L.A. Beer Blast B17

Craft Beer Los Angeles

Mikkeller brews a series of single-hop IPAs, including Chinook and Warrior.

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.

It took six years, but Brian Lethcoe and partner Loyd Kattro have finally managed to get Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery off the ground near downtown Los Angeles. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

On June 27, Gev Kazanchyan brings his latest act of charity to Tony’s Darts Away, where proceeds from Dionicess VI will benefit the Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), an organization that provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster, post-war and poverty stricken areas. Dionicess VI pairs five beers from Firestone Walker with sausage and gourmet fries from Tony’s Darts Away at Tony Yanow’s recently retooled Burbank beer bar. The event costs $35 per person, all inclusive, and you must pre-register to attend. Tickets go on sale tonight at midnight. CLICK HERE to read about Dionicess V and CLICK HERE to read about Dionicess IV.

This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman discusses “It” breweries from around the country. “If you find yourself within a 50-mile radius of these breweries, you had better stop because the flowery words used to describe these beers are no exaggeration.” CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include Pork Brewing Midnight Sessions, Alaskan Summer Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Bootlegger’s Prohibition Mild, Craftsman Cabernale, Mad River Wheat Wine and Marin White Knuckle. Track changes to Gordon’s 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM. Mark your calendars, since Beachwood BBQ is hosting an Italian Beer Fest from May 6-9.

6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

According to Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo, options now include “Firestone Solace, Ladyface IPA, Sudwerk 20th Anniversary, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat and Helles Lager, St. Feuillien Saison, Russian River Blind Pig.”

13539 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, 818 906 7427

According to Boneyard Bistro bar manager Rory Snipes, “We just started getting beer from Strand Brewing this week, so their 24th St. Pale should be on tap in the next couple of days. We also got some limited release Glazen Toren Saison Speciaal Eindejaar in bottles.”

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now features Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine, Sierra Nevada Glissade golden bock, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head Midas Touch, Rogue Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red, and on cask, Stone Pale Ale with coriander.

129 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310 386 1428

According to co-owner Eden Noe, “New beers for 5th Amendment are the following: Allagash Dubbel, Duvel Green, Arrogant Bastard, Mad River Xtra Pale Ale, Avery Maharaja Double IPA, Blanche de Chambly.”

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, “We got us some new beers on: Deschutes Hop Henge, Jubel 2010 (It’s so good), Avery Maharaja, Dogfish Aprihop, Lost Abbey Carnevale, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Firestone Union Jack, New Belgium La Folie and New Belgium Fall Wild.” Earlier today, The Golden State received a keg of Russian River Consecration, to which Bernstein said, “We have officially graduated to the big leagues!”

29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818 477 4566

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “No Guts, No Glory”, said Brewer Dave as he infused the Ladyface Blind Ambition Amber with a couple of dollops of chili paste. Thus was born the Cask of the Week, our spicy sweet stab at the sublime.

All 21 taps are flowing with Monk’s Café back along with a new batch of Ladyface’s La Blanche Belgian Wit. Chef Ray has been making sausage and simmering it in our La Blonde ale. Grilled over fruitwood, his shrimp sausage with ginger and lamb sausage with garlic and rosemary are just two you might find on our sausage plate. Glorious!”

2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310 314 4855

According to sustainability manager Tom Kelley, “New on draft is Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary stout, and Bigfoot 2010, Maharaja IIIPA from Avery, Alesmith IPA, and we should see another keg of Strand 24th Street Pale. Double Dread Red is still running, as is the Acai Wheat from Eel River.

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

From May 11-25, Library Alehouse is hosting their Belgian Beer Festival, featuring beers like Blanche de Bruxelles, Malhuer 12, Duchess de Bourgogne, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Goose Island Matilda, Russian River Consecration and Allagash Four. Guests can purchase a logo Chimay glass for $15 and refill it with one of the 8 rotating Belgian handles for only $5 during the entire two weeks of the festival.

The Kickoff Event is May 11, where Christina Roberts from Duvel-Moortgat USA will highlight Houblon Chouffe Belgian IPA, Ommegang Hennepin, and Maredsous 8 on draft as well as some specialties such as the Blond d’Ardenne, and Duvel in bottle. Ga’Chouffe, Library Alehouses very own Chouffe will be behind the bar.

Library Alehouse is featuring a Belgian Beer Dinner on May 18 at 6 PM, hosted by Wine Warehouse import specialist Larry James. The $50 dinner consists includes 5 courses with beer pairings, a logo Chimay glass and “other goodies.”

21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140

Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost continues their Barleywine Festival through May 2. $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. They also have a trio of new beers: Straffe Hendrik Tripel, North Coast Old Rasputin and Rogue Imperial Red.

21356 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, 818 734 7056

According to resident Beer Geek David Stickel, “New this week are Eagle Rock’s Equinox and Dogfish Head Aprihop. After a few months of lying fallow, we’re dusting off the beer engine and getting some cask ales going. Tomorrow (Friday) @ 6pm, we’ll be tapping a firkin of Stone IPA w/Simcoe & Amarillo.

Coming soon: Lost Abbey Carnevale, Anchor Bock, Dogfish Chicory Stout and Firestone Velvet Merkin.”

229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310 546 1201

According to Simmzy’s manager Micah Schiesel, “New for this week we got Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) an imperial brown. Also a killer beer from Drake’s Brewery called the Deggonnizer, a massive double IPA. On the lighter side of things we are pouring Ommegang’s Hennipen a belgian style farmhouse ale. An lastly we are all slowly slipping on Stone’s seasonal Russian Imperial Stout.”

7929 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, 323 650 4628

The Surly Goat is currently featuring draught beers like Stone Double Bastard, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary – Fritz & Ken’s Ale, New Belgium Eric’s Ale, Lagunitas Gnarlywine, Marin Brass Knuckle, Ballast Point Three Sheets, Sudwerk Marzen and Port Shark Bite Red.

100 West Main Street, Alhambra, 626 282 2038

According to 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, the beer list now includes “The Bruery Orchard White, Coronado Red Devil Imperial Red Ale, Drakes Dennoganizer Double IPA, Drakes Expedition Imperial Red, Spaten Pils, Blind Pig IPA and Ommegang Hennepin Draught Farmhouse Saison.”


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