Sunday, March 12, 2017

4th Annual Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival


I am SO excited that one of my most favorite events of the year, Sabroso, is almost here!  Sabroso has been an annual event since 2014, you can read my recaps for 20142015, and 2016.  I'm even more excited, because of some RAD changes that will be coming to Sabroso this year.  KLOS presents the fourth annual Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito and it will be held at an all-new location, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA on Saturday, April 8th from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (VIP opens an hour earlier at noon).  This year's event will once again be produced by California's most successful and respected craft beer festival producer, Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), KLOS presents Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, & Music Festival will feature live music, lucha libre style wrestling by World Power Wrestling (WPW), games, contests, complimentary craft beer tastings (until 4:00 p.m.) from some of the best breweries in the country, and $3 tasty gourmet tacos from the region's top chefs and restaurants.  

Sabroso will feature a music lineup headlined by Orange County-based, multi-platinum rock band The Offspring, along with performances from Sum 41, Rival Sons, Lit, Unwritten Law, and the world's first and only heavy metal mariachi band, Metalachi, as well as roving performances by local mariachi bands.

Dexter Holland of The Offspring is looking forward to joining in this ultimate taco fest and comments, “We love tacos, the beach AND beer, so it sounds like a perfect day for The Offspring.”

Sabroso co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions explains, “Sabroso is one of my favorite events that we produce, and Doheny State Beach is exactly the kind of setting I imagined when we started in 2014. Much of the event will remain the same. What’s new for 2017, though, are the extended hours and the killer bands performing on our main stage. Having one of OC’s favorite exports, The Offspring, perform at Sabroso could not be more perfect! Attendees are in for a day they will never forget!”

Throughout the festival, taco lovers can indulge in $3 gourmet tacos from top local chefs and restaurants. These titans of taco creations will all compete for the coveted Sabroso “People’s Choice” awards, as selected by attendees via Text-To-Vote. “Best Of Show” will be awarded by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges. Many taco experts are expected to participate, including these past Sabroso “People’s Choice” and “Best Of Show” winners returning to defend and reclaim their titles: Chef Jimmy Martinez from Pour Vida - Anaheim, Chef Cody Storts from Salt and Ash – Placentia, Chef Rashad Moumneh from Falasophy - Santa Ana, Luis Flores of Meat Up BBQ - Placentia, and Chef Hop Phan from Dos Chinos - Santa Ana, just to name a few. Other local favorites include Chef Greg Daniels from Haven Gastropub, the Ninjas With Appetite Truck (N.W.A. Truck), Devilicious Truck, LIME Truck, Stadium Brewing Co., The Kroft, Chronic Tacos, and many more.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature renowned craft breweries including Bottle Logic, Bootleggers, Riip Brewing, Pizza Port, TAPS Fish House and Brewery, Stereo Brewing, Fall Brewing, Barley Forge, Ritual Brewing, Modern Times, Artifex Brewing and more.

Attendees are also invited to sample all flavors of Gringo Bandito
Dexter Holland of The Offspring’s top rated hot sauce during the event.

In addition to live music, tacos and craft beer offerings, Sabroso attendees will be entertained by lucha libre style wrestlers like Red Spider, La Golosa, Lady Lee and Mariachi Loco, who will take to the ring for four action packed qualifying matches, followed by a championship match.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival runs from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 8, with VIP entry beginning at noon for an extra hour of complimentary exclusive tastings in the VIP lounge. The festival is open to those 21 and up. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to roam throughout the lush grass areas of Doheny State Beach, right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean, touching the sand.

Tickets for KLOS presents Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festivalpowered by Gringo Bandito go on sale Friday, February 3 at 10:00 AM PT at A limited number of discounted Early Bird pre
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sale tickets 
will be available via KLOS on Thursday, February 2 from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, exclusively for the station’s Workforce members. Visit for more details.

The VIP Lounge + Early Entry Ticket includes 1 festival admission ticket for craft beer tastings, music festival, VIP entry lane with one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (Noon), VIP lounge access with exclusive craft beer tastings and special taco vendors, front of stage viewing access, VIP bathrooms, and VIP commemorative laminate.

A portion of the proceeds from Sabroso will be donated to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA), the non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories.

General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices at All tickets include complimentary beer tasting and access to view the music stage.

Festival General Admission Tickets start at $60, and VIP Lounge + Early Entry Tickets are $99. Day Of Festival General Admission Tickets (if available) will be $75 per person.

