vegan craft beer adventure at stone world bistro and gardens
when it comes to sipping on fine beer and dining on fresh vegan fare in a magnificently idyllic setting, you can’t go wrong with stone world bistro. stone is one of the biggest names in the craft beer business, but with its organic restaurant, impressive gardens and sustainable farm, its headquarters is so much more than a brewery. located in escondido just 100 miles south of LA, it makes for a quick and relaxing getaway or the perfect lunch stop on the way to san diego.
earlier this summer, i (along with some fellow bloggers and friends from golden road brewing) was lucky enough to be treated to a four course vegan meal made with ingredients sourced from stone’s local farm and masterfully prepared by chef alex carballo. pictured above going clockwise we have: broccoli pea soup; spinach salad with beets, sweet onions, and orange segments; braised greens with quinoa tabbouleh; and tofu yakisoba. all phenomenal. i’m happy to report that the yakisoba is a regular item on the stone menu, along with many other vegan options, and it happens to be one of my favorite noodle dishes of all time.
after our meal we grabbed a beer and strolled the beautiful stone gardens. so many little grassy secluded areas, a pond with a waterfall, and even a fire pit—-i’ve never been to a brewery so scenic and welcoming.
we concluded the evening with a tour of the tanks led by stone’s very own randy clemens (you may know him as the author of the sriracha cookbook), and boy was it impressive. i think my favorite part was being in a tiny chilled room containing $60,000 worth of hops—-the smell didn’t leave my nose for days!
if you’re a vegan beer lover and you haven’t been to stone, definitely add this place to your bucket list. there’s really nowhere else like it on on earth.
brunch insanity at mohawk bend in echo park with my girls. starting to the left and going up clockwise, you’re looking at: hearts of palm “crab cakes” with hollandaise sauce, bottomless sangria, a pizza bagel with vegan cheese and seitan sausage, a “banh mi pizza” (marinated tofu, pickled carrots & daikon, jalapenos, herb salad, sriracha aioli), an asparagus potato pizza with leek puree and nutritional yeast, and a ballast point yellowtail beer. yes, this place rules.
vegan cask rooftop brewed IPA with freshly baked bread at eataly’s birreria in NYC. top notch beer, epic views of manhattan—-it doesn’t get much better than this. $10 a pint but well worth it.
going kinda crazy with the homemade vegan burger and vegan tater tots at the power station at edgefield!! (Taken with Instagram at Power Station Pub & Theater - McMenamins Edgefield)
this weekend marked the re-opening of tom bergin’s, and of course we were there to celebrate. established in 1936, the fairfax bar is the oldest irish pub in los angeles, and it has been a staple haunt for me since before i was legally allowed to drink. i’m happy to report that after “renovations” not much has changed - it’s a bit brighter inside, the bathrooms are nicer, the beer selection is better (hello stone ipa!), and it’s all around cleaner. the shamrocks and NYC irish pub vibe are still intact.
just steps aways from tom bergin’s is LA’s little ethiopian district, so we decided to hit up rosalind’s for a vegetarian combination after our drinking session. big enough for 2 to share, the combo is a mixture of assorted vegan stews served on a giant piece of spongy bread for around $13. collard greens, lentils, carrots, potatoes, cabbage…all wonderful!
i’m telling you guys, fairfax date night. bergin’s and ethiopian. do it.
LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW (click here)!
here’s the vital info:
LA Vegan Beer Fest 2012 presented by Tony’s Darts Away, The Roxy and Quarrygirl
Saturday May 12th at The Roxy on Sunset
1pm – 5pm
Admission includes unlimited craft beer, vegan bands, food for sale from local vegan businesses and vegan food trucks!
Advance tickets on sale now! (all ticket prices will increase by $5 in May and by $10 on the day of the event)
General Admission $45
VIP Admission $55 (includes VIP lounge access and early entry at noon)
Proceeds from the event will be donated to CA Wildlife Center
sorry, this event is 21 and over.
while the last 2 vegan beer fests have been pretty epic, this is sure to be the best one yet. we’re adding beer from more craft breweries and greatly expanding the food options—-this year vendors will include doomie’s, fresh fries, mandoline grill, seabirds truck, the frankenstand, plant food for people, amanda’s bakery, chastellis truck, corazan de jah truck, tony’s darts away, mohawk bend, golden road brewery and more…!
buy your ticket today (remember, we sold out last year!) and get ready for a day of unlimited brews and awesome food!
