Posts Tagged ‘Bootlegger’s Brewery’

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 25 – October 2
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For eight 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!

2016 Taste of Pomona Valley
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, September 26
Mountain Meadows Golf Course, Pomona
http://pomonachamber.org/event/taste-pomona-valley/

Sample food from dozens of Pomona restaurants tonight in the Pomona Valley. Admission costs $55, and allows unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2016 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 26
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/events/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, as you cannot purchase tickets at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Madball: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1285123-madball-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1249345-madball-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 28, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1295661-madball-los-angeles/
http://madballhc.com/

East coast hardcore band Madball currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these shows vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Monkey & GOGO13 @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/173680816401677/

Get your skanking on at this free and all-ages show tonight in Anaheim.

2016 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 28
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday 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.

2 Towns Ciderhouse Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/event/2-towns-pint-night-save-date/

This Wednesday night, Long Beach’s Great Society Cider & Mead will have a bunch of ciders from 2 Towns on tap for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 29, October 2
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 30 – October 1
Hollywood Athletic Club, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

End of Summer Barbecue Spectacular
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 29
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Culinary-Series/

Enjoy fresh barbecue cuisine and learn about grilling too at this barbecue class this Thursday night in Fullerton. Registration costs $90 per person, and includes a full grilling class and complete dinner.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 29
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielcity.com/dumplingandbeerfest

The San Gabriel Valley puts their spin on Oktoberfest with this dumpling & beer fest this Thursday night in San Gabriel. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will feature numerous dumpling vendors, other food vendors, live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and more. A wristband for unlimited beer sampling costs $20 for 16 beer pours or $30 for unlimited beers while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash for that.

Ventura Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 2
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

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.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Pumpkin Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 30
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.bootleggersbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/541357092741318/

This Friday, Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton will have a lot of pumpkin beers available for you to taste. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Wet Hop Simcoe Pale – Day One
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://elsegundobrewing.com/

Get a taste of extremely fresh hops this Friday from El Segundo Brewing. Simply show up, and enjoy a fresh pale ale right there at the tasting room, or take a bottle or more home.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30 – October 2
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/196958947383432/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend with lots of beer plus a souvenir glass. Buy the Oktoberfest mug, and you can get $1 off refills all weekend.

43rd La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 2
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.cityoflamesa.com/1420/La-Mesa-Oktoberfest

Enjoy a family-fun Oktoberfest celebration this weekend in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, this Oktoberfest celebration will have all the usual Oktoberfest festivities such as dance, music, sausages, pretzels, beer, and more. In addition, visitors will find hundreds of vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more activities for all ages.

59th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 2
Columbus Tustin Park, Tustin
http://www.tustintillerdays.org/

Bring the family out to this all-ages city fair this weekend. Free to attend, this fair has everything that a family can enjoy, from the rides and games for kids, to the entertainment and vendors for adults. Remember to check out all the fair food, drinks, and dessert too, since buying food here supports local organizations and businesses. Guests can find free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Pacific Beachfest Beer Cup
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 30
Pacific Beach Shore Club, San Diego
http://www.beachfestbeercup.com/

Homebrews and microbreweries collide at this beer tasting event this Friday night in Pacific Beach. The $25 admission grants you access to taste the homebrews, as well as sample beers from all the participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Orange County Lebanese Cultural Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 2
St. John Maron Church, Orange
http://www.oclebanesefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages Lebanese cultural festival taking place this weekend in Orange.

3rd Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1-2
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 $175 and a weekend pass costing $295.

Wine & Cake Pairing
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Downtown Long Beach
http://publicbeerwineshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/174464426323592/

This Friday night, Downtown Long Beach’s Public Beer & Wine Shop will have special cakes for sale to pair with select wines. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, buy some cake, and pair it with some succulent wines.

Agent Orange: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636128846704315/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $15.

American Jihad: Live in Lakewood
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 30
Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/286367975088357/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Lakewood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

19th Annual Pacific Beachfest
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://pacificbeachfest.org/

Enjoy a full day of outdoor activities at this free and all-ages beach festival in Pacific Beach. Visitors will find sports, tournaments, activities, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

Check out all things off-roading this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with hundreds of vendors, dozens of industry professionals, and acres of off-road. Adult admission costs $20, or $15 if you purchase it at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Children enter for $6. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs $10 per vehicle.

Activate Uptown: Long Beach
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Artesia & Myrtle, Long Beach
http://gohumansocal.org/Pages/Events/ActivateUptown.aspx

This Saturday afternoon, a free and all-ages open streets event will take place in the north side of Long Beach. Plenty of booths and activities will line the surrounding streets, including a live music stage.

2nd Annual Maker Faire San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://sdmakerfaire.org/

Celebrate local makers, artists, designers, and more at this two-day fair taking place in Balboa Park this weekend in San Diego. Attendees will experience handmade goods such as gadgets, sculptures, art, food, apparel, accessories, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children.

44th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Live Oak Park South Field, Manhattan Beach
http://www.mbfair.org/

This free fair for all ages makes its annual return this weekend, featuring games, arts & crafts, food, beer & wine gardens, live entertainment, and more. The city will provide free parking and shuttle transportation at the Northrop Grumman Building at 15092 Aviation Blvd near the intersection of Aviation Blvd and Marine Street in Manhattan Beach.

2nd Annual SlutWalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://amberroseslutwalk.com/

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $17, but use promo code THANKYOUFLIRT to register for free.

