Alcohol Beer Culture Opinion

Breweries Are Not A Playpen, Stop Bringing Your Kids

Though I haven’t been drinking for long, I’ve come to know a thing or two about bars and breweries. One thing everyone accepts is that you must be 21 or older to enter. Unless you’re a child, that is.

Look, I get that this might come off as arrogant or exclusionary, but with breweries on the rise in the last few years, it’s becoming a little ridiculous when every time I go to one I’m invariably met with a toddler scurrying about my feet or a toy patiently waiting for someone to step on it.

These instances aren’t rare. “I walked into a brewery with a group of 10 to 12 children running around outside, with waiters dodging them. It was like daddy day care out there. It looked like lazy parenting,” said Foodbeast Managing Editor, Reach Guinto.

Kids get me and I get them, I know they just want to eat and play. Who the hell doesn’t want that everyday? But look kid, I just worked eight hours and half of that pay is going to bills and the other half is going right down my throat with these few flights of beers.

I walk into a brewery with the mindset of shooting the shit with some friends and casually getting day drunk and hoping nobody notices.

Now I’m not saying to ban babies from breweries — the alliteration is nice, sure — but that’s a terrible sentiment. However, there should be some rule or guideline that a parent should consider when visiting a local brewery.

I get that a babysitter will cost a dumb amount for a few hours and as a parent you need some time to chill out with friends and have a beer and go out sometimes. That’s perfectly fine. But after a certain hour there’s a time when a brewery becomes bar-like and a baby’s presence seems, for lack of a better term, weird.

I’m not the only one that shares this sentiment.

Around 7pm is right when a brewery takes on the vibe of a bar, that’s the beauty of a brewery. It’s the feeling of having drinks and being social but not having to pay $30 for two cocktails and hear, for the millionth time, how terrible our political climate is.

Although a fair point to bring up by parents is that it’s a great way to introduce children to casual drinking at an early age, I hardly doubt that little Tommy is going to grow up a better person because you brought him to a brewery. Kids don’t care where they are, they aren’t socially aware of what is going on. You could be drinking turpentine for all they care.

The general climate around children at a brewery isn’t hostile in the least bit. Most people will try to ignore the child or even play with them, it’s a mixed bag when it comes to these crowds. But generally speaking, people find drinking and smoking a little less enjoyable while a child is present, and for good reason.

A normal patron won’t say anything negative about the children there, that’s why it’s up to the establishments to figure out the best way to go about this minor dilemma.

This problem could be solved relatively easily. There’s no doubt that there are some breweries that have a vibe children can play and relax at, then there are some that aren’t so flexible.

Take Golden Road Brewing in Anaheim, CA for example, a perfect place to bring a kid right after a game at Angel’s Stadium. They’ve got cornhole, a great outdoor play area for kids, and an awesome menu that caters to children.

But Ballast Point at night? With the condensed crowds overlooking the ocean, a very specific menu, and no play area, that kid might end up in the ocean.

If these two breweries advertised some sort of “children’s hours,” or something that would more outwardly show how equipped they are to handle the toddler crowd, then us thirsty patrons can plan ahead. Maybe take it easy in the afternoon at Golden Road, play some cornhole, then head to Ballast Point and forget everything we came with.

Drinking is a simple thing really, but it’s also sacred. Any disturbance in the force is felt with great magnitude.

It’s 7pm, hide yo kids and lemme drink.

Animals Beer

This LA Zoo Event Lets You Drink Craft Beer With Exotic Animals

The LA Zoo is having its 6th annual Brew At The Zoo! The event is on Friday, August 5th, at 7pm and advertises 40+ local breweries, live music, close-up animal encounters, and plenty of specialty food options.


They warn that the event often sells out so don’t miss out on your chance to drink a beer with a monkey! You can get your tickets early here.

Standard tickets are $65, but if you’re a designated driver you get a special pricing of $25, and there’s even an option for a VIP ticket at $125. The event is for guests 21 and over.

Some of the food items being offered to general admission ticket holders are: Bavarian glazed cinnamon roasted almonds, kettle corn, garlic fries, pulled pork sandwiches and more. VIP ticket holders have a much wider variety of a specialty foods offered including: Korean BBQ wings, Tex-Mex Brisket poutine, and specialty cocktails. You can find a full list of foods that will be available here.

The event description specifies that the animal encounters will be with the zoo’s “smaller residents” and that they will be retiring several of the other animals to their quarters for the night as they do with other events.

