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Indulge LA, a chocolate, wine, and champagne festival, returns for its annual run this Sunday at the Olympic Collection in West LA. As LA’s greatest fest of its kind, Indulge brings the best of chefs, bakers, pâtissiers, wineries, distilleries, and more to display to attendees of all ages. General admission costs $45, starts at 2pm, and provides access to UNLIMITED tastings of all food, dessert, and drinks, alcohol included. VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 1pm. Last call happens around 3:45pm, and the events end promptly at 4pm. The venue sets the parking fee, which ranges from $5 to $10. Avoid parking in the neighborhoods, as all streets have one or two hour parking only before getting a parking ticket.

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Indulge LA, a chocolate, wine, and champagne festival, returns for its annual run this Sunday at the Olympic Collection in West LA. As LA’s greatest fest of its kind, Indulge brings the best of chefs, bakers, pâtissiers, wineries, distilleries, and more to display to attendees of all ages. General admission costs $45, starts at 2pm, and provides access to UNLIMITED tastings of all food, dessert, and drinks, alcohol included. VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 1pm. Last call happens around 3:45pm, and the events end promptly at 4pm. The venue sets the parking fee, which ranges from $5 to $10. Avoid parking in the neighborhoods, as all streets have one or two hour parking only before getting a parking ticket.

When you consider the people behind a beer fest, what type of people come to mind? Do you picture tough men drinking nonstop? Do you envision Irishmen drinking all day at the pub? Perhaps you think of Germans celebrating Oktoberfest. Contrary to what many believe, certain nationalities do not need a holiday or occasion to drink. Who said the Irish clamor over St. Patrick’s Day? Who believes Germans only drink prior to Oktoberfest? Each nation delivers more than the stereotypical beer that people know them for. Take the Germans for example – what else do they drink other than Oktoberfest beers? Have you heard of Bocks? This winter equivalent of the Oktoberfest brew deserves more attention than they currently do not receive. Luckily, Southern California holds an annual beer fest celebrating the wonderful world of Bock beers, and holding true to its location, Bock Fest brings more than just the beer – it also brings more booze and some sultry burlesque babes.

Taking place at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles, the 2014 Bock Fest holds true to its roots as the beer fest that celebrates the lesser-known of German beers. Similar in style to Oktoberfest brews, Bocks appear darker and taste bolder, but can range from the paleness of a pilsner to the darkness of a stout. Although this fest focuses on Bocks and other German beers, many other microbreweries served their amazing craft beers as well. Popular breweries such as Figueroa Mountain, Fireman’s Brew, Spaten, and Lagunitas made an appearance, with the latter two taking home the Beer Champion and People’s Choice award for Bock Fest, respectively. Rotating live music, food vendors, wines & spirits, cigar rolling, and more kept all guests occupied as they guzzled their brews.

In addition to the multitude of breweries, wineries, and vendors, we must pay tribute to the people who made this fest possible. From the live DJ to the importers to the brewers to the event staff, without the people, this fest would never have occurred.

Bock Fest employs select judges to elect the best brewery of the fest, while the organizers also provide attendees the opportunity to vote for their favorite brewery present. As mentioned above, the judges selected Spaten as their favorite, while the crowd voted Lagunitas as their favorite.

Saving the best for last, the Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque made a special appearance to perform not one, but TWO shows to all the lucky attendees. These lovely ladies do a great job of not just performing, but also with crowd interaction, leaving everyone craving more. Below shows only a glimpse of their performance – if you like what you see, check out their shows! Like their page on Facebook for news about their upcoming shows, such as their residency First Wednesday show TONIGHT at the Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana.

Missed Bock Fest? Want to go to another beer fest just like it? I heard they plan to host a St. Patrick’s Fest. I currently have no details about such a fest, but perhaps I shall soon. For the latest in beer fests in Southern California, follow my blog for my weekly events post!

Want to attend Indulge LA or Sugar Lounge tomorrow, but still have not purchased tickets? Mention “One Punk Army” at the door to save $5 off admission! Read my preview for more details about the events.

From the creators of Indulge LA comes Sugar Lounge, a celebration of luxury and refinement. A spinoff of the chocolate & wine festival known as Indulge LA, Sugar Lounge allows attendees to indulge in a carefree land of adult fun and games. Sugar Lounge proudly presents the finest selections of craft beers, wines, spirits, hand-rolled cigars, and more sweet treats than your teeth can bear. Bruvado will sponsor tournaments of Beer Pong and Flip Cup, as well as casual rounds so that everyone can join in on the fun. For the thinkers out there, Bruvado will also provide plenty of board games and games of skill to win coins to exchange for prizes. Attendees will not want to miss the ice luge, where Limoncello runs free for guests. Lastly, we certainly cannot forget the plentiful bounty of sweet treats provided to Sugar Lounge by Déjà Vu Cakes. Have I mentioned the entertainment yet? The sultry ladies of The Dirty Little Secrets will dazzle and delight attendees with their tantalizing talents. Two amazing events happen at the same time in the same location – come for Indulge LA, stay for Sugar Lounge.

Both Indulge LA and Sugar Lounge take place on Saturday, December 29 at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles/Santa Monica. VIP Hour begins at 1pm, while general admission starts at 2pm. Last call happens around 4:45pm, and the events end promptly at 5pm. Sugar Lounge’s all-inclusive admission costs $30 and comes with unlimited food, drinks, and gaming. Indulge LA’s general admission costs $45 and includes food, desserts, drinks, and a souvenir taster glass. The All-Access Pass for both events costs $175, allows guests to enter at 1pm, and comes with a larger 18oz souvenir glass with free name engraving. The venue sets the parking fee, which ranges from $5 to $10. Avoid parking in the neighborhoods, as all streets have one or two hour parking only before getting a parking ticket.