L.A. Beer Blast B36

Craft Beer Long Beach

Congregation Ale House, Travis Ensling’s church-themed beer bar, debuted in Long Beach.

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.

Brouwerij West is a new Belgian-inspired brewery from partners Brian Mercer and Nick Brown. They currently contract brew by night in Orange County and operate during the day in Palos Verdes. Five years ago, Mercer launched a company called Dark Candi, selling caramelized sugar syrup to breweries in the U.S. and Canada. However, the longtime home brewer had a grander vision that involved starting a brewery of his own…in Belgium. A year ago, he met Brown, who was working at Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, and the hop- and malt-fueled dream finally became realistic. CLICK HERE FOR MY INTRO TO BROUWERIJ WEST

This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman reports on Hangar 24 Brewery, which “has been slowly expanding its reach from the Inland Empire. You have probably seen (and tasted) their flagship brew, Orange Wheat. And you may have sampled their pale ale at a festival or at places like Tony’s Darts Away. And you may have seen their latest bottled product, Alt-Bier.” However, Inman writes about two reasons to visit the brewery Redlands, Hangar 24’s “homey vibe and special beers.” CLICK HERE TO READ HIS POST.


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown Ale, Bootlegger’s SoCo IPA, Rogue John John Hazelnut, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA, Haandbryggeriet Odin’s Tripple and Lost Abbey Devotion. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM


According to proprietor Brian Lenzo, new beers include “Pizza Port feeding Frenzy, Pizza Port Pseudo IPA, Winter Coat Double Hop ( Denmark), Big Sky Double IPA, De Proefbrouwerij Monstre Rough, Sally Brown Caffe Baracco brewed with coffee ( Italy ), Sept 28th Great Divide Release Party. Cheers!!!” Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu via HERE


According to Bar Manager Rory Snipes, “New draft this week includes: Ballast Point Sculpin, Ballast Point Callico Amber, Stone/Ballast Point/Kelsey Mcnair collaboration San Deigo County Session Ale, Ladyface/Maltose Falcons collaboration Griffin Saison, St. Bernardus Prior 8, Eagle Rock Red Velvet, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken’s Ale Black Barleywine, Russian River Damnation and Flying Dog Gonzo on nitrogen – Pliny on deck.”


According to chef-owner Tony Salazar, “This week we’ve got Allagash White, Curieux, and Four. Very delicious!! Were also pouring Stone/Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair Collaboration, Coronado Idiot IPA, The Lost Abbey Avant Garde and Port Brewing Older Viscosity. Also working on our Oktoberfest line up along with a brunch Sunday the 19th. So far we got Avery The Kaiser, New Belgium Hoptober, and Paulaner Oktoberfest.”


Congregation Ale House debuted last Sunday in Long Beach, and more than 200 “saints and sinners” stood in line to experience the opening of Travis Ensling’s church-themed beer bar. Tonight the celebration continues from 6 PM – 8 PM. According to Beverage Director Eli Wilson, “We are incredibly proud to be hosting the Abbot of Maredsous Abbey during his ONLY visit to Los Angeles…We will be featuring all THREE Maredsous beers on draft, and included in the price of a beer will be an official Maredsous goblet.

The Father Abbot will arrive at 6PM and speak at 7PM to share with us the message of the Benedictene Brotherhood being the very founders of brewing in Europe…We are humbled by his presence and hope you can share a reverent moment with us as he blesses our new pub. We will be serving His beers throughout the weekend, offering refill specials for those with Abbey glassware.”


Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar recently added draught beers like Dogfish Head Midas Touch, Affligem Tripel, Port Old Viscosity, and on cask, Stone Ruination with Amarillo hops and Deans Brothers Black Irish Double Stout.


According to co-owner Eden Noe, “We have on tap new, Moose Drool from Montana, Allagash Curiuex, Allagash White, Echtkriek bier, Black Phoenix a Chipotle Coffee Stout from Bootlegger, Old World Hefeweizen from Bootlegger, Stella Artois, Double Daddy IPA from Speakeasy, Hoegaarden, Speedway Stout, and we will soon tap Stone Session IPA and Ballast Point Sculpin IPA!!! We will also tap Dogfish Peche Berlinerweisse soon!!!”


On September 13 at 7 PM, Ford’s Filling Station owner Benjamin Ford is teaming with Benjamin Weiss from The Bruery and Nate Pietso from Maggie’s Farm on a blowout beer dinner involving five market-driven courses and seven beers. The cost is $108 per person, including tax, tip, and dishes like slow poached branzino with angry aglio olio, Niman Ranch short rib in stout-chocolate mole, warm golden beets served with their tops, and fig tarte tatin. The Bruery is bringing beers like Mischief, an 8.5% ABV Belgium-Style Golden Strong Ale; Rugbrød, an 8% ABV Scandinavian Christmas Beer; Coton, their 17% ABV barrel-aged 2nd Anniversary Ale; and Gunga Galunga, a 7.7% ABV black beer brewed with Kaffir lime leaves. E-mail [email protected] for reservations.


