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Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: Three new(ish) breweries you should try, an “old” bier from Redlands and another craft beer homework assignment to complete in a post titled New Fermentations.
In the second installment of “Beer at the Source,” soon to be your one-stop for information on brewery tap rooms, Skipp Shelly visits AleSmith.
Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach says, “Here it is for the week: North Coast Le Merle, Strand Brewing Atticus IPA, Bootlegger’s Back Phoenix Chipotle Stout, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils.”
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers such as Lepiziger Gose, Stillwater Autumnal Saison, Mikkeller Big Worst Barley Wine, Avery Collaboration not Litigation, New Belgium 10/10/10 and Thornbridge Kipling Pale Ale Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Blue Palms taps are pouring a lot of Sudwerk from last night’s event including their Marzen, Pilsner, Dunkle, Hefe and Lager among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here
Tonight for every Hitachino White ale purchased a donation will be made to the Red Cross.
On April 11, 10 taps of TAPS will be ready along with a bottled barrel aged old ale starting at 7pm.
According to bar manager Rory Snipes, “New beers on tap this week include: Marin IPA, Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich, Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix, Foret Saison, Maredsous 8, Boont Amber, Craftsman Spring Pilsner, Scaldis Triple and Great Divide Titan IPA. Cheers!”
The Bottle Room
Beer Valley Leafer Madness, Iron Fist Dubbel Fisted, Drakes Denogginizer and Port Brewing Mongo are all on tap, among other beers.
According to Beverage Director Eli Wilson, “Some tap highlights right not (or at least on deck for the weekend): Pliny the Elder, Ballast Point Sea Monster, Cuvee Brut, Ola Dubh 30 yr, Lost Abbey Carnevale, SoCal Beers’ Debut. Also, on the eve of Grand Prix in Long Beach, we are honored to host a brewer (to be announced) from Deschutes on Thursday April 14th, who will be offering up aged Abyss, Dissident on tap, a “Woody” truck out front, and various Deschutes Schwag. Join us!”
Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Ballast Point Sculpin, Firestone Double Jack and Dogfish Head Red & White to their beer list.
On tap are Manifesto wit, Revolution XPA and Solidarity in regular and nitro form.
On tap at the Factory in Long Beach are New Belgium Dunkelweiss, Lagunitas WTF, Bootleggers hefeweizen and Sudwerk Maibock.
Draught beers include “1903 and Honesty from Craftsman, DuganA and Maharaja from Avery, 10/10/10 and Oooh La La from New Belgium, Chocolate Yeti from Great Divide, Drake’s 1500 and Old Blarney Wine from Moylans”
According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Ten Ladyface ales are currently on tap alongside Kern River Class V Stout, Avery Reverend, Saison Dupont, Stone Highway 78, Marin White Knuckle, and Sierra Nevada Outta Town Brown, with Ovila Dubbel & Dogfish Aprihop on deck. Cask of the Week is “Naked Lady”, our own Ladyface IPA in her purest form
Tickets are now on sale for our Spring Brewmaster’s Dinner, Wednesday, April 27th. Five elegant courses paired with select Ladyface ales. We’ll also be pouring at the LA Beer Fest at Sony Studios this Saturday; look for the red striped awning and come say hi! April finds us at venues from Lake Casitas (CHA Festival) to San Diego (Pizza Port Real Ale Festival & Stone’s Oakquinox). Check out www.ladyfaceale.com for the complete list. Cheers!”
Matt Husted reports these new brews on tap: Avery Maharaja, Kern River Just Outstanding, Strand Beach House amber, Stone Old Guardian and Lagunitas Cappucino Stout among others.
According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “Here is the scoop on Naja’s: New Beers include New Belgium Trippel, New Belgium Le Terroir, New Belgium Metric Ale 10/10/10, New Belgium Ooh La La, Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA, Dogfish Head Aprihop, Hitachino Nest White, SoCal Beer Co. Red Carpet”
Ommegang / Brasserie D’Achouffe– Week starts next Monday (4/4) (to coincide with the NCAA basketball tournament final) and will run all the way through Friday. Awesome beers that will be available all week long include: Ommegang BPA, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Ommegang Hennepin, Gnomegang, & Brasserie A’Chouffe Houblon Chouffe. Various Ommegang glassware will be available all week (or until supplies run out).
