Beachwood BBQ to host Moonlight Brewing for a rare visit to SoCal

With Moonlight's Brian Hunt for a six-course beer dinner

Even more beer news are coming down the wire this afternoon. Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA is hosting Santa Rosa’s Moonlight Brewing with a six course dinner and beer pairing on Monday, March, 12 starting at 6:30 PM. Beachwood’s owner Gabe Gordon plans to “incorporate molecular gastronomy techniques and exotic ingredient[s]” with the dinner. This event will also bring Moonlight’s owner Brian Hunt, who we had the pleasure of speaking with during San Francisco Beer Week. Brian, who almost never takes his brews outside of the Bay Area, will be onsite to talk about the beers selected for the dinner. The dinner is $100 per person with a 40 person seating limit (no parties larger than four). To reserve send an email to thebeerdinner@gmail.com with name, phone number and number of party. 131 ½ Main St., Seal Beach, CA 90740. 562-493-4500. Read More

Iron Chef Jose Garces open Tinto and El Jefe at The Saguaro in Palm Springs

Now open

James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef Jose Garces comes to sunny Palm Springs, CA after opening a number of restaurants in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Scottsdale. Presenting Tinto – a Spanish tapas bar offering a large wine selection, sangrias, and cidars, and El Jefe – a modern Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, to The Saguaro Hotel. Chef Garces will also be the Executive Chef at the hotel managing the food and beverage operations. 1800 East Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264.

Photography provided by M.S. Smith

Two beer events back-to-back at Far Bar

Anchor Brewing Our Barrel Ale - Deconstructed and Firestone Walker Night

Craft beer lovers rejoice! More beer events are coming – one with San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co., one of the oldest U.S. craft breweries still in operation; the other with Paso Robles’ Firestone Brewing Co., winner of 2011 Great American Beer Festival’s Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year. Both breweries will be pouring their beers at Far Bar in L.A.’s Little Tokyo, back to back – two events, that’s getting some hype. “I don’t normally throw events back to back, people think they’ll burn out [from all the alcohol], but people are excited for both,” says Beer Program Manager Jimmy Smith. Read More

One night of Allagash Brewing Co. at Boneyard Bistro

With over ten Allagash beers on tap

On March 21, Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA will host an Allagash Brewing Night featuring hard to find beers. This Portland, Maine-based craft brewery will takeover ten of the 40 beer tap handles while food pairings will be offered to go with the brews.

Allagash Brewing Night will feature beers like: Confluence, Odyssey, Vrienden (collaboration with New Belgium Brewing), Victor, Victoria, Hugh Malone, Interlude, Little Big Beer, Curieux, Les Deux Brasseurs (collaboration with De Proef Brouwerii in Belgium) and more are expected to be announced. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. 818-906-7427.

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Have a leap year birthday? Get a free entree at Prego Ristorante

In Irvine, CA

This for the leap year babies. On February 29 starting at 5 PM, Prego Ristorante, an Italian restaurant, in Irvine, CA will be giving out a complimentary entree of choice for guests who were born on February 29. Call 949-553-1333 for reservations (must show proof of birth date and limit to one per guest).

Sotto launches new wine list

A taste of the old and new

Join Sotto, an Italian restaurant, in West Los Angeles during the evenings of March  2 – 3 for an introduction to their new wine list consisting of both new and classic wines. Wine Director Jeremy Parzen will be pouring and educating guests on the new wines available as Sotto’s wine list expansion includes old world classics of Southern Italy and new world wines of natural winemaking from California. Read More

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