L.A. BEER BLAST A38: L.A. Beer Week Rundown

Craft Beer Los Angeles

Stone Brewing made stellar beer flights possible for L.A. Beer Week at Naja's Place, including Ruination, Sublimely Self Righteous, Old Guardian, and Double Bastard (2006 and 2008).

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. 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’s L.A. BEER BLAST focuses on L.A. Beer Week, which runs from October 15-25, features events at 35 establishments and inspired participation from over 50 breweries. Here’s a rundown of dozens of enticing events from L.A. Beer Week:

October 15: L.A. Beer Week Opening Night Spectacular at THE EDISON

Beverage Director Aidan Demarest is featuring beer cocktails, cask ale and plans to open a different large format beer bottle every hour, including Chimay Grande Reserve and Stone 2008 Double Bastard. You’ll also find a cask of Stone IPA, dry hopped with Simcoe & Amarillo hops. 7 PM – 10 PM

October 15: Local Brewery Cask Night at BEACHWOOD BBQ

Beachwood chef-owner Gabriel Gordon is featuring cask beers from Los Angeles and Orange County breweries, plus his signature applewood, pecan & oak smoked barbecue.

October 15: Goatoberfest at HENRY ‘N HARRY’S GOAT HILL TAVERN
1830 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa

The funky Costa Mesa institution is celebrating their 7th Annual Goatoberfest with Spaten Oktoberfest on draught, German beer girls and feats of strength. 10 PM – Midnight

October 15: Ballast Point Night at NAJA’S PLACE

Ballast Point head brewer Yuseff Cherney and SoCal sales specialist Matt Wilson are bringing eight kegs from the notable San Diego brewery, including Sculpin IPA, Dorado Double IPA, Yellow Tail Pale Ale, Calico Amber Ale, Sea Monster Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged), OktoberFest, Wet Hop Scooner and Long Fin Lager.

October 16: Firestone, Nectar Ales and Speakeasy Beer Dinner at Blue Palms Brewhouse

Sean Paxton, The Beer Chef, is utilizing beers from Firestone and Speakeasy in his dishes. This is also the debut of some Nectar Ales.

October 16: Ballast Point at THE DAILY PINT

You’ll find 10 Ballast Points brews on tap, including Yellowtail Kolsch style pale ale, Big Eye IPA, Sculpin IPA, Dorado Double IPA, Bourbon Barrel Aged Sea Monster Stout, Piper Down Scottish Ale and Ballast Point Octoberfest, plus two rare casks: Sculpin IPA and Bourbon/Chocolate Black Marlin Porter. Brewer Yuseff Cherney will be in the house. According to The Pint’s e-blast, “This may very well be the first time Los Angeles has seen the holy IPA trinity of Big Eye, Sculpin, and Dorado all on tap at the same time.”

October 16: St Feuillien night at LUCKY BALDWIN’S

Meet special guest Dominique Friart – fourth generation owner of St Feuillien. Several St. Feuillien beers will be on tap: Blanche, Easter, Saison, Triple, and Cuvee de Noel. Bob Leggett from Artisanal Imports is also bringing more European kegs: Koningshoeven Wit, Quadrupel, and La Trappe Isid’or.

October 17: Oktoberfest at VERDUGO BAR

Verdugo Bar is hosting one of L.A. Beer Week’s anchor events, featuring plenty of German breweries, including Hacker-Pschorr, Konig Brauerei, Hofbrau Munchen, Kostritzer, Paulaner, G. Schneider & Sohn, Spaten-Franziskaner and Weinstephan, the oldest brewery on the planet. You’ll also find sausages, pretzels, glassware, contests with prizes, German karaoke and “local brewery surprises.” $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door. 12 PM – 6 PM

October 17: Hoptoberfest at 38 Degrees

Co-owner Clay Harding is featuring 17 IPAs, 10 German beers, three Oktoberfest beers and traditional German food. 38 Degrees’ list features powerhouse IPAs like Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Lagunitas Sumpin’ Extra, Ballast Point, Sculpin and Bear Republic Racer X. German and German-style kegs include Craftsman Oktoberfest, Avery The Kaiser Oktoberfest, Firestone Oaktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest and Kostritzer Oktoberfest. 12 PM – 7 PM

October 17: Strand Brewing Co. Official Launch Celebration at NAJA’S PLACE

Naja’s Place is hosting the official launch party for The Strand Brewing Co., a new craft brewery based in Torrance. Rich Marcello (VP, Sales & Marketing), Joel Elliott (President), & Jeff Parker (Head Brewer) are pouring their inaugural beer: 24th Street Pale Ale. 2 PM – 7 PM

