Posts Tagged ‘NKOTB2’

“Out with the old, in with the new,” an age-old phrase that reverberates throughout history. As nature dictates, while some things can last a long time, nothing lasts forever, and thus the old must fade away to provide a clear path to the new. History has taught us that the successor does not necessarily improve upon the former, and can lead to some inauspicious feedback. In general, the new kids tend to bring something new to the table, something that usually improves an older situation. The automotive industry represents this notion best, as most new cars arrive with more features than models from previous years. As time progresses, new things crop up constantly in every industry. Due to some trends, certain industries may see an influx of new entities in a short given period of time. In 2012, the craft beer industry grew the most in history, relative to the rate of growth in the past. Of all the breweries that remain in business today, some remain open on beginner’s luck, while many others use existing knowledge to maintain the business. No matter what, we can thank these new breweries for stepping up to open a new business in this tough capitalistic society, and we praise the ones that stand the test of time by remaining in business after the first year or two. We now have a method to celebrate these new breweries thanks to the New Kids On The Block 2 Beer Fest.

From the organizers behind the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival comes NKOTB2, a festival of beer and food featuring breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants that opened less than two years ago. Just like the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest, NKOTB2 took place at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley of San Diego, but in the back garden terrace area rather than the front parking lot. At this beer fest, all attendees paid one admission fee for a wristband to gain access to unlimited tastings of beer and food while it lasted, plus reentry into the fest should any attendee need to leave the area. The fest area started from the hall at the back of the hotel, and covered all of the area going back towards the garden terrace, with a mix of food, beer, and sponsors scattered throughout the entire area.

To keep the attendees fed as they guzzled beer, the hotel’s kitchen provided a majority of the food. Attendees of the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest will recognize some of this food, especially the Wild Boar Ribs. Stone also made a guest appearance at this fest to serve pulled pork in a mini bread bowl. Although Stone remains one of San Diego’s oldest breweries, their bistro at Liberty Station recently opened, thus they secured a spot in NKOTB2 under the moniker of the Liberty Station location. PubCakes also made a guest appearance to serve their moist & delicious Gooey Butter Beer Bars.

For the live entertainment, the event organizers booked a local reggae band to play all night.

If you attend a beer fest, then clearly you attend for the beer, if not the wonderful food and for the love of local business. Featuring over 15 breweries from San Diego County and Riverside County, this little beer fest packed a punch when it came to beer. Factor in that this event’s ticket limit set in at 300, and you have a huge excess of beer when doing the math. However, the math proved wrong, as many of the breweries tended to run out of beer closer to the end of the night. This mattered little, as most of the 300 attendees arrived early enough to try all of the beers before any of the breweries ran out, especially when some of the breweries brought something strong. Wet ‘N Reckless Brewery wins the prize from bringing the strongest beer at this beer fest with their Honey Badger Don’t Care American Strong Ale.

The team over at Handlery Hotel has set a precedence for beer fests in San Diego with their series of ever-improving festivals of beer. Beer purists will swear by their standard beer fests, such as the San Diego Beer Week Brewer’s Guild Festival. Large festivals like those merit their own crowd, and thus can generate their own marketing and buzz with that many people. Bear in mind that the organizers behind NKOTB2 limited ticket sales to 300 attendees. They aimed to focus more on the quality of the event rather than raking in profit. By keeping the attendance down and maintaining the level of content, the organizers ensure that the attendees receive the best possible experience without the hassle of large crowds and lines to receive beers. In fact, the only line that ever existed all night started prior to the fest simply to enter it. People should always pay attention to an event’s attendance limit if any exists. If an event does not have a limit, guests will need to arrive early to beat traffic, deal with lines, move through crowds. and wait in longer lines for restrooms. In some cases, no limit will severely impact the experience of many guests such that they end up with a terrible experience altogether. We have already seen a mammoth disaster of an event occur within the past year, with many more to come. If event organizers can just attend events to do research first before jumping into the fray, we would all have better events to look forward to. Non-brewery beer fest organizers really should take a look at what OC Brew Ha Ha and Handlery Hotel do to make their events such a success. By discovering the right balance of attendance and content, event organizers can have their beers and drink them too!