10th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/orange-county-ca/

Snack on gourmet tots and craft beers this Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Two 3-hour sessions will take place: 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. Each session costs $40 to attend or $75 for VIP, and provides access to unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. VIP admission receives a goodie bag plus access to a VIP lounge. Parking costs $8 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

EAT Show 2016
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 1
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://theeatshow.com/

Over 50 Los Angeles restaurants will set up at The Reef this Saturday to sample their food for you. General admission costs $50 and gets you in to either of two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm or 6pm-9pm. Upgrade to VIP admission for $90 to enter an hour earlier (11am or 5pm, respectively) and receive a goodie bag as well. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual San Fernando Chile Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 1-2
San Fernando Rd & Brand Blvd, San Fernando
http://www.chilefestival.org/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Fernando this weekend. Visitors will find food, entertainment, vendors, games, rides, and more.

3rd Annual Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
Pioneer & 183rd, Artesia
http://www.cityofartesia.us/index.aspx?NID=282

At this free and all-ages street fair this Saturday, visitors will find food, music, dance, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more.

Eagle Rock Brewery’s Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 1
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/193985921013775/

Participate in some good ol’ Oktoberfest activities this Saturday afternoon in Eagle Rock. While free to attend, no one under 21 may enter.

Mad Decent Block Party 2016
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://maddecentblockparty.com/

A dance party concert comes to Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets cost $56.50 each. No one under 18 may attend.

2nd Anniversary ALToberfest Party
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
No Clue Craft Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.nocluebrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1742535672678480/

Rancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery celebrates their second anniversary this weekend with an anniversary ale, lots of other beers, and German festivities. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, have some fun, and pay for beers as you go.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Paella & Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 1
La Plaza de Culturas y Artes, Los Angeles
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and lots of wine and spirits this Saturday near Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $52.50 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples. VIP admission costs $120, and also includes access to a VIP area with some exclusive food and drinks.

Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest #1
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest with two Saturdays full of Oktoberfest activities, such as live music, freshly-prepared sausages on-site, German-style beers, and more. No admission required – simply show up, paid for beers as you go, and have fun.

Anime Expo’s Christmas-Halloween Party & Open House
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, Santa Ana
http://www.anime-expo.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1168307923215870/

The official Anime Expo will have a free and all-ages mixer in Orange County this Saturday evening. They will have costumes, games, food, and more.

8th Annual Taste of Italy
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Italian American Museum, Los Angeles
http://italianhall.org/taste-of-italy-los-angeles/

Sample the best of Italian in Los Angeles at this tasting gala this Saturday evening in Downtown Los Angeles. Samples food & drinks from dozens of restaurants & wineries, enjoy the live entertainment, and more. General admission tickets cost $60, while children 12 and under get in for $25.

4th Annual Promenade Beer & Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/BreweriesnWineries-Galore-4th-Annual-Promenade-Beer-Wine-Festival-to-Descend-onto-DTLB

Following last year’s success, Downtown Long Beach brings back their beer & wine festival this weekend, complete with lots of drinks, local food, and live music. For $40 presale or $50 at the gate, guests will receive unlimited 3oz beer or wine tastings, 10 food tastings, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may enter.

The Descendents: Live in Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 1
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/descendents/

Legendary punk rock band The Descendents will headline an all-ages show in Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets start at $67.

Rock Out @ DiPiazzas
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 1
DiPiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/170179466748386/

Get weird this Saturday night at DiPiazzas in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages rock show costs $10.

Luicidal: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/146390829134325/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

21st Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 2
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.

The Big Draw LA: 7th Annual Make Your Mark in the Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 2
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://thebigdrawla.org/

A free and all-ages drawing event will take place in Downtown LA this Sunday afternoon. They will have live music and drawing tools for anyone who visits.

Roxanne’s Lounge’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 2
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/oktoberfest

Roxanne’s Lounge in Long Beach will celebrate their own Oktoberfest this Sunday. Admission starts at $5 and gets you in to all the usual Oktoberfest activities, games, contests, music, entertainment, and more. Other admission packages range from $10 to $25 and include other goodies such as a glass and beer pours. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Eastside Food Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 2
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://eastsidefoodfest.com/

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

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We have entered event season, what with the dozens of events that take place every weekend so far. I managed to make it out to a handful of other events last week, and since I did not have time to fully cover them all, I will briefly post about my week’s adventures below.

On Thursday night, the Union Market in Tustin held a Spring Launch Party. Free to attend, this gathering featured complimentary beer and/or wine as well as hors d’oeuvres served from the local eateries. They also had live bands performing all night. Due to the compact nature of the Union Market, it always feels crowded there, no matter when I visit. Having an occasion or event there only makes matters worse, as the crowding and noise levels made it uncomfortable to remain there for an extended period of time.

The city of Cerritos held their annual Spring Festival at the Cerritos Sports Complex all weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this fair mainly presented rides, games, live music, and a few gourmet food trucks. However, it did not feature as many vendors as other local city fairs. After one walkthrough of the entire grounds, I only encountered carnival rides and games, while I wanted to see what types of vendors would set up here. The lack of vendors meant that I would end up leaving a lot sooner than I had expected.

Bootlegger’s Brewery turned eight years old last week, and they typically celebrate by holding an anniversary celebration at The Muckenthaler Museum on the final Saturday of April. This year, they opted not to host an anniversary festival, and instead decided to keep it simple by just pouring their anniversary brews out of their tasting room all weekend. On Saturday afternoon, they had live music at their tasting room. On Sunday morning, a third party hosted a “Beer & Yoga” event at the tasting room.

On Sunday afternoon, the Long Beach Zine Fest returned for their second year running at the Museum of Latin American Art. Free to attend for all ages, this event featured dozens of local writers and artists as they exhibited their literary and artistic works. Visitors could purchase much of the works, while others could trade works instead. Extraneous vendors and live entertainment mixed things up throughout the day. Inefficient parking at this venue made it take a while to finally arrive here, while the excessive children running around tired me out fast.

