Posts Tagged ‘Pumpkin’

Piñata Protest: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego

Piñata Protest will perform shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

4th Annual Pizza Port Golf Tournament
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 18
Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos

Play some golf and enjoy food and beer this Tuesday in San Marcos. Registration costs $120 for one person, but costs less per person as you register for teams of more.

Tiger!Tiger! 5th Anniversary Week
October 18-23
Tiger!Tiger!, North Park, San Diego

North Park’s legendary Tiger!Tiger! celebrates five years in the business this week with specials all week long. See the linked event page above for a schedule of events and specials.

Craft Beer & Ice Cream Pairing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park

Stop on by Mohawk Bend this Tuesday night to enjoy some ice cream and beer pairings. Buying ice cream will get you $2 off beer, and vice versa.

Monster Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach

Enjoy beers and horror movies this Wednesday night in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and pay for food and drinks as you go.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 19
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Face To Face: Live in Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 19
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana

Some high-profile punk rock bands will perform this Wednesday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

2nd Annual EVA Awards at the UN-Gala
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, October 20
Fault Line Park, San Diego

Mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of this community this Thursday evening in San Diego. Tickets cost $25 presale or $35 at the door, and includes appetizers and drinks.

Release Party: La Morena Mexican Style Dark Lager
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim

This Thursday evening, Anaheim Brewery will release a new brew. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

OoToro Omakase Experience
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, October 20
OoToro Sushi, Irvine

This Thursday night, enjoy a 16-course omakase-style dinner for $185 in Irvine.

Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Downtown LA
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Narcoleptic Youth will headline a FREE show in Downtown LA this Thursday night. No one under 18 may enter.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 21
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 22-23
RVCA, Irvine

RVCA will host their annual warehouse sale this weekend in Irvine. Stop on by and stock up on apparel and accessories.

Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21-23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2016
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21-22
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 23
Multiple venues, Santa Barbara

Over this three-day span, multiple venues will host numerous music acts, as well as a block party on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
DoubleTree by Hilton, Claremont

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Claremont this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

green2Go’s Fire & Earth Beer Pairing with Mother Earth Brewing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
green2Go, Brea

Enjoy a fresh & healthy beer pairing dinner this Friday night in Brea. Tickets cost $60 per person, but the individual cost goes down the more tickets you purchase (e.g. two tickets cost $115).

35th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
Claremont Village, Claremont

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

3rd Annual Asian Pacific Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 22-23
Newport Dunes Waterfront & Resort, Newport Beach

Surround yourself with Asian culture at this event in Newport Beach. All weekend, a fair will take place complete with food, drinks, treats, rides, games, live music, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission varies depending on when you attend, so check the website for pricing details.

11th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena

This free all-ages event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

2nd Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
White Park, Riverside

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

7th Annual Fall Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22-23
The Reef, Los Angeles

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Fall 2016 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22-23
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles

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.

1st Annual Ye Scallywag Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 22
Waterfront Park, San Diego

Alcohol, punk rock, and pirates collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock and ska. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Early entry costs $65 and starts at 11am. Admission at the door will cost $10 more, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 3pm. After 3pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day until 7pm. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Hangar 24 Oktoberfest & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Redlands’ Hangar 24 Brewery will have Oktoberfest festivities at their tasting room this Saturday. Free to attend for all-ages, they will have the usual Oktoberfest activities, live music, mobile food vendors, and lots of beer.

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 22-23
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

A free and all-ages jet show comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Practice/rehearsals will take place on Friday, while the actual shows take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bring out your friends and family to enjoy some aerial entertainment. Attendees may purchase reserved seats via the website.

Lagunitas Beer Circus 2016 – Azusa
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
Lagunitas Brewery, Azusa

A beer fest meets a freak show this Saturday in Azusa. $40 gets you in to this entertaining event with acts not suitable for children, plus your first pint of beer. After your first beer, you will have to buy the rest, so bring plenty of cash for more beer and food. No one under 21 may atttend.

4th Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
Vista Hermosa Sports Park, San Clemente

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s Oktoberfest 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia

Monrovia’s Pacific Plate Brewing will have Oktoberfest activities at their tasting room this Saturday. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and pay for beers as you go.

