L.A. Beer Blast B8

Craft Beer Los Angeles

Craftsman Heavenly Hefe is always a great choice at any Lucky Baldwin’s location.

Ryan Sweeney, Clay Harding, Brian Lenzo + Larry Caldwell at Woodshop 5.0

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.

Eagle Rock Brewery (3056 Roswell Street, Los Angeles, 323 257 7866) is hosting their Grand Opening on February 26 from 4 PM – 10 PM. The Raubs will be pouring four house beers – Revolution, Libertine, Solidarity and Manifesto – plus four guest brews. At last check, that included AleSmith’s My Bloody Valentine, which registers a truly evil 6.66% ABV. Frysmith will also be parked out front from 6 PM – 10 PM.

The Daily Pint sold out of their keg in only four minutes. At Blue Palms Brewhouse, it took a mere seven minutes to hit bottom. Verdugo Bar co-owner Brandon Bradford had to console despondent customers who didn’t get a taste. There might not be another beer in the U.S. that can inspire so much pandemonium, but when the brewer is Vinnie Cilurzo, the brewery is Russian River and the beer is Pliny the Younger, it has the makings of a perfect hop storm, and that’s what recently tore through L.A. in tornado-like fashion. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

“Don’t let traffic stop you from embarking on beer adventures. Believe it or not, but if you get up early on a Sunday morning, you can get to LAX from Glendale in under 30 minutes. In that spirit, here are three addresses to punch into the onboard GPS.” So says Brew & You columnist Sean Inman in a post titled “Start Your Engines: 3 Great SoCal Beer Addresses”.

131 Main Street, Seal Beach, 562 493 4500

New draught options at Gabriel Gordon’s noted Seal Beach beer bar include Noble Brewing Imperial Red Ale, Rubicon Hopsauce, Lost Abbey Devotion, Beer Geek Breakfast stout, Ommegang Batch 1, Kasteel Brune, Port Mongo IPA and Marin Mt. Tam Pale. Track changes to Gordon’s 24-tap blackboard menu via HOP CAM.

6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 464 2337

As of last night, Blue Palms proprietor Brian Lenzo’s beer list included Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Extra, Rubicon Hopsauce, The Bruery Mélange No Sechs, Rubicon Rosebud, Victory Yakima Twilight, New Belgium Fall Wild Ale and Moylan’s Black Point Porter.

2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310 450 7631

The tap selection at Phil McGovern’s Santa Monica bar now includes Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Abita Turbodog, Yakima IPA and Grand Teton Sheep Eater (Scotch ale).

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax, 323 782 8331

According to The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein, “We put on Moylan’s Hopsickle, Craftsman Honesty Ale and Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA.” Marin White Knuckle IPA and North Coast Old Rasputin 12 will go on for the anniversary party, which should be in mid-March.

5006 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 551 6959

According to co-owner Zac Crandell, “Eagle Rock Brewery and Johnny’s Bar bring to you night of handcrafted beer tasting. 
Come try all Eagle Rock Brewery beers on tap @ Johnny’s! Feb 27th at 7.30
. Three of their regular beers plus one extra special release all on tap.
 Each brew will be paired with food! That’s four pints of fresh beer plus delicious food 
for $25. Spaces are limited and are going to fill up fast. To reserve your seat please 
contact zac at [email protected].”

29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818 477 4566

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, all fresh herbs from the Ladyface garden, were infused in our own La Blanche Belgian Wit beer to create “Simon & Garfunkel”. Herbaceous and bodacious, it’s Brewer Dave’s Cask of the Week. You’ll find those same herbs in Chef Ray’s Coq-a-la-Biere, our ale-braised free-range chicken with baby root vegetables, a bridge-over-troubled-waters comfort food dish if ever there was one.