Looking forward to the next event at Handlery Hotel? Click here to learn more about their Fall Pig Out, a pork and beer pairing dinner. Only 75 tickets priced at $125 each will ever see the light of day. The price seems extravagant, but at only 75 attendees, the intimacy of this event combined with the incredible quality of food and beer more than make up for the price.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm, June 26
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/382088235230963/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Wednesday night in Downtown Santa Monica, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

New Kids On The Block 2
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 27
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://nkotb2.bpt.me/

From the organizers behind the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival comes NKOTB2, a festival of beer and food featuring breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants that opened less than two years ago. The admission of $30 includes parking and grants all-access to beer tastings and food samples until it runs out; however, with a hard limit of 300 tickets and over 15 breweries on board, do not expect any vendor to run out of food or beer by the end of the fest, so go nuts. Local bands will play live music to fill the room with uplifting beats. As of this morning, less than 100 tickets remain, so act quick and purchase your ticket today!

Union 13 @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=188069541357373

Union 13 returns to their hometown of Los Angeles to headline this street punk show featuring Rats In The Wall (Leftover Crack + F-Minus), Sleepwalkers, Nomads, All Out Attak, and more. Admission to this show costs only $5. No one under 18 may enter. Remember to bring your ID too, as security will not allow anyone in without showing it. Guests can find plenty of street parking in the neighborhood across the street.

Jack Bradshaw Dog Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 28-30
Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.jbradshaw.com/

Watch multiple dog shows and competitions this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, breeds will compete in show and athletic contests throughout the weekend. Expect parking to cost $15. Take public transportation (free on the Passport bus) or ride a bike to circumvent the hefty parking fee.

OC Tastefest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 28
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 29
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 30
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://octastefest.com/

Get a taste of Orange County’s top restaurants at the annual OC Tastefest this weekend at the OC Fair. This fest follows the pay-as-you-go system, foregoing last year’s admission fee to allow anyone in, and allowing guests to purchase as many tickets as they would like. Guests then use these tickets to exchange for food & drink samples from the 20+ participating restaurants. The more tickets you purchase, the more you save – $10 for 10 tickets, $25 for 30 tickets, and $40 for 50 tickets. Based on last year’s ticket requirements, a single person can consume more than 10 tickets, so I suggest 30 tickets for two people, or 50 tickets for three people. Parking at the OC Fair costs $5, so have cash available for that. This fest takes place mostly outdoors, so if you go early on Saturday or Sunday, dress for the warm weather, and apply sunscreen.

CH3 @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 28
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/137967

Catch punk rock band CH3 as they headline a punk rock show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night with The Simpletones, The Gears, White Flag, and Shag Rats. Admission to this costs costs $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking on Orizaba Ave or in the neighborhood across the street. Avoid parking on N Gladys Ave, or in the Autozone parking lot.

Color Burst 5K
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 29
Irvine Lake, Silverado
http://www.thecharitybomb.com/

Enjoy a summer kickoff color run this Saturday morning at Irvine Lake. As with all color runs, this all-ages run covers a 5k dirt & grass course along Irvine Lake, complete with color “bursts” along the route. Participants should wear white to absorb and display all the colors the most upon reaching the bursts. As a fun run, no participant will win an actual prize other than the fun of running through color, and the colorful clothes they leave the event with. An afterparty will feature a beer garden, food trucks, live music, and other miscellaneous games. Registration costs $50 per individual, $35 per individual running for a team of four or more, $20 for children ages 9-15, and free for children 8 and under. Parking costs $5 at Irvine Lake. I strongly suggest carpooling and arriving early, as traffic here gets intense with only one road leading to the lake.

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 29
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 30
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood across Ocean Blvd.

Riviera Village Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 29-30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

Beachwood Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
11:30 am – 2:00 am, June 29
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/500598403341008/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 2nd anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Bottle Share #5
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 29
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/661742867176287/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested 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.

