L.A. Beer Blast B15

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Take a good look at Tony's Darts Away tap handles (well, some of them).

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.

After the Los Angeles Beer Festival, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman realized that he never really addressed what the organizers should do to maximize the enjoyment for beer geeks who attend the festivals. This week, Inman shares his “ironclad, indisputable rules” in a post titled “Rules For the Beer Festival Organizer.”

On April 18, Stone World Bistro & Gardens is hosting another powerhouse beer festival: Oakquinox. Dr. Bill Sysak will feature dozens of barrel-aged beers from 10 AM – Sunset (7:19 PM). Taps and bottles include Avery Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout-Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels, BrewDog Tokyo-Raspberry Cask Aged, Lost Abbey The Angel’s Share-Brandy Barrel, Valley 2009 Cuvee de Evil (Brandy Barrel Belgian Strong Golden with Pomegranate Honey), Hitachino Nest Nest XH-Aged in Sake Casks and Allagash Odyssey. A $35 Oakquinox ticket includes a commemorative glass, 10 taster tickets and the opportunity to be extra tastes after your tickets inevitably disappear. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LINE-UP AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include Green Flash Double Stout, Avery Reverend Quad 2007, North Coast La Merle, Port Hot Rocks, Rubicon Oatmeal Stout (on nitro), AleSmith X, Avery IPA, Speakeasy Prohibition Ale and Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich DIPA. 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 Marin Brass Knuckle (tapping tonight at 8 PM), Kasteel Cuvee Chateau, Malheur 12, Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Alpine Duet, Hopsickle, Aventinus, and as of last night, Ranger IPA.

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now features Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Russian River Damnation, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine, Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA, Collaboration Not Litigation, and on cask, Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean.

129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428

According to co-owner Eden Noe, the Fifth Amendment now features New Belgium Dark heather saison, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Allagash Black, Allagash Curieux, Pizza Port Shark Attack, Pizza Port Mongo Double IPA, Bear Republic Scotch Ale, Victory At Sea Porter, Ranger IPA, Mighty Arrow, Scrimshaw Pils, North Coast Old Stock, Einhorn Hefeweizen, Murphy’s Red ale, Racer 5, Affligem Blond, Blanche de Bruxelles, Allagash White, Stone IPA and Eagle Rock Libertine Amber (almost gone). On deck: Ballast Point Amber.

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, the latest offerings consist of Avery Dugana, New Belgium Fall Wild Ale, Sierra Nevada Glissade, The Lost Abbey Carnevale and Dogfish Head Aprihop. In bottles, look for El Camino (Un) Real Black Ale, a collaboration from Stone, 21st Amendment and Firestone Walker.

514 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, 310 798 9183

On April 18 at 6 PM, Hudson House chef-owners Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts are hosting a three-course New Belgium Brewing Company dinner at their Redondo Beach gastropub. The dinner costs $45 per person, plus tax and tip. Here’s the menu:

Starter Bites
Garlic toasted Crostini with Smoked Trout, Caper and Tomato Salad
Grilled Portobello in Puff Pastry with Lemon-Coriander Cream and Grapefruit Zest
Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer

First Course
Assorted Cheese and Cured Meat Platter with spicy Biere de Mars Mustard and Pineapple Chutney
Biere de Mars

Main Course
Fat Tire Amber Ale-Braised Lamb with Spring Garlic
Wild Mushroom and Fennel Israeli Couscous
Jerk-Spiced Peel-and-Eat Shrimp
Ranger IPA and 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Bittersweet Panna Cotta with Sour Cherry Compote
TransAtlantique Kriek

29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818 477 4566

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Is your noggin aching from Tax Day? No wonder April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day. Luckily, DeNogginizer, Drakes’ Double IPA cure, is on tap with Moylan’s Hopsickle, Marin’s Old Dipsea Barleywine and 13 other stress busters. Monk’s Café is back and Stygian Witches is almost gone.

Cask of the Week is Tropic Thunder, our own Chesebro Double IPA infused with mango. Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at the LA Beer Festival! Ladyface La Blonde, La Blanche Wit, Blind Ambition Amber, Picture City Porter, Ladyface IPA and Chesebro Double IPA will all be on tap this weekend.!”

2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310 314 4855

According to sustainability manager Tom Kelley, “On draft we will have Raging Bitch, Sudwerk Pilsner, and Deschutes Jubel 2010.

Bottle wise we now have Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA in addition to the Centennial. More from this series soon. We also have Glazen Toren’s Saison D’Erpe-Mer, Liefman’s Kriek, and Dogfish Head Red and White, and the new collaboration from Stone / Firestone / 21st Amendment El Camino (un)Real.”

Last night, Library Alehouse hosted Telegraph Brewing founder Brian Thompson, so you may still find the Santa Barbara Brewery’s California Ale, Stock Porter and English-Style Brown on tap.

April 20 – New Belgium
New Belgium Brewery has been dedicated to sustainability from square one, and our local Beer Ranger will be on hand to show you what they have been up to. On tap we will have Eric’s Ale, New Belgium Belgian Blonde, and more!”

April 27 – Sustainable Works Fundraiser and Sierra Nevada
15% of daily sales are donated to Sustainable Works, the non-profit organization working out of Santa Monica College in conjunction with the city to certify businesses GREEN. Draft options will include Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary, plus the release of Nautilus Pilsner, brewed by Library Alehouse.

