L.A. Beer Blast A42

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Dogfish Head dials up their IPA's IBUs with every extra 30 minutes in the boil.

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, Blue Palms and the Fonda are hosting the all-day Hollywood BrewFest, featuring over 35 breweries and live music. You’ll find beer from breweries like Ballast Point Brewing Company, Firestone Walker Fine Ales, Woodchuck Draft Cider, Wyder’s Cider, The Lost Abbey, Angel City Brewing, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Grand Teton Brewing Co. and The Bruery. Musical acts playing The Music Box include Great Northern, Dum Dum Girls, The Deadly Syndrome, Nico Stai, Castledoor, The Diamond Light and The Tender Box. Doors open at 3 PM and close at 11 PM. General Admission is $45, Upgrade to $60 tickets includes an express no wait check in, and unlimited tastes in the cask room from 2 PM – 3 PM.

This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman discusses the Golden Age of India Pale Ale and challenges you to “take your IPA geekery to the next level” by holding an IPA tasting in a post titled “Battle of the IPAs.”

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Speakeasy Hunters Point Porter with cacao nibs, Grand Teton Black Cauldron, Valley Brewing Bock, Avery Dugana IPA, Eel River Saleint de Scotia Brune, Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout and Twist of Fate Bitter on cask. Track changes to Gordon’s 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM.

Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo is featuring San Diego beers to coincide with San Diego Beer Week [November 6-15]. Think Pizza Port Obsession, an American pale ale; La Jolla Brewhouse Mr. Brown, a Belgian style brown ale; Ballast Point Piper Down, a Scottish ale; AleSmith Grand Cru Ale, a Belgian strong dark ale; Green Flash Gruit; Pizza Port San Clemente Silky Smoove, an oatmeal stout; and Nelson Rye IPA on cask.


13539 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, 818 906 7427

According to chef-owner Aaron Robins, “New stuff this week Port Brewing High Tide IPA on draft…Amazing! Also Delirium Noël on draft. To Go Thanksgiving Menu includes Beer and Brown Sugar Glazed Yams, House Cured and Smoked Doppelbock Glazed Ham with Doppelbock Dusseldorf Mustard.”

1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100

Last night, Alex Macy described “a healthy mixture of bottles and kegs” that are new to BottleRock LA, including Czechvar, Downtown Brown, Franziskaner, North Coast Pranqster, Allagash Odyssey 2009, Stone Double Bastard 2009, Alesmith Yulesmith Winter 2009, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2009, Goose Island Christmas Ale 2009 andEtienne Dupont Organic Cider 2007.

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

The Daily Pint’s latest additions on draught include Green Flash 30th Street Pale Ale, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale, Alaskan Baltic Porter. On cask you’ll now find Stone IPA with centennial hops. Also, keep in mind that on November 20, the Pint is pouring Life and Limb and Limb and Life, two collaborations from Sevada Nevada Brewing and Dogfish Head.

129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428

According to last night’s update from co-owner Dan Petrovich, new beers are Lost Abbey Ten Comandments, Avery piglet pale ale, Allagash Curieux, Stone vertical epic 09.09.09, Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Firestone Double Jack, Firestone Union Jack, Ballast Point Pale 31, Maredsous Double, Chimay, Delerium Tremens. Also, if you buy a Firestone pint for $7, you get to keep the glass and load up on $6 pints.

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

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

New on tap: Drake’s Denogginizer, a malty high-alcohol double IPA that pairs well with food. On deck: The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves and The Gentleman Scholar’s Requiem Espresso Stout, which has as much caffeine as an eight-ounce cup of coffee. Also, look for bottles of Jolly Pumpkin Noel, their Christmas beer.

5006 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 551 6959

According to co-owner Zac Crandell, “Here’s what’s new on tap at Johnny’s: Le Freak, a Belgian Style IPA; also Deschutes Black Butte Porter.”

2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310 314 4855

According to Library Alehouse Sustainability Manager Thomas Kelley, on November 17, they’re hosting Bear Republic Production Manager Kirk Miller, who will be bringing kegs of Racer X, Pete’s Tribute Ale, Nor Cal and Racer 5. You’re welcome to order a four-beer flight for $8. Library Alehouse is also offering a one-night-only cheese pairing: Adelegger, a firm, washed rind cheese that complements Racer’s maltiness.

17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652

Lucky Baldwin’s is still celebrating their 13 anniversary celebration through the end of November. Expect rare Stone beers like 2008 Old Guardian BarleyWine aged in Red Wine barrels, Smoked Porter with chipotle on the hand pump, Russian Imperial Tout, Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA, 07.07.07 Vertical Epic and fittingly enough, Stone 13th Anniversary Ale. Russian River Brewing is contributing kegs of Pliny The Elder, Damnation, Blind Pig, Russian River IPA and Collaboration Not Litigation Ale, a collaboration with Avery Brewing Company. Beers this week include Srasse Hendrinks, a Belgian style tripel, AleSmith Old Numbskull, Port Brewing Hop 15, Port Brewing High Tide IPA and Port Brewing Wipeout IPA. $22 gets you a commemorative T-shirt and glass, plus a choice of draught beer.

21356 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, 818 734 7056

According to resident Beer Geek David Stickel, new beers on draught are Bitch Creek ESB, Big Sky IPA and Red Tail Ale. New in bottles: Horn Dog Barleywine and Road Dog Porter.

154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, 310 376 9951

According to Assistant GM Martin Svab, new beers include Stone Cali-Belgique, Oskar Blues Old Chub, Pyramid Snow Cap, Primo and Skyscraper Sancha Mexi-Lager. Here are the beers that are almost gone: The Gentleman Scholar Requiem Espresso Stout, New Belgium Tart Lychee, New Belgium La Terroir, New Belgium La Folie (2008), Stone 13th Anniversary and Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2008 & 2009).

5018 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 255 9675

According to The York manager Mary Drenthe, “On draught this weekend we’re adding Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Extra for all the hop lovers, and in a bottle we now have Unibroue Trois Pistoles.”


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