Finally, the weekend ended with a visit to the South Bay Home & Garden Show. Free to attend for all ages, this expo showcased the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Walking through the aisles felt like walking through a used car center, what with all the salespeople trying to heckle and sell things to you that you do not necessarily need. This event also has a strict no-photography policy, so I could not take a single photo. Instead, I have here one of their stock photos because apparently they do not want people to see how hard visitors get approached by the salespeople.

With the turn of a new year, many people often make new year’s resolutions. Among the most common resolutions, losing weight and quitting smoking top that list year after year. Other common resolutions include money management (clearing debt and increasing savings), vacations/breaks, and less/stop drinking. Statistically, losing weight tops the list of resolutions that people actually complete, while reducing or quitting drinking fails the most. For those that did not resolve to reduce drinking or did not resolve to do anything about drinking, check out this list of five craft brews to seek out this winter in Southern California.

5. Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider‘s Winter Abbey Spice

While the craft beer phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, the rise of craft beer has paved the way for other craft beverages to surface. In particular, craft ciders and sour ales have risen in popularity. Blenderies have surfaced to deliver sour ales, while many cideries have popped up all over the place, especially the Pacific Northwest, which also has the Washington Cider Week and Oregon Cider Week. Plenty of cideries have distributed their goods to Southern California by now, but not that many make seasonal ciders. If you seek a good winter cider, check out Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider. Reverend Nat’s has a substantial lineup of ciders, which includes their seasonal Winter Abbey Spice. With a staggering 7.4% abv, this traditional New England style cider contains hints of raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You get the refreshment of an apple cider along with the subtle taste of winter.

4. Bootlegger’s Brewery‘s Mint Chocolate Porter

When you think about winter, you imagine visions of snow and cold weather. When eating or drinking, what foods come to mind regarding the cold? Well, to warm up, you have hot beverages like hot chocolate. For a cold feel, you have mints. Why not combine both for mint chocolate? Bootlegger’s Brewery has done that with their Mint Chocolate Porter. Measuring 6.2% abv, this brew truly tastes like mint chocolate candy with its spearmint and herbal hops supported by chocolate malts. Put together, you have a brew with a solid mint feel along with herbal hops, dark malts, brown sugar, and bittersweet chocolate. You cannot find a better way at drinking a mint chocolate candy than with Bootlegger’s Brewery’s Mint Chocolate Porter.

3. Ninkasi Brewing‘s Noir Milk Stout

Dark beers tend to remind us of other ingredients of that color. Seeing a dark beer usually means that one can expect to taste flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, and/or coffee. Between stouts and porters, the beer market has limitless different beers to choose from to get your dark beers on. If you want to narrow down the list of beers to choose from, perhaps consider keeping Ninkasi Brewing on your list. Ninkasi has a huge lineup of unique brews, and they do not appear to stop creating new beers any time soon. This winter, keep an eye out for their Noir Milk Stout. This dark treat has 7.6% abv with just enough IBUs to tickle your taste buds. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with cold-brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The subtle sweetness from the milk sugar makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of coffee, distinctive and delectable.

2. The Bruery‘s 8 Maids-A-Milking

When the weather gets cold, we tend to want to consume things rich and hearty. Leave the light refreshing things for the summer when our bodies do not need the extra weight dragging us down in the heat, we want the thick rich stuff now in the cold. When thinking about this sort of beer, The Bruery hardly comes to mind with their strong ales and sour ales. However, The Bruery has ventured away from their normal repertoire this season with 8 Maids-A-Milking. This yummy imperial milk stout measures a staggering 11.3% abv what with all the milk sugar brewed into it. Since yeast cannot ferment milk sugar, this adds creaminess and sweetness to the final product, which also contains milk chocolate, subtle spices, and roasty elements. Enjoy it immediately, or cellar it for up to four years.

1. Grand Teton Brewing‘s Coming Home 2014 Holiday Ale

Nothing celebrates the holidays and new year better than a nice strong aged beer. Most people prefer champagne as the celebration beverage of choice, but wine, beer, and even cider can function just as well for celebrating an occasion. For a beer worth celebrating with, take a look at Grand Teton Brewing‘s lineup of brews. Grand Teton does craft beer right with their focus on quality over quantity, and it shows in every beer that they produce. Take a look at their seasonal beer, Coming Home Holiday Ale. A 7.5% abv quadrupel, this enticingly bold brew has a dark sugar flavor with notes of raisins and spices. The sweet aromas contain hints of nutmeg and clove, which complement the spicy and dry finish. Since they brewed this in 2014, it has already cellared a year, so you can enjoy it now with its current age, or age it some more by stashing it in your cellar.

Bootlegger’s Brewery 7th Anniversary Celebration
April 20-26
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bf0f8641b90dbdb2a9fcb0c62&id=a6c646012b

Bootlegger’s Brewery celebrates their seventh year in business this weekend, but instead of a festival as they have held in the past years, they will spread out the festivities across this entire week. Every day this week, Bootlegger’s will hold a different event at their tasting room in Downtown Fullerton, as well as a few other events outside of the tasting room. Some of the events require tickets, so check out the link for more information.

Bottle Share #420
4:20 pm – 8:40 pm, April 20
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.

Bruery Terreux Previeux
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
The Bruery, Placentia
http://www.facebook.com/events/826245174136227/

The public can catch a glimpse of the offerings from The Bruery Terreux this Wednesday at The Bruery’s tasting room in Placentia. Come check out the latest on the works of The Bruery.

