Sunday March 30, 2014 - 3-6pm

We hope you can join us at Wicks Brewing Company in Riverside this Sunday, March 30th @ 3pm for their Sunday Fun-Day!!!

We'll be playing 2 sets from 3pm till 6pm.

Wicks will be serving fantastic Craft Beer from 11am till 10pm and their Fresh Tasty Food will be served from 11am till 9pm.
So come on over early, pick out a prime spot and enjoy your Sunday afternoon the Wicks Brewing way.

Don't forget to try their Craft Root Beer!

 

 


Friday March 28th, 2014

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I switched web servers and have nothing but technical issues since. Now that they are all ironed out I have some news about what we've been up to.

Gloria and I had the privilidge of playing a couple gigs with our good friends "The Travelling Bier Bellies". Gloria played bass and I switched between the mandolin and the lap steel (slack key) guitar. Saturday March 15th we played upstairs at Pizza Port San Clemente in front of the big window overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Delicious beers, good people, great view, did I mention Pizza Port? Now that was a good time!

The following Saturday The Travelling Bier Bellies had a gig in Sunset Beach at a Wine/Craft Beer bar called BRIX. When we got there a Beatles tribute band was tearing down and loading their equipment. Earlier in the day Evan (from the Travelling Bier Bellies) was concerned about taking up too much room but we had nowhere near the amount of equipment as the Fab Four tribute band so space wasn't an issue. I wasn't wanting to take up a lot of space so I only brought a small VOX amp to play the lap steel through and the mandolin went straight into the mixing board. I must say that we did a great rendition of Bob Dylan's Desolation Road.

I have written a few new songs and we got to rehearse one of them and it is sounding awesome! We are hoping to debut it at Wicks Brewing this coming Sunday. I have reworked a lot of the songs and the preproduction on our CD is just about complete. It is just about time to get Tino to lay down all the drum tracks.

We also got confirmation that we will be performing at Bootlegger's 6th Anniversary Celebration at the historic Muckenthaler Center in Fullerton. I will post details as soon as I get them.

I hope you can make it out to Wick's Brewing in Riveside this Sunday. You can make a mini beer trip out of it. Close by is Main Street Brewing (Corona), Sons of Liberty Aleworks (Norco), BrewCakes (Riverside), Chino Valley Brewing (Chino), Ritual (Ontario), Packinghouse (Riverside), Area 51 (Riverside), Taps (Corona), I & I Brewing, Sanctum (Pomona).

 

 


Saturday January 11, 2014 - 5pm - 9pm

 

Hello everyone! This is a short notice but if you have no plans this Saturday 01/11/14, The Firkins and the awesome Yeah, Brother! will be rockin' out and celebrating Out Of The Park Pizza's 3rd Anniversary Party. This is going to be a blast. Hope to see you all there, Cheers!

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From Out of the Park Pizza's Facebook Page.

Here's the list of beers we are having at our 3rd anniversary party! 
-The Bruery 
Wanderer (VIP)
Grey Monday (VIP)
-Hangar 24 
Pucachevs Cobra (VIP)
Hangar Double IPA 
-Goose Island 
2012 Bourbon County (VIP)
-Hoparazzi Brewing CO
Mission Impechable 
La Tarte Raspberry
-Stone Brewing Co.
2013 Old guardian 
Ruination 
-Karl Straus 
Red Trolley 
Mouette a Trois
-Noble Ale Works
They won't tell me 
It's a secret even to me? 
-Bottle Logic 
Leche M'ole
Tattered Price( brewed especially for us)
-Tustin Brewing Co 
More Cow Bell 
Old Town IPA 
-Lost Coast Brewing
Honey sage pale
Ginger root harvest ale
-Taps Brewing 
Neo Colonial Coffee stout
Mon Cherry Amande 
-Bootleggers 
Knuckle Sandwich 
Pumpkin Porter 
Old World Hefe
-Ritual brewing 
No clue yet?

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE - CLICK HERE


Friday December 20, 2013 - 7pm

Come join The Firkins as we perform at Bootlegger's Brewery Annual Holiday Party. We'll be doing an acoustic set and drinking all those delicious beers that the Barkenhagens make.

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Bootlegger's Description Below

We invite you to celebrate the Holidays with us and put on your most festive gear (whether it be decked out as Good Ole St Nick, his reindeer or elves, or come dressed in your ugliest Christmas sweaters, or even come dressed as your favorite of the Three Kings, etc) come by Bootlegger's Tasting Room THIS Friday December 20, 2013 for our Annual Holiday/Christmas Party! We will have DRINK SPECIALS, Porko Rico BBQ truck, MUSIC, & PRIZES for best dressed! L'Arte Dell Olivio will be on hand selling and sampling their exceptional imported Italian Olive Oils & Artisan Balsamic Vinegars. Hope you can come by and join us! 

