The first Los Angeles Beer Week Festival began last night--did you hear the sound of a thousand steins lifting--and will run until October 25th at a number of venues across the city and surrounding environs (by which, yes, we mean Orange County). The 11 days of beer-guzzling will feature a variety of tastings, more than 60 events, home-brewing demos, meet-your-brewer events, and, presumably, lots of foam-blowing.
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Check out the calendar of events on the website: an Oktoberfest party at Verdugo Bar, an evening of sausage and beer at Wurstküche, St. Feuillien night tonight at
Tickets for the closing celebration at Descanso Gardens are on sale now: Over 70 breweries pouring their brews, Patina catering, roses and, apparently, hop vines. "Yes, one of the trellises as you want into the rose garden; there's a couple of hop varieties," says LA Beer Week organizer Jay Baum. Admission for the celebration is $40, which does not include food, but does include unlimited 4-ounce pours of beer. Get out your calculator for that one.