L.A. Beer Blast B25

Craft Beer Los Angeles

Ladyface welcomes visitors to fill growlers with house beers like La Blanche witbier.

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 may have been osmosis that caused Matt Long to pursue brewing. He grew up in the heart of Miller country, and his Wisconsin neighbors would host a near-daily happy hour, so he was living the High Life from an early age. After college, Long found himself on the road in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, where he developed a passion for craft beer. He worked at Lost Coast Brewery before returning to Missoula – where he went to school for microbiology – and caught on with a start-up named Big Sky Brewing. CLICK HERE TO READ THE Q&A.

“We have now officially entered the summer of 2010. Time to think about vacations and heading to the beach and lighter, more refreshing beers. In that sunny spirit, here are some hot weather craft beer choices.” So writes Brew & You columnist Sean Inman in a post titled ”Summer Beers.”


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Jolly Pumpkin Luciérnaga (The Firefly), Allagash Victoria and Victoria, Moylan’s Kiltlifter, Stone I.R.S., Russian River Pliny the Elder, Drake’s IPA, The Bruery Humulus Gold and Beer Valley Black Madness. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM


Since Firestone Walker Brewing Company co-founder David Walker attended a beer and cheese pairing event last night, Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo currently features Solace, Walker’s Reserve, Double Barrel, Velvet Merkin, Parabola, Pale 31, Union Jack and Oaktoberfest. Other new beers include Ballast Point Big Eye, Craftsman Spring Braggot and Green Flash Imperial Red.


I’d previously written about chef-owner Aaron Robins’ plans to transform Boneyard Bistro into a “Beer and Bourbon Mecca.” Bar manager Rory Snipes reports that “Boneyard is now open! New bottles this week include: Scaldis, ’09 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale aged in Port Casks, ’09 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale aged in Lagavulin Casks, and ’06 J.W. Lees aged in Calvados Casks, all of which are amazing. Our opening tap lineup includes: O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin, Gonzo Imperial Porter on Nitrogen, Bootlegger’s Palomino Pale, Bavik, Boont Amber, Ladyface IPA, Eagle Rock Manifesto, Kasteel Tripel, Allagash 4, Moylan’s Kiltlifter, Weihenstephan Hefe, Unibroue Maudite, Kostritzer Schwarze, Ballast Point Black Marlin, Goulden Carolous Van de Keizer Blauw, Foret, Lost Coast Great White, Lost Coast Fogcutter Barleywine, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale, Strand Brewing 24th St. Pale, Schneider Hopfenweisse, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Bear Republic Racer 5, Oskar Blues Gordon, Maredsous 8, Bruery Orchard White, Moinette Blonde, Ladyface Tripel, Stone/Dogfish Head/Victory Saison du BUFF, Piraat, Glazen Toren Saison de Erpe Mere, Grand Teton Lost Continent DIPA, Firestone Union Jack, Reissdorf Kolsch, Ace Joker Hard Cider, St. Louis Framboise, Floris Apple, Russian River Consecration, and Thomas Kemper Root Beer. Come grab a beer and check out our new bar.”


Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now features Green Flash West Coast IPA, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout and 90 Minute IPA, Russian River Blind Pig and Consecration, and on cask, Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous with Amarillo hops.


According to co-owner Eden Noe, “Dan and I have Dogfish 90 minute IPA, Allagash White, Sea Dog Blueberry Ale, Russian River Consecration, and Fifth Amendment Amber on tap this week that’s new. We still have the Saison du buff and Eric’s Ale so I wish people would come try it. Thanks!”


According to co-owner Jason Bernstein, the latest beers on draught at The Golden State Café are Russian River Consecration, Craftsman 1903, North Coast Old Rasputin, Port Mongo IPA, Port 4th Anniversary, Beer Valley Leafer Madness, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, The Bruery’s Coton, The Bruery’s Humulus Gold, Firestone Union Jack, Firestone Velvet Merkin and Schneider’s Hopfenweisse (collaboration with Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery).


According to sustainability manager Tom Kelley, “We have Blind Pig IPA, and Stone 13th anniversary behind that. Plus our summer lineup of Alaskan summer, Festina Peche, and our Sierra Nevada Nautilus pilsner.”

“Join Library Alehouse and Ocean Park Volleyball on Tuesday June 29th. 15% of our daily sales will be donated. 6 PM onwards will be a Sierra Nevada Summerfest pint night. $6 for the first pint, $4 thereafter, and take home a logo pint glass! We will be having a raffle with some great volley ball gear, as well as some Sierra Nevada T-shirts and hats. $2 a ticket / $5 for 3 In addition we will be running a special at lunch, from 11:30 straight on through happy hour at 4 PM. 1/2 off of any appetizer when you purchase an entree. Please mention this Ocean Park Volleyball special before ordering.”


