Today we went to The Froth Awards by Easy Reader at Saint Rocke for Saint Patrick’s Day. It was a fun event with local craft beers, local bands and local food. The local flavors of great food and craft beer were paired and served throughout the day. The pairing that won were The Rockefeller ahi won ton shell cajun spiced with fresh guac and jicama slaw & El Segundo Brewery Blue House IPA. Other pairings included The Brewery at Abigale Death or Glory IPA with The Standing Room chicken skin tacos and a mango sauce, Monkish Brewery Feminist Trippel with Tin Roof Bistro chilled mussels, Strand Brewing Company Russian Imperial Stout with Hot’s Kitchen lamb shoulder in a stout reduction sauce with candied baby carrots and then we finished off with Smog City Brewing Chocolate Coffee Porter and an almond biscotti from Simmzy’s. The great bands included Hang Dog Expression, Johnny Jump Up and Los Sindicate.
Lloyd took me kicking and screaming today, okay just a little grouchy since we were out of coffee this morning. Luckily Saint Rocke had some and I was good to go after that. My vote today was for Strand Imperial Russian Stout with the lamb shoulder from Hot’s Kitchen. I could only vote between Strand with Hots and Smog City Chocolate Coffee Porter with the almond biscotti. Allergic to both shell fish and avocado I skipped food with them in it, I also am not a hop head so I do not go for hoppy bear, I did sip some though. Lamb is a favorite for me and Strand has won me over with their Russian Imperial Stout.
Yesterday we headed over to the opening day at Rocktoberfest at L.A. Live. Opening night was a charity jam with Gene Simmons, Wolfgang Puck and friends to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Rocktoberfest will continue through October 21st which will be the closing day. The closing day will be Rock & Brews craft brew festival benefiting the Grammy Museum. Be sure to stop in at Rocktoberfest I am sure you will have a great time, we did! You can see all the high quality photos at Got Baddog’s website. Here are a few that I took with my iPhone, not able to carry my camera around that long yet so I have to stick with the iPhone for now, I was able to capture a few good pictures though :).
I also was able to get some video while Gene Simmons was on stage with the band playing Superstition. Don’t miss out, be sure to get over to Rocktoberfest at L.A. Live by closing day which is October 21st, 2012.
On Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m the 3rd Annual BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival) will be held in Santa Monica. Tickets are currently on sale for $40 and will be $45 at the door. All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 24-year old, influential non-profit arts organization in Santa Monica. This event will be held at 18th Street Arts Center which is located at 1639 18th Street Santa Monica, California. Come out to BAM Fest and enjoy the 34 craft breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks.
Participating craft breweries range from big to small, including the popular and larger Sierra Nevada Brewing and North Coast Brewing Company to the smaller but equally great Angel City, Monkish and Beachwood Brewing. BAM Fest is showcasing unique and unreleased beers on tap, including a rare Smog City barrel-aged beer, hoppy treats from Ballast Point Brewing Company, and unique and uncommon brews from the Brewery at Abigaile and Pizza Port, Carlsbad. Do not miss out on the Duvel-Moortgat Brewery tent featuring a number of the Flemish family’s Belgian-style beers. For those that aren’t as fond of beer there will also be an area to sample some of Southern California’s finest wines, home brewed sodas by Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club, premium hand-crafted Julian Hard Cider, and all natural DRY Soda.
The music lined up for BAM Fest is just as diverse as the beer samples. From the addictive rock & roll sounds rooted in rural blues, early country, and Appalachian folk music of “The Americans,” to the sultry vocals, feminist chicana lyrics and powerful Japanese Taiko drums of “Lysa Flores and East L.A. Taiko” the featured music at 18th Street’s festival is sure to make attendees groove. The Los Angeles-based trio, “American Bloomers,” is founded on authentic pop music that is steeped in classic rock and folk harmonies, while “The Dustbowl Revival” mix a spicy roots cocktail with their dance-inducing live sets that merge old school bluegrass, swamp-gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s. Between band sets, artist and DJ, “Freshair” will fuse an array of musical styles to keep the crowd jammin’.
BAM Fest attendees also get the special opportunity to explore a dynamic installation of new work incorporating sculpture, video, painting, music and performance by 18th Street’s Lab Artist, Eamon Ore-Giron. Themes of tourism, revolution, design, and public sculpture are at play in the works, while formal questions about the relationship between functional sculpture and introspective form are explored. Outside the gallery space, a streaming online radio station featuring a curated selection of some of LA’s hottest DJ’s will be hosted by Adrian Rivas, Director of Form Follows. Rivas will interview special guests such as Patrick Miller of Barcade, Mas Éxitos and Wombelton Records while the public is invited to flip through their exclusive record collections. Attendees also have the opportunity to experience a selection of different artist videos by 18th Street’s curator in residence, Bill Kelley Jr. In addition, artworks are available for purchase at an artist marketplace organized by past 18th Street Lab Artist, Ana Guajardo, and the resident artists who live, work and create daily at 18th Street open their studios for attendees to experience works in progress. Artists and art organizations whose studios will be open include Cheryl Walker, Karl Doerrer, Michelle Berne and Celebrations Arts, Highways Performance Space and Otis MFA Public Practice.
And naturally you can’t have a festival in Los Angeles without food trucks. Bold and flavorful authentic Mexican dishes by the Border Grill Truck, crispy Belgian treats by the Crispy Waffle & Frite Truck, “maneater” sized burgers from Baby’s Badass Burgers, family-farmed pork from Let’s Be Frank Dogs, gourmet organic food provided by the Green Truck, and warm flavorful pizza slices from Fresh Brothers Pizza will all be available for the hungry. This is one craft beer festival you won’t want to miss!
Watch for some photo coverage by Got Baddog.