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In 2009, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman took a trip to Beervana (aka Portland), which “confirmed that Portland was light years ahead of Los Angeles when it came to an ingrained beer culture.” Plenty has changed since his last trip north, and this time, Inman not only provides proof, he shares his thoughts on “what Los Angeles needs to become a player on the beer stage” in a post titled The Land of the Super Brewer.
At 1642 Temple Street in Historic Filipino Town, Elizabeth “Liz” Fischbach is now featuring Ommegang Hennepin Saison, Eagle Rock IPA, Sudwerk Lager and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous on tap.
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Craftsman Triple White Sage, Mad River Mad Belgian, The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel, Karl Strauss Whistler Imperial Pilsner, TAPS Vienna Country Lager and Green Flash 30th Street Pale. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM
Proprietor Brian Lenzo is gearing up for his 2nd Anniversary Celebration on August 14, featuring 30+ specialty beers, including Firestone 13 on tap, a (200 pound!) roast pig, dunk tank, cigar lounge and more for $40, including 10 taster tickets. Or you can pre-purchase and score two extra tasting tickets and a three-hour head-start on the general public. According to Lenzo, “The beer list for the Anniversary is going to be mind-blowing. Also the event is open to the public. Some people thing they have to buy a wristband, you don’t have too. Cheers!!”
According to bar manager Rory Snipes, “I have a lot of new beer this week. So far i’ve put on Russian River Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, Port Brewing Hot Rocks, Moinette Blonde, Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix Chipotle-Coffee Stout (which is awesome), Troubadour Blonde, Lucifer, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Old Speckled Hen, Lost Abbey Witches Wit, and Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge Flemish Red.”
THE BOTTLE ROOM
According to chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “This week we have: Mad River Mad Belgian, North Coast Red Seal, Ballast Point Sculpin (22oz), and Avery Salvation among our 24 handles. Some really good kegs on deck: RRBC Blind Pig, La Blanche, The Bruery Autumn Maple, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast. Port Brewing/Lost Abbey dinner set for the 31st of August. Took a road trip to Healdsburg and confirmed a Fall dinner with Bear Republic. Things are looking good.”
According to General Manager & Wine Director Matthew Kaner, “Currently on: Bear Republic Scottish Wee Heavy Heritage Ale, Jolly Pumpkin “Oro de Calabaza” Sour Biere de Garde and Bootlegger’s “Knuckle Sandwich” Double IPA.
In inventory and coming soon: Victory Hop Wallop, Brasserie d’Achouffe “Houblon Chouffe” Triple IPA, Port Brewing “Road to Helles.”
Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar recently added draught beers like New Belgium Eric’s Ale, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, Affligem Blonde, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale, Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA and, on cask, Stone Arrogant Bastard with Chinook hops.
THE FIFTH AMENDMENT ALEHOUSE
According to co-owner Eden Noe, “New Belgium Ranger IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Woodchuck Apple Cider, Allagash White Ale, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Newcastle Summerale, Victory Golden Monkey, Fifth Amendment IPA. We will also be getting Delirium Tremens and Chimay White on tap on Friday or over the weekend.”
According to co-owner Jason Bernstein, new beers include Craftsman 1903, Craftsman Triple White Sage, Craftsman Smoked Black Lager, North Coast Old Rasputin, Drake’s Bass Ackwards, Drake’s Hopocalypse, Sierra Nevada Almond Marzen Project, Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown Ale and New Belgium Fall Wild Ale. On deck is Port Mongo IPA and Port’s Road To Helles.”
According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Ladyface on tap – Ladyface IPA, Chesebro DIPA, Red Rye and Picture City Porter with La Blanche Wit back this weekend. Cask of the Week is “Bedroom Eyes”, our La Blonde infused with chamomile. Also Lost Abbey Lost & Found and Hop 15, Corsendonk Abbey, Drakes 1500 and Bass Ackwards, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Oskar Blues Gubna, and Alesmith XPA. On the way out – Port Road to Helles, Avery Maharajah, Stone Cali-Belgique and Speakeasy Double Daddy. To be replaced with Sierra Nevada’s 2nd 30th Anniversary ale Helles, Val Dieu Grand Cru, Russian River Pliny the Elder and Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Pils.”
