Flight Night Mondays @ Maximiliano

Highland Park is quickly becoming the new hipster hot spot of LA – seems like every other week there’s a new restaurant or bar opening up on York Blvd.  While we are pretty far from being hipsters, we do share their appreciation for good eats and cheap beer.  So, we’ll definitely be donning our plaid and/or neon and heading east to check out Flight Night at Maximiliano.  After all, what better cure for our case of the Mondays than a flight of beer?

Maximiliano is a fairly new pizza spot in Highland Park, brought to you by the same chef, Andre Guerrero, as The Oinkster and Little Bear.  Flight Night at Maximiliano started last Monday and will run every Monday night from 5-10pm.  You’ll get to pick any 5 draft pours to create your own flight, for just $12.

Beer me!

Maximiliano. 5930 York Blvd. (323) 739.6125. http://www.maximilianohp.com/


Primero Ano Party at El Segundo Brew Co

This post requires you act fast (procrastinators may skip to the bottom of the page):

There are just a few VIP tickets left for this Sunday’s 1-year-birthday celebration at El Segundo Brew Co (5/20/12).  The tickets are $50 a pop and will get you into the VIP “pre-party” from noon – 2pm. Your US Grant will get you yummy tri-tip sandwiches from California Rancher, a growler bag (what is that?), a big new growler filled with their very own Double IPA, a glass from Two-Five-Left (the name of their IPA), and UNLIMITED beer tastings. Yum.

To get your tickets please email: tom (at) elsegundobrewing (dot) com

The party is limited to just 50 people, and as mentioned, there are only a few tickets left, so act fast.


For those that didn’t heed our warning, you can still join the main party in the taproom from 2pm – 10pm. Explore their big ol brewery while you enjoy some growlers of delicious beer and score some nifty swag (glassware, tshirts, etc…)

El Segundo Brew Co / 140 Main Street, El Segundo / http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

Specialty Flight Thursdays at Sunset Beer Co

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
-Dave Barry


what a nice cozy spot to get your beer on

Tonight, from 6-10pm get your beer on (and pizza, from a nearby truck, too if you so desire) with a specialty tasting at Sunset Brew Co. Four beers for $20. Every Thursday the flights are different, some featuring similar types of beer, some featuring versions of the same beer.

Each beer in tonight’s tasting flight comes from Stone Brewing Co. In fact, all four beers are technically the same beer: Double Bastard. But each tasting represents the beer at a different age: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011.

Yup, not just wine gets better with age, beer can too (or at least, get ‘different’…) And here is your chance to see what this lovely brew tastes like at its various stages of its life. Good price, good beer, good way to spend Thursday night.

Sunset Beer Co / 1498 Sunset Blvd, #3, Hipsterville / 213.481.2337 / https://www.facebook.com/sunsetbeerco

Beer+Cheese Pairings TONIGHT at AOC

For some reason, whenever I drink beer, I crave cheese.

Click the photo for some decent beer+pair pairings from Sabotage Times

In reality, that statement is a BIT misleading, as I pretty much always crave cheese, regadless of the booze I’m drinking. But the hankering does get pretty aggressive after downing a cold one.

Which cheese depends on which beer. For my favorite Great White? I might like that with some Manchego. For a 3am can(s) of Bud Light? A jack+mozarella string cheese is the perfect match.  Really my palette is not refined enough to know what goes with what, it just knows that beer and cheese make sense together.

For those palletes that also love the beer+cheese pairing, but, much like me, need a bit of palette training, AOC is holding a beer+cheese tasting tonight. Just $15 gets you three Deschutes beers paired with three of their best cheeses. The event runs from 6-9pm and you can make ressies by calling 323-653-6359.

Something about really fancy cheese just seems so wonderfully extravagant. And a good beer (or three) from the PNW ain’t a bad thing either. Definitely a worthwhile event if you lack plans, or have easily changeable ones, tonight.

AOC / 8022 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles / 323.653.6359 / http://www.aocwinebar.com/


BEER FREEK at The Yard

Want to expand your beer palate so you can act all hoity toity and brag to your friends about your superior taste in beer? Hit up The Yard tonight for their BEER FREEK rare beer tasting and you’ll have the opportunity to try some of the most sought after, hard to find, and delicious beers around. Definitely a brag worthy event.

Plus, it’s all going down for a pretty decent price ($15) and all paired with a tasty dish!

