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1st Annual Froth Awards: No green beer allowed

Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy some of the best beers brewed in the South Bay at the Easy Reader 1st Annual Froth Awards held at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. They called it the Froth Awards, but I do not think it was as much a competition as an award of recognition to the rising stars of brewing in the South Bay. The day consisted of live music to accompany the food and beer pairings that were provided. The winners were those that attended; we got some great beer, food and music.

We started off with a pairing of The Brewery at Abigaile’s Death or Glory IPA along with a chicken skin taco with mango sauce from The Standing Room; it was my favorite. We then had El Segundo Brewing Company’s Blue House IPA with a seared ahi, won ton, guacamole combination from The Rockefeller. The Blue House was amazing, as usual. The third pairing was Monkish Brewing’s Feminist Trippel with chilled mussel on the half shell from Tin Roof Bistro. I never had mussels before; still not sure why people eat them. This was followed by a pairing with Strand Brewing Company’s Second Sleep Russian Imperial Porter and a lamb shoulder with baby carrots from Hot’s Kitchen; it was great. For dessert we had Smog City’s Groundwork’s Coffee Porter with an almond biscotti from Simmzy’s. It was probably the first time I dipped a cookie into a beer. 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..

South Bay Craft Beer Celebration at Abigaile, Hermosa Beach

Thursday night, The Brewery at Abigaile hosted a “celebration of local craft beer” and the release of the October issue of Beach Magazine which is pretty much dedicated to the craft beer scene in the South Bay area. I know it sounds like I spend a lot of time at Abigaile and The Brewery at Abigaile; but this place is so much fun and they have such good beer and food available, that it is worth making a detour over there every once in a while. Last night was no exception. As part of the celebration, Abigaile brought in all the South Bay craft brewers you hear me talk and see me write about. El Segundo Brewing, Strand Brewing, Monkish Brewing and Beachwood Brewing contributed selections to those brewed in-house at Abigaile. It was a real treat being able to make up a flight from all my favorite local brewers at one time. I suspect it won’t be long before we start seeing some collaboration brews available.

Beach Magazine is is a local magazine put out by Easy Reader, a beach newspaper that I started reading in 1971. I had heard about the upcoming issue but was not sure what to expect. I grabbed a copy last night and they cover just about every local place I can think of to get a wide variety of craft beers. They did review one location I have heard of but never visited, so I guess they are next. If you see a copy, pick it up; you will see I am not the only one loving this craft beer revolution in the South Bay.

Congrats to all the local brewers, brewpubs and gastropubs; and thanks again to Jed and Brian at Abigaile for providing such a nice and fun venue. Continue reading

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