Downtown festival celebrates local breweries and LA’s coming of age as a beer-making town
Historic Downtown Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, June 21 – The Beer Chicks and 213 invite Los Angeles to sample the city’s best craft taps and sought after seasonal releases from U.S. brew masters renowned for exotic ingredients and astounding originality at the second annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl, Saturday, August 13, 2011, produced by 213 in collaboration with Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, beer sommeliers and authors of the craft beer bible, THE NAKED PINT: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer.
Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental group working to make Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay safe, healthy and clean for people and marine life will benefit from a portion of the proceeds of ticket sales. “We’re very grateful to receive the Craft Beer Crawl’s support for the second year in a row,” said Natalie Burdick Heal the Bay’s constituent development manager. “Events such as the Craft Beer Crawl help us reach new supporters by raising awareness about the connection between the trash on our streets urban runoff and ocean pollution.”
The inaugural event launched in September of 2010 and curated by The Beer Chicks attracted a sellout crowd of 1200+ beer geeks and craft converts who sampled sixty-three craft beers, and waxed wise with renegade LA pioneers and craft masters Mark Jilg of Craftsman, Victor Nowak of TAPS, Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock, Tyler King of The Bruery, Cyrena Nouzille of Ladyface, and Nick Brown and Brian Mercer of Brouwerij West.
The 2011 Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl will showcase artisanal offerings and must-try taps from LA legends and local breweries Craftsman Brewing Company from Pasadena, TAPS from Brea, The Bruery from Placentia, Bootleggers Brewery from Fullerton, Eagle Rock Brewing from Glassell Park, Cismontane Brewing Company from Rancho Santa Margarita, and Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery from Downtown Los Angeles a testimony to the creativity and explosive growth found in the city’s craft beer movement.
The festival and self-directed walking tour through Historic Downtown will be hosted at seven 213 bars: Golden Gopher, Caña Rum Bar, Seven Grand Casey’s Irish Pub Cole’s Las Perlas, and Broadway Bar. The general admission ticket ($49 per person) provides “unlimited tastings” and access from 3pm till 8pm.
Acclaimed breweries Allagash, Bootlegger, Brouwerij West, Craftsman, Deschutes, Drakes, Ommegang, Eagle Rock, Firestone, Lagunitas, Moylans, New Belguim, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing Company, TAPS, and the Bruery will participate. The number of breweries and craft tap tastings is anticipated to exceed the expansive and vast beer list featured at the inaugural crawl.Evan Klienman, host of KCRW’s Good Food (http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/gf), will handpick food trucks pairing gourmet bites with craft beer offerings along the route.
A limited number of VIP tickets providing early entry, 1p-3p, and exclusive access to rare editions and beer cocktails at Las Perlas, Cana and Seven Grand, acclaimed 213 craft cocktail outposts, will be available for sale online ($69 per person) at www.lacraftbeercrawl.com.
The first nightlife developer to stake a claim in Historic Downtown, 213 continues to set LA standards for distinctive urban nightlife experiencesand enliven the city’s cocktail culture. Set in reimagined architectural gems, 213′s popular collection of urban classics;Seven Grand, Cole’s French Dip, The Varnish, LasPerlas, Broadway Bar,Caña Rum Bar, Golden Gopher,Tony’s Saloon,and Casey’s Irish Pub, are a magnet for downtown dwellers and its diverse workforce LA’s influential arts & creative communities and the multiculturals and social entrepreneurs reinventing modern city living. Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy, applauds the results “This is a company that totally gets it. Real preservation isn’t merely protecting old buildings it’s reactivating them.”
About The Beer Chicks
The Beer Chicks (www.thebeerchicks.com) are renowned Beer Sommeliers Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune. They met while working together at a beer bar, and became fast friends over the bond they shared with their one true love, craft beer. After a long night of bartending and answering the same questions over and over again, they decided (over beers, of course) to write a book that would act as a guide explaining beer in an accessible way, so that everyone could love craft beer as much as they do. Their book, The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer, was published in November of 2009 (The Penguin Group, New York, NY) to much acclaim. They host beer tastings, seminars, classes and beer pairing dinners mainly to spread the good word about the best beverage on earth and to raise beer to its rightful place! They also are acting beer consultants for all of 213 Downtown Nightlife’s venues. They live by the motto: Beer is Good!
About Heal the Bay
A non-profit environmental group making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. Heal the Bay uses science, education, community action and advocacy to protect the ocean for the people who play, swim and surf in it, and for the animals that make it their home. www.healthebay.org