L.A. Beer Blast A32

Craft Beer Orange County

Beachwood Sour Fest brings out some the best possible pucker-worthy pours.

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.

This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman discusses “trusted filters that guide us down the path to the good stuff.” CLICK HERE TO DISCOVER INMAN’S FAVORITE BEER PUBLICATIONS.

Matt Brynildson is brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles. He recently discussed his background and approach over the phone. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW AND LEARN MORE.

On September 1, Dan Petrovich and wife Eden Noe soft opened THE FIFTH AMENDMENT ALEHOUSE (129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428), featuring 20 beers on draught, including Stone 13th Anniversary Ale, Telegraph White, Duchesse de Bourgogne and Schneider Aventinus. You’ll also find 31 bottles. Think Affligem Tripel Abbey Ale, Lost Coast Great White and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. To eat, expect hearty brewpub fare, plus more exotic bites like bison burgers and venison sausage with merlot & blueberries. The couple is even on the verge of serving llama burgers. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

You can still find remnants of the Beachwood BBQ Sour Beer Festival, which technically ended on August 30 at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar. Residual options include Avery Brabant, Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru Vintage 2007, The Bruery Cuvee Jeune and White Zin, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Vintage 2007, Echt Kriekenbier and New Belgium Le Terroir, Eric’s Ale and Transatlantique Kriek.

Gordon streams his 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM. Today’s non-sours include Rubicon Itchy Kilt, Marin Pt. Reyes Porter, Bear Republic Wine Country Wheat and Big Sky Moose Drool.


6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo recently added Port Brewing Old Viscosity and has a keg of Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale on Deck. Other recent additions include Craftsman Triple White Sage, a 9% spiced herb beer; Port Brewing Panzer, a 9.5% American double Imperial Pilsner; and Ballast Point Sculpin, a 9% IPA.

15359 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, 818 906 7427

Boneyard Bistro, welcome to the L.A. Beer Blast. Chef-owner Aaron Robins features nine taps and 185 bottles. On Monday nights, every one of Robins’ beers is half off. In the meantime, here’s today’s update from Robins:

“New Beers, Dogfish Festina Peche ( tastes like a light gueze), Kostritzer Oktoberfest, Schneider Weisse Edelweiss Organic, Schnieder Brooklyner Hopfenwisse, Avery Kaiser. Yes we’re gearing up for Oktoberfest.”


1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100

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


  • Craftsman 1903
  • Blanche des Bruxelles
  • Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout
    2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

    Here’s today’s update from owner Phil McGovern:

    On cask: Stone Cali-Belgique with Amarillo hops and Arrogant Bastard with American oak. On deck: Ruination with Amarillo and Columbus hops. Last night, he added Port Panzer Pilsner on draught. You’ll also find Big Sky Moose Drool brown ale, Moylan’s Kilt Lifter, Dogfish Head Midas Touch and Lost Abbey 10 Commandments.

    426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

    The Golden State now sells beer all day long. Co-owner Jason Bernstein just tapped a keg of Craftsman Smoked Black Lager today, featuring a “smoky quality.”

    17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652

    You’ll still find 40 Belgians leftover from the Belgian Beer Festival (Part 2). The only new beers on draught are Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing and Rogue Brutal Bitter.

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

    The 2009 Belgian Beer Festival (Part 2) is over at Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost. You’ll still find some Belgians on draught, including St. Feuillien and dollar off if you bring in your St. Feuillien glasses. They no longer have Craftsman Orange Grove, Witkap Pater Tripel, La Chouffe Golden, and Gouden Carolus Christmas.

    229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201

    Here’s today’s update from Simmzy’s Manager Chris Garza:

    “New in, special for the holiday weekend, is Oscar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils. It’s a Czech style Pils that is made with German style malts and traditional Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, Mama’s gentle hopping and low ABV(5.3%) makes it a luxurious but low dose beer. Perfect for quenching your thirst and complimenting your burger. Craftsman 1903 lager has arrived! This crisp, refreshing beer is bursting with flavor. Bready malt and mild hops make up a terrific lager that is highly sessionable, with notes of vanilla and citrus.. Be mindful that we’ll be getting Craftsman’s highly touted Octoberfest in a few weeks, so we’ll keep you posted.

    38 Degrees
    100 West Main Street, Alhambra, 626 282 2038

    Here’s last night’s update from 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, who oversees the beer program:

    “This weekend we will tap into Tripel Karmeliet of Brouwerij Bosteels, A Little Sumpin’ Extra! Special Release from Lagunitas Brewing an Imperial IPA and Alesmith Speedway Stout.”

    5018 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 255 9675

    Here’s today’s update from The York manager Mary Drenthe:

    “This weekend on draught we’re adding Modelo Especial, Green Flash Trippel, and Lost Coast Downtown Brown. On cask is Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale.”


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