Craft Beer Los Angeles

Dave Isser from Brews Clues photobombed an Avery beer flight at Blue Palms Brewhouse.

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L.A. Beer still has four very full days to go, but Brew & You columnist Sean Inman is already asking an important question: What to do when L.A. Beer Week is done?


Let’s look ahead to the pile of gold at the end of L.A.’s hop rainbow, the blowout beer festival at Union Station on October 17. From 12 PM – 4 PM, more than 70 breweries, many local, will fill the outdoor patio and the indoor Fred Harvey Restaurant. $40 gets you unlimited four-ounce pours.


Jeremy Kosmicki achieved the Michigan equivalent of Manifest Destiny. He grew up in Detroit, completed high school due west, in Pinckney, and stopped just short of Lake Michigan, settling in Grand Rapids, where he now works as head brewer for Founders Brewing Co. Click Here to Learn More


On October 10, as part of L.A. Beer Week, Gev Kazanchyan and his band of beer-fueled cohorts staged Dionicess VII, the seventh installment of the beer-and-food pairing series from the risk manager, college professor and beer enthusiast. This time, he teamed with The Foundry chef-owner Eric Greenspan, cookbook author Randy Clemens and Bryant Goulding of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery on a “five-course” meal. The collaboration resulted in my favorite Foundry experience yet and increased my respect for Dogfish Head. Click Here For My Recap


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Lost Coast 20th Anniversary, Russian River Blind Pg, Deschutes Jubelale, Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10, Rogue Double Dead Guy, Ballast Point Abandon Ship smoked lager, Fuller’s Winter Ale 2006 and Stone Levitation with Amarillo hops (on cask). Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM.


According to proprietor Brian Lenzo, tonight is all about Lagunitas. Expect beers on tap like A Little Sumpin’ Wild, Undercover Investigation Shut Down, Lucky 13, IPA and Pils. Last week, Lenzo predicted “another surprise event,” and it turns out there are two extra Blue Palms events for L.A. Beer Week. October 15 revolves around Firestone Walker and October 16 is Green Flash night, with Chuck Silva Stout and Imperial Red Ale, plus Speakeasy’s new triple IPA, The Don.


Tonight, Boneyard is hosting a five-course beer dinner with Ladyface. According to Boneyard Bistro bar manager Rory Snipes “It’s a $65 Prix-Fixe available throughout the night, and barring any last minute tweaks, includes: Trois Filles Tripel paired with a Frisee and Endive Salad with St. Agur Blue cheese, Tripel poached pears and a Tripel vinaigrette/ Blind Ambition Amber paired with Foie Gras Rumaki with grilled pineapple and dates/ Weizenbock paired with housemade sausage, beer braised onions and sauerkraut/ IPA paired with chipotle glazed Tri-Tip and Wouthwest corn salsa/ Picture City Porter paired with a caramel and chocolate bread pudding.”


BottleRock is now pouring Ommegang BPA in DTLA and Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin in Culver City.


According to chef-owner Tony Alcazar, tonight is “Bosteels meet the brewer night. A casual 3 course dinner. Deus with Strawberry and Brie Tart. Tripel Karmeliet with Moules Frites, and Kwak with Valrhona Chocolate Cake and Salted Caramel Ice Cream. $30/per person includes a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

New Beers as of today: Mikkeller I Hardcore You and Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Consecration and Redemption, Bosteels Deus, Tripel Karmeliet and Kwak, Green Flash American ESB and Imperial Red, Great Divide Titan, Hercules, Yeti and Hibernation Ale, Duvel Triple Hop, Mikkeller Black Tie and The Bruery Provisions Premiere in bottles. You’ll be hard pressed to find these beers anywhere else. We are very proud to pour some of the very best beers from breweries around the world.”


On October 16-17, BREWCO is celebrating Sierra Nevada Brewing Company by pouring every 30th Anniversary release, plus “aged Bigfoot and brews that can only be found up in Chico.” Buy a pint, keep the glass.


According to beverage director Eli Wilson, “Oct. 14th, Thursday: “Sublimely Self-Righteous: Stone Rare and Vintage Beer Tasting” 6pm-on. I have upgraded this event to TEN unique Stone beers on tap from Stone!! Look for vintage Imperial Russian Stout, Double Bastard, Chipotle Smoked Porter and Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA, all on TAP!

We are excited to debut Newcastle brand-new, limited production “Exhibition Ale” at Congregation. The launch party festivities will be held on the 20th of this month, along with custom glassware giveaways.

On tap, we are still working our way through limited kegs from Great Divide, Oskar Blues, Dogfish and Lagunitas. Plus, international specialties such as Mikkeller Cascade IPA and Koff Porter (finland!). A great time to be in Long Beach for sure!”


Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar is rolling out different beers almost every day of L.A. Beer Week.

October 14 reveals Russian River
Pliny the Elder
and Redemption.

