L.A. Beer Blast A35

Scottish Beer

Atlantic IPA is an 8.5% ABV IPA from hard-charging Scottish brand BrewDog.

BrewDog Atlantic IPA, aged on a fishing trawler

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.

Through September 26, beer writer Tomm Carroll is filing quick-hitting dispatches from the Great American Beer Festival on his iPhone. Check back often for HIS LATEST REPORTS FROM THE SUPER BOWL OF BEER

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131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include North Coast Blue Star Wheat, Firestone Oaktoberfest, Caracole Nostradamus, Caracole Saxo, Ballast Point Barrel Aged Sea Monster, Craftsman Smoke Black Lager and Rubicon IPA on cask. Track changes to Gordon’s 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM

6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

Since last Thursday, Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo added kegs of Pizza Port Night Rider Stout, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Extra, Scaldis, Witkap, Big Eye Ipa (on cask), Ballast Point barrel aged Sea Monster, Craftsman Summer’s End, Autumn Maple, Brasserie Caracole Nostradamus, Caracole Saxo and Echte Kriekenbier. “We are also bring in some new Belgian beer to L.A…Don’t forget all the Oktoberfest beer on all month. Some very special releases.”

15359 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, 818 906 7427

Here’s today’s update from Boneyard Bistro chef-owner Aaron Robins:

“Well new stuff coming in tomorrow…Fantome Noel &Kostritzer Shwarzbier. Oktoberfest starts today. Housemade Bratwurst, Bierwurst, Bockwurst and more to come. Wild Boar Schnitzel and Housemade Bavarian Pretzels. Possibly even Obazda. 25% off all German beers during Oktoberfest. Possibly some new stuff on Monday as well. Remember Mondays 50% off the entire beer list.”

1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100

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

“Craftsman Oktoberfest.”

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

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

New on tap: St. Bernadrus Tripel, McChouffe Belgian Brown Ale, Lagunitas Correctional Ale ’09 Leffe Blonde and Russian River Damnation. New on cask: Stone IPA with Centennial Hops

<129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428

Here’s today’s update from co-owner Dan Petrovich:

”This week we have Boont Amber Ale, Dogfish 90 IPA, Stone Ruination, Aventinus Eisbock, Allagash White AND Curieux, Bayhawk Honey Blonde, Delirium Tremens, Racer 5, Arrogant Bastard, Guinesse 250, Chimay, The Bruery Orchard White and Black, Tripel Karmeliet, Mission Blonde, Witkap Pater, and Ballast Point Big Eye IPA.”

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

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

“Right now we’re on a “new beer” frenzy.

Green Flash Saison on now. Alesmith Lil’ Devil on now. We’re going to tap our keg of Vertical Epic pretty soon as well as a hard-to-get-and-delicious Bruery Snicklefritz. I’m super psyched for that one.

We also got Stone’s Aloha Plenty Porter in. And I found a couple of bottles of Juxtaposition. How is it that we’re open for 6 months and I’m already “finding” stuff?”

17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652

New beers on draught include New Belgium Oktoberfest, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Craftsman Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest starts on October 3 and runs through October 11, including a glass special and plenty more German beers.

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

Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost has been draining their taps of Belgian beers in anticipation of Oktoberfest, which starts on October 3, featuring German breweries like Paulaner and Spaten, plus Hacker Pschorr and several different hefeweizens and marzens.

21356 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, 818 734 7056

Here’s tonight’s update from David Stickel, who’s now overseeing the beer program at The Daily Pint’s sister establishment in the northwest Valley.

“We’ve just put together a beer dinner for October 22nd, 5 course meal paired with 9 beers. Boxty potatoes with smoked salmon mousse, mussels, cheese intermezzo, shepherd’s pie, New Zealand lamb ‘lollipops’ marinated with Black Sheep Riggwelter (ha!), and Irish chocolate sponge cake. $55 a seat or two for $100.

Tap list is finally shaping up as well. On right now we’ve got Damnation, Rubicon IPA, Weihenstephan Oktoberfest, Hop Head Red, Green Flash Trippel, Le Freak, Old Rasputin (nitro), plus the classics that are usually on: Franziskaner Dunkel, Old Speckled Hen (nitro), Young’s Double Chocolate (nitro), Lindeman’s Framboise, Green Flash West Coast IPA.

We’re also running an Oktoberfest special right now, filling 1L Weihenstephan steins for $20, keep the glass.”

229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201

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

“We just got A Little Sumpin’ from Lagunitas, one of their best limited releases ever. A unique dark lager, the Lester Young from Angel City, is a great in between for those looking for great porter taste with lager drinkability. And soon, we’ll have the Punkin by Dogfish Head, their tasty fall seasonal.”


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