Posts Tagged ‘Congregation Ale House’

Haven Gastropub 6-Year Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 25
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1478427519141436/

The long-standing Haven Gastropub turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an all-day celebration at their restaurant in Old Towne Orange. On this day, Haven will tap a bunch of rare brews for your enjoyment. At night, enjoy an 8-course dinner for $100 per person (reservations required).

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 25
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-craft-beer-job-fair-tickets-16995250251

Interested in a career in the craft beer industry? Dress sharp and bring plenty of résumés to this craft beer job fair in San Diego this Tuesday, completely free to attend.

Three Weav3rs Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/879166495509486/

Three Weav3ers Brewing now has retail bottles available, and you can snag some at Select Beer Store starting this Wednesday.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront-2015

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

OC Wine Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
The Barrel Room, Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/winecrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on fine wine at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 29
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 30
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Einstök Tap Takeover @ Congregation Ale House
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Congregation Ale House, Long Beach/Pasadena/Asuza
http://www.facebook.com/events/116107832070569/

Iceland’s premier craft beer hits the taps at all Congregation Ale House locations this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a nice cold one.

Noble Ale Works Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Noble Ale Works will occupy many of the taps at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one.

Anime California 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, this 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $35 per day or $50 for the entire weekend.

C4 Central Coast Comic Con
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30
Ventura County Fair Grounds, Ventura
http://www.venturacomiccon.com/

Come to see all things comics, sci-fi, and pop culture at the Central Coast Comic Con this weekend in Ventura. As with any comic con, attendees will find hundreds of artists, vendors, merchandise, and cosplayers to interact with, and attendees can participate in panels, speakers, seminars, discussions, contests, and more. Admission greatly varies, starting at $20 for a Friday pass and going all the way up to $100 for VIP passes. Check with the website for a breakdown of all the tickets and what they come with.

Sierra Nevada Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/976259499103230/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will occupy their taps with Sierra Nevada brews this Friday night. No admission necessary – just show up and enjoy a cold one.

5th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 29
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

Blackmarket Cookie Throwdown
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 28
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1018905034796098/

Blackmarket Bakery needs your help in deciding what cookie they will add to their menu next. No purchase necessary – come sample four different cookies, then submit your vote.

Orange County Japan Fair
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day, and parking costs $7 per vehicle.

Long Beach Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/931364996951465/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Riviera Village Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/102708700079929/

Dozens of shop in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach will hold special sidewalk sales this weekend. Stroll on down and see what the locals here have to offer.

7th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29-30
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

See arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more at Venice Beach this weekend, free admission. Keep in mind the heavy traffic near this area this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Jeeps of SoCal Meet & Greet
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/125165647821316/

Jeeps, pizza, and beer collide at this meetup this Saturday afternoon at Valiant Brewing in Orange. Free to attend for all ages, explore a variety of Jeep automobiles, and anyone who buys a pizza or a flight of beer receives a raffle ticket to win prizes from the Jeep organizations present.

5th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 29
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Woofstock Summer Bash Long Beach
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Long Beach Market Place on 2nd & PCH, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/woofstock-summer-bash-long-beach-tickets-17814490621

Visit the Long Beach Market Place this Saturday afternoon for a free and all-ages event featuring live music, food, drinks, dog contests, giveaways, adoptions, prizes, a doggie photo booth, and more.

End of Summer Luau Skate Party
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/560416370765616/

Celebrate the end of summer with JFA, punk rock, skating, and a luau. Tickets to this punk rock party costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, August 29
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $55 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $105 presale or $110 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission costs $79 and begins at 2pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.facebook.com/PacificPlateBrewing

Pacific Plate Brewing turns two this week, and to celebrate, they will release a special brew to commemorate the occasion. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

So Cal Brew Fest: After Hours
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://tickets.beerfests.com/event/SoCalBrewFestAfterHours

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Farmers Park near Downtown Anaheim, complete with over 35 breweries and local restaurants all sampling their goods. Admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples and food samples while supplies last. Use promo code onepunkarmy to save 20% off admission!

3rd Annual Nardfest
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29-30
Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura
http://nardfest.com/

Nardcore fans will not want to miss this ultimate two-day nardcore music concert this weekend in Ventura.  Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $25 for one day or $35 for a weekend pass.

Orfila’s 22nd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 29
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Knee Deep Experimental IPAs Tap Takeover & BBQ
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 29
The Blue Star, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1455169404791784/

Knee Deep Brewing will take over the taps at The Blue Star with a handful of their experimental IPAs this Saturday evening, plus an outdoor BBQ. No admission necessary – just show up, and pay for beer and food as you go.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $8 per person and comes with free parking.

11th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Bacon Brunch
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 30
Taste & Thirst, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/940452069331466/

Taste & Thirst will have lots of bacon eats and Bacon Bloody Marys this Sunday early afternoon. Come kick off your week with some salty goodness.