Lost Abbey Devotion, a Belgian golden ale, has joined our beers on tap and new in the Ladyface cellar is Russian River Supplication. And a winged creature (was it a little bird? was it an angel?) told us that we’re going to receive a very, very hard-to-find keg next week. We don’t want to promise anything we can’t deliver, so Fan us on Facebook and watch for the word to go out early next week.

If the sounds of silence are too much and you feel like slip-sliding away, we hope to see you and Julio down at our schoolyard. You might even see Mrs. Robinson at the bar.”

2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310 314 4855

On February 23, Dave Lackman’s alehouse hosted Fest de IPA, with 10 IPAs on draft: Stone IPA,
 Avery IPA,
AleSmith IPA,
 Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA,
 Russian River’s Blind Pig IPA,
 Firestone’s Union Jack IPA,
 New Belgium’s Ranger IPA,
 Green Flash IPA,
 Drakes IPA
 and Moylan’s IPA. You’ll should still find many of the beers on tap

21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, 626 355 1140

The Belgian Beer Fest runs through February 28 at the Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost. Saison Dupont is the sponsor. Expect a glass, T-shirt and beer special for $22, with $1 off refills with the glass. There’s also a glass and beer special for $13. Bring your glass back all year for a $1 discount. New beers since last week include Delirium Nocturnum, Gouden Draak Vintage Ale, St. Feuillien Tripel, St. Bernardus Tripel, Buffalo Belgian Stout, Gouden Carolus and Chouffe Houblon.

6613 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323 465 8259

According to Lucky Devils rep Stacy Failing, “Lucky Devils has tapped Delirium Tremens, Pilsner Urquell and Yellowtail Pale Ale. Also on tap Craftsman 1903, Stone Pale Ale, Racer 6, Downtown Brown, Dogfish 90 Min IPA, Brother David’s, Chimay Trippel, Blanche de Bruxelles, Affligem and Old Rasputin. New bottles include 3 Monks, Old Rasputin XII, Moosbacher Keller Bier. Select happy hour drafts $4 weekdays 3pm-7pm.”

154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, 310 376 9951

According to Assistant GM Martin Svab, Ballast Point Brewing Nite @ Naja’s is 
Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 8pm till 11pm.

Special beers that will be poured:

1. Sea Monster
2. Victory At Sea (barrel aged) on Nitro!
3. Big Eye IPA w/ ginger
4. Sculpin IPA
5. Sculpin IPA (cask)

6. Yellow Tail Pale Ale

Available by flights or by the glass. $6/pints of Yellow Tail Pale; $4/refills.”

7929 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, 323 650 4628

At last check, The Surly Goat’s tap list included Ballast Point Barrel Aged Sea Monster Stout, Russian River Pliny the Elder, The Bruery Mélange No. Sechs, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Bear Republic Heritage Ale, Craftsman Cabernale and Eagle Rock Brewery Manifesto.

100 West Main Street, Alhambra, 626 282 2038

Here’s today’s update from 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, who oversees the beer program: “38 Degrees has just tapped into Eagle Rock’s new release Libertine, an Imperial Amber Wit. If you like wheat beers a must have. We are also pouring The Bruery Saison De Lente & Mélange No. Sechs, Bear Republic Apex Imperial IPA and Port Mongo IPA. I suggest drinking a fresh Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing when tearing up our “fall of the bone” BBQ baby backs. The RR/Avery Collaboration Not Litigation is also on, hard to find better Belgium Strongs then right here in the US these days, fresh & perfectly balanced. Don’t forget to ask your server about our new acquisitions of Reserve Bottles not in our bible.” Harding would reveal the whole reserve list, but you will find Southern Tier Gemini, Avery Black Tot, Sexual Chocolate and Founders Old Ale.

5018 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 323 255 9675

According to The York manager Mary Drenthe, “This weekend we’re putting Eagle Rock Brewery’s first seasonal beer on tap. It’s their Libertine Imperial Amber Wit Bier. So tasty. And in bottles we added Stone Old Guardian Barleywine and Firestone Walker’s Reserve Robust Porter.”


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