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Cyrena Nouzille opened Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie on November 9 in the former Agoura Hills home of Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler. The concept combines a French & Belgian inspired gastropub with the only microbrewery between Los Angeles and Ventura. Click here to discover the origin of the unusual name and to learn more about the concept..
This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman differentiates between “artisan corporations” and “artisan breweries,” and conducts an e-chat with New Belgium Brewing’s Greg Owsley.
131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500
New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include Rubicon Monkey Knife Fight, Victory Yakima Twilight, Mad River John Barleycorn, Gentleman Scholar Espresso Stout, Lost Abbey Ten Commandments, Triple Rock Dragon’s Milk, Avery Salvation and Ballast Point Victory at Sea. 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 pitting Christmas vs. Chanukah beers on December 16 at 6 PM. “We are going to battle again, Gentile Brews vs Schamltz Brewing,” he says. “We will have authentic Kosher and Christmas holiday food with a great line up of beers to sample.” The lineup includes Speakeasy Holiday spice Ale, 2 Turtle Doves, Victory Limited Ale, Avery Jubilation Ale, Bootlegger Winter Ale Mint Chocolate Porter, Albino Python, Sword Swallower, Freaktoberfest, Jewbelation 13 and Rejewvenator.
1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100
Last night, resident beer expert Alex Macy announced, “We’ve got bottles of Stone Double Bastard, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, and Alesmith Yulesmith. And we have a keg of Unibroue La Terrible on deck (I’ve never seen it on tap before!).”
THE DAILY PINT
2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631
On Friday, December 4, The Daily Pint is hosting a “Victory at Kimchi” event, featuring Kogi BBQ and Ballast Point beers like Dorado, Sculpin, Yellowtail, Big Eye, Calico Amber on cask, and Victory at Sea Vanilla Imperial Porter (made with Ballast Point Rum) in cask and keg.
THE FIFTH AMENDMENT ALEHOUSE
129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428
According to last night’s update from co-owner Dan Petrovich, the latest beers include AleSmith Speedway Stout, The Bruery Berliner Weisse, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Yakima Twilight 12% imperial Stout, Firestone Walker 13, Black Xantus, Allagash White and Curieux, Ballast Point Pale Ale, Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, Brother David’s Triple, Firestone Walker Double Jack and Union Jack, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Blanche de Bruxelles Manchen Pils.
THE GOLDEN STATE
426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331
According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, you’ll now find kegs of Craftsman Holiday, a lager with spruce tips, Port High Tide, The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves, Lips of Faith Fall Wild, Drake’s Denogginizer, and 2008 Green Flash Grand Cru. The New bottles are Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza and Firestone 13th Anniversary.
2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310 314 4855
According to yesterday’s update from Library Alehouse Sustainability Manager Thomas Kelley, new beers include The Abyss from Deschutes on draft as well as Delirium Noel, St. Bernardus Noel, and Sierra Wet Hop Harvest. In bottles, they have N’ice Chouffe 2008. “In addition we will be releasing a keg of Bashah, the Stone BrewDog collab Double Belgian Black IPA on the 15th. I will have more details next week. I also have an event on the 29th, a mini Holiday Brew Fest benefiting Los Angeles City Bicycle Coalition.”
17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652
New beers on tap at Lucky Baldwin’s include a large crop of Christmas beers. Think Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper, Gouden Carolus Christmas, St. Bernardus Christmas, Sierra Nevada Harvest and Celebration, Anchor Christmas, Craftsman Holiday and Koningshoeven Quad. Also, Lucky Baldwin’s has extended their anniversary celebration through the end of 2009. $22 gets you a commemorative T-shirt and glass, plus a choice of draught beer.
21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140
According to Jamie, a staffer at Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost, new beers on draught include Christmas beers like Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper, Anchor 2009 Christmas and Sierra Nevada 2006 Bigfoot, plus Stone Double Bastard, Karl Strauss Full Suit, a Belgian style brown, Sam Adams Imperial White, Avec Les Bon Vous and Saison Dupont. They’ve also extended their anniversary special. Through December 31, $22 gets you a commemorative T-shirt and glass, plus a choice of draught beer. They’re also honoring glasses bought during this year’s prior promotions.
6613 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 465 8259
According to Lucky Devils rep Stacy Failing, a new beer special started Tuesday: “December is Ribs and Chimay month at Lucky Devils. Come join us for house-smoked BBQ Ribs, spicy or sweet, served with your choice of Jalapeño Corn Bread Pudding or Sweet Potato Fries for $16. Add a draft Belgian Chimay White, starting at $8 a glass, and refilled for just $6. Join us Monday or Tuesday and you can keep your Chimay glass (while supplies last)…For December, we are doing two things to benefit My Friend’s Place. We are donating 5% of proceeds for the whole month plus we’re going to be donating items from their wishlist (household, toiletries, clothing, etc.) that Lucky, the employees and the patrons will be participating in.
21356 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, 818 734 7056
According to resident Beer Geek David Stickel, “Now pouring at McG’s: Gentleman Scholar Requiem Espresso Stout, Stone Cali-Belgique, Maudite Terrible (along with Maudite), Napasmith Lost Dog Red Ale, and we still have a little of the Allagash Curieux left.”
229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201
According to last night’s update from Assistant Manager Chris Garza, “Now Pouring: Oscar Blues Ten Fidy, Edgar’s Ale by Craftsman, Double Daddy by Speakeasy, Yakima Twilight by Victory. On Deck: The collaboration between Brewdog and Stone, Bashah, a Belgian style Double IPA is in the walk in! We also have the Piglet Purgatory from Avery, and Two Turtle Doves from The Bruery (a Belgian strong ale). As well, we have the super limited Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point. It is said to be similar to the Sculpin, but with more malt, adding balance to the finish. Cheers!”
100 West Main Street, Alhambra, 626 282 2038
According to 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, they recently “Tapped into Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale, Port Santa’s Little Helper, Old Rasputin on Nitro, Anchor X Mas 2009, Craftsman Cabrenale, Delirium Noel and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye. Also many new Christmas Bombers available for here or to go to use as stocking stuffers. All bottles at 38 Degrees are now available to go!!”
5018 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 255 9675
According to The York manager Mary Drenthe, “We’re getting into the holiday spirit over here. We just added Anchor Christmas on draught, which is a spiced dark ale with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Scaldis Noel, a rich Belgian strong dark ale, is available in bottles, as is Telegraph Stock Porter and Port Old Viscosity. We also have a very limited number of Firestone Walker 13th Anniversary Ale.