First Friday At Phantom Carriage

Hey PG!

October is such a cool month. The weather is usually perfect; warm during the day and crisp at night. Darker beers are starting to make their way onto the shelves, excitement grows with crowds of beer lovers lining up for pumpkin releases from this brewery or that. Football is going strong, hockey and basketball will be starting here in a few weeks too. New episodes of our favorite shows are airing (South Park is off to a great start by the way) and isn’t this presidential election just a whole lot of fun? 😀

 October also brings with it Halloween and all things spooky, so it only makes sense to visit our friends [and club alumni] at Phantom Carriage in Carson for First Friday.


I gave Martin and Simon the heads up so they’ll be ready for us and their tap list looks great. For the first time in I don’t know how long, their extraordinary high gravity dark sour Lugosi is in the lineup along with Golden Brett a wild Belgian inspired ale from Allagash of Portland,  Maine. Their bottle selection is giant as well.

The bites here are as good as the beer and the two fit together nicely. Check out the menu to get your taste buds thinking, Tania and I recommend the Phantom Fritos and the pickled veggies.

Finally, remember to bring your growler out for a fill to go. 🙂 You’ll thank me for reminding you, later when you’re at home on Sunday watching the game with a fresh 1/2 gallon of beer. They have some super simple rules for growler fills, you’ll need to put painters tape over logos on any branded growlers, and they need to be clean. More on that topic here:

Tania and I will be there starting right around 7pm. Car pool, uber, bicycle, or thumb it!  See you there!


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September First Friday @ Monkish Brewing Company

Hey PG!

A quick reminder that THIS FRIDAY September 2nd is our First Friday at Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance. A fan of Belgian inspired beers myself, I’ve been looking forward to this one as our “fresh Belgian” beer event for 2016. The owner Henry is super hospitable and the beer is delicious and priced right.

Bring a sub or a pizza and get ready to tip back some easy drinking ales with us. I hear it’s member Eli’s birthday, so we’ll be celebrating with a little more effort on his behalf. 🙂

By the way, I had a really good time at our August club meeting on the 18th. Andrew’s commercial sour beer tasting was off the hook and the quality of home brewed sours that made it out was exciting. Thanks again to Culver City Homebrew Supply for hosting us and for the special discounts.

Finally one last bit personally. Thanks to club members Ian, Tim, Mimi and Luis for attending my “Cheese, Cheers and Beers” event at Surfas this past Saturday. Having some familiar faces in the crowd made things way more fun, it was great.

Anyway, Tania and I will be arriving at Monkish right around 7pm this Friday. Hope to see you all there!


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Tonight! August First Friday @ Wirsthaus

Hey PG!

Just a few hours until our First Friday @ Wirsthaus on La Brea tonight and I can’t wait. I first went to Wirsthaus last year for a birthday party and it was a lot of fun. It’s a traditional German restaurant and pub featuring authentic schnitzel, sausages,  potato pancakes, currywurst, and some decent vegetarian options too. They’ve got ping pong and usually some live music going on, more than 30 German beers available too.

More info here:

Should be a very fun night, Tania and I are planning on arriving at 7pm to try and grab some table space. The place can get rather busy, but (as we’ve done before) we’ll find a way to make it work.

Looking forward to drinking cold beer out of a boot tonight! I hope to see you all there.


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July’s First Friday Tomorrow! :)

Hey PG!


Sorry for the late reminder, I’m traveling again, this time in New England, and I haven’t had a moment to sit down and write this up!

Tomorrow, Friday July 1st is First Friday at King’s Harbor Brewing Company’s waterfront tasting room. Located on the Redondo Beach Pier, their beer is super fresh (the brewery itself is just 2 miles away).  Growlers, 22oz bottles, and crowlers (32oz can growlers) are available, plus their limited Radler – South Bayern Hefeweizen blended with Lemon Soda.

As an added bonus, Naja’s is literally a crawl away, if you’re feeling adventurous enough to attack their tap list too. 😉

This event starts right around 7:30pm on Friday and goes until closing time. The Redondo Beach Pier offers great parking at that time of night and due to the holiday coming up, I expect both K.H.B.C. and Naja’s to be a little more accessible than usual.

As usual, I recommend everybody find a designated driver or über down there. Especially due to the holiday weekend!

Have fun and party safe.  See you all soon.


