L.A. BEER BLAST A2

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Partners Jeff Ellermeyer and Mitchell Frank pair beer and wine with LPs at El Prado in Echo Park.

The L.A. BEER BLAST is a weekly newsletter designed to let Food GPS readers know about what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. Expect a new L.A. BEER BLAST every Thursday evening, in time for the weekend rush. Every week, expect more bars, more restaurants and more beers. Scroll down, subscribe to Food GPS and you’ll receive the L.A. BEER BLAST by e-mail.

EL PRADO
1805 West Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park, www.elpradobar.com

CURRENTLY ON TAP

Craftsman IPA – Pasadena, CA
La Chouffe – Achouffe, Belgium
Saison Dupont – Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium
St. Bernardus – Watou, Belgium
Telegraph California Ale – Santa Barbara, CA
Telegraph California Ale – Santa Barbara, CA
Telegraph California Ale – Santa Barbara, CA
Woodchuck Pear Cider – Proctorsville, VT

JOHNNY’S BAR
5006 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 551 6959, www.myspace.com/johnnysbarhighlandpark

NEW ON TAP

Allagash White – Portland, ME
From the Allagash website: “Interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer, Allagash White is unique and truly refreshing. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and our own special blend of spices, this beer is light and slightly cloudy in appearance, with a spicy aroma. Overall, it is a beer that is very drinkable and smooth any time of the year.”

Stone Smoked Porter – Escondido, CA
From the Stone website: “Stone Smoked Porter is dark, rich and complicated. A porter is substantially darker than a pale ale, but not as black or opaque as a stout. Our Smoked porter has a captivatingly deep mahogany color, complimented by silky dark tan head. Rich, full bodied and robust. Smooth, with chocolate and coffee-like flavors balanced by the subtle “smoky” character of just the right amount of peat-smoked specialty malt.”

Weihenstephan – Freising, Germany
Johnny’s bartender Rachel Diana: “A dark beer from the oldest brewery in the world, established in 1040 AD. It’s a mix of a lot of complex flavors. It’s a little bit sweeter, but only because it’s strong.”

LAUREL TAVERN
11938 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, 818 506 0777, www.laureltavern.net

NO CHANGE

LIBRARY BAR
630 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, 213 488 1931, www.librarybarla.com

NO CHANGE

PURE LUCK
707 North Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, 323 660 5993

NEW ON TAP

Oskar Blues Gordon – Lyons, CO
From the Oskar Blues website: “Gordon is a hybrid version of strong ale, somewhere between an Imperial Red and a Double IPA. We make it with six different malts and three types of hops, then dry-hop it with a mutha lode of Amarillo hops. It is 8.7% alcohol by volume, and has 85 International Bittering Units. It features a gooey, resiny aroma and a luscious mouthfeel. Gordon is brewed with dash of chocolate malt in it, to round out its load of hops and balance the beer. The result is an assertive yet exceptionally smooth version of strong beer.”

THE YORK
5018 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 255 9675, www.theyorkonyork.com
NEW ON TAP

Budweiser Budvar – České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Owner Ryan Ballinger: “Marketed as Czechvar in the States, but I personally requisitioned a Czech Budvar handle from the local pub in my family’s town of Rychnov. Will go on draft Friday and be on special for Super Bowl Sunday.”

Lagunitas Brown Shugga – Petaluma, CA
Ballinger: “A creeper. Their barleywine effort gone sweet, drinks at an astounding 9.9% ABV. Pouring now.”

Ballinger:: “Thursday, as always, brings 2 new 5-gallon kegs of Craftsman real ale.”

NEW BOTTLES
Rogue Brutal Bitter – Newport, OR
Ballinger: “A dry-finishing bitter style beer from Oregon, 22 oz. bottle”

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Blog Comments

Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

just a note, i think you should be lines in between each bar because it’s kind of hard to see which beers belong to which bar. other than that, great “blast” again.

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