4th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 22
Canoe House, South Pasadena
http://www.southpasadenarotary.org/2015Event.cfm

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Wednesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2015 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 22
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://tasteofpointloma.brownpapertickets.com/

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

6th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 23
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24-26
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://kingdom-con.com/

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 24
6:00 am – 1:00 am, April 25
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 26
Irvine Lake, Silverado
http://2015.boogaloomtnjam.com/

An entire weekend of electronic music, yoga, art, workshops, cars, food, vendors, and more awaits you at this all-ages music festival. Tickets start at $150.

Stupid Flanders Record Release Show
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/936684703016387/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.nightnationrun.com/orange-county-2015

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 24
Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2015/2015-Best-of-North-County-Party/

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $65 each when purchasing five or more in a single transaction.

Chencha Berrinches: Live in South Gate
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 24
American Legion Post 335, South Gate
http://www.facebook.com/events/1629269970639582/

Check out some local skacore bands this Friday night in South Gate. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8 for those over 21, $10 for minors, or $7 if entering before 7:30pm.

2nd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 25
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Chinatown Champions: Scavenger Hunt
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/443064932515378/

Grab a partner for this cultural scavenger hunt throughout the historic Los Angeles Chinatown this Saturday morning. Registration costs $60 per pair, and registration comes with some requirements that participants must fulfill, as listed in the link provided above. During the scavenger hunt, participants will get fed food and drinks, so eat a healthy breakfast for energy, but do not fill up.

2015 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/drupal/node/214

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

32nd Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25-26
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-aprilstreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

12th Annual Yes I Can Summer Meltdown
10:30 am – 11:00 pm, April 25
Santa Clarita Skate Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/859604630753209/

This huge all-ages event features three stages of live music all day, and live painters throughout the event area. Presale tickets cost $35 general admission or $60 VIP admission.

Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 25
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
http://hopcourage.com/hops-hopes-craft-beer-day/

Get sudsy at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. They will have beer, food, beer pong, live music, and basically everything else you should have at a beer fest. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $75 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 11am, and allows access to an exclusive VIP area. Use promo code CRAFTFAN to save $10 off admission.

4th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 25
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fourth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. This festival will also feature a home brewers competition. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $60 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2015 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 25
Cesar E Chavez Park, Long Beach
http://www.greenprizefestival.com/

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Spring 2015 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

31st Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Spring 2015 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
LA Mart, Los Angeles
http://artisanalla.com/

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Wicks Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 25
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399945980322571/

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public two years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. Come try Two Year Siege, their 2nd Anniversary barleywine aged on rye whiskey oak staves, and enjoy other special brews and live music throughout the day.

3rd Annual Pasadena Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 25
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenabrewfest.com/

Enjoy local beer at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include ten drink tickets plus a souvenir glass. Hungry guests can order food off of the restaurant’s menu.

6th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 25
Catamaran Resort Hotel, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1354437

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

Art of the TARDIS Craft Faire
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 25
Clockwork Couture, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/850520935019234/

Dr. Who fans will not want to miss this free event in Burbank this Saturday. Check out local artists and designers, and mingle with other fans that may dress up for the occasion too.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2015
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 26
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

5th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 25
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://business.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-micro-brew-fest-933

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with 12 4oz beer pours.

6th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 25
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.autoconevents.com/event/details/autocon-los-angeles-2015/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $15. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $5 and $15 per vehicle.

South Coast Roller Derby vs. Wine Town Rollers
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers.

8th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel
http://www.anhspfan.org/

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Spring Melt Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Tastemade Studios, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-forwards-5th-annual-spring-melt-fundraiser-tickets-15620626715

Basically, rich people eating and drinking with hundreds of other rich people. Admission costs $125 and includes all food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may enter. Dress code strictly enforced.

Tartar Control’s CD Release and Peach Cobbler Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1578263605764182/

Enjoy some good local punk rock this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Life In Color San Diego 2015
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 25
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
http://lifeincolorsd.com/

Some genius decided to take a nighttime color glow run and do away with the running. Now we have this nighttime color glow music fest. General admission to this concert costs $80.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 26 – May 1
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 26 and May 1, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Pinup Girl Clothing @ Disneyland
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 26
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/352611104910125/

Pinup Girl Clothing will head to Disneyland Park this Sunday, where they will do lots of things in the park, such as hand out goodie bags, hold pop trivia sessions, host meet & greets, and more.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://mudfactor.com/mfevent/event-san-bernardino-2015/

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $55 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

3rd Annual San Diego Veg Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 26
McMillin Companies Event Center, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegovegfest.com/

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in San Diego. General admission costs $5, while VIP admission costs $20 (no perks specified yet). Certain foods require preordering online, so check the info via the link above.

Spring 2015 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy
http://www.brentwoodartfestival.com/

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

2015 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $85 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

3rd Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 26
55 Degree Wine, Atwater Village
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Punk Rock Swap Meet
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 26
South Bay Customs, El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/776140992463555/

Check out a bunch of vendors, food, and punk rock music at this all-ages punk rock swap meet this Sunday afternoon in El Segundo. In addition to the handful of vendors on hand to sell punk rock items, a handful of local bands will also perform. Admission to this event costs $5.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 22-28
Participating locations, Long Beach
http://www.eatlbc.com/

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
http://bottlelogic.com/

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
http://geekfashionweek.net/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/870198976355893/

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
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

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 http://www.showclix.com/event/HawthorneHeights0326
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27, The Feberal Bar, Long Beach http://underground.thefederalbar.com/tw-event/?event_id=5550155
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29, The Mint, Mid-City, Los Angeles http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=187077

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
http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/burgerweek

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
http://lagolfshow.com/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/695983753860831/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1394964390815651/

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
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

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
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/779517-adolescents-ill-repute-live-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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1547610038844767/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/344408169087507/

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
http://toughmudder.com/events/2015-los-angeles

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/901240286593818/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1556021631334063/

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
http://www.stoneworldbistro.com/aharally/

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
http://hangar24brewery.com/

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
http://ramenyokochous.com/

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
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/3/28/citrus-festival

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
http://sanctum1.bpt.me/

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
http://colorfunfest5k.com/locations/san-bernardino-2014/

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
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-citybeat-beer-club-birthday-bash-tickets-15430593320

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/843531499000803/

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
http://www.ocma.net/event/eat-food

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/775323605890293/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/655809021196119/

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.

