Montrose and Beer

The Montrose Craft Beer Fest returns for the 8th time in the foothills just north of Glendale on April 30th.  As of a month out, twelve breweries were on the slate and before you go, that is too little of a headcount.  Riip, Everywhere, the new version of Cellador, Beachwood, El Segundo and Tarantula Hill will be there which is a good start.

CollaBrew Fest

The Los Angeles chapter of The Pink Boots Society is going to throwdown a bunch of women brewed beers on April 15th.  It is a goodly cross-section of LA breweries and should be a super fun beer event for those of us getting back into beer festivals.

Get your tickets HERE.


Take down the tiki and store away the tropical shirts because Firkfest has a new theme for 2019…

June 29th is the date this year and tickets are on sale NOW!

Ranger the Bear Approved

It is hard to believe that the Brew at the L.A. Zoo will be turning 8 this year but that is indeed what will happen on Friday, August 3rd from 7pm to 11pm. Or you can VIP it and start at 6pm.

The Brewery at Simzy’s Burbank has stepped up again and has brewed up a Zoo beer with ingredients chosen by the L.A. Zoo’s American black bear, Ranger (excellent name for a bear, by the way). “Specially crafted for Brew at the L.A. Zoo, the pale ale has notes of hibiscus flowers and honey, ingredients picked by Ranger himself.”

Here are the participating breweries that I think you should taste from (others are either part of SABInBev or trendy spiked drinks)
101 Cider House, Alosta Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Baja Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Brewyard Beer Company,Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Five Threads Brewing, Four Sons Brewing, Innovation Brew Works, KeVita, King Harbor Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Latitude 33 Brewing, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Pizza Port Brewing Company, San Fernando Brewing Co.,Stone Brewing, The Bruery, Three Weavers Brewing Co., Transplants Brewing Company, Verdugo West Brewing Company, Yorkshire Square Brewery, and more…

Here are the ticket prices….
Online advance purchase: $65
Designated Driver admission includes unlimited soft drinks: $35
VIP admission: $135
Box office: $75

…and HERE is where you get the tickets.

Locals Rock

On Sunday, September 15th Rock & Brews in El Segundo celebrates their 3rd Annual Local Craft Beer Festival from 12-5PM


Here is the information from their press release, “This will be a beer fest of unrivaled magnitude; both a beer fest to pay homage to the booming local craft beer scene of Los Angeles, and secondly, a Rock & Roll circus extravaganza! Yes, you read that correctly. 15 of the best local craft breweries that LA has to offer will be present, showcasing and pouring their delicious liquid goodness. The breweries will be bringing both flagship beers, and beers so rare, you have a better chance of spotting Big Foot than these beers anywhere else. To accompany the beer, there will be many fun carnival-esque games such as dunk tanks, high-strikers and more. Try your luck to win the games and receive weird, whacky, and fun prizes! Bring the whole family! Great beer, food, music, games, and freakshow costumes all rolled into one great event.”

Participating Breweries include:
El Segundo Brewing Company
Strand Brewing
Eagle Rock
Smog City
The Bruery
Hangar 24
Golden Road Brewing
Port Town Brewing
Ohana Brewing
The Dudes’ Brewing
Cosmic Ales

“The event is $50.00 for the drinking admission, $10 designated driver tickets and $10 for the kiddos. Adult tickets include: Admission, commemorative glassware, ten 4 oz pours, and unlimited games! Non-drinking ticket includes: sodas, cotton candy, popcorn, and unlimited games! Food includes: Tri-tip and pulled pork sliders, pretzels and more for sale.”


Taste of Long Beach

Long Beach will play host to the 3rd iteration of the Taste of Brews later this month on the 24th.

logoIt will again be held at the Lighthouse Park and benefit the Long Beach Marine Institute.  Skip past the  Journey tribute band “The Journey Experience” and 80s cover band “The Pac Men” and head to the taps manned by Golden Road, Karl Strauss, Sam Adams and Firestone as well as Rock Bottom, Beachwood, Belmont, El Segundo, San Pedro and Strand Brewing Co.  Plus several breweries from the Inland Empire like Hangar 24, Wiens, Inland Empire, Craft Brewing and Packinghouse will also be on hand.

Now I have not been to this event so I cannot vouch for it.  But if you are averse to driving to the IE to try their beers.  This might make a perfect opportunity to try them at the beach.  Plus Beachwood is never a bad sign.