April’s Agent of Change organization is The San Diego LGBT Community Center, more affectionately known simply as THE CENTER.
During the month of April every Monday we will celebrate Meatless Monday and give 20% of all meatless pizza sales to The Center.
Did you know they are the second oldest LGBT Center in the country? (They began in 1972!) And one of the largest too. They really are a community center in the broadest sense of the words— they really do so much from health services to advocacy to mentorships. There have housing programs, several youth programs, a cyber center with career building classes, HIV services, Veterans services, mental health services— the list goes on. Last year, The Center provided more than 61,000 direct services to San Diego community members. Big work on a big scale.
You may be familiar with them for a whole host of reasons and one big one is their very organized DINING OUT FOR LIFE event which happens this month on April 27. (And that’s why we picked this month for The Center.) On DOFL Day, restaurants give a minimum of 25% of their sales from that evening to the Center. We are proud to say we’ve been on board since BLAH opened.
Abnormal Beer Co are celebrating their 2nd Anniversary and we wanted to be part of the party. So, we're inviting them down on Friday, April 7th and asked the to bring 6 kegs to celebrate. Flights will start at 6pm.
AGENTS OF CHANGE PROJECT
We donate of 20% meatless pizza sales every MeatLess Monday to a local cause. Click the image to find out info. JANUARY: Ocean Discovery Institute FEBRUARY: ARTS: A Reason To Survive MARCH: National Organization for Women SD APRIL: The Center MAY: 4 Bike Organizations JUNE: Dreams For Change JULY: Feeding San Diego AUGUST: California Innocence Project SEPTEMBER: Outdoor Outreach OCTOBER: Border Angels NOVEMBER: Girls Rising DECEMBER: SD Refugee Tutoring
FOR PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND
WE'LL FEATURE NORTH PARK BEER CO
MOCHA MASSAGE -- IMP. OATMEAL MOCHA STOUT
GOLDEN PHENIX -- BREAKFAST BLONDE ALE
HOP FU! -- AMERICAN IPA
STAY CLASSY -- SMALL IPA
DEVIL IN DISGUISE -- BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG ALE
SAVE VS FIRE -- PILSNER
So our new Agent of Change for February is ARTS, A Reason to Survive. This is a favorite because they've been around for awhile but were really coming into their own and growing around when BLAH started and have really exploded into a huge and true force of change. Their primary goal is to help under-served youth— help them get through school, help them find themselves and their dreams, help them get into college or find a job— all via creative endeavors. They want these kids to find meaning, motivation and drive (aka a reason to survive). It's the whole teaching you to fish thing as opposed to just feeding you fish.
They accomplish this goal in a myriad of ways: from informal art experiences to professional skill building, through mentorships, apprenticeships, and a giant array of classes in music, studio art, building, design, writing, photography and more. They have a pretty sizable complex in National City that is truly super cool but they also reach out to schools, and neighborhood rec centers and groups and working-artists studios for the kids who cannot come to the Center.
They believe Art is the most powerful force of change.
This organization was started by this awesome guy named Matt D'Arrigo in 2001 after he lost his Mom to cancer. Art and music had really gotten him through it and he thought that if it worked for him, it could work for others. It was really small to start with— like really. And now? I don't know the numbers of the kids they reach but it's crazy and in the thousands. This documentary, about one of the ARTS students, Innocente, won the Academy Award for Short Documentary— and if you haven't seen it you should, it's online and it will make you sob and but also believe:
MONDAY, JANUARY 23RD MEATLESS MONDAY
20% of MeatLess Pizza sales goes to Ocean Discovery Institute in City Heights MERCH MADNESS MONDAY
8th Anniv Shirts & Hoodies at Customer Appreciation prices--$8 off! one nite only. 8th ANNIVERSARY IPA
Tapping at 5pm TUESDAY, JANUARY 24TH CANNIVERSARY
Celebrate National Can Beer Day with Keeper Koozies AND LOCAL CANS from...
*32 North - Best Coast IPA
*Council/Alvarado - Hummingbird Tart IPA
*Second Chance - Seize the Coffee IPA
*Benchmark - Hop Chunks
*Coronado - Stingray
*Port - Mongo
*Mikkeller - Beer Geek Breakfast
*Mother Earth - Cali Creamin
*Modern Times - Black House nitro
*Refuge - Blood Orange Witte
*Alesmith - IPA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25TH SOUR BEERS
Almanac Mariposa, DFH SeaQuench, Avery Raspberry,
New Belgium Le Terrior, Rodenbach Alexander, Modern Times Fruitlands THURSDAY, JANUARY 26TH BLIND IPA CHALLENGE
Winner(s) gets(splits) a $100 gift card to BLAH.
*Russian River - Pliny
*New English - Pure & Simple
*Mother Earth - Kismet
*Societe - Apprentice
*Bells - Two Hearted
*El Segundo - Mayberry FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH $4 EVERYTHING
All beers on the board just $4 11:30am-6pm RARE BEERS
Rare beers tap @ 6pm: Fall BBA Jinx Remover, Firestone Walker 19th & 20th Anniv,
New English BBA Special Brown, Silly Scotch, Piraat BA Rum and more. SATURDAY, JANUARY 28TH CAPE RUN
RUN, DRINK, RUN, DRINK, RUN, DRINK, RUN, DRINK DESERT ISLAND BEERS
if you could only take one beer with your to a desert island, what would it be?
OUR bar staff PICKED THEIRS and we're highlighting them ALL NIGHT. SUNDAY, JANUARY 29TH MYSTERY BIKE RIDE
We'll meet at BLAH at 11am and roll around town.
They'll be educational stops, fun stops, unplanned stops, and free stuff. CUSTOMER APPRECIATION NIGHT AKA SCHWAG SUNDAY
Starting at 5pm wear any year BLAH Anniversary shirt or hoodie and save…
8th anniv = 10%, 7th anniv = 12%, 6th anniv = 14%, 5th anniv = 16%
4th anniv = 18%, 3rd anniv = 20%, 2nd anniv = 25%, 1st anniv = 30% MONDAY, JANUARY 30TH THE 8TH DAY of ANNIVERSARY
with keeper glasses
8th anniv keeper glasses with Auto beer starting at 5pm
and who knows what else ;)