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

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


Andrew Zimmern looking for guest stars

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

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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Golden Road Brewing pub serving up something for everyone


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