Posts Tagged ‘The Bruery’

While breweries have existed in Orange County for decades, most people will say that the craft beer boom occurred within the last decade. Within that last decade, we have a few of, what I refer to as, today’s Orange County pioneers that helped kick off the craft beer boom, one of which includes The Bruery. Unlike many of the other breweries of its kind, The Bruery made their products a little different. I guess you could call them the Black Sheep of OC breweries, and I also compare them to Port/Lost Abbey of San Diego County because of how different the beers of Port/Los Abbey taste compared to the rest of the county. Instead of your standard ale styles, The Bruery likes to experiment and make creative unique flavors, including a lot of sour ales. For example, The Bruery makes a Thai Tea beer called Tai Kao that tastes like an alcoholic Thai Tea, something you do not find very often. However, experimenting with different styles, especially sour ales, could not occur side by side with regular brewing processes because of the potential for cross contamination. As a result, The Bruery needed a separate location for which they could run this different program without worry of interfering with regular brewing, and thus they now have Bruery Terreux.

Located a few miles east from The Bruery’s original spot, Bruery Terreux represents everything that they wanted to experiment with at the original location, but now at an isolated location without worry of ruining their regular ales. At Bruery Terreux, they do not like to call their products “sour beers” for the word sour has a negative connotation in the eyes & ears of normal consumers, so instead they refer to their products as wild ales. Long-time fans of The Bruery will find many of their old favorites here, along with an extended amount of variations of wild ales. The tasting room features an outdoor patio with an outdoor walk-up order counter, a tasting room with a rustic wooden theme, and a fridge for customers to take bottles home from. Customers can also get their usual growler fills here of the ales designated on the menu.

Fortunately, I received the gracious opportunity to tour the back area of Bruery Terreux to witness their operations up close. Virtually all products at Bruery Terreux spends time aging in wood – most age in wine barrels, while some age in the towering oak foeders, which hold thousands of gallons (pictured below). The Bruery brought on Jeremy to oversee operations here, as he has an extensive background in the wine industry. Along with all of the wood aging, Bruery Terreux also sports some of the traditional fermenters and brite tanks that regular breweries possess, and these range in volume from three barrels up to 90 barrels.

Interested to see and learn more about Bruery Terreux? They open everyday until 10pm, so swing on by to check them out. You can also preview what they have going on by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Also check out what The Bruery has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

With the turn of a new year, many people often make new year’s resolutions. Among the most common resolutions, losing weight and quitting smoking top that list year after year. Other common resolutions include money management (clearing debt and increasing savings), vacations/breaks, and less/stop drinking. Statistically, losing weight tops the list of resolutions that people actually complete, while reducing or quitting drinking fails the most. For those that did not resolve to reduce drinking or did not resolve to do anything about drinking, check out this list of five craft brews to seek out this winter in Southern California.

5. Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider‘s Winter Abbey Spice

While the craft beer phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, the rise of craft beer has paved the way for other craft beverages to surface. In particular, craft ciders and sour ales have risen in popularity. Blenderies have surfaced to deliver sour ales, while many cideries have popped up all over the place, especially the Pacific Northwest, which also has the Washington Cider Week and Oregon Cider Week. Plenty of cideries have distributed their goods to Southern California by now, but not that many make seasonal ciders. If you seek a good winter cider, check out Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider. Reverend Nat’s has a substantial lineup of ciders, which includes their seasonal Winter Abbey Spice. With a staggering 7.4% abv, this traditional New England style cider contains hints of raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You get the refreshment of an apple cider along with the subtle taste of winter.

4. Bootlegger’s Brewery‘s Mint Chocolate Porter

When you think about winter, you imagine visions of snow and cold weather. When eating or drinking, what foods come to mind regarding the cold? Well, to warm up, you have hot beverages like hot chocolate. For a cold feel, you have mints. Why not combine both for mint chocolate? Bootlegger’s Brewery has done that with their Mint Chocolate Porter. Measuring 6.2% abv, this brew truly tastes like mint chocolate candy with its spearmint and herbal hops supported by chocolate malts. Put together, you have a brew with a solid mint feel along with herbal hops, dark malts, brown sugar, and bittersweet chocolate. You cannot find a better way at drinking a mint chocolate candy than with Bootlegger’s Brewery’s Mint Chocolate Porter.

