• LA vegan beer fest: an epic success!

    November 8th, 2010quarrygirlvegan events

    the los angeles vegan beer fest has come and gone, i am completely overwhelmed by what a huge success it was! thanks so much to everyone who came out, to the breweries, to the food trucks and vendors, to the folks at the roxy and tony’s darts away, and to all the lovely volunteers. we couldn’t have done it without you! this was honestly the most enjoyable beer fest i’ve ever been to, and i really hope we can do it again soon. here are some pix of the event:

    the official vegan beer fest glass! let's just say this was filled up many times.

    this is what the roxy looked like just hours before the beer fest…

    and during the beer fest…

    unlimited beer was flowing all afternoon thanks to volunteers like andy…

    and gina & aj!

    we got something to eat from every single vendor, starting with the much anticipated doomie’s.

    doomie's buffalo legs. $3

    the buffalo legs were awesome! super meaty with a spicy kick.

    doomie's jalapeno poppers. $2

    the jalapeno poppers were so good, they sold out before the fest was over. doomie’s had loads of other stuff that i didn’t personally taste, but i hear it was all awesome…

    doomie's mexican shrimp cocktails. $2

    doomie's vegan sushi. $3

    doomie's shredded beef taquitos. $3

    doomie's empanadas. $3

    amelia's coconut porter beer frosting cupcakes. $3

    YES, doomie’s did come through with the beer frosting cupcakes! they ran out of these as well!

    doomie's chocolate covered bacon. $1

    in addition to serving up food, doomies had a big announcement…that their restaurant is re-opening next month in a new location. how exciting is that?!

    the doomie’s crew also teamed up with the folks from the fresh fries truck and helped them veganize their menu with homemade ranch and thousand island.

    the vegan fresh fries menu!

    the doomie's and fresh fries crew

    fresh fries with doomie's vegan ranch. $4.50

    vampire repellent minced garlic fries. $5

    curry crazy fries: vegan curry mayo, curry ketchup, and mango chutney. $5

    fresh fries also made a special vegan version of their curry crazy fries (which normally contain real mayo), and it was delicious! the creamy curry sauce is one of the best condiments i’ve ever tasted. man, i wish they had a vegan version on the menu all the time! SO GOOD!

    the frankenstand was also on hand with delicious vegan sausages as usual. nic adler, owner of the roxy, went a little crazy with the frankenstand toppings…one of everything to make a “suicide” sausage…

    the witch sausage made with full sail ale. $4

    i also spotted jamie, one the volunteers, taking a break with a franken. (no bun, for a low carb option!)…

    of course we filled up on mandoline grill goodness as well. they went all vegan especially for the fest, and even had some new menu items on hand.

    mandoline grill lemon grass tofu banh mi. $6

    we can never resist the tofu banh mi, it’s probably the best sandwich in los angeles.

    our other blogger buddies alix and shawn were digging the mandoline grill sandwiches as well.

    mandoline grill vegan nachos. $4.50

    we also got an order of nachos, which come covered in sriracha aioli, fried tofu, jalapeno, mint and scallions. incredible!

    mandoline grill summer roll. $2

    i got a summer roll as well…vermicelli noodles, fried tofu, and fresh mint wrapped in rice paper…very tasty and refreshing.

    crispy banana spring roll roleed in cinnamon and sugar. $2

    mandoline grill hooked us up with something i’d never tried before, vegan crispy banana spring rolls! i hope they add these to the menu, who doesn’t love deep fried sugary things?!

    seabirds truck came all the way from orange county to serve food at the LA vegan beer fest, and everyone gave them a warm welcome. their avocado tacos and jackfruit taquitos were so popular that they sold out before i got a chance to try them. i did get a chance to eat other things from seabirds though, and it was all excellent.