So you won’t exactly be having a beer with a lion, but hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to share a cold one with an anteater!

Either way, a zoo is a pretty spectacular and unique place to enjoy a good craft beer.

Looks like this keg belongs to our tiger! #BrewattheLAZoo!

A photo posted by The Los Angeles Zoo (@thelosangeleszoo) on

“Participating breweries* include Alosta Brewing Company, Alpine Beer Company , Angel City Brewing , Baja Brewing Company , Ballast Point Brewing , Barefoot Wine, Bootlegger’s Brewery , Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado, Common Cider, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Fireman’s Brew Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Golden Road Brewery , Goose Island , Great Divide Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company , I&I Brewing , Indie Brewing Company , Iron Triangle Brewing, Kinetic Brewing Company, Knee Deep Brewing Co., Latitude 33 Brewing Co., MacLeod Ale Brewery, Mother Earth Brew Co., New Belgium, Pacific Plate Brewing , Pocock Brewing, Ritual Brewing Co., Samuel Adams, San Fernando Brewing Co. , Shock Top , Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., SKA Brewing , Stone Brewing Company, Surf Brewing , The Dude’s Brewing Company, The Traveler Beer Co., Transplants Brewing and Westlake Brewing Company.” –LA Zoo


Photo Credit: La Zoo


The Pokemon GO Drinking Game And Booze Safari [KATCHUP]

Here we are, another episode of the FOODBEAST Katchup. If you missed out on all the food news this week, fear not. This series catches you up on all the top stories in the wide world of food.

This week, no one did any work after Pokemon GO launched. Understandably.

That’s OK, though. Because the rest of the world seems to be in the same boat.

Folks have begun to use Pokemon GO as a way to figure out where to eat instead of Yelp. A bakery is charging its customers based on what team they picked for Pokemon GO. Team Valor? Half off. Team Mystic? Double price.

A girl turned her snack stand into a PokeStop and when people came to collect in-game swag, she sold them food. There’s a Pokemon Safari going on this weekend in Ohio where you can get drunk and catch Pokemon. Sounds like a dream.

Finally, our resident drunkard Sean decided to create a Pokemon GO drinking game instead of writing this Katchup recap. Whatever.

Check out this week’s Pokemon Katchup!

People are Using Pokemon GO Instead of Yelp


Choosing where to eat has never been an easy task. You can drive around from city to city, checking Yelp, and before you know it, an hour has passed by and there’s not a single thing filling your tummy.

Well, in addition to making people get out of the house, it seems like the new mobile game, Pokemon Go, is helping people decide where to eat, according to social media reports obtained by Business Insider. READ MORE

Bakery Offers Discounts to Pokemon GO Players

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One obnoxious Team Valor member also happens to run a bakery in Toronto and posted this sign outside of his window. Redditor Dubiono was able to catch the sign and share its glory with the wide world of Pokemon and their trainers. READ MORE

Pokemon GO “Vending Machine”


With all these horror stories about people falling  off cliffs and getting mugged over the new sensation, Pokemon GO, it’s nice to hear a heartwarming story for once.

A young girl in Colorado used the game to lure in Pokemon GO players to her makeshift snack bar, and actually donated the money to a the local Humane Society.


Pokemon Safari Beer Tour


Drink Up Columbus just announced that Actual Brewing in Columbus Ohio will be taking Pokémon players on an amazing adult adventure this Sunday, July 17.

This is definitely the most genius idea yet in our quest to catch ’em all, it’s a Pokémon Safari Beer Tour. The recently released Pokemon augmented reality game spawned many memes and even a drinking game. READ MORE

Pokemon GO Drinking Game


Of course we came up with a drinking game for Pokemon GO, what did you expect?

With the massive success of the nostalgia-imbued app, especially amongst people between the ages of 21-30, it was only a matter of time before a drinking element was added to the mix. Gotta drink em’ all, right? READ MORE


Incredible Safari Tour Lets You Get Drunk While Catching Pokémon

Drink Up Columbus just announced that Actual Brewing in Columbus Ohio will be taking Pokémon players on an amazing adult adventure this Sunday, July 17.


Photo by Drink Up

This is definitely the most genius idea yet in our quest to catch ’em all, it’s a Pokémon Safari Beer Tour. The recently released Pokemon augmented reality game spawned many memes and even a drinking game.