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Club Meeting and other event dates!!

Sorry for the late announcing of this months club meeting which will be held at the:
Culver City Homebrew Supply store this week June 16th at 7:30pm.
4234 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230. Style of the Month is All Lagers for homebrewers and International and Czech Lagers for the commercial tasting. There will be a raffle, food, and sign up sheets for next month’s Summer Party for volunteers, beer, and food.
Also if you still need to brew beer for the Summer Party, all club nights held at the Culver City Homebrew Supply shop is double discount nights, So bring you recipes and buy some homebrew supplies!!

We have some more events coming up in July, so set your calendars!

July 1st for First Friday will be south of us at King Harbor’s Waterfront Tasting Room, in the Redondo Pier area! really close to Naja’s Place. Go down via Uber or Lyft and check them out, have a few of their beers and if you need more then head next door. Waterfront Location: 132 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(Note: Do not mistake the location with King Harbor’s actual brewery located at 2907 182nd street Redondo Beach, California 90278)

July 10th for Sunday Funday in the Arts Disttrict, Downtown LA!! This should be a real fun bar crawl in a cool part of downtown with a lot of great beer bars, food, and Breweries. Plus the highlight event where we get a personal tour from club friend Devon Randall, aka Head Brewer at the Arts District Brewery.
The Plan: So the Expo Line just opened up all the way the Santa Monica, so this is a great excuse to use it. The train’s will take you all the way to the Arts District area. Plan on getting on the trains about 10am-10:30am to meet at our first location: Wurstkuche at 11am, where you can get the best sausages in town and some awesome German and Belgian beers. Then about 12:30pm-1pm we head across the street to the Arts District Brewery, where we will meet Devon, drink her beer’s, eat more food, and set off on a personal tour of the brewing facilities. After a good while of hanging at the brewery, the next stop we leave it up to the group, or the individuals. I might head to 82 the Arcade Bar, or Mumford Brewing a few block away. There is also Angel City Brewing and Eat Drink Americano real close too. A bit farther you can cab it to Iron Triangle Brewing, Little Bear, or Villains Tavern. Check out all the links I added to each location, I will announce at the June club meeting and post more about the schedule closer to the date of the event.

July 23rd for Pacific Gravity’s Summer Party!! Definitely set your calendars for this, the biggest event of the year! We will have sign up sheet at this thursday’s club meeting for volunteers, beers, and pot luck food. We will also be looking for some special volunteers to help out Ian with the food duties as well, the week before, during set up, and during the summer party day since he is not as mobile as usual. We will make the official announcements at the meeting this Thursday at the Culver City Homebrew Supply shop.

June 3rd, First Friday @ Louie’s of Mar Vista

Hey PG!

I hope this reminder finds you all well, both in life and brew schedule. 🙂

Friday is our June First Friday at Louie’s of Mar Vista, which should be a very chill food and beers event. If you’re not familiar with Louie’s, it’s a well designed restaurant with a beautiful bar and dining room. They have an area out back that’s covered, but open to the outside air with a few tables. The food is excellent, ASAP style (As Southern As Possible), so I highly recommend you bring your appetite and a date. 😉 Here’s a link to the menu to get your appetite going:

Beer and drink-wise they’re stocked pretty well, including a few locals like Monkish and Smog City the last time I was there and a whole bunch of specialty cocktails, enhanced by the fresh honey harvested from their bee boxes on the roof.

Tania and I will be there right around 7pm but you’re welcome to come by anytime. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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First Friday @ The Doughroom, reminder!!!

Hi everyone, don’t forget tomorrow 7:00 pm Friday April 1st we are all going to The Doughroom for First Friday. If you have not been it is an awesome place that always has a great selection of craft beer on tap and in bottles. As well, they have amazing artisan pizza’s along with great appetizers, pasta main dishes, a newer burger I need to try, and more!
Although I can’t help, but almost always get the garlic knots app. and the “Spice Bear” pizza!!
The Doughroom and owner Kaveh are good friends of Pacific Gravity and recently they helped sponsor our 2016 LABBC homebrew comp. So lets show our support and make a trip to see them.

