Belgian Beer

La Chouffe is a beautiful Belgian blonde ale seasoned with coriander.

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In March, Dr. Bill Sysak took over as Beverage Coordinator of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. On July 19, he’s expected to take the third annual Stone Sour Fest to new heights in Escondido. Sysak’s list features 45 kegs and 36 bottles, including Belgian breweries like Boon, Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen and domestic breweries like Russian River, Lost Abbey, The Bruery, Craftsman, Avery, New Belgium and Jolly Pumpkin. Stone Sour Fest begins at 11 AM and costs $30 for 10 taster tickets. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LISTS AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

FIG brunch begins in earnest on June 28, featuring “Kegs & Eggs.” For $37 per person, this Santa Monica brunch includes a bottomless pint of draught beer. Choose from Brasserie Dupont Saison, Stella Artois, Schneiderweisse Heffe-Weizen or Konigshoven “Quadrupel.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT

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 Deschutes Red Chair IPA, Avery 16th Anniversary, AleSmith X, Craftsman Heavenly Hefe and New Belgium Dandelion.

Beachwood BBQ is still pouring Brother Levonian Saison, which was 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.

Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

Last night, Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo said he’s debuting Firestone Double Jack IPA on Friday and Marin White Knuckle on July 1. He also has a cask of Alpine Exponential Hoppiness on deck. On Monday, he’s planning to debut a hop cam, which was inspired by friend Gabriel Gordon’s technology at Beachwood BBQ.

In the meantime, Blue Palms is currently featuring beers like Pizza Port 3rd Anniversary, Bruery Trade Wines Tripel, Avery 16th Anniversary ale, Seadog Blue Paw Wheat, Lost Abbey Serpents Stout and Avery’s The Reverend, a 10% ABV quadrupel.

1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100

On June 23, BottleRock beer expert Alex Macy debuted Allagash Week, featuring seven different beers from Allagash Brewing Company on draught: White, Hugh Malone, Victoria, Curieux, Victor. Confluence and Four, which is brewed with four malts, four hops, four sugars and four Belgian yeast strains. Macy hopes Allagash will last through the weekend.

“We also have North Coast Old Rasputin XII!,” says Macy. “It’s the Old Rasputin, after it’s been aged for 9 months in Bourbon Barrels. It’s pretty ridiculously good.”

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

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

Kegs of Drake’s 1500 Pale Ale and Victory Prima Pils are now online. They should tap a keg of Bruery Berliner Weisse by the end of the week. Their bottles of Jolly Pumpkin still haven’t arrived, but they’ll be La Roja, Oro de Calabaza and Madrugada Obscura.

5006 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 551 6959

According to co-owner Zac Crandell:


“Once you get over the novelty of the glass, Kwak is a very fine Belgian beer. The color is a deep amber, with a creamy colored head. Kwak has a mellow, fruity and malty aroma with very little hops smell. There are some hints of fruit in the taste and aroma such as creamy banana and liquorice.”


“Damnation: In the great beer producing country of Belgium, some brewers have made it a tradition to give their beers an unusual name. Sometimes the name is curious, now and then it is diabolical and other times it is just plain silly. Damnation is our brewmaster’s interpretation of a Belgian style Strong Golden Ale. It has extraordinary aromas of banana and pear with mouth filling flavors of sweet malt and earthy hops. The lingering finish is dry and slightly bitter but very, very smooth.”

17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652

Lucky Baldwin’s is still holding India Pale Ale Festival 2009. The selection will change hour by hour, but earlier today, they still had over 30 IPAs on draught, including Green Flash IPA, Redhook Long Hammer IPA, Avery IPA, Firestone Walker Union Jack.

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 also continues to host an IPA Festival. They still have 26 IPAs on draught, and recently added Big Sky IPA, Speakeasy IPA , Anchor Liberty IPA, Acme IPA and Oskar Blues Gordon Ale to the mix.

229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201

Here’s last night’s update from Simmzy’s General Manager Micah Schiesel:

“We got port brewing company’s Old Viscosity which is an American strong ale, and is tipping the scale at 10 percent abv. We also got Fox Barrels Pear Cider, a light lovely version for those who aren’t looking for a real brew. Also in the line up is firestone walkers union jack IPA and a few brews that are so highly allocated that I don’t even want to update the masses till they are in house.”


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