Posts Tagged ‘Latitude 33’

Middle Class Rejects Backyard Party with The Rikk Agnew Band
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=86623

Some local punk bands hit up the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/234852666703750/

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Death Hymn Number 9 @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, March 27
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/164261

Check out some funky rock music this Thursday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba, or in the neighborhood across the street.

2nd Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/584637?date=993930

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the second year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale and $35 at the door, and include ten 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Perverts – Final Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
Café NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/517761111678916/

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night in Los Angeles. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats, Old Firm Casuals, JFA, and More @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/lower-class-brats

Some famous names in punk rock will perform this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to find free parking in the venue’s parking lot. Arrive late, and pay $10 to park in a parking lot down the street.

Guitar Center Musician’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 29
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Musician-Expo-g27108t0.gc

Check out tons of the latest music equipment, meet & greet with industry reps, and browse through many music vendors at this one-day music expo. Guitar Centers sell tickets to this all-ages expo for $5, or you may purchase tickets at the door for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so you may opt to take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave.

2014 Hammerhead Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 29
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/528167223970333/

Hangar 24 will release another strong beer from their Barrel Roll series this Saturday. Head over to the tasting room in Redlands, where you can order an 8oz pour of Hammerhead for $8, no admission fee required.

2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 29-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://ramenyokochous.com/

Guests can try different styles of ramen from all around the world at this all-ages ramen festival this weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Parking per vehicle costs $4, and entry to the festival costs $5 per adult, or free for children under 18. All ramen bowls within the festival cost $8 each.

Latitude 33 Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 29
Latitude 33 Brewing, Vista
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581128

Latitude 33 Brewing celebrates two years of their tasting room this weekend, and to celebrate, they will invite local bands and foodtrucks to join in on the festivities as they tap many of their rare beers, plus their 2nd anniversary brew, Biere de Mars. Anniversary packages cost $25 and include a t-shirt & eight beer tasters. Guests may opt to visit the brewery like a normal visit: pay for beer and food at regular price.

2014 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 29-30
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.

Bottle Share #12
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 29
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/365909750216606/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

JFA, Naked Aggression, and More @ The Church on York
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29
The Church on York, Eagle Rock
http://www.facebook.com/events/289441704537166/

Punk rock fans will not want to miss this all-ages show this Saturday night in Eagle Rock, which features JFA, Naked Aggression, and more. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale and $15 at the door.

8Kalacas & South Central Skankers @ The Black Castle
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29
The Black Castle, Los Angeles (Inglewood)
http://www.facebook.com/events/134952280008392/

Enjoy some South Bay music at this show this Saturday night between Inglewood and Southgate. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Bonecrusher @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/574400579311185/

One of the most popular independent hardcore punk bands of this generation will headline a show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs only $6. No one under 21 may attend.

T.S.O.L. @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 29
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/166432

Catch legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. in their only Southern California show this year this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area, so avoid paying unnecessary parking fees.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 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 $7 per person and comes with free parking.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 30 – April 5
Participating locations, Long Beach
http://www.eatlbc.com/

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

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!

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, Now through April 26
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 21 and April 26, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

The Revival Tour: Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Jenny O.@ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/revival-tour

Punk rock goes acoustic with this tour, which stops by The Observatory TONIGHT. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

Tap Takeover: Old Orange Brewing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Beachfront Bar & Grill, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=246620092144303

Old Orange Brewing will take over the taps at Beachfront Bar & Grill this Tuesday night, courtesy of the Beer Punks. Come in any time at night and enjoy some brews from Old Orange. Also, catch Jason Cruz & The Howl performing live later in the night.

Build Your Own Mac ‘N Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 24
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/363098517129660/

Beachwood BBQ throws a special food night every month or two, each with a different type of food, such as chili or ribs. This time, they return to what started it all with their Build Your Own Mac ‘N Cheese Night. Pick the pasta, cheese, herbs, veggies, and meat, and pair it with a nice craft beer or two.