3. Ninkasi Brewing‘s Noir Milk Stout

Dark beers tend to remind us of other ingredients of that color. Seeing a dark beer usually means that one can expect to taste flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, and/or coffee. Between stouts and porters, the beer market has limitless different beers to choose from to get your dark beers on. If you want to narrow down the list of beers to choose from, perhaps consider keeping Ninkasi Brewing on your list. Ninkasi has a huge lineup of unique brews, and they do not appear to stop creating new beers any time soon. This winter, keep an eye out for their Noir Milk Stout. This dark treat has 7.6% abv with just enough IBUs to tickle your taste buds. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with cold-brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The subtle sweetness from the milk sugar makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of coffee, distinctive and delectable.

2. The Bruery‘s 8 Maids-A-Milking

When the weather gets cold, we tend to want to consume things rich and hearty. Leave the light refreshing things for the summer when our bodies do not need the extra weight dragging us down in the heat, we want the thick rich stuff now in the cold. When thinking about this sort of beer, The Bruery hardly comes to mind with their strong ales and sour ales. However, The Bruery has ventured away from their normal repertoire this season with 8 Maids-A-Milking. This yummy imperial milk stout measures a staggering 11.3% abv what with all the milk sugar brewed into it. Since yeast cannot ferment milk sugar, this adds creaminess and sweetness to the final product, which also contains milk chocolate, subtle spices, and roasty elements. Enjoy it immediately, or cellar it for up to four years.

1. Grand Teton Brewing‘s Coming Home 2014 Holiday Ale

Nothing celebrates the holidays and new year better than a nice strong aged beer. Most people prefer champagne as the celebration beverage of choice, but wine, beer, and even cider can function just as well for celebrating an occasion. For a beer worth celebrating with, take a look at Grand Teton Brewing‘s lineup of brews. Grand Teton does craft beer right with their focus on quality over quantity, and it shows in every beer that they produce. Take a look at their seasonal beer, Coming Home Holiday Ale. A 7.5% abv quadrupel, this enticingly bold brew has a dark sugar flavor with notes of raisins and spices. The sweet aromas contain hints of nutmeg and clove, which complement the spicy and dry finish. Since they brewed this in 2014, it has already cellared a year, so you can enjoy it now with its current age, or age it some more by stashing it in your cellar.

American Craft Beer Week
May 11-17

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 11
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood

Tonight, Hangar 24 takes over 12 taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Stop on by tonight and sample what Redlands can deliver.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 12
Häagen-Dazs, Nationwide

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.

Underground Comedy & Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach

Enjoy a night complete with stand-up comedy and burlesque this Tuesday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission costs $10, but use promo code DEE to gain admission for free!

Naja’s Place 7th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13-19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover & Food Pairing
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 14
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

Ballast Point will take over the taps at Far Bar this Thursday night. In addition, the folks at Far Bar will curate some exclusive dishes to pair with some of the Ballast Point brews. No admission or reservations required – simply show up, grab a seat, and order away.

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 14
Abigaile, Hermosa Beach

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 Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

4th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 14
Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $120 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

MDC – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14, Los Globos, Silverlake,
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 16, The Music Hall, Anaheim

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC will headline a few all-ages shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices vary, so click on a link for more information.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16-17
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

Sorrento Valley Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 15
Party Pals, Sorrento Valley, San Diego

Enjoy some local beers at this beer tasting event in San Diego this Friday night. For $25 presale or $35 at the door, gain 12 3oz pours of your choice of local beer, plus the souvenir glass for you to take home. Guests can eat from local food trucks, plus enjoy the live local musicians. No one under 21 may attend.

Barley Forge Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village in Torrance will have a lot of beers from Barley Forge on tap this Friday night. Stop on by and taste the beers from this powerhouse of a brewery.

Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

This Friday night, Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will fill all of their taps with Ballast Point beers. No reservations required – simply show up, and have a taste of BP.

Punk & Oi Show in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 15
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE local punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

All Punx, All Ages, All Night
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 15
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

Rock out at this local punk show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Show in Laguna Niguel
9:00 pm – 12:30 am, May 15
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel

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

21st Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 17
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 16
Granada Beach, Long Beach

Over 50 large vehicles will park along the beach at this free all-ages exhibit this Saturday morning. Food, drinks, vendors, live music, arts & crafts, and more will accompany this interactive event that allows guests to explore and take photos with large vehicles that people rarely get to see on a daily basis.

3rd Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16-17
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

Doctor Who and Sherlock Crafts Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16-17
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for the Dr. Who and Sherlock Holmes worlds.

17th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 16
Barnes Park, Monterey Park

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

19th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

6th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine

This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

1st Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 16
White Park, Riverside

This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $10, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.

1st Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 16
Golden Hill Park, San Diego

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Civil War Drums & Gatling Guns
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

At this free and all-ages event, guests can spectate civil war reenactments and other old-time activities.

6th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 16
Rose Bowl, Pasadena

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers at the 6th annual LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $95 at the door, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. No one under 21 may attend. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 7th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. General admission costs $15 but does not include any beer – guests must purchase drink tickets after entering.

