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Decem-brrrr in the South Bay

Last night a meteorologist (or two) on my Twitter feed mentioned that today west facing beaches would have some high surf advisories. I immediately noted on my calendar that I would need to head over to said beaches to see what kind of photos I could get. I have to admit, I really did not expect temperatures to hit the low 80’s; I guess that is why they call it Decem-brrrr.

The main obstacle I was to encounter is that high tide was going to happen around 1:00 AM and, truth be told, I have never photographed surf in the middle of the night. I decided to see how lucky I was by heading out a little before noon, with my first stop being the breakwater in Redondo Beach. Sometimes when we get big surf, the waves crashing on the rocks can be pretty dramatic. It may have been dramatic at 1:00 AM, but it was not that impressive when I arrived. There were several surfers to photograph and I could see the swells were getting bigger so I moved up the coast a mile to the Hermosa Beach Pier to see what I might find there. The surf was no bigger and there was a lone surfer that looked like he was a beginner, so I left and headed off to Manhattan Beach.

The Manhattan Beach Pier is photogenic no matter what the weather is like and there were several surfers and boogie boarders enjoying the active surf. All in all, it was a great winter day in the South Bay; it is feeling a lot like Christmas. Continue reading

Waves of Grain Beerfest: A huge success

Waves of Grain Beerfest

Good people and great beer at Waves of Grain Beerfest

Yesterday, the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach along with sponsors Brewco Manhattan Beach, Rock & Brews El Segundo, LA Car Guy and NW Real Estate Brokers hosted the 2nd Annual Waves of Grain Beerfest; this time benefiting the Richstone Family Center in Hawthorne, CA. The event was sold out and everyone seemed to really enjoy the craft beers provided by more than 40 craft brewers from around the country.

Congratulation to all the sponsors, breweries and attendees for making this another great event. My photos from the event can be found on CraftBeerGuy.com. I hope to see you there next year.

2nd Annual Waves of Grain at Shade Hotel, June 30

Waves of Grain

Over 40 Craft Brewers at Waves of Grain

It is that time of year again, beer festivals are upon us and the fine crafted brews are flowing. June 30, Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA is hosting their 2nd Annual Waves of Grain Beer Fest; this time benefiting the Richstone Family Center in Hawthorne, CA. The Richstone Family Center is an organization dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse. Child abuse is a rampant epidemic in this country and the children need all the help they can get. As my daughter works for DCFS this is something that means a lot to me, so I had to get involved in supporting them.

I was at the first Waves of Grain Beerfest last year and it was a blast. Last year they had 25 breweries represented; this year it will be more than 40 American craft brewers representing. The list includes Anchor Brewing, Beachwood, Ballast Point, Cosmic Ales, El Segundo Brewing, Monkish, Strand Brewing, Smog City, Stone, Dogfish Head and a host of others. If you enjoy craft beer you are going to really enjoy this. If being able to enjoy great craft beers and help a worthy cause at the same time is not incentive enough; they are also having a barbecue with a whole roasted pig. I have not steered you wrong yet, this is going to be a very fun event; you do not want to miss it. Continue reading

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