2nd Annual Viva La Vida Santa Ana Dia De Los Muertos Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Santa Ana Train Station, Santa Ana

A free and all-ages cultural event will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday. Come check out the various altars, live entertainment, outfits, food, and more.

Ventura Coast Brewing’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22
Ventura Coast Brewing, Ventura

A new brewery in Ventura will open their doors to the public this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Beach Goth 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22-23
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado

A huge all-ages concert takes place in Silverado this weekend with a variety of music genres. Tickets start at $99.

2016 Los Angeles Oktoberfest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach

The Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns this weekend to Manhattan Beach. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $49 for admission to enter at 3pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
5th Avenue, Bankers Hill, San Diego

A free and all-ages stroll will take place in Bankers Hill this Saturday afternoon. Visit one of the stops at the north or south end, grab a map, then visit participating locations for free food or drink samples.

5th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo’s beer festival returns for its fifth year this week. Each day this week leading up to the festival, a nearby restaurant will offer special beer pairing dinners. On Saturday, the tasting event will take place where attendees can sip on beers and wines, enjoy food, live music, and more. Admission costs $40 for one person or $70 for two tickets, and comes with 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

San Fernando Fall Harvest Brew Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
City of San Fernando Public Parking Lot 3, San Fernando

The San Fernando Valley gets their own fall festival this Saturday evening. The festival area costs nothing to enter, and anyone of any age can enter the festival area, which will have vendors, food, live music, and more. The beer garden costs $36 to enter at 5pm or $46 to enter at 4pm, and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may enter the beer garden.

A Halloween with Agent Orange
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Celebrate Halloween early with local punk rock bands this Saturday evening in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

OC Roller Derby – The Blocking Dead
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

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

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
StubHub Center, Carson

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

13th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event cost $125 per person.

The Brass Lamp’s One Year Anniversary Party
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
The Brass Lamp, Downtown Long Beach

Long Beach’s own book & wine bar turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have various specials throughout the day, plus live entertainment at night.

Guttermouth: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Bar 1650, Corona

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a show in Corona this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Spooky Spectacular
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
The Smell, Downtown Los Angeles

Nerd bands take on their favorite punk rock band in this cover band show this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $5.

Kirby’s Dream Band @ Til-Two Club
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 22
Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego

Check out some odd and eccentric bands this Saturday night in San Diego. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 23
Disneyland Park, Anaheim

Pinup Girl Clothing will host a pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

26th Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 23
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach

Get crafty and race pumpkins this Sunday in Manhattan Beach. Take a pumpkin, attach wheels and anything else aerodynamic, and put it to the test against others. Interested participants may register as an individual or as part of a team.

D.R.I. – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 23
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego

Legendary punk band D.R.I. currently tours across the country, and that tour will briefly stop by Southern California this weekend. Tickets cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The age of the domestic beer monopoly in the United States shrinks with each passing day. The beer industry around the world dominates the alcoholic beverage industry, as consumers drink 3,500 bottles of beer for every one glass of wine – that makes 8,000 times more beer consumed by the liter. Annually, consumers worldwide drink 189 billion liters of beer, but only 24 million liters of wine. While drinking habits may peak during certain times of the year such as holidays, the consumption of beverages remains fairly consistent and rarely makes huge changes in consumption from one day to the next. The changing seasons do have a great effect on the types and styles of beers consumed, as more people start to prefer full-bodied beers. While fall should tune the weather down a bit, Southern California remains hot as ever. Tons of pumpkin beers start to surface around this time, and perhaps the people have gotten tired of seeing pumpkin beers everywhere. However, some breweries continue to brew new pumpkin beers, reimagining how we will perceive these fall-style beers. If you still have room for pumpkin beer in your system, read on for five fall beers that I recommend trying this season, all of which you can find at your local bottle shop throughout Southern California.