The Bruery’s Copperversary
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 16
Phoenix Club, Anaheim

The Bruery has grown so popular that they had to make their anniversary PRIVATE! Only The Bruery’s Society members may attend their anniversary event now, which features an astounding 160 different beers to try in a 4-hour span. Society members only need to pay $60 to attend this unbelievable beer tasting event.

2nd Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 16
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this and next Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 16
Peppertree Park, Tustin

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

20th Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

WineArtLA 2015
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 16
V Wine Room, West Hollywood

Sip on some wines and munch on some cheeses and charcuterie while admiring art at this wine & art gala this Saturday night. General admission costs $50, while VIP admission costs $150 and comes with a pre-event champagne reception, exclusive wines, tray-passed appetizers, and more.

Body Fine Art Competition
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 16
The Springs, Downtown Los Angeles

Check out this one-of-a-king art gallery feature works of art on the human body. Using naked models as a living canvas, dozens of artists showcase their skills in devising living art to wow the audience. Guests will spend most of their time admiring all of the art and models while also enjoying live music, live entertainment, and more. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, but this event will definitely sell out, so act fast on those tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

21st Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 17
Balboa Island, Newport Beach

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

5th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 17
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest three years ago to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Saturday. For just $15, guests will receive three pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may participate.

3rd Annual Brew Rendezvous
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 17
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. Admission costs $55, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $25. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

Poolside Pig Roast @ Saltbox
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 17
Saltbox, San Diego

Enjoy a pig roast as a BBQ plate, sliders, or tacos – all you can eat! Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the door, and includes one house Henebery Whiskey cocktail.

Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 17
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $200 and runs from 3pm to 6pm, while VIP costs $275 and goes until 8pm. The price goes up $25 at the door.

Duane Peters Gunfight – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 17
The Federal Bar, Long Beach

Enjoy a local punk show in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 18 may enter.

Bootlegger’s Brewery 7th Anniversary Celebration
April 20-26
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton

Bootlegger’s Brewery celebrates their seventh year in business this weekend, but instead of a festival as they have held in the past years, they will spread out the festivities across this entire week. Every day this week, Bootlegger’s will hold a different event at their tasting room in Downtown Fullerton, as well as a few other events outside of the tasting room. Some of the events require tickets, so check out the link for more information.

Bottle Share #420
4:20 pm – 8:40 pm, April 20
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

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

Bruery Terreux Previeux
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
The Bruery, Placentia

The public can catch a glimpse of the offerings from The Bruery Terreux this Wednesday at The Bruery’s tasting room in Placentia. Come check out the latest on the works of The Bruery.

4th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 22
Canoe House, South Pasadena

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Wednesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2015 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 22
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

6th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 23
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24-26
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 24
6:00 am – 1:00 am, April 25
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 26
Irvine Lake, Silverado

An entire weekend of electronic music, yoga, art, workshops, cars, food, vendors, and more awaits you at this all-ages music festival. Tickets start at $150.

Stupid Flanders Record Release Show
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine

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.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 24
Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $65 each when purchasing five or more in a single transaction.

Chencha Berrinches: Live in South Gate
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 24
American Legion Post 335, South Gate

Check out some local skacore bands this Friday night in South Gate. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8 for those over 21, $10 for minors, or $7 if entering before 7:30pm.

2nd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 25
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Chinatown Champions: Scavenger Hunt
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Grab a partner for this cultural scavenger hunt throughout the historic Los Angeles Chinatown this Saturday morning. Registration costs $60 per pair, and registration comes with some requirements that participants must fulfill, as listed in the link provided above. During the scavenger hunt, participants will get fed food and drinks, so eat a healthy breakfast for energy, but do not fill up.

2015 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25
El Dorado Park, Long Beach

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

32nd Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25-26
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

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

12th Annual Yes I Can Summer Meltdown
10:30 am – 11:00 pm, April 25
Santa Clarita Skate Park, Santa Clarita

This huge all-ages event features three stages of live music all day, and live painters throughout the event area. Presale tickets cost $35 general admission or $60 VIP admission.

Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 25
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Get sudsy at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. They will have beer, food, beer pong, live music, and basically everything else you should have at a beer fest. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $75 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 11am, and allows access to an exclusive VIP area. Use promo code CRAFTFAN to save $10 off admission.

4th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 25
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fourth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. This festival will also feature a home brewers competition. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $60 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2015 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 25
Cesar E Chavez Park, Long Beach

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Spring 2015 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
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.

31st Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Little Italy, San Diego

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

Spring 2015 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
LA Mart, 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 $12 presale and $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.

