Posts Tagged ‘Brew Ho Ho’

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 1-10
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

Dag Nasty – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 4, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.daghouse.com/

Dag Nasty will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits for these shows vary by the location, so check with the venues for details.

Agnostic Front – 35th Anniversary Tour
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 7, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 8, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 9, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.agnosticfront.com/

Famous punk rock band Agnostic Front will headline shows in Southern California this week. The ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venues for details.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 8
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/7694995/the-adolescents-with-big-drill-car-ch3-twilight-creeps

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline their annual December show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

SoCal Spartan Race Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 9-10
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, Castaic
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2648/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Castaic. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices. Use promo code 16SGX0243 to save 20% off registration.

64th Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 9
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/parade/

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 9
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1064383810397790/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 9
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1892286851020659/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 9-10
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/fairs/los-angeles-holiday

Renegade LA returns to LA State Historic Park in 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.

9th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 9-10
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

PlayStation Experience 2017
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 9
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 10
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/2017/playstation-experience/

Check out all things Sony and PlayStation, including the new PS VR and PS4 Pro, this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $75 for both days.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 9
1st & Huntington, Arcadia
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA brings you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Visitors can find free street parking around the area.

Makers Arcade Winter Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 9
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://makersarcade.com/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages arts & crafts fair.

6th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 9
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Head to Anaheim this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2017 with some rare and unreleased beers. 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 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.

SIP. SHOP. EAT! at The Collective Pop Up Market
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 9-10
Allies Worldwide, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sipshopeat.com/event-dates

A pop-up shopping market will take place this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Although free to attend for all ages, attendance requires an RSVP on their website.

Extreme Beer Fest: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:30 pm, December 9
California Market Center, Los Angeles
http://www.beeradvocate.com/extreme/los-angeles/

Beer Advocate and Dogfish Head bring a beer fest to Los Angeles this Saturday. $60 gets you in to one of two 3.5 hour sessions: 12:00-3:30 or 6:00-9:30. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the session while supplies last. Bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 9
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsantacrawl.com/

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier + King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 9
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/7th-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!

55th Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 9
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.

2017 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 9
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday night for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

71st Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 9
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.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2017/12/10/anaheim-night-market-farmers-park

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.

2nd Annual PunxMas Toy Drive
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/844039439086580/

A bunch of local punk bands will perform this Saturday night in Anaheim. To enter, you must donate an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. No one under 21 may enter.

12th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9
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.

11th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 10
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/home-holidays

A pet adoption fair will take place in Irvine this Sunday, which will have hundreds of pets available for adoption, plus mobile food vendors, other pet accessory vendors, demos, a silent auction, and more. Although free to attend for all ages, they suggest a $2 donation per person to attend.

5th Annual Winter Drive
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 10
Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry
http://www.autoconevents.com/winter-drive-2017-presented-by-autocon-events-purist-group/

See all things cars at this car show presented by AutoCon this Sunday in the City of Industry. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. Although free to attend for all ages, they suggest donating an unwrapped toy worth $10 or more upon entering.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 10
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!

46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 10 & 17
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 10
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://mbfireworks.com/

This Sunday night, many streets near the Manhattan Beach Pier will close, as thousands of spectators gather to watch fireworks (which start at 7pm), dance, drink, mingle, and more. Completely free to attend, expect chaos with this many people. Arrive early to snag a good parking spot.

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The 5th annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival will descend upon us at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. From the organizers behind this year’s biggest beer festival in Orange County, this holiday iteration of a popular event combines a beer fest with holiday shopping, as they also include a brewery merchandise expo within the venue area. Almost every brewery present will bring merchandise to sell, from clothing to beer glasses to accessories and more. A single admission of $55 per person allows all guests to sample unlimited beer pours from the 80+ breweries available, most of which will serve rare brews. To keep guests occupied between drinks, the venue provides a multitude of games, such as foosball, glorified Jenga, airsoft gun shooting, and more. In addition, guests will discover plenty of local vendors all with great holiday gifts.

OC Brew Ho Ho receives its unique spin from its various features that set them apart from other typical beer fests. First off, all guests pay one flat admission price and receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. The main highlight comes from the merchandise expo, where almost every brewery brings merchandise to sell, such as clothes, beer accessories, and other such souvenirs or trinkets. For the beer lover in their lives, attending this festival allows many guests to kill two birds with one stone by enjoying a day of drinking while getting some shopping done.

