Posts by Ryan Lamb

Four Guilds, Two Events

Sep 19

ISCBG_Beerfest_Poster_PRINT2bThe LA Beer Week Kickoff this Saturday is sold out, but Mohawk Bend LA is hosting a highly interesting event next week: 15 breweries from San Diego’s guild, 15 breweries from Los Angeles’ guild, and 15 breweries from San Francisco’s guild will take over 45 taps at the elegant beer bar on September 25. Check out more #LABW6 events here.

Next Saturday, the Inland Southern California Brewer’s Guild is hosting their first annual beer fest at the Riverside Municipal Airport. These guys have been planning the event, which benefits the United Way of the Inland Valleys, for some time now. Admission is $35 and includes a four-ounce souvenir glass with unlimited tastings from more than 30 breweries.

Japan’s COEDO Coming to SoCal

Jul 23

COEDOBeers from popular Japanese brewery COEDO, located to the northwest of Tokyo, will soon start popping up in Southern California — from San Diego to Santa Barbara — via Stone Distributing Co.

Craft Imports, LLC — based in Long Beach — will be in charge of getting the beers here, fully refrigerated.  “We’re going after high-end sushi accounts with bottles, and there will be some draft at craft accounts as well,” said Eli Raffeld, co-founder. “You’ll be able to drink COEDO within 30-45 days of packaging.”

You may recognize the brewery’s name from their collaborations with both Ballast Point and Coronado.

Beginning August 1, three of COEDO’s beers will be available: Shiro (hefeweizen), Ruri (pilsner), and Shikkoku (black lager). A fourth brand, Kyara (India pale lager), will make its way overseas soon thereafter, with events currently being planned for the month of September.

Stay tuned for more info!

Backyard Brewfest @ Slater’s 50/50

Apr 4

Slater’s 50/50 Lake Forest is hosting their Backyard Brewfest tomorrow, featuring more than forty beers from a variety of breweries. The restaurant, in partnership with the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, will provide proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Forest, 4 H Superstars, Soroptimist and South County Outreach.

Breweries include Allagash, Ballast Point, Beach City, Bootlegger’s, Bottle Logic, Cismontane, The Dudes’, El Segundo, Ensenada Brewing, Hangar 24, Hoparazzi, Iron Fist, Latitude 33, Legacy, Monkish, Ninkasi, Noble Ale Works, Oceanside Ale Works, Old Orange Brewing, Ritual, Rough Draft, Saint Archer, Speakeasy, Tap It, and Valiant.


Both Beach City and Hoparazzi aren’t even open yet, so this is a chance for a sneak peek.

Tickets are $50 for unlimited food and beer samples, plus a commemorative pint glass.

This Saturday: FirkFest

Mar 19

Los Angeles Ale Works’ Kip Barnes (left) with Greg Nagel, picking tea at Bird Pick Tea & Herb for the brewery’s casks. Photo by Tap & Cheer Events (

Kudos to The Full Pint, who put together the full list of cask beers available at this Saturday’s Firkfest (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Farmers Park) in Anaheim, hosted by Greg Nagel @ OCBeerBlog.

The event, which benefits Inspire Artistic Minds, features unlimited four-ounce pours from 30 Southern California breweries in take-home 10-ounce British pub nonic glasses for $52.74 at Several food vendors from the Anaheim Packing District will also be on hand.

Breweries scheduled include Bottle Logic, The Bruery, Anaheim Brewery, Noble Ale Works, Phantom Ales, Cismontane, Bootleggers, Tustin, Valiant, Pizza Port San Clemente (from OC); Firestone Walker, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Smog City, Eagle Rock, LA Ale Works, Haven, Golden Road, El Segundo, Monkish, Bravery, Strand, Figueroa Mountain, The Dudes (LA/Cen Coast), Belching Beaver, Saint Archer, Karl Strauss, Hangar 24, Ballast Point, Dale Bros, and Coachella Valley (SD/IE).

If you’re a fan of cask ale, you won’t want to miss this festival!

Vegan Chili Cook-Off 3/2

Feb 25

This Sunday five teams of multi-talented chefs will compete in the second annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off hosted by Tony’s Darts Away.

1912198_10152267335527853_510015518_nJoining Randy Clemens of Sriracha Cookbook fame in the chili showdown will be Chef Erick Simmons of Mohawk Bend; Greg Daniels of Haven Collective;  local favorite Chili John’s and Zel and Ruben Allen of Vegetarians in Paradise.

Judges include Chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads Kitchen and author of The Conscious Cook, Caroline Pardilla of and Cathy Chaplin of and author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

Admission to the event, which starts at noon, is $10 and includes five 3-ounce tastes of chili, plus a ballot to a vote for the People’s Choice winner. The announcement of awards begins at 5:30 p.m.

The chefs will have their mouthwatering chili underway when attendees arrive at 12 p.m. Winners of the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards will be announced at the closing ceremony, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For a sneak peak of the event, check out this video on KTLA5.

Can’t make it this weekend? Mark your calendars for the Vegan Food & Beer Festival May 17. 

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