According to Library Alehouse general manager Tom Kelley, “For right now we have Strand Pale, Affligem Blond, as well as our last kegs of Dogfish Head Festina Peche and Alaskan Summer.
Next Tuesday, August 17th we have Ballast Point at the Alehouse. $4 Yellowtail Pale pints, with a take your logo glass home. As well as a 1/2 barrel of Sculpin!! Also on tap that night will be Calico Amber, and a rare sixtel of something. Keep you ears perked.”
According to staffer Jamie, Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost is gearing up for their latest Belgian Beer Fest, which starts Saturday. They just got a 20-keg delivery, which should hit taps this weekend, but in the meantime, look for new additions like Buffalo Belgian Stout, St. Feuillien Triple, Leffe Blonde, St. Feullien Saison and Scaldis Peche. Belgian Beer Fest will run for two weeks (at least) and include glass, T-shirt and food specials. In years past, they featured dishes like Flemish stew, rabbit stew and pork belly to complement the beer.
According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “Tonight, from 8pm till 10pm, join us for an evening with one of Canada’s best breweries…Unibroue. We will feature the following Unibroue beers on draught: Trois Pistoles, Maudite, Éphémère Apple, Terrible. We will have bottles of La Fin Du Monde, Noire De Chambly and the rare Quatre-Centième. A limited amount of Unibroue glasses will be available.
As for new beers on draught…Black Diamond Imperial Porter (stunning!), Speakeasy Double Daddy, Mammoth Floating Rock Hefeweizen, New Belgium Ranger IPA and Urthel Hop It!”
According to Simmzy’s manager Peter Shuey, “At Simmzy’s we’ve got Ports “Older Viscosity,” Allagash “Fluxus”, Shipyard Brewing “Smashed Pumpkin”, Telegraph Brewing’s California Red and Craftsman triple white sage all on deck for the weekend. We’re now pouring Stone SSR & Cali-belgique, Bootlegger’s Old World Hefeweizen, Oskar Blue’s Gubna, and a new Belgian Tripel from Scaldis that won’t last long!”
According to The Surly Goat co-owner Ryan Sweeney, you’ll currently find beers on tap like 1908 Berliner Weisse. Racer X is still on the verge.
According to co-owner Clay Harding, “I’m going to tap S.N 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred ans Ken’s Bock, Bootlegger’s Brewery Old World Hefeweizen, Drake’s Bass Ackwards IPA, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA and Ballast Point Sculpin to name a few. I hope everyone has swooped on 2010 bottles of Older Viscosity because it is amazing. I still have bottles available here but don’t come looking for me this Saturday the 14th because I’ll be drinking it on tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood in celebration of their 2nd Anniversary. Hope to see you all there!!”
According to manager Paige Reilly, “Right now we have on Hop-15 from Port Brewing, Emperial IPA from Stone and a cask of Calico Amber Ale. Also, we have our first Beer Education Night this coming Tuesday with Jeff Musial. Would love for people to know about that as well!!!”
Beer & Spirits Specialist Mike Hayhurst has assembled Italian beers for Saturday afternoon’s tasting. From 2 PM -5 PM, staffers will be pouring 15 tasters for $10. He said, “We’ll start with a Berliner Weiss from Fleurette Gioia Di Vivere and move to the Birolla Malthus, brewed with chestnuts and honey. Then we’ll end up at Pausa Cafe Chicca, a coffee ale brewed by Italian prison inmates.”
According to Verdugo Bar co-owner Ryan Sweeney, Racer X is now online, along with Port Older Viscosity. They’re about to put on St. Feuillien/Green Flash collaboration beer.