Posts Tagged ‘Monkish Brewing’

8th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/8th-annual-taste-of-la-mesa-837

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $55, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

California Presidential Primary
June 7
California
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/june-7-2016-presidential-primary-election/

Do your part this Tuesday: get our and vote!

Beer Camp Across America Visits Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1599658257029413/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will receive brews from this year’s Beer Camp Across America collaboration to tap fresh for you to taste. This night has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 9-11
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Chef Throwdown for Cystic Fibrosis
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 9
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
http://chefthrowdown.eventscff.org/

A special dinner fundraiser takes place in Coronado this Thursday night. General admission costs $150, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus parking. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 5pm, and also includes a meet & greet, valet parking, and reserved VIP tables.

Business & Beer @ Monkish Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This month, 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.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
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.

Beer Paper LA’s 3rd Anniversary
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9, Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 12, Barbara’s at the Brewery, Los Angeles
http://www.beerpaperla.com/

Beer Paper LA has churned out publications for three years now, and to celebrate, they will have TWO free beer-filled events this week.

Orange County Beer Week
June 10-17
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 8-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

40th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10-12
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $45 to $50, while a three-day pass costs $125 to $140.

2016 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 12
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sdgreekfestival.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Diego this weekend, complete with food, desserts, drinks, ouzo, dance, music, rides, games, vendors, exhibits, and more. Arrive early enough and you can enter for free – otherwise, it costs $3 to enter.

2016 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.lapride.org/

An all-ages music festival comes to West Hollywood this weekend, along with a parade on Sunday morning. Admission varies in price, with free admission on Friday, $25 for one day, and going up to $125 for a VIP admission.

Split Decision Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/961824893936718/

Split Decision formed over a decade ago, and after all this time, they will reunite for this special show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Eric Lara’s 29th Birthday Punk Rock Party w/ Naked Aggression
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
Petie’s Place, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1073831502678559/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Tarzana. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 10
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://beverlyhillsfoodandwinefestival.com/

A food and wine tasting event comes to West LA this weekend. Two sessions of the festival will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $100 and lasts two hours, while VIP admission costs $150 and lasts three hours. Sunday’s Champagne brunch costs $55 to attend. Bring cash for parking at these events. No one under 21 may attend any of these events.

17th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 11
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/5krun

A 5k run will take place in central Anaheim this Saturday morning that will close off several streets. Registration costs $35 for the 5k, and goes down for teams or children.

31st Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

Fido Fest 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 11
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=3158

A free and all-ages dog event comes to east San Diego this Saturday morning. Check out pet vendors, pet demos, pet adoptions, and more.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 11
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1748101858768754/

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.

Time Out LA’s Donut Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/tola-donut-party

Pig out on donuts, coffee, teas, ciders, and wines this Saturday in Hollywood. The $25 admission gets you in to one of three two-hour sessions: 10am, 12:30pm, or 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

30th Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11-12
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/

Enjoy a weekend of art and culture this weekend at this all-ages art festival down by the water in San Diego. Admission ranges from $12 to $16 – see the website for a pricing breakdown.

29th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/

This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.

LA Cosplay Con 2016
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://lacosplaycon.com/

Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $25 for general admission, $20 for cosplayers, or $15 for students.

3rd Annual Euro Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://eurobierfest.com/

A bunch of European beers will arrive at Alpine Village this Saturday for your tasting pleasure. Admission to this beer tasting event costs $45 and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples from over 60 different varieties while supplies last. Bring cash for other products, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 8th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://bit.ly/BeerNChili

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

Societe Four
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 11
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their annual brewers games at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday afternoon. The $12 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and one beer pour for that glass. Attendees will need to pay for any additional beers after that first one.

5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/5th_annual_uptown_jazz_festival

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Sumo Sushi Show – San Diego
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fluxx Nightclub, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sumosushishow.com/

From the organizers of the recent US Sumo Open comes this mashup of sumo wrestling and sushi this Saturday. Admission ranges from $69 to $99 based on the seating location. Dress formally, but keep in mind that some of the attendees may get involved with the sumo wrestling!

