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Posted October 12, 2016 by The Argonaut in Columns

Beauty Beach Lounge, a new full-service hair salon in Runway at Playa Vista, celebrates its grand opening from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12751 W. Millennium Drive, Playa Vista. Hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, the event features a red carpet, refreshments, deejay and live performances by Greg Poree and Sofly Kids. (310) 645-5151;

The Chicken or the Egg, a new fast-casual concept serving premium ingredient egg-based and chicken sandwiches, opened this month at 12150 Millennium Drive, Ste. 101, Playa Vista. (424) 228-4950;

Marina del Rey local Kristina Teitelbaum will open Pure Barre Marina del Rey later this month at Marina Marketplace (13175 Mindanao Way, Ste. A2, Marina del Rey). Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet
barre for isometric movements set to lively music, producing long, lean muscle without bulk and especially targeting the abs, hips, seat and arms. (310) 902-8668;


Tuesday, Oct. 18: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce hosts the 3rd annual Neighborhood School Expo from 5 to 7 p.m. at Westchester Family YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. The event is a primer on local public, private, charter, magnet and parochial schools that includes one-on-ones with education administrators, meet-and-greets with community resource providers, and face painting and food for kids. Free. (310) 645-5151;

Wednesday, Oct. 19: The Santa Monica Chamber hosts the 2016 New Heroes Celebration honoring local firefighters, police officers and educators. This year’s honorees are Santa Monica Police Department Capt. Wendell Shirley, business coach Tish Tisherman, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District student Jacob Hammersly and SMMUSD’s Early Learning Pathways. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Saint Monica’s Grand Pavilion, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10 to $45. (310) 393-9825, ext.114;

Friday, Oct. 21: Join the Venice Chamber of Commerce for an educational workshop on holiday spending (and how your business can capture more of it) taught by LA Social Karma’s Jennifer Wilson from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Venice Library, 501 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-5425;

Tuesday, Oct. 25: The LAX Coastal Chamber hosts a speed networking event with coffee and treats from 8 to 9 a.m. at 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. $10 or free for members. (310) 645-5151;

Tuesday, Oct. 25: The Santa Monica Chamber hosts a speed networking event from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Physical Therapy Solutions, 2222 Pico Blvd., Ste. 102, Santa Monica. $25 or $10 for members. (310) 393-9825;

Thursday, Oct. 27: The LAX Coastal Chamber hosts a cocktail reception celebrating Westchester’s founders, pioneers and its 75th anniversary from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at LMU’s University Hall, Roski Dining Hall, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Tickets are $10 + a $10 parking fee. (310) 645-5151;

Wednesday, Oct. 28:  The Venice Chamber hosts its October Venice Connect mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. in Ecole Claire Fontaine preschool’s garden, 352 Westminster Ave., Venice. $10 to $20. (310) 822-5425;


Even More Good Stuff in the Works

Santa Monica Brew Works, the city’s only craft brewer, has opened a tasting room

Crowds flocked to the tasting room’s opening day party

Crowds flocked to the tasting room’s opening day party

The warehouse space one Colorado Avenue and 20th Street hits you with a strong, comforting aroma of hops and malted barley as soon as you walk in the door. It’s the home of Santa Monica Brew Works, the city’s first and only craft beer brewery.

Now you can get a whiff (and a taste) of the action.

In September, Santa Monica Brew Works opened a public tasting room serving the operation’s five core beers — the zesty Inclined IPA, a hop-malt balanced XPA, the Modern Witbier, PCH (Pale Chocolate Heaven), and the 310 California Blonde Ale — in addition to a rotating selection of specialty brews unavailable in stores or neighborhood bars. Recently, these included a cucumber Kolsch, a saison, a chili pale ale, and a double IPA called Head in the Clouds.

Large enough to hold about 200 people, this is the only true production brewery taproom west of the 405 from Agoura Hills to Inglewood and offers a unique window to the local brewing operation.

“The idea was to marry two things that we love: the city of Santa Monica and really good craft beer,” Santa Monica Brew Works CEO and President Scott Francis said. “We opened the tasting room due to demand by the local community and tourists. It’s a place where people can experience both the Santa Monica and beer communities.”

Santa Monica Brew Works sources ingredients from local farms and is constantly experimenting, said Carl Sharpley, who co-owns the brewery with Francis and partner Rich Super.

“It gives the customer the opportunity to immerse themselves in the brewing process,” he said. “Sometimes we’re even brewing when people are here, so they get the benefit of the fresh hop smell — and the beer is super fresh, farm-to-table.”

The tasting room offers five-ounce flights for those who’d like to try everything, has TVs for people who just want to hang out, and there’s already a rotating schedule of food trucks outside. Plans for growler service are already in the works.

While Santa Monica Brew Works doesn’t currently offer tours, tasting room visitors who want to learn more about the brewing process need only ask.

“Everyone who works here also works on the brew floor. We’re a small family,” Sharpley said. “We’re all experienced with the beer-making process, and they can give them all the information they need from behind the bar.”

The tasting room is all about getting more and more people excited about locally brewed craft beer, Francis said.

“I want people to have a feeling that they can come to a really great place to meet people, and taste our core beers and specialty beers while they’re looking at the brewery space where the beer was,” he said.

The Santa Monica Brew Works tasting room is at 1920 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. It’s open from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, noon to midnight on Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.


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