1st Annual BrewGrass Craft Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 29
Packinghouse Brewing Company, Riverside
http://blog.pbbeer.com/?p=27

Rock out to bluegrass music as you sip on unlimited craft beer samples this Saturday at Packinghouse Brewing Company in Riverside. This festival brings together food trucks, bluegrass bands, and craft beers from a handful of local breweries for your afternoon enjoyment. The fest will even provide a wine booth and a cigar lounge for those interested. Admission costs $35 presale and $40 at the door. Guests may bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs into the event. Food and full pints come at an additional cost. No one under 21 may attend.

Farm Folk Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 29
Packing House, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/izevents?izc-event-id=13

Check out a local arts & crafts fair near Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. Expect live music, art, vendors, cooking demos, other merchandise, and more. Hungry guests can munch on food from food trucks or from Umami Burger right around the corner. The tasting room at Anaheim Brewery will remain open for normal business as well.

4th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 29
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lastreetfoodfest.com/

Experience the best of mobile eats in LA at the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest. This all-ages food fest features hundreds of chefs, restaurants, food carts, food trucks, food stands, pop-ups, bars, and more. The list of participating businesses includes more than enough food to cover your entire day, plus plenty of dessert, ice cream, coffee/teas, drinks, alcoholic drinks, mobile boutiques, and so much more. General admission costs $50, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP lounge. Children 7 and under enter free with a paid adult admission. Attendees should bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs, as the venue cannot provide enough tables for the thousands of attendees.

4th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 29
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $35 presale and $40 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

Space of Light
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 29
Tierra de la Culebra, Highland Park
http://p-ai.com/pages/space-of-light

If you have attended Autumn Lights before, you will not want to miss this. Space of Light takes art as we know it and transforms it into glow-in-the-dark works of art. For a fee, guests can actually turn into the canvas for the artists. Other types of art will go up on display at this art show. Join in the communal fire pit lighting at 10pm. Guests will also find live music, vendors, raffle prizes, food & drinks, and more. Admission costs $5 presale and $10 at the door. The site makes no mention of age limits or parking, so prepare for whatever happens in that case.

Fang @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 29
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/645092898852090/

See some 1980’s bay area punk rock bands play at this show at The Airliner this Saturday night. This show costs $5 to enter before 9pm, and $7 to enter after 9pm. No one under 18 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

Volcanik Rockers + more @ Bob’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 29
Bob’s Bar, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/384314968341846/

Support local punk rock bands at this show that only costs $5 to attend. This show will include raffle tickets to upcoming shows for Luicidal, Lace ‘Em Up, and Agent Orange. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Pasadena Marathon & Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 29
5:15 am – 11:00 am, June 30
Pasadena City College, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenamarathon.org/

Have you prepared for the 26.2? Enter the Pasadena Marathon, occurring this Sunday morning at Pasadena City College. A marathon festival occurs at the start/finish line until 11am, complete with vendors, activities, and other services. A marathon expo takes place on Saturday at Fuller Theological Seminary from 9am to 7pm. Full marathon registration has already sold out, but you can still register for the half marathon, 10k, or 5k until Wednesday night – after that, interested individuals will have to go to the expo and register there.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 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.

13th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 30
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

2nd Annual Dog Day Afternoon
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 30
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.meetup.com/desperatepawsofocdogclub/events/101243672/?action=detail&eventId=101243672

This FREE dog event takes place at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. Open to guests of all ages and all breeds, guests will find lots of dogs and dog activities, with athletic demos, vendors, adoption information, merchandise, and more. As part of Fountain Valley’s 5th Annual Summerfest, guests will also find rides, games, live music, beer/wine gardens, food, and more. Guests can park for free in any of the park’s parking lots. If those fill up, guests can park on the street, or in the neighborhood across the street.

Wanderlust Yoga In The City
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.wanderlustfestival.com/

Join in on this FREE yoga meetup this Sunday on the Santa Monica Pier. Simply RSVP by clicking on the picture below, then show up when desired. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.