L.A. Beer Blast B11

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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.

“Each geographic area in our grand metropolis is getting a great local beer bar. In Hollywood? Then Blue Palms Brewhouse is the place. Up in Chatsworth? Then McG’s Irish Pub & Grill is nearby. Now another piece in the puzzle is being added, Burbank.” So writes, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman, who discusses Tony’s Darts Away in a post titled: “Our Own Toronado.”

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include Lost Abbey Carnevale, Marin San Quentin Breakout Stout, Dupont Avec le Bons Voeux, Rubicon Hop Sauce double IPA, Moonlight Bombay by Boat IPA and Kasteel Cuvee de Chateau. Track changes to Gordon’s 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM.

6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

According to Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo, the tap list now includes Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale, Sextant Oatmeal Stout on nitro, Russian River Bling Pig IPA, Port Brewing Hot Rocks, and on cask, Ballast Point barrel aged Black Marlin Porter. Going online soon: Lost Abbey Carnevale.

On March 19 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM, Artisanal Imports is hosting a Flemish Sour Blending Seminar with Brouwerij Bockor brewmaster Sam Quartier. He’ll educate attendees on the history and artisanal process of West Flemish sour brewing and blending. Blue Palms will pour five samples of new, aged and Lambic blends, along with a sample of Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge. The event costs $20 per person and includes a four-cheese plate.

6372 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 465 8500

Verdugo Bar co-owner Ryan Sweeney handles the beer list at BoHo, which just got their first cask, Ballast Point Sea Monster Stout aged in whiskey barrels. They’ve also got Old Rasputin 12 and O’Hara’s Stout on draught.

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar is hosting a Double IPA event tomorrow night, including Avery Maharaja, Firestone Double Jack, Green Flash Imperial IPA, Stone Ruination, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, Victory Hop Wallop, Port Hop 15, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Anderson Valley Imperial IPA, Flying Dog Double Dog IPA, Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA, Mission Shipwreck Shipyard XXX IPA and Sculpin double IPA on cask.

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, Drake’s Denogginizer is now live, and North Coast Old Rasputin 12 is available by special request.

29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818 477 4566

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “We’ve been collecting a heavenly lineup of big ales in celebration of Ladyface High Gravity Week (March 22-28th). First, the long awaited release of Brewer Dave’s Blue-Belly Barleywine and Chesebro IPA. Next, Angel’s Share. Finally, don’t passover the Port Shark Attack Imperial Red, Big Bear Black Stout, Anderson Valley Imperial IPA, and Alesmith Speedway Stout.

Cask of the Week is “Simcoe Cubed” – our Trois Filles Tripel goosed with the grapefruity, pine goodness of Simcoe hops. A votre santé!”

2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310 314 4855

According to sustainability manager Tom Kelley, “We have Dogfish Aprihop and 90 minute IPA, Blanche de Bruxelles, Port Midnight Sessions, and we should see Wipeout IPA this weekend. In bottles we have in John John ale from Rogue, and Hugh Malone from Allagash.”

On March 21, beginning at 11 AM, it’s a Beer Geek Breakfast, with a keg of Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Brioche French toast (made with the beer) and maple smoked bacon for $15.To reserve a spot, call Tom Kelley at 310-314-4855, or e-mail [email protected].

On March 23, come out and support 18th Street Arts Center. 15% of daily sales will be donated! Kelley said they’ll be tapping limited-edition kegs in their honor, including Old Rasputin XII Anniversary and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Series – Ken And Fritz’s Ale – a collaboration between Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman and Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing. There will also be a $1 raffle with an artist designed skate deck as the grand prize.

21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140

Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is now pouring Anchor Liberty, Stone Smoked Porter and Wittekerk Rose.

154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, 310 376 9951

According to Assistant GM Martin Svab, The Army of Darkness arrives on March 18 at 8 PM. “This night will be dedicated to rare and decadent stouts. The diabolical beer line up is as follows:

1. Deschutes The Abyss (2009)
2. North Coast Old Rasputin 12th Anniversary (bourbon barrel)
3. Sierra Nevada Empire Strikes Black!
4. Nectar Ale Black Xantus
5. **special surprise brew **

All five of these ABV-incinerating monsters will be available by the flight or by the glass.”

Other than Ballast Point, Naja’s new beers on draft are Lagunitas WTF (Wilco Tango Foxtrot) Ale, Rogue Hazelnut Brown and Karl Strauss 21st Anniversary.

From April 21-28, Naja’s is hosting their 2nd Annual IPA Festival, featuring 35+ breweries, 40+ IPAs, 2+ casks and “lots o’ hops.”

100 West Main Street, Alhambra, 626 282 2038

Here’s today’s update from 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, who oversees the beer program: “As we finish the rest of Moylan’s Dragoons & other Irish brands 38 Degrees will begin a nice spring line up adding this week Lost Abbey Carnavale Dry Hopped Saison, Craftsman Honesty a tart cherry beer and Victory Braumeister Pils single hopped with the Tettnanger Tettnang varietal. Joining our large IPA lineup will be Napa Smith Organic and Alesmith.”

3408 Verdugo Road, Glassell Park, 323 257 3408

According to co-owner Ryan Sweeney, new kegs include Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary (a collaboration with Anchor Steam, an Imperial Stout).

7929 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, 323 650 4628

According to last night’s talk with co-owner Ryan Sweeney, The Surly Goat just launched their 120-option bottle list, mostly cellared or aged. Going on tap soon: Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary and Hofstettner Granite Bock, a German made with white hot rocks thrown into the tank, which caramels the sugars, producing a “smoky, caramel taste.”

On March 20 from 6 PM – 9ish, The Surly Goat is hosting BrewDog managing director James Watt, who’s bringing a keg of Tokyo, a keg of Punk IPA and bottles of Tactical Nuclear Penguin.


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