The BIG one: The 3rd Annual IPA Festival kicks off Thursday, April 21st and runs one week. Expect close to 50 IPAs, DIPAs, and IIPAs including several casks on hand. Commemorative glassware & t-shirts will be available (while supplies last). This festival promises to be our biggest and coincides with our 30th Anniversary.”
According to Tuesday night’s update from assistant manager Josh Salinas, “This weekend we have TAPS IPA, AleSmith Anvil ESB, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Craftsman Heavenly Hefe, and Craftsman Spring Pilsner. On deck we have Strand’s Beach House, Bootleggers Palomino Pale, and Great Divide’s Colette (spring farmhouse saison).”
According to today’s update from Brandon Halvorson, who runs the beer program at Dave Furano and Michael Zislis’ El Segundo biergarten, “This week we’ll be pouring a couple goodies too good to name here along with Mongo IIPA, Black Market Brown, Triple Karmeliet, Speedway Stout, Ten Fidy, Cismontane Coulter IPA and Citizen. We also have a keg of very fresh Atticus IPA landing for the weekend. The report says rain for Friday/Saturday! We don’t want to believe it either but we’ll give you an excellent reason to do a rain dance because WHEN IT RAINS, WE POUR HALF OFF BEER*. So grab an umbrella and a jacket and brave the storm with a pint of the finest crafts around.
*Not all beers, but probably more than we should. You don’t really want a pint of half off Speedway Stout, do ya?”
Here is the update from Jace Milstead, a certified cicerone who’s consulting on the beer list, “Things are looking great at SideBar. We scored a keg of Midnight Sun XXX and are hoping to put together an event soon. Also landed Telegraphs Petit Obscura– a beautiful low ABV sour. This weekend we’ve got something you don’t see often– 3 handles of Alesmith at the same time, and the AMAZING nitro version of Double Dog. Plus, Espresso Yeti and Mongo on deck.
Happy hour $4 draft 6-8pm.”
On-draught offerings from Micah Schiesel include, “Here we go again, starting it off with our dear friends the IPA’s, Gubna, DuganA, Deschutes Hop Hedge, SoCal’s newest brewery Socal Brewing Seismic IPA, Full Sail IPA, Stone Ruination, Shipyard XXXX and more coming everyday. If you can believe it we have Firestone’s Abacus pouring right this very moment but definitely not for long. Dogfish’s Burton Baton and Craftsman’s Edgars Ale, keep that one a secret just between us, we don’t want all the Edgars Ale all drunk up too quickly. We also stumbled upon a keg of the Vrienden a collaboration between Allagash and New Belgium Brewing, you are going to need to come down over this weekend to try this out for yourself. Lastly we are getting a special delivery of Kern River’s Just Outstanding IPA and their Class V Stout, stop by early next week to get your fill before Kern River is just a memory.” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here
Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam are featuring He’Brew Jewbelation for the first week of April before a Surprise brewery takes over. According to their newsletter, “For One Week Only (April 5th through April 9th,) we have all seven of the He’brew Jewbelation Ales plus their Vertical Jewbelation on draft!”
Tonight, Jeremy Cowan from Schmaltz Brewing will be on hand talking about his new book on beer from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Filling the draught lines are Anchor Bock, Taps Roggen, Ovila Dubbel, Blind Pig abd Firestone-Walker Abacus with Russian River Supplication and Kern River Citra waiting in the wings. To get the latest tap news, check out the Surly Goat Tap List
Deschutes Base Camp and brewer Veronica Vega will be here on Wednesday, April 13th with Woody and some special Deschutes brews like Lost Mirror Mirror.
