LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s Cruise ‘n’ Brews sets sail from Marina del Rey with 45 craft beer offerings on board

By Michael Aushenker

The Entertainer is the queen of Marina del Rey harbor

The Entertainer is the queen of Marina del Rey harbor

In what organizers have dubbed “Beer Nirvana,” the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Cruise ‘n’ Brews craft beer tasting party sets sail Saturday from Marina del Rey harbor.

This year, sponsors Hornblower Cruises & Events, Tony P’s Dockside Grill and Venice Paparazzi welcome a sobriety-smashing 45 breweries to take part in the young professionals mix-and-mingle event aboard the 145-foot, triple-deck Hornblower yacht Entertainer.

Chamber Creative Director Kirby Israelson promises a fun event aimed at the 20s-through-40s set, with an expanded food menu and some new beers on the block.

“We have a few local breweries just starting in the area,” she said — among them Cosmic Brewery of Playa del Rey and the Venice Duck Brewery, backed by the folks behind Westchester’s Melody Bar & Grill.

Others breweries involved in
the tasting include San Diego’s Green Flash and Ballast Point, Bootleggers (Fullerton), Strand
Brewery (Torrance), Sierra Nevada, Angry Orchard, Oskar Blues, Ace California, Anchor Steam and Weihenstephan.

The outside-the-glass entertainment is also more ambitious this year, with a floor devoted to a Venice Paparazzi photo booth, another for deejays and dance, and the top deck offering the tastings with an unobstructed view of the marina.

“Every floor will offer a different type of vibe,” Israelson said, adding that only 350 tickets are available and they’re going fast.

And for those wondering how they’ll get home after so much fun, the chamber has partnered with rideshare service Uber to offer attendees a free first ride (up to $20 in value).

The Entertainer boards at noon and sets sail for Cruise ‘n’ Brews at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the Fisherman’s Village Hornblower dock, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are $55. Attendees must be 21 or over. Call (310) 645-5151 or visit