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Taste the last of former brewer Jeff Bagby’s Pizza Port Carlsbad beers at O’Brien’s Pub

Jeff Bagby will be at the 'Taste of Bagby'

The brewer and brewpub that has been unstoppable and taking home the big awards at the Great American Beer Festival for the past few years, Jeff Bagby (former head brewer at Pizza Port Carlsbad) will be at O’Brien’s American Pub in San Diego on January 29 at 6:30 PM for “A Taste of Bagby“, yes, a taste of himself.

Tickets are $50 and includes beers like: 15th Anniversary Strong Ale Blend, Bourbon Barrel Night Rider Imperial Stout, Sticky Stout, Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Bubonic Chronic, and Haight 547 Imperial Red. This will be the last few times left to taste Jeff’s beers brewed over at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Tickets must be purchased at the pub with cash. 4646 Convoy St., San Diego, CA 92111. 858-715-1745.

Photo: Jeff Bagby and team Pizza Port Carlsbad accepting their “Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year” award at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival

Cafe del Rey hosts Summerland Winery for a wine paired dinner

On January 19 at 6:30 PM

Teaming up with Cafe del Rey is the Central Coast’s Summerland Winery to bring you a special group “wining and dining” event. The event showcases the best of both groups with a four course dinner pairing for $65 per person at 6:30 PM on January 19, 2012. Summerland Winery Founder Nebil “Bilo” Zarif will be attending the event offering tasting notes, sharing history and answering questions. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. 310-823-6395. Read More


A lesson in Belgian beers with Little Bear’s Ryan Sweeney

5 things you didn't know about Belgium's brews


It’s been a goal for Ryan Sweeney to open up a Belgian beer bar since he first visited the country years back. Last Friday, Little Bear opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles. A concept created by the Oinkster and Maximiliano’s Andre Guerrero (pictured left) and Verdugo Bar and Surly Goat’s Ryan Sweeney (pictured right) showcasing Belgian food and beers. After spending an afternoon with Ryan as he finalized the logistics of opening night, we learned a few facts about Belgian beers and its culture. Read More

Eagle Rock Brewery turning two, Ladyface’s anniversary week celebration

On January 28 from 12 PM to 4 PM, L.A. based Eagle Rock Brewery will be throwing a party celebrating their 2 year anniversary with food trucks, Grill Em’ All and Mandoline Grill, plus specialty beers on tap in the taproom and an outdoor beer garden at Verdugo Bar. Tickets are $12 and include a taster glass. 3408 Verdugo Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065. 323-257-7866.

Ladyface Ale Companie based in Agoura Hills, CA is celebrating their second birthday with “Ladyface Anniversary Week” from January 22 – 28. They’ll be offering special barrel-aged releases and a 2nd Anniversary beer during the week. The week will be highlighted with a Brewmaster’s Dinner on Wednesday and a wrap party on Saturday night. The Brewmaster’s Dinner starts on Wednesday, January 25 at 6 PM. Tickets are $70 and include five different food and beer pairings. See the entire schedule here. 29281 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301. 818-477-4566. Read More

Hangar 24 becomes a regional craft brewery

With only being open for four years, on December 31st, Redlands, CA based Hangar 24 Craft Brewery broke the 15,000 barrel production mark and graduated from being classified as a “Microbrewery” to a “Regional Craft Brewery”. The criteria between the two terms is based on the number of barrels they produce, regional breweries brew from 15,000 to 6,000,000.

We asked owner Ben Cook what the significance of this classification meant to him, “reaching Regional Brewery status is a milestone in Hangar 24′s history books. It shows what a small company can accomplish with hard working, dedicated individuals, great beer and the support of its community.” Hangar 24 has doubled their production twice since opening and is in the process of doubling again.


Los Angeles beer drinkers becoming savvier

It wasn't always like this


California might be the state with the most breweries totaling 245 in 2010, but Los Angeles County, with a population over nine million, is still behind with their number of craft breweries. With the recent movement of Alchemy & Science, the newly formed craft beer consortium of Ace Beverage and Mission Beverage, and four more L.A. breweries in development (according to the Brewers Association), L.A. is rapidly catching up to the rest of the craft drinking region of the United States. Read More

Events & Festivals

Pizza Port’s 3rd Annual Brewbies Fest

Benefiting the 'Keep A Breast Foundation' on February 11 from 12 PM to 5 PM

pizza port brewpub sign

The winners of 2011 Great American Beer Festival’s “Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year”, Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA will be having their 3rd Annual Brewbies Fest, a fusion of beer and boobies, on February 11 from 12 PM – 5 PM. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, you don’t get any boobs with your ticket but it does come with four 6 oz. tasters, an “I Heart Boobies” bracelet, and a raffle ticket. Additional tasters and raffle tickets are $1 each.

Boobie Cupcakes, made with beer, and BBQ by Vince Marsaglia and Nate Soroko will also be featured. 100% of proceeds will benefit the Keep a Breast Foundation. There will be quite a few participating breweries featuring their beers as well as some special brews for the event. 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, California 92008. Read More

You should follow us on foursquare!

Follow us on fourquare for tips around town

You know that cool app on your phone that gives you points and badges that don’t really mean anything? Well, we’ve been told that we’re pretty decent at leaving tips around town on foursquare. So, why not follow us on and make us one of your check-in sources for drinking, eating, and traveling!


