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 to the colorful journal of Marissa Berrini, creative director, artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Launched in 2010, Marissa's online journal tells of adventures with her husband Sam, their fur kids, the occasional cocktail creation and lots of conversations with inspiring people. This blog serves to celebrate tiny victories, inspiration for those times you're stuck in a rut and bring together a community that wants more than a perfectly curated feed of eye candy. Sometimes you just got to throw it out there and see where it goes!

#HappyHourClub 18 / Red Rice Ale from Hitachino Nest

#HappyHourClub 18 / Red Rice Ale from Hitachino Nest

#HappyHourClub 18 / Red Rice Ale from Hitachino Nest

What you may not know is that #happyhourclub started with another meet-up Sam and I created called the Beer Exchange, an event where people would bring their favorite ales or home brews to exchange with others. Great excuse to try new beers, right? One of my favorite breweries that stole a piece of my heart years ago is HITACHINO NEST BEER. This brewery is based in Japan and was hit hard during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. During that time, the brewery shut down to help rebuild their community. Talk about a great brand. Today I wanted to give you a peek into their Red Rice Ale that I recently purchased from my favorite DTLA local market, Urban Radish. This sake brewed ale has malt and sweet notes that are almost strawberry like. I love that HITACHINO brews up an interesting blend of malt and sake. Check out their beers the next time you're on the hunt for something new and different.  

#HappyHourClub 19 / Ahoy! Give Me Kraken!

#HappyHourClub 19 / Ahoy! Give Me Kraken!

#HappyHourClub 17 / The LA RIVER (Blackberry + Sweet Plum Sangria)

#HappyHourClub 17 / The LA RIVER (Blackberry + Sweet Plum Sangria)