L.A. Beer Blast C18

German Beer

Munster Alt, Ur-Pils and Hefe-Weizen are three German beers from Pinkus, which dates to 1816.

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 meet industry leaders. The L.A. Beer Blast normally arrives 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.

Brew & You

This week in Brew & You: BoHo is found at Hollywood & Highland, we take a LongShot and another craft beer homework assignment to complete in a post titled Where did BoHo go?.


Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach says, “On tap this week: Iron First The Gauntlet Double IPA, Avery Joe’s Pilsner, Stone Cali-Belgique and North Coast Red Seal. Back-up kegs that are ready to go include The Lost Abbey Red Barn, Oskar Blues Old Chub.”

Beachwood BBQ

Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers such as Iron Fist Spice of Life, Instadt Pils, Strand’s Black IPA, Bootlegger’s Plum Riot and Hair of the Dog Fred. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Blue Palms taps are pouring Cosmic Ales Hellhound Brown, Maui Brewing’s Mana Wheat, Coronado Black Ops IPA and Karl Strauss’ Belgian IPA among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here

Also, tomorrow night, three breweries from the San Francisco area come to Hollywood, Jupiter will be bringing Quasar, Triple Rock will bring their 25th Anniversary Sour Blend and Falconer’s Flight single hop IPA among others and Drake’s Brewing will have Drakonic, Expedition, Brewer’s Droop from ’08 and many more beers.


From Chris Sobolewski, the beer dude at BoHo, “BoHo lives! Version 2.0 is alive and well on the 4th floor of the Hollywood & Highland monstrosity! We are now open with all of your favorites from Allagash, Duvel, Victory, Stone and more. Highlights include Oskar Blues G’Knight, Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo, Crispin Cider, Black Market Brown and Cismontane 1st Anniv Black Lager.

Join us for our Happy Hour 4-7 Mon-Fri and Sat 2-5. All drafts $5 with all the foodie-goodness from the old BoHo plus even more! Some fun things are on the way for BoHo including a grand opening party! Stay tuned for a bigger and better BoHo…”

Boneyard Bistro

From bar manager Rory Snipes, “New beers this week include: Great Divide Colette Saison, Brouwerij West Blonde, Brouwerij West Triple, Stone Smoked Porter (it’s amazing with BBQ), Stone Double Dry Hopped IPA, Bootlegger’s Spring Ale with honey and chamomile, Bootlegger’s 78 Anniversary Scotch Ale, Hair of the Dog Fred!, Cosmic Ales Hell Hound Brown, Marin Tiburon Blonde, Jacobins Rouge and Avery Maharajah. For Cinco de Mayo we’re having a Cinco de Mustache Party! – come in with a mustache and get 25% off draft beers all night!”


Here are the new drafts at each BottleRock locations: “Great Divide “Yeti” Espresso Oak Aged Imperial Stout, and Oskar Blues Ten-Fiddy imperial Stout. We have just introduced Firestone Double Jack-Double IPA, Port Brewery Hot Rocks Dark Lager, Allagsh-New Belgium Colla-beer-ation ‘Vrienden, Shipyard Brewery “Old Double Thumper” and Le Merle Belgium Style Saison among 22 craft beers on tap. CA”

The Bottle Room

According to chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “We will be celebrating [Cinco de Mayo] with $4 pints of Lost Coast Great White and Negra Modelo all night along.” Beers updated daily.

Congregation Ale House

According to Beverage Director Eli Wilson, “Drake’s Tap Takeover This Thursday!! For those of you in the South Bay (or just want to check out Congregation Ale House), we will be hosting many Drake’s specialty brews, including Nyack Barley wine, Drakonic Imperial Stout, Denoginnizer, “Batch 3000” Ale, a TBA Barrel-Aged beer, and a rare CASK.

Other taps include St. Bernardus Witbier, St. Feuillen Tripel, Nogne Winter Ale, Deca Westoek, and soon to pour De Molen Storm & Averj, as well as anniversary beers from Bootleggers and Cismontane. A hearty congratulations on their beery successes for the SoCal scene!”

