I went by my friend Scotty's house. He's working on a few things for me at the moment and I want to share some of his work in the future, but for now, I leave you with this obscure picture.
Another year, another class of graduates. A handful of friends, now college graduates, celebrated their achievements and partied. And being that it was a party, Horse Marriage and Dirtworm had their kick-off show to their west coast tour. To the ones that graduated, I would go on explaining how genuinely excited I am for them, but instead I'll just leave it at I'm very, very proud of them and their accomplishments.
Emily trying me at my own game.
Go to bed.
Self Edge LA threw a party tonight to welcome and celebrate the arrival of The Flat Head and Real Japan Blues. With all three companies under one roof (two of them being from Japan) it was a truly rare juncture to witness. Self Edge even put together a collaborative limited release jean and shirt with The Flat Head and RJB just for the event. Denim enthusiasts came to meet and greet the crews, check out some of the exclusive garments, and chill for awhile.
Self Edge founder Kiya Babzani and The Flat Head president Masayoshi Kobayashi.
SELF EDGE x FLAT HEAD X RJB
Parties with good beer are always good parties.
They even had Intelligentsia pulling shots at the espresso bar. Way too cool.
On a side note, yo-yo's are part of the scene here. Meet Mark Montgomery, a true yo-yo professional. He has several signature yo-yos and is a champion in the industry. Kiya also has some crazy yo-yo skills.
Rather than explaining what he does, he decided to show me. Check it out.
My friends in Horse Marriage are going on a west coast tour, check for tour dates here. I shot this video awhile back at a radio show. Check it out.
Horse Marriage - Acme Tunnel
The event of the week, Savor. It's been going on for 4 years now and sells out in just under a few minutes. There are 144 craft beers from 72 breweries, each one specifically paired to match a dish prepared by some of the best chefs in the beer world. So in short, its a lot of great beer paired with a lot of great food.
I almost didn't get in because I had my camera with me and was actually told not to photograph anything if I was let in. But, I don't like boring myself and others with just my illiterate commentary. So I took pictures anyway. Don't tell on me.
The unlimited oyster bar.
Huge Flying Dog logo made out of chocolate.
Look who it is, Patrick Rue and Tyler King of The Bruery.
New Belgium's Peter Bouckaert. We talked about Ojai for awhile.
Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada) and Kim Jordan (New Belgium). Along with Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head) sneaking in from behind spotting the same photo op.
Sam and Jim Koch (Samuel Adams CEO) discussing and pouring Savor Flowers.
Julia Herz, Program Director of the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com. We spent some time and chilled for awhile, sampled a couple beers, and she let me keep my camera too. Many thanks to her and the rest of Brewers Association staff for putting on such an exquisite event.
My party team, Chelsie and Andrew. We shared a cab on the way here and ended up hanging out the rest of the night. I'm glad I met them, they were super cool and I usually look like a weirdo walking around alone at these things. In any case, it was a pleasure meeting these two and if they're reading this, thanks for keeping me in good company.
Head Brewer of Flying Dog, Ben Clark. This guy outweighed everyone's rad-level. He provided me a pass to the Flying Dog after party, told me the secret free beer password, and dropped some serious brewing knowledge.
Ben C. and Tom Hunter. Flying Dog can party.
24 hours later, I'm back home.