Women’s Forum: 2 Year Anniversary Recap

Wow! Seriously two whole years of ladies drinking, learning about and enjoying beer has already passed us by. And because of the momentous occasion you know we celebrated big!

Curious what the Women’s Forum is all about? Check out more info here.

For this event we had Devon Randall; the head brewer of Pizza Port Solana Beach come out with five of her own brews for the ladies to taste and chat about. Devon is one fantastic chick rocking pink hair and making crazy delicious beers and any girl who can work her way to the top of the brewing food chain as fast as she did is excellent in our book.

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Also special for our two year anniversary were our new Women’s Forum Snifter Glasses! Each glass has a cool teal ERB logo in the shape of the female symbol and a portion of the proceeds from these glasses is going to help support the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. The NOCC exists to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. According to their mission statement on their website, the coalition is “committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer”. It’s a great organization and we’re happy to be able to contribute to their cause.

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For our fabulous flight of five we tried Kashi Kronik (an Amber using all 7 Kashi grains), Ponto Pale Ale (a pale using Mosaic hops), Whale’s Tales Pale Ale (another pale but brewed with Rye), Swami’s IPA (Pizza Port’s iconic IPA that will soon be produced in their upcoming production facility) and finally Silky Heads (a wheat beer brewed with lemongrass). All beers can be found only at the Solana Beach location and are brewed by Devon.

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Also joining us for the evening was the Urban Oven Pizza Truck, serving up individual-sized freshly baked pizzas to soak up our tasty flights.

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It was such a fantastic night and and even better past two years! We want to say thanks to all the ladies who have joined us throughout the past two years of forums and to Devon and many other awesome guest hosts who have helped make these forums extra special.  We hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve tasted and learned and maybe even made some new friends. We’re excited for the forums to come and we hope that you’ll join us! If you’d like to see what’s coming next, and make sure you get your RSVP in for the night, check out our info for the next forum here. But just remember…. every third Wednesday the ladies will be hanging in the brew house; talking beer.

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All of the ladies who attended the two year anniversary were able to take own that swanky snifter you saw above and over $150 from this night alone is being donated to the NOCC. If you’d like to purchase your own glass (and help contribute to the cause!) you still can! We’ll be selling these great glasses throughout the year in our taproom and online! And we can ship them for you too. So if you’ve got someone you think would love to have this be sure to get one today for just $7.

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Women’s Beer Forum: Seeing RED

Hey ladies!

Can’t get enough of Valentine’s Day? Does the thought of Valentine’s Day make you wanna vomit? Or does it just make you wanna drink heavily? Either way, this month’s forum will be lots of FUN because it’ll be all about RED beers paired with delicious sweets!

Chelsea Lundy from The Sugar’d Flour (and The Angry Shrimp Truck) knows her sweets and will be baking up some delicious treats to pair with each of the reds in the flight. Did your mama teach you to have a proper meal before moving onto dessert? Fear not, Mandoline Grill will be here to help you out!

The Women’s Forum will be at the brewery on Wednesday 2/20/13, from 7p-9p. The cost will be $20 and will include an amazing flight of beers, the delicious treats to pair them with, a flight sheet, and a great time with your best female beer buddies. Now that’s a STEAL! (Space will be limited so please RSVP so that we know how many treats to have prepared.)

Hope to see y’all there!

Cheers!

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3rd Anniversary Recap

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Thank you all so much for coming out and supporting our third year. Thank especially to everyone at Verdugo bar for hosting and for all of your hard work. AND to all of our rad volunteers for donating your time to make sure our event ran smoothly.

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Remember…. You can still get your hands on our newest beer “THREES”, a Rye American Strong Ale, in the taproom on draft or in bottles to take home and enjoy. So don’t worry if you missed the party; you can still pick up a bottle and celebrate at home!

 

Women’s Forum: Recap

This month we had the pleasure of Peggy Simonian, owner of Lucky Baldwin’s locations, come out and share her favorite Belgian-style beers in a flight of five. In case you’ve never been by one of the Lucky’s locations here’s a bit of information…

Lucky Baldwins British Pub & Cafe was opened in July 1996 by English owners David Farnworth and Peggy Simonian, who turned a run down business into the beer haven it is today. it is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, in one of the oldest buildings in town. Lucky Baldwins Delirium Pub was opened in 2005, in the quaint village-like town of Sierra Madre up in the foothills.

With 63 beers on tap in Pasadena Old Town and 46 beers on tap in Sierra Madre, the pub offers an array of unique beers, both bottled and tap. Throughout the year Lucky Baldwins also celebrates European drinking festivals, such as our renowned Belgian Beer Festival, IPA festivals, Octoberfest and the list goes on, placing Lucky Baldwins in the top five Belgian beer bars in the US.

