Family Fun Spotlight

Father's Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we know Dad can sometimes be tricky to shop for. 

We’ve got a few local ideas that are sure to make any dad feel special!...


Hop Asylum 


When did you open Hop Asylum?
I opened Hop Asylum in August of 2019.

Why beer?
I was gifted a home brew kit after graduating college, and I was immediately captivated by all of the styles and variations you can explore. Beer was my hobby during most of my career until being laid off from my corporate job and taking the full plunge into the craft beer industry.



What does Hop Asylum offer?
We like to think we offer something for everyone. We have a huge variety of unique and sought-after craft beverages including smoothie seltzers, fruited meads, and some of the best IPAs in the world.

What makes Hop Asylum different than any other local establishment?
The beer is always fresh, and new beers come multiple times every week. The variety is really the best in Brentwood as well. What really sets us apart is the vibe here. It’s very relaxed and peaceful. The staff is both knowledgeable and very chill which makes it comfortable for newbies and intermediate beer drinkers to explore new beer in a welcoming environment.


What would you recommend as a gift for a beer newbie?
Pliny the Elder has always been known as the original west coast double IPA, so trying it is really a sort of “right of passage” into the world of craft beer.

What would you recommend as a gift for a beer connoisseur?
Your best bet might be a gift card to a local brewery or specialty beer bar, unless you are as into beer as they are or know what’s on their wish list. Glassware or clothing is always fun as well, like a glass or T-shirt from their favorite brewery.

2411 Empire Avenue



Games of Brentwood


When did Games of Brentwood open?
Games of Brentwood opened in September of 2021.

What was the inspiration behind opening such an establishment?
A passion for the games we carry, a desire to create a safe and fun community for those games, and a great market in Brentwood!



What does Games of Brentwood offer?
Games of Brentwood covers all your tabletop gaming needs, from card games like Magic and Pokémon, to board games like Ticket to Ride and 7 Wonders, to wargames like Warhammer and Marvel: Crisis Protocol, as well as a clean, safe, and welcoming space to play these games with friends or other members of our community.



What is unique about your store?
Our store's unique point is our people! From staff to the great community of gamers we've helped gather, our store is a welcoming place for gamers old and new to come together and play their favorites, or discover new games!

What would you recommend as a gift for someone new to the gaming world?
For a new gamer, we recommend one of the Magic the Gathering: Commander Decks. Commander is Magic's most casual and easiest to learn format, and features an entire deck of unique cards focused around one leader and their special abilities. It also allows up to four players in a single match, so it leans toward more deal-making and scheming than a traditional, competitive one-on-one match.


What would you recommend to a seasoned gamer?
For seasoned gamers, we recommend getting into Warhammer, either their SciFi "Warhammer 40,000" line or their fantastical "Warhammer: Age of Sigmar." There are few things more satisfying in our hobby than building, painting, and piloting an army of soldiers entirely crafted by your own hand, and outsmarting your opponent on the field of battle!

2430 Sand Creek Road



Brentwood Golf Club


Brentwood Golf Club, located in the foothills of scenic Mount Diablo, is proud to offer 27 holes of Championship Golf designed by world renowned golf course architect, Ted Robinson. Public play is welcome. The golf course accepts tee time reservations seven days in advance, or a "spur of the moment" golf outing in sunny Brentwood can be arranged on short notice. The Creekside, Hillside, and Diablo Golf Courses provide a tremendous test to golfers of all skill levels.


Brentwood Golf Club's PGA professional staff members offer both private and group golf instruction programs that fulfill the needs of all individuals, from the beginner to the more advanced player. Pro tips for each golf course are also available on their website. Brentwood Golf Club facilities include a sports bar, conference rooms and banquet facilities.


Along with their popular courses, Brentwood Golf Club also offers restaurant services at Nines, located on the picturesque Golf Club at Brentwood. The atmosphere is casual dining overlooking the golf course fairways, lake, and waterfalls. If you are looking for a place to take the family for lunch, a post golf meal, a special celebration, or a quick and friendly business lunch, Nines is the ideal location for you.

100 Summerset Drive


by Michelle Lassle
photos by Ron Essex Photography    



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