    seabirds burger: seed and nut patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and thousand island. $5

    seabirds locals burrito: potatoes, organic beans, brown rice, caramelized onions, guacamole, and vegan sour cream. $6

    seabirds jerk jackfruit taco: jerk seasoned jackfruit topped with onion, cilantro, and green salsa. $2

    seabirds makes the best jackfruit i’ve ever tried, and lots of people at the fest said the same thing.

    seabirds hummus nachos: truck made pita chips, creamy hummus, grilled peppers and onions, jalapenos, diced tomatoes, tzaziki and cilantro. $6

    the hummus nachos were a new item at the seabirds truck, and they were phenomenal! the pita tasted so fresh, and the hummus was beyond creamy. i hope they add them to the regular menu.

    yalla truck was also at the fest in full force, serving up an entirely vegan menu of falafel sandwiches! i ordered my favorite one, the firestarter, and it was perfect.

    yalla firestarter: falafel, red cabbage salad, pickled turnips, pepperonchini, onion salad, pickled carrots. dressed with shaata (chili paste and tahini) $4

    in fact, yalla truck was SO GOOD, even JESUS HIMSELF WAS THERE!

    yep, jesus came out to support LA's first vegan beer fest!

    in addition to food and unlimited beer, there were also bands playing all day inside the roxy…

    and on the rox, the bar above the roxy, was open as a vip area…

    stairs going up to on the rox. oh hey look, it's paul! the quarrygirl mascot!

    it was super cool drinking at on the rox, because john lennon use to hang out there regularly in the 70s!!

    they also had an exclusive beer just for vips upstairs, speakeasy’s the don…an 11% triple ipa. let’s just say that some very important persons were getting very wasted.

    drinkin' the don on the rox

    after an action-packed day of drinking and eating, we were very sad to have to kick everyone out and clean up. thanks again to all the fantastic volunteers who helped out and got to drink up the leftovers.

    LA vegan beer fest volunteers are THE BEST!

    overall, the LA vegan beer fest was incredible. it was by far the best beer fest i’ve ever been to, and i’m not saying that just because i helped organize it! the crowd was super chill, the food was amazing, there was tons of beer, and nobody got out of hand. i’ll remember it as a wonderful day for the rest of my life.

    much love to tony and paige from tony’s darts away and nic and tina from the roxy. let’s make this an annual shindig!


31 responses to “LA vegan beer fest: an epic success!” RSS icon

  • Super Awesome – well worth the trip! The atmosphere was just perfect – calm, well-behaved people – awesome food and beer combination. Yay.

  • Mega jealous…

  • woah how did i miss that crispy banana spring roll??? super fun time. amazing food and delicious beer. nice work quarry girl for organizing a great event. can’t wait for the next one.

  • Awesome! wish i could’ve been there!

  • I had tons of fun (though not much of a beer person), and my omni companion (veteran of a million Vermont beer fests) went APESHIT for Doomie’s.

    Seriously, I think he wants to kidnap Doomie and relocate the new restaurant to Ohio.

  • That food looks insanely good and the fest looks like so much fun! PLEASE come to NY to do one of these, I’ll help you! We need a vegan beer fest in NYC! 🙂

  • It was seriously the best vegan event I’ve ever been to (and I go to them all). The camaraderie, food, beer, bands all in the amazing setting of The Roxy on Sunset made this such an awesome event.

    And you know what? Everything was perfect. Nothing went wrong. Just pure vegan pleasure!

    I made some new friends, and was lucky enough to meet quarrygirl herself for the first time as she was buzzing around organizing the volunteers.

    Nic, Tony and QG set a very high bar with this one: Guys, I can’t thank you enough for a great day.

  • Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  • That looks so good. I can’t get over how cheap the beer and food is. Two rounds of beer and some chips (UK chips) costs about $40 in nice areas of North London alone.

