Fundraiser: Together we toast for a cure


Join us at Beer Belly this Sunday from Noon-4PM for beer and brunch.  We are hosting a fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team in Training, with 20% of beer sales and 100% of opportunity drawing ticket sales going to LLS and TNT.  Opportunity drawing prizes include an iPad Mini, craft beer package, & gift cards.

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease & myeloma, & improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

What's better than drinking beer for a good cause? Together we toast for a cure!  See you Sunday!

One Night Stand with El Segundo Brewing Co.

El Segundo Brewing

Next Wednesday, September 18, El Segundo Brewing Co. will join us for a One Night Stand. Rob Croxall and Tom Kelley set out to be the hop-forward brewery in Los Angeles. With their Blue House Pale, Citra, White Dog, and Two 5 Left, they have certainly succeeded in bringing hops to the thirsty masses. El Segundo Brewing currently has a few kegs of fruited IPA's rolling around and Tom, a certified Cicerone, recently held a class focusing on the relationship between hops and fruit. Many of those wonderful fruity flavors you associate with beer are derived from the use of hops.

It is the esters and hop oils that provide the flavors and aromas reminiscent of the best pineapple, orange, apricot, apple, and passion fruit you've ever had. The Citra hop, a newer hop variety, is showcased in El Segundo's surprisingly session able Citra Pale Ale. With tropical fruit, grapefruit and a hint of navel orange peel, this monster of a beer will smack you in the face and leave you crying for more.

One of my other favorite hops is the New Zealand native Nelson Sauvin. These lupulin treats give off an intense fruit flavor that can be described as gooseberry, passion fruit, and hints of melon. Grab a bottle of Nelson from Alpine Beer Company to fully understand what these wonderful Kiwis are up to. Debuted in 2011, the Calypso hop is a sharp, pungent variety that calls to mind apple, pear, and lemon. I had much success homebrewing a pale ale with Calypso hops. Commercially, Stone relies heavily on Calypso in it's Enjoy By and Old Guardian. Fortunately for us hop heads, as growers continue to experiment with new hop varieties, the beers we enjoy will become more and more creative in their flavor profiles.

Come out to Beer Belly next Wednesday to grab a few pints of the local hoppy stuff. Below are the beers we will have on hand:

  • Blue House IPA
  • Citra Pale
  • Grand Hill IPA
  • Hyperion's Stout
  • Hyperion's Vanilla Stout
  • Standard Crude
  • Two 5 Left
  • White Dog IPA
  • Casa Azul
  • Fruit Beer TBD

Hop Wheel

Drinking Buddies Review

Wilde & Johnson

Recently there has been an impressive string of films highlighting the craft beer movement. Documentaries such as Beer Wars, American Beer, and The Beer Hunter have been viewed by many a beer geek. We've seen bottles from Stone, Sierra Nevada, and other breweries pop up in True Blood, Weeds, Cabin Fever, and many other shows. But with Magnolia Pictures' new feature film, Drinking Buddies, craft beer finally co-stars on the big screen. Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson star as craft brewery workers and best friends Kate and Luke. They are clearly perfect for each other but Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage and Kate is fine chilling with her music producer boyfriend Chris. When the two couples spend a weekend alone in a cabin, true feelings come out to play... of course with the help of a few beers. DRINKING BUDDIES is written and directed by Joe Swanberg.

Drinking Buddies is a superb observational comedy set at Revolution Brewing in Chicago. Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson provide amazing performances of two people who are totally in love without realizing it. Set in a world of craft beer, obviously the beer is a key element to the film. The brewery remained open while Swanberg and crew were filming. The Revolution team even taught Johnson how to brew and put him to work cleaning kegs. Swanberg is a homebrewer and his dedication to craft beer is apparent when watching the film. You never feel that Drinking Buddies is cashing in on this booming industry. The story isn't revolutionary by any means, but Swanberg does a fine job of steering clear of typical rom-com cliches and avoids the obvious Hollywood ending.

If you're looking for a solid independent comedy or if you're interested in craft beer at all, you owe it to yourself to check out this film. Drinking Buddies hits theaters August 23 and is currently available for rental online at iTunes and Amazon.