Sergeant Marcus Cole became a proud member of the US Air Force at 26. But as he approached retirement age in 2009, he began considering other, more grounded careers—like brewing. During his last few years of service, he reported for duty from 9 to 5 every day, then spent nights brewing beer in an industrial space a half-mile from his reserve base.
Though technically a nanobrewery—so named for the small batches it yields—Cole's Kat Daddy Brewery showcases more than 10 original craft beers. His regular, cask, and nitro pours include the thrice-hopped Bald Headed Vulture IPA and a porter made with 100% unsulfured molasses. Besides the Kat Daddy tasting room, open every Friday and Saturday, Marcus sells his brews at locations such as restaurants and hotels and in person at various beer festivals.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
At Naim's Lounge, the chatter of friendly conversation mingles with wisps of fragrant hookah smoke, melting away workday stresses in the midst of friendly company. Guests puff on Lebanese pipes, surrounded by burbling fountains, televisions, and cozy sectioned couches.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.79 value).
Across the 20 lanes at Universal Strike Bowling Center, the rolling thrum of bowling balls prefaces the clattering of pins. As guests hunt strikes and spares, automated scoring tallies each felled pin, and pours of beer and platters of pizza from the sports bar sate competitors' appetites.
Away from the lanes, Universal Strike Bowling Center houses other venues for friendly competition, including a large arcade, and pool tables. In three banquet halls that can host up to 500 guests, the sprawling facility puts on wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, quinceañeras, and other festive events.
A steady aim and some cunning maneuvering will serve you well inside Triple O Lazer Tag's black-lit arena. The space plays host to family-friendly laser tag matches where contestants as young as 4 attempt to blast opponents with laser beams. Each session's fun goes on for 10 minutes, or the amount of time it takes to establish dominance with a handshake.