Happy Holidays!
*Our tasting room is located at 130 S Highland Blvd Fullerton, CA 92832*

Bootlegger's Event Page on Facebook - Link


August 11, 2013 - 12pm

The Firkins are back! After some retooling, writing some new songs, brushing up on the mandolin, learning how to play a lap steel guitar, adding our cousin Danny on guitar and Tino on drums we are back and ready to play some Ale Rock, BrewGrass or good old Cosmic American Music. With the addition of Danny and Tino and a more acoustic sound I was thinking about renaming The Firkins "The Foeders" but we'll see.

Join us on Sunday August 11 for Blue Palms Brewhouse's 5th Anniversary Celebration. The Taplist is insane (as always).

Confirmed beers as of July 24th:

Alpine TBA
Alpine TBA
Alesmith Cask TBA
Allagash BA BlacK
Almanac Farmers Reserve#2 
Almanac Dogpatch Sour 
Almanac Flowering Gose
Avery Boulder Weiss 
Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout
Ballast Point Lenzo Lollipop CASK
Ballast Point Mole Victory @ Sea 
Ballast Point Sculpin
Beachwood BBQ Hot Tub IPA
Bell's Two Hearted Ale
Big Sky BA Hog Hound
Blue Palms IPA
Blue Palms Hefe
Brooklyn Reserve,
Bruery Bois
Bruery White Chocolate
Bruery White Oak 
Bruery Xata
Coronado Peanut Butter Stout 
Coronado Sock Knocker DIPA
Craftsman Angelino Weisse 
Craftsman Curiosity Saison
Dechutes Abyss, 
Deschutes Black Butte 24
Dogfish 120 min 
Drakes Jolly Roger,
Drakes Sour 2011 
Eagle Rock THREE
Figueroa Mountain BA #2
Firestone Double Jack DIPA
Firestone Parabola 2012
Firestone Parabajava (Coffee Parabola) added 7/23/13
Firestone Pivo Pils
Firestone Sucuba
Firestone Union Jack IPA
Founder's Devil Dancer 
Founder's Double Trouble
Golden Road Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Brown 2012
Golden Road Tumbledown Shack
Grado Plato Chocarrubica
Great Lakes Monster
Green Flash Flanders Drive
Hangar24 Hammerhead
Hangar24 Pugachev’s Cobra
Kern River Just Outstanding
Kinetic It’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Time 
LadyFace Barrel Aged Midnight Special (Dark Scotch Ale fermented w/Belgian yeast, aged 8 months in Cabernet Barrels)
Lagunitas TBA
Logsdon Seizoen Brett
Lost Abbey TBA
Monkey Paw Pale w/ Lychee Fruit
Monkey Paw Bonobos
Moylans Barrel Aged Girard Berry Special
Mother Earth TBA
New Belgium 2012 Tart Lychee
New Belgium Eric's Ale
New Belgium Biere de Garde
Ninkasi Tricerahops DIPA
Noble Black Apricot
Oskar Blues 2010 Ten Fidy 
Russian River Blind Pig, 
Russian River Consecration 
Russian River Pliny
Russian River Sanctification 
Russian River Supplication 8/12 and 12-12-12
Sierra Nevada Narwhal 
Sierra Nevada Pils
Sierra Nevada Special
Southern Tier Choklat 
Speakeasy The Accomplice
Stone 17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung IPA ** LA Release
Stone Mix Tape
Stone IRS
TAPS REMY
TAPS Cream Ale
Telegraph Obscura Vulpine
Trumer Pils

 

April 28, 2013 - 1pm

The Firkins will be playing with Yeah, Brother and The Traveling Bier Bellies. Hope to see you there.

More info below (from Bootlegger's website)

Bootlegger's Brewery - Link

Bootlegger's Music & Beer Fest at The Muck: Celebrating 5 years!!!

Sunday, April 28th We will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary with Bootlegger's Music & Beer Fest at The Muck: Celebrating 5 years!!! The celebration will be held from 1-5pm at the historic Muckenthaler Center in Fullerton. Tickets can be purchased here or they can be purchased at Bootlegger's Tasting Room & Pilot Brewery at 130 S. Highland Ave in Fullerton ahead of time to avoid the online service charge. Additional tickets may be available at the door for $40, but will depend on availability.

We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to the session to allow for check-in to the event.

