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Business & Beer Meetup at Alpine Inn

These photos are from our Business & Beer gathering at Alpine Inn last night. Alpine Inn is a German gastropub at Alpine Village in Torrance. While a German restaurant might not seem like a likely setting for a Business & Beer gathering during American Craft Beer Week, the general manager is a home brewer and makes it a point to have a good selection of American craft beers on tap. Unfortunately, about one third of their taps were nonfunctional last night, so we were limited as to the number of American beers while there were plenty of German beers available.

We had another small group, but half of them were first time attendees; and I suspect at least one of them will return. While we are still technically part of Meetup for another week or so, we had no Meetup members join us. I have mentioned that we will be dropping our association with Meetup and changing our format. Beginning in July we will go from having weekly gatherings to having them just once a month, the second Thursday of each month. You can visit BusinessNBeer.com for our current schedule and if you get on the mailing list, you will be kept abreast of all changes. Continue reading

Business & Beer Meetup at Abigaile

These photos are from our Business and Beer gathering with Meetup last Thursday, May 9, at The Brewery at Abigaile. I cannot really say why I am just now getting around to posting the photos, other than it was a busy weekend. The Brewery at Abigaile is my favorite brewpub and is located in Hermosa Beach. I was introduced to them one year ago and became an instant fan. Last Thursday was a special evening at Abigaile in that they were doing a food pairing with Beachwood BBQ & Brewing from Long Beach and they are another of my favorite local brewers, so it was a very good night to be at Abigaile.

Out turnout was not great, but we did get a couple new attendees that came as a direct result of our involvement with Meetup. I guess it should figure that as soon as I announce that we are going to drop Meetup, more people using them would show up. You can read more about the event on BusinessNBeer.com. Continue reading

Business & Beer Meetup at Tortilla Cantina

These photos are from our Business & Beer gathering last week at Tortilla Cantina. As the photos show, we had a less than stellar turnout, with no participation at all from our Meetup group. Unfortunately, after corresponding with the people that run Meetup.com we have come to the conclusion that there is no point in continuing to use them. If anyone were to ask me if we found any value in incorporating Meetup to our group, I would have to say that after the initial payment, you are just throwing your money away. Of course, we have a lot more resources at our disposal than the typical Meetup user, so your experience may vary.

Business & Beer will continue, with some minor changes, but Meetup will not be part of it. If you find networking valuable to your business and you enjoy craft beer, you should really consider visiting BusinessNBeer.com and look over the upcoming schedule. We visit all the quality microbreweries, brewpubs and gastropubs in the South Bay area and we have a good time doing it. Business referrals are happening all the time, so come take advantage of this networking group. There are no rules and no dues, so you have nothing to lose; you might even discover a new brew you were unaware of. Continue reading

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