5. Rogue Ales & Spirits‘ Honey Kolsch

Most businesses start off specializing in one or a few products. During the initial years, the business focuses on getting their products done right while growing the business. Over time, once the business grows larger, that business may consider expanding their product line. If not, they can at least find other ways to expand, such as how In-N-Out keeps adding stores without expanding their product selection. For other businesses, once you have maximized return on your current products, the time comes to start looking into what else to sell, and Rogue has done just just by turning into Rogue Ales & Spirits. No longer just a brewery, Rogue now also carries their own line of spirits. Despite this addition, Rogue still churns out lots of beer, including some of their odd, eccentric brews. For those less inclined to try their odd brews, you can stick with something more familiar, such as their Honey Kolsch. At just 5.0% abv, this German style ale pours a beautiful copper color with rolling sweet honey aromas using Rogue farms hopyard honey and wildflower honey harvested from bees right at Rogue farms. While smooth and refreshing for warmer days, the Kolsch style fits right in with autumn for its defined body. The Honey Kolsch also fits right in with any Oktoberfest party, so enjoy one with some sausages this season.

4. Evil Twin Brewing‘s “Ryan And The Gosling” All-Brett Pale Ale

Sometimes people need to take a step back and understand that famous people have human lives and emotions too. We cannot treat such people as objects, discounting them as some random thing that we can cast aside when we do not feel like dealing with it anymore. As such, we remember such certain famous figures in mysterious ways, although I have no idea why showing one’s genitalia pays homage for remembering someone. Anyways, to idolize someone famous, sometimes an item gets dedicated to that person, something that Evil Twin Brewing does. Originating in Denmark, Evil Twin boasts a huge portfolio of brews, a handful of which bear the face of someone significant. However, none appear as significant as the so-called Ryan And The Gosling. This 4% all-brett pale ale falls under multiple styles, from pale ale to saison to farmhouse ale and more. It pours hazy golden with aromas of yeast and sweet orange. The brew has a bready flavor with hints of orange zest that finishes slightly bitter. The low abv and intense flavors makes this the perfect beverage to share with a loved one, or someone you simply admire.

3. Sound Brewery‘s Mortal Kombat X beers

Intellectual property should remain in its medium. This holds largely true for movies and video games. Historically, movies based on video games have never done well, and video games based on movies have never done well. When one industry tries to cross over into another, it tends to end tragically. In the case of Sound Brewery, they managed to get this done right. Washington’s Sound Brewery actually got the chance to brew a limited edition series of beers to tie in with the video game Mortal Kombat X. This series contains three imperial brews that pair a style to one of the game’s characters: Raiden has a saison, Scorpion has a stout, and Sub-Zero has an IPA. The Scorpion Imperial Stout sits at 8.5% abv and represents heat for Scorpion’s Hellfire abilities. It contains southwest chilies as well as Madagascar vanilla for a cooling and sweet element. The Sub-Zero Imperial IPA also sits at 8.5% abv and represents the cold for Sub-Zero’s cryogenic abilities. It represents a balance of hops and malt, and you can control how much of each you can taste based on the temperature that you drink the brew at. I did not get a chance to taste the Raiden Imperial Saison, but I strongly suggest you try all three from your local bottle shop.

2. Saranac Brewery‘s Pumpkin Ale Growler

To ring in the new season, a new harvest appears right before our eyes. Fall represents a change in local produce, notably in fruits and vegetables. Some key produce includes yams, sweet potatoes, eggplants, corn, and pumpkins. Pumpkin tends to take the most hype out of anything edible, from pumpkin spice lattés to pumpkin pies to pumpkin ravioli to pumpkin beers. Pumpkin beers tend to get a lot of hate in the recent years with people trying to bash it down as a gimmick style. However, when brewed right, pumpkin beers taste phenomenal, something that Saranac Brewery has done right. Out of New York comes Saranac, a brewery that has garnered quite a bit of popularity over on the east coast. Saranac brews many different styles of beers, including their fall seasonal Pumpkin Ale that comes in a 32oz growler jug. This hearty 5.3% abv ale comes with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and vanilla. It pours boldly with a deep color profile that looks good going down. This Pumpkin Ale pairs well with traditional autumn foods such as poultry and pastries.

