palate cleanser. Thankfully, Beachwood BBQ taps the perfect pairings for each curry dish. This special night requires no reservations – simply show up, grab a seat, and order away.

With Spring having officially started last Friday, businesses leave behind the slowed months of January and February behind to pave the way for increased volume moving into the summer months. What better way to kick off the new season exists than with a nice cold one? Enter the 2nd Annual FirkFest Cask Beer Festival & Chili Cookoff, a event that celebrates Southern California’s booming craft beer industry and up-and-coming restauranteurs in the Orange County area. Unlike many other beer tasting events out there, FirkFest sets itself apart from the rest by featuring only cask ales, a feat that virtually no one else has accomplished, or accomplished first for that matter. Due to the nature of cask ales, all of the brews available at FirkFest only existed for that day – no one will find any of the brews anywhere else ever again. Over 25 Southern Californian microbreweries appeared to serve their one-of-a-kind brews, while 12 different chefs & restauranteurs vied for the best chili of the fest.

Every attendee could eat as many chili samples as they could until it ran out. Some of the chefs brought vegan chili, while a few concocted something that more resembled a stew than a chili. Alternating between beer tastings and chili samples helped attendees reduce the intoxicating effects of the beer.

Any successful beer festival cannot operate without the people. FirkFest organizer Greg Nagel followed up with a successful first run last year with this improved event. By including food in the price of admission, Mr. Nagel upgraded this event while keeping the main operations intact. From the field games to the lively music that got people dancing, all of the attendees never wanted the day to end.

Just look at the joy expressed on their faces!

And now for the curve ball – these guys. Local craft beer enthusiasts know these guys very well for their great contributions to the SoCal craft beer industry. They decided to leave a lasting impact with these flamboyant outfits.

Just like last year, the attendance remained below average for a beer fest, albeit this event sold out a few days prior. Some of the larger beer festivals have you standing shoulder to shoulder with other people, waiting in long lines for generic beer that may even include macro beers like Shock Top. Those “drunk fests” do not emphasize the quality of the beer – they focus on quantity and getting people as drunk as the next person. FirkFest got the quality beers for a fest with a manageable attendance, keeping things slightly more intimate and allowing greater interactions with the attendees and the representatives from the breweries. The organizers also resolved parking by allowing guests to park for free in a parking structure that normally would not allow so many people to park in for so long. At this rate of improvement, we can expect great things for next year’s FirkFest.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 22-28
Participating locations, Long Beach

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Bottle Logic Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 22-28
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim

Orange County craft beer fans have looked forward to this for a year, and the time has finally arrived. In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their first anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of Ideation, a Bourbon-Aged Wheat Wine, on Saturday, March 28th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Geek Fashion Week 2015
March 23-29
Various locations, Los Angeles County

Come see geeks turned chic all week at various fashion shows throughout Los Angeles County. Various events will take place that each showcase the latest in geek fashion trends, culminating with a large fashion show on Saturday. Check the website for the full list of ongoing events.

Silva Stout Release
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 24
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego

Check out some exclusive brews on tap at the Green Flash tasting room in San Diego this Tuesday evening. Visitors may also get the chance to take home bottles of Silva Stout.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry for you to choose from. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

Hawthorne Heights – Stripped Down To The Bone Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 26, Porter’s Pub, La Jolla
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27, The Feberal Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29, The Mint, Mid-City, Los Angeles

Remember “I can’t make it on my oooooooooooooown, because my heart is in Ohiiiiiiioooooooooooooo”? They still play music, and their current tour will swing through Southern California this week.

San Diego Burger Week
March 27 – April 6
Participating locations, San Diego County

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $5 each!

12th Annual Los Angeles Golf Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 27
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 28-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Check out all things golf at this golf expo this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission costs $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and children 12 and under enter free with a paid adult’s admission.

Modern Times Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 27
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have a bunch of San Diego’s Modern Times beers on tap this Friday evening. Head on over and enjoy a cold one with some wings.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 27
Alpine Village, Torrance

Orange County’s Bootlegger’s Brewery will have a handful of beers on tap at Alpine Village in Torrance this Friday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 27
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

The Adolescents: Live in Thousand Oaks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline a show in Thousand Oaks this Friday night along with a few Nardcore bands. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 18 may enter.

Naked Aggression: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, Ventura

A bunch of local punk bands will perform in Ventura this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $8. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque in Long Beach
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Pike Restaurant & Bar, Long Beach

These lovely ladies will perform some burlesque shows for FREE this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2015
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

Geeky Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for geek culture.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Glendale Appearance
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 28
Glendale Galleria, Glendale

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. This Saturday, visitors to the truck will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Stone 2015 Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 28
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego

Admission to this homebrewing event costs $38, and includes a one-year membership to the American Homebrewers Association, unlimited tastings of this year’s homebrew entries, a souvenir glass, and raffle drawings.

