L.A. Beer Blast B16

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Naja's Place IPA Fest featured an Avery Maharaja vertical from 2008, 2009 + 2010.

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.

There’s a new brew crew in town, and the people behind Ohana Brewing Company are promising “a fresh face in beer.” CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Brew & You columnist Sean Inman was recently enjoying a pint of Mission Shipwrecked at Tony’s Darts Away, and he couldn’t stop staring at the library that owner Tony Yanow has acquired. One great beer book after another. If you’re looking to earn a “beer master’s degree,” Inman discusses two beer books that you should pick up, in a post titled “Your Beer Library”

On April 24, Bootlegger’s Brewery is hosting their second anniversary party in Fullerton. The entry fee grants you access to more than 20 of Aaron Barkenhagen’s beers on tap, 10 taster tickets, a food ticket for a food truck, a special collaboration dessert with the mystery truck, and the first taste of 77 anniversary ale, a Belgian-style barleywine. Session #1 runs from 12 PM – 4 PM and Session #2 runs from 5 PM – 9 PM. Tickets cost $23 online and $30 at the door. Extra taster tickets are available for purchase.

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include Gentleman Scholar Espresso Stout, Oskar Blues Old Chub, TAPS Biere de Garde, Mad River Wheat Wine, Cuvee de Trolls, North Coast Old Rasputin XII, Port Hot Rocks, Avery Maharaja, Blanche de Bruxelles and Drake’s Expedition Ale. 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, his selection now includes Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Alpine Duet, Hanger 24, Malhuer 12, Jewbelation 13, Stone IRS.

6372 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 465 8500

Verdugo Bar co-owner Ryan Sweeney handles the beer list at BoHo. New or upcoming beers include Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, Kern River Class V Stout and Goose Island Matilda.

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now features Collaboration Not Litigation, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary – Fritz & Ken’s Ale, Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin, and on cask, Stone Cali-Belgique with Hollerton Saphire hops and Stone Arrogant Bastard with Amarillo hops.

129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428

According to co-owner Eden Noe, the Fifth Amendment now features Maredsous 10, fifth Amendment Honey Blonde, Union Jack IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Victory Tenang Pilsner also called limited lager series, Calico amber, and The Bruery Mischief IPA.

29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818 477 4566

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Cask of the Week is “Naked Lady” – our own Ladyface IPA, in the firkin and in the buff as Mother Nature intended. Close by, some men of the cloth, Avery Reverend, St. Bernardus Abt 12, and Lost Abbey Devotion are on tap with Ladyface’s La Blonde, IPA, Blind Ambition Amber, Picture City Porter and Trois Filles Tripel, La Chouffe Houblon, Drake’s DeNogginizer and Stygian Witches, Hopsickle, Speedway Imperial Stout, Shark Attack and Delirium Tremens. New bottled sours – Russian River Consecration and Liefman’s Kriekbier join Cascade’s Sang Rouge – all available to go.

Special Brew Alert! The Amgen Tour of California is coming and on May 23rd, Stage 8 of America’s greatest cycling race passes Ladyface’s patio four times, with limited patio tickets on sale now. We’ve brewed a special biere-de-garde –Derailleur – for that weekend. There’ll be a barbecue and beer garden in the parking lot, commemorative glassware, Ladyface cycling jerseys and more. Go to www.ladyfaceale.com for all the details.”

2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310 314 4855

According to sustainability manager Tom Kelley, “On draft this weekend we have Double Dread Red from Mad River, Organic Acai Berry Wheat from Eel River, Kern River Outstanding IPA, Avery’s Maharaja 2010, Eric’s Ale, and the Belgian Blond from New Belgium.

In the bottle we have three new editions of the Mikkeller Single hop: Chinook, Amarillo, and Cascade.