October 17: Oktoberfest at TIN ROOF BISTRO

The Simms brothers are hosting their inaugural Oktoberfest celebration in the bistro courtyard, featuring a choice of burger or brat and two pints of fest brew for $15. Kegs include Hobrau Oktoberfest, Craftsman Oktoberfest, Firestone Oaktoberfest and Angel City Oktoberfest. The first 40 guests to RSVP receive an authentic liter Stein from Paulaner. Send inquiries and RSVP to [email protected] 12 PM – 4 PM

The Simms brothers’ sister establish, SIMMZY’S, is offering three 10-ounce pours for $10 during L.A. Beer Week. According to Assistant Manager Chris Garza, “It’s a great way to try a few of our excellent beers at a discounted price.”

October 18: Brewery tour at THE BRUERY

Tour Patrick Rue’s cutting-edge Belgian-style brewery. 2 PM

October 19: World’s Smallest Coney Island Freaktoberfest Boutique Beer Festival at Blue Palms Brewhouse

The 1st EVER World’s Smallest Coney Island Freaktoberfest Boutique Beer Festival features Shmaltz’s Coney Island Craft Lagers and HE’BREW Beers, plus “an all star freakshow performance.” This might be your only chance to see a human blockhead at work. Not for the squeamish. $10 cover. 7 PM

October 19: G. Schneider & Sohn beers and sausage at WURSTKUCHE

October 19: Firestone Walker Brewery Rare Barrel Aged Beer Night at BOTTLEROCK LA

Firestone Walker “beer guru” Jace Milstead is bringing several rare kegs: Firestone Pale 31 Ale, a California pale ale; Firestone Double Barrel Ale, a barrel fermented British pale ale; Double DBA, a barrel aged strong ale and Abacus Barrel Aged Barley Wine. Milstead is also bringing limited-release bottles of Firestone Anniversary 12. 6 PM – 9 PM

October 19: Maui Brewing Co. at HUDSON HOUSE

Chef-owners Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts are hosting Maui Brewing Co. for a pairing of Hawaiian microbrews and gastropub food. $45 ++. Reservations required. 6 PM


Coriander Crusted Albacore Tuna with Sesame Slaw
Lager Steamed Clams with Lemon and Thai Basil
Bikini Blonde Lager

Jerk Spiced Fried Green Tomatoes with Burrata and Herb Vinaigrette
Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Red Sauce, Shaved Parmesan and Grilled Bread
Big Swell IPA

Coconut-Brown Sugar Pork Ribs with Crispy Shallots
Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Smoked Paprika, Grilled Red Onion and Cashew Butter
Coconut Porter

House-made Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches – Macadamia Cookie filled with Coffee Ice Cream
Kona Coffee & Macadamia Porter

October 19: Molecular Beer Dinner featuring beers from The Bruery at BEACHWOOD BBQ

Chef-owner Gabriel Gordon is hosting a Molecular Beer Dinner featuring beers from The Bruery. $75. Two seatings: 5:30 PM & 8:30 PM

MENU (with pairings)

Course 1-A study of textures by way of cheese (Hottenroth Berliner Weisse)
Course 2-Foie Gras, French Tost, Stone Fruit & Snow (White Oak)
Course 3-Squab, Squash, Artichoke and Brittle (Saison Rue)
Course 4-Bass with Spice isolation (Snicklefritz)
Course 5-Elk, Potato Pinwheels, Mushrooms, Cherries, and Rice (Roggenbrot)
Course 6-Pumpkin, Chocolate, Black Truffle and Maple (Barrel-Aged Autumn Maple)

October 19: Wetten Imports Night at THE BACK ABBEY

Wetten Importers invites you to taste beers from Delirium, Kasteel, St. Louis and Carolus, plus a new release from Brouwerij Het Anker. The Back Abbey is also offering glassware specials, Pink Elephant tattoos and deconstructed bacon-maple cheesecake. 6 PM – 9 PM

October 20: Lost Coast Brewing Night at 38 Degrees

Expect eight limited-release Lost Coast beers on draught, glassware specials, and a special guest from Lost Coast Brewery. 7 PM – 10 PM

October 20: Ommegang Beer Dinner at THE BOTTLE ROOM
6741 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier

Chef Tony Alcazar is pairing “special creations” with beer from the vaunted brewery from Cooperstown, New York. 7:30 PM

October 20: Green Flash Night at Blue Palms Brewhouse

Brewmaster Chuck Silva is on hand, and he’s bringing 15 beers from North County San Diego: Hop Head Red, West Coast IPA, Imperial IPA, Trippel, Double Stout, Barleywine, Le Freak, Summer Saison, Grand Cru 08, 30th Street Pale Ale, Palate Wrecker, Belgian Stout, Coffee Stout, Nut Brown Ale and West Coast IPA (on cask) 6 PM

October 20: Lagunitas Night at BOHO

Special draught beers and glassware from a highly respected Northern California craft brewery.

