I’m a huge fan of board games. I can still remember my Grandma Barnes teaching me the finer points of wining at monopoly. Here secret always seemed to be revealing “Grandma’s House Rules” each time we played, which appeared to change depending on the current gaming climate.
I remember classics like Stratego, Mouse Trap, and Mancalla , but my favorite games always seemed to be those with a bit more atmosphere. Fireball Island was one of my favorites. You took on the role of an adventurous explorer on a quest to get a giant jewel being held by a massive fireball spiting idol, Volkar. Players move their pieces around the board while dodging marble fireballs and using talismans and secret shortcut/deadened caves. The board was a 3D relief map which made it even cooler.
As I grew older, my board game tastes changes, but it wasn’t until after college that I was introduced to the advanced series of board games, and that started with Arkham Horror. You’re a 1920’s investigator trying to unearth a plot to resurrect ancient monsters, the most famous being Cthulhu. These games are like light RPGs, which focus heavily on atmosphere, flavor text, and strategy. Other games, like Pandemic, are more modern. In Pandemic you race against the clock with your teammates to erratic viral outbreaks before the entire world is infected. Some of these games introduce cooperative play styles where you work along side your fellow player for a common goal rather than working to be the sole victor. It’s a ton of fun.
One thing that I couldn’t do as a kid is drink beer and now that I can, I want to marry the two. Introducing The Board Beer Geek Tavern. This event is the first of hopefully many in a series of board game beer drinking events. We’ll drink cask ale, listen to live music, eat good food, all the while playing board games with friends in a Tavern atmosphere. Think renaissance fair meets beer fest meets Gencon. What’s more, we’ll have people running the tables, so no matter how little you know about the game, you’ll be able to jump right in. Education is a theme here. Learn about new beer, learn about new games, and learn about local musicians.
The first event is slated for November 2nd and is happening at Chloe’s, the event space behind the Golden Road pub. If you haven’t been yet, it’s a must. Beautiful wood interior, tons of taps, great food, and lots of room to mingle. The board game hall will be upstairs and the beer and music will be downstairs. Of course there will be crossover and people are welcome to bring their own games. This event is about drinking some killer cask ale, experiencing each other’s company, listening to some unique and inspire music, and, of course, revelry.
The entry fee is essentially the normal Chloe’s event pricing fee which comes with some small bites, like pretzel balls, and beer! Seating is limited to 80 seats because we want it to be relatively intimate. More beer for you! Invite your friends, play some board games, and drink beer with us.
*Artwork by Ken W Barnes
Come out to Chloe’s at Golden Road Brewing on Saturday November 2nd and experience a throwback to the days of yore. Battle with your fellow beer lovers in a game of Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Seven Wonders, Pandemic, and more!
The ticket price includes:
- Board games
- Settlers of Catan
- Ticket to Ride
- Seven Wonders
- And many more!
- Live Acoustic Music performed by local musicians
- (3) 8 oz pours of Cask Beers brewed specially by Golden Road for this event
- Tavern food/small bites to snack on
If you would like to bring your own game to the event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can accommodate you or your group.
“Chloe’s at Golden Road Brewing is the ultimate special event location. Old world speakeasy charm mingles with a hip cuisine to combine for your perfect event.”
5410 W. San Fernando Road Los Angeles, California 90039
Hosted by: Kristofor Barnes, Hamish Cameron, Josh Sellers, John Michael Verive of the LA Beer Bloggers with Fran Michelle and Lauren Greenwood of Golden Road Brewing