Since this beer fest has no limit to the amount of beer that any guest could drink during the allotted time, you may find yourself drinking far more beer than expected. Make sure you pace yourself and plan on what beers you want to taste – click here for a list of participating breweries.

The gates to the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival open this Saturday morning at 12pm for all ticket holders. Tickets cost $55 plus an online transaction fee, which you can bypass by buying a ticket at the door, if any remain by then. Admission includes a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters, plus access to the brewery merchandise expo. The beers will pour starting at 12pm and stop promptly at 4pm, but the merchandise booths will remain selling until 5pm. Guests can park for free at the venue’s self-parking lot, though guests may choose the valet side if desired. Expect to see over 80 different breweries represented here, and each of them should have merchandise for sale, which does not include beer to-go. Read up on some tips to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience at this year’s Brew Ho Ho:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 57 freeway, exit Ball Road going east, turn right at the first road (S Phoenix Club Dr), then turn right at the second road (S Sanderson Ave). The parking lot will appear on your left after the actual Phoenix Club building.
  • Guests may park for free. Although anyone may ride a bike or walk to the venue, I suggest getting dropped off instead. Intoxicated guests may leave their cars at the venue if they find another means of getting home, and they will have until 9am the following day to reclaim their cars.
  • Food comes at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Mother nature does unpredictable things, and while the forecast predicts sunny skies, no one will laugh when it starts to rain.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no free replacement for lost or broken glasses. Extra glasses, if any remain, will cost $5.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up, find food, and/or shop at the vendors before leaving.

The Slackers: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 6, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1298339-slackers-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 7-9, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/1271387-slackers-los-angeles/
http://www.theslackers.com/

Ska/reggae band The Slackers will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits to each show vary, so click on a show’s link for details.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 8
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.

3rd Annual International Drone Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 9
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 10
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://internationaldroneexpo.com/

Check out the latest in drones, gadgets, accessories, and more this weekend at the LA Convention Center. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $30, and gets you access to both days of vendors, demos, and more.

1st Annual Tour De Fullerton Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
Pie Dog, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.piedogfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/175788752886306/

Three restaurants will have food and drink specials this Friday night in Downtown Fullerton. Bring cash, warm clothing, and perhaps a bike, and enjoy local nightlife.

7 Seconds: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 9, Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara http://www.velvet-jones.com/event/1351829-7seconds-santa-barbara/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1318871-5th-annual-slabby-holidaze-san-diego/
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 11, The Echo, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/1349591-7seconds-los-angeles/

Legendary punk rock band 7 Seconds will headline a couple of shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

5th Annual Hike The Halo
8:30 am – 12:30 pm, December 10
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR?fr_id=5512&pg=entry

Engage in an obstacle course this Saturday morning in Anaheim. Registration costs $30, and you can pick from three available courses of varying difficulties.

63rd Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 10
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/parade/

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 10-11
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

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.

8th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 10-11
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

5th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Head to Anaheim this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2017 with some rare and unreleased beers. 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.

5th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 10
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsantacrawl.com/

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 10
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/holiday-concert-and-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!

1st Annual Long Beach Homebrew Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 10
Private residence, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.welovelb.org/long-beach-homebrew-festival.html

Long Beach will have a local beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon.

25th Annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 10
King Harbor Yacht Club, Redondo Beach
http://www.khyc.org/

Enjoy two boat parades this Saturday evening in Redondo Beach. The evening will start with the paddlecraft parade with small boats and sailboats. Following that, the main parade will take place with larger boats. Check with the website for a list of good spots to watch the parade from.

8th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 10
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 $20 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

34th Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 10
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night in Shoreline Village near Downtown Long Beach.

54th Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 10
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.

2016 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 10
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday night for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 10
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/calendar/events
http://www.facebook.com/events/602505239934377/

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.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/adolescentsandthedickies

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline their annual December show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

11th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10
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.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 11
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!

OC Weekly’s Holiday Cheers 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 11
[AV] Irvine, Irvine
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/holidaycheers/

Mix and mingle with rich people at this fancy cocktail party in Orange County this Sunday afternoon in Irvine. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 1pm, and provides access to a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

45th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 11 & 18
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 11
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://mbfireworks.com/

This Sunday night, many streets near the Manhattan Beach Pier will close, as thousands of spectators gather to watch fireworks (which start at 7pm), dance, drink, mingle, and more. Completely free to attend, expect chaos with this many people. Arrive early to snag a good parking spot.