October 20: Oskar Blues Night at LIBRARY ALEHOUSE

Oskar Blues Brewery night includes Wet Hopped Gordon on draught, Ten Fidy on nitro, Dale’s Pale, Mamma’s Little Yella Pils + $5 Mamma’s all night. There will also be some suggested food pairings and classic blues on the sound system.

October 20: Shmaltz Brewing “Bar Mitzvah Dinner” at BONEYARD BISTRO

Chef-owner Aaron Robins has constructed a five-course beer pairing menu, with Shmaltz beer utilized as an ingredient. Limited seating & reservations required. $50 ++ 8 PM


Baby Greens with Grilled Merguez Stuffed Dates, Rejewvenater Vinaigrette

Littleneck Clams steamed with Lemongrass Sausage, ginger, and Albino Python
Albino Python

BBQ Sampler Plate
Lenny’s RIPA or Messiah Bold

Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops with Pomegranate Molasses
Origin Pomegranate

Chocolate Decadence Cake with Jewbilation 13 Reduction
Jewbilation 13

October 21: Crown City Brewery RIP Party at 38 Degrees

Crown City Brewery closed in Pasadena in 2008, just shy of its 20th Anniversary.Two CCB beers are available on draught for the final time. Hosted by CCB co-founder Dennis Hartman and son Clay Harding, co-owner of Alhambra’s 38 Degrees.

October 21: Ballast Point Night at Blue Palms Brewhouse

Ballast Point Beers Including Sculpin, Piper Down Scottish Ale and the LA debut of Barmy Ale!

October 21: Brasserie Familiale Huyghe Night at NAJA’S PLACE

Rich Rippee from Wetten Importers is hosting a celebration of the oldest brewery in Ghent, Belgium – Brasserie Familiale Huyghe – which dates to 1654. The Delirium brewery is on tap, including Tremens, Nocturnum and at least one surprise beer. Each attendee will receive a Delirium stemmed glass with a beer purchase. 7 PM -10 PM

6531 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier

Uptown Whittier is hosting an eight-stop pub crawl, with am $8 beer and food pairing at each stop. The night begins at 5 PM at Vinatero Wine Shop, then continues at Spin Lounge, Crepes & Grapes Cafe, The 6740, The Bottle Room, Seta, Phlight and Havana House.

October 21: Allagash Brewer Event at WURSTKUCHE

Meet Rob Tod, owner and head brewer of Allagash, and sample some of his unique Maine-bred beers. 4 PM – 6 PM

October 22: Chimay Dinner at BOHO

Chef/co-owner Andre Guerrero is teaming with Chimay head brewer Dominique Denis on a Belgian-inspired beer pairing dinner. Denis is bringing some rare 2000 Vintage Grande Reserve. Seating is limited. 7:30 PM

October 22: Coronado Brewing Night at 38 Degrees

Special Guest Rick Chapman is bringing 10 limited-release beers from San Diego’s Coronado Island. 7 PM – 10 PM

October 22: New Belgium Brewing Co. Night at NAJA’S PLACE

According to a poster from Naja’s L.A. Beer Week kick-off party, “The theme of the evening will be funky sour. They have sent us rare, never-before-seen farmhouse funk and sour beers that we look forward to sharing with you.” The following beers will be available in flights or by the glass: Tart Lychee, Le Fleur Misseur, Le Terroir, Biere de Mars and La Folie 2008. 7 PM – 10 PM

October 22: Lucifer kickoff!! 
at LUCKY BALDWIN’S and Lucky Baldwin’s

Both locations of Lucky Baldwin’s are celebrating the return of Lucifer Golden Ale to the U.S. with beer and glassware specials. 5 PM – 9 PM

October 22: Allagash Brewing Company at AKASHA

Join Allagash brewmaster Rob Tod and and chef Akasha Richmond for a pairing of Maine-bred craft beers and Southern food. The three-course menu costs $45. Reservations required. 7:30 PM


Cajun Shrimp with Allagash BBQ sauce, late season creamed corn, fried okra, buttermilk biscuits and cornbread
Allagash Curieux Barrel Aged Beer

Fried Chicken with sour cream mashed potatoes, pan gravy, Mud Creek Ranch spicy and chunky apple sauce
Allagash White Wheat Beer

