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Photos of Sausage Fest at FIG in Santa Monica

These photos are from last night at the 1st Annual Sausage Fest, held at FIG Restaurant in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. Our friends at Smog City Brewing are celebrating their first year in business and are pouring their fine brews at many events this October. When asked if I would not mind covering the event, I was honored and more than happy to do so. Over the years I have attended many events that might be described as a sausage fest, but this was the first one I attended that actually served sausage. In fact, if it were not for the sausage, there was no resemblance to any sausage fest I have photographed before.

Hosted by FIG’s Chef Ray Garcia, additional chefs included Vartan Abgaryan of Public Kitchen; Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub; Daniel Mattern of Cooks County; Bernhard Mairinger of Bier Beisl and Kris Morningstar of Ray’s and Stark Bar. Participating breweries, besides Smog City Brewing, included Eagle Rock Brewing Company, Hopf Wheat Brewery, Noble Ale Works, Brouwerij West and several others. FIG’s Chef Garcia is a homebrewer and provided four brews that he made; they were all very good. Some of the chefs offered pairings with beers provided by homebrewers that they were friends with. It was a very fun event and everyone seemed to have a great time. I know I did and I am looking forward to the 2nd Annual Sausage Fest. Thanks again to Smog City Brewing for the hookup. Continue reading

3rd Annual BAM Fest Santa Monica

Saturday, October 6, was the 3rd Annual BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival), which is a fundraiser benefiting the 18th Street Arts Center. I have been talking to many of the local brewmasters about this event and I heard nothing but good things about it; now I know why. This was a very fun event with beautiful weather, beautiful people, good food, good music and some really great beers.

All of the local micro breweries were represented with Strand Brewing, Monkish Brewing, The Brewery at Abigaile, El Segundo Brewing and Smog City all showing up. There were over 30 breweries represented with every type of beer you could hope for. In addition, there were several food trucks, Venice Ale House was making some great tacos and there was wine and craft soda tastings. You can see by the photos that everyone was having a really good time. I can not wait to come again next year. Continue reading

Business & Beer returns to The Rockefeller, Hermosa Beach

These photos are from our 13th Business & Beer gathering which was held at The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach, which is one of our favorite gastropubs in the South Bay area. The Rockefeller offers some great menu selections and has about 25 beers on tap; which makes it perfect for Business & Beer.

While driving over there we discussed how many people we should expect. We knew that many of our regular attendees had other commitments so I was hoping for maybe 10 people to show up. I said that I would like to see one or two new faces and maybe a second time returnee or two; my expectations were blown out of the water. We had one of our largest gatherings to date with almost 10 first timers and another five [or so] second timers. It seems like every week the group grows and grows. I have to admit, I am really looking forward to seeing how large we are after six months or a year have gone by.

Next week we will be returning to Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, which I feel is the best gastropub in Redondo Beach. We had a blast the last time we were there and with the group’s growth, it should be even more fun the next time around. If you would like to attend one of our weekly gatherings, you are more than welcome. Our schedule of upcoming events can always be found on the front page of BusinessNBeer.com. You can also “Like Us” on Facebook or sign up to our mailing list so you are always in the loop of where we will be next. Come join us, you will enjoy it. Continue reading

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