Tonight’s ‘Stone Freek’ special will be offered from 5pm – 10pm and will feature 4.5oz tastings of the following beers, paired with Chef CJ’s “Goat Head’s Soup” (slow roasted Goat, leeks, root vegetables, cup of broth, mustard, gherkins) while rockin out to the Rolling Stones.

* Stone Vanilla Porter (Cask)

* Stone Vertical Epic (Draft)

* Stone Double Bastard (Draft)

….As well as some special ‘bonus’ pours (2.5oz/ea)!

Tasting Trios and Full Beers Will Also Be Offered if You’re Not Drunk Enough After You’ve Tried The Designated Tastings!


Can’t make it tonight because you already made plans to get drunk+fat elsewhere? Check out the schedule of future BEER FREEK events (they run every 2nd & 4th Wednesday) and put it on your calendar, in pen, to attend! Each event will range between $15-$30 and a different menu of fancy, rare, and superior beers will be paired with some delicious food each week.

On top of all this, anyone that attends any of the BeerFreek tastings will receive a raffle ticket to win a FREEEEEE tasting on May 11th where they will feature the revered Narke Stormaktsporter, a rare Swedish porter.

Feb 23
“Hops Freek”: Bell’s Hopslam IPA / Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught IPA /Alpine’s Nelson / Strand Cask Ale / Mikkeller Centennial (draft) / Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA (draft) ….. Food: Roast Suckling Pig.
Mar 9
“Hair of the Dog Freek”, Will Include: Doggie Claws (paired with Rabbit Stew Croquette with coriander chutney) / Matt (paired with grilled Pork sate, apple brandy, soy sauce) /Cherry Adam from the Wood (Paired with macerated berry tart)
Mar 23
“Bruery Freek”, Will Include: Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain / & More Bruery specialties …… Food: TBA.
April 13
“Sour Freek” Will Include Beers From: Cantillon /New Glarus /Russian River /Lost Abbey……. Food: Duck leg confit, et al.
April 27
“Belgian Freek” Will Include: Westvleteren 8 /Unibroue /more Belgians TBA…….. Food: TBA.
May 11
Narke Stormaktsporter / Portsmouth Brewery’s Kate the Great / Three Floyd’s Dark Lord 09 /Olde Rabbit’s Foote.
Food: TBA

Froma: Beer+Cheese Tasting

A nice change from the standard wine+cheese pairings – Froma will be holding a BEER & cheese pairing session this Saturday.

Yes, this place is typically a stellar wine and gourmet foods shop, but from 5pm – 7pm this Saturday they’ll be switching things up a bit and featuring some suds. They’ve brought in beer expert Jeff Musial to teach you about beers of different styles and regions, and help you match them up with some delicious pasteurized milk product!

This will not a be a Bud Light and Kraft singles kinda tasting (just a bit classier than that). Think Scoth Ales paired with Blue di Buffalo (oh god that sounds good), or on the fruitier side a Cabicou paired with a Peche Lambic (yes it tastes like the best sparkling fruity cocktail ever, but it is in fact a Belgian BEER, and is absurdly delicious.)


Tickets: $20/pp, reservations recommended.


Froma on Melrose

7960 Melrose Ave

R.S.V.P. 323-653-3700

PS: Froma also has a great work week happy hour featuring discounted wine, beer, and small plates of food.

8oz Beer Tasting

This event pairs our love for burgers, our love for beers, and our reluctance to leave our neighborhood quite perfectly:



Where: 8z Burger Bar (Bar/Lounge Area)

When: Dec 15th, 7pm – 9pm

What: 5 Different Beers Paired with Passed Bar Bites (see menu below)

Price: $25/pp

RSVP: info@8ozburgerbar.com

I’d say on a typical night at 8oz we spend AT LEAST $20 a person ($10 burger, $1 for cheese, $1 for sauce, $4 fries to share, $4 Happy Hour Beer), and we only get to try one beer and one burger, maybe two if we’re in the share-y mood. And, though we go to 8oz quite frequently (it’s in our ‘hood) we still rarely try anything new, usually sticking with a hef paired with the 8oz (V’s choice), the Melrose (my choice), or the lamb burger (my new favorite.)


BUT, at this event we’ll get to spend just $25 and try FIVE beers with FIVE delicious food pairings! Love it.

