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Ken Grossman is one of the pioneers of California’s craft beer movement. He co-founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. with Paul Camusi in 1980 and remains highly active in the brewery. Grossman is currently in the midst of celebrating Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary by collaborating on a series of beers with fellow visionaries Charlie Papazian, Fritz Maytag, Fred Eckhardt and Jack McAuliffe. We recently caught up by phone, where Grossman discussed his background and approach. CLICK HERE TO READ THE Q&A
“Some dedicated beer hunters have hundreds of bottles stashed in old fridges, in garages or in basements. Anywhere a few bottles of that special beer from brewery XYZ can be stored. Computerized spreadsheets inventory collections so that the owner can sort by brewery, year or style. You can even find these lists on people’s blogs and websites.” So writes Brew & You columnist Sean Inman, who has his very own beer closet, which he discusses in a post titled ”Down In The Cellar”.
On June 26, Chris Quiroga and David Watrous are co-hosting “Woodshop 5.1 Ultimate Brown Bag Tasting and Brunch” at Blue Palms Brewhouse, featuring 24 tap handles served blind. The theme is a play on Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo’s monthly “Brown Bag Night.” Tickets to Woodshop 5.1 cost $40. Tack on $15 in exchange for access to a VIP brunch.
Every week, Chef Daniel Mattern, pastry chef Roxana Jullapat and GM Benny Bohm oversee a different “Sunday Roast.” This Sunday, in honor of Father’s Day, their “Beer, Dad & Sunday Roast” includes Pilsner-battered Mexican shrimp with nasturtium tartar sauce; Beef short ribs braised in local ale with sweet corn & gremolata; and Chocolate porter cake with broken toffee & stout ice cream. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are recommended.
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features beers like Port Mongo IPA, New Belgium Biere de Mars, Secret Squirrel Black Currant, Russian River Damnation, Flying Dog Gonzo, De Ranke Guldenberg and Rogue John John Juniper. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM
According to Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo, “We will have Marin ES Chi on Cask and will follow with Sculpin, Getting ready for Firestone Night and Brown Bag. Tickets are get close to being sold out. The beers we are getting are going to be amazing. Not to be missed!!!”
June 23 at 6 PM, Lenzo is hosting Firestone Walker Brewing Company co-founder David Walker for a Beer and Cheese Pairing. DBA, Pale 31, Union Jack, Solace, Oaktoberfest, Velvet Merkin, Parabola, Blue Palms IPA, Blue Palms Hefe and Walker’s Reserve will be paired with cheeses like Midnight Moon, Fourme d’Ambert AOC, Ewephoria, Old Quebec, Plave, Boschetto Al Tartufo, L’Etivez and Majorro Pimenton.
I’d previously written about chef-owner Aaron Robins’ plans to transform Boneyard Bistro into a “Beer and Bourbon Mecca.”. Now bar manager Rory Snipes reports that Boneyard Bistro will double in size by Wednesday, June 23. According to Snipes, “We have added a few new bottles: Bruery Coton, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch, Mikkeller Single Hop Simcoe, Hitachino Red Rice, and Grand Teton Tail Waggin’ Double White, and a handful of drafts. On our 42 new taps we have: O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin, Gonzo Imperial Porter on Nitrogen, Bootlegger’s Palomino Pale, Bavik, Boont Amber, Ladyface IPA, Eagle Rock Manifesto, Kasteel Tripel, Allagash 4, Moylan’s Kiltlifter, Weihenstephan Hefe, Unibroue Maudite, Kostritzer Schwarze, Ballast Point Black Marlin, Goulden Carolous Van de Keizer Blauw, Foret, Lost Coast Great White, Lost Coast Fogcutter Barleywine, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale, Strand Brewing 24th St. Pale, Schneider Hopfenweisse, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Bear Republic Racer 5, Oskar Blues Gordon, Maredsous 8, Bruery Orchard White, Moinette Blonde, Ladyface Tripel, Stone/Dogfish Head/Victory Saison du BUFF, Piraat, Glazen Toren Saison de Erpe Mere, Grand Teton Lost Continent DIPA, Firestone Union Jack, Reissdorf Kolsch, Ace Joker Hard Cider, St. Louis Framboise, Floris Apple, Russian River Consecration, and Thomas Kemper Root Beer. Great stuff on deck too. Come down and grab a beer, or two…”
THE BOTTLE ROOM
According to yesterday’s update from chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “Tuesday Night Burgers and the beers we pair with them. You see, every Tuesday I make 2 different burgers, plus The Bottle Room original. [Tuesday’s] menu was really great…Breakfast Burger with bacon, Eggs Sunny Side Up, Aged Cheddar and Arugula served with Kostritzeer Black Lager and the Mexi-Burger with Roasted Poblano Chilis, Spicy Pepper Jack, Chipotle Aioli and Avocado served with Avery Maharaja. This is just an example of what Tuesday nights are like. Every Tuesday is different. .”
Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now features Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale, New Belgium Skinny Dip, Russian River Damnation and New Belgium Eric’s Ale.
According to general manager Julia Reid, El Prado is now pouring Allagash Curieux Tripel, Brasserie Dupont Foret, Cismontane Coulter IPA, Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit, North Coast Red Seal Ale, Craftsman 1903 lager, Weihenstephaner Lager and Craftsman Beer Mountain.