Check out their website for Menu items and Beer lists, and they have an amazing 4 star Yelp review too, which basically is 5 stars on Yelp….  and  Yelp

3409 Overland Ave, Los Angeles Ca. 90034
(Between Rose and Palms, tucked in the corner by the Sterling Cleaners)

As an added bonus I hear they might put on a keg of Panil Barriquee, an oaken aged sour red ale that was triple fermented!
So come out to The Doughroom Friday night, invite your Friends and Family. Get some Amazing Food and Great Beer! If theres not a beer lover in the bunch, they have an extensive list of wines and bubbly too.

I definitely suggest that everyone Uber or Lyft, or carpool if you can Friday night. Parking can be limited, but they have a small lot to park in, street parking on Overland and on the adjacent streets.

Can’t wait to see everyone Friday, get a Spicy Bear, and a few cold Pints!!


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First Friday At Irish Times

Hey PG!   Our monthly First Friday event is coming right up and this time we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Times Pub & Restaurant. Meet there starting at 7:30PM on Friday and bring a friend or two!

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As Google notes, Irish Times is an “unpretentious tavern serving Irish fare” and meeting there for First Friday every March is a PG tradition. I’m told that they’ll have some special beers on tap for us and I’m thinking of trying their Shepherd’s Pie and the Corned Beef sandwich because it wouldn’t be St. Patty’s day without a plate full of food and a pint full of beer!  😀    Also, they *should* have a live band playing too.


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So order up an Uber or draw straws for who plays designated driver. Tania and I are going the ride-share route because this one is so close to home.

Hope to see you all there!


Three Weavers Recap

We had a great big turnout for First Friday at Three Weavers Brewing Company in Inglewood last night and it was fun seeing everybody. It feels good to show up and find so many of us together. In case you missed it, here are a few photos (care of Lloyd) and a recap.

Founder Lynne and the team at TW were ready for us and generously honored a special members-only discount for the whole night. Emily White, our resident PG’er at Three Weavers, gave a tour of their [giant] space and all of the beers I sampled were excellent. As I’ve mentioned before the Blood Junkie Imp Red and Kill The Lights Black Lager have been favorites of mine lately. For this visit I went for a sampler flight and I really had a tough time deciding on my growler fill when the time came.

Lloyd had a sign up sheet for our upcoming Monsterbrew with Smog City going around. Still room on the list if you want to reserve a portion, it’s a very cool event and you go home with a project to work on, I highly recommend it. Get into contact with Lloyd for more information.

We also had three new members sign up, which is exciting. Now that I’m seeing firsthand how membership dues drive the club events and benefits I have a better understanding of why growth is great. Most of us have at least one friend who is always “almost ready” to try brewing some beer. Our events are a great way to put them in front of a bunch of like minded people so bring the good ones along.

Tumby’s Pizza boxes and glasses of beer surrounded our group in the tasting room. I think at one point we had 2/3 of the inside seating completely filled with PG, and even with all of our extra people clogging up the beertender line, Three Weavers kept things moving smoothly and glasses full.  A well earned thank you to Lynne, Emily and everyone at Three Weavers for recognizing our club and for their gracious hospitality.



First Friday Reminder Tonight and then some…

Hi PG members,

Just a reminder of our First Friday tonight from 7-10pm or later at Three Weavers Brewing.  address: 1031 W. Manchester Blvd. Unit A-BInglwood, Ca. 90031
Three Weavers will be giving Pacific Gravity Members a 10% discount as well as our very own Emily White will be Touring us around the brewery! Hope you all can make it.

Photo credit: Thrillist

Photo credit: Thrillist








As for other Reminders:
We will have a sign up sheet with us tonight for our March 5th, Monsterbrew @Smog City. We will also be able to take payments for your allotted one or two 5 gallons of wort. As well I will bring new member sign-up sheets if your still looking to join the club and take part in all our upcoming events!

Also Don’t forget about the competitions coming up:
Our very own LABBC entry window is now OPEN!! so start registering those Belgian beers. There is a 150 entry cut off, so register early!

Entry Deadline for the Thousand Oaks Homberbrews “Romancing the Beer” homebrew comp is this next Friday, February 12th at either Eagle rock Homebrew Supply or The Wine, Beer, and Cheese shop. (sorry No culver city homebrew supply drop off.)

As well there is the Strand Brewers with the “Jeff Sander Memorial Homebrew Comp”. Entry and drop deadline Feb. 27th at noon. Drop off at South Bay Brewing Supply.
1311 Post Ave, Torrance, CA 90501