I warned you that the 4th annual L.A. Beer Week was coming and now it is here, today!
So without further ado, let’s get to my opinionated list of what is not to be missed between the 20th and 30th. (Feel free to roundly criticize my choices in the comments section.)
Thursday – 9/20
Stone in Pasadena: “Join Greg Koch and Steve Wagner help kick off LABW 2012 with a preview of the Stone Company Store in Pasadena. Stone Catering will be on site as well serving small bite favorites from the World Bistro & Gardens as fans can pass thru and have a first glimpse of the Stone Company Store in Pasadena.”
but first, get your taste of the beer of the week at Eagle Rock Brewery starting at 4pm!
Saturday – 9/22
Walker’s Wild Ride: “David and Sour Jim’s unruly trek in a ’55 Land Rover to LA with 5 rare sour beers during LA Beer Week happens Saturday September 22. On board the designated transporter of Sours will be a collection of specialty Firestone Barrelworks Beers. A blind drawing the day of will determine the beer to be poured at each location.”
1:30PM – Golden Road Brewing
3:00PM – Verdugo Bar
5:00PM – 38 Degrees
7:00PM – Far Bar
9:00PM – Whenever – Blue Palms Brewhouse
Sunday – 9/23
South Bay Tap Takeover & Pie! at Select Beer Store: “What is better than enjoying some of the best beers from local breweries? How about enjoying that beer with some fresh baked pie?!! Yes, that’s right. I said pie. I Heart Pies will also be in the shop, serving up delicious savory and sweet pies to pair with the beers!”
Monday – 9/24
Tuesday – 9/25
Angel City Brewery Pub Crawl: “Join our brewer Dieter and the rest of the Angel City crew on a pub crawl through the Arts District and Little Tokyo starting at Little Bear @ 6:30 p.m. From there we will traverse to Villains Tavern, then will finish our night back in Little Tokyo at Far Bar. There will be pints, Q & A with Dieter and a ton of fun along the way!”
Wednesday – 9/26
50/50 Night at Verdugo Bar: “Verdugo Bar will be hosting Fifty/Fifty brewing company for a night of great beers from Truckee’s finest. Come try 4 Wheat, Rockslide IPA, Totality Stout, and BART, beers rarely seen in SoCal. There is a very limited amount of these beers on hand so come early.”
Thursday – 9/27
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Night at The Surly Goat: “The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing folks will be on hand for a 20+ tap take over of archived, specialty, and favorite mainstay beers from this iconic north county brewery. Details to follow as they come in”
Friday – 9/28
Logsdon Meet the Brewer Night at The Bottle Room!!!: “Dave Logsdon, from Hood River Oregon, will be stopping by to talk about his Farmhouse Ales and is bringing by some special beers. Chef Tony will be making some special food items with Rogue Creamery Cheeses in Oregon. Starts at 7pm”
Saturday – 9/29
Food GPS L.A. Beer Float Showdown 4 at Golden Road Brewing: “5 local chefs team with 5 local breweries. Everybody gets each float, and a vote.” The teams:
Eagle Rock Brewery + Andre Guerrero & Jan Purdy (The Oinkster / Maximiliano)
Strand Brewing + Christian Page (Short Order) & Hourie Sahakian (Short Cake)
El Segundo Brewing Co. + Shiho Yoshikawa (Sweet Rose Creamery)
Golden Road Brewing + Josh Graves & Paul Sanguinetti (Ray’s and Stark Bar / C+M)
Beachwood BBQ and Brewing + Tony DiSalvo & Chris Crary (Whist)
Your Beer of the Week is Unity 2012 from Eagle Rock Brewery. Take an old German beer style (Berliner Weisse), add in rye (for some spice) and then throw in the official ingredient of this year’s L.A. Beer Week (the prickly pear) and you will have a unique beer to toast the celebration of craft beer in Los Angeles. Look for the distinctive red, silver and gold label for a blast of prickly pear that doesn’t stray far from the classic Berliner Weisse flavor profile.
There are two choices for your Homework this week. You can challenge yourself to one or the other of both. One is “Caps for Caps.” Visit participating bottle shops in the L.A. area and collect 12 caps from either a local brewery such as Eagle Rock or Hangar 24 or find specially stickered caps (since some of our fine breweries don’t bottle currently). Take those 12 caps with you to the Union Station festival or to Eagle Rock Brewery or Beer Belly later to get a fancy L.A. Beer Week chapeau. Or you can get your L.A. Beer Week Bucket List and attend 4 events from the specified list and take to Union Station to earn yourself a $1 bottle of Unity 2012! Check out details on both events on the L.A. Beer Week blog.
FYI – Carmageddon II coincides with the last two days of L.A. Beer Week so plan accordingly if you are heading to events and that stretch of the 405 is in your path.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.