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Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: three new craft beer spots on the radar, an Irish beer from Ninkasi and your weekly homework of beer in The Expanding LA Beer Universe.
Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach is now pouring AleSmith IPA, Bear Republic Big Bear Imperial Stout, Sudwerk Lager, and Ommegang BPA. Back-ups for the weekend include Great Divide Yeti Expresso Stout and Victory Whirlwind Wit.
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers such as Firestone-Walker Abacus, Iron Fist Renegade Blonde, Avery Maharaja, Telegraph Brewing’s Slippery Slope and New Belgium’s Dunkelweiss. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Blue Palms taps are pouring Guinness on the Randall with Coffee & Dried Cherries, Pizza Port Carlsbad Truck Stout ~ Nitro, Pizza Port Snake Bite, Murphy Stout ~ Nitro, Murphy Red O’Haras ~ Nitro, Victory DonnyBrooks Stout ~ Nitro, Taps Red, SmithWicks, Guinness ~ Nitro & Many More!! Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here
Here’s the draft update for BottleRock’s downtown and Culver City locations: “The Guinness will be flowing by the bottle with new tap selections Avery Dugana IPA and Ommegang 3 Philosophers.”
According to chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “This week is special. In celebration of our 2 year anniversary, we are holding our 2nd Annual Mini IPA Fest along with Mini Flatbreads…GO MINI!!! Goes from March 14 to March 20 and anything that is left over will continue into next week.
Here’s the list: Anderson Valley Bahl Hornin’ Nettie Madge, Avery Dugana Double IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Bear Republic Ryevalry Double IPA, Beer Valley Leafer Madness DIPA, Cismontane Double Rainbow DIPA, Coronado Idiot IPA, Dogfish Head Aprihop IPA, Drake’s Denogginizer Imperial IPA, Firestone Union Jack IPA, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA, Port Brewing Mongo Double IPA, Rubicon Brewing Co. IPA, Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Russian River Pliny The Elder DIPA, Speakeasy Double Daddy Imperial IPA and Victory Hop Devil IPA. Firestone Double Jack, Black Diamond Rampage and Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich will make an appearance later in the week. Solid!!!
As for St Patty’s, we will be pouring tons of stouts and be serving up some Corned Beef and Cheddar Smothered Fries.”
Here is the latest from Alex Macy of City Sip, “On Saturday afternoon, March 19th, a small group will gather behind City Sip to learn the secrets, old and new, to brewing your own beer at home. Beer expert Alex Macy will take the class through each step of creating an IPA, culminating just before the actual fermentation of the brew (in accordance with local laws). Throughout the class, students will taste up to seven varieties of beer, discussing and learning the various types, styles, and brands now available. A step-by-step take home guide is included, which also sources various methods of brewing and locations that students may purchase home brew kits.
As well, a full lunch is served during the tasting, and as well as special guests visits, tips and observations by noted local Brew Masters. The cost of this class is $50.00 per person, and includes the class, all materials, beer tasting, and lunch. ATTENDEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ARRANGE FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION HOME FOLLOWING THE CLASS AS THE “BEER TASTING” INCLUDES QUITE A BIT MORE BEER THAN A FEW TASTES – IT’S A HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!!
For more information, or to secure a spot in the class please contact City Sip.”
On tap in Long Beach are Fuller’s London Pride, Kern Class V Stout, Marin Brass Knuckle and Alesmith Speedway Stout amongst many others.
On tap are Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye, Abita Black IPA, Cismontane Pandion Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout and Big Sky Moose Drool.
Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Lost Abbey Road to Helles, Russian River Pliny the Elder and Double Bastard, IPA with simcoe hops and Smoked Porter with vanilla Beans from Stone.
Get a growler fill or stop in for a pint at Eagle Rock Brewery. Great food trucks this weekend include Almoosal on Thursday, The Grilled Cheese Truck on Friday and Grill ‘Em All on Saturday.
According to Eric Gutenkauf, “The Factory Gastrobar will be “hoppin'” this St. Patrick’s Day for our First Annual Eco-Green Beer Festival. Buy one of our St. Patrick’s Day mugs filled with brew for $5, and refill it for $3 all night! Also all of our canned brews will be $3!