And now onto the main event!

We started the night off with Tripel Karmeliet from Bouwerij Bosteels. At 8.4% this recipe uses three kinds of grain and was a great kick off for our night!

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The second pleasure on our flight was Biere de Beloeil from Brasserie Dupont. This strong Belgian Pale Ale is composed of FIVE different malts and has a substantial hop character for a Belgian-style beer. It rolls in on the charts at 8.5% which was just a touch higher than our first taste.

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Third in line for the tasty divine, was Grand Cru by Brasserie St. Fuillen. As one of the more recognizable beers on the flight, Cru is an extra-blond Belgian Ale that has no spice added and intense hop bitterness compared to the other Belgians in our list. At 9.5% ABV you can definitely ensure us ladies were feeling happy by this point in our night.

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After the enjoyment of the Cru we moved onward in order to delight in the fourth beer of choice. Gulden Draak by Brouwerij van Steenberge when translated, means, Golden Dragon, and was named for a gilded statue on top of the Belfry in Ghent. This dark triple has flavors of caramel, roasted malt, and coffee and rolls in at 10.5%.

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And finally we’ve reached the end of our Belgian beer journey with a sweet final finish. Fruitesse by Brouwerij Liefmans is a Belgian fruit beer: beer blended with cherry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry and raspberry juices. It is then aged for 18 months on cherries. At just 4.2%, it was the perfect final note to our flight and had just the right touch of fruity with a hint of sweetness.

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It was such a fantastic night with so much great insight from the lovely Peggy Simonian. Thanks again to the ladies from Lucky’s for coming out, drinking with us and sharing your awesome company/knowledge. And again thanks also to Taylor from Steel City Sandwiches for feeding us despite truck challenges earlier in the week. You rock!

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Women’s Beer Forum: Belgian beers, Lucky Baldwins Style!

Ladies!!

Happy New Year! It’s been another exciting year and we’re gonna keep the ball rolling with another amazing guest speaker. I’m super excited for you all to meet Peggy Simonian!

Peggy is the owner of all three of the Lucky Baldwins Pub locations, where they have led the pack in featuring great beers and popularizing specialty beer pubs in the Los Angeles area. She has played a large role in the introduction of Belgian beers to Los Angeles, and has been one of the first ladies of LA’s beer culture since the 1990s.

For this flight, Peggy will discuss 5 of her favorite Belgian ales and share some amazing insight and fun stories on these beers. You don’t wanna miss this, because I don’t know when you’d get another chance to get to hang out with Peggy and taste this fabulous flight!

The date of the event will be on Wednesday 1/16/13 and will run from 7p-9p. The cost of the flight will be $20 and will include tastings of 5 fantastic Belgian ales, a flight sheet, some QT with your favorite girlfriends, and a rare opportunity to talk beer with a great lady who has been at the forefront of contemporary Los Angeles beer culture since it’s beginnings.

Please RSVP so that we are sure to have enough beer on hand. Looking forward to seeing you all at the forum!

Cheers!

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We’re turning 3!

It’s happened. We made it to 3 years. Whoot!

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And as usual we are celebrating in style with a big bang. The great folks over at Verdugo Bar will be hosting our party again this year on January 26th from 12-4pm. The cost will be $15/person which includes 2 drinks and a commemorative glass to take home. More drink tickets will be available for purchase. Mandoline Grill and more will be there to feed you and with a total tap takeover we will be serving 22 of our beers to celebrate this third year; including our newest member “Threes”— a Rye American Strong Ale brewed specially for the occasion.

Are you excited yet? We are. How about a peek at the tap-list for the day?

  • Solidarity
  • Vanilla NITRO Solidarity
  • Manifesto
  • Revolution
  • Unionist
  • Populist
  • NITRO Populist
  • Libertine
  • Deuce
  • Ginger Saison
  • Eradicator Jr.
  • Stimulus
  • Tarte Noir
  • 2011 Jubilee
  • 2012 Jubilee
  • Barrel-aged Jubilee
  • Red Velvet
  • Threes

And a few other surprises. You’ll definitely want to be there so be sure to put this one on your calendar now! And add a reminder alert. Because you are not going to want to forget. The beer gods will not be pleased.

And a special thanks to each and every person that helped us get to year 3. Whether it be through beer drank, swag bought, volunteering, special hugs, incredible favors, never-ending support, dance parties, laughter, ginger-jokes….. anything….. we are so grateful and love you all.

Cheers!

ERB