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gift ideas

Craft A Brew kit arrived!

Craft A Brew kit arrived!

I’ve got two great gift ideas for the beer lover in your life.  First, Craft A Brew has produced a home-brew system that comes with everything you need to brew a whole gallon of beer at home.

Comes with everything you will need to create a gallon of home brew!

Comes with everything you will need to create a gallon of home brew!

Craft A Brew is a great gift idea because it comes in a variety of styles and has really simple instructions for first timers to use. Also, it’s under $50! I’ve never brewed beer before so I will follow up on this post to share how it turns out.

Additionally, Govino has released a portable shatter-proof beer glass as well! These could go with the Craft A Brew kit or serve as a nice gift all on there own. They’re great for outdoor parties or picnics where things tend to get dropped… and a set of 4 costs less than $15!

Govino beer glasses are a great gift idea and won't break the bank.

Govino beer glasses are a great gift idea and won’t break the bank.

Also love these shatter-proof Govino Champagne flutes.

Also love these shatter-proof Govino Champagne flutes.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! CHEERS!

sausage fest with the dudes

wursts

Last weekend, Britt and I attended the Wurst Oktoberfest at Barsha in Manhattan Beach. Barsha continually hosts events pairing wine, beer and food and they have a nice selection of wine, beer and spirits to take with you. This event featured five dogs by Adam Gertler of Gertler’s Wurst (maybe you’ve seen him on the Food Network), four locally brewed craft beers from The Dudes’ Brewing Company and three types of uber-delicious chocolates from Food By Emily (not a dude.) We tried three of Adam’s sausages: spicy Thai red curry, pastrami and double barrel brat. All three were rad but the pastrami dog was truly special. The sausage itself is filled with pastrami and has the perfect snap when bitten into. It rests on a homemade rye bun and is topped with sauerkraut. Yum! I want one right now! Of the four beers presented by The Dudes, I loved “Grandma’s Pecan” brown ale; a very smooth brown ale with nutty caramel flavor. All of Emily’s chocolates were incredible. The Dark Chocolate Bark with Himalayan Sea Salt, Chili Flakes and Caramel paired amazingly well with The Dudes’ “Grinning Face” porter. Keep an eye out for future events coming to Barsha. The owners, husband and wife, Adnen & Lenora Marouani are food and wine savvy and strive to creatively build a unique wine bar experience. Thanks Barsha!

Barsha, Manhattan Beach

Barsha, Manhattan Beach

L to R - Adam Gertler, The Dudes, the dogs, Barsha owner Adnen Marouani

L to R – Adam Gertler, The Dudes, the dogs, Barsha owner Adnen Marouani

Food By Emily

Food By Emily

Look for Gertler’s Wurst at a Costco near you, The Dudes’ brews in and around Los Angeles, and Emily’s chocolates at Barsha or online. Barsha is located at 917 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.