L.A. Beer Blast A46

Christmas Beers

Nothing says “Happy holidays” like Anchor Christmas Ales.

The L.A. BEER BLAST is designed to let Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover 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 is the final L.A. Beer Blast of 2009. Happy holidays. See you in 2010.

Tonight, Coly Den Haan of The Must is hosting a dessert and beer pairing event, featuring Firestone Walker Brewery and Nectar Ales, Freshly Baked Cookies and Auntie Fruf’s Aahsome Fudge. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Brew & You columnist Sean Inman recently visited two new L.A. beer bars that were both disappointing. However, some good came out of the experiences, since he was inspired to write LIMITED TAP LIST SUGGESTIONS and LARGE TAP LIST RULES. He shares his advice in a post titled ”More Can Be Less.”

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include Mikkeler Santa’s Lil’ Helper, 2006 Stone Old Guardian, Petrus Winter Ale, 2008 Delirium Noel, Empire Strikes Back Imperial Stout, Green Flash Belgian Brown and AleSmith Yulesmith on cask. Track changes to Gordon’s 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM

4524 Saugus Avenue, Sherman Oaks, 818 990 2583

According to last night’s update from Manager Ray Garcia, “I just had the Delirium Noel the other night and loved it. I think you will see that at The Blue Dog by the weekend!”

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

Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo is currently curating a roster that includes Coney Island Freaktoberfest, a red lager; He’Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah 13, an Imperial stout; He’Brew Rejewvenator – half doppelbock, half Belgian dubbel; Coney Island Albino Python, an American spiced pale lager; and Coney Island Swordswallower, a strong lager. Today Lenzo said, “Friday we will tap a Cask of Rum barrel aged Victory of the Sea, Dorado Double IPA, Sculpin and Velvet Merkin.”

1050 South Flower Street, Downtown, 213 747 1100

Last night, resident beer expert Alex Macy announced, “The holidays aren’t leaving much room to bring in anything new, except: bottles of Consecration!.”

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

The tap selection at Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now includes Bear Republic Racer 5, Big Sky Moose Drool, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Kona Pipeline Porter, Victory Kolsch Ale and Victory Weizenbock. Currently on cask: Stone IPA with Amarillo and Simcoe hops and Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean.

129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428

According to resident beer expert Dave Watrous, new beers on tap include Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi ’09, Blanche De Brussels – Belgian Witt Beer, Port Santa’s Little Helper ’09 (should be tapped on Sat.), Mad River Steelhead X Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Barney Flat’s Oatmeal Stout, Victory Brewing – Harvest Pilsner (Brewmasters Reserve, wet hopped) and St. Bernardus Christmas. New in bottles, you’ll find Russian River Damnation (750 ml).

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, you’ll now find kegs of Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi, Avery Dugana, Deschutes Abyss, Port High Tides IPA and AleSmith Speedway Stout.

29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818 477 4566

According to owner Cyrena Nouzille, the current line-up of guest ales include Delirium Noel, Port Santa’s Little Helper, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Hebrew Jewbelation 13th Anniversary, St. Bernardus ABT 12, Port High Tide IPA, Pliny the Elder, Allagash White, Anderson Valley Brother David Dubbel, AleSmith IPA, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Tripel Karmeliet, Victory Prima Pils, Stone Old Guardian Barleywine, ’08 Stone Russian Imperial Stout and Avery Dugana Double IPA

2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310 314 4855

According to Library Alehouse Sustainability Manager Thomas Kelley, on December 29, Library Alehouse is hosting a a Holiday Brew Fest benefiting Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The featured brew is Mikkeller Fra Til, a holiday spiced Baltic porter. The tap lineup also includes Delirium Noel, Gouden Carolus Noel, Port Brewing’s Santa Little Helper, Sierra Celebration, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, and in the bottle, a collaboration Holiday Ale from Stone, Jolly Pumpkin and Nogne O. Library Alehouse is also introducing a keg of Bear Republic’s Racer X at 4 PM on December 22.

