Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing to expand canning line

More and more craft breweries like L.A.’s Golden Road Brewing and Chico, CA’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. are putting their beers in cans. Cans are not only good for the environment, due to the efficiency of packing and shipping, it’s also better for the brew than bottles. According to craftbeer.com, an online blog and database for canned beers, “Cans actually lock in the flavor of beer better than even dark glass bottles. No light penetrates the cans and the seal is tighter than a bottle cap. Thus, your beer tastes fresher longer.” As of 2012, 23 Colorado-based breweries can their beers. Today, Fort Collins, CO based New Belgium Brewing, the third largest craft brewery in the U.S., announced a sixfold expansion of a 16,000 sq. ft. canning line, which will continue to produce 12-ounce cans, and all new 16-ounce cans.

Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Upper Class’ clubhouse at JFK now open

Offering pre-flight amenities

Virgin Atlantic at New York JFK International Airport has opened a 10,000 square foot clubhouse available to upper class guests, which more than doubles the space of the existing clubhouse. The $7 million space, designed Slade Architecture, is themed as “Understatedly Uptown, Unmistakably New York” and features, “a cloud shaped cocktail bar, curving ‘wall’ of stainless steel rods and walnut fins.” Read More

Food

Seven L.A. chefs combine forces to protest foie gras ban lead by Executive Chef Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub

A controversial and prized delicacy

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Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck wrote a letter to restaurant owners convincing them to stop serving foie gras and S.F. restaurants that offered it were met with protesters. However, not everyone is convinced that the ban is justified. TV personality Anthony Bourdain has been adamant about his stance (watch Bourdain’s video) against the ban. With California’s ban beginning on July 1, 2012, a number of L.A. chefs are not ready to give up on the controversial and prized delicacy (goose/duck liver). Animal rights activists who see the force feeding of ducks or geese as inhumane are about to win the war. But for chefs like Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub, who operates both Orange and Pasadena locations, believe that people should learn more about foie gras. “My response to those that are against foie gras is simple. Don’t be blinded by propaganda,” Greg said in an email statement. Read More

Chef Josiah Citrin to take over The Strand House for one night only in March

In Manhattan Beach

On Monday, March 19 chef and owner Josiah Citrin of Melisse in Santa Monica is heading south to The Strand House restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA for one night. Chef Josiah is borrowing resident chef Neal Fraser’s kitchen for a four-course meal featuring dishes like Black Bass, Prime Aged Beef Rib Eye, and Braised Beef Cheek. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception starts at 6:30 PM. Dinner starts at 7:15 PM. Dinner is $75 per person (add $25 for wine pairings). For reservations call 310-545-7470. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Read More

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Pliny the Younger sighting at Lucky Baldwins in East Pasadena and Sierra Madre

March 10 and 11

If you don’t end up making to any of these Pliny the Younger events tomorrow or Thursday, this weekend might be your last chance to taste 2012’s release of the highly sought after Triple IPA brewed by Santa Rosa-based Russian River Brewing Co in the Los Angeles area.

On Saturday, March 10 at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste Pub & Cafe in East Pasadena will have 150 pours of the Younger. Ticket sales start at 11 AM (first come first serve) for $19 which includes a special glass for you to keep and a second beer. 1770 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106. 626-844-0447.

And if you end up missing that, Lucky Baldwins Delirium & Cafe in Sierra Madre will have it on tap on Sunday, March 11. Ticket sale starts at 11 AM as well (first come first serve). 21 Kersting Ct., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. 626-355-1140.

JetBlue’s March-For-Deals sale starts at $54 each way

For flights on Tuesday and Wednesday only

JetBlue is offering fares starting at $54 each way during their “March-for-Deals” for today only. Deals valid for flights on Tuesday or Wednesday between March 13 to May 23. Visit JetBlue.com or call 1-800-JETBLUE to book.

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