  • Wow, everything looks so amazing! Especially the fries with vegan ranch. Sorry I couldn’t make it, I will definitely come next year! 🙂

  • You definitely know how to throw a party! Thank you for such an awesome event. I can’t wait to see what you do next…


  • There are no words to describe the amazing epicness of this event. QG, Tony, Nick, and Paige – you outdid yourselves. I had a blast and it was great to meet some rad vegan people. I’m still dreaming about those cupcakes with the porter frosting. O IN MY MOUTH!

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Those foods look so good!! Thanks for the photos!!

  • WOW!! That’s AWESOME!! Looks like everything went super well!! GREAT photos!! I wrote about the event on my blog and facebook page and tried to encourage as many people as possible to go! Congrats on your success!!


  • Thanks for posting my picture, but the name is Andy, not Nathan. I had a lot of fun. Really wish I could do it again next year.

  • holy yummy! im quite jealous. i wish upstate new york would have a vegan beer fest! you have an awesome blog btw

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Can non-drinkers attend this just for the food? (That would be my situation.) Or maybe I should have volunteered. But do you have to know things about beer to volunteer? I know nothing about alcohol/drugs, I am the most boring girl on earth in this respect.
    Anyways, these photos are marvelous and splendid regardless!!!

  • I had a great time. The food was amazing and very reasonably priced. Lots of breweries showed up and several brought some special beers, even some secret ones if you knew to ask. I love my little vegan beer fest tasting mug. I will use it at my brewclub meetings.

    If you missed it, you should regret it! If you don’t drink, you really should start. Lots of different beer styles represented there. No matter your preferences if you like pilsners, American ales, English/Euro style beers, Belgian ales, experimental ales, low alcohol, high alcohol, light, dark, hoppy, malty, gluten free they even had hard ciders for those that refuse to drink beer at a beer fest.

    Considering the short amount of time they had to put this thing together it really was an extraordinary event. Everything seemed well organized, no long lines, no beer or food disappointments and all of the strangers i met were nice and polite. Everyone was smiling and laughing, just really enjoying themselves.

  • SUCH a great time. I really had a blast. Made some new friends, hung out with old ones, and ate and drank way too much! All in all a perfect beer fest! Bravo QG!

  • major sadface that i missed it :(((

  • Best Day Ever! I already have friends from out of the COUNTRY planning on coming to the next one!

  • My friends and I had such a great time at this… it was truly the best beer fest I’ve ever been to! All the beer selections were awesome and unique, the food was delicious and affordable, and everyone I met was really cool!! Thanks so much QuarryGirl!!! You are thebomb.com

    **The only bad thing that happened was I left a Raymond Carver paperback book full of polaroids from the event outside the Roxy on the ground somewhere… did anyone find it, by any chance???***

  • my friend and i had the very best time ever. thanks so much for having so much amazing vegan food and beer in one place! please tell us when the next festival will be.

  • I’m still in disbelief that I can’t make it, and just not ready to put this in the past tense yet. Still, I’m so happy for you guys that you did this thing, and can only imagine, if I would allow myself to even think about it, how great it must have (deep sigh) been.

  • It was so much fun! Next time I need to try to make it earlier for max eating and drinking time! Even my non vegan friend who went really dug all the food.

  • wow! that looks like it was soooo much fun! i hope there will be a second vegan beer fest. maybe i can start forcing myself to drink beer ( i hate beer! ) to have a reason to go next time. The beer mugs are adorable btw.

  • OMG, it was amazingggg. OBSESSED with Doomies!! Great Beers & Bands…BEST event everrrr!!

  • 1. The Speakeasy The Don was awesome. Awesome!

    2. Seabirds jackfruit and tofu tacos were two of the best tacos I have EVER had. We tried fresh fries and yalla truck too!

  • This is awesome. I wish we could do something like this in San Francisco.

  • Who’s booking the bands? The Sudden Passion (a folk/rock band from silverlake full of quarrygirl following vegans) would love to play this. Hit us up 😉

  • The Second Annual LA vegan beer fest will take place on June 25, 2011 at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA from 1-5pm


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