Saturday June 18, 2016


The latest incarnation of our little craft beer band "The Firkins" will resassemble as The Firkins & Foeders for this years LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival on Saturday June 18, 2016.

It took a few lineup adjustments but we are back on track playing our craft beer drinking songs. Gloria has now taken over the singing duties so this will be her singing debut. Come by and say hello.

We hope to see you at the Kickoff of LA Beer Week and spots all around town during beer week. Until then you can probably find us having a beer at Beachwood, Blue Palms, Highland Park Brewing, Arts District Brewing or Homage Brewing in Pomona.



The Firkins & Foeders


Sunday August 9, 2015


The Firkins will be performing at Blue Palms7th Anniversary Celebration!

Hope to see you there.

Saturday June 20

LA Brewers Kickoff | Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Exposition Park

The grand celebration will feature 75+ breweries, live music and entertainment, a wide selection of food trucks, educational panel discussions, a VIP private area and more. The anticipated sellout event will be held at LA’s famed Exposition Park, home to the Coliseum and Sports Arena. This is one festival you don’t want to miss!


The Firkins @ 4pm


Get your tickets here - link

Saturday April 18

The Firkins would like to invite you to join us Saturday April 18th @ Bravery Brewing in Lancaster. Music starts at 7:00pm (family friendly, no cover charge).

We'll be rocking out the brewery while drinking Bravery Brewing's tasty brews. They do not have a kitchen so you are welcome to bring some food/snacks.

It will be a fun night for sure. See you there, Cheers!!!

Friday December 19th - 7pm

'Tis the season to drink and be merry! Join us "The Firkins" at Bootlegger's Brewery Holiday Party at The Tasting Room Friday December 19Th. We'll be playing some tunes and drinking delicious brews. Party starts at 7pm. We've had so much fun through out the years rockin out at Bootlegger's Brewery, it's always a great time. We'll be playing our new song Adventures at Bootlegger's, a true story (btw). Oh Yeah, Gloria will debut her upright bass.

Hope to see you there, Cheers!

From Bootlegger's Facebook Event Page:

Bootlegger's Brewery

130 S Highland Ave, Fullerton, California 92832

Holiday PARTY. From 7PM to Midnight, celebrate the holidays at the tasting room. We encourage you to come dressed extra festive (as Santa, an elf, the get the idea). We'll have drink specials, music, a food truck, prizes and more. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the event.

Saturday September 20 - 3pm

The Firkins will be performing at this years LA Beer Week Celebration in Chinatown. We hope to see you there. Actually we hope you got your ticket because they are now SOLD OLD!

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 3pm-7pm (2pm for VIP ticket-holders)
Where: Chinatown Plaza | 950 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
How much?: $45 General Admission (includes unlimited beer, commemorative glassware) | $65 VIP Admission (includes unlimited beer, commemorative glassware, and an extra VIP hour)

Sunday August 24 - 3pm

Hello everyone! Wicks Brewing Co has invited us The Firkins back to play in their awesome pub. Save the date and join us for a late lunch or early dinner, delicious brews and live music. We've had such a great time each time we've visited Wicks Brewing Company. Hope to see you there, Cheers!


11620 Sterling Ave

Suite C

Riverside, CA 92503

Sunday August 10 - 12-5pm


Once again we are horoned to be playing at the Blue Palms Anniversary Celebration. This will be our 5th time playing their anniversary.

Blue Palms is always a good time but their anniversary parties are one of the LA area craft beer events that I don't want to miss.


Hope to see you there!

Sunday July 13- 1pm

Join Ballast Point for a unique beer festival experience to celebrate our 18th anniversary aboard the vessels of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

This is a beer festival in an un-paralleled setting...what better way to enjoy some beers than aboard historic ships and submarines while taking in the waterside scenery!

Attendees will be able to walk aboard each of the vessels and sample beers at different locations throughout the museum.