The Daily Pint

Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Victory Brewing’s Helios saison, Leffe Blonde, Shipyard XXX and there are three Stone beers on cask.

Eagle Rock Brewery

On tap beer wise are Solidarity and Revolution along with five guest taps. On the food truck front, tonight brings the Feast Truck, Friday is the Flatiron truck and Saturday Grill ‘em All will be outside the tap room.

The Factory

According to Eric Gutenkauf, “Currently pouring are Stone IPA, Great Divide Titan IPA, Grand Teton Idaho Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, New Belgium Le Terroir, Port Hot Rocks Lager, Santa Cruz Oatmeal Stout and Sudwerk Maibock.

Going into First Friday weekend in Bixby Knolls we have a variety of great brews in waiting. New Belgium Ranger IPA and Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA will be duking it out in our IPA Tournament. Bootleggers Old World Hefeweizen, Iron Fist Velvet Glove Stout and whiskey barrel-aged Rogue Dead Guy will also be making appearances.

On Thursday May 12, we will be welcoming Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery to The Factory. Jeremy will discuss his brews while patrons sample his Manifesto Wit, Revolution Pale Ale and Populist IPA. Look for more great brews as we prepare to celebrate Craft Beer Week May 15-22.”

Fat Dog LA

On tap according to Fat Dog co-owner Richard Mandeville: “Guinness, Craftsman Heavenly Hefe, Lost Coast apricot wheat, Eagle Rock Populist IPA, Oskar Blue’s Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Allagash White, Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale. Rotating Selection right now is Vienna Country Lager from Taps Brewery. Next up is Black Market Brewing Company out of Torrance, Anglo American Brown Ale.”

The Golden State

According to The Golden State, draught beers include “Craftsman 1903, Ommegang BPA, Hair of the Dog Blue Dot, Black Market brown ale, Great Divide Collette, Maui CoCoNut porter and Port Brewing’s Mongo.”

Ladyface Ale Companie

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Chesebro IPA is back today! Along with week’s cask, “Tropic Thunder”, which features mango-infused Chesebro IPA. That’s a total of 10 Ladyface ales on tap, alongside Russian River Pliny The Elder, Bootlegger’s Anniversary Ale and Dr. Tongue, Port/Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale, St. Louis Gueuze, and Taps Barleywine.

Today, we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Lady Margarite, our new specialty margarita made with award-winning Alquimia tequila, muddled kiwi fruit and jalapeno with a twist of fresh lime. Just the right amount of after-burn. I, however, might just celebrate Pinko de Mayo instead, with a pint or two of our new staff brew, Workers’ Co-Hoperative.”

Library Alehouse

Here is the latest from Alex Davis at Library Alehouse, “This week we’ll have a bunch of Belgian Fest leftovers, including Le Terroir and several Stillwater beers. We’ll also be cycling on Humulus Lager and Double Dry-Hopped Stone IPA.

For American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22) we have events lined up with Eagle Rock, Sierra Nevada, Firestone Walker, Karl Strauss, Bootlegger’s and Brouwerij West!” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.

Naja’s Place

According to assistant manager Martin Svab: “New Goodies on Tap: Cistmontane 1st Anniversary, Scaldis Peche Mel, Hofbrau MaiBock, Iron Fist Velvet Glove, Allagash Curieux, Duvel Green, Ommegang BPA, New Belgium Mighty Arrow…and more!

In honor of American Craft Beer Week (May 16 – 22)… we will host a variety of fun events (schedule to be announced shorty; check out our Facebook: Naja’s Place for details) including a Barrel-Aged Beers, a side-by-side tasting of Vrienden (New Belgium & Allagash batch), American Wild Ale tribute, and more.

Oh… and happy Cinco de Mayo!”

The Oinkster

According to Tuesday night’s update from assistant manager Josh Salinas, “This weekend we are pouring Green Flash West Coast IPA, Iron Fist Renegade Blonde, Craftsman 1903, Hellhound Brown, and we have a small amount of the Anniversary Black Lager from Cismontane. Also for Cinco de Mayo we have a limited amount of TAPS Oscura, plus we will be serving some special menu items including the Horchata Milkshake.”

