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50 shades of South Bay gray; a day at the beach

Every once in a while I need to just take a day off, away from the house for a while, and yesterday was that day. I had been seeing Facebook status updates mentioning big surf was coming and I figured that with the rain clouds that it would make for some nice photographs. Since Tanya has been feeling a lot better for the last few weeks, she has been able to use her Canon Rebel again; so she was excited to join me. Without bothering to look at the surf report, we headed over to the beach.

We started off at the breakwater at King Harbor in Redondo Beach. While the waves crashing over the breakwater I was hoping to capture did not exist, there were quite a few surfers out there enjoying the swells. We then ventured over to the Hermosa Beach Pier to see if there might be some more dramatic scenery or surfers by the pier. There wasn’t. After several minutes it started to rain a little, so we used the opportunity to move along to the Manhattan Beach Pier. I knew that even if there was nothing else happening, we could go to the Roundhouse Aquarium.

We happened to park right around the corner from Brewco and since we had a nice time the first time we were there we stopped in out of the rain for a bit. After meeting the GM and setting a date for a Business & Beer gathering we headed down to the pier and a visit to the Roundhouse Aquarium. It is small but pretty cool. If you are in the neighborhood stop in and bring the kids. 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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