Beer festivals towards the end of the year come few and far between, as most people start to ramp up for holiday events. However, the crafty team behind the locally famous Orange County Brew Ha Ha ends each year with a kaboom with the Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival. Now in its fourth year, the OC Brew Ho Ho returned to its home at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim to deliver lots of beer to eager lips. This past Saturday, thousands of craft beer fans journeyed from all over to convene over holiday joy and plenty of holiday ale for a festive day of drinking, dancing, eating, celebrating, and more. Over 40 breweries attended to serve various brews, with many of them hosting timed/scheduled beer releases that attracted huge lines. For this year’s beer lineup, I did not witness as many seasonal brews – most of the breweries brought their regular year-round beers, with IPA’s as the majority present. I understand that Californians love their hoppy beers, but for a holiday-themed beer festival, I do expect most of the breweries to each bring one of their seasonal brews.

As a growing festival, this year’s OC Brew Ho Ho expanded the event space to encompass the field and parking lot at the front. This front space allowed for additional food trucks, seating, vendors, more breweries, games, and the live music stage. Along with this front space that guests arriving early could wander around in, the event contained a handful of games to entertain guests, such as glorified Jenga, cornhole, foosball, and the venue’s airsoft rifle shooting range. The organizers do not beat around the bush – they ensure the utmost quality in the care of their events, and I have written about almost all of their events up to date. I alone can do so much to provide testimony to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha series of events. Why not take a look at the countless guests all enjoying a great time at this past weekend’s OC Brew Ho Ho?

What would a beer fest do without some form of entertainment? As expected, Santa Claus made his appearance on-stage for photos with the guests, and brought a guest Storm Trooper to also promote the upcoming Star Wars film. For the past two years, legendary Richard Blade rocked the house with a massive set full of 80’s hits that had everyone rocking away under the big top. This year, none other than Orange County’s own Reel Big Fish took the stage, returning to a Brew Ha Ha event after their last one two years ago.

One may never find another beer festival quite like the OC Brew Ho Ho! It has everything a craft beer enthusiast can ask for, sans a little rain. For more events by the organizers, make sure to Like/Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, such as ticket sale announcements and posts about other similar upcoming events. If you have yet to attend any of these events, I highly recommend going to one to indulge and immerse yourself in the culture of craft beer. You may learn something about beer that you may not have ever known!

The fourth annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival will take place at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. From the organizers behind this year’s biggest beer festival in Orange County, this holiday iteration of a popular event combines a beer fest with holiday shopping, as they also include a brewery merchandise expo within the venue area. Almost every brewery present will bring merchandise to sell, from clothing to beer glasses to accessories and more. A single admission of $55 per person allows all guests to sample unlimited beer pours from the 20+ breweries available, most of which will serve rare brews. To keep guests occupied between drinks, the venue provides a multitude of games, such as foosball, glorified Jenga, airsoft gun shooting, and more. In addition, guests will discover plenty of local vendors all with great holiday gifts.

OC Brew Ho Ho receives its unique spin from its various features that set them apart from other typical beer fests. First off, all guests pay one flat admission price and receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. The main highlight comes from the merchandise expo, where almost every brewery brings merchandise to sell, such as clothes, beer accessories, and other such souvenirs or trinkets. For the beer lover in their lives, attending this festival allows many guests to kill two birds with one stone by enjoying a day of drinking while getting some shopping done.

The organizers behind OC Brew Ho Ho usually get a collaboration beer devised in honor of this prestigious event. Last year, Valiant Brewing and Black Market Brewing joined forces to create Chernyy Medved, a potent 13.0% Russian Imperial Stout with cherries and vanilla. This year, Bottle Logic, Barley Forge, and Good Beer Co. have teamed up to generate this year’s collaboration beer, Glogg Glogg Glogg, an 8.5% abv dark winter ale.

In addition to the obligatory Santa Claus appearance, OC Brew Ho Ho always delivers top-notch music entertainment. The last two years featured legendary DJ Richard Blade delivering the best of 80’s hits all day. This year, Reel Big Fish will headline the music stage!

Since this beer fest has no limit to the amount of beer that any guest could drink during the allotted time, you may find yourself drinking far more beer than expected. Make sure you pace yourself and plan on what beers you want to taste – click here for a list of participating breweries.

