Show 543, September 16, 2023: Firkenstein Craft Beer Festival, Anaheim, with Producer Greg Nagel

Greg Nagel of FirkFest

“What would have been the 7th annual Firkfest in Anaheim in 2020 is finally back in 2023 as Firkenstein Craft Beer Festival. Note that it’s no longer cask only. The only prerequisite is breweries are required to bring something special made just for the event.”

“Firkenstein Craft Beer Festival is happening on Saturday, October 7th, 2023 from 4-8 p.m. in Downtown Anaheim surrounding the city’s decorated Halloween tree on West Center Street Promenade, including 30 plus of California’s best breweries, including Monkish, Green Cheek, Highland Park, Moonlight, Everywhere, and others”

“It’s not only a fall beer festival where you can get dressed up, but your beer can too,” notes founder and organizer Greg Nagel @OCBeerBlog. “Two of my favorite things are Halloween and Oktoberfest, both of which happen near each other, so why not have a Halloweenish Oktoberfest?” he continued. Most beers are specially made just for the event, meaning you can only get a taste for them at the festival.

“Around thirty of SoCal’s best brewers are invited, and the event is heavily attended by the beer industry, brewers, and beer lovers alike. The festival is never oversold, capping guests at around 600, which sells out every year it’s been around.” “The venue is slightly larger than previous years, so we may add a little bit,” notes Nagel.

“The festival supports the Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade, which is in its 100th year this October. The Firkenstein Craft Beer Festival will feature local chefs, music, and have a costume contest.”

Founder and Organizer Greg Nagel of OC Beer Blog is our guest to tap the keg of the upcoming Firkenstein Craft Beer Festival.

Greg has a special offer for our Listeners. Ticket price is $59 plus processing fee. If you buy your ticket and use in the Promo Code Box : “AM830” you’ll earn a $10 discount. The event typically sells out early so plan accordingly!

Show 520, April 8, 2023: Jennifer Febre, Founder, MacLeod Ales Brewing, Van Nuys & Highland Park Part One

Jennefier Febre of MacLeod Ales

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. is a distinguished Craft Brewery and Pizzeria located in the heart of industrial Van Nuys. They serve a full range of beer styles from British traditional cask ale to the hazy IPAs, nitro beers and lagers. Guest taps, wine, cider and hard kombucha are available as well! They also have a new MacLeod Taproom and Pizzeria in Highland Park.

“Whatever your preferences are, MacLeod Ale Brewing has a beer that they know you’ll love. From pale ales, brown ales, nitro stouts, and lagers, to extra special bitters, cream ales, and porters – MacLeod’s rotating taps have always got something new to try.”

At MacLeod’s the mantra is “food has the ability to bring us together and is worth sharing.”

“MacLeod’s created their kitchen menu to adapt and expand in response to a growing need for hungry customers. Owners Jennifer and Alastair landed on pizza because it’s simple, delicious, and everyone loves a great pie.”

“With the best raw ingredients, fresh California produce, and proteins sourced locally, their kitchen has got only the best to work with – which means you’re getting a truly superior pizza.”

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.’s Vegan Classic Pepperoni Pizza was personally selected by Chicago-based Pizza Authority and Food Journalist, Steve Dolinsky (NBC 5 Chicago’s “The Food Guy”) to be one of the featured pizzas at the upcoming Pizza City Fest Los Angeles at LA Live on Saturday, April 29th. (The Vegan Pepperoni itself is the proprietary creation of their Highland Park neighbor, Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher Shop and Deli.)

Founder Jennifer Febre joins us with a pint of cask ale in hand.

Show 520, April 8, 2023: Jennifer Febre, Founder, MacLeod Ales Brewing, Van Nuys & Highland Park Part Two

Jennefier Febre of MacLeod Ales

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. is a distinguished Craft Brewery and Pizzeria located in the heart of industrial Van Nuys. They serve a full range of beer styles from British traditional cask ale to the hazy IPAs, nitro beers and lagers. Guest taps, wine, cider and hard kombucha are available as well! They also have a new MacLeod Taproom and Pizzeria in Highland Park.

“Whatever your preferences are, MacLeod Ale Brewing has a beer that they know you’ll love. From pale ales, brown ales, nitro stouts, and lagers, to extra special bitters, cream ales, and porters – MacLeod’s rotating taps have always got something new to try.”

