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Lagunitas Censored Rich Copper Ale flowed at Ford's Filling Station.

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.


This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman declares, “Provisions, the newly opened Old Towne Orange outlet of the nationally recognized Bruery is class all the way.” Learn why in his full post, which is titled Stock Up on Some Provisions.


Chicago native Tony Magee played in a reggae band and worked in the printing industry for nearly a decade before he became addicted to homebrew and decided to share it with the world. He opened Lagunitas Brewing Company in 1993 in Forest Knolls and quickly outgrew the facility, which prompted a move to Petaluma in 1994. Last year, Lagunitas added an on-site tasting room, which is already thriving. We recently caught up at The Surly Goat. Click Here to Learn More


On October 30, Cowgirl Creamery co-founder Sue Conley and Lagunitas Brewing Company market manager Renee Harper appeared on the patio at Ben Ford’s Culver City gastropub, collaborating with Ford’s chef de cuisine Sal Roldan on a unique beer and cheese pairing. Click Here to Learn More.


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Dogfish Head Burton Baton, Avery American Pilsner, Drake’s Imperial Stout, TAPS Cali Gold, Alaskan Smoked Porter, Stone Cali-Belgique, Craftsman Edgar’s Ale and Cuvee de Raison sour, and on cask, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous with Simcoe with Amarillo hops. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM.


New beers on tap at Blue Palms include Eagle Rock Brewery UNITY LA Beer Team Imperial California Common, Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown, Drake’s Bass Ackwards American IPA, Pittsburgh Brewing Iron City lager, MigNight Sun Panty Peeler Belgian-style tripel, Cismontane Coconut Small Beer mild ale and Victory Old Horizontal American barleywine. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu HERE

According to Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo, “We are getting ready for Firestone 14 Release on Wednesday. We will be doing Verticals of 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14, Food and Cheese parings with an amazing tap list.”


According to last night’s update from bar manager Rory Snipes “New on tap this week we have Russian River Blind Pig, Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red, Bootlegger’s Pumpkin, Russian River Temptation, Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale, and Gulden Draak Vintage. We also just got some He’brew Rye aged R.I.P.A., and Dogfish Head Pangaea in bottles, both of which are fantastic, Cheers!”


According to beverage director Eli Wilson, “Saints and Sinners Ball went fantastic on Halloween evening, thanks to those that came! This week is a fantastic opportunity to come in to try the last of our special kegs that were hand-selected and reserved for last Sunday: Oak-Aged Yeti, Deliverance, 2009 Vintage Bigfoot, Schenkerla Hell, Jackalope Pumpkin Porter, and many more. While supplies last!

Coming up on the 11th is our “Duvel-Three-Ways and Moule Frites” event. Expect vintage Duvel paired alongside fresh Mussels cooked in Duvel beer. Also, chat with your favorite Congregation Staff members, as they will be dressed to impress for a beer-y meet-and-greet that night!”


Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar has added draught beers like Russian River Blind Pig, Dogfish Head Palo Santo, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, Dean’s Brothers Double Black Irish Stout, and on cask, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous with Amarillo hops.


According to owner Natalie Gutenkauf, beers currently on tap include Stone Brewing Vertical Epic 10.10.10, Port Brewing Wipeout IPA, Bootleggers Brewing Lambic #5, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest, New Belgium Lips of Faith Sahti Ale, Angel City Dunkel, Rock Bottom Rocktoberfest and Ballast Point Longfin Lager.

“In the back,” they’ve got kegs of Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Karl Strauss Catacombs Black Lager, Bootleggers Lambic #2 and Moylan’s Hopsickle Double IPA.


According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, they’re currently pouring Speakeasy The Don, Port High Tide IPA, Avery Dugana double IPA, Great Divide Titan IPA, New Belgium Sahti – “It borders on being too sweet, but it’s brewed with rye, so it’s got a dry finish” – Anderson Valley Imperial Boont, and Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10. About that final beer, Bernstein said, “It’s so piquant and young and fresh right now, it tastes like champagne.”