With the turn of a new year, many people often make new year’s resolutions. Among the most common resolutions, losing weight and quitting smoking top that list year after year. Other common resolutions include money management (clearing debt and increasing savings), vacations/breaks, and less/stop drinking. Statistically, losing weight tops the list of resolutions that people actually complete, while reducing or quitting drinking fails the most. For those that did not resolve to reduce drinking or did not resolve to do anything about drinking, check out this list of five craft brews to seek out this winter in Southern California.

5. Marin Brewing Company‘s Hoppy Holidaze

People with a true passion for food would really love a trip to California’s bay area, or the San Francisco metropolitan area. The populace there truly care about the quality of their food and beverages, and I would equate that level of integrity with that of the Seattle/Tacoma area in Washington. A place like Marin Brewing Company, which has produced outstanding products since 1989, fits in well with the standard of the bay area. Originally started as a brewpub, Marin Brewing has boldly turned into a highly regarded microbrewery across the globe, and continues to deliver quality brews to this day. Along with their standard line of brews, their seasonal brews include tasty treats such as the Hoppy Holidaze. This 7.0% abv spiced ale contains pale, wheat, caramel, and Munich malts, along with sterling and Styrian Goldings hops. Nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, vanilla, and orange peel all contribute towards the spice characteristics of this winter warmer. You get a lot of flavor going on in this one brew, and you can find it easily at your local bottle shop.

4. Moylan’s Brewery‘s White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager

Another brewery from Northern California, and from the same area as the previous entrant? You bet! Moylan’s Brewery has had a larger footprint in the Southern California craft beer market than Marin Brewing has, and it stands without reason. Most craft beer enthusiasts in Southern California recognize the brand at many bottle shops, especially their Dragoons Dry Irish Stout. Beer fans should also keep in mind that Moylan’s also has their line of seasonal beers, which includes the ever-changing White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager. Moylan’s brews a different beer every year for their winter seasonal brew, and this year, they ended up with a spiced winter lager clocking in at 6.0% abv. This smooth lager gets its finish with curacao, mace, cinnamon, coriander, and white pepper. Enjoy this brew on its own, or enjoy it with some salty appetizers.

3. Bootlegger’s Brewery‘s Mint Chocolate Porter

When you think about winter, you imagine visions of snow and cold weather. When eating or drinking, what foods come to mind regarding the cold? Well, to warm up, you have hot beverages like hot chocolate. For a cold feel, you have mints. Why not combine both for mint chocolate? Bootlegger’s Brewery has done that with their Mint Chocolate Porter. Measuring 6.2% abv, this brew truly tastes like mint chocolate candy with its spearmint and herbal hops supported by chocolate malts. Put together, you have a brew with a solid mint feel along with herbal hops, dark malts, brown sugar, and bittersweet chocolate. You cannot find a better way at drinking a mint chocolate candy than with Bootlegger’s Brewery’s Mint Chocolate Porter.

2. Telegraph Brewing Company‘s Winter Ale

For some people in the winter time, they want something strong to kick them back into gear from all the cold weather around. Tons of barrel-aged beers exist out there, but most of those do not have that seasonal feel to them. If you seek something strong yet crave the flavors of the current season, look no further than Telegraph Brewing Company. Telegraph does great things out of their Santa Barbara brewery, keeping up with the times and the tastes of the local population. Along with a decent selection of year-round brews, Telegraph employs a seasonal selection, of which it includes their Winter Ale, a 6.5% winter warmer. With a taste similar to Mexican hot chocolate, this winter warmer will warm you up with its cinnamon, allspice, sweet ancho chilis, and chocolate & caramel malts. Add a little spice to your cool winter nights with this winter warmer, available at your local bottle shop.

1. Ninkasi Brewing‘s Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale

Not one to shy away from keeping up with the rapid craft beer movement in California, the Pacific Northwest has rallied up some of the finest minds in the craft beer industry to open up shop in either Washington or Oregon. Breweries like Deschutes and Rogue have helped to put Oregon on the map, and Washington has the nationally-known Pyramid near Seattle. A recent magazine article claims that Washington has over 190 breweries; however, San Diego County alone has over 200! Any craft beer enthusiast should feel ecstatic over the growth of craft beer in other states, especially neighboring ones. It appears that Southern California has already felt that away about out-of-state breweries, especially Ninkasi Brewing. From Eugene, Oregon comes this powerhouse of a micro brewery with an amazing team of people dedicated to the company and its products. Anyone familiar with Golden Road in Los Angeles will definitely see a resemblance here. Although unrelated, they both share the same vision and path, and the customer fan bases prove it. Ninkasi brews a variety of beers, and releases many beers in different series based on its style or strength. For example, customers can only find the 7.2% abv Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale during the winter. Other series have to do with the ingredients or style of the beer, such as lagers or the single-hop series. Ninkasi has even gone far enough to devise food recipes utilizing their beers as ingredients. Of course, one could swap out their beers for something similar, but then you cannot call that an official creation of Ninkasi ingenuity. Check with your favorite local craft beer bar to see if they carry Ninkasi on tap, and grab a taste of the Pacific Northwest.