Included in the ticket price will be:
- 10 taster tickets (additional tickets will be available for purchase)
- Commemorative tasting glass
- Live bands performing on stage
- Over 30 house beers on tap including several barrel aged rarities and sour beers
-local guest brewery beers
- Access to The Muckenthaler Gallery exhibit showroom.  The featured gallery will be: Vintage Travel
- Mechanical bull ride, Bocce ball, a dunk tank, and MORE!!

In addition, there will be 3 gourmet food trucks: Dos Chinos, TJs Woodfire Pizza, and The Viking Truck as well as Brew Haw BBQ and desserts by Brew Cakes available there for you to purchase. We will also be unveiling our 80th Anniversary Ale. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards The Muckenthaler Cultural Center!  For additional info on the Muckenthaler Cultural Center visit:http://themuck.org

Tentative Beer List:
Rustic Rye IPA
Palomino Pale Ale
Old World Hefeweizen
Golden Chaos
Black Phoenix
79 anniversary aged in red wine barrels
Cask 80 anniversary on cocoa nibs
SoCo IPA
Tropical Thunder
Mountain Meadow
Amerige IPA
Lupulin Thrill IPA
Black Strap Porter
Rocco Red
Breaking Rad Brown
Sour #7
Knuckle Sandwich DIPA
78 Anniversary
Pilsner
Far Out IPA
Sour #6
Bourbon Chaos
79 Anniversary
Lambic # 2
Sour #3
Bourbon Barrel 78
Sour #4
Sour #1 w/kombucha culture
Imp. Phoenix 2yr barrel
Chango Lager
Smokin' Jack
Cuvee de Evan
BP aged on old forester oak chips
Dry hopped ESB
80th Anniversary
Sour 78 with cherries
Olallieberry Acai Tart
Galaxian Barleywine Bottles

We are looking forward to celebrating our 5 year anniversary with all of our supporters, fans, and customers!

 

 

 

 

 


April 10, 2013 -

Our good friends in The Traveling Bier Bellies have asked us (The Firkins) to play a short set in support of them @ Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach California on Thursday April 25th, 2013.

Beachwood has been one of our favorite drinking spots since they opened the doors.

Lena, Gabe, Kyle, Merrit and the entire Beachwood staff have been nothing but AWESOME to Gloria and I since we first stepped foot through the doors.

We have also met so many cool people while sitting at the bar or holding up the wall and drank some of the worlds finest beers at Beachwood including The Bruery's Melange #4 which my friend Jon (Halcyon Days) said it looked like a gravel sample (I agree) but tasted like heaven. And I can't forget all those wonderful thursdays with Glenn and ALL the Long Beach Hop Heads.

Come out, have a few pints and enjoy some of the best cooking you'll ever have and don't forget to try Lena's Fried Pickles. Hope to see you there....


Jan 28, 2013 -

The Firkins have been on hiatus most of 2012. With the passing of my father I just didn't have it in me to sing about beer. I sure drank a lot of beer in 2012 but didn't do much singing about it. Towards the end of 2012 when the world was preparing for the mayan doomsday I was getting inspired to pick up my guitar and start making music again. I recorded a bunch of dark instrumental tunes and quite a few of my old Green Fiend and People are Sheep songs.I also started working on finishing The Firkins long awaited full length CD entitled " Drinking Beer to Make Music to Drink Beer to".95% of the tracks are recorded. The backing vocals and a few tweaks here and then I can start mixing it down. It has been a long slow road getting this CD recorded but we are one step closer.This coming weekend Gloria and I are heading up to Santa Rosa, California for the Pliny the Younger release. We missed the release a few years ago (growler fiasco) but had attended the prior 4 years and all the releases since. I love that beer because it has everything I like in an IPA, lots of hops and lots of alcohol.

Why yes that is a Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale Gloria and I are drinking

This year is a special occasion for me, you see last year when Gloria, my son Mark Jr and my nephew Bryon and I were at Russian River Brewing Company enjoying our hoppy elixir I got a call from my family back home telling me that my father was in the hospital. I knew it wasn't good. My father had his last rights read to him 3 times in front of me and I knew another spell in the hospital wasn't a good sign. Being that we were 400 miles away from home we all decided to stay the rest of our planned weekend even though we all knew the reality which awaited us when we got home 2 days later. The following day (sat) we ended up at Beer Revolution for their anniversay party and our good friends Arne Johnson and Bee had us over to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. After the mini barleywine fest/super bowl party at Arne's house we headed back to Russian River Brewing Co (50 miles north) for one last taste of Pliny the Younger before we turned around and drove south towards Los Angeles.