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131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500
The Beachwood BBQ Sour Beer Festival has been in the works for over two years, and from August 25-30, it will finally come to fruition for chef-owner Gabriel Gordon at his noted Seal Beach beer bar. The week-long festival will feature 16-18 sours on tap at any given time. In total, expect over 40 sour kegs, including Allagash Confluence, Avery Brabant, Bear Republic Cuvee de Bubba, The Bruery Cuvee Jeune, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise ’05, Deschutes Green Monster, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, New Belgium Translatlantique Kriek, Russian River Consecration and Rodenback Grand Cru. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST
Gordon streams his 24-tap blackboard menu via< HOP CAM. Some of Gordon’s latest beers include Victory Stormking Stout, Sac Brewing Independence IPA, North Coast La Merle, Russian River Pliny the Elder and Speakeasy Prohibition Ale.
BLUE PALMS BREWHOUSE
6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337
Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo still has a keg of Ballast Point Sculpin on tap, brewed with Santiam Hops. His current roster also includes Rye of the Beholder, a 7.7% Rye IPA; Sprechers Black Bavarian, a 5.9% Schwarzbier; Rubicon Itchy Kilt; a Scottish Ale; Drakes Doubel Dry Special; Craftsman Biere de Blanco; and Shipyard Imperial Porter, a 7.1% Baltic Porter.
Lenzo is also 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.
1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100
Here’s today’s update from Alex Macy, BottleRock LA’s resident beer expert:
NEW ON DRAUGHT
“Anytime that Jared and I have enough time to breathe, we’ll accommodate someone who wants to do a tasting menu with beer pairings (Mondays are encouraged). The number of courses and the price will change based upon what you’re in the mood for.”
THE DAILY PINT
2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631
Here’s today’s update from owner Phil McGovern:
On cask, “Calico Amber just kicked so I’m just putting on Stone Smoked Porter on vanilla bean.” He still has pale ale with coriander on cask, but it’s about to kick. Next up: IPA with Columbus hops.
On tap, The Daily Pint just added Einhorn Doppelbock and still has Ballast Point India Pale Lager, Blonde Frog Ale, Stone 13th Anniversary Ale and Zeitgeist Scottish Dark Ale. You’ll also find Lagunitas Correction Ale 09 and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.
THE GOLDEN STATE
426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331
The Golden State just added Green Flash Le Freak, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Telegraph Reserve and Craftsman Triple White Sage.
17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652
2009 Belgian Beer Festival (Part 2) is raging in Old Town, featuring 60 different Belgians on tap, including Kwak, St. Feuillien, Goudon Carolus, Saison Dupont, Chimay, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Witkap Pater Tripel, Maredsous 8, Affligem, St. Louis Gueuze and Urthel. Pay $20 for a T-shirt, commemorative glass and a draught beer of your choice. If you don’t want the T-shirt, it costs $10 for a glass and beer. If you’ve purchased a glass, refills cost $6.
LUCKY BALDWIN’S DELIRIUM CAFE
21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140
Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is also hosting the 2009 Belgian Beer Festival (Part 2), featuring 25 Belgians on draught, including 5 different kegs from St. Feuillien, Witkap Pater Tripel, Gulden Draak, Tripel Karmeliet, Maredsous 10, Grimbergen, Klokke Roeland and Kwak. Pay $20 for a T-shirt, commemorative glass and a draught beer of your choice. If you don’t want the T-shirt, it costs $10 for a glass and beer. If you’ve purchased a glass, refills cost $6. I was told there’s no limit on the number of $6 refills “as long as you can stand up.”
229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201
Here’s an update from Simmzy’s Manager Chris Garza:
“Soon we will be getting New Belgium’s Fall seasonal, the Hoptober Golden Ale. Using five different hops and four malts, New Belgium has created a stellar, medium bodied ale with a creamy mouth feel. The pale and wheat malt, mashed with rye and oats, balance the pleasant hoppiness to make a great golden fall beer. Also the Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone will be pouring shortly. This beer combines west coast hops and Belgian yeast to make a fantastic IPA that marries new world hops and old world brewing. A tasty treat, for sure. Also lookout for the original Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen. Paulaner has been making this beer since 1634 and it is THE beer of Oktoberfest. It was first brewed for the King’s week long wedding celebration that would eventually become Oktoberfest. It doesn’t get any more authentic than the Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen. Cheers!”
100 West Main Street, Alhambra, 626 282 2038
According to 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, who oversees the beer program:
“Latest tap changes @ 38. Port Hop 15, Stone 13th anniversary Ale, Double Jack Imperial Barrel aged IPA, Craftsman 1903 lager and Biere Des Jacobins Rouge, a Flanders sour ale.”
5018 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 255 9675
Here’s today’s update from The York manager Mary Drenthe:
“The York owner Ryan Ballinger is eager to tap into Craftsman Orange Grove Ale this weekend. He’s been waiting all summer for this tasty brew. We also added Mad River Double IPA, Smithwicks Irish Ale, and Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse to the line-up. And on cask we have Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale.”
“Our newest bottles are Victory Golden Monkey and Duchy Originals Organic English Ale.”
Brea is a city in northern Orange County that for most Angelenos, might as well be in Nebraska. However, for the past decade, TAPS has quietly been building a reputation as a beer and food destination in the outer burbs. On August 3, TAPS hosted a beer and food pairing that showcased the best that they have to offer. CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE DINNER
AKASHA Chef Akasha Richmond built on the success of her New Belgium Brewery dinner by hosting a Unibroue dinner on July 28, pairing the Quebec brewery’s beer with five courses, some of which incorporated Unibroue beer as an ingredient. CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE DINNER
This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman asks, “How much more hops can be added to beer?” discusses the history of hops and tells you where to pick up single-hop beers in L.A. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CALIFORNIA’S HOP HIGHWAY.