Wicks Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 25
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public two years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. Come try Two Year Siege, their 2nd Anniversary barleywine aged on rye whiskey oak staves, and enjoy other special brews and live music throughout the day.

3rd Annual Pasadena Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 25
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena

Enjoy local beer at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include ten drink tickets plus a souvenir glass. Hungry guests can order food off of the restaurant’s menu.

6th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 25
Catamaran Resort Hotel, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

Art of the TARDIS Craft Faire
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 25
Clockwork Couture, Burbank

Dr. Who fans will not want to miss this free event in Burbank this Saturday. Check out local artists and designers, and mingle with other fans that may dress up for the occasion too.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2015
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 26
Adams Avenue, San Diego

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

5th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 25
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with 12 4oz beer pours.

6th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 25
Fairplex, Pomona

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $15. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $5 and $15 per vehicle.

South Coast Roller Derby vs. Wine Town Rollers
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers.

8th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Spring Melt Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Tastemade Studios, Santa Monica

Basically, rich people eating and drinking with hundreds of other rich people. Admission costs $125 and includes all food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may enter. Dress code strictly enforced.

Tartar Control’s CD Release and Peach Cobbler Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some good local punk rock this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Life In Color San Diego 2015
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 25
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego

Some genius decided to take a nighttime color glow run and do away with the running. Now we have this nighttime color glow music fest. General admission to this concert costs $80.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 26 – May 1
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 26 and May 1, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Pinup Girl Clothing @ Disneyland
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 26
Disneyland Park, Anaheim

Pinup Girl Clothing will head to Disneyland Park this Sunday, where they will do lots of things in the park, such as hand out goodie bags, hold pop trivia sessions, host meet & greets, and more.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $55 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

3rd Annual San Diego Veg Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 26
McMillin Companies Event Center, Liberty Station, San Diego

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in San Diego. General admission costs $5, while VIP admission costs $20 (no perks specified yet). Certain foods require preordering online, so check the info via the link above.

Spring 2015 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

2015 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach

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

3rd Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 26
55 Degree Wine, Atwater Village

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Punk Rock Swap Meet
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 26
South Bay Customs, El Segundo

Check out a bunch of vendors, food, and punk rock music at this all-ages punk rock swap meet this Sunday afternoon in El Segundo. In addition to the handful of vendors on hand to sell punk rock items, a handful of local bands will also perform. Admission to this event costs $5.

Craft beer fans across the nation have surely heard of The Bruery. In the United States, craft beer fans all recognize The Bruery for their sours and strong beers. As possibly Orange County’s largest brewery in terms of production and distribution, their unique brews have quickly earned them celebrity status among the locals. People love The Bruery so much that they have Society memberships available that grant special privileges. In addition to receiving select beers with their membership, members receive a discount on beers purchased at the tasting room and online, and can buy special beers before the public can. Whenever anything comes out of The Bruery, people get excited regardless of the news, so when they announced the return of their anniversary festival, naturally everyone wanted a piece of that action. Unfortunately, the public could not simply purchase a ticket to this festival – a Society member must attend in order to bring non-Society guests.

When The Bruery celebrates something, they make it big. I had attended The Bruery’s 3rd Anniversary celebration back in 2011 at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, and I remember the sheer force of the beers available at the time. This past Saturday, The Bruery returned to the Phoenix Club for their 6th Anniversary Celebration, dubbed Sucréversary, with more beer than ever before. Unlike the festival in 2011 where anyone could attend, only Society members could purchase tickets to this festival. I believe this practice started in 2012 with the 4th anniversary, but do not quote me on that. Although this would appear to lock out many beer fans, this festival appeared stronger than ever. I do not possess a Society membership, but I entered briefly for a quick photo spree. Due to not owning a membership, I could not spend much time, so I did not capture every brewery present at this festival, nor did I capture any of the other vendors present.

A few changes occurred with this festival compared to the public one in 2011. Aside from the exclusivity of the tickets, attendees received everything for FREE with admission. From the parking to the beers to the food, once an attendee entered the area, they could keep their wallets/purses away. This year’s festival also saw a lot more guest breweries attending, as opposed to a festival with mostly Bruery beers and just a few other breweries. Speaking of beers, all beers certainly escalated a level or two, as The Bruery brought out their big guns for this festival, such as Black Tuesday of years past. Some of the guest breweries also brought some of their rare or strong beers too, such as Leché Molé from Bottle Logic. This festival followed the logical progression of festivals of improving year after year. I do not chastise The Bruery for making this event now a Society-exclusive event, as it would have likely sold out instantly if the public could purchase tickets. This also makes buying the membership look more appealing to the public.

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!