The gates to the 4th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival open this Saturday morning at 11am, but beers do not pour until 12pm. Tickets cost $55 plus an online transaction fee, which you can bypass by buying a ticket at the door, if any remain by then. Admission includes a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters, plus access to the brewery merchandise expo. The beers will pour starting at 12pm and stop promptly at 4pm, but the merchandise booths will remain selling until 5pm. Guests can park for free at the venue’s self-parking lot, though guests may choose the valet side if desired. Expect to see over 50 different breweries represented here, and each of them should have merchandise for sale, which does not include beer to-go. Read up on some tips to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience at this year’s Brew Ho Ho:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 57 freeway, exit Ball Road going east, turn right at the first road (S Phoenix Club Dr), then turn right at the second road (S Sanderson Ave). The parking lot will appear on your left after the actual Phoenix Club building.
  • Guests may park for free. Although anyone may ride a bike or walk to the venue, I suggest getting dropped off instead. Intoxicated guests may leave their cars at the venue if they find another means of getting home, and they will have until 9am the following day to reclaim their cars.
  • Food comes at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Mother nature does unpredictable things, and while the forecast predicts sunny skies, no one will laugh when it starts to rain.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no free replacement for lost or broken glasses. Extra glasses, if any remain, will cost $5.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up, find food, and/or shop at the vendors before leaving. Click here for a list of attending vendors in addition to the breweries.

Ska Parade Lounge
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 1
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1663305563915816/

Enjoy a free local ska-punk show in Fullerton this Tuesday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Magic In The Garden
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 2
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/magic-in-the-garden/

Enjoy a four-course dinner with magic show this Wednesday night in Long Beach. Reservations for this dinner cost $50.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, December 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/504207579759605/

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

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rivieravillageredondo.org/events/

Explore Riviera Village in Redondo Beach this Thursday evening and enjoy holiday-themed festivities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, a parade at 6pm, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and more.

The Briggs @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 3
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.thebriggs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/935775456471738/

Punk rock band The Briggs will headline a free show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Thursday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 4-6
Fairplex, Pomona
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.

19th Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4-5
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-carlsbad/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2461013

Submerge yourself in strong beers this weekend at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. General admission costs $45, starts at 5pm, and includes a souvenir glass and eight beer tasters. VIP sessions cost $70, start at 2pm, and also include complimentary food and access to purchase rare bottles.

37th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 4
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 5
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

Beyond The Lines – Pop-Up Group Art Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 4
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 5
Solar Studios, Glendale
http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/

Find paintings, sculptures, photography, furniture, jewelry, and other handmade crafts from emerging local artists as well as live music, comedy show, face painting, photo booth, games, cold pressed juice, coffee, tea, and more at this pop-up art show. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door.

4th Annual Alpine Kraft Bierfest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 4
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, December 5
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/bierfest/

More than 40 microbreweries will serve over 100 different beers this weekend at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to this beer festival costs $45. No one under 21 may attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1009917-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/604/holiday-pop-up-village-at-grand-central-market-december-5-and-6

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

2015 Holiday Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalleyla.com/

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 pop culture and the holidays.

21st Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 5
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting

Completely FREE to attend for all ages, this Christmas tree-lighting celebration lasts all day. During the day, guests can partake in breakfast with Santa, kids’ crafts & activities, a food fair, live entertainment, train rides, snow play, and more. The actual tree lighting begins at 6pm. If you need something to do with family, bring them to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday night.

4th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5
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.

5th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5-6
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://teafestivalla.com/

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $20. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

Big Bite Sugar Rush
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5-6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://bigbiteevents.com/

Big Bite Events returns with a sweeter spin on their food fest events. This dessert showcase brings dessert competitions, demos, dessert decorating activities, and dozens of sweets to sample. General admission costs $20, starts at 12pm, and allows unlimited dessert samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 11am, and also includes a goodie bag, alcohol pairing, and access to a VIP lounge.

8th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, December 5
E Holly St, Old Pasadena
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA teams up with Old Pasadena to bring you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Have some cash available for parking, as free parking does not exist anywhere near this area.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 5
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lake-avenue-pasadena-2015-holiday-celebration/

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

Stateside Crafts 1st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 5
Stateside Crafts, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1000424083313517/

Long Beach’s Stateside Crafts turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will a variety of vendors on hand to serve visitors this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, Stateside Crafts will offer discounted beer flights, product samples from the vendors, and raffle prizes for visitors.

4th Annual Pugafest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 5
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24pugafest.brownpapertickets.com/

Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra.