Beachwood BBQ 8th Anniversary Week
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 18-21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ celebrates their eighth year in Seal Beach this week, and to commemorate, Beachwood Brewing releases Eight this week in bottles and at both locations on tap. When you visit either location, expect to find a plethora of seasonal beers on tap, plus an exciting menu full of exclusive items only found during this celebration.

Punk Rock Show in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 18
DeadRockers, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/361473627347305/

Catch a bunch of great local punk rock bands at this all-ages show this Thursday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $2 if entering prior to 8pm, or $4 afterwards.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 pm, December 18, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/300156153516501/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 19, Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/1490724867855726/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will end their tour in Southern California this week. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click the link for more information.

The Brew House – Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 20-21
The Brew House, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/852476748135788/

After over a year in the works, The Brew House will finally declare themselves officially open for business this weekend. This tap room has over 30 beers on draft and over 100 bottled beers for your drinking pleasure. They will also have food trucks in all weekend, so stop on by for a break this weekend.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Holiday Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1516658761918344/

This Friday night, visit the Bootlegger’s Brewery tasting room in Fullerton for drink specials, music, a food truck, prizes, and more.

The Vandals 19th Annual Christmas Formal
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D4325FC07BB&oid=0

The Vandals headline their annual all-ages Christmas show at the House of Blues in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets cost $20. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones w/ The Interrupters @ House of Blues
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 20, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D3DE590B4C4&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 21, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D3D0F943DCB&oid=0

Get your skanking on this weekend with legendary ska band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost around $27.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 19
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/748837075186659/

Catch a FREE all-ages punk rock show this Friday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the neighborhood.

Luicidal in South Gate
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
American Legion Post 335, South Gate
http://www.facebook.com/events/768712559852037/

A hardcore punk show comes to South Gate this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6 if entering prior to 9pm, or $8 afterwards.

Winter in Wilmore
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 20
Drake Park, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/912211262124897/

Bring your friends and family out to this snow day at the park this Saturday afternoon. At this free community event, find lots of things to see and do all in the real snow that will cover the park this Saturday.

Barb Wire Dolls @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 20
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/309417989234344/

Catch an all-ages punk show at the Whisky A Go Go this Saturday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

OtaXmas 2014
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm, December 20
Anime Jungle, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/355344884643300/

Want to participate in some cosplay, or perhaps just want to watch others do cosplay? Head on over to Little Tokyo this Saturday night for OtaXmas. For just $5 admission, visitors will mingle with other cosplayers, view cosplay contests, participate in raffles, play trivia, take photos in the photo booth, dance to live DJ’s, and more.

Xmas Punk Hardcore Party
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 20
Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/310417489168744/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands in a festive manner this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8, or $5 if you wear an ugly sweater. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Xmas
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 20
Scotland Yard Pub, Canoga Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1534396316799128/

Catch a FREE punk rock show in Canoga Park this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Portola Coffee Beer Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
The Iron Press, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/667577106688583/

Visit The Iron Press in Costa Mesa this Tuesday night for a night of coffee beers and free giveaways.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 11
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/876031635754384/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Monkish Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

2014 West 3rd Street Holiday Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 11
W 3rd St between La Cienaga & Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://west3rdstreet.com/news-and-events/

This free and all-ages street party will have entertainment, refreshments, merchandise, food, and other specials going on.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

The Adicts @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11
The Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.venturatheater.net/event/718659-adicts-ventura/

Legendary punk band The Adicts will perform three shows in Southern California this week, starting with this show in Ventura this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

West Coast Punk Rock Foodie Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://goodcleanfund.com/west-coast-punk-rock-foodie-fest-tickets/

Combining two very unlikely industries, a food fest meets a punk rock show this Friday night. Lots of great local punk rock bands will perform on this night, while attendees can munch on food all night provided with admission, which costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Reverend Horton Heat, The Adicts, and More @ The Observatory
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/rhh-1
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/rhh-night-2

The Reverend Horton Heat and The Adicts will co-headline two shows at The Observatory this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25. Arrive early enough to find free parking at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Pennywise and The Dickies @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12
The Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.venturatheater.net/event/711589-pennywise-dickies-ventura/

Two big names in punk rock perform in Ventura this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Rx Bandits @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12-13
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/709955-rx-bandits-pomona/

Rx Bandits will headline two shows at the Glass House in Pomona this weekend. Get your tickets to these all-ages shows for $18 presale or $22 on the nights of the shows.

X-Mas In The Hood
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12
Black Castle, Vermont Knolls, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/729883103748321/

Rock out to some skacore at this show south of Downtown Los Angeles this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12
Bull Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/566134936851060/

Enjoy a free punk rock show featuring local bands this Friday night at the Bull Bar in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 13-14
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles-december-market-details

Renegade LA returns to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

Little Tokyo Cosplay Gathering
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 13
Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/883551991662681/

Feel like doing a little cosplay this weekend? Bring the costume back out for this brief gathering in Downtown LA this weekend.

3rd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 13
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Join me this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, music by Richard Blade, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2015 with some rare and unreleased beers, including this year’s collaboration beer, Chernyy Medved. In addition to the beer and food, OC Brew Ho Ho will also feature a merchandise expo, allowing attendees to do some holiday shopping while drinking beer. Tickets cost $55 and comes with free parking, a souvenir glass, and all access to all areas of the fest. As with any beer fest, all attendees must show ID, and nobody under 21 may enter.

4th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 13
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/3rd-annual-holiday-concert-santa-on-the-pier/

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

61st Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 13
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach
http://www.longbeach.gov/district7/daisy_lane_parade/daisy_lane_parade.asp

Unlike most parades that march through a commercial area, this parade rolls through a residential neighborhood, making for a quieter, calmer parade with an emphasis on visuals.