21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140

Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is now pouring Mad River John Barleycorn, Craftsman Burly Barleywine, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Lost Coast Fog Cutter, Malier 12, Stone Old Guardian ’07, Eel River Triple and Abita Imperial Stout.

154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, 310 376 9951

According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “New brew on draught: Fireman’s Brunette, Fireman’s Red, Firestone Solace, Eagle Rock Equinox, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Goose Island Matilda, Kern River Class V Stout (on nitro), Woodchuck Granny Smith Hard Cider and Straffe Hendrick Triple.

This Thursday (4/15)… Brewery Nite with Alaskan Brewing featuring the following beer: Alaskan Amber, Summer, IPA, and a rare archived keg of the award-winning 2008 Barleywine. 8pm till 10pm. This is a Pint Nite. $6/keep the glass; $3/refills (barleywine excluded).”

From April 21-28, Naja’s is hosting their 2nd Annual IPA Festival, featuring 35+ breweries, 40+ IPAs, 2+ casks and “lots o’ hops.” According to Assistant GM Martin Svab, “Greetings Hop Heads…Here is the official draft beer line up for our upcoming IPA Festival:

1. Russian River Pliny the Younger
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
3. Shipyard XXXX IPA
4. Shmaltz Bittersweet Lenny’s Rye IPA
5. Avery Maharaja (2009)
6. Port 2nd Anniversary
7. Deschutes Hope Henge
8. Sierra Nevada Handful of Hops
9. Speakeasy Double Daddy
10. Avery DuGana IPA
11. Bruery Mischief
12. Port Mongo IPA
13. Firestone Double Jack (2)
14. Alesmith Yulesmith
15. Mission Ship Wrecked
16. Coronado Idiot IPA
17. Anderson Valley Imperial IPA
18. Stone 13th Anniversary
19. Sierra Nevada Hoptinum
20. Moylan’s Hopsickle
21. Green Flash Imperial IPA
22. Flying Dog Double Dog IPA
23. Abita Double IPA
24. Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich
25. Drake’s Denoginnizer (GABF Silver IIPA)
26. Dogfish Head Aprihop
27. Urthel Hop It!
28. Deschutes Hop Trip
29. Avery Maharaja (2010)
30. New Belgium Ranger IPA
31. Stone Ruination IPA
32. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
33. Marin Brass Knuckle
34. Ballast Point Dorado DIPA
35. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (GABF Silver IPA)
36. Firestone Union Jack (GABF Gold IPA)
37. Eagle Rock Red Velvet
38. Ballast Point Tongue Buckler
39. Lost Continent Oak-Aged Continental IPA
40. Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA
41. Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA
42. Tustin Double Rye IPA
43. Taps Brewery & Fish House IPA
44. Mikkeller Single Hop (Warrior)
45. Mikkeller Single Hop (Chinook)
46. Firestone Union Jack (GABF Gold IPA)
47. Russian River Blind Pig (GABF Bronze IPA)

In addition, there will be 5+ surprise IPAs and 3+ casks (including Ballast Point Sculpin IPA and Strand Brewing 24th Street Pale Ale *double dry hopped)

Cost: $30 (includes commemorative glass & six 6-ounce tasters). Additional tasters $10/ for 2 tasters (6-ounce pour). Kicks off Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 4:00pm.”

7929 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, 323 650 4628

The Surly Goat’s tap list now includes Stone Imperial Russian Stout ’09, Sierra Nevada Fritz and Ken’s Ale, Goose Island Matilda, Dogfish Head Aprihop, The Lost Abbey Angel’s Share ’10 (Bourbon), Craftsman Saison, Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale, Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin and Pork Brewing Shark Bite Red.

100 West Main Street, Alhambra, 626 282 2038

According to 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, “Still got a little Sculpin, Victory At Sea and Tongue Buckler flowing from our Ballast Point Celebration Wednesday night and have added Full Sail Brewmasters Reserve Imperial Stout, Stone Ruination, Anchor Steam and BrewDog Tokyo an Imperial Stout from Scotland weighing in at 18.2% ABV. Fresh Pliny on tap as usual.”

1710 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, 818 253 1710

Tony Yanow debuted his new and improved Burbank bar on April 12, featuring California craft beer, sausages and eco-friendly business practices. He’ll keep up to 36 beers on tap at any given time, divided by IPAs and Not IPAs.. Beers cost $3-$6, depending on the beer and pour. Last night’s selection included Hangar 24 IPA, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Port Mongo, Strand 24th Street Pale, Bear Republic Peter Brown Tribute Ale and Eagle Rock Equinox. The first keg to blow was Hangar 24 Orange Wheat.


Joshua Lurie

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Blog Comments

Great list, but lots of places that should be but aren’t on it. How does the list selection process work?


The L.A. Beer Blast varies from week to week, depending on which bars respond in time, and whether bars have any new beers. Not all of them do. I’m more interested in bars that rotate their taps and bottles. There are a couple good beer bars that aren’t interested in free publicity, so they no longer appear on the L.A. Beer Blast. Any particular bars you think should be included?

The Surly Goat sounds like a WINNER to me! Thanks for the updates!

Great list! I haven’t tried The Daily Pint. Next up on the list! Keep up the great posts.

ISO: Pork Brewing 🙂


That’s funny. I must have had pig on the brain.


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