Boom! We’re back

Hey everyone, it’s been a bit radio silent from us for a while due to our organizers making babies, opening breweries, buying houses, moving out of state and various other adult-like activities.
But we’re back!
Next Saturday (April 29th) Join us at Los Angeles Ale Works for a bit of craft beer, cask beer, food and board game action! And the best part is, there’s no entry charge for this one, just come down and enjoy some fun times with us.
We will have some board games on hand for you to enjoy as well as some people to show you how they work if you don’t know. But as always, feel free to bring your own copies and your own friends to battle it out!
The deets:
When: April 29th, doors open at 12pm
Where: 12918 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Who: You!
Why: Because we love you?

Board Beer Geek Video

Our 3rd event was not only a great success, but a fantastic birthday bash and we have all of you to thank for that.  Kip shot some video during the festivities and put together a short video.  Can you find yourself?

We can’t wait to have you back for event #4.  Date and Location are still TBD, but it’s looking like we may need more space, which is awesome!  Cheers and stay tuned.

**Special Thanks to Aaron Collette for his fantastic music accompanying the video

Coins at BBG3

We rolled out the coin currency at the last event and it seemed to be pretty successful. We don’t want to mess with something that works, so We’re totally doing it again. With your purchase of the prime or royal ticket levels (ahem you will get 10 coins to use as you choose. The event is still free if you don’t want to eat or drink at story tavern, but buying the coins helps us put on more awesome events for you!

What the hell do you do with the coins?

1 (one) coin gets you one taster of the special cask or keg beers we have for you
3 (three) coins, you get a pint!
1 (one) coin gets you an extra raffle ticket
4 (four) coins, you can order an item from the menu we have worked out with Story Tavern.
6 (six) coins or $15, you can get a sweet BBG t-shirt! (while supplies last)

We’ll be selling coins at the event at the rate of 8 for $20. But if you buy them from the browpaper tickets sale, you get a raffle ticket in the deal!

Midsummer’s Morn Recap

Our July 12th event was a success!  We tapped two awesome casks of local craft beer, congregated in the beautiful Story Tavern, collaborated with game publishers AEG & Playroom Entertainment, enjoyed the company of gamers from all around, and were honored by the surprise appearances of tabletop game celebs such as Mike Selinker and Wil Wheaton! All in all it was a great event and a testament to the fact that there is a burgeoning craft beer and gaming community out there.

Thank you all, from the bottom of our collective Board Beer Geek hearts, for sharing this fantastic day with us. Special thanks to Jeremy Raub & Andrew Bakofsky of Eagle Rock Brewery for playing games with us and bringing their tasty cask of Lou.  Thank you also to Brian Slaught & the Story Tavern team for the food and venue.  To our game sponsor AEG & Playroom Entertainment, we take off our hats, you rock!  And very special thanks to our newest Board Beer Geek member, Boyan Radakovich, who, with his help and mentorship, is helping to make this event the best it can be.

A Final Super Duper Thanks to everyone that attended!  Cheers, Huzzah, and See you all soon at the next event!

Sincerely with Revelry,

The Board Beer Geek Team


Board Beer Geek 2, What’s that?

The most common question I get when handing out flyers or telling people I’m doing this event is… you guessed it! “Board Beer Geek, What’s that?” Quickly followed by “Is that some nerd thing?”, “Why are you in my house?” and “I’m calling the police” The last one isn’t really a question, but I wanted to take some time outside of your house to tell you guys about this sweet event that Kip, Bo and I are putting on!


It’s happening!!!!

Board Beer Geek is about two things. Games and Craft Beer. Last time we had some of our favorite games for people to play. Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, King of tokyo, and a couple more. This time we have games brought to us and you by AEG, Playroom Entertainment, and The Gamesmith!


Playroom Entertainment is bringing us Unspeakable Words, Geek Out, and Killer Bunnies! Here’s a little bit about the games you’ll be playing…

Unspeakable words is a sweet Cthulu themed spelling card game. Imagine words with friends with a sanity check each round. You can find a breakdown of the rules on their website here!

Killer Bunnies is a game where you play as vicious bunnies on the mean streets of bunnyville. The point of the game is to have your bunny gang take out all of the opposing bunny gangs in brutal bunny on bunny combat! You can check out the full rules here.

Geek Out is the nerdiest trivia game you’ll ever play. Where only the truly nerdy “win” by trying to convince everyone else that the Flash is faster than Superman when everyone knows he’s not… Check out the rules here if you really want to, but we all know Superman is faster.

We will have copies of these games on hand for the raffle, in exchange for BBG coins, and just to play in general!

Our next feature game company is AEG. They are kind of a big deal. I will be bringing you more info on the games they will have for us tomorrow. As well as some info on the beer and a couple other special guests we will be featuring later this week!

New Event – New Prices

Hi Everyone!

So we’ve changed the format and pricing of the event slightly.  This is a good thing.  The Prime (Basic) Ticket is still $25, but we’ve also added a second level, Royal, for $65!



Go Royal!

The Royal level includes everything provided in the Prime ticket level: event entrance, food, beer, gaming, wooden nickels, and (1) raffle ticket plus MORE!

In Royal Level Tickets includes the following:

  • Prime Ticket ($25 Value)
  • Board Beer Geek T-Shirt (locally screen-printed on an American Apparel shirt) ($20 Value)
  • The Royal Button! – A 3″ button emblazoned with “The Royal Button” so everyone will know you’re the real deal! (Priceless)
  • (1) Featured Game – Our event  will feature several awesome games and you’ll actually get to take one home with you! ($20-30 Value)
  • (+1 ) Extra Raffle Ticket – You’ll get 1 additional raffle ticket which will give you an extra edge over the competition. (A chance to win free Royal entry into our next event)
  • VIP Gaming – As a Royal member, you’ll get to game with some of our special guests guaranteed! (Priceless)Royalty

So why wait? Get your ticket to the Royal experience today!


