OC Beer Blogger heads up to LA for the Beer Bloggers Summit

Sunset Beer Company

Sunset Beer Company in Echo Park

So I was invited to the Beer Bloggers Summit in Los Angeles last weekend by Kip from BierKast. At first I thought it was a trick and they would jump the beer soaked blogger from Orange County when I showed up at the Sunset Beer Company in Echo Park. Maybe I watched too many LA gang-related movies as a kid?  Continue reading

Taste of Newport 2012 – Blondie / Devo

The Taste of Newport is the annual three-day food, wine and music festival put on by the Chamber of Commerce in Newport Beach, CA. You may notice, like I did, that they don’t mention “beer” in the description of the event, and in years past there was good reason. Last year I asked on Twitter if they would have any craft beer at the event, the response was, “We’ll have Shocktop”.

I was hoping to see Newport Beach Brewing Company at the event, but the local brewery wasn’t there. I was pleasantly surprised to see Golden Road and Bootlegger’s Brewery on the list this year. While they aren’t Newport Beach locals, they are Southern California folks. Golden Road is from LA, and Bootlegger’s is from Fullerton. Bootlegger’s recently won “People’s Choice” at the OC Brew Ha Ha event, so I started off with a Old World Hefeweizen.

The food and beer is great, but the real reason I go to Taste of Newport every year is the musical entertainment. In years past they’ve had folks like Sugar Ray, Foreigner, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Barenaked Ladies. This year there were two headliners on Saturday night, Blondie and Devo. I took a handful of beer soaked blurry photos of the bands for your enjoyment. Continue reading

Stout and Sriracha BBQ Sauce

Are you a fan of the Beeroness yet? If not, then you should be. She’s a food blogger who creates recipes based on craft beer. The photos on her site are mouth-watering and the beautiful images showcase the food like a professional magazine. It definitely makes you want to cook with beer.

You can follow The Beeroness on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates on new recipes.

Stone Russian Imperial StoutThe other day I saw a recipe for a Stout and Sriracha BBQ Sauce on her site and couldn’t wait for an excuse to try it out. I’m headed to a Bottle Share and Potluck event, and this seems like a perfect reason to make some beer soaked BBQ chicken.

The Stout I chose to use for this recipe is Stone – Imperial Russian Stout. It’s a big bold Stout, 10.5% ABV, with roasted coffee flavors up front, and hints of anise and black currants on the back-end. Sounds like a perfect choice for cooking to me. Continue reading

Erik’s last Hurrah

This is the story of my last craft beer. You see, I dislocated and broke all three bones in my elbow on May 30th. I had surgery to repair the damage on June 6th. I had planned on posting this before the surgery, but wasn’t able to give it the time it deserved. The weekend before surgery I was offered one last hurrah because post-surgery I’d be on heavy pain killers which do not play well with alcohol. As a beer blogger, this was a horrible diagnosis. Since I’m also an avid mountain biker, and don’t want to jeopardize a speedy recovery, I am going to comply with the doctors orders and stay alcohol free until the doc gives me the thumbs up. Enough of the back story, let’s get to it.

Where should I go?

Beachwood BBQ Tap ListI immediately thought of a place that I first heard about when I started beer blogging about a year ago. I was at a friend’s house for a backyard BBQ. One of the guests, Rolf, had on a “Pliny the Elder” t-shirt. We started chatting about craft beer, and he told me about this great little spot near his house in Seal Beach where he loved to go. Tons of taps, all craft beer, with a rotating beer list. Oh, and great food too. Continue reading