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A Beer Fest For Beer Geeks, An Ice Cream Social & More Weekend Food Events

Beer pairing!!! (via Facebook)
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The weekend is closing in on us and since you have so many awesome events to check out in the coming days, we have a feeling you're going to get very hungry and thirsty. To help remedy the situation, we've tracked down some of the coolest food events happening this weekend. From free hot dogs and $1 scoops of ice cream to an epic heavy metal beer release party, here are the places you want to be this weekend for good eats and drinks.


Beer Pairing Dinner at Hinterland with The Bruery

Hinterland, Santa Monica's new Southern-inspired hotspot, will be offering a special beer pairing dinner with Placentia-based craft beer pros The Bruery. Whether it's a beer-braised pork shoulder with a hearty winter beer or a caramelized apple bread pudding with a Belgian-style brown, the three-course meal is sure to deliver some killer match-ups. Tickets can be purchased for $75 each for seatings at 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:45 by calling (310) 399-0805 or reserving online.

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$1 Scoops of Salt & Straw in Studio City (via Facebook)

$1 Scoops Of Ice Cream from Salt & Straw

Adventurous Portland-based ice cream makers Salt & Straw just announced that they will be opening another L.A. location in Studio City next year. And to say "what's up" to the neighborhood, they'll be parking their truck in front of the upcoming shop at 12180 Ventura Blvd. to hand out $1 scoops of their signature artisanal flavors like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Chocolate Gooey Brownie, Honey Lavender and more. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 pm and proceeds will go to local non-profit Food Forward, which helps distribute fresh produce to homeless shelters and food banks. Stay tuned to their Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates.

Free Hot Dogs at the New Dog Haus at USC

Yes, you heard right: Gourmet wiener-purveyors Dog Haus will be handing out free hot dogs to celebrate the opening of their newest location down by the USC campus. Visitors can score a free Haus Dog from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven signature options, which includes their bacon-wrapped Downtown Dog or the avocado and basil aioli-topped Sooo Cali, all served up on grilled King's Hawaiian Rolls. They'll also be serving up their other menu favorites—though not for free—including gourmet sausages, burgers, corn dogs, sides, beer and shakes. And stay-tuned for a Build-Your-Own-Breakfast-Burrito bar, which will eventually be coming to the location. The new restaurant is located at 3335 S. Figueroa Street, University Park.


A Manhattan in Pasadena (Photo via The Raymond 1886/Instagram)

$5 Cocktails And A Special Menu for the 5th Anniversary of 1886 Bar

Inside Pasadena's charming The Raymond Restaurant, the team at 1886 Bar have been serving masterful craft cocktails for 5 years. To celebrate, they're pouring $5 drink specials every night this week until Saturday, and welcoming back some of the bar's most celebrated bartenders with their signature drinks each night. The $5 pours will include the Don Carlo Old Fashioned with whiskey, scotch, Cio Ciaro, bitters, as well as Maui Brewery Bikini Lager and Perrin Cotes Du Rhone & Rouge. They'll also be launching their Fall/Winter cocktail menu. And on Saturday night they'll be serving up special $8 bar bites that include chicken and serrano ham croquettes, Roasted Octopus with Korean-style sauce, and Prince Edward Island Mussels with "Angry Lady Sauce." Saturday night's party kicks off at 7 p.m.

Beerfest for Beergeeks

One of our favorite places for burgers, Stout Beers & Burgers will be hosting super geeky beer festival from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The awesomely titled Beerfest for Beergeeks will feature 18 hand selected breweries who will be pouring 2 beers each, which will include barrel aged, sours, or unique, geeky one-offs. The breweries include some from California, including El Segundo, Telegraph and Almanac, as well as out of staters like Colorado's Breckenridge and Maine's Allagash. General admission is $40 and includes 12 drink tickets (though more can be purchased on site), and the $65 VIP tickets get you 14 tastings and exclusive access to rare pours. Advance ticket purchase online is encouraged, though some General Admission tickets will be sold at the door.

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Get your fix of Blood Junkie at Three Weavers (via Facebook)
Heavy Metal Beer Release Party at Three Weavers Brewing Co.

Inglewood's Three Weavers Brewing Co. have teamed up with their neighbors, heavy metal record label Prosthetic Records, to launch their new beer Blood Junkie Imperial Red Ale. Enjoy a pour and grab a bottle of the new brew—which features a totally metal label designed by artist Dan Mumford—and enjoy the party with live music from Prosthetic's heavy metal group Exmortus. There will also be a limited number of T-shirts with the epic bottle design for sale on site. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door. RSVP for more information here.