Anaheim Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 13
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2014/12/13/anaheim-night-market

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

6th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 13
Four locations, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Santa Monica. Participation costs $12 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

32nd Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 13
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night.

52nd Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 13
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.mdrboatparade.org/

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

68th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 13
Naples Island Canals, Long Beach
http://www.naplesca.com/

This annual holiday boat parade returns to the canals in & around Naples Island this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend, immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to traffic at 5pm. Spectators get to see dozens of boats decorated with Christmas lights and props as they sail through the parade route. Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, while small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boats.

Hardcore Punk Show in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/368512443323375/

Some of my favorite hardcore punk bands will perform this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7. The venue has limited food and drinks for sale, so have dinner prior to arriving here.

Skacore Show @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 13
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1560026644212773/

Get crazy with this skacore show this Saturday night in Northeast Los Angeles. Attendees get in free if arriving prior to 7:30; otherwise, they have not specified a cover charge, so have up to $20 cash available just in case. No one under 18 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Punk Show in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/383022115189585/

Enjoy some local punk rock this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I. @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/982364945110495/

Legendary punk band D.I. will headline a show this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

4th Annual Redwood Punk Rock Toy Drive
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 13
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/398144387002228/

Just like last year, some of Southern California’s great punk bands play at this punk rock show and toy drive this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Admission to this show cost $10, or $8 if donating an unwrapped toy. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so either find parking there or somewhere nearby.

9th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
Newport Landing OR Woody’s Wharf, Newport Beach
http://www.nbsantapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Newport Beach. Participation costs $20 presale or $25 on the night of the event. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

Death By Stereo 21st Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/189114

Do not miss this chance to see Death By Stereo this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Guests should park on Orizaba St or in the neighborhood across the street. No one under 21 may attend.

Holiday Local Vendors Boutique
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 14
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/762884547110029/

A bunch of local vendors will set up booths at the Bootlegger’s Brewery tasting room this Sunday afternoon for visitors to shop for holiday gifts while enjoying a pint of craft beer.

Long Beach Creamery – Free Samples
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, December 14
Farm Lot 59, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/418312621649502/

Long Beach Creamery will host a fundraiser this Sunday afternoon in Bixby Knolls, which will include free food and refreshment samples.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 14
Kensington Park, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/HolidayOnAdams.html

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 17-26
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new

3rd Annual Taste of Bankers Hill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://www.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Savor the local flavor of Bankers Hill at this tasting gala this Wednesday night at The Abbey on 5th Avenue. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

LBMA After Dark
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
http://lbma.org/

Occurring semiannually, this nighttime gathering brings art, music, live entertainment, and tray-passed appetizers together for a night of mixing and mingling. Admission to this all-ages art exhibit costs $10.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Marina Green Park in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Bootlegger’s BOOery Halloween Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/347693972071595/

Enjoy craft beer and Halloween shenanigans at Bootlegger’s Brewery this Friday night. The $10 cover includes two full beers, and the first 150 guests will receive a pint glass to keep. Visitors wanting more beer can purchase more at $5 a beer. The best costumed man and woman will each receive a gift card to the brewery, so wear something that will surely please the crowd!

Rock Show @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/271272153071337/

Rock out to local bands at this show in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests will find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Street Dogs & Left Alone @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/184307

Street Dogs will headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 25
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/event_oct_25.html

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $70 presale or $85 on the day of the race. Registration for the 10k costs $85 presale or $120 on the day of the race.

3rd Annual That Dam Mud Run – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
http://thatdammudrun.com/

Tackle a three-mile obstacle course full of dirt, mud, and more this Saturday at a dam. Following the mud run, enjoy yourself with great company and live music at the beer garden (beer sold separately). Registration costs $79 for adults and $25 for children, and include a commemorative t-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to move in that they do not mind getting dirty, or plan to throw away after this run. Remember to bring extra clothes to change into and plenty of towels for after the run.

Dia De Los Verdes
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25
The Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/517615185050404/

Check out works of art from local artists, music, food, yoga, workshops, farm tours, arts & crafts, and more activities at this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Long Beach.

5th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps – Blues & Brews
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

Blues music and craft beer mix up at the Orange County Market Place this Saturday afternoon. For $20, visitors gain five 7oz beer pours plus admission to the weekly Orange County Market Place, one of Orange County’s largest swap meets. In addition, catch the finals of the blues bands tournament.

90th Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 25
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Fall 2014 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25-26
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

VFW Craft Beer Tasting
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
VFW Post 9148, La Mirada
http://www.facebook.com/events/308510716020346/

Enjoy craft beer tastings from local breweries this Saturday afternoon in La Mirada. Tickets to this event costs $40, and includes food during the lunch hour of noon to 1pm. Beer tasting will start at 1pm.

6th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/351429825030220/

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

Beach Goth
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-3

This all-day music festival will feature dozens of bands of varying genres, among which punk rock legends The Dickies will perform too. Tickets to this all-ages music festival cost $40.

Festival Supreme 2014
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
http://festivalsupreme.com/

This music & comedy festival will feature some of the industry’s greatest acts all in one venue this Saturday. General admission costs $99, while VIP admission costs $250 and includes a handful of perks such as special entry, parking, seating, lounges, and more.

Ktown Night Market’s Halloween Food Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26
6th Street, Koreatown, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Stroll up and down 6th Street in Koreatown this weekend and enjoy all the food, drinks, and treats you can handle. All this weekend, attendees can sample goods from all participating businesses in Koreatown while enjoying the sights and sounds of the weekend before Halloween. Admission costs only $3, and the first 500 attendees in costumes will receive a goodie bag with a bunch of swag. Use promo code LAist to get admission for free!

