L.A. Beer Blast B23

Craft Beer Mendocino County

Tap handles for North Coast beers like La Merle and Brother Thelonious are auspicious.

The L.A. BEER BLAST is designed to let Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area and learn about industry leaders. Expect a new L.A. BEER BLAST every Thursday evening, in time for the weekend rush. Look in the left sidebar, SUBSCRIBE to Food GPS and you’ll receive the L.A. BEER BLAST by e-mail.

“The most watched sporting event in the world arrives tomorrow with South Africa taking on Mexico’s national team to kick off the 2010 World Cup. 32 teams will vie for the Jules Rimet trophy as the best team in soccer but how do these countries stack up craft beer wise?” So writes Brew & You columnist Sean Inman names the Top 5 Craft Beer Countries in World Cup.

The “Pints for Prostates” beer festival is taking place on June 19 from 1 PM – 5 PM at Mr. Pockets Sports Bar in Manhattan Beach. The beneficiary is Pints for Prostates, “a 501(c)3 campaign that uses the universal language of beer to encourage men to take charge of their health, was founded by prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008.” $45 gets you unlimited five-ounce pours from breweries like Allagash, Ballast Point, Chimay, Craftsman, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Stone and The Bruery, along with samples of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Library Alehouse, Blue Palms Brewhouse and Mr. Pockets Sports Bar will serve food from 1 PM – 3 PM. Only 250 tickets are available.

On June 19, in honor of Father’s Day, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune (The Beer Chicks) are hosting a beer class titled “Beers of Our Fathers” at Rustic Canyon Winebar & Seasonal Kitchen in Santa Monica. According to the listing, “Dad will learn his ales from his lagers, how discern the right beer for him, how to pair the right beer with food, and how to truly appreciate and discern a tasty brew. We will have some specialty Craft Beers to taste perfectly suited for Dad, including Barrel-aged Beers, Double IPA’s and Sour Belgians…” “Beers of Our Fathers” runs from 12 PM – 2 PM and costs $45 per person, including beer and snacks. Tickets are available online. Tickets are not available at the door, and the Chicks ask that you don’t call Rustic Canyon for tickets.


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features beers like New Belgium Ranger IPA, New Belgium Eric’s Ale, Avery Maharaja, Stone / Victory / Dogfish Head Saison de Buff, BrewDog Isle of Arran, Russian River Damnation, Rogue John John Juniper, AleSmith ESB and Lost Abbey Judgment Day. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM


Proprietor Brian Lenzo’s tap list at Blue Palms Brewhouse currently features beers like Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Victory Golden Monkey, Craftsman Honesty Ale, New Belgium Eric’s Ale and Hangar 24 IPA.


According to last night’s update from chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “This week we got Avery 17th Anniversary, The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel, Angels Share, Pliny the Elder, Mikkeller Green Gold, and Avery Maharaja.”


Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now features Port 4th Anniversary IPA and Port Mongo double IPA, Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Abbot Ale, and on cask, Stone Ruination and Stone Smoked Smoked Porter with American oak.


According to co-owner Eden Noe, “Dan and I put on tap: Stella Artois, Firestone Union Jack IPA, Delirium Tremens, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, Allagash Black, Fifth Amendment Hefeweizen, and we will be pouring Russian River Consecration, and we still have lips of faith Eric’s Ale on draft.”


Ford’s Filling Station manager Katie Bell shared details about a beer dinner that Ben Ford is hosting with Stone Brewing Co. President/Brewmaster Steve Wagner on June 21. The five-course menu costs $105, including tax, tip and choice of starter, entrée and dessert. The dinner coincides with the debut of Stone’s 14th Anniversary IPA. Since it’s Stone, it comes as little surprise that the beer clocks 100 IBUs.

The menu includes an Amuse Bouche: of house-made Pretzels with beer mustard, paired with (Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale) 8oz; and Cheddar Ale soup with hop pesto, served with (Stone IPA) 12 oz. After that, options include Endive Chicory Salad, fried quail egg, bacon lardons, Porter-Cherry Vinaigrette, paired with (Stone Cali-Belgique Ale) 8 oz; Arrogant ale poached mushroom and lentil sausage, champ, sautéed pea tendrils, curried apples, paired with (Oaked Arrogant Bastard) 12 oz; and Roasted Summer Stone Fruit with Ale-cinnamon ice cream, paired with (Stone Brewing 14th Anniversary IPA) 8 oz.


According to co-owner Jason Bernstein, here are the beers he expects to be live by tonight: The Bruery’s Mischief, The Bruery’s Humulus Gold, The Bruery’s Coton, Firestone Union Jack, Deschutes Hop Henge, North Coast Old Rasputin, Craftsman 1903, Stone et al Saison Du BUFF, Firestone Velvet Merkin and Beer Valley Leafer Madness.


According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Happy National Iced Tea Day to those selfless friends, the designated drivers. For the beer drinkers, our Cask of the Week is “Trifecta”, Ladyface’s Trois Filles Tripel with full leaf Summit hops. On tap now – Ladyface IPA, Chesebro Double IPA, La Blanche Wit, La Blonde, Trois Filles Tripel, Picture City Porter and Derailleur biere-de-garde, plus Duchesse de Bourgogne, Oskar Blue’s Gordon and Mama’s Little Yella Pils, North Coast La Merle Saison, and Lost Abbey’s Judgement Day. Get it while it lasts – North Coast Old Rasputin, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere and Port Wipeout. Next up – Marin’s San Quentin Breakout Stout, The Bruery Mischief and Belhaven Scottish Ale.