Rock & Brews

According to today’s update from Brandon Halvorson, who runs the beer program at Dave Furano and Michael Zislis’ El Segundo biergarten, tickets are on sale for the Local Craft Beer Festival which has a session on the 3rd and 4th of June. El Segundo Brewery among others will be poured. Check the website for more details.


Some tap highlights from Glendale include Eel River California Blonde, Port Brewing Mongo, North Coast Scrimshaw and Avery Brewing’s Ellie’s Brown with Telegrapah Brewing’s Obscura Arborea waiting in the wings.

Stuffed Sandwich

For the month of May, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam are featuring Belgian beers. Here’s this month’s line-up: St. Feuillien Saison ‘2011’, De Keersmalker Mort Subite Blanche Lambic ‘2010’, Brouwerij De Ranke XX Bitter Ale ‘2011’, Urthel Hop-It! ALE ‘2010’, Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap Ale, Brouwerij Van Steenburge Leute Bok ‘2010’, Brouwerij Van Eecke Het Kapittel Prior Ale, Brasserie Dubuisson Scaldis Triple Ale.

And on Thursday May 19th we will be celebrating AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK!
We will be showcasing one of California’s newest craft brewery at our shop. We will be pouring three beers from SoCal Beer Company – Modesto, Ca. – Seismic IPA, Red Carpet Ale and Black Bear Porter.

The Surly Goat

Tonight, join the brewers of Drake’s Brewing from San Leandro, CA and Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley in enjoying ten of their beers on tap. Special limited release and award-winning selections from one of the Bay Area’s top breweries and one of the oldest Brewpubs in the United States.

Tony’s Darts Away

On tap in Burbank are Pliny the Elder from Russian River, Cismontane Coulter IPA, Firestone-Walker Solace and the Sierra Nevada Maple Red Eh’l from the Beer Camp. And on Saturday from Noon to three, it will be a Triple Rock Brunch including a porcini porter.

Vendome Toluca Lake

Vendome Toluca Lake’s weekly Beer Tasting is from 2-5 pm. Each week has a theme and this Saturday or Sunday, you will be treated to New Arrivals. Try what’s new to their shelves like Uinta, Moylans, Iron Fist, The Great Divide, Xbeeriment, Amager, and Haandbryggeriet.

Verdugo Bar

According to Ryan Sweeney at the Verdugo, the following are about to go on tap: Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger’s, a one year old keg of Rogue XS stout and the collaboration of Green Flash and St. Feuillien, batch # 2.

The Yard

Here is what is on tap at The Yard: Super Freek is May 11th – Narke Stormaktsporter, Three Floyd’s Dark Lord ’09, Portsmouth Brewing’s Kate the Great, and Foothill Brewing collaboration Olde Rabbit’s Foot (aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels).

Taps: Arrogant Bastard (cask), Hair of the Dog’s Blue Dot, Gnomegang, Madrugada Obscura, Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, Atticus IPA, Firestone’s Double Jack IPA, Mama’s Lil Yella Pils, Lips of Faith’s Ooh La La, Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Dubbel, Ranger IPA, Strand Black IPA.

Cinco de Mayo – The Yard turns into a Mexican restaurant for the day. Coronas, Pacifico on tap, Cucapa Chupacabra Pale Ale (Baja California microbrew).

Other Events

On May 16th at 7:30 p.m. Public School 612 downtown will be holding a “Beer 101” hosted by Hallie Beaune. For $25.00 you will get (9) different beers with an assortment of specialty lavash pizzas. Call 213-623-1172 for more information.

ColLAboration – the mobile craft beer garden from the brains behind Tony’s Darts Away, Verdugo Bar/Surly Goat, Blue Palms and 38 Degrees – is popping-up a second time in Hollywood on Saturday, June 4th at the corner of Gower and Hollywood, from noon til 7 p.m

The Craft Beer Chronicles

On April 28 in The Craft Beer Chronicles, Brand X columnist Steven Armstrong wrote, CityWalk’s Karl Strauss re-opens tonight with new brews and fresh ideas.

L.A. Beer Blast compiled by Food GPS Beer Editor Sean Inman


Sean Inman

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.

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