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Champagne Social – May 7th

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Join us at 18th Street Arts Center for guided studio tours and champagne! Champagne Socials happen twice a year and are an afternoon campus-wide open studio. Come for a meet and greet with cheerful libations. Enjoy access to new works in progress and intimate discussions with the artists.

On May 7th, thirteen current artists in residence will open their studios to the public for the duration of the event, with docent-led tours starting at 11:30am, scheduled hourly, to encourage dialogue between the artists and the public. Three resident organizations will have their doors open with activities and/or staff on hand to highlight their artistic work and work in the community.

Visiting artist José Carlos Teixeira will screen two video installations in the Project Room, while 1st and 2nd year students from OTIS Graduate Public Practice program will present works in the center’s Main and Atrium galleries. The artists will activate these and other spaces throughout the campus with performances, interventions and live music associated with their work.

Please RSVP:


Artist Lab Residents: OTIS Graduate Public Practice, 1st Year Graduates:
Gina Valona
Margo Mullen
Mark X. Farina
Raghubir Kintisch
Yrneh Gabon

Exhibition in the Project Room:
José Carlos Teixeira (Portugal) presents two video-installations

Atrium Gallery Reception – 2pm
OTIS Graduate Public Practice, 2nd Year Graduates
Henderson Blumer
Jeanette Degollado
Margarethe Drexel
Tonya Ingram
Jenny Kane
Shefali Mistry
Beth Ann Morrison
Catherine SCOTI Scott

Locals artists in residence:
Arzu Arda Kosar
Cheryl Walker
Clayton Campbell
David McDonald
Henriëtte Brouwers & John Malpede
Yvette Gellis

Local organizations in residence:
Continuum Movement Studio
Continuum Montage Studio, Teri Carter

Visiting Artists in Residence:
Carla Zaccagnini (Argentina, Sweden)
Marisa Jahn (USA)
Mike Bode (Sweden)
José Carlos Teixeira (USA, Portugal)
Runo Lagomarsino (Argentina, Brazil, Sweden)

Curator in Residence:
Andrea Rodriguez Novoa (Spain)

Parking is limited. Street parking available both on Olympic and on 17th Street.

RSVP required.


Phantom Carriage First Anniversary!

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The Tap & Cheer team is excited to be working with Phantom Carriage as they celebrate their one year anniversary! It’s been another great way to celebrate the Los Angeles brewers.

There will be 30 Phantom Carriage libations with a guest beer soon to be released. Your ticket to the event includes 5 beer tasting tickets and a commemorative glassware. There will be cheese pairings, exclusive Phantom Carriage cellar releases, a bottle release, killer BBQ’d food, live music, gruesome horror films, and plenty more! Come on out and join all the fun this Saturday, March 12th!

Grab your tickets here:

LA Cookie Con & Sweets Expo 2016

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Oh, How Sweet it Was!

I just came back from the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show. It was sweet year number two for this annually held expo, located at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you’re anything like me, a sweets fanatic, then I would mark your calendar for next year’s event – as it has sold out both years in a row!

Before I left, I took a peek at some of the exhibitors that would be showing this year,
and got excited. Cupcake Kingdoms, The Shugah Mama, Cowboy Toffee Company, Drunken Cake Pops – come on, how could you not want to go to an event with a company called Drunken Cake Pops?

With over 120 sweet sponsors, the LA Convention Center was the perfect venue for an event this large. You must have a plan of action before you enter the showfloor as to where you will start, and make your way around, otherwise it could be very overwhelming. I grabbed a showfloor map and headed into the masses. There were loads of people, but I was able to make my way from sample to sample, don’t you worry. Some of my favorites were chocolate covered pistachios, a flight of chocolate ice cream and a mini lemon rum bundt cake.

In the middle of the showfloor there was a section where some of Food Network’s biggest stars were giving live demos! How to make a layer cake, Cake Pop 101, and a Valentine’s Day inspired cookie-decorating demo. I thought the demonstration portion brought some added depth to the show for sure.