3rd Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
East End, Santa Ana
http://eastenddtsa.com/event/3rd-annual-block-party/

Enjoy a variety of local music for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

Rök House 2-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
http://www.rokhousebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/995273553898050/

Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have over two dozen beers for you to try, including their anniversary ales. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Inland Empire Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.bierbuzz.com/component/banners/click/43.html

Two events will occur back-to-back this Saturday in Riverside. The day starts with a beer festival from 12pm to 4pm, complete with over 20 local breweries all pouring their brews for all the attendees. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last, as well as admission to the following event. From 4pm to 10pm, a music concert will take place that costs $15 to get in to. At that point, all beers will come at cost, so anyone present after 4pm will need to pay for each beer.

2016 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
http://www.iegreekfest.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Bernardino this weekend, complete with Greek food, desserts, ouzo, music, dance, games, rides, vendors, exhibits, and more. Admission costs just $2 for adults, while children can enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Tacos & Tequila Festival San Diego
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.makersquarter.com/happenings/tacos-tequila-festival-san-diego

Indulge in unlimited tacos, craft beer, and tequila this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, all while supplies last. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 11
El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. General admission costs $50 and includes unlimited food while supplies last. All drinks come at separate cost, so bring cash for drinks.

2016 Iron Classics Car Show & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.gaslamplongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1698043677128637/

Two events will occur back-to-back at the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Saturday. Starting at 3pm, catch a free car show in the parking lot. From 5pm onwards, a music show will take place inside the Gaslamp that costs $15 presale or $20 at the door to enter. Guests arriving prior to 6pm can park for free; anyone arriving afterwards will have to pay $10 to park.

1st Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://ocbrewers.org/

The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants arrives in Fullerton this Saturday evening. The $75 admission grants you unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. The venue provides free parking up to a certain amount, so if you arrive too late, you may need to pay for parking beyond the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Girls – Battle for the Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $15.

JapanLA 10 Year Anniversary & Super Kawaii Food Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Japan LA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/

Japan LA turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an art show at their store, as well as specials on select items.

The Unholy Sounds of Damnation
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 11
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/damnation-ch3-mad-parade-rocket-to-russia-the-returners-g-matthews/

Get your moshing on at this punk rock show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Skacore Show @ The Constellation Room
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/inspector

Get your skanking on at this Latin skacore show in the Constellation Room this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

16th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 12
The Autry, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $80.

Santa Ana Street Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 12
Outside 4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Eat breakfast out on the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Sunday morning. Registration costs only $5 per person.

21st Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 12
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://villagesanclemente.org/annual-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars this Sunday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Encino Park, Encino
http://balboastrawberryfestival.com/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Encino this Sunday, complete with vendors, food, desserts, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more. Note that this event will close Ventura Blvd to traffic, so plan your commute accordingly.

Stone Sour Fest 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2016 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

Latino Multicultural Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://www.molaa.org/events/latino-multicultural-festival-artventure-target-free-sunday/

Free to attend for all ages, explore art, music, dance, and more at this cultural event in Long Beach.

4th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.

Mission Brewery’s 9th Anniversary
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 12
Mission Brewery, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://missionbrewery.com/9years/

San Diego’s Mission Brewery turns nine years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party this Sunday afternoon full of beer and live music. Admission with one beer costs $10. Add a souvenir glass for $15 admission, or get the beer, glass, and an anniversary t-shirt for $30.

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3rd Annual Peachapalooza
August 13-15
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Downtown Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

This Thursday through Saturday, both Beachwood BBQ locations will feature peach dishes as well as peach beers. No admission required – simply show up, and order away.

Business & Beer @ Monkish Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 13
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/440346372823833/

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.

2015 Taste of Downtown Disney
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
https://secure2.convio.net/choc/site/Ticketing;jsessionid=E7603818D3932F67A8AFBFE34D0A8613.app263a?view=Tickets&id=100322

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $85.

5-Course Sustainable Seafood & Craft Beer Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/beer_dinner/

Enjoy five seafood dishes paired with five different craft beers this Thursday night at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Attendance for this dinner costs $75, and includes admission to the rest of the aquarium for that night. No one under 21 may attend. Bring extra cash to pay for parking at the aquarium’s parking structure.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
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.