According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Ladyface ales on tap – La Trappistine, our new and complex Belgian-style dubbel, joins Chesebro DIPA, La Blanche Wit, and La Blonde. Our gravity-drawn Cask of the Week is “Tropic Thunder”, our Chesebro DIPA infused with mango. Guest ales include Stone Vertical Epic 10/10/10, Avery Dugana and Joe’s Pils, Ommegang Hennepin Saison, Val-Dieu Grand Cru, North Coast Pranqster, Great Divide Hades, Green Flash Hophead Red and Double Chocolate Stout, St. Louis Gueuze and Spaten Octoberfest. On deck – Humboldt Brewing Co Hemp Ale, Petrus Oud Bruin, Hommel Ale, Drake’s Denogginizer and Sweetgrass APA. Cheers!”


According to Library Alehouse General Manager Tom Kelley, a certified cicerone, “New stuff on draft this week. Alaskan Smoked Porter, Sierra Northern Hop Harvest, Browerij West Blond, Dogfish Head’s 90 minute IPA, New Belgium’s new Lips of Faith series beer, Sahti (very good!), Ballast Point Calico Amber, Firestone Velvet Merlin. For the weekend we should see our keg of the Mikkeller / Brewdog collaboration I Hardcore You. In addition, the Russian River love keeps coming and we will have Blind Pig this weekend.

In bottle we just brought up some Allagash 2009 Victoria. Just absolutely wonderful brew with an addition of chardonnay grapes.”


Since last Thursday, the only beer that Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost has added is Sierra Nevada Estate, a harvest ale brewed using hops and barley grown on-site at the Chico brewery.


The Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club (2515 Valley Drive) is hosting “Savor the Flavor” on November 6 at 5:30 PM. According to organizer Karen Block’s description, “Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach is putting on Savor the Flavor, a Beer and Tequila tasting in order to raise money for a domestic violence shelter being built in Rosarito, MX. Tickets are $30/$40 Pre-Sale or $35/$45 at the door. Your tickets include a full dinner, beer tastings (and tequila if you purchase the $40 ticket), non-alcoholic beverage and much more! Tickets, breweries, sponsors and other information can be found Here


According to manager Peter Shuey, “[Tonight] we’ll have our friends from Bootlegger’s Brewery in house pouring some Golden Chaos, Black Phoenix & their Pumpkin ale. Festivities begin at 6:30pm.”

Right now we’re pouring Ballast Point Sculpin, Craftsman Edgar’s Ale, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti & Fresh Hop pale. We’ve also got New Belgium Sahti from the Lips of Faith series, Sierra Northern Hemisphere Harvest, Bootleggers Pumpkin & Black Phoenix along with Stone Double Bastard and Avery Dugana. Cheers!”


According to co-owner Marlene Samaniego, this month, the taps are dispensing STRONG ALES, including Lagunitas Maximus IPA (2008), Victor Hop Wallop Ale (2008), Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA (2009), Harviestoun Ola Dubh Ale (2008) aged in 30-year-old Highland Park whiskey barrels, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Anderson Valley Huge’r Boont Amber Ale, Lagunitas Brown Shugga – Sweet Release (2008), Marin Brass Knuckles Imperial IPA and The Bruery Autumn Maple Harvest Ale.

The Surly Goat

Andrew Kelley singled out some fresh tapped “highlights,” including Russian River Pliny the Elder (Double IPA), Anderson Valley Bahl Hornin Imperial Boont (Imperial Amber Ale) and Russian River Consecration (sour brown ale w/ currants). On deck, they’ve got kegs of Russian River Blind Pig (IPA), Ommegang Witte (Belgian Witbier) and Blue Frog Frog in da Rye (Rye Amber Ale).


According to manager Paige Reilly, “On Tap: Santa Cruz Aleworks’ IPA, Speakeasy’s The Don Triple IPA, TAPS IPA, and Firestone Double Jack IPA. It’s an IPA festival everyday at Tony’s!

Also, buy tickets to LA’s first ever Vegan Beer Festival THIS SATURDAY, November 6th, at The Roxy on Sunset.”


Joshua Lurie

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

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