Posts Tagged ‘Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’

Gastropubs have risen significantly in population and popularity over the past few years. What once existed as a foreign concept now flourishes in a modern setting, where people seeking high quality food & drinks at affordable prices actively research gastropubs to visit. When you break it down to the bare bone, a typical gastropub menu contains bar-adapted appetizers, entrée salads, thick burgers, simplified yet improved desserts, and a decent selection of craft beers. Some aspiring chefs have taken a different approach to the menu by reengineering the gastropub perception and focusing the menu on a particular type of cuisine or food. Some gastropubs may focus on pizza or flatbreads. A few may focus on sausages and applications of sausages. Others may just like to experiment with whatever comes their way, and if it ends up tasting good, they run it as a special for their customers to try. In the case of The Factory Gastrobar, they tested out their renditions of chili to pair with their selection of craft beers.

Located in the heart of the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, The Factory Gastrobar hails as one of Long Beach’s first modern gastropubs. Reinventing classic foods since 2009, The Factory has gone through countless kegs of beer while serving up an ever-changing menu. Every month, they hold special events for different purposes, such as wine, beer, or food. Sometimes, they like to combine occasions to garner a larger turnout. Last night, in conjunction with the tap takeover of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company, The Factory also concocted four versions of chili for a chili-extravaganza. Customers could order chili as an entrée, or all four as a flight paired with respective Figueroa beer. The four chilis with their beer pairings from left to right:

  • Bavarian Bratwurst (Paradise Rd Pilsner) – grass-fed beef bratwurst, bacon, Davy Brown ale, smoked tetilla cheese, spiced yogurt crema
  • Fire Roasted (Danish Red) – seasonal vegetables, roasted red peppers, shaved cabbage, avocado
  • Green Pork (Pale Ale) – pinto beans, shishito, serrano, poblano, pasilla, tomatillo, mango salsa, radish, mozzarella curds
  • Creamy Chicken (Hoppy Poppy IPA) – free-range Shelton chicken, white beans, corn salsa, pepper jack, avocado relish

The entrée versions included either bread or a pretzel.

Just like their last similar night of a food night and tap takeover, The Factory plans to retain the popular choices on their menu, pending a few tweaks to perfect the recipe. If you missed all the chili last night, fret not – they will feature one, some, or all of these on their menu very soon. They appreciate feedback, so if you love chili and want to see it on their menu, drop on in and inform them. Until then, visit them anyways and try some of their delicious food and refreshing beers on tap.

Pliny the Younger @ Haven Gastropub
11:00 am, February 18-19
Haven Gastropub, Pasadena, Orange
http://havengastropub.com/_blog/Haven_Gastropub/post/Pliny_the_Younger/

Get your chance at drinking this extremely rare and sought-after beer today and tomorrow at Haven Gastropub. An 8oz glass will cost $8 on a first-come first-served basis. Expect this to resemble Black Friday, as you will see people line up outside the restaurant for hours prior to the tapping. Pliny the Younger gets tapped at Pasadena today at 11am, and in Orange tomorrow at 11am.

2013 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 7
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/396485933755510/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 26.

Figueroa Mountain Tap Takeover + Chili Night @ The Factory Gastrobar
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 21
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/322485984519450/

The folks from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. will visit The Factory and stock all of the taps with their refreshing brews. In addition, the kitchen will prep a special menu featuring five different chilis, each with a beer to pair with.

2013 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 22
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 23
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Parking starts at $5, but parking the neighborhood east of Alamitos can bypass any parking fees.

The Angry Samoans, JFA, Naked Aggression, Luicidal, Whitekaps, and Social Task @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/angry-samoans

Friday means punk rock night, so check out this awesome punk rock show at The Observatory this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

CJ Ramone @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/527556377266907/

Come to this punk rock show headlined by CJ Ramone, which features Steve Soto of Agent Orange and Adolescents fame. Tickets cost $12 at the door, and $10 presale. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 23
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 24
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

African-American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 23-24
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/african_american_festival/

Celebrate Black History Month at the Aquarium of the Pacific this weekend. For the cost of general admission into the aquarium, guests will get to partake in live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, dancers, music, storytellers, and more.

Inland Empire Brewing Company 4th Anniversary Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/news/archives/776-4th-anniversary-beer-food-festival-2

The IEBC will celebrate their 4th anniversary this weekend just like they did last year – with a massive festival at their brewery. Featuring over 30 breweries, plenty of food trucks, and live music, this festival will please any beer drinker. General admission costs $40, begins at 1pm, and includes 15 beer tasters. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, comes with 20 beer tasters, and allows access to the VIP area.

Rebel Bingo
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, February 23
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/401440109943222/

If you think you know bingo, think again. This psychedelic interactive party takes bingo to extremes. Expect loud music, alcohol, dancing, intoxication, almost-naked people, and much more that you would not tell your grandparents about.

Brewfest 2013
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 24
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/429601497107838/

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $25 gets you 12 beer tasters, while guests may purchase more tasters for $1 each. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 24 – March 2
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.