Overall, this was one of the sweetest experiences I’ve had so far in LA! You can check
out some of the highlights on their event website here: Can’t wait until next year’s expo.


LA Kitchen Angel Wings

L.A. Kitchen teams up with L.A. Beer Week!

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Can you believe today is June 1st? That means we’re kicking off L.A. Beer Week in 20 days! Let the countdown begin! Tickets are still available for the kick-off festival and we’re excited for you to see all the events planned for the week.

With all the talk about craft beer we can’t forget that you’ll be drinking for a good cause! A portion of the ticket sales for the kick-off festival will go to L.A. Kitchen. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that believes food nor people should ever go to waste. By reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise be discarded, training men and women who are unemployed for jobs, and providing healthy meals to fellow citizens, L.A. Kitchen empowers, nourishes, and engages the community.

Robert Egger, Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, is an amazing visionary and we’re excited to be joining forces this year.

Learn more:
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Angel City Beer Bazaar

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Angel City Brewing Company is known for having great craft when it comes to beer from their classics like the Angeleno IPA to their Eureka! Wit. However, their appreciation for great craft doesn’t stop at beer, but instead extends to the local community of artists, crafts vendors, and food trucks. Every Sunday Angel City opens up their Public House to create the Beer Bazaar, where vendors are able to sell their unique merchandise. And since art and beer are two of our favorite things we had to make a point to visit the Sunday Bazaar.

Angel City Brewing

This past weekend we were able to make it out to the LA’s downtown arts district where we found Angel City’s Public House packed. We enjoyed the White Nite, a nitrogenated golden stout with a creamy mouth-feel, and a surprising chocolate and coffee finish, while perusing the wares. Feeling transported back in time, we browsed the handmade vintage and modern fashions of eM Vee and Daddios. Tempted by delectable assortment of delicacies from Tamiza’s Treats, a small artisan bakery and treat shop we somehow managed to control our sweet tooth. The continuous aroma that wafted in from Phantom food truck, an Asian Fusion style cuisine with a menu that will have you drooling from the descriptions alone, also didn’t help out New Year’s weight loss plan.

There were many more vendors as well and they change every week. Those that are commonly seen are Raven Gypsies, Sour Girls, Chop Siouxy, Black Brain, Chrysalis Natural Therapeutics, Ether Jewelry, and Soulful Essences. Angel City Brewing Company delivers the full craft experience – great craft beer with great art and handcrafted goods.

Meeting of the Guilds San Diego Beer Week

Meeting of the Guilds – San Diego Beer Week!

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There was much more craft beer to be enjoyed as the team headed to Toronado in San Diego, a laid back pub with 56 rotating, quality drafts and casks. The Meeting of the Guilds started at 7pm and by the time we got there at 8pm the place was packed. The meeting joined three California Brewers Guilds (San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego) for the first time in San Diego Beer Week history. Patrons were encouraged to taste their way through the 15 represented beers for each Guild then cast a vote to see which one would win the prized Golden Keg. The light-hearted competition was won by San Diego that night and they took back the Golden Keg from Los Angeles who had won it at Mohawk Bend for LA Beer Week.

Participating San Diego breweries: Mother Earth Brew Co., Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Societe Brewing Co., Monkey Paw, Booze Brothers, Pizza Port, The Lost Abbey, Mike Hess Brewing, Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash, Culture Brewing, Ballast Point, AleSmith, Benchmark Brewing Co., and Bagby Beer.

Participating Los Angeles breweries: El Segundo Brewing, King Harbor Brewing, Beachwood, Monkish, Wolf Creek, Brewery at Abigaile’s, Kinetic, Ladyface Ale Companie, Strand Brewing, Golden Road, Bravery Brewery, Dudes Brewing, Alosta, Smog City and Eagle Rock.

Participating San Francisco breweries: Headlands Brewing Company, 21st Amendment, Southpaw Brewing, Magnolia Brewing, Fort Point, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Cellarmaker, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Anchor Brewing, Thirsty Bear Brewing, Almanac Beer Company, Bartlett Hall, Pine Street and Beach Chalet.

