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“There seems to be a never-ending stream of cooking and food shows. From BBQ to cotton candy and pork rinds to durian, there are shows on how to cook, where to eat and even finding the next food celebrity. Beer, wine and spirits seem to get short shrift in the TV world. But there are options for those who want to learn about beer and be entertained at the same time.” So writes Brew & You columnist Sean Inman, who covers the best beer programming on TV (or forthcoming) in a post titled “Channel Surfing (For Beer).”
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Oskar Blues Gubna, Port 4th Anniversary IPA, Flying Dog Wild Dog Coffee Stout, Moylan’s Summer Kolsch, Telegraph Abbey Ale, Mikkeller Green Gold IPA, Dogfish Head Sah’tea, Deschutes Hop in the Dark and Bear Republic Black Bear Stout. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM
Proprietor Brian Lenzo’s tap list currently features options like Drake’s Red Eye, Ballast Point Sculpin, Port Mongo, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, Moylan’s Hopsickle, Sierra Nevada Chico, Marin Tiburon and SN Almond Marzen Project.
Longtime Café Stella bar manager Dustin Lancaster debuted Covell on July 2, naming his Los Feliz bar for the main street in his hometown of Deer Creek, Oklahoma. Covell focuses on wine, but you’ll also find eight draught beers listed on a blackboard. The current list consists of Atomium Grand Cru, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Bootlegger’s Pale, St. Bernardus Prior 8, Flying Dog Double Dog double IPA, Lucifer Golden Ale, Hofbrau Dunkel Weiss and Stiegl Pilsner. According to Matthew Kaner, Covell’s Wine Director and Manager, “Once something blows, we are adding Bootlegger’s “Knuckle Sandwich” Double IPA and a new seasonal from The Bruery called “Seven Grain.”
Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now features Speakeasy Hunter Porter, Firestone Velvet Merkin, Rogue Brown Nectar, AleSmith Yulesmith IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, and on cask, Stone Smoked Porter with Stone Pale Ale with coriander.
According to co-owner Jason Bernstein, the latest beers on draught at The Golden State Café are Craftsman Biere de Blanco, Drake’s Denogginizer, Stone 14th Anniversary, Port 4th, The Bruery Vanilla Bean Porter and The Bruery Mischief.
According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “All Brewer Dave wanted for his birthday on Wednesday was Ladyface BlueBelly Barleywine. The boss lady okayed one barrel only, so get it before he and his buddies drink it all.
Dave skipped de coconuts and put de lime & de honey in our Saison to create the Cask of the Week “Drink ‘Em Both Up”. Also on tap – Ladyface IPA is back and joins Saison Sauvignon, La Blanche Wit, La Blonde, Picture City Porter and Blind Ambition, Monk’s Café Flemish Red, Corsendonk Abbey Pale, Marin San Quentin Breakout Stout, Port Mongo IPA, Alesmith Summer Yulesmith, Russian River IPA, Blind Pig and Consecration, and Avery 17th Anniversary when the Barleywine’s gone.”
Congratulations to Dave Lackman, who celebrates the 15th Anniversary of his Santa alehouse on July 13 with a Rare Beer Release. On tap, you’ll find Firestone Parabola, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, Dogfish Head Sah’tea, Russian River Consecration and Mikkeller 10.
On July 14, look for RollBack Prices, with $3.50 pints on beers that were on Library Alehouse’s original list.
According to Library Alehouse sustainability manager Tom Kelley – a freshly minted cicerone – “In addition to the rare beers going on next Tuesday we now have Pliny the Elder, Kern River Just Outstanding, and Dogfish Head Festina Peche.”
According to staffer Jamie, new beers at Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost include Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial Ale, Stone Arrogant Bastard and Stone Smoked Porter.
According to manager Pete Shuey, “We’ve got a few exciting things going on: Starting with a seasonal from Dogfish Head, Festina Peche, a Berlinerweisse style brewed with real peaches! We’ve also got Rogue’s Double Dead Guy, Victory Storm King Stout and Lagunitas’ Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. And this weekend we’ll have Craftsman’s Beer de Blanco which is sure to please all this summer season!”
The Surly Goat currently features beers draught beers like Lost Coast Scotch Ale, Moonlight Left For Dead, Avery White Rascal, Ballast Point Sour Wench, Rogue John John Dead Guy, Allagash Victor and Eagle Rock Equinox.
According to Mike Simms, who also co-owns Simmzy’s, “I wanted to let you know, I installed 12 drafts at Tin Roof a week ago. I’ve attached our current list, on deck we have Speakeasy’s White Lighting and Point Reyes Porter…My intention is to have rotating taps like Simmzy’s along with a selection of bottles as well. Other “off the handle” beers recently included Allagash White, a Belgian style white ale; Stiegl Golden Premium, an Austrian pilsner; Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA; The Bruery Mischief, a Belgian style strong pale ale; Bear Republic XP Ale, an American Pale Ale; and Strand Beach House Amber Ale, which is “made with pale and roasted crystal malts, which give the beer its copper color and caramel foundation.”
According to manager Paige Reilly, “Blind Pig and Consecration from Russian River, as well as Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Helles Bock (yum!) and Hottenroth from The Bruery.”
On July 10 from 2 PM – 5 PM, the Toluca Lake branch of Vendome Wine & Spirits is featuring “Summer Beers,” offering a $10 tasting of 15 beers, including Caldera Lawnmower Lager, Napa Smith Wheat Beer, Orval Trappist Ale, Nakhon Lemongrass White, Schmaltz Coney Island Lager, Rogue American Amber Ale and Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA.
According to The York manager Mary Drenthe, “Our latest draught additions are Eagle Rock Brewery Revolution XPA and Port Brewing Mongo Imperial IPA. On deck we have Sierra Nevada Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Bock, an Imperial Helles Bock which is the second specialty ale released to honor the brewery’s 30th Anniversary. We also have Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA in 22oz bottles.”
“Also, stop by the bar this Sunday, July 11, to celebrate our own 3 year Anniversary starting at 6PM. We will be pouring complimentary Firestone Velvet Merkin on tap, as well as other specialty drinks and beers. Hope to see you there!”