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The Bruery poured Gunga Galunga from their Provisions Series at L.A. Beer Week Fest.

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. This week’s blast is abbreviated, but next Thursday will be full blast. Look in the left sidebar, SUBSCRIBE to Food GPS and you’ll receive the L.A. BEER BLAST by e-mail.


This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman posits: “The industrial water lager makers own the airwaves and the craft industry needs to sneak into eyesight in whatever way possible.” He has some thoughts on how to change the way beer appears on TV in a post titled Product Placement.


Jeff Bagby currently serves as Pizza Port Carlsbad’s Director of Brewpub Operations & Head Brewer and recently helped the establishment secure Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year at GABF. He recently shared insights about his background and approach. Click Here to Learn More


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Lagunitas Fusion IV, Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10, Port Mongo IPA, AleSmith Yulesmith, Moylan’s Old Blarney Barley Wine (aged in Heaven Hill barrels), Russian River Redemption, Bier de Provence and Bootlegger’s Palomino Pale. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM.


New beers on tap at Blue Palms include Big Sky 406 Saison, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild, Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10, Kern River Fresh Hop Ale, AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown, Avery Fumator, Green Flash Chuck Silva Stout, and on cask, Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu via HERE


Here are the updates from Randi Leehan at BottleRock Culver City:

“Firestone Oaktober is new on draft. Monday, October 25 is the Wychwood Brewing Beer Tasting at BottleRock Culver City. Wychwood is the home of the Hobgoblin – just in time for Halloween! Five Beers – $15.”

Here are the updates from Corwyn Anthony at BottleRock Downtown LA:

“Two new seasonal beers now in stock! Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic (9th in the series) & Great Divide Brewing Company Hibernation Ale.”


On October 31 from 5 PM – 5 PM, Alex Macy and City Sip LA are hosting a Halloween Beer and Zombie (Book) Pairing, featuring “7 Killer Beers (to calm your nerves!),” “7 cheeses (oh, yes…there will be head cheese!),” Ben Tripp, author of “RISE AGAIN, a Zombie Thriller,” who will read passages from his book…”and possibly eat some offal meats (Brains, Liver, etc.) for those who eat flesh!” Come in a Zombie costume and get a party fvor. The cost of the event is $35. To reserve a spot, e-mail [email protected] or call 213 483 9463.


According to beverage director Eli Wilson, “”Thanks to all that came out for our three LA Beer Week events last week! We currently are running through our special inventory from last week, so come by for a final sip of Double Dry Hopped SSR, Stone Chipotle Porter, Great Divide Hercules IPA, Lagunitas Fusion 4, and more!”

On Halloween, we will be holding our annual Saints and Sinners Ball, complete with 32 Ghoulish beers on tap and a costume contest with prizes. Event will run all day, but for a sneak preview of the beers on tap, those in-the-know stop by on Halloween Eve.””


On October 27 from 7 PM – 11 PM, Drink Eat Travel is hosting a benefit for the Fallen Firefighters Foundation at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, including beer from Firestone Walker, food from Chipotle, chocolate from The Chocolate Traveler and music from DJ J.J. Aquino. Tickets cost $12.


According to owner Natalie Gutenkauf, “Tuesday, October 26th is our monthly BYOB: BEER dinner. This month’s theme is Oregon Beers! Our guests bring enough of the theme beer for themselves and some to share. We sit community table style, pass bottles around, while enjoying a four-course meal. This is going to be a fun meal to create, so much yummy stuff to work with … Oregon salmon, wild mushrooms, Rogue Creamery … ah, where to begin?! The dinner is $25 per person with no corkage fee.”


According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Cask of the Week is gravity-drawn this week. “My Ex-Girlfriend is Back”, our Ladyface IPA with whole leaf Summit hops and bitter & sweet Curacao orange peels, returns. On tap – La Blanche Wit, La Blonde, Picture City Porter, Port Shark Attack and High Tide wet-hopped IPA, Great Divide Hercules and Hades, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Alesmith IPA, Avery Joe’s Pils, Ommegang Hennepin Saison, Green Flash Double Chocolate Stout, Stone Chipotle Smoked Porter, St. Louis Gueuze and Spaten Octoberfest. On deck – Malheur 12, Avery Dugana and Russian River Blind Pig.

The new fall menu is up on the website. Warm, hearty dishes that take advantage of autumn’s harvest abundance are perfect for these rainy days. And the chocolate stout pudding is pretty killer. Cheers!”


On October 23 from noon – midnight, 38 Degrees is hosting Hoptoberfest, featuring 35 IPAs, double IPAs and Oktoberfest beers. They’re pouring a dozen different Imperial IPAs, including Mikkeller I Hardcore You, Beer Valley Fresh Hopped Leafer Madness, Avery Dugana and Drake’s Denogginizer. 14 different American IPAs will flow, including Kern River Just Outstanding, Hangar 24 IPA, Great Divide Fresh Hop IPA and Marin Indian Summer. You’ll also find German style beers like Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock, Ballast Point Oktoberfest and Avery The Kaiser.


According to last night’s update from owner Tony Yanow, “Paige and I are in Chico for beer camp at Sierra Nevada, but there are lots of great things on tap including: Blind Pig from Russian River, Ambition from Ladyface, Welcome Back Wipeout from Pizza Port Carlsbad, Rosebud Old Ale from Rubicon and 34 others today.

We are gearing up for Vegan Beer Festival which will be held on the grounds of the Roxy Theater on the Sunset Strip on Nov 6th. Inside and out. Tickets available at special advanced pricing at the Roxy and Ticketmaster.”


Vendome Toluca Lake staffer Harley Rogers has assembled 15 beers for Saturday afternoon’s Abbey Ale tasting. From 2 PM -5 PM, staffers will pour tasters of each beer for $10, focusing on a “diversified sample of Dubbels, Tripels and Quads, from both the USA and Belgium.” Beers include Allagash Dubbel, Goose Island Pere Jacques, Marin Tripel Dipsea, Avery The Reverend Quad and Ommegang Three Philosophers.


Joshua Lurie

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

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