L.A. Beer Week 2011 – The Final Flurry
It doesn’t seem possible but we are nearing the end of L.A. Beer Week. If you haven’t made it to one of the special events that I have highlighted the last two weeks, now is your chance to make up for lost time. Here are my choices for the remaining days.
Friday, October 21
Dionicess IX (Alternate – The Factory)
Craft beer cocktails from Matt Biancaniello plus vegetarian dishes by Randy Clemens at Steingarten. Another chance to see the versatility of craft beer and help out the Real Medicine Foundation as well. Or if you are in the south of the Southland, check out some Rare Beers at the Factory.
Saturday, October 22
Untappd at Beer Belly (Alternate – Surly Goat)
Guaranteed to slow down Wi-Fi is this pairing of Beer Belly and the beer of El Segundo (including Picket Fence Wheat IPA) and the popular beer app. Or you could head to West Hollywood and have some traditional and new beers from Weihenstephaner.
Sunday, October 23
LA Beer Week festival at Union Station (there is no alternative)
I certainly hope you have bought your tickets for this. This is one-stop shopping for beer education. You will be able to sample the Unity 2011 from Jeremy Raub at Eagle Rock and Mark Jilg from Craftsman plus many, many more amazing beers.
Your Beer of the Week is from Firestone-Walkers XV anniversary ale. It is their annual release of blended beers that is much anticipated every year. Made up of eight different beers with names like Sticky Monkey, Helldorado, Bravo and Good Foot, this is a big bourbon beer with a sizable hop kick to it. This will go fast so if you see one, grab it.
Your Homework this week is to take mass transit. I know this is a beer column but I want to stress that there are many great beer places that are near Metro stations. Places like Blue Palms and Beer Belly and also the finale of L.A. Beer Week(s), Union Station. The more we use mass transit the more we might get. I am personally hoping for a bus that takes me from my apartment to Eagle Rock Brewing and then loops to Golden Road before taking me back home.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.