The News in Booze – 6/20

There’s a Beer Canning Craze going on, got a baby – grab a beer, food events in LA this weekend, and summer camp options for adults are some of the stories that we’ve got today.


via US News

Summer Camp for Adults

Is it weird to go to camp as an adult? Or are you fully justified to want your own Wet Hot American Summer? However you see it, there are over 800 “adult camps” across the country. Options range from surf camps in California, to Space Camp in Alabama, to a Zombie Survival Camp in New Jersey. They should think about opening the much more realistic and much more terrifying Jersey Shore Survival Camp in New Jersey.


via NPR

The Sounds of Summer

Every Summer has a soundtrack, a few songs that you hear on every radio station, at every pool party, and beach boogey. And each song provides a nostalgic backdrop for the summer that you hear it a million times. Some Summers are filled with beach ready party tunes (1998: Venga Boys – We Like To Party) and others strike a more serious note (1987: U2 – With Or Without You). Check out the full list of the “Songs of the Summers” from 1962-2012.


via LA Weekly

Top 5 Weekend Food Events in LA

Rib-eye steak and an Imperial IPA. Fish sticks and PBR. Captain Crunch and a Breakfast Stout. There are beer pairings for every meal, and coming up this weekend, the fine folks over at The Federal Bar are hosting a dinner to show you some of their favorites. Also coming up this weekend, The Tam O’Shanter celebrates it’s 90th anniversary in Atwater Village, KCRW has a dinner date at the beer heaven Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, Mixology101 hosts 2 cocktail classes, and the Restaurant Opportunities Center is having a happy hour for charity!


via NPR

Knocked Up? Feel Free to Knock Back a Beer

A new study by clearly alcoholic Danish scientists has found that drinking during pregnancy will not disrupt the development of your child in the womb. The study goes on to say that a few drinks per week is fine and that binge drinking won’t even do anything negative. This study adheres to the old Danish saying “you were drunk when you got pregnant, might as well stay that way while you are pregnant… amiright?”


via Bloomberg

The Beer Canning Craze

Wall Street is taking note that Americans are back to buying beer in cans again. For a brief period in the last decade, beer was predominantly sold in bottles and on draft, but as of recent years, our preference has switched back to cans. This can be attributed to one of a few things: the hip undying affection of PBR, the realization that it’s safer to crush cans on your head than bottles, or Golden Road Brewery and their beautiful big cans.

LA’s Outdoor Movie Scene

Angelenos take their movies seriously. Battleship. Jack & Jill. Raging Bull II… That’s why it’s nice to see movies be enjoyed in a more laid back environment that encourage you to bring your own craft beer or cheap wine. Check out the list of outdoor movie screenings in Los Angeles this summer.


The Cinespia events are the Godfather of summer movie screenings and a tradition long held by locals. Recently, it’s a tradition longheld by nearly everyone in Los Angeles, so the standby lines get long and reserve tickets sell out quickly. However, buying in advance or waiting in line is well worth it to watch any of the silver screen classics in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the summer, with friends, and wine.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery:
6000 Santa Monica Blvd. at gower [map]

Oscars Outdoors

There are two places to find academy award winning movies this summer: stuck in your Netflix queue waiting until after that third screening of My So Called Life or you can head to the middle of Hollywood to a well-manicured park to screen some of the most-loved Oscar winners. With screenings on both Friday’s and Saturday’s this series has The Goonies, Ghost, and The 1996 version of The Nutty Professor (really?). At $5 a ticket with free parking, it’s a steal.

Academy Hollywood
1341 Vine Street Hollywood

Enter from Homewood Avenue (turn west off Vine Street) [map]

Devil’s Night Drive-In

Located in the middle of Downtown LA Devil’s Night Drive-In is home to offbeat classic films (see Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Donnie Darko). Buy your tickets and cheap wine ahead of time. Remember to bring both because they are equally important. Feel free to sit in your convertible or on the astroturf that is provided.