OC Roller Derby Banked Track
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 25
OC Roller Skates, Santa Ana
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

San Diego Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

Not directly affiliated with San Diego Beer Week, this beer & music festival will take this Saturday at Waterfront Park, a place very close to where the San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival takes place. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Local Brews Local Grooves
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/localbrewslocalgrooves

Local craft beer, local bands, and food pairings all await you at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim this Saturday evening. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12 for 5pm entry-only, $27 for 5pm entry plus sampling tickets, or $50 for VIP entry at 4pm.

Treatoberfest 2
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://treatoberfest-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Celebrate Halloween as only adults should celebrate! Don your best Halloween costume, and go trick-or-treating among Los Angeles’ top dessert providers. General admission costs $12, and includes unlimited food & dessert samples, plus however many treats you can take home in the provided to-go box. Food trucks will serve food outside at a separate cost. Guests can find parking throughout the Arts District, as meters run up to 6pm on most of the streets.

D.R.I. – When Worlds Collide Tour
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 25, Chavas Cafe, Downtown Los Angeles http://driindtla.brownpapertickets.com/
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26, American Legion Post 30, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/273165106225524/

Old school punk band D.R.I. currently tours throughout the world, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the individual link for further information.

18is25: A Weekend-Long Benefit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 26
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/18is25

The 18th Street Arts Center turns 25 this year, and instead of simply hosting the legendary BAM Festival (Beer, Art, and Music), they will hold festivities all weekend. On Saturday night, guests will enjoy an art exhibit with live music and special gourmet bites from local restaurants. This intimate gathering costs $125 to attend. On Sunday afternoon, BAM Fest returns, where guests can check out all the beer, art, and music they can handle. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Use promo code LibraryAlehouse to save $10 off admission for BAM Fest! Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

Zambo’s 50th Birthday – Rock Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1481908588738239/

Get your weekly fill of local rock at this show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

X-Members @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-members-reformed-gabby-ray-bones-tiny-mike-barnes-and-roger-ramjet-w-hfl-and-more-tickets-12904607027

Get crazy at this punk show this Saturday night at Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Halloween Party
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
Cirivello’s Sports Stop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/316746088516366/

Enjoy three free burlesque sets this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 26
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 26
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities.

17th Annual Trick or Treat Festival + 15th Annual Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/

Two Halloween-themed events will take place at the Orange County Market Place this Sunday afternoon. Join in on a Trick or Treat festival for the kids that celebrate all things Halloween. Adults can check out the Hearse Show, a ghastly show sure to give you chills.

2nd Annual Taste of Japan Food Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://niwa.org/taste-japan-food-festival

Sample local Japanese cuisine at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon. Free to enter for all ages, guests can purchase tasting tickets for food while enjoying the scenery of the lush garden.

14th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 26
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

Punk Rock Sunday Funday
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/304280639762751/

Enjoy a day full of local punk rock bands all for free! No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies @ Gaslamp Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26
Gaslamp Bar, Long Beach
http://madcaddies.com/

The Mad Caddies will conclude their Dirty Rice tour in Long Beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to the show cost $15. No one under 18 may attend.

English Dogs – On Tour
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 26
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/699623086798170/

Original UK punk band English Dogs currently tours across the west coast this week, and they will stop by Long Beach this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

The popularity of craft beer has surged substantially over the past decade. The shift in the meta from mass-produced generic beers to quality small-batch beers has arisen from a broad spread of information and knowledge of the beer industry. Local microbreweries have done a fantastic job at not only producing full-flavored unique beers for the local community, but also at marketing their brand and creating their own identity that no one else can easily duplicate. It also helps that microbreweries almost always list the full set of ingredients that go into every brew, compared to the big companies that do not disclose the full list of ingredients until someone or some group snoops around. The ever-growing popularity of craft beer has reached many institutions and businesses of all sizes. From the smallest of dive bars to the major chain businesses found across the world, most places should now start to carry craft beers. To my surprise, I recently discovered a hefty selection of craft beer at the House of Blues in Anaheim.

Located in the heart of Downtown Disney, House of Blues represents a destination to many of Downtown Disney’s visitors, as opposed to simply a stop on the way to the amusement park. A combination of their restaurant, full bar, and concert hall makes them well-known to music lovers everywhere. As a major chain, most people would expect similarities in the food and drinks at every House of Blues location. For years, I never paid attention to the bar here, considering that they sell tall cans of PBR for $10. Until recently, I never expected to find craft beer here – fortunately, some of the local breweries that I visit regularly informed me of the craft beer selection at House of Blues. Doubtful, I decided to pay a visit to House of Blues to explore the beer selection, and to see if things had changed here since my last visit.

Last week, a regular event called Local Brews, Local Grooves took place at House of Blues in Anaheim. This event combines a show of local musicians with a small beer tasting. If I remember correctly, admission to the event costs $10, then once inside, attendees could either purchase a wristband for $15 that included five beer samples, or individual samples for $3 each. Only four breweries made an appearance to serve beer: Bootlegger’s, Valiant, Noble Ale, and Ballast Point. As I lingered around, I had a chance to speak with Thomas, one of the Food & Beverage Managers, about their new beer menu. Thomas informed me that they now carry an extensive bottle list full of craft beer, as well as a number of taps dedicated to craft beer. I did not actually see a beer menu, but this could potentially mean something to attendees of future shows here. Sadly, the House of Blues still carries a strict camera policy, and I got my photos just because I know people from the breweries.

As far as the local music went, all the music acts played mainly mellow music, like blues, jazz, or R&B.

The local punk rock scene may heavily criticize the House of Blues for their rules and general malice towards punk rock kids, but the House of Blues brings on music of all genres, and treats people based on the music, which explains the lack of punk rock shows there in the past few months. With this new change, we may start to see improvements in not only this House of Blues, but other locations across the nation.