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Photos from Oktoberfest at Alpine Village, Torrance

These photos are from Friday night at Oktoberfest at Alpine Village in Torrance. After we held a Business & Beer meeting at the Alpine Inn at Alpine Village, the General Manager invited us back to attend Oktoberfest. Since it was Day Two of LA Beer Week, we decided to take him up on his generous offer last night. If you have never attended Oktoberfest and you enjoy good beer, oompa bands and the Chicken Dance I suggest you head over to Alpine Village to check out their 45th Annual Oktoberfest. It is the biggest and longest running Oktoberfest this side of the Mississippi River. Oktoberfest runs on the weekends through October 27, with Friday and Saturday nights being for adults and Sundays for families.

As you can see from the photos it is a lot of fun. We had about 15 people in our group, with some that had never been before and some that had not been in 4-5 years (it has been more than 20 for me) and everyone had a blast. In addition to their customary German biers there are several local craft brews available as well; so if you enjoy beer there will be one there you will like. Prost! Continue reading

Business N Beer at Sophie’s Place, Redondo Beach

These photos are from our eighth Business & Beer event which was held last night at Sophie’s Place in the Riviera Village portion of Redondo Beach. Sophie’s Place is arguably the best gastropub in Redondo Beach. It seems hard to believe that we only became familiar with Sophie’s in the middle of July. We always feel so welcome there that I sometimes feel like we have been long time patrons. Besides the friendly atmosphere and the nice variety of food offerings, the thing I like most is their ever rotating taps. While they may only offer eight taps, the beers change frequently and are not brews that you will find just anywhere. In addition to the draft beers, they offer about 50 different craft beers in bottles. One could spend a long time in Sophie’s Place and still not get through all the options.

We had another nice group last night, with a mixture of returnees and a couple first timers. Since I am a big proponent of experimenting with craft beers I was pleased to see the number of flights that people were ordering. Some might let our server come up with the selections while others decided to create their own flights; either way, it is cool to see people expanding their palates and realizing that there is a big beer world out there. Besides the beer, there was business being discussed and that is what the networking is all about. The beer is just icing on the cake.

Next week we return to Monkish Brewing in Torrance. Monkish is a microbrewery that specializes in Belgian style ales and beer. I know that after our last visit to Monkish in July I saw several of the attendees returning on their own. Monkish’s ales have a way of pulling you back in. Do not forget to Like our Facebook page and sign up to our mailing list so you can keep informed of our upcoming schedule. Continue reading

Alpine Village Bier fest coming September 1

Alpine Village in Torrance, CA, home of Southern California’s largest and oldest Oktoberfest (45 years), is spreading their wings so to speak by holding their first ever Bier fest. While Oktoberfest is unmistakably German, Bier fest is German in name only. Otto Radtke, the General Manager of Alpine Village is a big beer fan and he is proving it with the selection of American craft micro breweries that will be represented at his inaugural event. Local brewers and hosts to several of our Business N Beer events, The Brewery at Abigaile, Strand Brewing, El Segundo Brewing and Monkish Brewing will all be represented. At the time of my writing this, there were more than 35 brewers lined up providing more than 100 different beers!

Bier fest flyer

Alpine Village Bier fest

Stone Brewing will be bringing eight or nine different brews themselves, including the 16th Anniversary, Smoked Porter w/Vanilla, ’10 Imperial Russian Stout and Double Dry Hopped Ruination. Not to be outdone, Firestone will be there with several of their own, including some of my personal favorites; Double Jack, Wookie Jack and union Jack. Other brewers in attendance will include Ballast Point, New Belgium, Heretic Brewing and Hangar 24. The Bier fest slogan of “Focusing on hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind and out-of-your-mind bier!” is being lived up to as I heard a rumor that a run to Oregon is being made to bring back some brews not normally available here. If you are a craft beer fan, this is an event you will want to be sure to attend. You can see the latest updated list of the brewers and what they are bringing on Alpine Village’s website. Continue reading

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