LA vegan pretzel wars
let’s break it down: there are 2 bars in los angeles that i know of where you can get gigantic soft salty pretzels to soak up your beer binge—-pretzels that also happen to be vegan. i’m talking about golden road brewing in atwater village (or is it glendale?) and bruhaus on wilshire. both of these places do amazing pretzels, but i love competition…so let’s pit them against each other! fight fight!
first up, the bruhaus pretz:
super tasty, baked to a crisp, yet cracked because the inside doughiness just wants to explode out. (i’ve eaten this pretzel several times, and it’s always busted!) bruhaus’ bavarian treat clocks in at 9 bucks, and comes with cheese sauce and garden-variety store bought mustard. obviously hold the cheese to make it vegan. i like to opt for an extra side of their homemade “beetchup” (ketchup made with beets!). the salt is a bit skimpy, and i’m a sodium addict—-but still i’d never say no to this pretzel.
next up, golden road:
massive and expertly cooked every time (crispy with its soft and fluffy innards intact!), this dude clocks in at 7 bucks. it’s covered in crunchy salt crystals and served with the HOTTEST MUSTARD i’ve ever tasted (even hotter than my beloved colman’s!!) and for an extra dollar you can add spicy vegan cheese dip. this pretzel is perfect.
while i will continue to eat both pretzels on the regular, golden road brewery is the clear winner. it’s 2 bucks cheaper, the mustard is better, there’s a vegan cheese option, it’s doesn’t look like it has exploded, it’s saltier…AND, the condiments come in silver dishes instead of plastic ones! the little things count.
don’t take my word for it though, go try both pretzels:
golden road brewing website
delicious vegan pizza at blind lady ale house—-san diego’s best nano-brewery. this classic marinara pie with basil may look standard at first glance (and that’s what i thought when it arrived at my table), but the sauce and crust were exceptional, a cut above “good” restaurant vegan pizza. i definitely didn’t miss the cheese and toppings.
overall, blind lady fucking rules. incredible beer selection, vegan items clearly marked on the menu, and every once in awhile they have once in a lifetime home-brewed beers on tap. what more do i require?
FREE BEER! colLAboration giveaway!
UPDATE 2/20/12: a winner has been randomly chosen!! congratulations to phil robles! thanks everyone else for entering. if phil doesn’t confirm his win by tomorrow, we’ll pick somebody new.
yeah dudes, we’re totally giving away free beer! in case you haven’t heard, our friends over at colLAb are throwing a giant winterfest beer event on february 26th at the belasco theatre in downtown LA, and you can win a ticket (which is actually a nifty souvenir glass!) here + free beer tokens just by commenting on this post.
we have long been huge fans colLAboration pop up beer gardens, and the one next weekend looks like it’s going to be pretty epic: we’re talking lots of rare specialty brews, vegan food available for purchase, and several different glass/taster packages to choose from. plus, it’s located close to the metro blue line so you can cut loose without having to drive.
here are the particulars and how to win tickets:
@ the belasco (1050 s. hill street LA, 90015)
to win ONE free glass of your choosing, plus 3 free beer tokens: all you need to do is comment on this post. (just type out your comment and post it as a “guest”, and please use a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!) 1 winner will be chosen at random and announced on monday february 20th. best of luck!
PS: i know we’re only giving away one glass/ticket, so if you win, consider buying one as well for your buddy or date. you’ll be so popular.
freshcraft in denver: food & brews!
denver colorado is one of america’s top beer cities, and it’s also home to some of the tastiest vegan food i’ve ever eaten—-who’dve thought! on our latest trip there (you already read about our debaucherous meals at city o’ city), we hit up freshcraft: one of the town’s best beer bars that happens to boast a surprisingly vegan-friendly menu. here’s what we ate:
fresh avocado salad wrap: sliced avocado, marinated rice noodles, shaved cabbage, radicchio, red onion. (no honey vinaigrette!) garnished with cashews and chili sauce. $8
mole bello tacos: cocoa chili marinated roasted mushrooms, southwestern slaw, tomato junks, creamy lime sauce. (this dish is VEGAN by DEFAULT! it even says so on the menu!) $8.75
drown it all in some oskar blues hot sauce and i’m good to go.
oh we also drank the shit outta several avery beers. i promise to take pictures of them next time i go.
denver rules, and don’t let anyone ever tell you any different.
on our recent trip to san diego, we hit up north park’s newest very vegan-friendly beer bar: tiger! tiger! the place is incredible—-lots of great beers and a solid menu. unfortunately, we just stopped by for a quickie: one pint of hefe each and the homemade bread plate (veganized) to share, both of which were excellent.
i can’t wait to return and try their vegan brunch, lentil sliders, and fried polenta….in addition to many more beers.
OH, and LOVELIKEBEER is having a vegan valentine’s day benefit at tiger! tiger! that you all should attend. if you can swing it, it’s definitely worth making the trip from LA to hit up a LOVELIKEBEER event. i will someday get around to posting photos from the one we attended a few months ago. suffice to say, it was epic!