Mack Sennett Studios hosted second-annual of the Los Angeles Beer and Food Festival on the last Saturday of January. It was a warm day and cool temperate evening at the Los Angeles Venue — an ideal setting for L.A.’s best up-and-coming brewers and unique food establishments to show what they’ve got. In just one year the turnout of brew and foodies and brewers alike grew immensely and made for a lively atmosphere among the patrons.
The festival’s success was a testament to Mack Sennett Studios’ viability as both a soundstage and Los Angeles event venue that can bring local luminaries together in a fun and festive way. A live DJ spinning all-vinyl, an intimate indoor lighting and seating arrangement, and a row of tents with a farmers market feel made it a welcoming showcase for the L.A. region’s small businesses to put their best foot forward. The host organization was the Los Angeles County Brewers’ Guild.
The layout of the event was intricate but walkable. A mix of brew and food sampling tables lined the interior walls of the Mack Sennett’s historic soundstage and production studio areas. Along the hallway walls, patrons would often stop to appreciate some of the iconic names of film, TV, and music that have graced the studio space.
Santa Monica Brew Works was a standout in the main soundstage. My colleague and I tried both the IPA selection and the PCH— which is a play on words with the iconic highway that runs long their brewery and “Pale Chocolate Heaven”, which describes the defining caramel and chocolate flavor of the porter beer.
The Frogtown brewery right across the reservoir in Silver Lake was one of the hyper-local and more delicious brew samples at the event. Both of their selections, ‘War on Sobriety’ and ‘Third Base Belgian (double IPA and Belgian varieties, respectively) had alcohol percentages of 10%, but were very sippable and finished with flavor. Their head brewer located right along the L.A. river on the 5 freeway and offers tastings.
Some of the more-notable breweries on hand were Angel City Brewery and Arts District Brewing, which showed off some of their new offerings.
A local favorite, Silver Lake’s own Fat Dragon, showed off a tasty variation of their dragon noodles in a sweet and spicy red sauce. My colleague came up with the clever idea of mixing the noodles in the oyster pail it was served in with the pork belly bites that were served up by the Twisted Oak Tavern.
Another big hit for the foodies was the Wolf Creek Brewery in Santa Clarita, who served up an array of food samples to compliment their craft beers, including Ale Mac and Cheese and a banana pudding that quickly ran out every time a new platter arrived.
The 2018 Beer and Food Festival demonstrated all the guests the extent of which a soundstage and photo shoot area can be made into a great event venue for a party or conference. If you visit MackSennettStudios.net, you can see the world of creative arrangements that can be made of a little square block space in Silver Lake. Everything from album launch parties, Netflix Premiers, conferences, and concerts can be made out of the space.