L.A. Beer Blast B38

Craft Beer Los Angeles

Allagash tap handles at 8 1/2 Taverna in Studio City dispensed beers like Black, Whtie and Curieux.

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.


Last year, The Golden State teamed with Scoops to vanquish BottleRock LA + MILK in the first ever L.A. Beer Float Showdown. This year, Boneyard Bistro, Ladyface Alehouse, Simmzy’s and Tony’s Darts Away have all stepped up to battle for a new crown. On October 10, as part of L.A. Beer Week, Food GPS presents L.A. Beer Float Showdown II. Four teams will converge on Verdugo Bar to create culinary fireworks, and the bar that emerges as the victor is up to you.


On September 25 from 3 PM – 8 PM, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune (The Beer Chicks) are collaborating with Cedd Moses on an inaugural L.A. Craft Beer Crawl, with stops at seven different 213 Hospitality venues: Casey’s Irish Pub, Broadway Bar, Caña Rum Bar, Cole’s, Golden Gopher, Las Perlas and Seven Grand. Participants will be able to taste 63 different craft beers and meet several brewmasters. A portion of proceeds will benefit Heal The Bay, a non-profit that’s helping to make SoCal waters healthy, safe and clean. Tickets cost $49 and are only available online.


After reading Tomm Carroll’s columns for Food GPS (1, 2, 3, 4) and seeing “the amazing catalog of amazing beers at this year’s edition of the Great American Beer Festival,” Brew & You columnist Sean Inman was even more bullish on the state of American craft beer. He pored over the winners list to spotlight medal-winning beers in a post titled Best In Show – In Your Fridge.


On September 29 from 7 PM – 11 PM, Drink Eat Travel is hosting a benefit for the Fallen Firefighters Foundation at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, including beer from Firestone Walker, food from Chipotle, chocolate from The Chocolate Traveler and music from DJ J.J. Aquino. Tickets cost $12.


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean, Rubicon Rushtaller’s Steam Beer, Avery IPA, Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair/Stone Session Ale, Malheur 12, Hoand Bruggerniet Farewell Ale, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA and Oskar Blues Lil Yella Pils. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM


New beers on tap at Blue Palms include Pizza Port Feeding Frenzy, Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Port Brewing Panzer, Sudwerk Mai Bock, Victory Braumeister Pils, WinterCoat Double Hop, Big Sky Saison and, on cask, Stone Pale Ale with coriander. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu via HERE


According to chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “New on Tap: The Lost Abbey Deliverance, Avery The Kaiser, and Ale Smith X.

Back on Tap: Russian River Blind Pig, Bear Republic Racer 5, and Port Brewing Mongo. 

Other amazing, hard to find beers on tap: Allagash Four, Russian River Damnation, St. Fuiellen/Greenflash Friendship Beer, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast. Also, we secured 2 dates for LA Beer Week. Oct 12, Green Flash Keep the glass night as well as a Green Flash beer Flight. Oct 14, Bosteels meet the brewer night. A casual 3 course dinner. Deus with Strawberry and Brie Tart. Tripel Karmeliet with Moules Frites, and Kwak with Valrhona Chocolate Cake and Salted Caramel Ice Cream. $30/per person includes a Tripel Karmeliet glass.”


According to Beverage Director Eli Wilson, who goes by Brother Eli, “We have many exciting events coming up at Congregation Ale House!

Today starting at 6pm we launch our “First of the Fall: an Evening with Unibroue”. Come celebrate the first day of the new season by stopping in for one of Unibroue’s SIX beers on tap!! Mike Smith of Unibroue will be on hand, mixing his special “Beer Sangrias”, which highlight a cherry brew called Quelque Chose. As a bonus, early guests will also be rewarded with a handsome Unibroue Tulip Glass!

In other news, we are currently featuring special taps such as Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale, Dogfish’s Festina Peche and Theobrama (with Punkin Ale to follow), Beer Valley Leafer Madness, and a brand new keg of Brewdog’s Tokyo Imperial Stout.”


According to yesterday’s update from general manager Matthew Kaner, “We have Fuller’s Honey Dew on deck along with Victory Storm King Stout currently on. We got one of the Anderson Valley Boont Series Imperial Amber kegs too! That is also on deck!”


Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar recently added draught beers like Russian River Blind Pig IPA and Temptation, Avery Kaiser Imperial Lager, New Belgium Belgo IPA, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale, and on cask, Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean.


According to owner Natalie Gutenkauf, “We’ve got two awesome IPA’s pouring, Beer Valley’s Leafer Madness and my personal favorite on tap … Bootleggers SoCo IPA. Also on tap: Stone / Ballast Point Collaboration, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Black Barleywine, Strand Brewing 24th Street Pale and Sudwerk Helles. Finally, our last draft handle is pouring the Angel City Dunkle, a favorite our staff here at The Factory. Chef CoCo loves it so much that she has a Peach Cobbler made with the Dunkle on the dessert menu! In the hopper is Lagunitas Correction Ale, Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter and Grand Teton Sweetgrass, Kern River IPA which is da-bomb, Bootleggers Hefe and a new beer I’ve heard great things about and can’t wait to try Santa Cruz IPA.

