Beer • Food
For LA Beer Week, Firestone Walker is pulling out all the stops with their Deconstructed LA beer dinner. Firestone Walker will be breaking down their “XV” anniversary blend into eight individual components and they have enlisted the help of renowned beer inspired chef The Home Brew Chef Sean Paxton, who will deconstruct the flavors in each beer then craft small dishes to create a perfect and seamless pairing.
The event will host the debut of XV, Firestone Walker’s 15th anniversary ale. Every year, in September, Firestone Walker blends several of their strong, barrel-aged beers to create the Anniversary beer; this year’s is XV. Firestone Walker brings together top local winemakers under the guidance of Brewmaster, Matt Brynildson, to blend one of the most unique brews available. Eight ales, were hand selected to create XV, a blend that will become this year’s finest moment.
“Sean is mildly insane and phenomenally talented; his unbridled imagination and deep understanding of the DNA of beer and food creates a real experience ,” said David Walker, co-proprietor of Firestone Walker. “Add that to Matt Brynildson’s equally inspired Anniversary blend and you have something that you’ll not forget.”
Deconstructed L.A. will be held in the Bardot at the Avalon Theater from 7pm-10pm on October 12. Tickets are $75/person and very limited. The price will include complimentary beer, small plates, an event snifter glass and an amazing evening with Executive Chef Sean Z. Paxton, David Walker and Matt Brynildson as hosts.
Tickets and additional information available at www.FWDeconstructed.com or call 805-225-5911 x607.
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09.29.2011 | Brian Kropf
Drive about ten miles east of downtown Los Angeles and you’ll find yourself in a sort of cornucopia of Asian food. Vietnamese, Chinese – a spectrum of dim sum that stretches from soup dumplings in tiny, ten-tabled holes-in-the-wall to cavernous event palaces where older women push carts of cooked chicken feet, jellyfish, pig stomach and a rainbow of intestines.
Clearly, it’s not for everyone.
But in the heart of the shining and glitzy LA Live complex, towering over the city on the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton hotel, chef Sara Johannes is bringing old world-style dim sum to Wolfgang Puck’s WP24. The restaurant launched Family Style Dim Sum Sunday Dinners on September 25. For $55 each, diners get four courses (ten dishes to share), including honey drizzled BBQ pork buns, scallop steamed shu mai with blue crab in ginger sauce, organic Jidori chicken chow fun noodles with sweet Thai basil, Singapore style chili prawns, and farmer’s market vegetable fried rice. For an additional $20 per person, Alaskan king crab dumplings, Peking style duck two ways or Korean grilled lamb chops with kochujang aioli can be added to the menu. Not a single durian pastry to navigate or chicken brain to avoid.
Perfectly paired with Klaus (brother to Wolfie) Puck’s wine suggestions, the bright, precise flavors – from mild hot-sweet to deep and searingly spicy – are a lovely introduction to the vast and sometimes overwhelming world of Chinese small bites. The restaurant is lovely, the views spectacular; and the menu is not only based on seasonal availability, it is also designed to change according to the weather: a little spicier on cold days, a bit more Yin when the temperature climbs.
But if after the concert, the game, or the Family Sunday Dim Sum Sunday Dinner, you still want to try a bit of dou fu fa (silky tofu in syrup) for dessert, that drive to San Gabriel is a twenty minute straight shot down the 10.
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09.28.2011 | Arianna Armstrong
Thursday will be a celebration of the beverage that we drink over 400 billion cups of each year … COFFEE!
Did you know?
- Coffee is the second most traded product in the world after petroleum.
- It is consumed at the rate of 1400 million cups per day.
- The world’s second most popular drink after water.
- The expression “a cup of Joe” to denote coffee, was first coined during WWII, when American servicemen (G.I. Joe) were identified as big coffee drinkers.
- The largest coffee-producing nation, Brazil, is responsible for 30 to 40 % of total world output.
- Coffee is considered an aphrodisiac.
- Forty-nine of the fifty states do not grow coffee. The only state that grows coffee is Hawaii. Additionally, the only United States territory that grows coffee is Puerto Rico.
- The amount of coffee produced around the world is close to six million metric tonnes.
For more fun facts, visit The Oatmeal for 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee.
On Thursday, be on the lookout for coffee specials. 7-Eleven will be giving away free cups of coffee, as will other retailers.