1. Alaskan Brewing‘s Perseverance 30th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout

When a business has remained in the industry for decades, it stands as a testament to the fortitude of that business to stick with it for that long, especially a business that remains a local mom & pop business. Truly, to hold onto a business for that long represents the American Dream. An aspiring entrepreneur dreamed of a business long ago, and to this day can rightfully claim the legacy of having raised something from the ground up. Alaskan Brewing has remained in the industry for over three decades with sheer determination and understanding of the market. Sometimes a local legacy proves your worth, and Alaskan Brewing has built a legacy on their own. It all culminates with their 30th anniversary ale, Perseverance Russian Imperial Stout. At only 9.0% abv, this approachable Russian Imperial Stout comes with Alaskan birch syrup to lend a dark yet slightly tart flavor to the malts, while wildflower honey adds sweetness and a floral component. Balanced exquisitely, this brew contains a bold profile without the excess alcohol. Celebrate this season with Perseverance and taste perfection.

The age of the domestic beer monopoly in the United States shrinks with each passing day. The beer industry around the world dominates the alcoholic beverage industry, as consumers drink 3,500 bottles of beer for every one glass of wine – that makes 8,000 times more beer consumed by the liter. Annually, consumers worldwide drink 189 billion liters of beer, but only 24 million liters of wine. While drinking habits may peak during certain times of the year such as holidays, the consumption of beverages remains fairly consistent and rarely makes huge changes in consumption from one day to the next. The changing seasons do have a great effect on the types and styles of beers consumed, as more people start to prefer full-bodied beers. While fall should tune the weather down a bit, Southern California remains hot as ever. Tons of pumpkin beers start to surface around this time, and perhaps the people have gotten tired of seeing pumpkin beers everywhere. However, some breweries continue to brew new pumpkin beers, reimagining how we will perceive these fall-style beers. If you still have room for pumpkin beer in your system, read on for five fall beers that I recommend trying this season, all of which you can find at your local bottle shop throughout Southern California.

5. Elysian Brewing‘s Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale

This past year, a series of “sellouts” have rocked America’s craft beer industry, as the big companies start to fear the rising power of microbreweries. Craft beer has reached an all-time high as far as popularity and sales go, and the big companies view craft beer as a threat, and has started to buy out (or partially buy) some of the more popular microbreweries. Though these sellouts routinely occur year to year, perhaps the role of the catalyst for this year’s tumble belongs to Elysian Brewing. I remember visiting one of Elysian’s locations in Seattle two years ago, and I instantly fell in love with their tasting room and brew selection. Now just because they now belong to a large corporation does not mean I like their beers any less. Elysian still produces some amazing beers, such as their Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale. At only 5.0% abv, this brew carries aromas of coffee, light pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices with notes of toasty malts that join the flavor chorus of Stumptown coffee and pumpkin. Seattle breweries love their pumpkin beer, and Seattleites love their coffee, so why not combine the two?

4. Anderson Valley‘s Pinchy Jeek Barl

As much as I love craft beer, I do not possess a wealth of knowledge about the history of it. While I cannot explain the origins of aging beer in barrels, I along with countless others appreciate whomever discovered the process of barrel-aging beers. With this process, the majority of breweries around the world now have at least one barrel in their brewery holding a brew that will turn out mature, tasty, and stronger. If you intend to try a barrel-aged beer this season, look towards Anderson Valley. I always underestimate Anderson Valley because, like another known brewery, they tend to stay in the middle of the fray instead of trying to stand out. Perhaps they do this on purpose to avoid controversy by making good beers without getting the attention of the big companies. This means that Anderson Valley can continue to churn out beers such as Pinchy Jeek Barl. Barrel-aged for six months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, this 8.5% pumpkin ale delivers a silky body and sweet caramel flavors with additions of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice complementing hints of coconut, bourbon, and vanilla imparted by oak aging. Following a wallop of a body, this brew finishes smooth and creamy. I strongly suggest sharing this bottle with a friend or two – finishing an entire bottle in one sitting will give you an early night.