And don’t forget our Ladyface Quarterly Brewmaster’s Dinner is coming Tuesday, June 29th, 6:00pm. An amuse bouche and four courses, each paired with a Ladyface ale. A few seats are left. Cheers!”


According to sustainability manager Tom Kelley, “This week we debuted our Sierra Nevada beer camp beer, Nautilus pilsner. A dry-hopped and torpedoed lager. Also from Sierra is the Southern Hemisphere Harvest, and the Ken, Charlie, and Fred Imperial Helles Bock. In addition we now have Alaskan Summer, and Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche on for the summer.”

On June 11, Library Alehouse is hosting Eric Salazar and his New Belgium crew from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Eric’s Ale and New Belgium Blond will be on draught, with La Folie 2010 in bottles.


According to staffer Jamie, new beers at Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost include Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA, Port Brewing Mongo double IPA, Moylan’s IPA, Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich double IPA, Stone Ruination and Speakeasy Big Daddy. The IPA Festival starts on June 12 in both locations and should run through at least the end of next week.


According to resident Beer Geek David Stickel: “New this week: Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub, Goose Island Matilda, Hop Head Read. For the World Cup we’ve put Carlsberg on tap, and we’ll be opening at 7am on game days.”


According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “For this week, here goes: New Belgium’s Eric S. will be in the house Friday after 10pm. We’ll feature the following New Belgium brew: Eric’s Ale, Fat Tire, Belgian Blonde, & Ranger IPA.

New beer on draft: Oskar Blues Gordon’s Ale, Shipyard Blue Fin Stout, Tripel Karmeliet, The Bruery Humulus Rice, Moinette Blonde, Sierra Nevada SummerFest, Telegraph Reserve Wheat, Coronado Idiot IPA, AleSmith Horny Devil, Avery Maharaja 2010, Firestone Union Jack, Fireman’s Red, Gentleman Scholar Requiem Espresso Stout (batch 5) and Skyscraper Lug Nut Lager.”


According to manager Pete Shuey, “Well, we just hooked up The Bruery’s 2nd Anniversary Coton. Crazy 100% bourbon barrel aged concoction! Also, have Goose Island’s Matilda for a nice, fairly new, Belgian style pale ale. Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA is running strong right now as well. We have some cool things on deck with AleSmith’s “X,” Marin Brewing’s Pt. Reyes Porter, Flying Dog “Raging Bitch” Belgian IPA and The Gentleman Scholar Espresso Stout! **and I’m trying my best to snatch up another Parabola**”


The Surly Goat currently features beers like Russian River Pliny the Elder, Avery Seventeenth Anniversary Ale, New Belgium Dark Heather Saison, Port 4th Anniversary, Rubicon Purple Maibock, The Bruery Humulus Rice and Dogfish Head Festina Peche.


According to co-owner Clay Harding, 38 Degrees Anniversary Week runs June 12 – 19. “June 12th will be Saturday Night Flight Night with Stone Brewing. It will be an informal tasting night. The Vertical flights will be

  • Old Guardian 06, 07, 08, 09
  • Vertical Epic 06, 07, 08, 09
  • Double Bastard 06, 07, 08, 09
  • Plus special Stone beers on tap.”

    The Bruery dinner scheduled for Monday, June 14, has been postponed.

    The Anniversary Lineup for Featured Drafts is available after 4 PM on June 16 and includes Green Flash 7th Anniversary Belgian Strong Ale, Coronado 12th Anniversary Imperial Smoked Brown Ale, Bootleggers 1st Ann Old Ale, Avery 17th Ann Black Lager, Port 4th Ann Double IPA, Kern River 4th Ann Belgian Pale Ale, The Bruery Coton 2nd Ann, La Trappe 135th Ann, Madd River 20th Ann Wheat wine, Sierra Nevada 30th Imperial Stout, Old Rasputin XII, Bourbon Angel’s Share, Firestone Parabola, Moylan’s Kilt lifter Barrel aged in Apple Brandy and Port wine Barrel, Mikkeller Santas Little Helper , Russian River Consecration, Ballast Point Sour Wench, Saison Du Buff (Firestone, 21st Amendment, Stone), Spaten Pils, Northcoast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Ballast Point Fathom IPL, Port Hot Rocks Lager, New Castle, Magic Hat #9, Baladin Elixir, Russian River/Avery Collaboration Not Litigation, Allagash Curieux Tripel, Tripel Karmeleit, Maredsous 8 Brune, Delirium Tremens, Hitachino White, Schneider Hopfenweiss, Schneider Aventinus, Paulaner Heffeweisen, Firestone Union Jack, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Port Mongo Double IPA, Mikkeller I Beat U Double IPA, Coronado Idiot Double IPA, Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA and Russian River Pliny The Elder.


    According to yesterday’s update from manager Paige Reilly, “Pliny the Elder! Along with Bison Chocolate Stout, Port Old Viscosity and AleSmith Old Numbskull. Come on in!!

    Tony’s owner Tony Yanow added, “The bar will be open at 6:30 AM for all Team USA Matches and various other World Cup games such as the tournament opener on Friday between South Africa and Mexico. A limited breakfast menu will be available for both vegans and non-vegans. Also a selection of caffeinated beers will be on tap.”


    Joshua Lurie

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