17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 626 795 0652

New beers on tap at Lucky Baldwin’s include Mikkeller Santa’s Lil’ Helper, Ayinger Festbier and Eel River Organic Climax Noel.

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

According to Jamie, a staffer at Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost, the current draught line-up is Christmas heavy and features new options like Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Gouden Carolus Ambrio, Pyramid Snowcap Ale, Craftsman Holiday Ale and Corsendonk Christmas. Through the end of the year, they also have two glass specials. $12 gets you a Belgian beer, the glass, and discounts on refills. $9 scores you an American-style pint glass, a glass-appropriate beer and discounts on refills.

6613 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 465 8259

According to Lucky Devils rep Stacy Failing, there are two special-edition beers available for the holidays: Delirium Noël, a 10% ABV Belgium Strong Dark Ale Pilsener; and Old Rasputin XII, an 11.2% ABV Russian Imperial Stout.

21356 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, 818 734 7056

According to resident Beer Geek David Stickel, “Now pouring at McG’s: Delirium Noel, St. Martin Cuvee de Noel, and St. Peter’s Winter Ale in bottles. Affligem Noel, Anchor Xmas, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Deschutes Jubilale on tap, along with Unibroue Terrible, Napa Smith Lost Dog, Gentleman Scholar Batch 1, Stone IRS kegged in March ’09. We’ve also got some Magnums of Anchor Xmas from 2007 tucked away in back.”

229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201

According to last night’s update from Assistant Manager Chris Garza, “The following is our latest and greatest. On Tap: Stone/Brewdog Collaboration Bashah, The Bruery’s Two Turtle Doves, Dorado Double IPA by Ballast Point, and the Gentleman Scholar Espresso Stout.

On Deck: Bear Republic Pete’s Brown Tribute Ale, Deschutes Abyss, Deschutes HopTrip, Ommegang Rare Vos, Delirium Noel, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

Special for the Holidays we have a Mulled Cider from Fox Barrel. Served hot, it is the perfect winter treat with a bit more spice than a traditional apple cider. Happy Holidays and Cheers!”

On deck, you’ll find N’ice Chouffee, Scaldis Noel, Eel River Noel, Russian River Consecration
Stone/BrewDog Bashah, Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Life & Limb, Affligem Noel, Telegraph Wheat Reserve and Craftsman Edgar’s Ale.

1544 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 469 3801

According to Alex Kagianaris, the co-owner of Hollywood’s newest burger-and-beer joint, “We just got in THE HOLLYWOOD BREWERY’S Director’s Cut IPA. I believe it is their initial beer sold publicly. It is found exclusively at STOUT. Malty and hoppy with hints of caramel – it is quickly becoming a favorite and moving fast. I will have the brewer out to STOUT pouring some beers and discussing his brewery this Monday and Wednesday.”

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

According to 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, “This week we will tap into A fresh keg of Sculpin just in from Ballast Point as well as a fresh Pliny the Elder, just in from Santa Rosa today. I am proud to also feature Eagle Rock Brewery’s Manifesto Witte next to all the other incredible drafts including Avery Dugana, 2 Turtle Doves and St Bernardus Christmas Ale. 38 Degrees will be open all night Christmas Eve till 2:00 a.m. Great chance to purchase last minute Christmas Ales to go for a stocking stuffer of Christmas Dinner toast.”

3408 Verdugo Road, Glassell Park, 323 257 3408

According to co-owner Ryan Sweeney, you’ll now find a keg of Russian River Consecration, which should kick soon. Pretty soon, you’ll find Craftsman Caberale, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi, St. Louis Peche and Bootlegger’s Mint Chocolate Porter. They also just scored bottles of Alpine Nelson.

5018 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 255 9675

According to The York manager Mary Drenthe, “We just tapped into The Lost Abbey’s Gift of the Magi, which is a Belgian strong pale ale, and on deck for this weekend we have Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin, their seasonal oatmeal stout. We’re still offering Scaldis Noel in bottles, as well as Schoenramer Festbier, a marzen style.”


Joshua Lurie

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I think The Bottle room in Whittier, ca should be on this list

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