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

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


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

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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!


Hear Ye Hear Ye! Special Guests!

We’re excited to announce some very special guests attending the Board Beer Geek Tavern event at Story Tavern on April 5th!

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We’re honored to have popular improv comedian and actress Amy Vorphal at the Board Beer Geek Tavern.

Amy Vorpahl is an actress/writer/producer from Texas. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her BFA in acting, and is really stoked to be a graduate of The Groundlings Sunday Company! You may have seen her on The Mindy Project, Super Fun Night, Body of Proof, and Castle.Most recently the film Sister that she played in was accepted to Tribeca FF 2014. She is a proud host/writer for the RPG tutorial web show, Saving Throw, and has guested in other D&D shows such as Crit Juice, Dungeon Master, and plays Lady Vorpal on the web show Dungeon Bastard. Bring on the games!

Favorite Game: Skyrim

Twitter: @AmyVorpahl

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DnD’er and Groundlings Improvisor, Matt Buchholtz from the popular Crit Juice podcast will be in attendance.

Matt drinks a lot of coffee. A lot. He’s a comedy writer, graphic designer, and gaming enthusiast hybrid class with several points into acting. He has studied at the University of Washington, Groundlings Theatre, and Upright Citizens Brigade. Proud founder of Crit Juice, Matt reprises his role every podcast as the stodgy and stonefaced Doc Keratin, long-tooth shifter of Dol Dorn. Keep your eyes open for Matt in a new Odenkirk project as well as his first feature, The Black Maria.

Twitter: @mattisgrounded

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Crit Juice, is a podcast following professional actors & comedians playing Dungeons and Dragons while under the influence.  The cast also puts on live shows from time to time at the Groundlings theater in Hollywood.  Definitely worth following if you are a fan of gaming and comedy. Join Matt Buchholtz along with a few of his crew including Daniel Acker, Handsome Gary Soldati, Amy Vorpahl, and Elko Weaver.

Twitter: @critjuice

UnderTheTableUnder the Table

Kelly Boardman and the cast of Under The Table, one of the newest geeky board game shows under theStream.TV umbrella will be in attendance.

“Under The Table” is a Tabletop Boardgaming show. Each episode features a new tabletop game, theme, special guest, and exciting original cocktail based on them. One sober host desperately tries to push the game along, as everyone else ends up Under the Table!

  • Host: Xander Jeanneret – You may recognize Xander from the second season of TBS’ King of the Nerds! Xander brings all of his goofy charm to the table, and loves every minute of it!
  • Host: Kevin Becker – Kevin is the “Sober Host” of the show, and manages to push the rest of the group through the various games. With his quick wit, however, he’ll be sure to leave you in stitches!
  • Host: Ryan Shrewsbury – Alcohol cannot dull the sharp tongue of comedian and writer Ryan. He’ll cut you apart with his jokes, but then glue you back together with his big heart. (Then smash you to pieces again)
  • Host: Ben Thomas – The “Rules Master” Ben is a stunt performer. He’ll knock you out with his one-two punch of competitive gameplay and strategy!
  • Host: Kelly Boardman – Kelly is the sweetheart of the group, and the resident mixologist. You’ll fall in love with her quirky personality as she brews her way to victory!


Beer Geeks and Table Top Game Geeks Rejoice

This is the first ever event in the area that’ll celebrate the communal geekdom between beer geeks and board game geeks.  There is already a large crossover and we’re evidence of that.  Board Beer Geek Tavern is a collaborative event put on by local beer bloggers (,, and along with our illustrious hosts at Story Tavern.  The event will showcase some great craft beer, a cast of Real Ale from a local LA brewery, live music, and some great food options from Story Tavern.

We’ll be featuring some awesome games which are great for beginners and advanced board gamers.  Each game is completable near the 60 minute mark, which means you’ll be able to get a few great games in during the event and hopefully meet some new friends.  Don’t worry if you’ve never played these games, we’ll have Game Runners helping to kick off each game and answer questions.

If you want to bring your own games, please feel free.  If you want to get a jump start on rules for the games we’ll be playing, here they are.


Special Thanks to JJ Game Lounge for helping us with the games!  Please let us know if you have any questions at all or if anything isn’t crystal clear.  We’re happy to answer questions.  Email us at INFO at Board Beer Geek Tavern dot Com.