23rd Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
Streets of Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-uptown-holiday-sonata/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event on the streets of Uptown Whittier. Visitors will experience Christmas Village, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, carolers, live entertainment, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and lots more.

36th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 5
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays/

Bring the family out to this local holiday parade this Saturday evening in Ocean Beach. Arrive early to find parking and secure a spot to watch along the parade route.

33rd Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/adolescents

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Ska-Punk Night @ Soda Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 5
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2676

Enjoy some local ska-punk music this Saturday night in Normal Heights in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 6
32nd & Thorn, North Park, San Diego
http://sonofestchilicookoff.com/

Check out this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park that will have chili, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, vendors, live music, and more. Although free to attend, visitors can pay $20 to receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl and five restaurant chili tastings.

Mac & Cheese Smackdown
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, December 6
LA River Studios, Glassell Park
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/blog/your-cheesy-dreams-are-about-to-come-true-at-the-first-ever-mac-and-cheese-smackdown-111715

Gorge yourself out on mac & cheese from seven of Los Angeles’ top chefs this Sunday afternoon in Glassell Park. $30 admission gets you access to all-you-can-eat mac & cheese while supplies last.

64th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 6
Downey & Florence, Downey
http://www.downeychamber.com/event/64th-annual-downey-christmas-parade/

Enjoy a free all-ages holiday parade in Downey this Sunday afternoon.

The Generators: Live in Ventura
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 6
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/985651164828415/

Enjoy a local punk rock show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Winter’s Tiki Wonderland X
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 6
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/790959074364004/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Sunday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 6
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/depts/commserv/special_events/tree_lighting_ceremony_n_candlelight_choir_procession.asp

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.

Twisted Christmas with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 6
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1627586227529016/

Witness a sultry holiday-themed burlesque show at Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday evening. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 6
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/winter-wonderland

Irvine will have a free and all-ages holiday-themed event this Sunday evening. Visitors will find Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, arts & crafts, games, train rides, food & drinks, Santa Claus, and more.

Viernes 13 Presents: Skanukkah
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/viernes-13-alianza-cosmica-major-league-skankers/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Sunday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

The intuitive originators behind the locally famous Orange County Brew Ha Ha brought forth the 3rd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival this past Saturday, a holiday-themed beer festival with several unique spins. Taking place at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, following in the footsteps of its big brother, the OC Brew Ha Ha, craft beer lovers from all over journeyed to OC Brew Ho Ho for a festive day of drinking, dancing, eating, celebrating, and more. Over 40 breweries attended to serve various seasonal brews, with many of them hosting timed/scheduled beer releases that attracted huge lines. The previous years’ events featured a merchandise expo, where most of the breweries brought their own merchandise to sell to attendees during the beer tasting. This year, I did not notice as much of that – breweries mostly focused on their beer, while merchandise fell to other vendors not serving beer.

The calm before the storm:

The organizers do not beat around the bush – they ensure the utmost quality in the care of their events, and I have written about almost all of their events up to date. I alone can do so much to provide testimony to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha series of events. Why not take a look at the countless guests all enjoying a great time at this past weekend’s OC Brew Ho Ho?

One may never find another beer festival quite like the OC Brew Ho Ho! It has everything a craft beer enthusiast can ask for, sans a little rain. For more events by the organizers, make sure to Like/Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, such as ticket sale announcements and posts about other similar upcoming events. If you have yet to attend any of these events, I highly recommend going to one to indulge and immerse yourself in the culture of craft beer. You may learn something about beer that you may not have ever known!

Moscow, land of strange and mysterious towers of pure gold cold as ice. Who could guess that a fire burns inside of Moscow so hot? Although that sounds like complete nonsense, they derive from the lyrics of a famous song dedicated to the glory of Moscow, or Moskau as the song refers to it. Despite the rough history behind the motherland, Russia has certainly influenced a great portion of the world. While the recent 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Russia, perhaps the world best regards Russia for vodka. Adults around the world love to soak themselves with this liquor, especially now with its universal availability. Does anyone ever pay attention to the beer from Russia? Perhaps not, since Russia has not come to the spotlight for their work in brewing. However, the Russian style certainly has influenced the creation of consumables, evident in not only Russian cuisine, but Russian beverages as well, such as the famed Russian Imperial Stout. If you seek a Russian Imperial Stout worth shouting Moskau over, look no further than the craft beer scene in Orange County.

