Take a Florida craft beer tour with Bon Beer Voyage’s ‘Tampa Beer Safari’

Visit breweries like Saint Somewhere, Cigar City and Dunedin Brew Pub

Don’t want to plan out a whole weekend beer trip? Bon Beer Voyage can do it for you for $475 (per person, double occupancy at the Homewood Suites). Currently operating in Florida, the third “Tampa Beer Safari” will kick off on Friday, February 10 until Sunday, February 12. The tour includes private brewery tours from Saint Somewhere, Cigar City, Dunedin Brew Pub, Peg’s Cantina and Seventh Son. The cost includes hotels, meals and transportation during the weekend. Call 888-846-2337 or email info@bonbeer.com for reservations/information.

See other brewery related tours: Take a bicycle and brewery tour of the Netherlands with Beercycling, take a custom brewery tour with ‘Brew Hop’.

Photo: Peg’s Cantina in Gulfport, FL

TV

Andrew Zimmern looking for guest stars

Find out how to join the 'Star on Bizarre! Contest'

If you’ve ever wanted to chow down with Andrew Zimmern, you chance is finally here. The Star on Bizarre! Contest will be choosing two contestants to join Andrew in Las Vegas to sample the wilder cuisine out there. Entry is easy, submit a two minute or less video about what food you find bizarre, which could be anything, but you must be willing to try it with Andrew. Submit videos to the Facebook page by January 25, 2012 at 11:59 am ET and cross your fingers. Contestants must be at least 21 years old. Read More

Ballast Point’s ‘Tiki Takeover’ at the Surly Goat

This Thursday

On Thursday, January 19 starting at 7 PM, L.A. imbibers will be able to try spirits by San Diego’s Ballast Point at the Surly Goat in West Hollywood. That’s right, they’re not just a craft beer brewery, they also distill their own gin and rum. Craft spirits served that night will be served up in a specialty mug (guests will be able to purchase the “Ballast Point Pirate Skull Tiki Mug”, and get discounted refills during “Tiki Takeover”).

Distiller Yuseff Cherney & Sales Manager Matt Wilson will be onsite with cocktail blends using their barrel-aged 3 Sheets Rum plus the debut of a new vodka. Beer lovers will get a chance to try Ballast Point Indra Kunindra, a stout brewed with madras curry, cayenne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf. 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood CA 90046.

Brats Brothers: The ‘Other’ Big Cheese

Co-owner Roland Radler lived in Germany for over a decade before opening up Brats Brothers in Sherman Oaks, CA. The ‘Other’ Big Cheese is a pork bratwurst infused with cheddar held together by a large toasted French roll plus a choice of three different toppings (for an additional cost): sauerkraut (plain or grandma’s), roasted peppers and onions, onions (grilled or raw). Read More

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Drink + Food

Golden Road Brewing pub serving up something for everyone

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Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village had their grand opening party last Sunday. To celebrate, they tapped seven new beers: Burning Bush IPA, Either Side of the Hill American strong ale, El Hefe Anejo – a tequila barrel-aged Hefeweizen, Festivus Cinnamon Bitter, Get Up Offa That Brown, Lost its Way IPA, and Rye on the Palate. Those delicious glasses of malty goodness will be joining the three taps already up – Golden Road Hefeweizen, Point the Way IPA and Schwartz Stout. Read More

ÖKO water bottle

In-bottle water purifier that works in over 120 countries?

The way we see it, a water filter is a simple concept: you put nasty water in, and tasty water comes out. So when they say that it works in 120 countries, we were a bit confused. But when you think of how nasty water gets in third world countries, it makes sense. ÖKO uses NASA derived filtration technology to provide different filters that are dependent on the country’s water. L.A. water might be gross, but Somalia’s has to be worse. Bottle starts at $22.95.

Events & Festivals

Cochon 555’s 4th annual event comes to Napa

Culinary competition and tasting event celebrates heritage breed pigs

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The traveling culinary competition, Cochon 555, features five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers. This year’s event will be stopping at Napa on January 29, 2012 at 5 PM. The evening will include whole heritage pigs; butcher demonstrations, an interactive tasting contest with Le Creuset, ice-cold Anchor Brew and a new C555 Perfect Manhattan Bar and cocktails from Chinaco Tequila and The King’s Ginger. Plus, savory dessert and special 25th anniversary champagne toast to the James Beard Foundation. Read More

The Scoop

American meat consumption is down, Yuengling becomes the largest American beer maker

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