According to 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, “Fresh kegs on tap this weekend include Anchor Brewing Brekle’s Brown a tribute to Gottlieb Brekle the brewmaster from 1871-1888, Kiuchi Hitachino Nest White, Maui Coconut Porter, The Bruery Saison De Lente, Dogfish Head AprilHop, Eaglerock Equinox Sour, Avery & Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation, Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Avery Maharaja, Shmaltz Coney Island Human Blockhead, Ballast Point Tongue Buckler, Alesmith IPA, Black Market Rye and Brew Dog Tokyo. See ya’ll soon!”
The latest from Pete Shuey at Tin Roof Bistro, “Here at Tin Roof we’ve got Stone Smoked Porter & Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout for our dark beer lovers. We’ve also got Napa Smith Pale Ale, Firestone Union Jack & Strand Beach House Amber for those that need some Hop! On the lighter side we’ve got Oskar Blue’s Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Craftsman 1903 Lager with Allagash White not far behind. For the Belgian fans we’re pouring Chimay White and Tripel Karmeleit. Big Sky Moose Drool and Moylan’s Irish Red round things out. On deck we’ve got Deschutes Inversion IPA and Buckbean Irish Red…and coming soon will be our special Simmzy’s Hefeweizen!”
According to manager Paige Reilly, “Right now: Ballast Point Sculpin, Telegraph Obscura Arborea, North Coast Scrimshaw, Cismontane Black’s Dawn… But the real story: Saturday! Tony’s Darts Away’s First Anniversary, sponsored by Collaboration LA, will take place at the corner of Magnolia and Parish from 12PM – 7PM. We are currently sold out of pre-sales, but there will be some tickets available at the door at noon. We will be hanging out rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if need be! We will have amazing beers like Lost Abbey Red Poppy, Russian River Supplication, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Craftsman Honesty Ale and Hangar 24 Patio Beer all day long, so feel free to come at any time during the 7 hour period. No need to be the first in the door. :)”
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 fruit beers such as Lindemans Framboise, Peche, Pomme, and Kriek Lambics, Floris Apple, Marin Blueberry, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, Samuel Smiths Organic Strawberry, Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier, Cherry Wheat, Maui Brewing Mana Wheat, Alpine Mandarin Nectar, Echt Kriekenbier and He’brew Origin Pomegranate.
According to Ryan Sweeney at the Verdugo, the following are on tap: Mammoth 395 IPA, Gnommegang, Humulus XPA from the Bruery, Black Market Rye. On deck are New Belgium 10/10/10, Avery Maharaja, Russian River Supplication and Collete from Great Divide.
On April 12, brewer Veronica Vega and Woody the giant traveling beer barrel will be in house with Deschutes beers like Black Butte 22.
Here is what is on tap at The Yard: Stone Ruination on cask, Lagunitas Pilsner, Mama’s Little Yellow Pils, The Bruery Loakal Red, Strand’s 24th Street Pale and Allagash White.
According to Mary Drenthe at The York, “On draught this week we’re pouring Craftsman Honesty Ale, Firestone Union Jack IPA, Nibble Bit Tabby ESB, Victory Donnybrook Stout, and Eagle Rock Solidarity, just to name a few. Craftsman Poppyfields is available on cask. We also added Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Dubbel to our large bottles.”
Stone Brewing will be holding their “Oakquinox” on Sunday April 17th from 10am to 6pm. All wood aged beers from around the world. “A $40 ticket ($45 beginning April 1) gets you a commemorative glass and 3-ounce pours of 15 ligneous libations of your choosing. Not to mention Chef Alex and his crew will be whipping up tasty edibles for purchase to help stave off your hunger. We don’t know about you, but that’s more than enough to get us to lumber out of bed on what would have been an otherwise lazy Sunday.”
The Craft Beer Chronicles
Today, Brand X contributor Steven Armstrong shared his latest installment of The Craft Beer Chronicles, titled In honor of National Beer Day, mark your calendar with these Deschutes events.
L.A. Beer Blast compiled by Food GPS Beer Editor Sean Inman
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