L.A. Beer Blast C19

Craft Beer California

Drake’s and Triple Rock brewers brought enough kegs to fuel many beer flights at Blue Palms.

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 meet industry leaders. The L.A. Beer Blast normally arrives 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.

Taste of the Nation LA Beer Fundraisers

Tonight, beginning at 6 p.m., Eagle Rock Brewery co-founder Jeremy Raub will be in Glassell Park at Verdugo Bar. He’s bringing five beers – Solidarity (black mild), Manifesto (wit), Populist (IPA), Yearling (anniversary sour) and Equinox (young sour) – and $1 from the sale of each beer benefits Share Our Strength, an organization that works to fight childhood hunger.

On May 17, Firestone Walker will be the featured brewery at Santa Monica’s Library Alehouse. The event coincides with the bar’s American Craft Beer Week festivities and features five beers from Firestone Walker: Firestone Pale 31 (pale ale on CASK), Firestone Double Jack (double IPA), Firestone Velvet Merlin (oatmeal stout), Firestone Solace (unfiltered ale) and Abacus (barley wine). $1 from the sale of each beer will be donated to Share Our Strength. Additionally, Library Alehouse is offering $2 bar bites, with 100% of the price donated to Share our Strength.

Brew & You

This week in Brew & You: A discussion of blind tastings, a start of summer brew and another craft beer homework assignment to complete in a post titled The Blind Side .

Q&A with head brewer Brian Thorson (Drake’s Brewing)

Brian Thorson, the head brewer from Drake’s Brewing, recently traveled from San Leandro to help promote his beers at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, where he discussed his background and approach in more detail. Click Here to Learn More


Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach says, “Here is what I have on tap this week: Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness, The Lost Abbey Red Barn, AleSmith Anvil and Iron Fist The Gauntlet.”

Beachwood BBQ

Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers such as Mission Shipwrecked DIPA, Bruery Mischief, Anderson Valley Wee Geech pale ale and De Struisse Pannepot. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Blue Palms taps are pouring Drakes and Eagle Rock beers such as Nyack Barleywine and Populist IPA among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here


From Chris Sobolewski, the beer dude at BoHo, “New beers on tap in a hop filled week are Green Flash Hop Head Red, and a duo from Port: Wipeout & Mongo. Coming soon: the new and improved BoHo bottled beer list. Lots of yummy goodness in large and small formats…cans too!”

Boneyard Bistro

From bar manager Rory Snipes, “New beers this week include Strand Black IPA, Lindemans Peche, Cismontane Coulter IPA, Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Bruery Gremlin and Bear Republic Red Rocket. Cheers.”

The Bottle Room

According to chef-owner Tony Alcazar, new beers include “Iron Fist the Gauntlet, Cismontane First Anniversary Black Lager, Ballast Point Sculpin, Craftsman Cabernale, Coronado Hoppy Daze, and The Bruery Seven Grain Saison.

May 25th is our 3rd Annual Spring Beer Dinner with Cismontane. 3 course 4 beers $36 This will also be a Beer Release party for Cismontane.” Beers updated daily.

Congregation Ale House

Among the many taps pouring are Cismontane 1st Anniversary black lager, Drake’s Simian Sour, Port Brewing Mongo and Bear Republic Carburetor dopplebock.

The Daily Pint

Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Firestone Walker Abacus to their beer list.

Eagle Rock Brewery

On tap beer wise are Solidarity, Revolution, Populist and Equinox. On the Food truck front, Friday brings Mandoline Grill and Saturday is Willoughby Road.

The Factory

On draught in Long Beach, Grand Teton Idaho pale ale, Eagle Rock Manifesto wit, and Moylan’s Moylander DIPA among others.

The Golden State

According to Jason Bernstein at The Golden State, draught beers include “Craftsman 1903, Old Rasputin, Ommegang BPA, Telegraph Reserve Wheat, Black Diamond Rampage Double IPA, Maui CoCoNut Porter, Port Mongo, Bruery Orchard White, Hair of the Dog Fred and Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness. On deck is Avery DuganA, Black Market Brown, Great Divide Collette, Bruery Trade Winds Tripel and New Belgium Le Terroir.”

Ladyface Ale Companie

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “What do you get when you put a beautiful Blonde to bed with Czech Saaz whole leaf hops? The answer is our Cask of the Week, “Love Child”, an unusual dry-hopped Ladyface La Blonde that has lower alpha acids for less bitterness and a lovely earthy quality.

There are 11 Ladyface ales on tap, including the firkin which was tapped Wednesday. Joining them are Bootlegger’s Dr. Tongue and Anniversary Ale, Port/Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale, Great Divide Chocolate Yeti, St. Louis Gueze, and Taps Barleywine. American Craft Beer Week starts on Monday. Check out www.ladyfaceale.com for a full list of our events including the Monday release of Amazon Red, our new Imperial Red Ale. It possesses the strength of the legendary woman warrior (9.2% ABV), is powered by Falconer’s Flight, a new hop blend, and is beautifully balanced with a strong malt backbone. Cheers!”

Library Alehouse

Here is the latest from Alex Davis at Library Alehouse: “Without further ado: This weekend we’ll be pouring Drake’s Batch 3000 (Black 1500) and Cafe Racer 15 while clearing out the last of the Belgian Fest leftovers in order to make room for American Craft Beer Week! We’ve got some great events and great beer coming next week:

On Monday, May 16, we welcome Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewing to the Alehouse along with a few of his great local beers. We’ll have oysters on the half shell to pair with Solidarity Black Mild and we’ll also have Populist IPA and Yearling Flanders Red on tap. Take the opportunity to drink some locally-produced goodness and talk to the person who produced it!

May 18 brings more local action with Nick Brown and Brian Mercer of Brouwerij West joining us at the Alehouse along with their Belgian Blond and Belgian Triple. Not only is this a chance to meet more of your local brewers, but their beer is awesome too!

Thursday May 19 we pay respect to those who helped start the craft beer movement by featuring Karl Strauss. We’ll have their 22nd Anniversary Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Imperial Stout along with a Rye IPA brewed just for American Craft Beer Week! In addition, a representative from Karl Strauss will be there to answer any questions you may have and discuss their recent push to make more interesting and innovative beers.

On Saturday the 21st, we bring things back to the local scene with Bootlegger’s Brewing! We’ll have Los Angeles Sales Rep Phil in the house along with 78 Anniversary Ale, Black Phoenix and Dry-Hopped ESB on tap! We just may add an event or two between now and May 16, so keep an eye out!” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.

Naja’s Place

According to assistant manager Martin Svab, “Here’s the scoop for this week:

New Beers: Duvel Green, Napa Smith Lost Dog Red, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Uinta Dubhe, Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Upcoming Events: American Craft Beer Week begins next Monday (5/16) and runs till Sunday (5/22). We will host the following events:

5/16 MONDAY @ 8pm: New Belgium / Allagash Collaboration: Vrienden & Other Goodies.
5/18 WEDNESDAY @ 8pm: Barrel Aged Nite
5/19 THURSDAY @ 8pm: Drink Local: LA Craft Brewery Highlite featuring 6+ Local Craft Breweries
5/21 SATURDAY @ 1pm: Meet The Brewers: Strand Brewing Co.

Come enjoy great beer!!!”

The Oinkster

According to Tuesday night’s update from assistant manager Josh Salinas, “This weekend we are pouring Green Flash West Coast IPA, Craftsman Four Cylinder, Iron Fist Renegade Blonde, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Hellhound Brown, and Craftsman 1903 Lager.”



Sean Inman

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.

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