According to co-owner James Starr, the current beers include New Belgium Belgo IPA and AleSmith Grand Cru, and Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich double IPA should go live later tonight.


According to manager Robyn Britton, “Beer does not get much fresher than this. Within hours of being picked, 40 lbs of fresh Amarillo hops arrived at Ladyface. Full of volatile oils, unadulterated and unprocessed, they went right into the kettle to become Palo Comado XPA, our first wet-hopped harvest ale. Debuts Friday Sept 10. The Griffin Saison, a Belgian farmhouse-style collaboration with the Maltose Falcons Home Brew Club, joins La Blonde, La Blanche Wit, Picture City Porter, Trois Filles Tripel and Cask of the Week “Hazelnut Porter” to round out the Ladyface lineup.

Guest ales on tap include Stone San Diego County Session, Bear Republic XP Pale Ale, Professor Fitz’s 1809, Moylan’s Hopsickle, Speakeasy Double Daddy, La Chouffe Houblon, Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil Yellow Pils, Anderson Valley Imperial IPA and Poleeko Gold. Coming down the pike is a keg room full of Ballast Point ales.”


According to Library Alehouse general manager Tom Kelley, “This weekend we have Theobroma from Dogfish Head, Stone’s hoppy collaboration 4.7% Session ale, Saison Dupont, Brouwerij West 5 Blond. Right now we are pouring Autumn Maple from the Bruery, but that will switch over to Humulus lager this weekend. And we are crossing our fingers that kegs of Temptation and Mikkeller 10 make it in tomorrow to find a spot on the taps this weekend.

Additions in bottle include Alpine Duet, and Pure Hoppiness, as well as Zuur and Triple Perfection from Ommegang.”


According to staffer Jamie, Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost just ended their Belgian Beer Fest, and replacement kegs haven’t kicked in yet. The only new beer since last Thursday is Spaten Optimator.


According to assistant manager Martin Svab, new beers since last Thursday include San Diego Session Ale, Brouwerj West Blond, Oskar Blues Gubna, Konig Pilsner, Mad River Stealhead DIPA, Dogfish Head Palo Santos Maron, Oskar Blues Old Chub, Karl Strauss Red Trolley, Anchor Humming Ale, Sudwek Hefeweizen, Biere De Lamite (St. Feullien / Green Flash).

Also from Svab, “We will be CLOSED this weekend (Fri. Sat. Sun.) & next Tuesday.”


According to Simmzy’s manager Peter Shuey, “We’ve got Ken & Jack’s Ale, a barley wine & part of Sierra’s 30th annv releases. It’s amazing. Dogfish Head Theobroma, Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich IPA, Black Diamond Jagged Edge IPA, Oskar Blue’s Gubna, Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin Sumpin, The Bruerey Autumn Maple and Avery IPA & White Rascal.”


According to Andrew Kelley, “Here are some highlights of what’s on now and coming up soon.” On tap: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, New Belgium Imperial Berliner Weisse and Brouwerij West 5 Blond Ale (Brouwerij West is a brand new brewery out of Los Angeles).

On deck: Stone/Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair San Diego County Session Ale, Ballast Point Abandon Ship Smoked Lager and Eagle Rock Solidarity (on Nitro).

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According to co-owner Clay Harding, “Fresh brews just tapped are Meantime Chocolate Porter, Alesmith IPA, Eagle Rock Red Velvet, Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Kern River Just Outstanding, St. Bernardus 12, Pugsley’s Smashed Pumpkin, Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA, Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and Coronado Four Brothers Pale Ale. Oh yea, we show all the football games too.”


According to manager Paige Reilly, “We are local central right now @ TDA! It’s awesome. Eagle Rock Populist IPA and Solidarity Black Mild, Nakhon Lemongrass White, Craftsman Summer Ale on CASK and Nibble Bit Tabby ESB coming in today. Come support your LA breweries!!!”


Beer & Spirits Specialist Mike Hayhurst has assembled 15 mystery beers for Saturday afternoon’s blind beer tasting. From 2 PM -5 PM, staffers will be pouring the beers for $10. Hayhurst said, “The blind tastings are always a good time. You get to guess what the beers are, where they are from, the ABV, style, and whether it’s an ale or a lager. This is a fun way to test your palate because we strip away the labels and marketing to leave you with just the beer. And isn’t that what it’s all about?”


According to Andrew Kelley, “Here are some highlights of what’s on now and coming up soon.” On tap: Oskar Blues TenFidy, Speakeasy Old Godfather and Green Flash/St. Feuillien Biere De L’Amitie.

On deck: Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, Port Older Viscosity and The Bruery Coton.


Joshua Lurie

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

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