October 15 brings the taps back to Stone for
Sublimely Self-Righteous Blk IPA,
 14th Anniversary Ale, Dbl Dry Hopped
Chipotle porter,
Vertical Epic 10/10/10
and Arrogant Bastard.

October 16 concludes The Pint’s new Beer Week beers with Port Brewing 
Panzer Pilsner,
Wipeout IPA,
High Tide IPA
and Shark Attack
Summer Ale.


Here are the remaining events that the Eagle Rock Brew Team hosting for L.A. Beer Week, featuring their descriptions:

Thursday 10/14/10 – Test your beer knowledge in a casual beer trivia night in the taproom moderated by Drew Beechum. It’s bound to be entertaining!

Friday 10/15/10 – Ahn-Joo Korean Pub Grub Truck will be at the brewery, so come and get yer Korean eats on! In honor of LA Beer Week, the beer of the night will be Revolution XPA. Come and get $4 pints of Revolution all evening!

Saturday 10/16/10 – Mandoline Grill is revisiting the brewery and this time we’re countering their food with a very limited release of our Lemongrass Witbier. What?! A new beer? Yes, you read that right…LIMITED RELEASE LEMONGRASS WITBIER. That’ll be our featured beer of the night and we’ll be pouring $4 pints of it all evening!”


Tonight at 7:30 PM, The Factory is hosting Beer Tasting with Bootlegger’s Brewing. Gutenkauf said that head brewer Aaron Barkenhagen is bringing “Aaron Barkenhagen, brewer from Bootleggers, has given me an update on what beers he is bringing…Sours: Lambic #1, Lambic #2 and Lambic #5, Sour 76 and Brett Chaos. Aaron will also be pouring his Amber Altbier and seasonal Pumpkin Ale. Aaron is such a cool guy and we can’t wait to have him back at The Factory!

Thanks to all our tasting events for L.A. Beer Week, we can’t move in our walk-in cooler, but we will have one of the best beer lists in town this weekend!! Other beers on rotation this week: Stone 10/10/10 Vertical Epic (we will keep this one on tap all weekend), Sudwerk Oktoberfest, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest, Karl Strauss Catacombs Porter, Ballast Point Oktoberfest, Rock Bottom Rocktoberfest, Angel City Dunkel, Great Beer Company Hollywood Blonde and all the beers from Great Divide: Hades Belgian, Hercules Double IPA, Titan IPA, Hibernation English Ale, Rufian Barley Wine and Yeti Stout.”


On October 16 from 1 PM – 7 PM and October 17 from 1 PM – 6 PM, the Original Farmers Market is featuring a “Beer Corral,” where they’ll be pouring The Bruery Autumn Maple, Lagunitas Fusion 2, Coney Island Freaktoberfest, and Wychwood Hobgoblin.


According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, new beers since last Thursday include Drake’s Denogginizer, Great Divide Yeti Stout, Craftsman 1903, Boont Imperial Amber Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin Ale, Coney Island Albino Python, Lost Abbey Devotion, New Belgium Belgo. On deck for tomorrow: Great Divide Hades and Port Brewing High Tide.


Intelligentsia Pasadena’s beer and wine license takes effect tomorrow. Look for a quartet of beers on tap, including Stimulus, he collaborative beer from Eagle Rock Brewery that incorporates Intelligentsia’s organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Adado coffee. The other taps initially pour Equinox, Eagle Rock’s young sour ale, Great Divide IPA and Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic. Intelli Pasadena also carries 10 different bottles.


According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “If you can’t make it out to Agoura Hills this week, see us Sunday at the LA Beer Week Festival at Union Station. And our big Ladyface Halloween Bash is October 30th, 8pm-2am, details on the website.

Cask of the Week is “My Ex-Girlfriend”, our Ladyface IPA with whole leaf Summit hops and bitter & sweet Curacao orange peels. Chesebro DIPA is back, joining Palo Comado XPA, Picture City Porter, and La Blanche Wit. Lost Abbey Deliverance, Port High Tide wet-hopped IPA, Alesmith IPA, Anderson Valley Brother David’s Tripel, Malheur 12, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Stone Chipotle Smoked Porter, Oskar Blues Gubna and St. Louis Gueuze round things out. Cheers!”


According to General Manager Tom Kelley, a certified cicerone, for Oktoberfest, “$18 buys you a classic, 1 liter Spaten Oktoberfest glass (filled with Spaten Oktoberfest or Bitburger of course). Refillable at $10 a glass throughout LA Beer Week. Just bring the glass back! So get on your Lederhosen and get on down.” Kelley also provided a rundown of the remaining “rare beer tappings.”

October 14: Sierra Nevada’s Black Barleywine
October 15: Drake’s Denogginizer DIPA
October 16: Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix Chipotle Coffee Porter
October 17: Port Brewing’s Older Viscosity


L.A. Beer Week coincides with Lucky Baldwin’s 14th Anniversary party, which lasts from October 7-17 in Pasadena and Sierra Madre, featuring archive Stone beers, glass and T-shirt specials and some “gems” from owner David Farnsworth’s cellar.