2015 Tasting Table Lobster Rumble LA
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Los Angeles Center Studios, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.tastingtable.com/rumblela2015

Sample over a dozen different lobster rolls from across the country at this tasting event this Thursday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $100 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $150, starts at 6pm, and provides access to a VIP area plus a goodie bag.

2015 D23 Expo
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 14-15
9:00 am – 6:30 pm, August 16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://d23.com/d23-expo/

The world’s largest Disney expo returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. Situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort, tens of thousands of Disney fans from around the world travel here to find all things Disney here, from merchandise vendors to autograph sessions to costume contests and more. One-day admission for non-D23 members costs $65 for adults and $48 for children 12 and under. A weekend pass for non-D23 members costs $216 for adults and $156 for children 12 and under. I HIGHLY recommend early arrival – with so many people trying to get in, expect to wait in long lines if arriving mid-day. Parking will cost a pretty penny – consider getting dropped off, or park in the neighborhoods to the west.

2nd Annual SDBG Golf Tournament
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 14
Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-san-diego-brewers-guild-golf-tournament-registration-15602849543

Play golf and drink craft beer at this charity golf tournament this Friday in San Diego. Registration for this event filled up a while ago, so if this event looks interesting to you, bookmark it for next year!

5th Annual Echo Park Rising
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 14
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15-16
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park.

Dance Downtown
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Music Center Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.musiccenter.org/events/summer/DanceDowntown/

Every other Friday this summer, the Music Center Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles will hold a free and all-ages dance event. Learn to dance the moves, show off your moves, and/or meet new people interested in dance.

The English Beat: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 14, Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2015/b52s_englishbeat.asp
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 15, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/806653-english-beat-west-hollywood/

Get your skanking on with The English Beat this weekend as they perform at two all-ages shows in Southern California.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVIII – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 14-15
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 14
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/953154951403374/

Enjoy a local punk show in Pomona this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests will find free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the parking lots.

Free Punk Show in Laguna Niguel
8:30 pm – 1:00 am, August 14
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/567692446702920/

Enjoy a FREE local punk show in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 15-23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

15th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-the-15th-annual-uptown-classic-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

Taste of Paleo 3.0
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
Center at Founders Village, Fountain Valley
http://www.tasteofpaleo.com/

Sample all the paleo food you can (until the vendors run out) at this all-ages tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Fountain Valley. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate.

2015 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
4:00 am – 10:00 am, August 16
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

83rd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15-16
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

10th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 15-16
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2015 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 15
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

2015 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 15
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2015/natsumatsuri/

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

Stone Brewing’s 19th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 15
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $45 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, August 15
Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Carpinteria will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Timeless Pints 2nd Year Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 15
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://timelesspints.com/events/tp-turns-2-anniversary-party/

Lakewood’s premier microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a bash this Saturday where they plan to release several new brews to the public. In addition, they will have three food trucks visiting to serve food, plus live music all day. This party requires no admission – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

22nd Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Beers Magazine’s Summer Fest
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 15
The Reef’s Parking Lot, Los Angeles
http://beersfest.com/

Drink lots of beer in a hot steamy parking lot this Saturday afternoon close to Downtown Los Angeles. Admission costs $10 and only gets you in to the event area. A pint glass that will enable you to actually drink beer at the event costs $20 presale or $25 at the event. All attendees that purchase the glass receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event or until the beer runs out. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find free parking in the neighborhoods south of the venue.

3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 15
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://lafacialhairsociety.brownpapertickets.com/

Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Saturday afternoon in Hollywood, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $25, while spectators may enter for $15.

OC Weekly’s 12th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15
Hotel Irvine, Irvine
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence/2015/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

Bad Ass Helen’s Birthday Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15
The Alamo, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/389880004535924/

Bad Ass vocalist Helen celebrates her birthday this week with some great punk bands performing in Riverside this Saturday night.