240 W. 4th St. (at Broadway) – 2nd Floor [map]

Vineland Drive-In

For a more classic approach to the Drive-In movie, take your car and a date to City of Industry to catch a flick under the stars. This Drive-In has been preserved from the time where this was the only place to see movies, so taking that into consideration the sound may be dodgy and the screen may not be bright enough, but it’s a blast. Go to have the fun of being there and you will have that fun.

Vineland Swap Meet
443 N Vineland Ave City of Industry, CA 91746 [map]

Street Food Cinema

People will line up around the block just to get food, so why not add a quality movie? Transformers with a side of Grill ‘Em All. Or Rocky Horror Picture Show with a Crepe. Or maybe Twilight with a Greasy Weiner? It’s entirely your choice at this brand new summer series. Located in Exposition park across the street from USC, which means it’s metro adjacent. Not sure what the booze policy is on this one, so bring your flasks, or just as a USC student.

Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive 90037 [map]

Eat, See, Hear

A smorgasbord of entertainment, these summer night events promise to bring you something to eat, something to see and something to hear. All in one night. Sounds ambitious. With locations raging from Santa Monica to San Pedro this series is something that everyone can catch. I won’t pretend to know any of the bands, but it should be worth checking out.

What’s On Tap – Week of 6/11

Students are letting out all over the country, Father’s Day is approaching, and the King’s are in the Cup. Here’s what’s coming up for the week of June 11th, 2012.

Monday – June 11th

Go, Kings, Go! 

Head to any local bar and pour one down to cheer on your local men’s figure skating champions.


Tuesday – June 12th

Angel City Brewery’s Test Brew B is Being Served

The long shuttered Angel City Brewery is back in action under new owner Alchemy & Science, run by longtime beer veteran Alan Newman. Brewmaster Dieter Foerstner came from Gordon Biersch to brew for the Downtown LA based brewery. They’re soft-serving their new beer “Test Brew B” at select locations Downtown including Spitz and Weiland Brewery.


Wednesday – June 13th

Eagle Rock @ Beer Belly 

or Stone @ Far Bar 

You’ve got two choices for tap takeovers: you can make your way into Koreatown for Beer Belly‘s “One Night Stand” with Eagle Rock Brewery or you venture Downtown for a Stone takeover at Far Bar, which includes a keg of Stone’s Ruination 10th Anniversary and Mixtape Vol. 1. Can’t go wrong either way.


Thursday – June 14th

Hangar 24 @ Mohawk Bend

Promising more rarities and special brews, Thursday is a great day to head to Mohawk Bend for their Hangar 24 night. They have yet to announce a taplist, but really, anything you try will be worth the trip to the always delicious Mohawk Bend.


Friday – June 15th

Taps Brewery @ Sunset Beer Co

Over in Echo Park, Sunset Beer Co is hosting a Taps Brewery Night. No taplist to be found yet, but stay tuned.


Saturday – June 16th

Bikes, Brunch, Beer! The B3 Charity Bike Ride! 

What could be better on a Saturday afternoon in mid-June than riding your bike to three of the best beer spots in Los Angeles? Maybe being shuttled around in an air conditioned bus, but that’s beyond the point.

On Saturday, you can bike and drink for charity! The B3 Ride charity bike tour will support the Pablove Foundation and will take you from Tony’s Darts Away, stop at Golden Road Brewing, and finish at Mohawk Bend, with each stop offering brunch and beverages.

38 Degrees Three Year Anniversary

Go support a LA craft beer institution and drink some fine barrel-aged beer at the 38 Degrees 3rd Anniversary Barrel Aged Beer Festival on Saturday. Just being open for three years makes them worthy enough of recognition, but 38 Degrees, and owner Clay Harding, have been doing it right for that long. 

Starting at 1:00pm on Saturday, they’ll have 25 barrel-aged beers on tap and plenty of other options.


Sunday – June 17th

Rock and Brews Craft Beer Fest

There’s no better way to tell your Father how much he means to you than telling him after you’ve both had a full day of drinking.

If a tearful drunken embrace sounds like fun to you, or if you just want to go to one place and try a whole bunch of local craft beers, you should buy tickets NOW for the Rock and Brews 2nd Annual Local Craft Beer Festival.