3. Epic Brewing‘s Fermentation Without Representation

Ever since I discovered Epic Brewing‘s Exponential Series, I have yet to experience disappointment with any of their beers. Epic Brewing truly lives up to their name with the beers that they continually push out, and other breweries recognize the quality behind Epic. For this year’s batch of Fermentation Without Representation, Epic Brewing collaborated with DC Brau to brew this bold 8.0% abv beer with loads of seasonal spices & flavors with a delicate balance of malts, hops, and pumpkin. This beer explodes with aromas of sweet spices giving way to chocolate, roasted malt, fresh-cut pumpkin, clove, fresh Madagascar vanilla beans, nutmeg, and allspice. Not for the faint of heart, Fermentation Without Representation goes all-in with its flavor, leaving nothing to the imagination. If you seek something bold to close your night, look no further than Epic Brewing’s Fermentation Without Representation.

2. Stone Brewing Co.‘s Vertical Epic 08.08.08

Approaching two decades in the industry, Stone Brewing shows no signs of waning, despite co-founder Greg Koch stepping down from the CEO position. To commemorate 20 years in the craft beer industry, Stone Brewing will launch their 20th Anniversary Encore Series, a lineup of beers that celebrate Stone Brewing’s amazing history and their incredible lineup of memorable beers that have since retired. To kick off this series, Stone Brewing has brought Vertical Epic 08.08.08 out of retirement to once again tackle our taste buds. This 8.9% Belgian-style IPA uses a Belgian yeast strain during fermentation to provide a complex aroma of clove, pepper, and tropical fruits to generate a flavor profile composed of banana, spice, and citrus. Just like many did in 2008, you can enjoy this brew fresh or cellar it to enjoy a smoother and more mature flavor – I suggest not exceeding three years with this one. Keep an eye on Stone Brewing during this next year as they release other anniversary ales and collaboration ales on the road to the 20th anniversary celebration in August next year.

1. Howe Sound Brewing‘s Pumpkineater

Just because the United States has just exceeded 4,000 breweries does not mean that other countries cannot enjoy the fun as well. A handful of European countries thrive with their precious beers, and even Canada loves their beer. Up in British Columbia not too far past the Washington state border lies the Howe Sound, and at the far end in the area known as Squamish lies a local brewery & inn called Howe Sound Brewing. Basically a bed & breakfast (BnB), this brewery and inn in one allows visitors to come enjoy all the brews offered by Howe Sound Brewing, and stay the night to avoid any drunken mishaps at the end of the day. Howe Sound Brewing delivers a solid lineup of brews typical of any microbrewery, plus some unique seasonal brews, such as their fall seasonal imperial pumpkin ale, the Pumpkineater. Howe Sound Brewing brews this high-gravity pumpkin ale with barley, fresh-roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise, resulting in an 8.0% abv beer low in IBUs. Sold in 33.8oz bottles, each bottle can serve two to four people. If you need a craft beer to serve to a party this season, make sure you grab some Pumpkineater from your local bottle shop.

The age of the domestic beer monopoly in the United States shrinks with each passing day. The beer industry around the world dominates the alcoholic beverage industry, as consumers drink 3,500 bottles of beer for every one glass of wine – that makes 8,000 times more beer consumed by the liter. Annually, consumers worldwide drink 189 billion liters of beer, but only 24 million liters of wine. While drinking habits may peak during certain times of the year such as holidays, the consumption of beverages remains fairly consistent and rarely makes huge changes in consumption from one day to the next. An exception to this exists on Thanksgiving Eve, the day of the year when the most alcohol gets consumed throughout the world. With Thanksgiving approaching in less than two months from now, several beers have made their way to the shelves of your favorite local liquor store for this specific season. If you want to savor the coolest brews this season has to offer, check out these five brews certain to wet your whistle.

5. Coronado Brewing Company‘s Punk’in Drublic

Other than bearing the same name as a punk rock album, this pumpkin ale represents the pumpkin style quite well, but steps it up a notch with its west coast flair. San Diego County never shies away from strong bold brews, and Coronado Brewing displays that very well with Punk’in Drublic. This 8% abv imperial pumpkin ale contains brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and of course, lots of pumpkins. The resulting brew yields lots of sweet characteristics without the overbearing sweetness found in most soft drinks. The pumpkin itself provides its own finish, allowing the flavor to linger for a bit with each sip. People may criticize pumpkin beers, but perhaps adding some local flavor may mix things up.

