Craft beer fans should be in heaven by now. We’re six days into the 2013 incarnation of L.A. Beer Week and know that there is still time for some revelry around our favorite libation.
First, here are some suggestions (two for each day) between now and Sunday:
Tonight, if you haven’t done a beer dinner yet then head to Studio City and Tuning Fork and see what Chef Jay Bedassie will pair with beers from the Green Flash line-up. Or head to the new Village Tavern in Atwater Village where Monkish and New Belgium beers will be dueling on tap.
Friday brings Modern Times Brewing from San Diego to Verdugo Bar for a first look at their beers Lomaland Saison, Fortunate Islands Hoppy Wheat, Black House Oatmeal Coffee Stout, Blazing World Amber IPA and Roraima 100% Brett Trois Amber. Nearby at Eagle Rock Brewery, you will find a defiantly non-average Oktoberfest with the Hot Knives cooking and a carnival atmosphere.
Saturday brings a couple of great choices. A real hard decision. Firestone Walker will be bringing their Sour Jalopy and cruising through L.A. and hitting a series of great beer bars with mystery beers unveiled at each. In Torrance, Smog City will be presenting a ton of rare beers. You will soon find out that the new brew crew there has been very busy.
On the last day, you can brunch at Eagle Rock or Boneyard Bistro then cap the night by Taking the Black at Blue Palms Brewhouse on the roof looking over Hollywood with a Game of Thrones glass filled with Ommegang’s new stout.
Now, let’s take a look backward:
Story Tavern in Burbank played host to a packed crowd beside Eagle Rock Brewery with the same beer with three different tap types. Solidarity on cask vs nitro and regular CO2 really highlighted the differences caused by the way the beer’s stored and poured.
The Bruery invaded the Glendale Tap with a serious list of crazy beers from the imaginative folks in Orange County. Tops for me were the Windowsill beer made in conjunction with the Good Food radio program on KCRW. And the new apricot beer with the hard to spell and pronounce name of Praecocia.
Speaking of Eagle Rock, your Beer of the Week is Unity 2013 with honey (the featured L.A. Beer Week ingredient) and hibiscus is in bottles and is a must-have for local beer fans. For the craft beer completist, you should also taste the El Segundo Brewing Co. Honey and Sage version of White Dog IPA, the Ohana Rye Honey Saison and the Smog City Hive Five (and those are just a few of the sweet honey beers around town).
Your Homework is to give thanks. Thanks for the bounty of opportunities to taste great beer. The Union Station Opening Festival is still in the rear-view mirror and another fest is coming and coming soon! BAM Fest 2013 is on October 5th. The Beer-Art-Music Festival will have 40+ breweries under the cool breezes of Santa Monica skies. And like the Union Station event, proceeds go to a great cause, the 18th Street Arts Center. Check HERE for tickets and more information.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.