After a fun-filled night, the team needed some rest. Saturday plans were in the mix and it looked like it was going to be a day of hopulence.

…and boy was it!

Beer Flights and Flatbread at Crush & Brew in Temecula

Crush & Brew in Temecula!

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It was early Thursday morning when the Tap & Cheer team decided, on a whim, to hit the road and head South to celebrate San Diego’s Beer Week with friends. With 96 craft breweries (and growing) and over 191 restaurants and pubs that serve craft beer on tap, we thought, how could we go wrong? Little did we (or our livers) know just what we were getting ourselves into.

We opted not to take the conventional way down via I-5 and instead cruised the Northern route so we could hit Temecula. Only an hour outside San Diego, Temecula Valley is home to more than 30 wineries. What most people don’t know is that it is also a booming hot spot for new craft breweries.

We stopped for lunch at Crush & Brew, an artisan restaurant and vibrant tasting bar focused solely on featuring locally crafted beer and wine, nestled between historical buildings on Old Town’s charming Front Street. Crème faiche Caesar flat bread, a Crush Burger with red onion marmalade, and a corned beef Reuben with Arrogant Bastard ale mustard were devoured while sipping on wine and brews created only miles away.

Here is to all the hard-working winemakers around the world who have been known to say, “It takes a lot of beer to make great wine!” Next stop: San Diego!

BAM Fest Los Angeles

BAM Fest Los Angeles 2014

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Official Press Release for BAM Fest Los Angeles taking place at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica on October 26, 2014.

October 10, 2014

18th Street Arts Center’s 5th Annual Beer Art & Music Festival
The trifecta of all things good!

Santa Monica, CA – On Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 1pm- 5pm, 18th Street Arts Center is bringing its renowned BAM Fest (Beer Art & Music Festival) to the Westside of LA. This year’s 5th annual celebration is part of 18th Street’s 25th Anniversary weekend that starts on October 25th with a chic benefit event from 6-10pm and continues on Sunday with BAM Fest. The weekend celebrates 18th Street Arts Center’s rich legacy over the past 25 years and will include everything from performance art and video art installations to gourmet food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music by 3 bands as well as artisanal wine, spirits, and specialty beers from over 40 craft breweries. The event is a steal, with tickets priced at just $45 before October 24th and $50 at the door (that is if tickets aren’t sold out by then!). BAM Fest attendees love spending a Sunday afternoon sipping in the sun, engaging with artists, and exploring significant artworks while listening to booty-shakin’ music. But what really makes this event special for its guests is that they know that all proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 25-year-old, influential non-profit arts organization in Santa Monica. It is a culturally infused event that benefits a great cause.

I love that BAM Fest is more than just a beer festival! – Anders Nilbrink, Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s LA Events Coordinator. So do we, Anders!

Participating breweries have been carefully selected by the team and represent the best of the craft beer industry. The 40+ breweries range from big to small, including the popular and widely known New Belgium Brewing Company and Angel City Brewing Company to newly launched breweries including Three Weavers Brewing Company, whose main goal is to cultivate community through beer. Another new brewery on the scene is Santa Monica Brew Works which has given 18th Street additional support as a lead sponsor.

The diverse craft beer offerings at 18th Street’s Beer Art & Music Festival present a range of styles for tasting enjoyment. For the beer connoisseur, this year’s BAM Fest is showcasing limited release seasonal beers such as Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Seasonal Oktoberfest and dark strong ales like Brother Thelonious Belgium Style Abbey Ale from North Coast Brewing Company, which partners with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of Jazz education. Along with their Golden Road Hefeweizen, Golden Road Brewing will also be featuring their Might As Well IPL, a lager highlighting bold passion fruit and pear contributed by Galaxy and Calypso hops. A special bonus for BAM Fest attendees will be the opportunity to participate in 20-minute mini-educational sessions called ‘Crash Courses’ by craft beer, wine, and art experts. These fun and engaging classes cover a wide range of topics such as how to pick out food flavors from different beers or how art could be paired with some of the best wine and beer. And for those who prefer fermented grapes to hops there will also be an area to sample some of the nation’s finest wines hosted by Wine Enthusiast, Allie Merrick as well as non-alcoholic home-brewed sodas by the Maltose Falcons, America’s oldest Home-Brewing Club.