4. Uinta Brewing Company‘s Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin

Mainstream media has done quite a job over the past few decades of giving beer a negative connotation. Television shows like Married With Children or King Of The Hill depict men lazily drinking beer and performing other manly activities, like gambling or standing around doing nothing. However, the media fails to show the artistic side of beer. The art of brewing requires intense studying and inherent knowledge of the industry or ingredients necessary to brew beer. In addition to the brewing, micro brewery owners need artists to give life and a face to their brand. Consumers will either see a bottle or tap handle first before trying the beer, so a good first impression can influence opinions of the beer. If you seek fancy beer art, take a look at some of the beers from Uinta Brewing. This Salt Lake City brewpub has had a foot in Southern California for at least a few years by now, but most people tend to overlook them for other prominent breweries like Deschutes, Great Divide, or Avery. Although Uinta’s distribution reaches California, they have yet to cement an image of their company in the minds of Californians. This all changed with the improvisation of their themed lines of beers. Each series of brews contains its own themes, but Californians may best recognize beers from Uinta’s Crooked Line, which houses Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin. Clocking in at 10.31% abv, this amber-colored beer yields an aroma of pumpkins, brown sugar, oak, and Fall spices, while tasting like pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oaked whisky. The Crooked Line consists of Uinta’s odd or strong brews that do not fit in the other categories. Uinta strongly supports the local art community, and looks to them for inspiration for naming beers in the Crooked Line. Explore all of Uinta’s beers, and see for yourself how they give back to the community more than just refreshing beers.

3. The Lost Abbey‘s Witch’s Wit

If something does not fit in with the others, do you call it a black sheep or a wolf in sheep’s clothing? You probably answered black sheep… but what if the black sheep holds power over the herd? Standing out from the crowd, The Lost Abbey does their own thing down there in San Diego County and pays no attention to all the other breweries around that all compete for the top West Coast IPA of San Diego. While the hundreds of breweries in San Diego County all attempt to produce the best West Coast IPA, Lost Abbey simply wants to make the boldest, strongest brews, regardless of style. Lost Abbey has personified this so well that any other brewery that also only focuses on strong brews, such as The Bruery, Valiant Brewing, and Four Sons Brewing, may colloquially receive the unofficial nickname as the “Lost Abbey” of fill-in-the-city/county/region. How can you tell that Lost Abbey does their own thing independent of the rest? Take a look at last season’s seasonal brew: Witch’s Wit. For a 750ml bottle, it only sits at a measly 4.8% abv, classifying it as a session ale. Although originally released as a summer seasonal, the combination of coriander, wheat citrus, honey, and oats give it a filling presence, perfect for the Fall season when things start to cool down. Many will disagree with drinking a seasonal beer during the wrong season. That means that the beer has had some time to age. Consumers may age certain beers nicely, while consumers should avoid aging certain other beers. Witch’s Wit definitely can age, but I would cut off the aging of this at 12 months.

2. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers‘ Blind Tiger

When people thinks about Fall beers, they tend to envision pumpkins, squashes, bocks, and Oktoberfest beers. Something about the Fall harvest plus the merry celebrations of the Germans cause people to crave a beer representative of those thoughts. Not everyone thinks along those lines, however. While the hive minds will tend to shift towards what the majority believes, the outliers will scuttle in a different direction, and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will await those who walk off of the beaten path. Brewing for almost two decades by now, Speakeasy has carved out a solid name for themselves to the locals in San Francisco. From their vivacious brews to their speakeasy-style tasting room, craft beer fans cannot get enough of Speakeasy! Speakeasy does not develop traditional seasonal beers; rather, they have set yearly releases of certain styles, none of which match the current trend of the industry. As such, now in the Fall season, you may encounter Blind Tiger, a complete turn from what many perceive as traditional Fall beers. While Speakeasy released Blind Tiger in mid-summer, Southern Californians recently discovered Blind Tiger on store shelves as of last month. This 9.5% abv imperial IPA represents Speakeasy’s hoppiest beer, with the aroma and taste dominated with four different hops, followed by subtle malts. The aftertaste yields signs of piney, citrusy hops that you must enjoy fresh. If you stumble upon the dumb luck of witnessing this magnificent bottle on a store shelf, do not hesitate to purchase it immediately!

1. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery‘s Gourdgeous

Having officially lived through the Fall season for over two weeks, we can already enjoy the perks of Fall. For example, the weather has changed from excessively hot to the kind of weather where you wear a jacket in the morning and a tank top in the afternoon. Also in the Fall, coffee lovers rejoice over the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattés from Starbucks. Fall in general reminds us all of pumpkins, yams, squashes, and other similar produce. At this time, I would like to thank Beer Advocate for their integral role in this year’s popularization of pumpkin beers with a simple innocent retweet that managed to infuriate their followers to the level of a headless horseman. With the rising desire for pumpkin beers, breweries have to stay a step ahead of the competition to capitalize on what the market demands, and Hangar 24 Craft Brewery took that go-ahead step last year. With as big as a local reputation as Stone Brewing, Hangar 24 stands toe-to-toe with the big guys of Southern California, never relenting in the face of pressure. Their massive popularity stems from their incredibly diverse selective of brews, from the light & approachable Orange Wheat to the bold & assertive Double IPA. In addition to their year-round lineup, Hangar 24 releases a handful of seasonal releases, and will usually have up to three series of beers available at a time. For example, during the Fall season, Hangar 24 will have Oktoberfest, Gourdgeous, and a surprise brew available in addition to the year-round offerings. For now, we focus on Gourdgeous, perhaps the true personification of a pumpkin beer. Unlike most pumpkin ales, Gourdgeous falls under the classification of an imperial porter brewed with pumpkins, molasses, and spices. Standing tall at 8.5% abv, this American porter combines the rich, roasted flavors of a porter with pumpkins, dark chocolate, caramel, and spices. Imagine a peanut butter cup, but with pumpkin butter instead of peanuts, and in the form of beer. I believe Trader Joe’s has Pumpkin Butter Cups, and if they do not carry it yet, they will very soon. Oh sweet joy, seasonal candy you can drink that has alcohol in it? Count me in!

Lindsey Stirling @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Lindsey Stirling headlines a show tonight at The Observatory. Tickets cost $17 while supplies last. Albeit I listen to punk rock, Lindsey Stirling’s music always mesmerizes me. This contemporary violinist combines the classical sound of this stringed instrument with today’s hip hop and dubstep music. Listen to the song that drew me to her.

Gourmet Salt Cooking Exhibition
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
The Factory, Long Beach

The Factory will host a FREE cooking exhibition featuring various gourmet salts. The restaurant will feature special menu items for this night only, so food fans will definitely want to show up this night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 8
Downtown Los Angeles

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 does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

Punk Rock Picnic Battle of the Bands
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 9
Subcult Productions, Irvine

$7 cover charge for all ages – see many punk rock bands play for a spot for next year’s Punk Rock Picnic.

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 10
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Nuke the Fridge Con
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 10
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights

Missed the Long Beach Comic Con this past weekend? Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests receive a goodie bag!

Wine Riot LA
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 10
Majestic Halls, Downtown Los Angeles

Love wine, or want to get into wine? Wine Riot covers the entire spectrum of wine and people, from the newcomers to the experienced. Just like how a beer fest allows guests to sample different types of beer, Wine Riot allows guests to sample different types of wines from all around the world. Wine experts will deliver seminars for both consumers and those in the industry. Live DJ’s, a photo booth, temporary tattoos, and more will adorn the venue space. Wine Riot occurs in two sessions: 1pm-5pm, and 7pm-11pm. Tickets currently cost $50 per person. Prepare to either pay for parking or arrive via public transportation.

4th Annual Savor the Flavor Beer & Spirits Extravaganza
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 10
Four Points by Sheraton LAX, Los Angeles

For $35, guests get treated to unlimited beer tastings from only 11 breweries, unlimited spirit tastings, appetizers, two raffle tickets, live music, a souvenir mug, and more. Shuttle rides cost $5 roundtrip.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 11
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locations: Culver City, Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. 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. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. 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 neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

The Misfits, No More Saints, Knocked Out Cold, Core 10 @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 11
The Observatory, Santa Ana

See legendary horror punk band The Misfits live at The Observatory this Sunday night. Presale tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.