The pairings for the night will be as follows:

* Short Rib Pastrami Reuben w/ Brother Thelonius

* Alaskan Cod Chowder w/ Scrimshaw Pilsner

* Wild Boar Meatloaf w/ Red Sea Ale

* Blue Star Mussels w/ Le Merle Saison

* Pork Sausage Meatball Slider w/ ACME IPA

* Old Stock Ice Cream Sundae w/ Old Rasputin

So, I realize there are SIX pairings listed here and not five, maybe they are throwing in a bonus beer because it’s the holidays. Or, maybe they’ll force you to make the impossible decision of selecting just 5 of the 6 options to enjoy. Whatever the situation, we’re still excited.

Make sure to RSVP to email address above in advance as space is limited.

8oz Burger Bar

7661 Melrose Ave / LA


Artisanal LA: Insanely Cheap Fun + Booze

Sometimes we are shocked at the cost of tasting events. $85 to try 10 wines? So… that’s $8.50 per 2oz pour? Okay, so maybe it also comes with cheese, or chocolate, or some bites and a great instructor. But still $85? Personally, I would rather hit up the BevMo 5cent sale and grab 16 $10 bottles of wine and drink for a month!

Luckily, the Artisanal LA event this weekend is NOT one of these overpriced tastings. In fact, it’s cheap. Dirt Cheap. $10 presale and it gets you not just tastings of delicious craft beers & spirits, but also hosted drinks (non alky), chef demos, workshops, shopping, giveaways, and some sort of tote bag for the 1st 1000 people.


The event runs for two days this weekend (Saturday & Sunday) and your $10 ticket gets you access to BOTH DAYS.  With a full weekend of access you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all that Artisanal LA has to offer (we will be skipping the demos and shopping and be heading straight to the booze tastings.)

Note: The ticket is $10 if purchased in advance. If you’re a lazy, poor planning, ass like most of our friends and decide to buy your ticket at the door it’ll cost ya $15.


Cooper Building

860 S. Los Angeles ST, Los Angeles




Beer Me!

“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed – Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ‘It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.'”
-Jack Handy

Share the same sentiments as Jack Handy about beer and looking for something to do tonight? Head to Elvino in Venice for their first ever Six Pack Tuesdays beer tasting event.

Elvino is a wine shop and tasting bar on Abbot Kinney, that you have probably passed by or stopped at during First Fridays.  They hold weekly wine tastings (Fridays from 5p to close and weekends from 1p-close), where you can taste a flight of 3 wines for $10.  They also have fresh baked breads from 3 Square Cafe and other eats from the Market Gourmet during their tastings.

Tonight, from 6p-8p,  to showcase their craft beer selection, Elvino hosts the first Six Pack Tuesdays, where for $6 you can taste 6 beers! A rep from Stone Brewing Co will be heading the tasting and if you want some eats with your beer, the Let’s Be Frank truck will be parked outside with some yummy hot dogs available for purchase.

Here is the beer line up for tonight’s tasting:

-Maredsous 6 Blond (Belgian Blond/Pale Ale)

-St Feuillian Saison (Belgian Saison)

-Brewery Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison (Belgian Style Saison)

-Stone Brewing Co Smoked Porter (American Porter)

-Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA  (American India Pale Ale)

Perfect Summer weeknight activity!  Reservations are not required for tastings. For more info on Elvino’s tastings and events, sign up for their email list at www.elvinowines.com

Elvino Wines. 1142 Abbot Kinney. (310) 396.9705


Glug Glug Glug

Start this week of on the right (drunken, slightly stumbling) foot with this lovely gem of an event going on tonight in Culver City:

What: Firestone Walker Beer Tasting
When: TONIGHT, Monday May 10th, 7pm – 9pm
Where: BottleRock – Culver City…. 3847 Main Street (310) 836.9463
Price: $15pp

Take off that cashmere sweater wrapped around your shoulders, remove the reading glasses, and wipe the smug smile off your face: this is a Beer tasting so ain’t no room for that uppity wine bullshit here. Yes, Bottlerock is typically a wine bar, and yes, we too are normally wine snobs (well maybe not snobs, but definitely frequent imbibers), but above all we’re just plain ‘ol booze fans and beer ranks right up there with our delicious vino on our favorites list. The point is – this event is definitely a Finer Thing!

Your $15 event fee will get ya 6 different beers from Firestone to try, and since it’s community seating you’re sure to make quite a few new boozed-up friends. Or, bring a date and meet another great beer-feinding couple to swing go to dinner with! Either way its sure to be a super informative + delicious event (and for only $15 bucks who can say no?!)

P.S. Reservations strongly recommended!