L.A. Beer Blast B29

Craft Beer Orange County

The Bruery tap handles dispense creative beers like Humulus Rice and Trade Winds Tripel.

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.

On the afternoon of Sunday, July 25, we’re continuing the in-depth exploration of L.A.’s best eating neighborhoods as Food GPS spotlights four great restaurants located on (or just off) Beverly Boulevard. Eva, BLD, MILK and The Golden State are our destinations, with oh-so-refreshing craft beer at that final stop. The walking tour begins at Eva at 3 PM and costs $45 per person, including tax and tip.

By the time you read this, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman will be recovering from sampling beer from a list of 80 breweries along the Portland riverfront at the Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF). He discusses the OBF, the Great American Beer Festival and our very own LA Beer Week in a post titled “The Oregon (Beer) Trail.”


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Allgauer Buble Lager, AleSmith IPA, New Belgium Belgo Belgian-style IPA, Bear Republic Xtra Pale, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga, Victory Golden Monkey Triple and Port Older Viscosity. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM

Blue Palms Brewhouse

As of last night, according to proprietor Brian Lenzo, the Blue Palms Brewhouse line-up included Stone Cali Belgique, Maredsous Blonde, Maredsous 10, N’Ice Chouffe, Urthel Hop It, St. Feuillien Triple, St Feullien Printemps, Duvel Green, McChouffe, Houblon Chouffe, La Trappe Isid’or, Konings Witte, La Grande Blanche Imperial White, Lost Abbey Witch’s Witt, Judgment Day, Red Barn, Lost & Found, Serpent Stout, Gift of the Magi, Carnevale, Red Poppy, Framboise de Amorosa, Avant Garde and Veritas 007.


According to bar manager Rory Snipes, “New beers on tap this week include AleSmith Speedway Stout, AleSmith Anvil E.S.B., Schneider Aventinus, Poperings Hommel, LaChouffe, and AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown. In the next couple days we should be putting on St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Kern River Just Outstanding IPA.”


According to Matthew Kaner, Covell’s Wine Director and Manager, new or upcoming beers at the Los Feliz bar include Lost Abbey Witches Wit, Port Brewing 4th Anniversary IPA and Oskar Blues Gubna IPA.


Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar currently features The Gentleman Scholar Requiem Espresso Stout, Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga, and on cask, Ballast Point Brother Levonian Saison.


According to co-owner Eden Noe, “Dan and I have on draft Allagash Curieux, Goose Island Matilda, Port Brewing 4th Anniversary, Stone 14th Anniversary, Racer 5, Ballast Point Yellowtail, Speakeasy Scarface Stout, Union Jack IPA.


According to co-owner Jason Bernstein, “We have a couple of new ones: Craftsman Biere de Blanco, Port Brewing “Road to Helles,” Drake’s Denogginizer, New Belgium’s Belgo Belgian IPA, Lost Abbey Devotion, North Coast Old Rasputin, Firestone Union Jack, New Belgium Eric’s Ale, Strand Pale Ale, Drake’s Hop-ocalypse, Oscar Blues Gubna Double IPA and Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich.”


According to Library Alehouse general manager Tom Kelley, “For this week we have Affligem Blond, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Alaskan Summer, Anchor Liberty, Sierra Nevada’s Southern Hemisphere Harvest, and New Belgium Eric’s Ale, Rogue Double Dead Guy, and Bruery’s Tradewinds Tripel in bottle.

Next Tuesday is our Last Tuesday fundraiser benefitting Bike MS. We are raffling off a New Belgium Fat Tire cruiser and we will have Eric’s, Skinny Dip, and Trippel on draft as well as Fat Tire cans available for $4 all day. 15% of daily sales go to Bike MS.”


According to staffer Jamie, Christmas In July is still going strong in Sierra Madre, now featuring two new holiday beers: Scaldis Noel and St. Feuillien Noel. They’ve got two glass specials. The gold rimmed Anchor Christmas glass costs $9 to keep and includes an American holiday beer. If you want a Belgian beer, a different glass is fillable for $11.


According to resident Beer Geek David Stickel, “New this week is Eagle Rock Limbo, a summer saison brewed with Citra hops.”


According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “Tonight, join us for a Sierra Nevada Brewing pint nite featuring Beer Camp’s Almond Marzen as well as Summer Fest and Pale Ale. 8pm till 10pm. A limited amount of Sierra Nevada pint glasses will be available.

Next Thursday, July 29th, (8pm till 10pm) we will feature Lagunitas Brewing Co. We will pour the following beer: Lagunitas IPA, Pils, Undercover Investigation Shutdown, Olde Gnarly Wine, and Lucky 13.

As for new beer: Bruery 7-Grain Saison, Kasteel Cuvee de Chateau, Port Wipeout IPA, New Belgium Ranger IPA and more goodies…”


According to manager Pete Shuey, “This week we were able to get the last barrel of Lagunitas’ Undercover Investigation and also will be hooking up their “Lucky 13” soon. In honor of Belgian Independence Day we added another Trappist in Koeningshoven Witte. This will only be here until it runs out so get it while you can! Got the Breury’s “Mischief” ready to go as well as another Dogfish Head 90 min IPA. Oh, and the “Gubna” from Oskar Blue’s is up and running and going strong. We’ve been waiting on it for some time now and it was well worth the wait! Cheers!”


The Surly Goat currently features beers draught beers like New Belgium Belgo, Marin Brewing Company Point Reyes Porter, Port Road to Helles, Drake’s Denogginizer, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza and, on cask, The Bruery Mischief.


It’s also “Christmas in July” in Toluca Lake, where Beer & Spirits Specialist Mike Hayhurst has assembled a roster of “Christmas and winter themed beers that transcend the seasons” for Saturday afternoon’s tasting. From 2 PM -5 PM, staffers will be pouring 15 tasters for $10, including ‪Batemans Rosie Nosey Holiday Ale, ‪Ridgeway Reindeer’s Revolt English Christmas Ale, Thiriez Biere De Noel French Holiday Ale, ‪Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap and ‪Scaldis Noel Premium.


According to manager Mary Drenthe, “Latest beers on draught include Craftsman Orange Grove Ale, Sierra Nevada’s Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Bock, North Coast Blue Star Wheat, and Firestone Union Jack IPA. We also have Schonramer Saphir Bock in bottles. On cask this week is Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale.”


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