Reza Farahan loves a good party. And we all know the Shahs of Sunset star loves getting his drink on. So day drinking at an underground party hidden in the back of a barbershop should be right up Reza's alley, right?
There's just one problem—it's a party called Dope and Dank serving up craft brews, and Reza isn't really a beer drinker. "Cristal," he responds immediately when chef Graham Elliot, host of Going Off the Menu, asks him what kind of beer he drinks.
"I'm not into craft beer," Reza explains in an interview later. "You know, if I was f***ing a guy from Portland and I was single, maybe. But I'm married, and those days are over for me, so I'm not in the craft beer world."
Dope and Dank's co-founder, Teo Hunter, started hosting these beer-centric parties to get the African-American community more interested in the craft beer movement. His Instagram handle says it all: @blackpeoplelovebeer.
It's simple how it works: Buy a pint glass in the barbershop, then head out back, where the kegs are flowing. There's a DJ, a food truck serving up street eats, and plenty of old-school games like Hungry, Hungry Hippo and Connect Four to keep everyone entertained.
It's not long before Reza starts to get into the vibe. "I might be inebriated, but believe it or not, when I'm drinking I'm actually a better version of me. Because the regular version of me is pretty amazing, so you're getting the better amazing version," he explains logically.
After a few pints, Cristal-loving Reza discovers that maybe he's more into craft beers than he realized. "I have an appreciation for beer now that I didn't have before Dope and Dank," he told Hunter.
The beer "was amazing," he said in an interview with The Feast later, calling the party "really f***ing dope."
"Just the energy and the people and the passion behind the product we were trying came through," he explained.
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