1st Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 30
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-long-beach-tiki-social-tiki-swapmeet-tickets-17705033231

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

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With all these big beer fests going on around this time of year, we tend to overlook the smaller crowd. A beer fest comes with a handful of objectives: provide lots of beer for attendees to drink (quantity), or invite micro breweries that need exposure (quality). Oktoberfest provides a prime example of the former – attracting thousands of people to one location to guzzle bad overpriced beer. When you want to find good beers but have no idea where to start, a beer fest makes for a great place to start, as it exposes attendees to a variety of local beers. Some larger beer fests get dominated by larger companies like Budweiser or Corona, so in order to seek out the locals, we have to look at smaller fests. In terms of any type of food & beverage festival, size does not always mean everything, and The Factory’s Drink Good Beer Fest proves just that.

The Factory Gastropub in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach has always had a penchant for supporting the local beer scene. Everyday, customers will find taps stocked only with craft beers in the dining room. Every month, they host various beer-related events, such as tap takeovers, bottle shares, beer pairings, and homebrew meetings. The Factory strongly supports the homebrew movement, encouraging locals to take up brewing beer at home. This notion to support homebrewers activated the invocation of the Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition. This event combined a homebrew contest with a small beer fest, which saw the launch of Ohana Brewing‘s flagship beer last year. Now running for the second year in a row, the 2nd Annual Drink Good Beer Fest has grown to include more homebrew entrants and micro breweries in this event. Following last year’s launch, Congregation Ale House launched their new beer at this fest. For as little as $25 for presale admission, attendees received up to four hours with ten 4oz beer pours at this fest – plenty of time to get through it all. I even bought more drink tickets since I had exhausted my original allocation with an hour left to go.

Breweries in attendance: Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Noble Ale Works, Dudes’ Brewing, Kinetic Brewing, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Cismontane Brewing, Strand Brewing, Congregation Ale House, Stone Brewing, The Bruery, Smog City Brewing, Pizza Port, Latitude 33, Iron Fist Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Ohana Brewing, Los Angeles Ale Works, Eagle Rock Brewery, New Belgium, Monkish Brewing, Epic Brewing, Karl Strauss, Hangar 24, Ritual Brewing, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Valiant Brewing, El Segundo Brewing, Tenaya Creek Brewery

Of particular note, Los Angeles Ale Works decided to not only bring beer like everyone else, but also to bring craft soda. I have seen homebrewers and micro breweries head in the direction of craft sodas, so to see it in fruition here makes the vision appear more real. It also helps that, for an outdoors festival, they carried the only free non-alcoholic beverage. To sample at this fest, they brough Ketsara, a Thai Tea soda.

Nearly every brewery brought up to two different beers to try. For a small fest, one would expect to see standard beers available instead of the fancy stuff found indoors at popular establishments. However, a few of the breweries decided to man up and bring strong stuff. A handful of the beers floated around the 9% range, but Firestone Walker wins the strongest of the fest for bringing their §ucaba, a 12.5% barleywine. Other beers I got to try:

  • Hangar 24 Brewery – Kirschen, a 3.9% Berliner Weisse (not pictured)
  • Epic Brewing – Santa Cruz, a 5.8% brown ale
  • Eagle Rock Brewery – Unionist, a 5.4% Belgian ale
  • Monkish Brewery – Seme Della Vita, a 9.8% Belgian Tripel
  • Smog City Brewing – L.A. Saison, a 5.8% saison
  • Karl Strauss – Peanut Butter Cup, a 5.8% porter
  • Firestone Walker – §ucaba, a 12.5% American barleywine
  • Tenaya Creek – Old Jackalope, a 10.4% barleywine
  • Iron Fist Brewing – Dubbel Fisted, an 8.1% dubbel
  • Golden Road Brewing – Hudson Imperial Rye Porter, an 8.5% strong porter
  • Kinetic Brewing – Saison Été, a 6.6% farmhouse ale
  • Dudes’ Brewing – Grinning Face, a 6.2% American porter

At the start of the beer fest, The Factory’s owner Natalie welcomed Congregation’s owner Travis as he blessed the beer and the day for everyone to enjoy.

At the end of the beer fest, the homebrew contest organizers finally announced the winners of the competition. Their homebrew will receive limited distribution in the South LA/Orange County area for a limited time.

Who said size matters? We have not seen so much content in so little space since Slater’s 50/50 held a beer fest in the parking lot right outside their newest location. All the breweries brought so much beer, and most of them brought their strong stuff too, a rarity in small-size beer fests like this. A giant canopy provided enough shade for any attendee wanting to escape the hot sun, as well as the snacks table where attendees could purchase snacks, water, or food from the restaurant. Also, how often does a small beer fest last four hours? Most beer fests nowadays last only three hours, or four with a “VIP admission” that costs more than general admission. The Factory went in the right direction with this beer fest, as it serves multiple purposes, such as exposing people to new beer & breweries, and exposing people to The Factory, a gastropub in an otherwise family-friendly neighborhood. Stay tuned for this fest next year, and start thinking of beers to brew to enter into this competition!