Last year, I talked a tiny bit about the first ever L.A. Beer & Food Festival that will be landing in Silver Lake on January 28.
Let’s dig a skosh deeper into what you can expect. [I assume that you have bought your tickets or are going to buy them after reading this.] L.A. County Brewers Guild brings you this new festival, so you have that seal of quality right from the start. From that point on though, it is choose your own adventure.
45 Guild breweries will be on site at Mack Sennett Studios. 90 different beers will be on tap. You can select beers geographically from DTLA, Torrance or Glendale. You can choose by style. You can choose breweries based on ones that you haven’t had before or in limited quality, which is what I will do as I hit up the HopSaint, Homage Brewing and Cellador Ales booths.
However, you are not done. After the beer and the ampersand comes the food including the following (and more): Chef Anne Conness from Sausal, downtown L.A. favorite Poppy+Rose, and newcomers Fat Dragon in addition to more beer-related bites from Twisted Oak Tavern, Simmzy’s, and the nomadic operations of Vagabond Cheese.
This festival is an excellent chance to practice your beer and food pairing chops. What will go with this sour? What cheese works with the darker beers?
The only remaining question is which pavilion will you spend more time in? Beer or Food?
Your Beer of the Week might be on offer at the Fest. Cellador Ales in North Hills recently debuted Restik! Blend 1. The new and limited release is a Farmhouse Ale dry hopped with Mosaic and El Dorado. It manages to straddle the world of farmhouse and barrels with hops. Makes you look forward to Blend 2.
Your Homework is to keep track of the three old-timers anniversaries. January 2009 was a great year for L.A. Beer. Eagle Rock Brewery, Strand Brewing and Ladyface Ale Companie all made their debuts. Buy tickets online for Saturday (the ERB 7th Anniversary) and Sunday (the Ladyface 2nd Annual Invitational)
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.