The folks from Valiant Brewing and Black Market Brewing have teamed up to collaborate on a succulent winter’s brew known as Chernyy Medved (SHARE-nee MID-vid). In honor of the acclaimed winter beer fest, the OC Brew Ho Ho, these two breweries butted heads to devise this incredible creation that words simply cannot accurately describe. Clocking in at 13.0% abv, this Russian Imperial Stout gets its characteristics with smoked oak, pine, vanilla, and cherries. With a flavor like chocolate-covered cherries, this hearty brew fits right in with the cold winter season with its warming finish. Beer enthusiasts may want to consider attempting to cellar this bottle, as it lends itself to aging quite nicely.

Looking to savor this Russian beauty? Start looking at specialty craft beer retailers in Orange County, such as Total Wine & More or Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Act fast, as Chernyy Medved only exists in limited quantities, and once they run out, you probably will not find it on store shelves again!

The third annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival will take place at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. From the organizers behind this year’s biggest beer festival in Orange County, this holiday iteration of a popular event combines a beer fest with holiday shopping, as they also include a brewery merchandise expo within the venue area. Almost every brewery present will bring merchandise to sell, from clothing to beer glasses to accessories and more. A single admission of $55 per person allows all guests to sample unlimited beer pours from the 20+ breweries available, most of which will serve rare brews. To keep guests occupied between drinks, the venue provides a multitude of games, such as foosball, glorified Jenga, airsoft gun shooting, and more. In addition, guests will discover plenty of local vendors all with great holiday gifts.

Some of the larger breweries usually set up their serving stations outdoors. Last year, despite the inclement weather, guests braved the inauspicious weather for those bigger breweries and their rare or seasonal brews.

OC Brew Ho Ho receives its unique spin from its various features that set them apart from other typical beer fests. First off, all guests pay one flat admission price and receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. The main highlight comes from the merchandise expo, where almost every brewery brings merchandise to sell, such as clothes, beer accessories, and other such souvenirs or trinkets. For the beer lover in their lives, attending this festival allows many guests to kill two birds with one stone by enjoying a day of drinking while getting some shopping done.

The organizers behind OC Brew Ho Ho usually get a collaboration beer devised in honor of this prestigious event. Last year, Noble Ale Works and Beachwood Brewing joined forces to create The Ghost of Jacob Barley, a smooth, luscious, comforting beer with enough flavor and potency that even non-beer drinkers would like it. This year, Valiant Brewing and Black Market Brewing have teamed up to generate this year’s collaboration beer, Chernyy Medved – a 13.0% Russian Imperial Stout with cherries and vanilla.

In addition to the obligatory Santa Claus appearance, legendary DJ Richard Blade delivered the best of 80’s hits all day. He will continue to do so at OC Brew Ho Ho this year, and his appearance alone has attracted more attention than Santa Claus himself!

Since this beer fest has no limit to the amount of beer that any guest could drink during the allotted time, you may find yourself drinking far more beer than expected. Make sure you pace yourself and plan on what beers you want to taste – click here for a list of participating breweries.

The gates to the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival open this Saturday morning at 11am, but beers do not pour until 12pm. Tickets cost $55 plus an online transaction fee, which you can bypass by buying a ticket at the door, if any remain by then. Admission includes a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters, plus access to the brewery merchandise expo. The beers will pour starting at 12pm and stop promptly at 4pm, but the merchandise booths will remain selling until 5pm. Guests can park for free at the venue’s self-parking lot, though guests may choose the valet side if desired. Expect to see over 50 different breweries represented here, and each of them should have merchandise for sale, which does not include beer to-go. Read up on some tips to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience at this year’s Brew Ho Ho:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 57 freeway, exit Ball Road going east, turn right at the first road (S Phoenix Club Dr), then turn right at the second road (S Sanderson Ave). The parking lot will appear on your left after the actual Phoenix Club building.
  • Guests may park for free. Although anyone may ride a bike or walk to the venue, I suggest getting dropped off instead. Intoxicated guests may leave their cars at the venue if they find another means of getting home, and they will have until 9am the following day to reclaim their cars.
  • Food comes at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Mother nature does unpredictable things, and while the forecast predicts sunny skies, no one will laugh when it starts to rain.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no free replacement for lost or broken glasses. Extra glasses, if any remain, will cost $5.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up, find food, and/or shop at the vendors before leaving. Click here for a list of attending vendors in addition to the breweries.

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!