Tonight is Local Craft Brewery Appreciation Night at Naja’s Place. According to assistant manager Martin Svab, from 8 PM – 1 PM, “We will feature 10+ local craft breweries including Craftsman, Skyscraper, Bruery, and many, many more! Each one will bring one specialty beer of their choosing. Special guests from featured breweries will be in attendance.”

October 16 from 1 PM – 4 PM, Naja’s Place is hosting the South Bay Launch Party for Great Divide Brewing Co., the Denver brewery featured in Sean Inman’s column. Expect beers like Yeti, Old Ruffian and Hercules Double IPA.


L.A. Beer Week, Scoops owner Tai Kim and Food GPS (wait, that’s me) present an assortment of beer-infused ice creams, which are available through October 17. Flavors include Dulce de Leche-Black Xantus, Mocha-Union Jack IPA and Apricot-Chimay Premiere. Click Here For More Info.


According to last night’s update from Simmzy’s manager Peter Shuey, “We’re still running special brews from Stone including the Chipotle & Vanilla Bean smoked porters along with all the double dry hopped stuff. We’ve also got Great Divide Hibernation, Hades, Hercules DIPA & Titan on tap and Oak aged Yeti in 22oz. bottles. We were lucky enough to grab Lagunitas’ Fusion 4…Also just added Ballast point Longfin Lager and Oktoberfest along with Firestone Velvet Merlin and Oaktoberfest. The special Stone brews are nearing their end so drink up before it’s gone! Next week on Thursday, Oct 21 we’ll be hosting our friends from Strand Brewing for their unofficial 1st anniversary party. We’ll have 24th St. Pale, Beach House Amber & we’re hoping they bring a little something special as well! Cheers!


According to co-owner Marlene Samaniego, “Thursday Oct. 14, 2010 is Karl Strauss Night! We will be having Steve Goto from Karl Strauss Brewery pouring samples of beer from the oldest brewery in San Diego!”


The Surly Goat is hosting a beer and cheese pairing with Schneider on the 15th. Last week, Andrew Kelley alluded to “some last minute surprises.” Here they are. “The Surly Goat will be hosting Maui Brewing Co [tonight], featuring the first kegs of some Maui beers in Socal and a few special draft-only offerings. Also, the Goat will be holding a special Lagunitas Night on Friday 10/15, featuring several Lagunitas beers including their new concoction, Fusion 2.”


According to co-owner Clay Harding, “Ultimate Flight Night on October 14 from 7M – 2 AM, featuring a “journey around the world with 15 first class flights of craft beer.” Sample flights include “Barrel Aged Brew,” which involves pours of Paradox Isle of Arran, Older Viscosity, RasputinXII and 100% BA Coton. “Eagle Has Landed” showcases four Eagle Rock Brewery beers: Solidarity on Nitro, Equinox Sour, Populist IPA and Red Velvet. “West Coast IPA” includes Sculpin on Nitro, Just Outstanding, Alesmith and Double Dry Hopped Stone. “Russian – Tion” features four different Russian River gems: Redemption, Temptation, Supplication and Consecration. And that’s not all. Harding said, “Those are some Draft flight examples plus 6 others including German Styles, RIS and Belgian Sour. Many more as well as Bottle poured flights including Vertical Epic 06, 07, 08, 09, 10 and Allagash Confluence, Tripel, FOUR and Odyssey 09 to name a few.”


According to Tin Roof Bistro manager Coleen A. Liebzeit, “We’re joining in the fun of LA Beer Week and on Thursday Oct. 14th @ 7:00 PM we are hosting a beer dinner with Allagash owner and brewer Rob Tod. It will include a variety of Allagash beers that Chef Anne has prepared some amazing entrees that we will be pairing them with. Reservations are a must and for questions, cost and seating, folks will need to contact Nancy @ 310-939-0900.”


According to Andrew Kelley, The Bruery & Hot Knives pairing is taking place tonight at Verdugo.


On October 16 from 12 PM – 2 PM, Wurstkuche is hosting “Schneider Flights & Frühschopfen.” Susanne Hecht from G. Schneider & Sohn Brewery will share all five Schneider beers, along with a three-year-old Aventinus. You’ll also receive sausage pairings for $35. Tickets are available at the restaurant.


According to manager Mary Drenthe, “Come celebrate LA Beer Week at The York on Thursday October 14th as we honor our German brethren with a night of Beer ‘n Brats! Featuring $4 Schonramer Pilsner, Spaten Lager, and Oktoberfest on tap all night, as well as specials on bottled beers from Hopf, Reutberger, and Schonramer. Plus, buy any German beer and get a bratwurst for $2 (available during dinner hours 3:30-10:30PM). Bar is open 3PM-2AM.”


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