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Business N Beer at The Rockefeller, Hermosa Beach

These photos are from our latest Business N Beer gathering; which was held last night at The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach. The Rockefeller, for those unfamiliar, is a fine gastropub located on Pier Avenue. The term gastropub seems to be an up and coming catch-phrase and is frequently tossed around a little too liberally. Serving a few beers on tap with half of them being mainstream domestic brews like Budweiser or Coors and offering burgers and fries for food, does not a gastropub make. A gastropub serves upscale foods and craft beers. There are a few real gastropubs in the South Bay and for my money The Rockefeller sets the bar on what I look for. They have 24 or 25 craft beers from around the world with rotating kegs. That means the choices change frequently; there will usually be a few staples then they rotate the guest beers. On top of that, they serve flights and let you build your own. If you are not sure what to try, let your server put one together for you. It is the best way to try new beer anyway. The food is outstanding, from their White Bean Hummus, to their Chicken & Waffles to their Bread Pudding. It is always a good time.

We had another nice turnout, between 15 and 18 throughout the evening. My prior observations about how each gathering has had a few people from each of the prior meets and a few new people continues. The group is growing and as such, the different fields represented grows as well. I took the opportunity to talk one on one with a couple people to get their input as far as the value found thus far, remembering that no one has been to more than four of these events. Everyone has found something a little different; from actually making a potential business deal to just being glad to have the opportunity to get the exposure that Business N Beer brings them. The overwhelming consensus was that no matter what, they were enjoying some time with new friends as well as some old friends and they were really enjoying the locations we have introduced them to. Continue reading

Photos from the MBYP’s 2nd Annual Beer & Music Festival

These photos are from SummerFest 2012, Manhattan Beach Young Professionals (MBYP) 2nd Annual Beer & Music Festival which was held yesterday, July 14, 2012. The event, which was held at Raleigh Studios and was sponsored by Chevron, was a fundraiser for the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and the PS I Love You Foundation. The event was a blast, seriously; we had so much fun. As you look through the photos you can see that everyone seemed to be having as good a time as we did.

The great beer, food and music were surpassed only by the beautiful people, vibe and weather. The combination made this event the kind I enjoy photographing the most. I would like to thank the MBYP for the invitation, the sponsors for the fantastic food and libations and to all the attendees for helping make my photos turn out so well. Speaking of photos, you may have noticed there are a lot of them. For ease, you might want to click the slideshow link above the photos, click the full-screen icon, grab a beer, sit back and enjoy. Each photo is displayed for 2-3 seconds.

These photos were sponsored by BUSINESSnBEER.com; the new networking group that supports local business, local brewers and American craft beer. No dues, no rules, just networking with other business owners that enjoy great beers. Continue reading

Networking at Noon: Lisa’s Bon Appetit

Today was the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce’s (TACC) July Networking at Noon; this time held at Lisa’s Bon Appetit located at 3511 Pacific Coast Hwy in Torrance, CA. Lisa’s Bon Appetit is a catering service that also has a cafe for dining in, as well as a banquet room (which we used) and a bakery. They have been in Torrance for 33 years, so obviously they are doing something right. I can tell you that their french dip was nice and I really liked the bread on Tanya’s sandwich. Everything is made there from scratch, so as you can imagine the desserts were pretty amazing.

I used my 30 second introduction to invite everyone to Business N Beer and we gave away two certificates for a free beer at any one of our Business N Beer meet ups. Hopefully a few will show up Thursday at our first event being held at Select Beer Store. We may have found a new source for printing, so networking is bringing new business. Continue reading

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