Dishcrawl Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 24
Cambodia Town, Long Beach
http://www.dishcrawl.com/longbeach/

Get a taste of Cambodian culture by celebrating Cambodian New Year at this installment of Dishcrawl Long Beach. For $45, attendees will feast on a four-course dinner across four different restaurants. Attendees will receive an e-mail on the day of the event detailing where to meet and when.

Tap Takeover: Iron Fist / Latitude 33
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/261261850677932/

Two young breweries from Vista, CA will visit The Factory this Thursday night to stock the taps with their magnificent brews. Both breweries will take over the taps, and guests can meet the brewers from both breweries as well! Come drink some great beers, all at $4 per pint.

Alkaline Trio with Bayside @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/alkaline-trio

Alkaline Trio currently tours with Bayside, and you can catch both of them this Thursday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

Nathan Maxwell (Flogging Molly), Jesse & Jeff (The Aggolites), and more @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 25
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/134943

Nathan Maxwell, bassist for Flogging Molly, conducts a respectable solo tour. Catch him, Jesse & Jeff from The Aggrolites, and more this Thursday night at Alex’s Bar. Tickets cost $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Japanese Sweets Fair
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 26-28
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=46

Browse through a plethora of sweet treats made in Japan all weekend at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. Open to all ages, every treat will vary in price, so have cash available with you.

Guttermouth, Destruction Made Simple, Whitekaps, Throne, The Grim @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/135254

Catch Guttermouth, Destruction Made Simple, Whitekaps, Throne, and The Grim this Friday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Tickets to this punk rock show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

March for Babies Los Angeles Walk
8:30 am – 12:30 pm, April 27
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/463031300436356/

Walk to raise money for Miller’s Children Hospital. Walk as an individual or as a team. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes NICU Signature Program at Miller Children’s and will fund research to help prevent premature birth.

18th Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 27
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2340

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

2013 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 27
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://cam-cc.org/drupal/node/208

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

30th Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 27-28
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-aprilstreetfair/

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

Norma Coombs Alternative School Spring Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 27
Norma Coombs Alternative School, Pasadena
http://ncas.pasadenausd.org/

This local school will host local craft vendors, food trucks, live music, and more. Completely free to attend for all ages, this fair caters towards families, so bring the young ones and have a fun time.

Spring 2013 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 27-28
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

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

29th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 27-28
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

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

Taps 1st Annual Craft Brew Festival
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, April 27
Taps Fish House, Brea
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151397935623963

Taps Fish House & Brewery will host their first annual craft beer festival this Saturday afternoon at their Orange County location. For $50, guests will receive 15 beer tickets and unlimited tastings of various foods catered by the restaurant. At least 16 breweries will make an appearance in addition to Taps’ own brews. Since the restaurant will remain open to the public, this fest will most likely take place in the parking lot behind the building. No one under 21 may enter.

Adams Avenue Unplugged
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 28
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

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

Bite Flite
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 27
Bar & Garden, Culver City
http://biteflite.eventbrite.com/

Sample burgers, beers, and desserts at this food pairing dinner this Saturday in Culver City. The $15 admission includes a 4-beer flight, cake truffles from Velvet Rope Bake Shop, a tote bag full of goodies, and sliders (additional cost). No one under 21 may attend.

The Adolescents, The Dickies, Shattered Faith, The Crowd @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 27
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=80011

Legendary punk band The Adolescents headline a show with The Dickies, Shattered Faith, and The Crowd this Saturday night at House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $19 presale and $22 on the day of the show.

2013 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 28
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

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

Bootlegger’s Brewery 5th Anniversary Music & Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 28
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://bootleggers5th.brownpapertickets.com/

Celebrate Bootlegger’s Brewery’s 5th anniversary at their music & beer fest this Sunday in Fullerton. The $30 admission includes 10 beer tasters, a souvenir glass, over 30 brews including rares and limited brews, food trucks, live music, access to the venue’s art gallery, a bull ride, bocce ball, dunk tank, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 28
Atwater Village
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $40 presale and $50 at the fest, starts at 12pm, receives 24 beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $30 presale and $40 at the fest, and comes with 12 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $15 presale and $20 at the fest.

8th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://orangeblossomsalo.org/Taste_of_Orange.html

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.