Posts Tagged ‘Figueroa Mountain Brewing’

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 1-7
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.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-14
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Odd Market – Eagle Rock
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 2
All Star Lanes, Eagle Rock
http://theoddmarket.com/eaglerock/

A handful of gourmet food trucks and local vendors will swarm into Eagle Rock tonight for some bowling and local fun. Free to attend, simply drop on by and bring out your friends and family.

H.R. from Bad Brains – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/875495262502591/

Get your mid-week fill of punk rock at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1548768698721064/

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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
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).

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/288160744640890/

Come to Alpine Village in Torrance this Friday evening and check out a lineup full of Fig Mtn brews.

Valiant Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 6
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 7
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://valiant.bpt.me/

Valiant opened their doors to the public two years ago, and to celebrate, they will have two days of beer tasting at their tasting room in Orange. On Friday night, check out a VIP night that costs $70 to attend, and includes unlimited tasters of Valiant’s anniversary brews plus food pairings that include chocolate, coffee, and other hors d’oeuvres. On Saturday from noon to 4pm, Valiant will have their grand tasting event that costs $40 to attend, and includes unlimited tasters of most of Valiant’s lineup of brews, plus some in-house brewed sodas. No one under 21 may attend either event.

Rikk Agnew Band @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/763991957009721/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local bands show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

7 Seconds – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.facebook.com/events/436017816550013/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/7-Seconds

Legendary punk rock band 7 Seconds will embark on a mini California tour starting with these two shows in Southern California. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on the link of a show for more information.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/198128

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.

The Shell Corporation @ The Redwood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/323422677854225/

Check out some awesome local punk bands this Friday night at The Redwood in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1375896709394318/

Check out this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night featuring a handful of local bands. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 7
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

3rd Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 7
Excelsior High School, Norwalk
http://festivalofcolorsla.com/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

West 3rd Street Crawl
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 7
Link, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ludlows-west-3rd-street-crawl-tickets-15733039946

Stroll and explore the businesses of West 3rd Street at this pub-like crawl. Participation costs $45, and comes with a handful of food & drink tastings and exclusive access to sales at select locations.

2015 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 7-9
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

14th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 7
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Best Coast Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 7
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, and will take place over two 4-hour sessions: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. The evening session will include a movie screening of Anchorman plus another secret movie. General admission costs $45 per session or $75 for both sessions, while a VIP admission exists that costs $125.

Phantom Carriage Brewery – Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 7
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/796410000434190/

Carson’s first production microbrewery officially opens the doors to their tasting room this Saturday, and they have invited YOU to come check them out! Phantom Carriage will have ten of their brews on tap for the public to try, as well as some rare beers from guest breweries. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.celticfaireatfairplex.com/fp/events/irishFestival/

Prepare yourself for St. Patrick’s Day by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend at the 2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire at the Fairplex in Pomona. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $10, while children enter for $5. Parking costs $10, so I suggest carpooling to alleviate that fee.

Sam Fest – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Barleywine Festival
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 7
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/sam-fest-2nd-annual-los-angeles-barleywine-festival/

This Saturday, 38 Degrees will tap over 30 different barleywines in honor of Sam Samaniego, a beer enthusiast who traveled to Toronado Barleywine Festival annually. Come enjoy some barleywines, and check out some of the rare beers available too. This event requires no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you drink. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Self Help Festival 2015
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 7
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino
http://selfhelpfest.com/

The festival for hardcore fans comes to Southern California this Saturday. Admission to this all-day music festival costs $42.50.

Howl Event Space – Official Launch Party
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 7
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/401934749985836/

The Howl Event Space in Downtown Long Beach officially opens for business this week, and to celebrate their opening, they will have a FREE launch party for everyone to come check out. Experience live music, vendors, food, drinks, a photo booth, and more.

Blacklight Run – San Diego
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 7
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.blacklightrun.com/sandiego-ca/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $20 by Wednesday and $45 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Agent Orange – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5155

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/196179

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 8
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=9382051

Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can win – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run, plus a complimentary slice of Boysenberry Pie. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.

41st Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 8
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/40th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 8
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/essentials/2015/

Basically, a food & wine fest for the rich. General admission costs $65 presale or $70 at the door, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited food & drink tastings until they run out. VIP admission costs $85 presale or $90 at the door, starts at 1pm, and includes a VIP gift bag.

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!