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09.27.2011 | Brian Kropf
On October 1, Odell Brewing will release their winter seasonal Isolation. Odell Brewing Isolation is their 6% winter warmer and is a caramel malty ale balanced by a subtle crisp hop finish.
“A funny thing happens here around summer’s end – our eyes start searching the skies for those first fall flakes. As we welcome autumn’s first snow, we celebrate the return of Isolation Ale,” reads the label. “Whether you ski, shred, or shoe, Isolation Ale will inspire you to make first tracks.”
The beer will be tapped October 1 at their Fort Collins, CO brewery at an Isolation tapping party that will coincide with the weeklong festivities of the Great American Beer Festival.
Isolation Ale is available October through December throughout the brewery’s ten state distribution region.
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09.26.2011 | Brian Kropf
A face only a mother could love.
It sounded like the perfect plan … until they were chased out of the store, ran someone over, one was detained by an employee, one was chased by police and ran through a drive through car wash where the police were waiting on the opposite side, and one got away on foot but left his wallet in his wrecked car. And for what? A 30-pack of Tecate.
Nineteen year olds Andy Huynh, Nicholas Fiumetto and Nicholas Kalscheuer (left to right) were arrested Wednesday by Covina police on charges of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest and were issued a $50,000 bail. They are expected to be arraigned today.
Clearly, my favorite part in all of this is the picture. Badass man, badass. Enjoy the felonies.
Wine, food, seminars, and a ton of enthusiastic millenials being enthusiastic about wine is what Wine Riot is all about. Tomorrow Second Glass’ Wine Riot will take over Brooklyn, New York’s Skylight One Hanson for three sessions where novice and experiences winos alike will have the opportunity to learn about and enjoy wine like never has been done before in an environment where learning and having fun is emphasized through 20 minute wine crash course seminars, a mobile app designed specifically for the event, photoboots, live DJs and so much more.
If you are in New York, we hope to see you there.
WHO: Second Glass, Mutineer Magazine, and wine lovers.
WHAT: Wine Riot New York
WHERE: Skylight One Hanson
Former Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Brooklyn, NY
Opening Night: Friday, Sept. 23, 7-11 PM
Riot One: Saturday, Sept. 24, 1-5 PM
Riot Two: Saturday, Sept. 24, 7-11 PM
WHY: To party and learn about and explore wine.
COST: $60 per ticket for opening night, $50 per session. Get your tickets here.
To learn more about Wine Riot and our sponsorship, read more here.
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09.22.2011 | Brian Kropf
This week’s installment of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess brought to you by the Small Screen Network brings you the Bridal Cocktail. Robert discovered the Bridal Cocktail in the pages of the Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book and if you are familiar with the original Martini, made with sweet rather than dry vermouth, this cocktail is quite similar. Robert adds that the addition of Maraschino liqueur adds a hint of cherry that rounds out a delicious cocktail.
The Bridal Cocktail
- 2oz gin
- 1oz sweet vermouth
- dash Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
- dash Maraschino Liqueur
- strain into a cocktail glass
- garnish with an orange twist
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09.22.2011 | Brian Kropf
Tim Lovett, Winemaker at Leeuwin Estate, gives a briefing on Margaret River.
Margaret River, Australia. This is where The Great Aussie Wine Mutiny shall begin.
Nick Power of the Margaret River Wine Industry Association takes us to where the two oceans meet near Margaret River.
Located on the southwest corner of Australia, Margaret River is not an easy place to get to. One must fly into Perth and then drive for several hours south to get to the region, which has only been producing wine commercially since the late 1960s / early 1970s.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the star grape varieties. The wines are stylistically cool-climate, which is a significant departure from the big and bombastic styles from other Aussie flagship wine regions such as Barossa Valley with it’s colossal shiraz wines.
To put it in perspective, Australian wine broker Langtons releases a classification of Australian wines every five years for its clients. There are four categories of classification, with Exceptional being the highest, and out of the 17 wines in the Exceptional category, three are from Margaret River: Cullen Wines, Leeuwin Estate and Moss Wood. Pierro, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, Voyager Estate and Woodlands also appear in other categories in the classification.
The beaches near Margaret River are world-renowned surfing destinations, combining with wine tourism to attract visitors from around the world. The sunsets aren’t bad either.