StillRoom’s Executive Chef Sam Goldman: cooking confidential

Plus a video interview with Sam

Sam Goldman has been around in the restaurant business. A founding member of Kitchen Confidential and homeboy to Anthony Bourdain, he’s worked at several top restaurants in New York for a big chunk of his life until he eventually left the scene. He hasn’t cooked in a professional kitchen in almost a decade. Where’s he been? Selling meats for Prime Selection Meat and Seafood Company.

But the man is back in the kitchen at Pasadena’s new restaurant, The StillRoom Seafood Restaurant & Lounge. We had a chance to sit down with him and find out exactly what’s been going on in his life. Read More

Get a lesson in pasta with Drago Centro’s chef Ian Gresik

Pasta demo in their private dining area

Want to learn how to create the perfect pasta from scratch? For two nights in January, Executive Chef Ian Gresik of Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles will be teaching a class to those with a culinary curiosity on pasta. Chef Ian is no stranger to playing with dough as he started his professional career at Patina Restaurant as a pastry chef.

Attendees will be served in The Vault in Drago Centro with personalized pasta tasting and a beverage. Classes are $55 per person and kicks off Wednesday, January 18 at 5 PM. A second class will be held Wednesday, January 25 at 5 PM. The City National Bank Plaza, 525 South Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071.


Founder of Magic Hat Brewing, Alan Newman and Boston Beer Co. acquires L.A. microbrewery

Alchemy & Science coming to L.A.


After yesterday’s unconfirmed report on by Redditor djolliebaba about Magic Hat Brewing to open up a brewery in L.A. Today the Boston Herald reports that Alchemy & Science, a company launched by Boston Beer Co. and Alan Newman, founder of Magic Hat Brewing Co. is taking over Angel City Brewing‘s facility in downtown L.A. The report also states that it’s the first brewery for the portfolio in the newly formed company Alchemy & Science and the current owner of Angel City, Michael Bowe, will remain with Angel City for two years as an adviser. 216 South Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

See the full story Boston Beer Co. subsidiary buys L.A. microbrewer.


Handsome Coffee Roasters launching flagship location in L.A.

Also in New York


Coming February 15, Handsome Coffee Roasters will open their flagship coffee bar in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. 2010 World Barista Champion Michael Phillips is joined by coffee pros Tyler Wells and Chris Owens as co-founders. Michael is the only American to ever win the title. Read More

Chef Celestino Drago to feature ‘Throwback’ dishes to say goodbye to Drago Santa Monica

Drago Santa Monica to close at the end of January

After serving 21 years of authentic and modern Italian cuisine, Chef and Owner Celestino Drago will be closing Drago Santa Monica by the end of this month. In commemoration of Drago Santa Monica’s last 21 years, Chef Celestino is offering additional throwback menu items to the current menu featuring seven dishes from the original 1991 menu starting Monday, January 9th to the end of the month.

Although Drago Santa Monica will be missed, worry not, as you can still enjoy Chef Celestino’s other 3 restaurants Drago Centro in Downtown Los Angeles, Enoteca Drago and Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. Chef Celestino also offers Drago Catering for private events at home as well as at Drago’s new event venue – Casa Bianca in Culver City. 2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-828-1585. Read More

Five-course Italian wine dinner at Prego Ristorante featuring seasonal ingredients

Prego Ristorante in Irvine, CA is hosting their first wine dinner of 2012 on Friday, January 27 at 7 PM. Executive Chef Ugo Allesina is featuring a five-course meal paired with wines from Italian winery Michele Chiarlo. “We want the first wine dinner of the year to set the tone for all future monthly events,” says chef Ugo. “Since our wine dinner menus are focused on seasonal ingredients, I will utilize the best produce available to me, and focus on winter comforts foods. This will be the first time we’ll be featuring Wild Boar at the restaurant, and I’m certain that guests will enjoy this stew.” Call 949-553-1333 for reservations. 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612. Read More

Urban Masala, casual Indian restaurant officially opens in Hollywood

Urban Masala has been soft opened since December and now is officially open on the touristy part of town serving up Indian dishes like: Chicken Tikka Masala bowl, Chana Masala (Indian chickpea stew with tomatoes) plates and Gulab Jamun (warm donuts floating in sweet syrup).

The fast casual restaurant will also serve beer and wine (waiting on liquor license) and lasis, masala tea and Indian sodas. Urban Masala will stay open late from Thursday to Saturday from 11 AM to 3 AM, and 11 AM to 11 PM from Sunday to Wednesday. 6554 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.


Bistro 45′s Chef Steven Lona: Iron Chef inspirations

Reinvigorating classical French preparations


Chef Steven Lona a native of Southern California grew up watching old school Iron Chef episodes and spent years with his grandmother cooking in the kitchen before he decided to ultimately pursue the culinary trade. With schooling and years of working in the kitchen from Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa to Studio at the Montage in Laguna Beach, he’s landed himself at Bistro 45, a 21 year old French eatery in Pasadena, CA. We sat down with chef and discussed growing up in Southern California, his approach with food and advice to those thinking about making cooking a career. Read More