I was enjoying my Maharaja Double IPA from Avery Brewing when a helicopter touched down right outside the window. Two men got out. One had a box. Thirty minutes later, they reboarded the craft and flew away. Probably not Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy level intrigue, more likely they were coming to the new Eureka! Burger at the Jet Center in Hawthorne.
Just off the 105 freeway and near a Metro stop, this is the first new restaurant in the area in over 15 years. There are eight other Eureka! locations spread across the state from San Luis Obispo to La Jolla with plans for more. Each has their own beer list and some signature dishes that you will only find at that location.
And the first Los Angeles Eureka! has two other unique attributes. 1) it is the only one where you can also have breakfast and 2) it is where there tasting kitchen / R&D department is located.
Beer Wise, Eureka! has eight taps and plenty of bottles and cans (with an emphasis on the cans, I saw Sculpin from Ballast Point). Bear Republic’s Racer 5 and Hangar 24’s Orange Wheat will always flow while the other six taps will rotate. More than likely with beers from nearby Torrance and El Segundo.
Much like Pitfire is marrying quality pizza to craft beer, Eureka! is doing the same with burgers. And that is a hard combination to resist.
Your Beers of the Week are the three winners of the latest Samuel Adams Longshot competition. This year there are two lighter options: a Strawberry lager (recipe by Dave Anderson) and Beerflower Wheat (recipe by James Schirmer) alongside an IPA by the name of Magnificent 7 (recipe by Zack Adams) with seven different hop varietals in it. You can look at the lucky brewers on each label and picture yourself there and think of what your winning beer would be.
Moving away from the hops, your Homework involves one of the other major players in your beer: yeast. All you need is to load up your app on your interwebs device of choice with Ziggy the Beer Yeast. A new game that was developed by brewer, blogger, soda maker and soon to be author Kip Barnes from LA Aleworks. You get to educationally follow Ziggy through the fermentation process and learn how the mighty yeast transforms the other ingredients into the craft beer that we love.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.