Craft Beer Los Angeles

Simmzy's makes the most of their limited space, rotating 24 taps and serving food with bold flavors.

Neil from Food Marathon and I discussed leading a Food GPS-related food marathon for a while. That day finally arrived on June 13, when a ravenous herd convened in the South Bay for back-to-back-to-back bouts with beer and food. We met at Simmzy’s, a new Manhattan Beach pub with 24 taps from brothers Mike and Chris Simms. We’ moved south to Naja’s Place, a twentysomething dive bar on Redondo’s International Boardwalk with one of the strongest beer lists in L.A. We concluded our marathon at Hudson House, the new Redondo Beach gastropub from chef-owners Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

Now for the meat of the L.A. BEER BLAST, which is 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. Look in the left sidebar, SUBSCRIBE to Food GPS and you’ll receive the L.A. BEER BLAST by e-mail.

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

Beachwood BBQ owner Gabriel Gordon streams his 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM. Some of Gordon’s latest brews include Green Flash Double Stout, Pizza Port Shark Attack, Russian River Damnation, Mission Maibock and Drakes Red Cask.

Brother Levonian Saison is brewed by Ballast Point in tribute to one of Home Brew Mart’s first customers. Proceeds from sales of Brother Levonian Saison go to the college fund of the late Levonian’s daughter. Levonian’s recipe incorporates honey, coriander, grains of paradise and orange peel.

6372 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 465 8500


  • St. Feuillien Påskeøl (Easter Beer)


  • Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme

    1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100

    The Golden State is no longer cornering the market on beer floats. Thank Alex Macy, BottleRock Downtown’s resident beer expert and co-organizer of Craft Beer Fest L.A. The restaurant is sourcing three flavors of ice cream from Milk. Diners are welcome to mix and match any flavor with beers from BottleRock’s 14 taps, but Macy has some suggestions:

  • North Coast Old Rasputin with either Cherry Sorbet or Toffee/Coffee Gelato
  • Allagash Curieux with Vanilla (“a perfect pairing, enhancing the vanilla notes from the Jim Beam barrels”)
  • St. Bernardus with Toffee/Coffee
  • Ommegang Rouge with Cherry Sorbet (“takes the edge off the brettanomyces bite, and enhances the nuances from the French oak”)
  • Caroline on Crack loved her first BottleRock beer float, which combined St. Bernardus ABT 12 and Coffee Toffee.

    2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

    Here’s today’s update from the Pint:

    “First up, India. We’re pouring a keg of Avery Maharaja, a big IPA with a heavy, grapefruity hoppiness. This beer weighs in at 10.24%, but drinks like it’s 6%. You’ll finish this one before you’ve started. Appease your colonial overlords and wash it down with some Firestone Union Jack, another worthy IPA.”

    “Now on tap: Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2009. A beer that needs no introduction. It’s worth mentioning that in the back, we’ve got a few vintage bottles from previous years. Ask Llan or Phil, and we can pull one out for you and throw it in the fridge. After this one kicks, we’ve got one more keg of IRS, and we might try and hold on to it for a while.”


  • Stone Pale Ale w/ Coriander
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale w/ Columbus & Amarillo
    426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

    Here’s yesterday’s update from co-owner Jason Bernstein:

    The Golden State is on the verge of tapping a keg of Avery Maharaja double IPA. Also, Stone just started re-distributing Jolly Pumpkin, and The Golden State will have bottles of La Roja, Oro de Calabaza and Madrugada Obscura from acclaimed brewmaster Ron Jeffries by next week.

    17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652

    Lucky Baldwin’s is in the midst of India Pale Ale Festival 2009. When they started on June 13, they had 61 IPA kegs. They end on Monday, and they’ve already burned through nearly half their kegs, but you’ll still find options like AleSmith IPA, Avery IPA, Mad River Double IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA, Drake’s IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Eel River IPA (organic), Belhaven Twisted Thistle and Victory Herkules IPA.

    Spend $8 on your first IPA and keep the glass. From that point on, it’s $3 for every IPA refill, $4 for every Double IPA refill and $7 for every Belgian/Import. If you want to drink from Lucky Baldwin’s glasses, it’s $5 for a pint of IPA, $7 for a pint of Double IPA and $8 for a 12-ounce Belgian/Import. 6-ounce tasters are $2 off.

    21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140

    Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is also hosting an IPA Festival. Earlier today, Jamie said they still have all 26 IPAs, including Port Brewing 3rd Anniversary, Dogfish Head IPA, Double Dog Double Pale Ale, Green Flash West Coast IPA and Bear Republic Racer 5.

    229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201

    Here’s today’s update from Simmzy’s General Manager Micah Schiesel:

    “We ran thru the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale in record time and replaced it with Stone’s Levitation Red Ale. It is a light bodies red ale that is relatively low in alcohol, so it can definitely be a session brew. We also added a beer from The Bruery, located in Placentia, called Black Orchard. It’s a Belgian Dark Ale that is light bodied and a great summer time ale. Lastly we added the Shark Bite X-Hopped Red Ale from Port Brewing Company. We love to support local breweries.”

    3408 Verdugo Road, Glassell Park, 323 257 3408


  • Russian River Consecration
  • Sculpin (cask)
  • Chimay White (first time on draught in California)
  • Allagash Victoria (a strong ale made with Chardonnay grapes)
  • Drake’s Red Eye
  • Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
  • White Knuckle Double IPA
  • Hitachino White

  • Cuvee de Tomme
  • The Lost Abbey Angel Share, aged in bourbon barrels
  • Ballast Point Brother Levonian Saison
    800 East 3rd Street, Downtown, 213 687 4444

    Bar manager Matty Eggleston just added two draught beers:

    Echt Kriekenbier – Flemish cherry ale – “bright, fresh, tart and strong”

    “Local sour cherries are added during the maturation process to the wooden casks containing (aged beer). The final product is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 years old beers.”

    La Chouffe – blonde ale – “pleasantly fruity, spiced with coriander, and with a light hop”


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