2015 Hammerhead Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 28
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Hangar 24 will release another strong beer from their Barrel Roll series this Saturday. Head over to the tasting room in Redlands, where you can order an 8oz pour of Hammerhead for $8, no admission fee required.

2015 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Guests can try different styles of ramen from all around the world at this all-ages ramen festival this weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Parking per vehicle costs $4, and entry to the festival costs $5 per adult, or free for children under 18. All ramen bowls within the festival cost $8 each.

Anaheim Citrus Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 28
Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

Sanctum Brewing’s 1 & 1/6 Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
Sanctum Brewing, Pomona

Sanctum Brewing turned a year old a few months ago, and they finally have a chance to celebrate it with a beer tasting event this Saturday. The $30 admission grants visitors access to one of two 4-hour beer tasting sessions at the tasting room in Pomona, one from 12-4pm and another from 5-9pm. Admission comes with a souvenir 5oz glass, ten beer pours, and first access to buy anniversary products, including their first bottled beer.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Bernardino
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 28
National Orange Show Events Center, San Bernardino

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in San Bernardino. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $60 presale or $75 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

San Diego CityBeat Beer Club’s 8th Birthday Bash
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 28
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

This local beer club turns eight this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon. For just $25 admission, gain access to unlimited 2oz beer tasters, as well as the souvenir glass it comes in.

Mac’s 40th Birthday Party – Punk Rock Show
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

E.A.T. Food
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach

Food and art cross over at this sophisticated event. Admission costs $40, and includes one food tasting portion from each of the five participating chefs, plus complimentary drinks.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 28
Inkonsiderate Boardshop 2, Riverside

Enjoy some local punk rock at this FREE and all-ages show this Saturday night in Riverside.

Radioactive Chicken Heads – Tanksgiving Special
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 28
Steve Allen Theater, Hollywood

In a strange turn of events, the Radioactive Chicken Heads in their first-ever theatrical stage show this Saturday night in Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $12.

Voodoo Glow Skulls performing Charlie Brown at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on May 4, 2013.

This Saturday marks the arrival of Spring, meaning the weather will start to warm up, and the daily daylight will start to extend, providing even greater incentive to get out there and explore the world. Events around town occur regularly, and most people understand the basics of most of these events, such as 5k runs, art shows, or beer fests. But what happens when a traditional event comes up with a spin? Enter FirkFest, a beer festival celebrating the wonders of cask ales. Traditional beer fests see breweries or home brewers bringing in their brews to sample to the large crowd of attendees over a short period of time. This Saturday at Farmers Park in Anaheim, FirkFest will do that same thing, except the participating breweries will bring only casks to this party. A unique fest of its kind, cask ales rarely get this type of exposure, largely due to the portability of it. As a result, only cask ales from breweries in California can survive the trip here.

Aside from the drinks featured here, FirkFest operates largely like most other beer festivals. Admission to this festival costs $50, and includes unlimited beer tastings from all the participating breweries from noon to 3:45pm, plus free parking. Around this small area, other activities include live music and some recreational games, like bocce ball, beanbag toss, hula hoops, Jenga, and more. Towards the entrance, guests can purchase food from any of the available food vendors. The majority of the beers’ alcohol percentage range from six to eight percent, with a few going above or below that.

UPDATE: This festival has SOLD OUT. You may encounter after-market tickets at this point though, but I do not condone that method of acquiring tickets.

Last year, I talked about how huge the craft beer scene has grown in the South Bay region of Southern California. The South Bay appears highly receptive to craft beer, whether it comes from microbreweries, gastrobpubs, beer bars, or bottle shops, as evident at Select Beer Store‘s 3rd Anniversary Party this past Saturday. Located just north of Riviera Village, Select Beer Store marks another craft beer landmark in Redondo Beach, along with Naja’s Place. Where Naja’s Place falls under the category of restaurants, Select Beer Store functions more like a retail shop. At Select Beer Store, visitors can purchase beers to-go that come from all over the world. Although they may not have as extensive a selection as a larger store such as Total Wine & More, Select Beer Store will usually have rare brews or one-offs. In addition to the beers available for purchase, Select Beer Store also has beers on tap that visitors can enjoy on the premises. During their 3rd Anniversary Party, Select Beer Store tapped a variety of beers from breweries from Los Angeles County to Orange County. Locals love this since it brings these breweries, otherwise located quite a distance away, closer to home to enjoy in a safe, comfortable environment.

Select Beer Store has food vendors and beer events often at their shop in Redondo Beach. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what will happen at this little shop of wonders.