Lions and Dim Sum coming to Sonoma

In celebration of Chinese New Year's 'Year of the Dragon'

Sonoma Sister Cities Association and guests from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China welcome the “Year of the Dragon” in their upcoming Chinese New Year’s Festivities, Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 1 PM to 4 PM at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Celebrity Chef Martin Yan will demonstrate his cooking skills while KRON-TV Anchor/Reporter Catherine Heenan MC’s the festivities. Read More

Hangar 24 becomes a regional craft brewery

With only being open for four years, on December 31st, Redlands, CA based Hangar 24 Craft Brewery broke the 15,000 barrel production mark and graduated from being classified as a “Microbrewery” to a “Regional Craft Brewery”. The criteria between the two terms is based on the number of barrels they produce, regional breweries brew from 15,000 to 6,000,000.

We asked owner Ben Cook what the significance of this classification meant to him, “reaching Regional Brewery status is a milestone in Hangar 24’s history books. It shows what a small company can accomplish with hard working, dedicated individuals, great beer and the support of its community.” Hangar 24 has doubled their production twice since opening and is in the process of doubling again.

Hard Rock Hotel celebrates Elvis’s 77th birthday

From Sunday, January 8 through Saturday, January 14

From Sunday, January 8 through Saturday, January 14, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be having a celebration for the King’s 77th birthday at their 35 Steaks + Martinis restaurant. Treat yo self to a complimentary dessert amuse “Just Because,” a brioche banana bread pudding, peanut butter mousse and grape jelly sauce in honor of his 1956 hit single, “Just Because;” check out a one-of-a-kind Elvis jumpsuit, displayed inside the restaurant and worn by Elvis during the record-breaking four-concert series at Madison Square Garden in 1972; music from Jeff “Jabo” Bihlman of the group, The Bihlman Brothers performing from 7 to 9 PM on January 8 with singer Nathan Thomas performing from 7 to 9 PM on January 10. 4455 Paradise Road. Las Vegas, NV 89169. 702-693-5585.

Photography provided by Erik Kabik

News

Los Angeles beer drinkers becoming savvier

It wasn't always like this

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California might be the state with the most breweries totaling 245 in 2010, but Los Angeles County, with a population over nine million, is still behind with their number of craft breweries. With the recent movement of Alchemy & Science, the newly formed craft beer consortium of Ace Beverage and Mission Beverage, and four more L.A. breweries in development (according to the Brewers Association), L.A. is rapidly catching up to the rest of the craft drinking region of the United States. Read More

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Events & Festivals

Pizza Port’s 3rd Annual Brewbies Fest

Benefiting the 'Keep A Breast Foundation' on February 11 from 12 PM to 5 PM

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The winners of 2011 Great American Beer Festival’s “Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year”, Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA will be having their 3rd Annual Brewbies Fest, a fusion of beer and boobies, on February 11 from 12 PM – 5 PM. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, you don’t get any boobs with your ticket but it does come with four 6 oz. tasters, an “I Heart Boobies” bracelet, and a raffle ticket. Additional tasters and raffle tickets are $1 each.

Boobie Cupcakes, made with beer, and BBQ by Vince Marsaglia and Nate Soroko will also be featured. 100% of proceeds will benefit the Keep a Breast Foundation. There will be quite a few participating breweries featuring their beers as well as some special brews for the event. 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, California 92008. Read More

Taste Terminal’s round up of 2011 round up & best of!

It's like Inception

They say it can’t be done, a round up of round ups, so we’re doing it. Here is a round up of all our 2011 round ups and best ofs. Read More

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