MAN VS. BEER Tonight At Far Bar. 20 Japanese Craft Beers for $25. 7 PM. Augustfest!

This just in via the Chuy-Wire…Puro Pinche Pari!

Far Bar in Little Tokyo is hosting the last night of MAN VS. BEER. In celebration of their exclusive “Augustfest” celebration they will offer the chance to taste 20 different, unique Japanese craft beers for $25. Here is the the scoop directly from the website.

As part of the Augustfest celebration, every Thursday come to FAR BAR Lounge and get the opportunity to taste 20 differently unique Japanese craft style beers for only $25. There will be music, Japanese horror and Samurai Movies and free popcorn! Challenge yourself and if you can finish, get your photo on the “WALL OF FAME”. Come early as the fun begins from 7pm-midnight. Only at the FAR BAR Lounge!


Pues, hay que aprovechar! Not sure if this is true or not but I heard that the portions will be allotted to five oz. of each beer. Let’s see x20, that is, hmm, hold on, carry over the one….100 pinche oz. of thick, high Alcohol luxurious Japanese craft beer!

This probably isn’t a good idea, I am the spitting image of a latino-fangled Gumby at 6’3 feet tall and like 135 lbs. But fuuuuuuuuuuck it, one last hurrah before I go back to 13 units of hardcore schoolage next week.

In the words of my beloved East L.A homies, “You’re not doooooown! Ahhh, gonna be a little biiiiiitch or what?”

Haha. I’ll see you guys there at 7 PM sharp, and wish me luck.

Cheers and more beers!

Puro Pinche Private Pacifico Record-Pressing Pari at Capsule Labs: Que Viva Underground Organic Marketing!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a private Pacifico Party at Capsule Labs, one of the last remaining record studio’s in L.A. Little did they know that Pacifico has become my personal “bud light” of beers. What does that mean? Well, for those of you who don’t have an alcoholic uncle or brother in law, that basically means that its become my “everyday” kind of beer. Why? Because its pretty cheap, easily available and doesn’t fill you up! (so you can drink a shit-ton and feel A-OK!)

pacifico on tap!
Pacifico Fresh Off the Cool Keg Box Thing!

Anyways, I hesitated to attend at first because I had my Chicano Psychology class final that same freaking evening (of course!). But, eventually realized I could use the event as incentive to study my ass off and go reward myself after with the refreshing brew. So after tearing my final exam’s ass a new one, I jumped on the 110 south and meandered my way to the industrial part behind Griffith Park. It was time for Puro Pinche Pacifico Pari!

pacifico pinata
A Pacifico Piñata

I called on the home food writer Garrett Snyder (Los Angelicious Times), a fellow member of #YoungMoneyFoodies to be my wingman for the night so I knew fun times was a’ comin’! It was cool to meet Jason of Beers in Paradise beerblog and run into my old Mexican Food coach Bill Esparza of StreetGourmetLA, it had been a while and we all bonded over beer.

I’ve heard rumors of the legendary taste of this beer off tap but honestly, like Bill said. I actually think I prefer the beer off a frosty freshly-popped bottle. I dunno, maybe the keg was a little too warm but the beer tasted heavier and not as refreshing off tap for some reason, nonetheless I still drank four cups happily!

Although live music was touted on the invitation and there was equipment set up on the stage, I didn’t really see any band play. But then again, I left at around 11 pm because I got the beer munchiezzzz. But I did get to see some records being pressed right in front of my eyes!

vinyl pressing live!
Vinyl Pressing Lie: Woooooooooow

I collect international punk-rock vinyl myself thank to my older bro’s six milk-crates of the stuff left behind at our house, so, I was pretty starstruck. I didn’t inquire which band or artist exactly was being pressed but I didn’t really care, seeing a record be made was like seeing magic performed in front of my very eyes.

As I scampered off back home, I felt good knowing that Pacifico took a less mainstream response to Victoria’s million dollar advertising onslaught they took on upon deciding it to finally import it to the states. Who would of thought? My favorite everyday beer is punk-rock too!

Russian River Brewery Co. (Santa Rosa, CA): My Shitfaced Dreams Come True

It was the last day of the tour…the last town left to hit was Santa Rosa and the only thing on my mind? Russian River Brewery! I first learned of this exclusive brewery through the homie Chuy Tovar and his craft beer way of life. I immediately became a fellow fan after tasting Pliny the Younger for the first time a few months ago when they had 13 of their kegs on tap at The Surly Goat bar.

The Delirians invade Dolores Park
ginger-orange coconut special truffle zest
Dolores Park Rules

I had hyped up the band about Russian River and we all agreed to roll in to Santa Rosa a little bit earlier to hit up the celebrated Russian River pub. But those plans didn’t stand a chance when pinned up against going to San Francisco for a picnic lunch. So, we ended up doing that instead. For dessert, we had some tasty homemade coconut, ginger, orange zest truly special truffle sold by a roaming vendor. I forgot how much I loved San Francisco.

