One of the 100 handmade, “largest of its kind crystal decanter,” bottles of LOUIS XIII Le Jeroboam Cognac will be made available to the U.S. The 3-liter bottle is said to have more than 200 aromas and is made of 1,200 eaux-de-vie aged up to 100 years. Bottle number 13 is currently up for auction at charitybuzz.com with proceeds benefiting The Ruby Peck Foundation for Children‘s Education. The current bid is $16,000, auction ends December 19 at 12 PM PST.
Debuting in Orange, CA in 2009, Haven Gastropub was well received by OC Weekly and the Orange County Register. Drinks from pre-Prohibition cocktails and a curated global wine and beer list of over 100+ bottles, 52 taps, four of the brewery’s own special beers, four cask ales, and eight wine varietals served by the keg complimented chef Greg Daniels’ gourmet comfort foods. Now, they bring the concept to Pasadena with the official opening on December 15. 42 De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.
Photo: Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA
Photography provided by Haven Gastropub
Great American Beer Festival reigning champion, Pizza Port Carlsbad is hosting “The 15th Strong Ale Festival,” where all 80 beers being poured will be over 8% ABV. The two day festival will go from 4 PM – 11 PM on Friday, December 2 and from 11 AM – 11 PM on Saturday, December 3. The event will also debut the 15th Anniversary Ale blended from beers made at all four Pizza Port locations. The admission of $30 includes tasting glass with eight taster tickets for four oz. pours. Tickets available at the door, call 760-720-7007 for additional information. 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, California 92008.
Just for the ladies, on Monday, December 5 at 6 PM, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, the Beer Chicks, will be appearing at Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills, CA. The authors of The Naked Pint-An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer will be featured for the “Ladies at Ladyface” event. The topic this month is holiday beers and Ladyface’s newest winter seasonal. Attendees are encouraged to bring a wrapped bottle for gift exchange. 29281 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301.
L.A.’s German restaurant Wirtshaus introduces “Give Back Mondays” with a “Pay What It’s Worth” event on December 5 from 6 PM – 10 PM. Dinner will include an appetizer of sauerkraut soup followed by pretzel schnitzel with mashed potatoes, green salad with a mustard vinaigrette and a soft drink. Pay whatever you feel the dinner was worth with a portion going towards local charities. 345 N La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Photo: Wirtshaus owners Bjoern Risse and Bülent Yildirim
Statement from the website: ColLAboration event has to be postponed due to utility outages caused by the wind storms. ColLAboration Winterfest, L.A.’s mobile craft beer garden is having their last event for the year on Saturday December 3 from 12 PM – 5 PM at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village. Winterfest will feature a selection of holiday beers including two special releases from Golden Road Brewing. Limited edition steins will be available for $15, admission ticket not required if you’ve already purchased a glass from previous events. Beers for purchase will be $5 to $6. 5410 West San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90039.
To celebrate the release of Josh Bernstein’s book, Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution, Karl Strauss is hosting Brewfestivus: a Craft Beer and Ugly Sweater Party for the Rest of Us on Friday December 9 from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Pacific Beach location. Guests are encouraged to wear ugly sweaters for a chance to win an autographed book and beers. For $20, attendees will receive five 5 oz. beers paired with appetizers. Additional beer taster tickets are available. Main Brewery, 5985 Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA 92109.
Photo: The Beer Chicks, authors of The Naked Pint, with ColLAboration organizer Ryan Sweeney