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Brew Free or Die IPA and Via were on tap at 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco.

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This week, Brew & You columnist Sean Inman declares, “it’s not as scary as the Blob or War of the Worlds, but 100 or so beer bloggers descended on Colorado to discuss beer, technology and the bloggers’ role in the world of craft beer as part of the Beer Bloggers Conference.” He was there and reports about his experience in a post titled Beer Bloggers Invade Boulder.


Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers like Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, De Proef Monstre Rouge, Rubicon Hop Sauce, Green Flash American ESB, Scaldis Peche Mel, Drake’s Kewl Hand Luke and St. Feuillien 2009 Cuvee de Noel. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via HOP CAM.


The Blue Palms tap list is littered with Firestone Walker beers. They’ve got beers like Firestone Honey Blonde, Firestone Oaktoberbest, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, Firestone Double Jack double IPA, Firestone Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout, Firestone 14th Anniversary barrel blend and Firestone Rufus, which is aged in Rye and Bourbon barrels. If Firestone isn’t your brewery, they’ve also got Cismontane Coulter IPA, Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown and Der Kommissar Weizenbock. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu via HERE


According to bar manager Rory Snipes “New beer on draft this week includes: Porterhouse Oyster Stout, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, Strand Beach House Amber, Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale, Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale, Foret, Stone Double Bastard and Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza. Cheers!”


New kegs at the DTLA location include Bootlegger’s Brewery Pumpkin Ale, Port Brewing Company High Tide and Ommegang Three Philosophers. They’ve also got 750’s of Bootlegger’s Brewery Black Phoenix and Bootlegger’s Brewery Rustic Rye.


According to beverage director Eli Wilson, “We about to tap a rare keg of De Molen Hell and Damnation, and we’ll have Sculpin IPA, Avery Reverend, Oak Aged Yeti, and Gulden Draak on throughout the week! Come join us on Thursday for Duvel and fresh Mussels, or next Thursday for the launch of Brown Shugga.”


Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar has added draught beers like Speakeasy’s Hunter Point Porter, Green Flash Hop Head Red, Bear Republic Racer 5, Firestone Walker Solace wheat ale, Weihenstephan Korbinian doppelbock, Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin, and on cask, Stone Arrogant Bastard with American Oak and Stone IPA with Centennial hops.


According to last night’s update from Fifth Amendment co-owner Eden Noe, the beer list now includes “Avery Speedway Stout, Port High Tide IPA, Delirium Tremens, Angel City Stritch Stout, Racer 5, Hoegaarden, Echt Kriekenbier, and Port Viscosity. We will soon have Stone Vertical Epic and Sculpin IPA.”


According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, they’re currently pouring Craftsman 1903, Craftsman Edgar’s Ale, Port High Tides Wet Hopped IPA, Avery Dugana, Moylan’s Hopsickle, North Coast Old Rasputin Stout, Stone Vertical Epic 10-10-10, Stone Double Bastard and New Belgium Sahti.


According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Amber fans – Ladyface Blind Ambition is back to join Trois Filles Tripel, La Trappistine Dubbel and Chesebro IPA. Picture City Porter will be back for the weekend. Our gravity-drawn Cask of the Week is “Boysen’ The Hood”, Blind Ambition Amber infused with boysenberry. Grand Teton’s Sweetgrass APA and The Pursuit of Hoppiness, as well as the first of the winter guest beers, Moylan’s Old Blarney Barleywine and Brasserie de Silly’s Noel, are on tap along with Allagash White, Stone Vertical Epic 10/10/10, Val-Dieu Grand Cru, North Coast Pranqster, Humboldt Hemp Ale, Malheur 12, and St Louis Fond Tradition. New to the cellar – Dupont Bons Voeux and Dubuisson Noel. It’s not too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving and holiday gift bottles, growlers and gift cards!”


