King Harbor Brewing Co. beer (Photo Courtesy of King Harbor Brewing Co.)
Whether you’re a New England Patriots fan or Seattle Seahawks fan, there is no denying the intensity of Super Bowl XLIX. And while the game (which New England won, 28-24 in Arizona) itself is rather important, no Super Bowl Sunday is complete without a feast of food.
King Harbor Brewing Company and Barley Hops Grill teamed up on Sunday, Feb. 1 to bring locals together and to give them a chance to watch the game while enjoying not only tasty King Harbor Brewing Co. beers, but an unlimited BBQ buffet.
Located in Redondo Beach, the event was a short notice collaboration, said COO/Founder of King Harbor Brewing Co., Tom Dunbabin.
“They do regular food service for us on Thursday nights at the tasting room and we saw a cool fit for Sunday with the all time combination of beer, BBQ, and football,” Dunbabin said. “We also saw our tasting room as a place for locals to watch the game without being trapped in an overly crowded bar or have to clean up after hosting a party at home.”
For the price of $30, patrons had access to an unlimited BBQ buffet, three beers, plus $1 off additional drafts, and kids under 12 ate for free.
The Tasting Room was open for business at noon, allowing customers to get comfortable before the game. The second most important thing about the night, besides the game, was clearly the buffet and whole roasted pig which were started at 2:30. By kickoff, everyone was ready to watch the Patriots and Seahawks go head-to-head.
The pork butts were cooked ”La Caja China” style (which is a pig roasting box), said Marc Dix, co-owner of Barley Hops Grill. “This really creates a great roasting environment for the pork that concentrates the flavors.”
“We served that with a variety of our Slaws and Salads. Including our Sweet and Tangy slaw, and Red White & Bleu Cheese slaw that you will find regularly on our menu,” added Dix. “Next was a Kale salad with a Smoked Tomato vinaigrette. And finally a easy mixed green salad with a Papaya Pineapple dressing. We made a fresh batch of tangy barbecue beans that we created just for the event.”
King Harbor Brewing Co. was opened by Tom Dunabin due to “an overwhelming desire to live the dream,” he said. And more specifically, the desire to put forth their own ideas on flavor profiles, styles and branding.
“Our good friend and head brewer Phil McDaniel had a ton of experience from brewing at Stone Brewing Co. and The Bruery, so we wanted to build a platform to let his expertise shine through,” Dunabin said.
At King Harbor Brewing Co. you’ll find King Harbor IPA, Abel Brown, California Saison, Storm’s A-Brewin’, and The Quest. Currently, their beer is on tap at craft beer bars in the South Bay area of L.A., as well as in Orange County and San Diego. Dunabin said in the near future they’ll be expanding their footprint in Southern California area.
“Our brewery is built around having a memorable experience,” he said. “Our beers are unique twists on classic styles ranging from using locally sourced lemon verbena in a Belgian inspired beer to pairing hops with fruits to blending cold brewed coffee in a brown ale.”
King Harbor Brewing Co. often frequents beer pairings with local chefs and wineries that showcase how beer and food go together, but also the contrasts/similarities between beer and wine, said the COO/Founder.
Due to their love of supporting local business, they only deliver beer to accounts within a couple of hours of the brewery to ensure that the product they put out is as fresh as possible. With their “buy local” focus, the ingredients are sourced locally.
The relationship with Barley Hops Grill, an open air kitchen/pop-up catering service focusing on the breweries/bars in the South Bay and neighboring L.A. regions, seems only natural as both companies strive to help out other local establishments and grow alongside them.
Barley Hops Grill can be found every Thursday in the Tasting Room at King Harbor Brewing Co. as their American style BBQ meat with overseas influences and unique twists on common dishes pairs well with the various beers served, said Dunabin.
Chef partners Alex Bouffiou and Dix founded Barley Hops Grill. Their goal? “To make everything form scratch, producing high quality American barbecue flared with Asian influence,” Dix said.
From pulled pork tacos to baby back ribs, the menu is sure to please any food lover. Ranging from $4 to $10, or $17 for a 3-course meal. Barley Hops Grill offers pulled pork sandwiches, burnt ends sandwiches, and more.
“We are a couple of local guys creating a new So-Cal style BBQ in the local marketplace. This locavore attitude will drive the success of Barley Hops Grill and the breweries/bars together,” he said.
Marvin Vasquez contributed to this story.