They call it the City of Angeles. Los Angeles. The most populated city in California and the second most populated city in the Unites States right behind New York City. Thousands upon thousands of people flock to LA for many different reasons. It’s a mecca for international trade, culture, fashion, science, sports, technology, healthcare, medicine, and of course, ENTERTAINMENT!
“The Kids,” Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter, had heard that Los Angeles was making a name for itself in the craft beer industry so not only did they want to check out some of the upcoming breweries like Angel City Brewery and Golden Road Brewing, but they also wanted to see the sights as this was the first time they had been able to spend some ample time in LA, not just flying through LAX.
“The Kids” are always awe-struck when they see movie stars. A couple of years ago, Mirror Pond Pale Ale was introduced to Bill Murray at a golf tournament where they got along famously, and Black Butte Porter has been meeting with Joe Rogan (and even got a shout out on his instagram page), so they wanted to try their luck star gazing at the Hollywood sign, the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and then finish up literally “star gazing” at the Griffith Observatory.
The hike up the hill to see the Hollywood sign was hot and steep. They got as close as they could which was not close at all. This entertainment icon is 45 feet tall and 350 feet long and originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development. Since it was loved by the locals and visitors alike, it was left up. At one point, it was the frequent target of vandalism so in the year 2000, a security system was installed to keep the sign looking its best. It is used in countless movies and over the years, several actors, musicians and film companies have donated funds to certain letters to keep the sign restored. They included Gene Autry, Hugh Hefner, Warner Brothers Records and Alice Cooper.
No movie stars were spotted up there so we decided to try our luck at the Chinese Theatre and Hollywood Walk of Fame. The TCL Chinese Theatre (originally Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and renamed Mann’s Chinese Theatre), is a historical cinema that opened in May of 1927 with the premiere of Cicil DeMille’s film, The King of Kings. Later, many other popular movies premiered here including the 1977 Star Wars original film and it played host to three Academy Awards. Recently, they partnered with IMAX Corporation to create the largest IMAX auditorium in the world. We didn’t have time to grab a flick but looked down and couldn’t help but notice the stars below us on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
The first star that caught our eye was Godzilla. Godzilla has a star on the walk of fame? After a bit of Googling, we found out that several fictional characters had stars like Big Bird, Kermit The frog, Donald Duck, and the list goes on… We discovered that November 29th, 2004 was Godzilla’s 50th Birthday and the much loved monster celebrated the star with his fans. Accepting the honor on behalf of the “King of Monsters” was Tsutomo Kitagawa, the Japanese actor who plays Godzilla on screen and wore the famed suit in the 28th film adventure, “Godzilla Final Wars.”
After all of this monster talk, we decided to find the star of an actress known for her curly locks, sweet tunes, and dance steps. Shirley Temple was born in 1928 and by the age of four, found herself international fame in Bright Eyes. The film was created specifically for her talents and the signature song, “On The Good Ship Lollipop,” that was in the film, later sold 500,000 sheet music copies. As an adult she entered politics and became a diplomat for the Unites States as well as sat on many boards of corporations and organizations. She just recently passed away in February 2014 but still lives on in our memories so we raise a pint glass to Shirley Temple.
“The Kids” reminisced for a while on the Hollywood Walk of Fame but gazed upon no movie stars so we grabbed a bite to eat, waited out the traffic, and headed to the Griffith Observatory to see some real stars!!
The observatory, high atop the slope of Mount Hollywood in LA is a popular tourist attraction with telescopes, a planetarium, exhibits and an array of space and science displays. We found out that during World War II, the planetarium was used to train pilots in celestial navigation and was used again for the same purpose in the 1960’s to train Apollo program astronauts for the first lunar missions. Pretty cool stuff! Since its opening in 1935, admission has always been free and will always be, in accordance with Griffith’s will. “The Kids” had a great time exploring and saw lots of stars here!
It was an eventful day of sightseeing, but Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter had to get back to their other friends at various pubs, stores, bottle shops and restaurants in the Los Angeles area so we headed out. The family of brands from Deschutes are here to stay in LA and if you want to find them at a local waterhole near you, try our fantastic Beer Finder Tool or be sure to ask for “The Kids” if you don’t see them where you shop or dine. Cheers!