On the Table for Sharing: Macaroni & Cheese, Beer Braised Mustard & Collard Greens, Coleslaw with Celery Seed Dressing, Housemade Pickles

Chocolate-Pecan Pie and Sweet Cream Ice Cream
Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout

October 22: Halloween/Oktoberfest Dinner & Tasting at McG’S IRISH PUB & GRILL

The food: Boxty potatoes with smoked salmon mousse, mussels, cheese intermezzo, shepherd’s pie, New Zealand lamb ‘lollipops’ marinated with Black Sheep Riggwelter and Irish chocolate sponge cake. The beers: WYCHWOOD BREWERY (Hobgoblin, Scarecrow Organic, Wychcraft, Fiddler’s Elbow) and the 4 different MOOSBACHER (Lager, Schwarze Weisse, Kellerbier, Weissbier)! $55 a seat or two for $100. 7:30 PM

October 22: Marin Brewing Night at Blue Palms Brewhouse

Meet Marin head brewer Arnie Johnson, who’s bringing 16 kegs from Northern California: Dirty Blonde, Bluebeery Ale, San Quentins Breakout Stout, Pt. Reyes Porter, Mt. Tam Pale Ale, Marin IPA, White Knuckle Double IPA, Marin ESB, Tiburon Blonde, Witty Monk, Hefe Doppel Weizen, Star Brew (Wheat Wine), Marin Hefe Weiss, Hoppy Hoilidaze, Chocolate Airporter and 2006 Old Dipsea Barleywine. 6 PM

October 23: Moosbacher & Hobgoblin Tasting at STUFFED SANDWICH

Xavier Miane from EuroBrew will be the special guest for a tasting of Moosbacher beers from Scheuerer Brewery and Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery.

October 23: Old Rasputin XII & “The Naked Pint” at VERDUGO BAR

Enjoy North Coast’s barrel-aged Old Rasputin XII on draught and get your copy of “The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer” by local beer authorities Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune.

October 23: Chimay meet the brewer night at LUCKY BALDWIN’S

Meet Chimay head brewer Dominique Denis, enjoy a 6L Grande Reserve Methuselah and taste Chimay cheeses.

October 24: L.A. Beer Week Festival at Descanso Gardens

Jay Baum, one of the event’s organizers, said to expect “50 plus breweries at the 5-acre rosarium, which is beautifully landscaped with running water, shade trees and roses. Food is catered by the Patina Group. We’re hoping to have some home brew clubs talking about what they do and hopefully recruiting some new members. Some of our media partners will hopefully having some samples of their wares. Unlimited tastes of all the various brewery offerings, some good food and a little bit of music.” The event runs from 3 PM – 8 PM and includes unlimited four-ounce pours of beer. Festival tickets cost $40. Food isn’t included, but grilled meat and seafood, sandwiches, salads and snacks will all available for purchase. Cash only. Proceeds benefit the Spero Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to “raise awareness and capital for charities that bring hope to people in need.”

October 25: “End of the affair” L.A. Beer Week Closing Night at LUCKY BALDWIN’S

To close out the 1st Annual L.A. Beer Week, Lucky Baldwin’s is celebrating their 13th anniversary in Pasadena with rare Stone beers: 2008 Old Guardian BarleyWine aged in Red Wine barrels, Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Bean, Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA, Stone 13th Anniversary Ale, Alesmith/Mikkeller/Stone Belgian-Style Tripel and Stone Cali-Belgique IPA. Russian River is contributing kegs of Pliny The Elder, Damnation, Blind Pig, and Russian River IPA. Lucky Baldwin’s is debuting Avery DuganA Double IPA and L.B. is cracking open some vintage kegs, including 10yr. old Hair of the Dog, 9yr. old St. Bernardus ABT 12, 10yr. old Leifmans Kriek, 10yr. old Leifmans Goudenband, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2000, and Gouden Carolus Cuvee de Emperor 2001. Glass and T-shirt specials are available. 6 PM – Close


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Blog Comments

Newport Beach Brewing Company is hosting an Octoberfest to celebrate LA Beer Week on Wednesday 10/21 from 5 – 11. There will be a traditional firkin tapping at 7:00 with their Octoberfest Beer. Other breweries pouring will be Backstreet’s Octomomtoberfest Bee and Bootleggers Pumpkin Ale. Bottles of Moosbacher beer will also be available…brats, potato salad, pretzels from Brewbakers. Octoberfest games including a stein chug contest (men and women contests), pretzel toss, and stein hold (who can hold their arm out the longest with a stein full of beer–men and women contests). Unlimited pours, games and food, pre-sale $25 day of $30.

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