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A visit to Babe’s Bar-B-Que Brewhouse & Alpine Beer Co

Last week I had a trade show to photograph out in the Phoenix, AZ area, so I had an opportunity to visit a couple brewpubs during my travels. We decided to leave on Tuesday evening and drive out to Indio to get out of the city and have an easier drive into Tempe the next day. We set our sights on Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage. To be honest, we targeted Babe’s for their peach pie; I had completely forgotten they were a brewpub. Naturally I got a flight, and each selection seemed perfectly suited for the desert. While we were there our server told me Alice Cooper and Cheech Marin were there so I went up and asked if they had a problem with my taking a photo; they didn’t. We chatted a little as we had some connections, in a couple of ways. It was pretty cool and they were very nice guys.

On the way home from Arizona on Sunday, we took a detour on I-8 and stopped in Alpine, CA at Alpine Beer Company. I have only been able to try Alpine’s brews on a few occasions, at special events, so it was a treat to be able to visit the brewery and get a flight of samples. Everything they do that I have tried is really good. It is a nice place to visit with some pretty good food; I know we will be back. Continue reading

Saint Rocke to host 1st Annual Froth Awards

The Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach will host the 1st Annual Froth Awards, The Easy Reader Beer Experience and Gastropub Challenge, on March 17, 2013 and this is going to be a blast. The Froth Awards will feature the who’s who of the South Bay’s microbreweries, brewpubs and gastropubs who will put together five food and craft beer pairings. If you are a regular reader of GotBaddog.com, the names of the participants should be very familiar to you. The microbreweries participating include, Strand Brewing Company, Monkish Brewing and Smog City from Torrance and El Segundo Brewing Company from El Segundo. The gastropubs include Hot’s Kitchen and The Rockefeller from Hermosa Beach, Hudson House from Redondo Beach and Simmzy’s from Manhattan Beach. The Brewery at Abigaile from Hermosa Beach is the lone brewpub.

Craft beer and food

Craft beer and great food

The Easy Reader Froth Awards will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17 at Saint Rocke, located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach. Doors open at noon and the pairings will begin at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $29.00 per person if purchased in advance and include five beer and food pairings, a custom taster glass, live music and an entry to win over $1000 in prizes. The live music will be provided by Hang Dog Expression, Johnny Jump Up, and Los Sindicate. Tickets for this fun event can be purchased on the Saint Rocke website. I hope to see you there.

UPDATE: There is $6.95 in fees per ticket if you purchase your tickets online; there are no fees if you purchase your tickets at the door. After some discussion, they have released a promo code “Frothy” to take $5.00 off each ticket. You will apply this at checkout; look at the top right under Sub Total for the Promo code link..

The Brewery at Abigaile hosts another Business N Beer

Last night we had another Business & Beer, this time returning to my favorite brewpub, The Brewery at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. This was our first meetup in two weeks, and the first since Lent started, so I am not sure how much this combination contributed to our smaller than normal turnout. That is okay, those of us that came out had a good time and it gave us time to get to know each other more.

If you live or work in the South Bay area and enjoy networking while enjoying a local craft beer, you should look into Business & Beer the networking group that has no dues, no mandatory meetings and no hurried breakfasts or lunches. We meet every Thursday at a different microbrewery, brewpub or gastropub at 6:00 PM. You can find the schedule on the front page of BusinessNBeer.com and you can Like Us on Facebook to ensure you are kept in the loop. Continue reading

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