Eagle Rock Cask – Mugwort Brown Ale

MugwortCask for the People – JULY 12th

On Saturday, July 6th, the Board Beer Geek team headed out to meet with our friends at local LA beer hotspot, Eagle Rock Brewery.  The mission was to create/collaborate on a cask.  Brewer and Cellarman, Andrew Bakofsky had a special set of ingredients ready to go.

The beer: A hoppy American brown ale (currently unreleased) fully of rich notes of toasted brown bread and an assertive hop finish.

The special ingredients: Ancient gruit herb, Mugwort and traditional anise.  Mugwort is a very earthy herb reminiscent of chamomile with a floral a roam and woodiness.  The addition of hammered anise seeds rounds out the flavor of the brown ale creating something super unique and tasty.  Remember, you’ll only get it here folks.

Andrew adding YeastAndrew showed us how Eagle Rock Brewery creates some of its casks.  An addition of sugar and fresh yeast are added prior to the beer, which will cause a small fermentation inside the cask and add natural carbonation.  The special ingredients are added and then finally the beer.  The cask is then sealed with a plastic shive (bung) and the downward force of a hammer (accompanied by Andrew’s Hurculean strength).

Hurculean Stregth Andrew

Making a cask is an exciting opportunity to collaborate and experiment with beer flavorings.  Eagle Rock Brewery is no stranger to this UK form of serving beer and frequently has casks available at Story Tavern in Burbank.  After filling the cask with the special ingredients, the team was able to do a traditional barrel/cask roll, which ensures that the  If you’re interested in learning more about their casks be sure to check out their tap room or Story Tavern.

Barrel Roll

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Eagle Rock Brewery will also have on tap their Witbier, Manifesto, perfect for the summer heat.  Los Angeles Ale Works will be debuting it’s new LA Kumquat infused French/Belgian Saison in both cask and draft form.  The cask has an extra addition of Kumquats and Filipino Calamansi (mini lemons) to add tartness.


Story Tavern will have many other beer options available including their popular gluten free option, Craft Cider.  With so many options, everyone is sure to find something they like.

Be sure to get your tickets at or click here!


Event Recap and News

Wow! #TableTopDay was awesome and we were so lucky to be able to spend it with all of you.  As this was our first event, we definitely learned a lot, and thank you for taking part in our little moment of making history at Story Tavern.  We collected some fantastic feed back and have some constructive points we’ll aim to meet at our next event.  Check out our photos!


We were super excited to have a cask of Eagle Rock beer specially made for the event.  The sumac and honey Populist IPA went really well with the entire them.  One perk with being involved in the beer industry in LA is that we have access to cool one offs like this.  We also have access to Los Angeles Ale Works beer, so if you guys & gals want us to do an experiment for the next event with a crazy beer, just let us know!


We still want to hear what you think so if you didn’t leave feedback and still want to or if you remembered something that might make the event better, drop us an email, hit up our facebook page, or tweet us @BBGTavern.

Board Beer Geek Tavern News

Board Beer Geek Tavern isn’t just about playing games, drinking beer, and listening to music, it’s also about supporting our local gaming community.  We were able to work with a local game retailers to procure our board games this time around, JJ’s Game Lounge, and we now have a pretty nice selection of beginner level games that we can provide at events.  That being said, we were super excited that others brought games to share with the crowd.  This is exactly the kind of thing we want to do in the future.  If you are a game retailer or game  know someone that would like to sponsor our next event, please let us know.  Sponsorship can be everything from monetary to food, to supplies, to new games.

We also want to help spread the word about local game makers.  Peter Vaughan, a Burbank native, raised funds via kickstarter for his great game What the Food!  There are also many other local game makers supporting their projects via crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.  If you hear of a cool local project or want to help get the word out about your game, drop us a line.

We’ll be sending out a newsletter as soon as we set the next Board Beer Geek Tavern date, which wont be for a few months, but stay vigil so you don’t miss the next one! We may be planning a series of smaller pop-up events around town as well!  If you want to subscribe to the newsletter you can do so in the right side bar.

Local Game Makers

Speaking of local Kickstarters, Pirate Den, the pirate themed card bluffing game by GameSmith, is currently on kickstarter with 7 hours to go.  Bo, will be at Redwood in Downtown LA tonight to celebrate the countdown of the project.  The project is currently successful, but they are still trying to reach stretch goals.


Courtesy of Gamesmith LLC, Pirate Den Kickstarter

Also, if you are a fan of Ticket to Ride, one of our favorites, you may be interested to know that Days of Wonder just released word of a Collectors edition with deluxe board, painted cars, and some other super cool upgrades for the 10th anniversary of TTR.  It’s available for pre-order now for a cool $100.



Table Top Season 3

Finally, if you’re a fan of Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Geek & Sundry, and Table Top, they are doing an Indie Go Go campaign for Table Top Season 3! Working to break away from google & youtube, they plan to fly solo an need the public’s help.  They’ve already hit their initial goal of $500,000, which is a ton of money, but clearly the support is unanimous and they’re stretching for more.  For anyone that doesn’t know, both Wil & Felicia are local, so supporting this campaign goes right in line with supporting our local community.  #ILoveTableTop



Event Photos!