Tickets are on sale here at a modest $37.50. It’s a 3-hour tour with beers included and the event description reads:

“On this 3 hour tour, we’ll visit intriguing PokéStops, hunt for elusive monsters, and act like this is all perfectly normal. There may be a chance to catch a rare beer in the wild.”

Fred Lee, the owner of Actual Brewing, is excited for this to go down as he told Drink Up: “I just want to catch them all and drink them all.”

He is also trying to figure out how to offer draft beer selections on the tour! One of their beers to be offered on the bus is their Lemongrass Saison which will be released this Thursday.

Our big kid Pokémon dreams just came true and it looks like we’re headed to Columbus Ohio, see you Monday!

Photo Credit:  Funky Junk

Hit-Or-Miss Humor

We Made A Drinking Game For Pokemon GO And Now I’m Drunk

Of course we came up with a drinking game for Pokemon GO, what did you expect?

With the massive success of the nostalgia-imbued app, especially amongst people between the ages of 21-30, it was only a matter of time before a drinking element was added to the mix. Gotta drink em’ all, right?

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The rules are as follows:

x Each game begins with a shot (or cocktail if you can’t do shots) depending on which starter Pokemon you chose. That includes the people who figured out how to get Pikachu as a starter.

x Charmander – Whiskey

x Squirtle – Vodka

x Bulbasaur – Tequila

x Pikachu – Rum

x After each player has taken their shot, gather up some beers and make your way outside.

x Once you’re in an area with Pokemon that you all agree on, set a timer for exactly 40 minutes. Once the timer starts, start catching Pokemon immediately! The first person to catch a Pokemon gets to sing the first verse of the Pokemon theme song while the others drink continually until he/she reaches the end of the verse, aka ” the power that’s inside.”

x Take a drink for every Pokeball you use to catch a Pokemon. That means you should be taking at least one drink every time a Pokemon is caught.

x If a gym is nearby, each player must battle that gym. Anyone who loses must drink half a beer (or take six drinks). If you beat the gym, you get to give out your drinks to another player or players (6 drinks to one person, 3 and 3 to two people, etc).

x If you beat a gym owned by another team, members of that team in your group must drink a FULL beer. If you beat a gym owned by your own team, members of both other teams must drink a HALF beer.

x The round ends once the timer goes off. At that point, the player with the most Pokemon is exempt from drinking. All other drinkers must take a drink for each Pokemon they caught.

x Each round is only 40 minutes, but that time can be adjusted depending on the alcohol tolerance of the people playing. If you can fit an entire keg in your belly, play each round for 60 minutes. If you’re a lightweight, try playing for 20.

Above all else, PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND DRINK RESPONSIBLY WHEN PLAYING. Nobody wants to hang out with Puke-achu all night. Furthermore, there are already way too many stories of people walking into traffic and shit.

Last but not least…GO TEAM VALOR!




Photos: Forbes, Comics Alliance 


These Alcohol-Infused Bubbles Make Drinking So Much More Fun

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 3.56.01 PMThe variety of ways in which alcohol can be consumed now is continually growing, and ranges greatly from ice cream to gummy bears. Hell, even whiskey pancakes are a thing now too, and in case you were wondering, they’re fan-freaking-tastic.

Well, thanks to the inventiveness of two children, one father was able to come up with a fun and safe way to both eat and enjoy the bubbles.

One day Rilina and Dylan were playing with their father, Dr. Dat Q. Tran, when they posed the question that changed their lives: “Why can’t bubbles be lickable and made from any liquid?” Dr. Tran thought about this for a while and spent the next several months doing research and development decided to fill the void in the market with Bubble Lick Edible Bubbles.

Edible bubbles are nothing new, and they’ve actually been around for some time now. Now, for the first time, you can actually flavor the bubbles yourself! All you have to do is pour whichever liquid you want into the bubble bottle, shake it up, and voila! Tequila bubbles!

Each pack comes with 6 bottles, and each bottle is filled with 25ml of the bubble solution, leaving enough room for you to put whatever liquid you want in the bottle to give it your own personal flavoring. This amazing little creation is sure to be the hit of your next summer pool party. Just don’t confuse them with regular bubbles, because those taste like shit.

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Vodka Cranberry bubbles

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Coffee bubbles

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Scotch on the Rocks bubbles

These boozy bubbles can be found on a variety of websites, including the company website, Firebox, Amazon, and many others, with prices for the six-pack ranging from $13-16.