FIFTH AMENDMENT ALEHOUSE
According to co-owner Eden Noe, “Dan and I put on tap Old Chub Scotch Ale, Allagash White, Victory Hop Devil IPA, Bruery Coton, Delirium Tremens, Paulaner Hef.”
According to co-owner Jason Bernstein, the latest beers on draught at The Golden State Café are Craftsman 1903, Strand Pale Ale, Black Diamond Saison, Beer Valley Leafer Madness, Russian River Consecration, Stone Saison Du Buff, Port 4th Anniversary, North Coast Old Rasputin, Firestone Union Jack, Fireston Velvet Merkin and The Bruery’s Coton.
According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Congratulations to Brewer Dave – Ladyface Blind Ambition and Chesebro IPA took home Gold and Bronze medals respectively at this year’s LA International Commercial Beer Competition. New batches are on tap now, though the Chesebro could disappear over the weekend. Enjoy Ladyface IPA, La Blanche Wit, La Blonde, Trois Filles Tripel, Picture City Porter and Dérailleur bière-de-garde, Marin San Quentin Breakout Stout, Port Mongo IPA, Avery Maharaja, St. Bernardus Abt 12 and the return of Belhaven Scottish Ale. Cask of the Week is “Cinnabomb”, a cinnamon-infused Blind Ambition.
Hope we see you this Saturday, June 19th as Ladyface pours at the Salut! Beer & Food Festival on the beach in Ventura and the Malibu Calabasas Food & Wine Festival at the Calabasas Inn. At the restaurant this Sunday, June 20th, Dads can enjoy Happy Hour priced Ladyface ales all day in honor of Father’s Day.”
According to sustainability manager Tom Kelley, “Showing up this weekend at Alehouse should be Mikkeller 10 (all ten hops from the single hops) on draft as well as Affligem Blond, and hopefully our keg of Port Mongo.
In bottle look for a few more Mikkeller 1000 IBU, Alesmith Speedway Stout, and Simcoe will be our new Mikkeller single hop.”
The IPA Festival is going strong at Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost (and at the Pasadena original). New beers include Coronado Island IPA, Karl Straus Tower 10 IPA, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Rogue Brutal Bitter IPA, Gouden Carolus Hopsenger and Firestone Walker Walker’s Reserve.
McG’s IRISH PUB & GRILL
According to resident Beer Geek David Stickel: “New this week: Anchor Bock, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout & Union Jack IPA.”
Naja’s newest beers are Avery White Rascal, Left Coast Asylum, Alesmith Horny Devil, Lagunitas IPA, Skyscraper Lug Nut Lager, Bruery Tradewinds Tripel, Blackthorn Dry Cider and Karl Strauss Pinetail Pale Ale.
According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “Naja’s will open extra early tomorrow morning (Friday) for the World Cup USA vs Slovenia match. Bar opens at 6:30am. Game starts at 7:00am. Early morning beer specials.
“Also, next Thursday night 6/24 (from 8pm till close) we are hosting our Facebook 2k party (we managed to hit over 2000 Facebook fans). We will tap several special beers for the occasion, including Firestone Parabola, Bruery Coton, Russian River Consecration, and a few more rare treats. Beer specials all night. Discounted bottles. Lambic & Imperial Stout ice cream floats. Should be a blast.”
According to manager Pete Shuey, “This week we have Avery Maharaja and Port Brewing “Mongo” IPA’s. The Maharaja is always a fan favorite whenever it’s available and the Mongo is another great, hard to get, CA style big IPA. Also, got a new porter in from Marin Brewing called Point Reyes Porter. Tastes a lot like chocolate chip cookies! Just hooked up Taps Fishouse & Brewery “CA Gold.” Comes straight from the restaurant in Brea and it a really great golden pale ale. AleSmith “X” is also on and anything from them is sooo good!”
The Surly Goat currently features beers like Strand 24th Street Pale Ale, Craftsman Spring Braggot, Eagle Rock Equinox, TAPS Schwarzbier, Kern River Brewing Class V Stout and Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale.
38 Degrees Anniversary Week runs through June 19. Earlier today, the powerhouse tap list included Allagash Curieux, Avery Maharaja, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Bootlegger’s Brewery “76” 1st Anniversary Ale, Eagle Rock Red Velvet, Firestone Walker Parabola, Green Flash 7th Anniversary Belgian Strong Ale, Kern River 4th Anniversary Ale, Mikkeller I Beat U, North Coast Old Rasputin XII Anniversary Ale, Port Brewing Mongo, Russian River Consecration and The Bruery Coton.
According to the update from manager Paige Reilly, “We’ve got a great line-up right now: Russian River Consecration, Moylan’s Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Kilt Lifter, Hangar 24 Helles Lager and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye just to name a few!”
According to The York manager Mary Drenthe, “This week on draught we added Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, Eagle Rock Brewery Solidarity, and Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale. On deck, we have Spaten Premium Munich Lager and Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. And on cask we have Craftsman Point Five.
The York will also be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday (6/18-6/20) at 6:30AM for the World Cup. Full bar available. Limited food menu starting at 8AM.”