The tunes lined up for BAM Fest is just as diverse as the beer samples. From the Latin infused rhythmic sounds of KoTolàn whose songs, celebrating cultural diversity, are sung in Japanese, Spanish, and English to the dance-inducing soulful funk of Nick Shattuck; the featured music at 18th Street’s BAM Festival is sure to make you move. The young duo of the new hit band Trapdoor Social will take attendees on a musical tour with their passionate alt-pop music that is inspired by their desire to bring awareness to solar and other renewable energy sources.

BAM attendees will also be able to do more than just see or purchase art; they will actually be able to interact with and visit the studios of 18th Street Arts Center’s artists-in-residence and arts organizations like Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA in Public Practice program. As one of 18th Street Arts Center’s patrons remarked, ‘There is something to be learned, or something to stimulate the imagination at 18th Street all the time because it is a place where art is made…not just exhibited, but actually created.’ Through BAM and other events throughout the year, 18th Street Arts Center incites its public through challenging art that sparks dialogue.

Need a little something to soak up all the scrumptious brews? Naturally you can’t have a festival in Los Angeles without food trucks. A diverse selection of six food trucks such as will provide a bounty of signature dishes that should keep your grumbling stomach at bay. Food Trucks include DogTown Dogs, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, India Jones Chow, Meat-the-Greek and the Border Grill Truck. With the marriage of beer, art, and music, BAM Fest has brewed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event. This is one craft beer festival not to be missed!

To support 18th Street consider purchasing tickets securely online at
BAM – Sunday
October 26, 1-5pm
pre-sale tickets: $45 before October 24; $50 at the door.

Event produced by artisanal drink, food and cultural event planner, Nicole Gordillo Schimpf, Tap & Cheer Events.

All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Participating Craft Breweries:

Anchor Brewing Co.
Angel City Brewing Co.
Angry Orchard Cider
Ballast Point Brewing
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Bootlegger’s Brewery
Boston Beer Co.
Brewery Ommegang
Coronado Brewing Co.
Deschutes Brewery
Dogfish Head Brewery
Drakes Brewing
Dudes’ Brewing
Eagle Rock Brewery
Einstøk Beer Co
El Segundo Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Golden Road Brewing
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Kinetic Brewing Co.
King Harbor Brewing
Ladyface Ale Companie
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
North Coast Brewing Co.
Oskar Blues Brewery
Phantom Carriage
Port Town Brewing Co.
Santa Monica Brew Works
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Smog City Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Co.
Strand Brewing Co.
Surf Brewery
Three Weavers Brewing Co.
Venice Duck Brewery
Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co.

LA Beer Week 2014

Kicking Off LA Beer Week

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We’re excited to be working with the Los Angeles Brewers Guild to bring you the official Kick-Off Festival for LA Beer Week 2014 on September 20th!

Tickets are now on sale! So grab them HERE!

The LA Beer Week Kick-Off Festival features unlimited tastes from over 40 breweries, live entertainment, a wide-selection of food trucks and educational panel discussions at a new location in the old Chinatown Plaza.

So far we have confirmed the following breweries:
Absolution Brewing, Alosta Brewing, Alpine Beer Co., Angel City Brewing, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Bravery Brewing, Craftsman Brewing, The Dudes’ Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo Brewing Co., Enegren Brewing, Firestone Walker, Golden Road Brewing, Highland Park Brewery, Kinetic Brewing, King Harbor Brewing, Ladyface Ale Companie, Monkish Brewing and many more coming your way!

LA Beer Week takes place from September 20th-28th all over Los Angeles County and Orange County is even getting in on the action! Follow the EVENTS page at the official website of LA BEER WEEK for the latest and greatest updates! Don’t forget to use #LABW6 and #tapandcheer on all your social media posts so we can follow your beer adventures!

Cheers! See you at LA Beer Week!