What to Eat and Drink at L.A. Vegan Beer & Food Festival

Co-curator Tony Yanow shares five perfect pairings for Saturday’s fest

The Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. For its sixth installment, the fest has been moved from the confines of The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard to Pasadena’s spacious Rose Bowl. If you haven’t been before, this is the one to check out—slated for the event are 65 breweries (which means over 100 different beers) and 40 vegan-friendly eateries, like Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend, and Mud Hen Tavern, which have been curated by vegan blogger and fest co-host QuarryGirl.

Sure, it sounds a tad overwhelming with so many delicious choices, but Tony Yanow, owner of Tony’s Darts Away/Mohawk Bend and beer curator of the fest, was good enough to share his beer and vegan food pairing suggestions.

Ballast Point Grunion Pale
Paired With: Mohawk Bend Buffalo Cauliflower
“Grunion’s full body and generous hopping provides the ideal flavor contrast to the heat of Mohawk Bend’s world famous buffalo cauliflower.”

Golden Road Brewing Wolf Among Weeds
Paired With: Nary Dairy Wolf Pub Cheese (made with Wolf Among Weeds)
“The perfect pairing for hop hunters. Wash down Nary Dairy’s hoppy ‘cheese’ with Golden Road’s beast of a beer for the full Wolf experience.”

Omission Beer Omission IPA
Paired with: The Rabbit Hole’s King Mac
“Omission IPA is sharp, palate cleansing and gluten free making this brew an excellent companion to the insanely rich and cheesy King Mac.”

Anchor Brewing California Lager
Paired With: Doomie’s Big Mac
“Burger plus beer equals the king of all pairings! Anchor Brewing’s light and crisp lager complements the diabolical richness of Doomie’s Golden Arches doppelgänger.”

Babe’s Belgian Vanilla Blonde
Paired With: Bramble Bakeshop Parfait Cup
“Belgian Vanilla Blonde is aged in oak with Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and golden raisins. Paired with Bramble Bakery’s parfait cup, this combo promises to deliver a decadent dose of funky sweetness.”

Tickets for L.A. Vegan Beer & Food Festival can be purchased online. $50 advanced ($65 at the door) and $80 VIP ($95 at the door), food isn’t included in the ticket price.