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BAM Fest returns to Santa Monica, October 6, 2012

The 18th Street Arts Center is holding its 3rd Annual Beer, Art and Music Festival, on October 6, 2012. Affectionately known as BAM Fest, this is a fundraiser for the 21 year old Santa Monica based non-profit. The 18th Street Arts Center has become a well-known and internationally respected alternative art space which has sponsored over 1,000 artists through their residency program, and BAM Fest is a great way to help them continue while enjoying some great beers, music and food.

BAM Fest will feature more than 25 craft breweries from around the country as well as local brewers such as Monkish Brewing, Strand Brewing, El Segundo Brewing Company and The Brewery at Abigaile. Regular readers know that we are big fans of our local craft brewers and I am always willing to cover fundraisers for non-profits, so it was an easy decision to attend this event. In addition to all the good beer there will be several food trucks, four live bands and art exhibits including sculptures, videos, paintings and music. 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

The 2nd Annual Beer & Music Festival coming July 14

The Manhattan Beach Young Professionals are throwing their 2nd Annual Beer & Music Festival, otherwise known as SummerFest 2012, this coming Saturday, July 14. Sponsored by Chevron, the proceeds from this fundraiser will go to benefit the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. There will also be a raffle with all the monies being donated to the PS I Love You Foundation. The event will be held at Raleigh Studios’ New York Street, located at 1600 Highland in Manhattan Beach. It runs from 3-6 PM, with an after party at 12 and Highland Restaurant.

When looking at the SummerFest lineup it is obvious that this is going to be a lot of fun. The participating brewers reads like the “Who’s who” of local brewers and gastropubs, including The Brewery at Abigaile, Affligem Brewery, Angel City Brewery, Batch 19, BevMo, Birra Moretti, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Bootleggers Brewery, Drake’s Brewing, El Segundo Brewing Company, Firemans Brew, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Golden Road Brewing Company, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mad River Brewing Company, Monkish Brewing Company, North Coast Brewing Company, Old Crafty Hen, Port Town Brewing Company, Primo Island Lager, San Pedro Brewing Company, Shock Top Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Simmzy’s, Stone Brewing Company, Strand Brewing Company, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, South Bay Brewing Supply and the Strand Brewers Club. If you enjoy American craft beers, you will definitely find a few brews to your liking. In addition to the breweries there will be food trucks and several restaurants participating with free small bites from local restaurants during the first hour (3-4pm only). Continue reading

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