Gene ‘The Demon’ Simmons gets in the craft beer game with revamping of Rock & Brews

New and bigger concept to open April 3 in El Segundo

El Segundo, CA is about to get a little more interesting as legendary rocker and reality TV star, Gene Simmons has teamed up with Michael Zislis and Dave Furano to blast off a new restaurant venue. The original craft beer focused Rock & Brews was torn down last December making way for this updated “backstage beer garden”, a newer and bigger concept, opening April 3.

The bar will highlight 40+ craft brews on tap plus hundreds of bottles/cans. The food concept will stay the same with a casual American menu. R&B’s expansion will feature multiple HD television sets, retractable projection screens, updated picnic tables, and concert lighting. And you can see the construction progress on Rock & Brews’ blog. The team’s plan is to expand Rock & Brews in 2013 to Denver, Atlanta, Maui, Tokyo and Mexico. 143 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245. 310-615-9890.

Events & Festivals

Great Vegas Festival of Beer returns for another drink

Now three times as big

Since the last Great Vegas Festival of Beer in April of 2011, the perception of craft brew in Las Vegas has changed greatly. Once completely dominated by billion dollar conglomerates, more and more establishments on and off the Strip are selling beers brewed and sold by smaller local companies. Events like last weekend’s Brew’s Best Beer Festival held at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson and the upcoming Great Vegas Festival of Beer are bringing microbrewery-awareness to local and non-local beer drinkers alike. On April 21 from 5 PM – 9 PM, over 150 beers will be poured at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas, about 14 miles away from the tourists. Read More

Eagle Rock Brewery celebrates 1-year anniversary of ‘Women’s Forum’ with special chef guest Jessica Christensen

Ladies only event

Eagle Rock Brewery’s “Women’s Forum,” started by co-owner Ting Su, is a monthly class each with a different theme that features specialty beers and guests with the purpose of educating women about craft brews. On March 21, 2012 from 6:30 – 9 PM, Ting will host a 1-year anniversary party at the Eagle Rock, CA based brewery with guest chef Jessica Christensen of City Tavern. Read More

The 2nd Annual Mammoth Food & Wine Experience coming back in July

July 6 - 7

After a successful year for the “Blue Sky Fest” in Mammoth Lakes, CA, the organizers have renamed it to the “Mammoth Food & Wine Experience” to better fit the direction of the event. On July 6 to 7, the experience is expecting to draw 500 people, five culinary teams (to compete for the best dish) and 30 wineries pouring over 120 local wines including: Eberle Winery, Consilience Winery, Ancient Peaks, Tolosa Winery, Mirassou and Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

The two day event costs anywhere from $25 to $175. Event includes wine appreciation to gourmet cooking with a “Grand Tasting” on Saturday at 7PM hosted at the Cerro Coso Community College featuring food, wine, auctions, awards, and live entertainment. Ticket sales go to benefit The Mammoth Lakes Foundation and Mammoth Schools NOW Education Foundation. Visit for more updates. 101 College Parkway, Mammoth Lakes, CA. 760-934-3781.

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Chill out at Hotel Solamar in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter

Plus video tour of the spa guest room

Hotel Solamar sits on 6th Ave. inside the 16 and a half block radius of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. This convenient hotel is blocks away from Petco Park, home of the Padres, and The San Diego Convention Center, home of Comic-Con, the largest comic book convention in the world. Beside the clear-cut landmarks, Solamar is within walking distance of an abundance of bars and restaurants from TV chef Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker to local favorite, Neighborhood, a craft beer-centric American gastropub. The contemporary 235-room hotel aims to provide an urban lifestyle mixed with beach attitude. Read More

Viva Wyndham Resorts offers an all-inclusive ‘Sweet 16’ package

Including one-night stay, hair appointment, and dance party

Viva Wyndham Resorts is creating a Quinceanera and Sweet 16 package, the Sweet Star package, available at all six of its properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. $350 per person (based on a 20-person maximum) allows guests a one night stay, hair and make-up appointment, bouquet of flowers, cake, ten photos, and the services of the onsite Viva Wyndham Resorts event coordinator. Family and guests will receive a private group check-in with welcome beverages, a fruit platter in the room, and a dinner reservation at one of the resort restaurants, complete with dance party. For reservations call 1-800-WYNDHAM.

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