At MacLeod’s the mantra is “food has the ability to bring us together and is worth sharing.”

“MacLeod’s created their kitchen menu to adapt and expand in response to a growing need for hungry customers. Owners Jennifer and Alastair landed on pizza because it’s simple, delicious, and everyone loves a great pie.”

“With the best raw ingredients, fresh California produce, and proteins sourced locally, their kitchen has got only the best to work with – which means you’re getting a truly superior pizza.”

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.’s Vegan Classic Pepperoni Pizza was personally selected by Chicago-based Pizza Authority and Food Journalist, Steve Dolinsky (NBC 5 Chicago’s “The Food Guy”), to be one of the featured pizzas at the upcoming Pizza City Fest Los Angeles at LA Live on Saturday, April 29th. (The Vegan Pepperoni itself is the proprietary creation of their Highland Park neighbor, Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher Shop and Deli.)

Founder Jennifer Febre continues with us with a fresh pint of Better Days: American Pale Ale in hand.

Show 519, April 1, 2023: Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher and Deli with Proprietors Chef Maciel Banales Luna and Joe Egender

Luna and Joe Egender of Maciel's Plant-Based Butcher

“By opening a plant-based butcher and deli in Highland Park, Maciel Banales Luna is combining her education in nutrition, passion for health, concern for animals and the environment, and pride in her Mexican heritage. Born and raised in Durango, Mexico, Maciel grew up with parents who were ahead of their time: her father was environmentally-conscious long before Maciel was born and her mother made extra efforts to cook healthy meals and seek out the rare vegetarian workshop in town.”

“Maciel received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition. She then obtained her Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, studying certain natural components of food that can potentially improve health. She continued down this path by receiving her PhD in Medical Sciences, focusing on obesity and energy metabolism. Upon receiving her PhD, Maciel took a post-doctoral research fellow position at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York where she focused on the molecular effects and potential benefits of fasting.”

“Maciel has been making plant-based meats and cheeses for many years and can’t imagine a better location than Highland Park, a predominantly Latino, vegan-friendly neighborhood in Los Angeles, to open up her shop (along with her husband, Joe Egender) and begin sharing her delicious, healthy food with her guests.”

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the food at Maciel’s. No less an authority than Bill Addison, the Food Critic for The Los Angeles Times, has rated Maciel’s French Philly Sandwich as one of the top sandwiches in Los Angeles! The French Philly is steak (plant-based,) melted provolone, grilled onions, mushrooms, jalapenos, and herbed butter served in a baguette.

Proprietors Chef Maciel Banales Luna and Joe Egender are our guests with the Breakfast Burrito at the ready.

Show 249, November 25, 2017: Chef / Proprietor Diep Tran, Good Girl Dinette, Highland Park, Los Angeles

Diep TranIn it’s 2nd season on KCET is “The Migrant Kitchen,” an Emmy-winning series. The 4-episode series explores how the next generation of chefs is creating cuisine inspired by the immigrant experience. Chef Diep Tran of Highland Park’s Good Girl Dinette is part of the upcoming “Beyond Pho” episode.

Airing on Wednesday evening, November 29th is the “Beyond Pho” episode of “The Migrant Kitchen.” Banh Mi. Spring rolls. Pho. The war and its subsequent refugees. These are things most commonly associated with the Vietnamese culture and its people. But a group of chefs in Los Angeles (including Cassia’s Bryant Ng and Kim Luu-Ng, Diep Tran of Good Girl Dinette, and Minh Phan of Porridge & Puffs) are hoping to demonstrate that there’s so much more than that. Featured in the episode: Cassia in Santa Monica, Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Red Boat Fish Sauce.

The second season of the James Beard Award and Webby-nominated series, continues to spotlight chefs who are combining traditional, ethnic cuisines with new flavors and fresh techniques that have transformed the culinary landscape of the city, making it one of the food capitals of the world. Season Two examines tradition and innovation in cuisines celebrating the food cultures of Mexico, Vietnam, Japan and India, as well as their various interpretations found in Los Angeles.

We’ll meet Good Girl Dinette’s Chef Diep, a progressive 2nd generation chef & restaurateur.