Parking at Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will be extremely limited, so attendees are strongly encouraged to carpool and ride
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share. Please go to for all shuttle locations, ride share lots, bike valet and suggested areas to park.

Doheny State Beach is easily accessible by car from Los Angeles County, San Diego County, the Inland Empire, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, the San Joaquin Valley, and via flights to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.

The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

Sponsors for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival include KLOS, Gringo Bandito and Chronic Tacos, with more to be announced.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

5th Annual Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival Recap

I think having a beer fest in December is a wonderful way to help celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
A few short weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival. While I have attended several other events produced by OC Brew Ha Ha Productions, this was my first time attending their annual event held in December.  
The event was held at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, which is a fantastic spot for a fest. There was plenty of room for breweries, vendors, food trucks, and festival attendees to spread out throughout the venue. 
One of my favorite beers of the day was Unsung Brewing's St. Nick R. Doodle.  It was like drinking a cookie, a really delicious hop flavored cookie.  I thoroughly enjoyed the OC Brew Ho Ho because of the fantastic variety of beers that were brought by all of the breweries, the live music from Dead Man's Party, as well as all of the festive attire worn by all of the attendees.  I am already looking forward to next year's Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Merry Kringle with Racine Danish Kringles!

Recently, I was asked by #FoodieChats to sample some amazing desserts from Racine Danish Kringles.  Prior to being sent the Racine Danish Kringles, I had not heard of these pastries. The Danish Kringle is the official state pastry for the state of Wisconsin.  When Danish settlers arrived in the late 1800s, they brought with them the Danish Kringle.  Each Danish Kringle made by Racine Danish Kringle is handcrafted in their family bakery.  


While I love sharing treats with my friends and family during the Christmas season, finding time to bake treats can be a challenge.  The Racine Danish Kringle is a perfect dessert to share during the holidays, and anytime of year.  They arrive frozen, and can either be continued to be kept frozen for up to six months or consumed after allowing them to thaw. I sampled the chocolate silk as well as the cinnamon Kringle.  The Racine Danish Kringles are easy to cut up into small pieces to allow more friends and family to share in the Kringle dessert.

Light, flaky with just the right amount of chocolate in the chocolate silk Kringle.

I am pretty confident that the head elf himself, Kris Kringle would also be a fan of these delightful treats.

Kringle for Kris Kringle!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Beer Fest for Beer Geeks Presents: The Rare Experience!

Beer Fest for Beer Geeks Presents: The Rare Experience

LOS ANGELES, CA — Beer Fest for Beer Geeks, brought to you by Stout Burgers & Beers, presents an extraordinary beer list to celebrate the uniqueness of beer. The Rare Experience Beer Festival takes place outside of the restaurant’s Studio City location from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The festival features 20 breweries pouring a variety of beers such as sours, barrel-aged and wild ales.

Beer nerds will recognize a few of the more popular breweries attending the festival, including Deschutes, Logsdon, Allagash, Lost Abbey, Cascade, Almanac, Modern Times, Boulevard, Green Flash and more. Some of the rare or unique one-offs come from as close as Los Angeles (like Phantom Carriage Brewery) and as far as Connecticut (extremely rare OEC Brewing) and Nebraska (Nebraska Brewing Company).

“This is a truly unique opportunity where beer fans can get their hands on impossible to find beers,” says Joey Anderson, Stout’s National Beer Manager. “We work all year long to curate this list. Whether you’re a fan of sour, wild or barrel-aged beers, attendees will be blown away with the options available.”

VIP access gets ticket holders early entrance at 1:00 pm along with 12 draft drink tickets and three bonus tickets for access to rare, specialty bottles. Regular admission ticket holders receive 10 draft tickets with access to the festival at 2:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased for $50 general admission and $70 VIP at

Want to attend the event and receive a discount? Use code: RAREFEST1 that offers $5 off a VIP or GA ticket (limit two users per customer). 

When: Saturday November 19th, 2016

Where: 11262 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Confirmed Breweries:
Wiens Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Allagash Brewing Company, Lost Abbey, Cascade Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Telegraph Brewery, Almanac Beer Co, Modern Times Beer, Small Batch Beer Co., Cellador Ales, Nebraska Brewing Company, Boulevard Brewing Company, Big Sky Brewing, Green Flash Brewing Co., Phantom Carriage Brewery and OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores).