Firestone Walker 1st Invitational Beer Fest

Posted by Darryl | Breweries & Alehouses, Craft Beer, Festivals, News, Tastings | Posted on June 16th, 2012

The beginning of June 2012 gave me the hope that it was going to be a great month, and didn’t disappoint! My Los Angeles Kings were in the Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils (that turned out to be pretty fantastic!), and another beautiful Southern California summer was around the corner. But more significantly, Firestone Walker’s 1st Invitational Beer Fest was held June 9th, and turned out to be the best festival I’ve yet attended.

Most festivals will bring together those that enjoy drinking beer along with those that enjoying pouring and telling you about the brews. The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest was created to not just bring imbibers together with some craft beer, but to bring craft beer lovers and some the best craft brewers in the world themselves together for what turned out to be a truly exceptional event. CONTINUE READING THE FULL POST

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Mid-Week Mini-Pub-Crawl: LA #2 (Agenda)

Posted by Darryl | Bars, Breweries & Alehouses, Craft Beer, Pub-Crawling, Restaurants | Posted on January 23rd, 2012

In December, along with my friends Mike and Jason, I had a successful trip into Los Angeles to explore some of the venues serving up tasty craft beer. (Read about it in my post Mid-Week Mini-Pub-Crawl: LA #1) On Tuesday, January 24th, we’re heading back again, this time with a more conservative plan, that we’re certain we’ll accomplish


Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills
Although we stopped in on our first LA trip, Ladyface is in the midst of celebrating their 2nd Anniversary. We’re going to stop in to partake of their 2nd Anniversary Ale, scheduled to be tapped when the doors open that day.

Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles (near the 5 & 134 freeways)
We were able to make a brief visit to the Golden Road Brewing Pub during our first trip, but it was unfortunately it wasn’t opened yet. We’re hoping for some nice weather so that we can actually enjoy sitting out on their patio. If not, the inside of the pub seemed to be a great friendly place to sip a couple of brews also.

38° Ale House & Grill in Alhambra
None of the 3 of us have been here before, and though it might be a bit out of our way considering our other planned stops, I’ve head great things about it and we’re looking forward to checking it out.

Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood
Since The Music Box in Hollywood was shutdown, I’ve been visiting Blue Palms much more frequently and participating in #OccupyBluePalms. (Read my post all about it here.) But, Mike and Jason have never been. We’re planning on making it by in time for an early dinner, timing our arrival shortly after opening.


I’ll be updating my Twitter and checking into my beers on my Untappd account throughout the day’s journey. Keep track of me, and if you’re nearby join us for a pint!

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Mid-Week Mini-Pub-Crawl: LA #1

Posted by Darryl | Bars, Breweries & Alehouses, Craft Beer, Pub-Crawling, Restaurants | Posted on January 20th, 2012

Last month, along with my friends Mike and Jason, I took a day to leave the sheltered surroundings of Ventura County and head  40 some-odd miles into the Los Angeles area to discover some tasty craft beer venues. Turns out the original plan was a little overblown; trying to hit 9 places between Pasadena and Santa Monica in the course of one day. The fatal flaw was that the day in question was a Thursday, and I had received some misinformation about hours of a couple of the locations. In the end though, we “discovered” great places to visit, and drank some great beer. CONTINUE READING THE FULL POST

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