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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 Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Craftsman .5 Pale Ale, 19=809 Berliner Weisse, Stone Cali-Belgique, Avery 15th Anniversary, Allagash Curieux, Valley Brew Collaborative Evil, Okocim Pils and Stone IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo Hops (on cask). Track changes to Gordon’s 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM.
BLUE PALMS BREWHOUSE
6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337
Here’s last night’s update from Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo:
New beers on Blue Palms’ 24 taps include Saxo, a Belgian strong pale ale; The Bruery Autumn Maple, a spiced Belgian strong dark ale; AleSmith Old Numbskull, an English Barleywine; Midas Touch Golden Elixer, an herb spiced beer; Port Brewing Night Rider, an American Double Imperial Stout; and Firestone Double Jack, an American Double IPA.
- Alpine Nelson Rye IPA
- AleSmith Speedway Stout
- Avery Pigley
- AleSmith Grand Cru
1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100
Here’s today’s update from Alex Macy, BottleRock LA’s resident beer expert:
NEW ON TAP
- Allagash White
- Port High Tide
- Green Flash Hop Head Red
- De Proef La Grande Blanche
- Weihenstephaner Kristall
- Unibroue La Terrible
THE DAILY PINT
2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631
Here’s today’s update from Daily Pint owner Phil McGovern:
New on tap: McChouffe, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale, La Folie Lips of Faith and Einhorn Hefeweizen. New on cask: Stone Ruination.
THE FIFTH AMENDMENT ALEHOUSE
129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428
Here’s last night’s update from co-owner Dan Petrovich:
“Firestone Brewery is in the house now and we are starting to hang our beer swag. On tap is a fresh Delirium Tremens, Ballast Point Yellow Tail, Firestone Pale 31, Grimbergen Double, and 16 other primo handles. As always Heineken, Dos XX, Guinness 250 for $3 all night long x 7 days a week. Lastly, OLD RASPUTIN on tap and it is unbelievably good.”
THE GOLDEN STATE
426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331
Here’s today’s update from The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein:
New on tap: Lost Abbey Devotion, AleSmith Lil Devil, The Bruery Snicklefritz tomorrow and Craftsman Oktoberfest on Saturday.
17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652
Oktoberfest runs through October 11, featuring a wide variety of German and German-style beers, including Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen, Beck’s Oktoberfest, Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen, Widmer OKTO, Craftsman Oktoberfest and season-specific beers from Schneider and New Belgium. You’ll also find Duvel Green, which is the only Duvel on draught.
21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140
Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is also celebrating Oktoberfest through October 11. They tapped German and German-style beers like Spaten Optimator, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Victory Festbier and Weihenstephan. You’ll also find limited-edition Duvel Green, which is the only Duvel on draught.
154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, 310 376 9951
Here’s today’s update from Assistant GM Martin Svab:
“New brew pourin’ @ Naja’s… Dogfish Punkin, Spaten OktoberFest, port Wipeout IPA, Sierra Nevada Handful of Hop DIPA, Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, Rogue Double Dead Guy, St. Bernardus Tripel, Ballast Point LongFin, Bruery Snickle Fritz, Hemp Ale, Bootlegger’s Plum Riot, and Big Sky Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout.”
229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201
Here’s last night’s update from Simmzy’s Manager Chris Garza:
“We have the Sierra Nevada Belgian Trippel that has notes of citrusy hops and a bit of sweetness with the malt. An excellent, somewhat fruity, Belgian version from Sierra. A definite detour from their traditional style beers. Dogfish Head Punkin just got tapped, their fall seasonal brew. It’s a full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. Get it while it lasts! Also pouring is the Jamaica Red from Mad River. An excellent Amber Ale with great taste and a sweet malty finish. As well, the Paulaner Oktoberfest is flowing, a true Marzen style Fest Bier. Celebrate the season with a cold one! Cheers!”
1145 East Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, 626 285 9161
Here’s the update from co-owner Marlene Samaniego:
“October finds us with a great line-up of German Beers on Draft! It’s also the first ever LA BEER WEEK! Oct. 15 thru Oct. 25 To keep with our German theme and help celebrate LA BEER WEEK we are having a special guest come to the shop on Friday Oct. 23rd 6:30 pm to closing.”
Xavier Miane, the California State Manager, from EuroBrew Importers will be pouring and tasting you on four new German Beers recently introduced to California – Moosbacher Beers from Scheuerer Brewery.
Oktoberfest Draft Line-Up
November: Strong Ale Fest on Draft!
December: Holiday/Winter Beers on Draft!!
January: Porters and Stouts on Draft!!!
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