Photos: Firebox


Alcohol Can Produce The Same Biological Effects As Meditation

An infographic by Now Sourcing on illustrates the history of alcohol consumption and its function in modern society. It’s no secret today that we drink to celebrate anything and everything, and alcohol has become a major component of any kind of social gathering. The million dollar question is whether or not alcohol makes you happy, and if it does, why?

Does Alcohol Really Make You Happier? - - Infographic

They tell us that the “first buzz” happened 10 million years ago when humans ate rotten fruit that had fermented. 6,000 years ago Egyptian slaves were given beer while building the pyramids, and years later wine was freely distributed to the public in Rome.

Drinking culture is a concept that differs from country to country. In Germany, the well known Oktoberfest is a festival surrounding beer that is celebrated for an entire month. In Spain, bars are so family-oriented that they allow children to enter, and in America, what kind of drink you order at a bar seems to tell an entire story about what kind of person you are.



The conclusion they have come to is that alcohol in today’s society has its fair share of benefits, as well as its downfalls. They acknowledge that it is often abused which leads to negative outcomes and depleted endorphins, but also that it’s consumption in moderation can release endorphins.

Endorphins are chemicals in the brain released also while exercising, meditating, and when we are exposed to sunshine. These chemicals (and probably the sheer intoxication factor) are responsible for the heightened feelings of happiness and confidence and lowered inhibitions. Basically, it’s our body’s natural way of feeling “high.”

So are we saying that drinking alcohol is equivalent to getting some good ol Vitamin D, or as good for you as regular exercise? Well, maybe not in every situation, but in moderation (1-2 drinks a day) it definitely has its benefits. Other benefits of drinking alcohol as suggested by the graphic include, lowering the risk of heart disease, improving libido, and compared to non-drinkers, may reduce the risk of Alzheimers, dementia, and type 2 diabetes.



Photo Credit: MonsterMott,


Chinese Man Claims Drinking His Own Urine For 23 Years Has Saved Him From Sickness


There is an active group in Mainland China that believes in the healing power of pee. Members of the organization drink a supposedly “healthy” dose of their own urine as part of their daily pee-drinking sessions.

Established in Hong Kong back in 2008, the China Urine Therapy Association is bound by the belief that drinking urine leads to longer life and better health with claims that it is also an effective cure for cancer.

According to the group’s website, their belief in the powerful benefits of drinking urine comes from the understanding that the fluid comes from the circulation of blood which absorbs nutrients in food and is therefore a “genuine metabolic product.”

“Urine comes from blood. Its chemical components come from blood and equal those of blood. The urine from a healthy person is sterile,” the website reads.

The thriving group, which claims to have an active membership of 1,000 people, is unfortunately not officially recognized by China’s Ministry of Health.

An old man from Chengdu, who was identified as the group’s chief managing director, revealed In an interview with Chengdu Economic Daily (via Shanghaiist) how obsessed he is with drinking piss.

“It’s been 23 years. I’ve been drinking urine since I was 48. Urine can cure all illnesses, like back problems, emphysema and farsightedness,” he said. He further stated that his daughter almost disavowed him after learning of his obsession.


The chief’s daily routine shows that his “urine regimen” might be bordering on addiction.

Waking up around 5 to 6 a.m. every day, his first order of business includes drinking a concoction of water and a kilo of monk fruit that he prepared into a porcelain jar the night before

He starts drinking large amounts of pee at certain intervals only after 5 p.m.

“I drink 500 to 1,000 ml of urine five to six times a day,” he said. Drinking too little water, he said his pee gets a more sour taste.

His fascination with his pungent beverage began way back, in 1993, when he purchased a book about the subject after a urine therapy campaign arrived in his neighborhood. The information he learned from the book enlightened him to start drinking his own pee.

In just three months of pee-drinking, he claims that his eyesight became better and he no longer needed to wear glasses when playing mahjong. He also claims that the urine therapy has made him a healthier man.

Unfortunately, the curative effects of human urine have never been officially backed by science as there has not been any medical or scientific data to support urine’s medicinal value.

Interestingly, however, while the practice has been widely regarded as pseudo-science by scientists, there have also been popular celebrities across the globe who have also embraced a pee-drinking habit.

British actress Sarah Miles claimed to have drunk her own urine for over thirty years to protect herself from allergies. Mixed martial arts fighter Lyoto Machida and Boxer Juan Manuel Márquez have also been vocal about their love for the yellow liquid.

Written by Ryan General || NextShark