On Tuesday, September 28th at 7:30pm is our BYOB: BEER Dinner. The theme this month is OKTOBERFEST: Marzen or German Style Beers! The Factory will be serving up four courses of German grub for $25. Guests bring bottles or growlers of the theme beer … enough for themselves and enough to pass around and share. There is no corkage fee and we dine community table style making for a fun and festive evening!”


According to co-owner Jason Bernstein, new beers include Rubicon IPA, The Bruery Rugbrod, Craftsman Triple White Sage and Bootlegger’s Golden Chaos, a Belgian style tripel.


According to manager Robyn Britton, “Cask of the Week is “Extra! Extra!” – Ladyface’s Palo Comado XPA with extra whole-leaf Summit hops. Palo Comado XPA is our first wet-hopped harvest ale and it’s on tap with Ladyface IPA, Blind Ambition, Trois Filles Tripel, Picture City Porter, and The Griffin Saison. La Blonde should be back by the weekend.

Drake’s Aroma Prieta just joined Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, Abandon Ship Smoked Lager and Black Marlin Porter, Marin IPA, St. Feuillien Bière de l’Amitié, Stone San Diego County Session, Sudwerk Imperial Pils, St. Louis Gueuze, and Professor Fitz’s 1809. This Saturday, look for us at Septemberfest at Sony Studios and the L.A. Craft Beer Crawl.


According to General Manager Tom Kelley, “On tap this weekend we have Dogfish Head Punkin, Blind Pig IPA, Sierra Nevada’s Ken and Jack Black Barley-wine, the third in their 30th Anniversary series, Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin, Saison Dupont, and should be finishing off our Stone Session Ale.

We will be running our last Tuesday fundraiser next week on September 28th. This month, 15% of our Daily Sales will be donated to a fantastic LA based non-profit organization, TreePeople. Enjoy lunch with us that day and receive a 1/2 price appetizer when you purchase any salad, sandwich, or entree. Just mention our TreePeople special. After 6PM pints of Stone Pale Ale will be only $5 all night, and order just one and you get to take a Stone logo glass home. Plus a keg of the limited release Vanilla Porter! Probably another Stone beer to boot!”


Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is currently featuring Oktoberfest beers Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel, Edinger Dark Heffe, Spaten Optimator and Oktoberst, New Belgium Oktoberfest, Craftsman Oktoberfest, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest and Avery Kaiser. The festival will run through October 3, possibly longer.


According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “Tonight is Avery Brewing night from 8pm till 11pm. We will feature the following Avery beers on tap: Maharaja 2010 Imperial IPA, IPA, 16th Anniversary and White Rascal. In bottles: ’07 Hog Heaven, 14th & 15th Anniversary, ’10 The Beast & ’10 Samaels.”

New beers on tap include Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter, Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy and Karl Strauss Tripel.


According to manager Peter Shuey, “Currently at Simmzy’s we’ve got the Bruery’s Autumn Maple, Flying Dog “Gonzo” Imperial Porter, Houblon Chouffe, Gubna Imperial IPA & Brouwerij West Blonde. Coming up we’ve got Black Phoenix Chipotle Stout, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Mad River Double IPA, Marin IPA, Dogfish Punkin, Anchor Humming Ale and some great Octoberfest brews!”


Andrew Kelley spotlights a trio of beers that are now on tap at The Surly Goat: Rogue John John Hazelnut, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA and Port Panzer Imperial Pilsner.

On deck: Bear Republic Racer 5, Anderson Valley Imperial Boont and TAPS Schwarzbier.

Also, The Surly Goat is holding a Beer For Books event next Wednesday, September 29, from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM. $1 from every beer goes to buy books for developing countries as part of the Room to Read charity.


According to yesterday’s update from manager Paige Reilly, “This week we are featuring North Coast Brother Thelonius Dubbel, Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA and Kern River Class V Stout on NITRO!!! Russian River Blind Pig, Lost Abbey Deliverance and Drake’s 1500 Pale on the way. Events wise, Eagle Rock GABF gold medal winning Red Velvet celebration on Thursday, Sept 23rd at 8pm. Come on down and celebrate! Hangar 24 Brewery Night on Wednesday, September 28th starting at 6pm. It’s going to be AMAZING!”


Andrew Kelley spotlights a trio of beers that are now on tap at Verdugo Bar: Alesmith Speedway Stout, Port Older Viscosity and Craftsman Triple White Sage. There’s also a new bottle special: The Lost Abbey Deliverance.


According to manager Mary Drenthe, “Currently on draught, we’re pouring Craftsman Oktoberfest, Craftsman 1903, Eagle Rock Brewery Populist IPA, Napa Smith Wheat, Blanche de Bruxelles, Stone Pale Ale, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Victory Prima Pilsner, Spaten Lager and Firestone Pale 31. Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale is available on cask.

On deck, we have the newly released Schonramer Pilsner, as well as Eagle Rock Brewery Solidarity.”


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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