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The dinner party that ruled all dinner parties

dinner party aftermath

dinner party aftermath

I promised myself that this was not going to be the place for bragging about what beers I drank or blowing up my ego by posting pictures of empty bottles, but my Monday got particularly better this week when a stressful work daynight (it never ends, seriously) was interrupted by a casual dinner party that my guy had apparently planned and executed at my place.

I came home from a Staples-and-reporting-trip to the other side of town to discover four good friends (one of whom is moving back to San Diego to do amazing exciting beer things) had filled my fridge with some of the most righteous cellar digs I had ever seen. Over the next 5 hours, we ate and drank and drank and drunk. And when I woke up in the morning, I freaked out looking at the above pictured lineup, remembering that I was lucky enough to have someone bring Abstrakt 10, Firestone XII, 2009 Cuvee de Tomme and a Deus (did I mention the 13 year-old red wine?) to pour in my dining room on a basic Monday night.

It’s about time we all start loosening our criteria for “special events” so we have an excuse to drink all of those special beers we’ve been aging. Anytime food is being served over a table with good friends, that’s good enough for me!

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Airwaves 2013 was a succes (aka why IE beer matters)!

The aftermath of Airwaves' bottle share.

The aftermath of Airwaves’ bottle share.

Don’t they say that you know a party was good if you don’t remember it? Well, since in all my drunken awesomeness I’ve never managed to black out, I know a party was good when I don’t have a lot of photos of it. With Beer Geek Radio‘s first anniversary party–dubbed Airwaves 2013–I spent so much time meeting new people, laughing my ass off and drinking good beer that the only photos that actually exist from the day are, like, two blurry ones my new drinking buddies (including one awesome chick) and one of a graveyard of empty bottles.

Billed as the largest collective bottle share in the Inland Empire, Airwaves was a beer festival organized to be not only a party for local podcast duo Beer Geek Radio (the subject of my IE Weekly cover story the same week), but also a chance for the local beer community to come together and drink beer from breweries in one of the largest growing scenes in the country.

I know that people (especially in LA) scoff at the idea of anything cool or culturally significant coming out of the Inland Empire, (much less beer worth drinking) but after attending Airwaves, I have even more respect for its beer community and feel like that what’s bubbling out there is worth a deeper look. Continue reading

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