Since last Thursday, the new beers at Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost are Stone Double Bastard Ale, Karl Strauss Festival Beer, Victory Limited Ale, Maredsous 10, Ommegang Three Philosophers and Affligem Blonde.


According to assistant manager Josh Salinas, who runs the beer program at The Oinkster, “Right Now this is our Draft line-up: Great Divide’s Titan IPA, Alesmith “X” Extra Pale Ale, Craftsman Heavenly Hefe, EagleRock Solidarity, Santa Cruz Aleworks Dark Night Oatmeal Stout and TAPS Irish Red. On Deck- Hoppy Brewing’s Burnt Sienna Ale (limited). “We are also expecting Eel River Organic IPA and Rubicon’s Monkey Knife Fight Pale ale for this weekend or early next week. (both on draft).”


Andrew Kelley singled out some fresh tapped “highlights,” including The Bruery 3 French Hens (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) and Eagle Rock Unity (Imperial California Common). On deck, they’ve got kegs of Oskar Blues TenFidy (Imperial Stout) and Ballast Point Sculpin (IPA).

Also, David Stickel shared some details about the Sierra Nevada’s 30th anniversary party, which begins at 6 PM on November 15. “On November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Now in 2010 we want to celebrate the 30 years of this American brewing pioneer with a anniversary party at The Surly Goat. We will be serving rare Sierra Nevada Beers on draft, Including for the first time in Los Angeles; Torpedo Ale, 20th St. Pale Ale, and Casks of both Celebration Ale and Estate Homegrown IPA. In honor of the 30th anniversary we will be selling the first keg of Sierra Nevada pale ale for $.30 a half-pint.”


According to yesterday’s update from owner Tony Yanow, “We have 37 taps flowing with beers such as Russian River Blind Pig, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Speakeasy Double Daddy, Port Mongo, Hoppy Brewing Liquid Sunshine, Drake’s 1500 to name just a few.

Thanks to everyone who came to last week’s LA Vegan Beer Festival. It was a huge success and we look forward to more events like that in the future.”

Yanow also shared a trio of upcoming events:

“Monday, November 15th: Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary Party. We will raise a glass to Ken Grossman and the Sierra Team at 7:30 pm, the exact same time that Ken will be toasting at his party in Chico, CA. We will have Celebration Ale and Sierra Nevada pale Ale on tap.

Tuesday, November 23rd: Tuesday’s @ Tony’s Green Flash Brewery Night! 6-10 pm w/ National Sales Director Jim Kenny. A few things we will have on tap: Green Flash American ESB, Green Flash Barleywine, Green Flash Imperial Red

Wednesday, November 24th: Firestone 14th Anniversary Party starting @ 6pm. Come join TDA on the busiest bar night of the year and drink some FW 14th Ann. Ale.”


According to a mysterious e-mailer at Vendome Toluca Lake, “This coming Saturday we will be pouring an assortment of German styles including but not limited to; bocks, weizens, rauchbiers, and helles.” They’ve pouring 15 tasters for $10 beginning at 2 PM, including Weltenburger Urtyp Hell, Augustiner Brau Edelstoff, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, Weihenstephaner Korbinian and Eku 28.


Andrew Kelley singled out some fresh tapped “highlights,” including Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti (Imperial Stout) and Beer Valley Leafer Madness (Double IPA). On deck, they’ve got kegs of Alesmith Horny Devil (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) and Green Flash Barleywine.


According to The York manager Mary Drenthe, “Our latest draught options include Nibble Bit Tabby Uncle Arnie’s Irish Red and Firestone Velvet Merkin. On deck for this weekend is Eagle Rock Populist IPA. On cask we have Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale.”


On November 4, Brand X contributor Steven Armstrong shared his first installment of The Craft Beer Chronicles, Drinking Damnation with me at Silverlake Wine. Today he’s Sipping Seasonals at The Bruery. Who knows what the hop-fueled columnist has in mind for next week.


Joshua Lurie

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

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