Hallie Beaune arrived at Santa Monica’s Daily Pint in a green t-shirt bearing the image of a frothy mug sandwiched between the words “I” and “Beer”.
“I buy beer tees when I’m wasted,” Beaune told me, before admitting the “I Mug Beer” shirt had been a sober purchase. “It doesn’t make any sense,” she said.
And with that, Christina Perozzi blew into the bar, looked us both in the eye, and uttered a single word: “Whiskey!” She’d been running a few minutes late.
But by the time the bartender arrived, Perozzi had changed her mind, choosing to get back to her beer-loving roots; she ordered a tall glass of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier — a far less boozy option, and one that helped fuel a three-hour long session that ranged from a meditation on CornNuts, to a discussion of which beers pair best with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Hall & Oates’s “Out of Touch.”
The Beer Chicks, as Perozzi and Beaune are collectively known, regularly discuss such things. They’re entrepreneurs who live in a world of their own creation. So for them, each day resembles an episode of Cheers: they flit about town exuding charm like a pair of lovable barflies, and everyone knows their name.
But Perozzi and Beaune are serious businesswomen, too — highly sought-after experts on all things beer — and they have a book under their belts to prove it. The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer is arguably the most enjoyable and informative introduction to the subject on the market. (Their next collaboration, The Naked Brewer, a practical guide to home brewing, will be on bookshelves next yule.)
To Phil McGovern, the London ex-pat who owns the Daily Pint, these local heroes are just Christina and Hallie — friends, patrons, and people with whom he shares another thing in common: an aptitude for cutting through b.s. So when I asked McGovern why, twenty-five years ago, he opened the Daily Pint, he looked at me like I was daft. “To sell beer,” he said. Duh.
And with that, McGovern opened a 750ml bottle of his favorite yuletide ale, Affligem Noël, and poured us each a glass.
While Perozzi and I discussed the Belgian brew’s subtle orange and rum raisin characteristics, Beaune put Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” on the jukebox.
“What beer would you pair with this song?” Perozzi asked.
“PBR,” Beaune said.
Aghast, Perozzi proffered Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA as a suitable alternative, prompting a guy down the bar to chime in: “It doesn’t matter what beer, so long as there’s a lot of it.” Sage words.
When Hall & Oates’s “Out of Touch” came on, Beaune suggested it be paired with a Hefeweizen; “something poppy, fruity, and light,” she said — just like Hall & Oates. Perozzi offered up a Black & Tan, but didn’t say why. So we left it at that.