We arrived to the venue with just half an hour to spare before they played their set. “You have arrived at your destination on the right” said my ghetto PCS Blackberriy’s GPS system. Trip out! The venue was just a block away from the brewery!!!!!!!!!!! It was shitfaced destiny.

russian river front
There It Is

The bar was cracking for a Sunday night. It had the feel of a saloon or something, with wooden framed signs all around the place and a classic rock band playing inside. I don’t know if it was chocolate kicking in or the three beers I had earlier but I swear everyone can could tell that my friend Carlos and I were not locals. We were probably the youngest guy’s there, not to mention the only latino’s too. But it didn’t matter, I was there for the beer and was not going to let any paranoia kill it!

inside russian river
Russian River Brewery beres
Behold:Russian River Pub

Sooner than I knew it, I ordered some Consecration, their sour brown ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels that goes for $15.99 a bottle at our dear Ramirez Liquor in Boyle Height’s. Here, a chilled tumbler filled with sour stuff went for $7.

The first glass of the hefty 10.00 ABV brew went down my throat too easily, but what can I say, I was a giddy fan girl for it and was looking forward to it since Friday morning. We went out into the patio to sip our second glass while enjoying the cool Santa Rosa dusk.

consecrations at dusk

Shortly after downing my second glass, I was made aware of the pub’s sampler set for $12. DUH! Oh well, never too late for a sampler right?

Russian River sampler
Two Drinks in and Then a Sampler

Now the problem with blogging about beer, I have no recollection of it! haha. Well, aside from the tasty Sanctification, the pub’s sour ale brewed with 100% wild Brettanomyces yeast! And the Redemption ale, only because Carlos called it a “blondie”.

empty sampler
two growlers to go at Russian River

My open-minded friend Carlos really liked the beer, enough so that he bought two growlers full of ’em to take back home. Now, I don’t really remember much after that last flight of beer. But I must of had a good time as I somehow magically woke up back in my own bed by 9 AM the next morning?

drunk photographer shot
Drunken Photographer Shot of The Delirians

echoes of kingston tour last shot
Echoes of Kingston Tour: Goodbye Shot

mission complete
Mission Complete: Partying, The Delirians Style!

A Mexican Christmas Winter Ponche Recipe & My Last Two Weeks of Illegal Drinking-Driven Debauchery

So, as you all may have noticed, I fell DEEP into ‘Holiday-Relax’ mode this last year.

For the first time in the whole year, I took some damn personal time to be twenty finally. You know, enjoying complete meals without ever whipping out a camera? Ok, ok…I did sneak in a couple of shots of my moms awesome Duck Tamales, Buñuelos and Ponche but nonetheless enjoyed a couple of meals without exercising my hunger’s last moment discipline…it felt great to just eat.

best tamal shot
Duck Mole Tamal, Achiote Spiced Guacamole, Nopal (Cactus) Salad, Refried Great Northern Beans, Radishes: My Christmas & New Year Dinner

moms bunuelos
Buñuelos (paper-thin flour tortilla fried in Grapeseed Oil & dusted in cinnamon-sugar)

Ponche: Mexican Christmas Cinnamon Tea Filled with Anything and Everything eg. Guavas, Mexican Crab-Apples, Prunes, Sugar Cane etc. (Recipe Posted Below)

dessert christmas spread
My Older Sisters Dessert Spread: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Tea Cookies & Sweet Potatoes in Piloncillo Syrup

Uhhh…it also kind of just hit me that I am turning the big, effin 21 in just two weeks, two freakin weeks. Do you guys know what this means for a restaurant blogger? YES! I am now going to be able to legally drink, no more using the risky technique of “Walk in like you own the place” or hope that my glasses and increased posture will get me through. No more GETTING DENIED entrance to a food event for not being of age, and most importantly…not having to ask a passerby bum or stranger to buy me beer and end up with the wrong kind!

Ok, so not much will be different since it hasn’t really stopped me from drinking before but somewhere between blogging, writing 100 word radio commentaries and getting mentioned in the New Yorker…I tend to forget that I am twenty sometimes. So for the last couple of weeks (ooh-ee New Years Eve, jeez!) and until I turn twenty one, I will live up my last two weeks of illegal drinking driven debauchery…

since I was sixteen
A Pair of 40 oz. King Cobras at Fourteen: My Introduction to Alcohol in Moderation via the East L.A Punk Scene

A Dear Recipe From My Holiday Break:

(Mexican Holiday Cinnamon-Fruit Tea: Familia Cabral Style)

1 Gallon of Water (Purified or Tap doesn’t matter, will boil)
4 Medium Sticks of Cinnamon
1 Small Handfull of Dried Hibiscus Blossoms
1/2 lbs of Fresh or Frozen Sugar Cane
1 Large Apple, Deseeded, Quartered (Fuji, Gala or Granny Smith; No Red Delicious please)
1 Large Orange, Peeled and Segmented
1/2 lbs of Tejocotes, whole (Mexican Crabapples; available frozen in Mexican-American Markets)
1/2 lbs of Small Fresh Guavas, whole

*this is a mix that I have habituated, feel free to alternate amounts or even add dried fruits like prunes, apricots, raisins, fresh pomegranates…possibilities are virtually endless.

1) In extra large stock pot, lightly crumble all the cinnamon sticks in the one gallon of water, add the hibiscus blossoms, turn heat highest and boil until color changes and the scent makes people in your household swoon…

2) Once color changes, lower to low heat and carefully drop in the fruits.

3) Simmer under low heat for 1-3 hrs until fruits become tender and soft.

4) Enjoy, while contemplating winter, family and life.

–Con Piquete (A generous shot of Tequila traditionally thrown in it to truly keep one warm) is up to you!

…my mom fancies Sauza brand Blanco though if you do.