No Talents and The Stitches @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 15
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/879893-no-talents-long-beach/

Enjoy some great local music in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

In today’s society, the spread of information, such as the advent of social media, has helped to educate citizens about the benefits of higher quality products. Tastes and preferences constantly change, and we now see that more and more people start to prefer quality over quantity. If we look around the world, the terms we associate with quantity tend to refer to corporations that have a global reach, such as some soft drink companies or fast food chains. If we want quality, we tend to search locally, as local businesses focus more on the quality of their products and services. For example, in the past few years, a large shift in the preference of beer has gone underway, where most beer-drinkers now prefer local craft beers as opposed to mass-produced light beer common around the world. Microbreweries tend to crop up in geographical clusters centralized along a particular city or region, such as Vista or Mira Mesa down in San Diego County. Craft beer fans in the greater Los Angeles area can find breweries all over the place, but will soon want to start visiting the South Bay more often, as numerous new microbreweries have opened up in the past couple of years. If you have not yet familiarized yourself with the South Bay craft beer scene, I recommend starting with these five microbreweries to visit this season, and then branching out from there.

5. Phantom Carriage Brewery

One of the few themed microbreweries that I have visited, Phantom Carriage Brewery broke new ground this year opening up as the city of Carson’s first production microbrewery. This particular location inches closer towards the stretch-of-no-beer that runs from Long Beach northward through a handful of cities all the way up to the San Gabriel Valley. True to the name, Phantom Carriage has a dark, goth-like theme inside the tasting room – dim lights along with a general dark interior contributed towards the effect of an actual physical phantom carriage nearby. With a slight speakeasy vibe, Phantom Carriage will surely please anyone of any generation.

4. Monkish Brewing Co.

In many counties with a thriving craft beer culture, one brewery always exists as the black sheep of the herd. In San Diego County, Lost Abbey clearly holds this title for their odd and strong brews that have nothing to do with the IPA dominance of San Diego County. In Orange County, The Bruery easily represents the black sheep for their heavy catalog of sours and strong beers, not to mention a barrel storage facility that holds over 3,000 filled barrels. In the South Bay, one could wager that Monkish Brewing Co. would fulfill the role of the black sheep of this region. Monkish definitely strays away from standard offerings that travelers would expect of a brewery. Whenever I visit a new brewery, I always look for the standards: something light (lager or pilsner), wheat/white ale, pale ale, amber or brown ale, IPA, stout or porter, and something strong. Monkish breaks this pattern by simply serving whatever they feel like. Monkish also tends to brew uncommon types, such as experimental sours or Belgian styles. I find their tasting room’s business hours a bit strange, so check up on when they open before you make the journey here.

3. El Segundo Brewing Company

Currently residing as their city’s only microbrewery, El Segundo Brewing Company remains a solid fixture in Downtown El Segundo with no plans of vacating any time soon. Looking into their building does make one wonder if they should consider moving into a larger building though, as they have the smallest tasting room I have ever stepped foot in. As a popular fictional character once said, “Size does not mean everything,” which reflects perfectly here at El Segundo Brewing. Despite a small tasting room, this brewery churns out amazing brews capable of winning medals. Along with a bottling line for retail sales, El Segundo Brewing continues to stand their ground as a solid force in the craft beer market.

2. Smog City Brewing Company

When thinking about the originals of the South Bay beer scene, Smog City Brewing Company usually comes to mind. Centrally located in Torrance, Smog City has a concrete plan about how to operate a brewery, and they do such a great job at it. People all over Southern California feel Smog City’s presence, from beer festivals to restaurants to bottle shops and more. Aptly named for their proximity to the Exxon Mobil Refinery, Smog City’s location essentially marks them as a hub for most of the South Bay breweries. Most people who conduct a South Bay brewery tour tend to start at Smog City as a result, not to mention the generous business hours of the tasting room. With a large portfolio of beers available at any given time, visitors to the tasting room will always find something new to try, and something new to take home.

1. Strand Brewing Co.

The South Bay holds a handful of craft beer businesses, but none of them could stand at their current position today with Strand Brewing Co. Much like how Kogi BBQ started the gourmet food truck craze, Strand basically put the South Bay on the craft beer map. Obviously they did not do it themselves – they had the help from the local avid craft beer loyalists seeking to bring some young life to an otherwise industrial area. Out of all of the South Bay breweries, Strand has traveled quite far with their beers – I have spotted their 24th Street Pale Ale in Las Vegas before. One could even say that they have the greatest reach if they can traverse into another state. The people love Strand, and Strand gives back to the people by participating with the locals in events, fundraisers, festivals, and more. Check out the Strand tasting room in Torrance soon for a fun time.

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!

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!