The IPA Festival is still happening at Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost. New beers include Coronado Idiot IPA, Redhook Long Hammer, Oskar Brewing Gordon’s Old Chub, New Belgium Mighty Arrow, AleSmith IPA, Craftsman Point Five and Sierra Nevada Harvest.


According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “To celebrate tonight’s 2k Facebook fan appreciation party (from 8pm till close), we will tap the following goodies: Allagash Victor, Allagash Victoria, Deschutes Jubel 2010, Russian River Consecration (latest batch), Rogue Old Crustacean 2006,Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, Firestone Parabola, Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Alesmith Grand Cru and Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (cask).

“We’ll also also feature big discounts to selected bottles, $3 pints on certain beers, and the following beer ice cream floats: Oskar Blues Ten Tiddy, Lindemans Framboise Lambic, and Frulli Strawberry.”


According to manager Pete Shuey, “Currently @ Simmzy’s we’ve got the wonderful Jamaica Red back on tap (by request of many). Ballats Point’s Calico Amber is up and running and it’s an unbelievable hop-forward amber that has our Amber fans in a state of delirium. Coming up we’ve got a nice Golden Wheat from Telegraph and also Avery’s White Rascal will be here soon. Last, but not least, we’ve just received our allocation of Stone’s 14th anniversary Emperial IPA. Should be up by the weekend and we’re all stoked to start pouring it!”


According to co-owner Ryan Sweeney, the last Wednesday of every month, The Surly Goat is hosting a “Beer For Books” fundraiser for the Room to Read charity. On June 30 from 6:30 PM – 10 PM, $1 from every beer goes to buy books for developing countries. In honor of the occasion, Sweeney will tap a special keg of Ballast Point Victory at Sea, aged with whiskey chips.

The Surly Goat currently features Russian River Damnation and Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast. They’re about to put on Stone 14th Anniversary, Russian River Blind Pig and Kern River Just Outstanding IPA.


On June 28, 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, chef James Boyle and The Bruery head brewer Tyler King are hosting a Beer Dinner with The Bruery. It’s a 5 Course Dinner paired with Bruery Belgian style Beers. The meal begins at 7 PM sharp and costs $60 per person. Here’s the menu:

Course 1 Beer: Seven Grain Saison (Saison/Farmhouse Ale)
Olive Caprese with Fontina Cheese crusted Baguette

Course 2 Beer: Orchard White (Wit Bier)
Pan seared sea scallop with tempura cauliflower chip, daikon salad and shiso coriander buer blanc

Course 3 Beer: Saison Rue (Saison/Farmhouse ale with Brettanomyces)
Cuban spiced chicken salad with fried plantain, mango and mildly smoked chile vinaigrette

Course 4 Beer: Mischief (Strong Pale Ale)
Orange braised Angus beef Short rib with wasabi latke & Japanese eggplant

Course 5 Beer: Oude Tart (Flanders Oud Bruin)
Spiced Cake with plum brulee and cardamom crème


According to the update from manager Paige Reilly, “The return of Brass Knuckle by Marin! Also, Requiem Espresso Stout by Gentleman Scholar and Wild Fire Wheat Smoked Wheat Beer by Bootlegger’s. Coffee and bacon: the perfect compliments to your breakfast burrito and World Cup Futbol! See you for the finals!!!”


On June 26 from 2 PM – 5 PM, the Toluca Lake branch of Vendome Wine & Spirits is going “Hop Happy,” offering a $10 tasting of “hoppy Belgian ales, west coast IPAs, a rye IPA from He’Brew, and special hoppy releases,” including Urthel Hop It, AleSmith IPA, Rogue Brutal Bitter IPA, Victory Hop Wallop, Caldera Hopportunity Knocks and Mikkeller 10 IPA, made with 10 different types of hops.


According to co-owner Ryan Sweeney, Verdugo Bar just scored bottles of Stone 14th Anniversary and Zuur, a limited release from Ommegang. Parent company Duvel purchased Liefmans, and this is a Flemish sour brown made from blending two Liefmans beers. On tap, they have (or are about to have) Allagash Victoria, a Belgian strong mixed with Chardonnay grapes; Jolly Pumpkin Luciérnaga (The Firefly), Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary – Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Bock and Russian River Damnation.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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[…] Food Gps L.a. Beer Blast B25: Big Sky Head Brewer Matt Long … Time to think about vacations and heading to the beach and lighter, more refreshing beers. In that sunny spirit, here are some hot weather craft beer choices. So writes Brew & You columnist Sean Inman in a post titled Summer Beers. … Piraat, Glazen Toren Saison de Erpe Mere, Grand Teton Lost Continent DIPA, Firestone Union Jack, Reissdorf Kolsch, Ace Joker Hard Cider, St. Louis Framboise, Floris Apple , Russian River Consecration, and Thomas Kemper Root Beer. …Next Page […]

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