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Where Was the Angel City Beer Garden This Weekend?

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We were among the local publications who were pretty stoked to hear the Angel City Brewery would be setting up a beer and art garden across from their new DTLA digs this weekend. We were also the recipient of a handful of chagrined emails and Tweets from beer and fun loving people who showed up at the spot...only to find no Beer Garden in sight. There was no inclination that things weren't happening as planned, either, as readers pointed out there was no sign up at the intended site, and their website and Twitter account were not updated with information about the event and its apparent cancellation.

Angel City's official Facebook page did not include any information about the event's cancellation, though, as an LAist commenter pointed out on Saturday, an event page for the Beer Garden included a comment from Angel City's Michael Bowe, who said: "LA Vice shut us down for the weekend based on their interpretation of our ABC license! SAD! But we will straighten it out and continue next week!!" (A great way to tell the 29 people who were RSVP'd for the event it wasn't happened. Ahem.)

We contacted the PR rep handling the Beer Garden, who told us this via email this morning: "We are so sorry this weekend and for wasting you and your viewers time. Since we are brand new, there was some confusion about the permits, but they are legal. They will be up and running this weekend."

As Bowe said, it is sad that this confusion happened, and that their event didn't happen as planned. It's unfortunate the setback wasn't communicated so that information could be shared. Isn't that what Twitter and Facebook and press releases are for? Or, like, a Sharpie and a piece of posterboard?