Our draft list will focus on rewarding brewers that “Go Green”, so we will have New Belgium’s Lip of Faith Dunkelweisse, Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot and Eel River’s Triple Exultation. We are alos goign to try and minimize our “beer miles” by getting our brews locally–Strand Atticus IPA, Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit, Bootleggers Rustic Rye IPA, Cismontane Black’s Dawn Stout, and Nibble Bit Tabby Uncle Arnie’s Irish Red. Through the weekend our taps will rotate to include: Grand Teton Idaho Pale Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Drake’s Denogginizer and Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA.
Don’t forget about our BYO Beer Dinner next Tuesday, March 22. The theme this month is Wits and Wheats–you bring enough corkage-free brew for yourself and we drink and dine family-style on four courses of Chef Natalie’s creations that pair with this style! Only $25! Reservations required–call 562-595-4020. Prost!”
Pouring currently are Craftsman 1903 and Sour Lavender, Double Jack from Firestone-Walker, Port Mongo, Great Divide Espresso Yeti, Ommegang BPA, Lost Abbey Serpent Stout and Moylan’s Old Blarney.
According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “On Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone’s Irish! Join your kin from the old country at Ladyface where the ale is magically delicious and our leprechauns can turn it green at your command. Black and Tans, fine Irish and Scotch whiskeys, and nitrate-free, house-brined corned beef sliders with whiskey cabbage slaw are all on the menu.
Our Cask of the Week is “Blue Belles”, oaked blueberry Trois Filles Tripel. There are 11 Ladyface ales on tap as well as Sierra Nevada 30 Series: Fritz & Ken’s Black Barleywine and Brewer’s Reserve Oak-Aged Blend plus Outta Town Brown, Avery Reverend & Firestone Velvet Merlin. Slainte mhaith! Good health to you all!”
Now on tap at the Trappiste Pub location is Hop Ruiter Hoppy Blonde, Biere de Mel, Maredsous Brune, Russian River IPA among the 65 taps.
Matt Husted reports the following new on tap O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Cismontane Citizen, Victory Braumeister Pils, Brouwerij West Tripel, Blanche de Bruxelles, Anderson Valley Nettie Madge Black IPA and Strand Atticus. On cask are Firestone-Walker Reserve Robust Porter and Stone IPA with centennial hops.
According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “St. Patrick’s Day tonight. No big promo just a boatload of good beer. We will be pouring Guinness, Harp & Smithwick’s along with 85 other beers.
Thursday, March 24th 2011 from 8pm till 10pm. We will rock the following beers: 14th Anniversary, Abacus, Double Jack, Union Jack, Union Jack (cask), and more! Limited amount of glassware will be available.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Thursday, March 31st, 2011 from 8pm till 10pm. The following rare goodies will be tapped: Le Terroir, Ooh La La, Dunkel Weiss, Metric Ale 10.10.10, and more! Specialty glassware will be available. Supplies will be limited.
The 3rd Annual IPA Festival
The official kick off date is Thursday, April 21st, 2011. This year’s festival promises to be the best one yet with 40+ IPAs / DIPAs / IIPAs on tap and gravity pour. (we’ve scaled down the size to ensure hop freshness). Some uber-rare beers will make an appearance as well as some Naja’s exclusive IPAs. More details soon.
And as for new beers…Cistmontane Coulter IPA, Great Divide Belgica (Belgian IPA), New Belgium Mighty Arrow, Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weiss, Oscar Blues Gubna and Port Midnight Sessions.”
According to Tuesday night’s update from assistant manager Josh Salinas, “Come Celebrate St.Patricks Day here with house-made Corned Beef plate and a pint of Rubicon Irish Red. We are also pouring some badass beers this weekend. This weekend we have Eagle Rock’s Populist, North Coast Blue Star Wheat, Allagash Black, Strand 24th St. Pale, and Craftsman 1903. On deck we have Dogfishhead Aprihop, Eagle Rock Solidarity, and Telegraph Slippery Slope.”
On tap at the SideBar in Glendale is Great Divide Yeti, Green Flash Hop Head red, Abita SOS Pilsner, Alesmith Anvil and Grand Teton Trout Hop. On Deck is Great Divide Belgica and Telegraph English Brown.
