Eddie Solt

Beer Bros: Hoppy Happenins’

We are only two weeks away from the first LA Beer and Food Festival. Held on Saturday, January 28 at the Mack Sennett Studios in LA,  40 independent breweries will offer unlimited tastings of 100 beers. Standout food partners include Chef Anne Conness’ Sausal, downtown L.A. favorite Poppy+Rose, and newcomers Fat Dragon in addition to […]

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PCH. Matt Pagan’s Surfari from the past year [SURF VIDEO]

PCH. Matt Pagan’s Surfari from the past year [SURF VIDEO]

Filmed and edited by Mike Pagan and Gage Hingeley A few sessions from baja to central CA throughout this past year. Edited to ‘Dear Lover’ by Social Distortion. For photos, head to sandpipertv.com

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Beer Bros: Brouwerij West gets canned (and other Hoppy Happenins)

Beer Bros: Brouwerij West gets canned  (and other Hoppy Happenins)

by Ed Solt “Life’s too short to drink shitty beer,” I’ve heard once or twice from craft beer veterans ridiculing me years ago, while I stabbed a hole into a can of Silver Bullet CL Smoothie. As local craft beer becomes more mainstream, it’s now possible to shotgun (if you dare, a potent IPA) a […]

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Beach 2016 Surfing: Big waves, in and out of the water

Beach 2016 Surfing: Big waves, in and out of the water

by Ed Solt After a lackluster XXL swell-starved 2015 winter season, El Nino brought back The South Bay Big Wave Challenge in 2016. “Catching the biggest wave of the winter, it’s a punch chance —  there’s so many great surfers in the South Bay, it depends on being at the right place at the right […]

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Beach 2016: A year in beer

Beach 2016: A year in beer

by Ed Solt Let’s put the term “beer nerd” to rest. A taste for craft beer has taken over the majority of the South Bay’s beer palates. Local craft beer is not strictly carried by places like Naja’s Place and Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach, or the obvious, a local brewery, but your neighborhood […]

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Barrel-aged, barley, and brimming El Segundo and Strand Brewing go outside the box, and other hoppy happenings

Barrel-aged, barley, and brimming  El Segundo and Strand Brewing go outside the box, and other hoppy happenings

by Ed Solt After sitting in bourbon barrels for 11 months, El Segundo Brewing Company was ready to release a special version of its Standard Crude Imperial Stout. Primarily known for its award-winning IPA’s, every winter ESBC brews a few small batch, particularly potent beers. ESBC founder Rob Croxall also decided to take on something […]

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RATOPIA 2016: Hot action thaws surfers in epic contest

RATOPIA 2016: Hot action thaws surfers in epic contest

  by Ed Solt All photos by Shawn O’Brien Onshore winds clocking in at 30 mph chilled the beach to 40 degrees all morning at Saturday’s 11th Annual Ratopia Classic at Torrance Beach. Surfers paddled out in three to four foot whitecap-ridden surf. “Me and the other judges, Chris Wells and Shawn O’Brien, were frozen […]

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MUSIC PREVIEW: Stray Life D.A.R.E’s to rap about sobriety

MUSIC PREVIEW: Stray Life D.A.R.E’s  to rap about sobriety

by Ed Solt A year ago, Nicolas Romero was fresh out of rehab. After singing in local Torrance hardcore band Pristine and Van’s Warped Tour band ASI (Avoid Serious Injury) in his teens and early 20s, a hedonistic, alcohol and drug-infused lifestyle took his music, his life, and his soul. It was during his time […]

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Strike mission to Puerto: Big wave surfer Scotty Bredesen credits Joe Bark with ‘having my back’

Strike mission to Puerto: Big wave surfer Scotty Bredesen credits Joe Bark with ‘having my back’

by Ed Solt Scotty Bredesen has the waterman lifestyle on lockdown. He puts in the hours wearing the red trunks of an LA County Lifeguard all summer long to save up for his big wave exploits. This season, his yearly winter trip was to Puerto Escondido, Mexico’s premier big wave break. “It was a very […]

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Beer Bros: Liquid Sunshine show brings art to King Harbor Brewing Co.

Beer Bros: Liquid Sunshine show brings  art to King Harbor Brewing Co.

by Ed Solt King Harbor Brewing Company is holding its second annual Liquid Sunshine Art Show on Saturday. Local artist Chelsea Tedesco, who’s been working over seven years with My Beating HeART, a local live painting show, organized a unique show composed of her friends and fellow local artists. “It is an art exhibition heavily […]

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A history of stoke: Two local surfers complete “The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History”.

A history of stoke: Two local surfers complete “The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History”.

by Ed Solt During a session at the old Paddleboard Cove, surf historian Joel T. Smith and multimedia artist Ron Croci began “talking story” in between sets. Each roller reminded the two of Paddleboard Cove’s original moniker, “California’s Little Waikiki.” And so the discussion centered around the significance of the original Palos Verdes Surf Club […]

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Birdwell on Highland: New owners protect Birdwell’s half century legacy

Birdwell on Highland: New owners protect Birdwell’s half century legacy

In 2014, Manhattan Beach residents Geoff Clawson and Matt Jacobson and Santa Monica artist and Skateboard Hall of Famer Natas Kaupas bought Birdwell Beach Britches. Clawson previously worked in marketing at Instagram and Facebook. Jacobson previously worked in marketing at Quiksilver and now is head of market development at Facebook.  Carrie Birdwell Mann began making […]

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4th Annual Hey Turkey Day: The South Bay stuffed with Stoke [PHOTOS]

All photos by Anthony Hernandez @atonyh07 By Ed Solt On the night before Thanksgiving, November 23rd, local South Bay artists took to Hermosa Design on Cypress and 6th to celebrate all things South Bay in its 4th annual “Hey Turkey Day” Art Show. “It’s the much-anticipated event of the year. Turkey Jon was a regular […]

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Bay Boys’ perch deconstructed

Bay Boys’ perch deconstructed

by Ed Solt Situated for over thirty years at the tip of Lunada Bay’s point, the patio of the so-called Bay Boys has been the gateway for an exclusive stoke —  one of the most exclusive in the world. The city of Palos Verdes Estates razed last Monday what some called a “fort,” the hangout […]

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Beer Bros: ‘Tis the season: Select Beer’s wintery selections and Hoppy Happenins’

Beer Bros: ‘Tis the season: Select  Beer’s wintery selections and Hoppy Happenins’

by Ed Solt   Is it a coincidence winter seasonal beers tend to be stronger? Although we like to think so while we grabbing a deliciously potent DIPA six pack on the way to the in-laws, it’s not necessarily true. “Although winter, seasonal beers are typically stronger and have more spice, there’s really no overshadowing […]

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