L.A. Beer Blast A39

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Jason Bernstein enjoyed the Stone-Jolly Pumpkin-Nøgne Ø collaborative holiday ale at Naja's Place.

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.

L.A. Beer Week is still running through October 25, Here’s a rundown of remaining events, including Saturday’s blowout beer festival at the Descanso Gardens rosarium. The festival is now accepting walk-ups at $40 per ticket.

L.A. Beer Week isn’t the only beer action you’ll find over the weekend. Pat Saperstein (Eating L.A.) and I are co-hosting Bike Bender #2 on Sunday, October 25, in east Hollywood. We plan to ride through E-Ho in an effort to showcase the neighborhood’s culinary range, both indoors and out. Bike Bender #2 will convene at 12:45 PM outside the Vermont/Sunset Red Line stop. Our bike tour will include at least four stops and culminate with two full glasses of beer at Blue Palms Brewhouse, one of L.A.’s leading beer bars. The tour costs $28 per person, which covers food at each stop and beer at Blue Palms. Tax and tip are included.

Since October 15, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman has been attacking L.A. Beer Week with reckless abandon. He already documented six events in a post titled “L.A. Beer Week Recap, Part 1”, and he’s just getting started.

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include North Coast Red Seal Ale, Moylan’s Dry Irish Stout, The Bruery White Oak, Green Flash Coffee Double Stout, Big Sky Tripel, Ballast Point Rocktoberfest, The Bruery Snicklefritz, Mad River John Barleycorn Barleywine and Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. Track changes to Gordon’s 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM.

4524 Saugus Avenue, Sherman Oaks, 818 990 2583

Here’s yesterday’s update from manager Ray Garcia:

“We have Hofbrau Original on tap for Oktoberfest this weekend. Only place in the Valley to have Duvel Green on tap. Just got in Woodchuck Green Apple Cider in Bottle.”

6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

Tonight is Marin Brewing Night at Blue Palms starting at 6 PM. 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 Holidaze, Chocolate Airporter and 2006 Old Dipsea Barleywine.

6372 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 465 8500

Tonight is a Chimay Dinner starting at BoHo at 7:30 PM. 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.

Verdugo Bar co-owner Ryan Sweeney handles the beer list at BoHo. You’ll currently find kegs of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Dogtown, plus Allagash Odyssey and Duvel Green.

1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100

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


  • Alesmith Horny Devil
  • Alesmith Speedway Stout
  • Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter
  • Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Keizer
  • Blanche des Bruxelles

  • Port High Tide Fresh Hop IPA
  • Firestone Union Jack
    2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

    Tonight, The Daily Pint owner Phil McGovern is hosting Green Flash brewmaster Chuck Silva, who’s bringing plenty of kegs from Vista, including Nut Brown Ale, Palate Wrecker, Summer Saison, Le Freak and Belgian Stout.

    426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

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

    New on tap: Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean. Upcoming: New Belgium’s Fall Wild Ale, the newest beer from their Lips of Faith program. Bernstein is also waiting on an undetermined bottle shipment from Jolly Pumpkin.

    17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652

    Lucky Baldwin’s is the SGV epicenter for L.A. Beer Week, with two events over the weekend. On October 23, meet Chimay head brewer Dominique Denis, enjoy a 6L Grande Reserve Methuselah and taste Chimay cheeses.

    October 25 marks “End of the affair.” 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.

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

    Tonight, Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is celebrating the return of Lucifer Golden Ale to the U.S. with beer and glassware specials from 5 PM – 9 PM.

    21356 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, 818 734 7056

    Tonight is the Halloween/Oktoberfest Dinner & Tasting Phil McGovern’s west Valley beer bar. 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. Starts at 7:30 PM.

    As for the current beer list, here’s yesterday’s update from resident Beer Geek David Stickel:


  • Dogfish Punkin
  • Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix
  • Schneider Hopfen Weisse
  • Acme Pale
  • Moose Drool
  • Gonzo Imperial Porter
  • Duvel Green

  • Girardin Gueuze
  • Fond Tradition
  • Shipyard Smashing Pumpkin
  • Tripel Karmeliet
  • Lucifer
    154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, 310 376 9951

    “Tonight is New Belgium Brewing Co. Night at Naja’s Place, from 7 PM – 10 PM. According to a poster from last week’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.”

    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

    On October 23, Sam and Marlene Samaniego are hosting a Moosbacher & Hobgoblin Tasting at their quirky San Gabriel institution. Xavier Miane from EuroBrew will be the special guest for a tasting of Moosbacher beers from Scheuerer Brewery and Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery.

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

    Tonight is Coronado Brewing Night at 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill. Special Guest Rick Chapman is bringing 10 limited-release beers from San Diego’s Coronado Island. 7 PM – 10 PM

    3408 Verdugo Road, Glassell Park, 323 257 3408

    Here’s yesterday’s update from co-owner Ryan Sweeney:

    New on draught: Firestone Walker Black Xantus, Firestone Walker Hermp Ale (on cask), New Belgium La Folie, Duvel Green, Sierra Nevada Estate Hops, Allagash Odyssey, Ballast Point Rocktoberfest and The Bruery Snicklefritz. On deck: Stone Smoked Porter and Allagash Interlude.

    On Friday, October 23, from 7 PM – 9 PM, Verdugo Bar is hosting Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, the writers of The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer. They’ll have copies of their new book, plus several special beers. You’ll find a cask of North Coast Brewing’s Red Seal Ale, plus bottles of the brewery’s 20th Anniversary Ale Old Rasputin XI. If you arrive early, you can try three-ounce pours of ORXI, which is brewed with agave.


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