According to manager Micah Schiesel, “Let’s start with some yummy IPA’s, we got the “Gubna”, Stone Ruination, Dogfish 90 and Aprihop, Avery IPA, Hanger 24 and more showing up everyday. We just brought in Black Market Brown Ale (brewed in Temecula,) and Eel River organic amber. Now for some darker stuff, Ballast Point’s Sea Monster Imperial Stout and we got a very special keg of Shipyard’s Imperial Porter. For those wanting something a bit lighter Craftsman’s 1903 lager is going to be hanging out with us for a while. For the Belgian lover’s we got some La Chouffe coming in and hooked up right now is the Trois Pistoles.” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here
For the month of March, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam are featuring DOUBLE IPA’S on draft (plus a few non DIPA surprises!)
Here’s the line-up (with a few more waiting to go on): Russian River Pliny the Elder double IPA, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Firestone Double Jack double IPA, Mission Brewing Shipwrecked double IPA, Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA, Bear Republic XP Pale Ale, Port Brewing Hop 15, Abita double IPA and Shipyard Old Thumper Double ESB Ale.
According to Andrew Kelley, “On Tap: Madrugada Obscura – Jolly Pumpkin (Sour Belgian Stout), Le Terroir – New Belgium (dry-hopped American Wild Ale), Velvet Glove – Iron Fist (Oatmeal Imperial Stout) and Cask: Union Jack – Firestone Walker (American IPA).
On Deck: Lucifer – Het Anker (Belgian Strong Pale Ale), Fizzy Yellow Beer – Green Flash (American Light Lager) and XS Imperial Stout – Rogue (Russian Imperial Stout).
Also, the Surly Goat will be opening early for St. Patrick’s Day, with specials on Donnybrook Irish Stout from Victory Brewing and numerous Irish Whiskeys, as well as food from Bangers & Smashed.” To get the latest tap news, check out the Surly Goat Tap List
The latest from Clay Harding in Alhambra: “Besides Guinness!, I just tapped Fresh Ballast Point Sculpin, Brewdog Tokyo, St. Martin Brune, Firestone Double Jack, Hofbrau Dunkel, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Cismontane Coulter IPA, The Bruery Berliner Weiss, Spaten Pils and Donnybrook Irish Stout. If your going to drink lots of beer this St. Patty’s day, do a fellow Irishman a favor and make it a good one! And if your gonna drink all summer, do yourself a favor and buy a ColLAb glass online now at Collaboration.LA.”
Highlights from the IPA side of the menu are Ladyface IPA, Taps IPA, Mother Earth Crucible Black IPA and Green Flash DIPA. From the non-IPA side are Ballast Point Barmy ale, Brouwerij West Blonde, Port’s Dawn Patrol and Nibble Bit Tabby ESB.
Vendome Toluca Lake’s weekly Beer Tasting is from 2-5 pm. Each week has a theme and this Saturday you will be treated to a wide variety of German beers. The list includes: Reissdorf Kolsch, Warsteiner, Paulaner Premium Pils, 1809 Berliner Weiss, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, Spezial Rauchbier, Innstadt Extra Schwarze, Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock, Schneider Weisse Hopfen Weisse, Ayinger Celebrator, Weltenburger Asam Bock, Weihenstephaner Korbinian, Augustiner Brau Maximator and Schneider Aventinus
According to Mary Drenthe at The York, “This week at The York it’s all about St. Paddy’s Day. We’ve got Victory Donnybrook Stout pouring alongside our Guinness tap. We’ve got a coveted keg of Nibble Bit Tabby Irish Red. And we’re gonna be pouring $6 Irish Car Bombs all night long. If you’d like a little Irish Whiskey to sip on with your Irish beer, we’ll be offering flights of Jameson, Jameson 12yr, and Jameson 18yr for $13. Oh, and there will of course be plenty of $3 green Bud Light available.
For those who don’t want to mess around and just want the hops, we’ve got Firestone Double Jack IPA followed by Avery Black IPA. We’re also pouring Nibble Bit Ransom Brown, Taps Cream Ale, Lagunitas GnarlyWine, Eagle Rock Manifesto, Craftsman 1903, Stone Pale Ale, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and Foxen Pear Cider. Craftsman Honesty Ale and Eagle Rock Solidarity are eagerly waiting on the sidelines to be connected.
Our latest bottle additions include Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, Omer Traditional Blonde Ale, Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel, and De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs (w/Jason Perkins from Allagash).”
The first ever ColLAboration Pop-Up Beer Garden is coming soon. Now is the time to buy your $10 re-usable glass.
L.A. Beer Blast compiled by Food GPS Beer Editor Sean Inman