Cost: $50

What you get: Admission at 11:00am, 8 beer pours, complimentary buffet, event glass, memories.

What’s On Tap – Week of 6/4

All week – The Oinkster’s Second Annual Burger Week!

Oinkster's Burger Week
Oinkster’s Burger Week

This week, Eagle Rock’s favorite, The Oinkster, is hosting a tribute to classic American burgers by serving their take on important burgers from around the country. For instance, today they are slanging Red Castle Sliders, which is their slant on how to serve a timeless White Castle Burger. Here’s the menu for the rest of the week:

Tuesday – 2 x 4 Piggy Style Optional (In’n’Out’s Double-Double)

Wednesday – Northeast Bacon Cheeseburger (Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger)

Thursday – Grill ‘Em All Takeover

Friday – Sourdough Josh (Jack in the Box’s Sourdough Jack)

Saturday – Pork Adobo Burger

Sunday – Big Max (McDonald’s Big Mac)

Now, eating just one of these burgers is already a cholesterol cram-session, but if you’re truly inspired, and you make it out every day this week, they’ll give you a special, commemorative t-shirt. A shirt that looks so good, you’ll wanna be buried in it.

Here’s The Oinkster’s current Beer List:

On Tap: North Coast Pranqster – Blue Market Hefe – Craftsman 1903 – Taps Schwarzbier – Blue House IPA – Flying Dog Pale Ale

Bottles & Cans: Deschutes Black Butte Porter – Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale – Lagunitas IPA – Avery Joe’s Pilsner – Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale

Monday – 5:00pm LA KINGS!

Go anywhere to watch the Kings play game 3 of the Stanley Cup live. They’re up against the New Jersey Devils for their second shot at the Cup in 50 years. So go join one of LA’s oldest institution’s: The Bandwagon. Going to your local watering hole and cheering the King’s on is a good way to show support for LA, just remember to pay proper homage to the fans who have stuck around for years in order to get this far.

Wednesday – Chouffe Night at Little Bear

Like Belgian beers? If you do, then you already know The Little Bear, a delicious spot in the industrial quarter of Downtown LA (across the St. from the endlessly cool Church & State Bistro). They’re hosting a Chouffe beer night on Wednesday starting at 7pm. So go check out the Kings game at 5:00pm then head over for a hopefully congratulatory pint of delicious Belgian drink at The Little Bear.

La Chouffe
La Chouffe

Saturday – Orange County BBQ and Music Festival

Festival The OC has gotten a bad rap in popular culture. Mostly due to many harmful icons: Bro-culture. Stuffy old republicans. Peter Gallagher.

This weekend, there’s a wonderful opportunity to swallow all of that hateful OC imagery and wash it down with delicious BBQ and craft beer. The Orange County BBQ and Music Festival. Operating on the OC Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, they’ve got beer tastings, car shows, rib-eating contest, musical acts (Sugar Ray??), Mr. BBQ contest, Butterfly Celebrations (??) and of course, BBQ.

OC BBQ & Music Festival
OC BBQ & Music Festival

Sunday – Taste of the Nation Los Angeles

Want a different festival, to celebrate all things delicious? Check out the Taste of the Nation – LA on Sunday. It’s happening at The Lot in West Hollywood. Tickets are on the pricey end, but have not too much fear, the proceeds are going to a worthy cause and you get a wonderful assortment of food and craft beer, so you will walk away feeling happy and possibly a bit altruistic.

Pints for Puppies

Drinking can improve a lot of things. Your courage, the attractiveness of the girl across the bar, your crippling depression, but on Tuesday, June 6th every beer you drink can make an actually worthwhile difference for the Beagle Freedom Project.

From 6:00-11:00pm on Tuesday June 6th, The Pub at Golden Road is hosting a project for the Beagle Freedom Project. Golden Road is donating 25% of all Vegan Food sales along with $3.00 for every 6-pack of their Point the Way IPA and Hefeweizen sold.

Golden Road Brewing is located at 5410 W. San Fernando Road in Atwater Village. Look for more fundraisers and events from them!