On April 27, Library Alehouse is hosting their Sustainable Works Fundraiser, featuring 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. They are raffling off two Patagonia bags, the Freewheeler, and the Critical Mass. Tickets are $3 or 2/$5. Draft options will include Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary and and the 2010 Bigfoot barley-wine style beer. Jason Rosenfeld will be here around 5 PM tasting everyone out on bottle aged Bigfoot from 2009 and 2008. Makes for a great comparison. Get here early, as these are limited. Sierra Nevada has decided to lager Nautilus Pilsner – brewed by the Library Alehouse crew – for two more weeks.

21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140

Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost kicked off their Barleywine Festival last Saturday, and it runs through May 2. Expect plenty of Barleywines and Imperial Stouts, including Mad River John Barleycorn, Craftsman Burly Barleywine, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Lost Coast Fog Cutter, Malier 12, Stone Old Guardian ’07, Eel River Triple, Abita Imperial Stout and NapaSmith Bondfire. $13 gets you a beer and souvenir glass. Add a T-shirt for a total of $22. Refills are $1 or $2 off depending on the price of the beer.

154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, 310 376 9951

Naja’s launched their 2nd Annual IPA Festival last night, featuring 40+ IPAs, 2+ casks and “lots o’ hops.” Assistant GM Martin Svab shared the official draft beer line up, which appeared in full on last week’s L.A. Beer Blast. Highlights include Russian River Pliny the Elder, Avery Maharaja (2008, 2009 and 2010), The Bruery Mischief, Sierra Nevada Hoptinum, Drake’s Denoginnizer, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Eagle Rock Red Velvet, Ballast Point Tongue Buckler and Mikkeller Single Hop (Warrior, Chinook).

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)

. The cost is $30 for a commemorative glass & six 6-ounce tasters. Additional tasters are available. The IPA Fest runs through April 28.

229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201

According to Simmzy’s manager Micah Schiesel, “Port Brewing’s Shark Attack has been biting people all week long. Stone’s seasonal Imperial Stout just arrived. Lagunitas WTF has been pouring, ever had an imperial brown ale? Also my 2 favorites are on deck this week, Speakeasy’s Double Daddy IPA and Drakes Dennoginizer imperial IPA… Come check us out!!!

7929 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, 323 650 4628

According to co-owner Ryan Sweeney, The Surly Goat will soon tap kegs of Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, TAPS Biere de Garde, Goose Island Matilda, Marin Brass Knuckle and Russian River Consecration.

1710 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, 818 253 1710

According to manager Paige Reilly, new draught beers consist of Port Hop-15, Hangar 24 Porter, Alesmith IPA and The Bruery Hottenroth.

3408 Verdugo Road, Glassell Park, 323 257 3408

According to co-owner Ryan Sweeney, new bottles include Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingoo, Avery Dépuceleuse, Alpine Duet and Alpine Pure Hoppiness. On draught, you’ll soon find Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary – Fritz & Ken’s Ale, Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin, Mad River Double Dread Red and The Bruery Humulus Lager.

5018 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 255 9675

According to The York manager Mary Drenthe, “This week we picked up two kegs of Firestone Walker Solace, the brewery’s unique unfiltered wheat style beer. To kick off this new brew, come by next Wednesday 4/28 from 6-9pm and get a Firestone Walker pint glass when you buy a pint of Solace or Pale 31 (one per guest). We also added La Chouffe and Mc Chouffe to our large bottles. And on cask, we have Craftsman Beer Mountain.”


Joshua Lurie

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Blog Comments

I’ve been wanting to try Surly Goat and Brass Knuckle so now I might just have to

The Sustainable Works Fundraiser sounds like my cup of tea.

Wish that some of these bars would let you know what’s available now and what’s “on deck.” Too many times, I’ll go somewhere on Thursday and Friday and learn that the beers they’ve told you about might turn up sometime next week, which is a disappointment when you go there expecting the brews to be immediately available.

Oh man that Naja’s lineup looks sick!

What a fantastic list of beermakers and bars local!

Would kill for a beer blast like this in Orange County.


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