This Weekend: Whiskey Schooling, Boilermaker Tasting, Tequila Dinner

— by Caroline on Crack

Friday, October 21

Neat’s Distilleries Series 1
Aidan Demarest has managed some of the best bars in L.A. and in turn formed great relationships with distilleries. Now that he has what he calls the “hottest little Fotomat in Glendale” he’s kicking off a distilleries series at his new bar Neat. The finest distillers from all over will swing by and give walk-throughs of their spirits. This week is a Q&A with High West Distilleries, Utah’s finest whiskey. RSVP here.

  • 2pm. Neat, 1114 Pacific Avenue, Glendale (map).

The Beer Chicks’ Late Night Penny Boilermaker Preview Tasting at 8th Street Bottle Shop
The Beer Chicks  will be taking the Boilermaker to the next level by pairing fancy beers from their 8th Street Bottle Shop with complex whiskies at Schmeven Schmand. For a sneaky peek/taste at the roster of two-step cocktails, stop by their beer store in Golden Gopher tomorrow night at 11pm where whisky expert Johnny the Scot will also be on hand to tell us why this is an awesome thing. And on Tuesday at 7G they’ll be serving up the Boilermakers which are made to be shared with friends. Fun and yum!

  • 11pm-1am. 8th Street Bottle Shop, 417 W. 8th Street, Downtown (map).

Sunday, October 23

3rd Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival
Waaah! So sad that LA Beer Week is coming to an end. I think I need closure. Fortunately, closure will come in the form of a beer fest at the beautiful Union Station downtown. There, beer lovers will partake of over 70 craft breweries from all over the world. Good stuff featured will include rare beers as well as brews that were only available for beer week.

  • 12-4pm. Union Station, 800 N Alameda Street, Downtown (map).

Los Angeles Magazine’s Food Event 2011
Such a fancy food fest what with the gorgeous venue at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. Fine wine, lots of great food and llamas! Seriously, this is one of my fave food events and I’m sorry I’ll have to miss it this year. Here are my pics from last year’s. For this sixth annual event, they’ll have restaurants like Black Market Liquor Bar, Fonuts, Lukshon, Picca, Playa and so much more offering noms for guests to stuff their faces with. Grab a glass and peruse the grounds of this ranch, which is home to Malibu Family Wines, while feasting on some of the best food. Where flats, though, else your heels sink into the grass.

  • 1-4pm. $95-$100. Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu (map).

Tuesday, October 25

Ford’s Filling Station Partida Tequila Dinner
Ready for a dinner pairing other than with wine or beer? Ford’s Filling Station has created a special 5-course tasting menu to be paired with Tequila Partida. For $55, guests get the dinner by Chef Gavin Lansdale and Chef Ben Ford, a 3-flight pairing of Tequila Partida plus two specialty cocktails created by Partida Brand Ambassador Jacques Bezuidenhout.

  • 6pm. $55.  Ford’s Filling Station, 9531 Culver Boulevard, Culver City (map). RSVP: (310) 202-1470.