L.A. Beer Blast A28

Beer Ingredients

Hops and malt, basic beer building blocks, were on display at a TAPS beer dinner.

The L.A. BEER BLAST is designed to let Food GPS readers know about what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover great beer-related events in the area and learn about industry leaders. 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.

San Diego native Tomme Arthur, brewmaster for Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey, has become known for producing some of the best Belgian-style beers in the U.S. On July 30, he made a rare L.A. appearance at Verdugo Bar and DISCUSSED HIS BACKGROUND AND APPROACH.

This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman delves into the world of craft beer distributors. CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT KEVIN KANSY OF ARTISAN ALES, who’s “taking on the task of getting quality beer into hands all across Los Angeles and Orange Counties.”

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 Sprecher Scotch Ale, Mad River Mad Belgian, Wintercoat Cockney Imperial Stout, North Coast Blue Star Wheat and Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer.

6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

On August 8, Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo is hosting the brewhouse’s 1st Anniversary Party. Beginning at 2 PM, Lenzo invites Angelenos to “enter a world of Beer Nirvana.” He’s stockpiled prized kegs over the past year, including Karl Strauss 20th Anniversary, North Coast Old Stock ‘06, Port Brewing 3rd Anniversary, Port Brewing Light Weight Lager, Port Brewing Hop Heavy, Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Alpine Nelson IPA, San Diego Brewing Hop Goodness, Ommegang Rouge, Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze, The Bruery Sour on the Rye, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Firestone Walker Double Jack Imperial IPA, Firestone Walker Parabola, Firestone Walker Bravo, Avery Brewing’s Maharaja, Stone Pale Ale (Dry-Hopped), Russian River Temptation, Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA, Speakeasy Barrel Aged Porter and Stone Anniversary 12.

Blue Palms will also feature a Cask Room next door, including Alpine Exponential Hoppiness, Firestone UnFiltered DBA, Port Brewing Killer Dana Double IPA and Alpine Bad Boy IPA.

1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100

Here’s yesterday’s update from Alex Macy, BottleRock LA’s resident beer expert:

“We’ll be getting bottles of Russian River Temptation and Port Older Viscosity later this week, along with a keg of AleSmith Horny Devil.

Also, there are plans in the works to start doing a Monday tasting menu with optional beer and wine pairings.”

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

Here’s an update from head Beer Geek David Stickel:

“This week, we got a very limited allotment of Stone’s Juxtaposition Black Pilsner Collab with Cambridge & Brewdog (12oz bottles only). Just tried some last night, you’d never know it’s a Pilsner. Really thick with a roasted chestnut flavor reminiscent of their Jolly Pumpkin/Nogne O Christmas collab. YUM!”

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

Co-owner James Starr said they recently tapped kegs of Lagunitas Correction Ale and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652

The taps are holding steady until the 2009 Belgian Beer Festival (Part 2) starts on August 15. At that point, you’ll find 60 different Belgians on tap, including St. Bernardus Abt 12, Tripel Karmeliet and Avec Le Bons Voeux. Belgian Fest will run until August 30, at least. Commemorative T-shirts and glassware will be available.

Lucky Baldwin’s
21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140

Beginning August 15, Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is also hosting the 2009 Belgian Beer Festival (Part 2). Until then, there aren’t many additions. Since last Thursday, just Acme IPA is new on draught.

1145 East Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, 626 285 9161

According to co-owner Marlene Samaniego:

“It’s Hot This Summer…So, we have chosen nine refreshing beers for our August Line-up:

  • Lost Coast Great White Beer ~ U.S.A.
  • Ommegang Witte ~ U.S.A.
  • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner ~ U.S.A.
  • Coronado Golden Ale ~ U.S.A.
  • St. Feuillien Saison ~ Belgium
  • Koningshoeven Witte ~ Holland
  • Wintercoat Vildmoseol Brown Spiced Ale ~ Denmark
  • Skyscraper Power Tool Pilsner ~ U.S.A.
  • Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager ~ U.S.A.
  • Coming Next:

    September: Stone Brewing Days on Draft!
    October: German Beers on Draft!!
    November: Strong Ale Fest on Draft!!!
    December: Holiday/Winter Beers on Draft!!!!

    800 East 3rd Street, Downtown, 213 687 4444

    Bar manager Matty Eggleston just added three 750mL bottles of Cantillon: Classic Geuze, Rose’ de Gambrinus (dry framboise) and the Grand Cru (3yrs barrel aged!). You’ll also find bottles of Wostyntje mustard ale ($9) and La Meule (blond ale with sage from Switzerland) ($9).


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