We will feature around 50 Ballast Point beers including some rare and limited options we've been saving for just this type of special occasion.

You will also have an opportunity to sample from Ballast Point's line of spirits and mixers as well.

Live Music on several stages

The Firkins • Lady Dottie • The Diamonds • Fish and the Seaweeds

Food for purchase from local vendors

Tickets are $40.00 per person and includes:
• Admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego
• 15 3-oz beer tasters
• Souvenir taster glass
• Up to three 1/4 oz spirits samples (each will count as one beer sample)

Box Office/Will Call opens: 12:15
Gates open: 12:30
Event: 1 to 5 pm

All proceeds to benefit the Maritime Museum of San Diego

BUY NOW - Ballast Point Beer Festival Tickets.

Designated Drivers: $10.00 designated driver tickets are available. Thanks for doing your part to keep our roads safe.

Must be 21 to attend and ID is required.

Saturday June 28 - 7pm

The Firkins cordially invite you to join us for a laid back kind of a night. We are going to play an acoustic set Saturday night June 28th at Rebel Bite. For those of you who have never been to Rebel Bite, this is a real cool little spot located in downtown Long Beach. The pizza is really good, buffalo wing are ridicul...ously good and there is a nice craft beer list flowing. This is an all age show and no cover charge. There is a band playing either before or after our set. We go on at 8pm. It's going to be a really nice summers night out. Hope to see you there,










Saturday June 14 - 8pm

Hi everybody! Mark your calendar, The Firkins have been invited to perform at Out Of The Park Pizza. This is a family friendly establishment with delicious pizza, appetizers, sandwiches, pasta and great beers on tap. We are going to have a rocking great time. Hope you can join us, Cheers!












Sunday May 18 - 3pm

Come out and help us celebrate our wedding anniversary Sunday 05/18 at Wicks Brewing Company. The Firkins and The Traveling Bier Bellies will be rocking the pub out.. There is no cover charge and it's an all age show. We are going to have a fun filled afternoon. Hope to see you there, Cheers!


11620 Sterling Ave

Suite C

Riverside, CA 92503

Bootlegger's 6th Anniversary Party

Saturday, April 26th we will be celebrating our 6 year anniversary with Bootlegger’s Music & Beer Fest at The Muck! The celebration will be held from 12-4pm at the historic Muckenthaler Center in Fullerton. Tickets can be purchased for $40 from Event Brite link (we have an early bird ticket sale for $30 for first 250 tickets purchased) 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.

You can purchase your tickets at:
Additional tickets may be available at the door for $50 (While Supplies Last)

A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards The Muckenthaler Cultural Center and the local charities they support! For additional info on the Muckenthaler Cultural Center visit:

Included in the ticket price will be:
Unlimited 4 oz pours
30 Bootlegger beers on tap
Guest Breweries
Commemorative tasting glass
Live Music
Festive Games
Cigar bar
Access to The Muckenthaler Gallery exhibit showroom
and more…

The Bruery, Noble AleWorks, BottleLogic, Newport Beach Brewing, Monkish, Tustin Brew Co, Ninkasi, Stone, Goose Island and MORE…

In addition, there will be Gourmet Food Trucks:
Dos Chinos
TJs Woodfire Pizza
The Porko Rico Truck
Brew Cakes Deserts

Beer List: To be Announced soon! We will also be unveiling our 6th Anniversary Ale at our anniversary party.

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

We look forward to celebrating our 6 year anniversary with you!

The Firkins will be performing.

We hope to see you there!

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!



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!


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 
-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 
Knuckle Sandwich 
Pumpkin Porter 
Old World Hefe
-Ritual brewing 
No clue yet?


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.


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 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:

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
Tropical Thunder
Mountain Meadow
Amerige IPA
Lupulin Thrill IPA
Black Strap Porter
Rocco Red
Breaking Rad Brown
Sour #7
Knuckle Sandwich DIPA
78 Anniversary
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.


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.