L.A. Beer Blast C22

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Allagash Curieux is a prized Bourbon barrel-aged tripel that registers 11% ABV.

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.

Q&A with brewmaster Dann Paquette (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Dann Paquette started brewing professionally in the Boston area beginning in 1992. While living in Yorkshire, England, he and wife Martha found the inspiration to open their own brewery. They moved back across the Atlantic Ocean to Boston, where Martha is now an MIT scientist while Dann leads the couple’s brewhouse – Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project. Click Here to Learn More

Brew & You

This week in Brew & You, we travel to Koreatown and the new Beer Belly then have a Maibock in June and another craft beer homework assignment to complete in a post titled Beer Belly.


Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach says, “Here’s what I have this week: Stone Ruination, Avery Salvation, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, and Sudwerk Imperial Pilsner. Back-ups that are ready to be tapped include Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale and Victory Headwaters Pale Ale.”

Beachwood BBQ

Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers such as Big Sky Irish Stout, Allagash Victor, New Belgium Somersault, Hofbrau Original Lager and Bear Republic Apex. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.

Beer Belly

On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s new establishment: “Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen, Craftsman Citrus Saison, Craftsman Poppyfields, Cismontane Black’s Dawn on Nitro-tap, Bootlegger’s 78 Anniversary Ale, Blue House Pale, TAPS Irish Red, TAPS IPA, Black Market Anglo American Brown, Brouwerij West Blond “5”, Brouwerij West Tripel “9” and The Bruery Rugbrod with the following on deck: Eagle Rock Populist IPA, Eagle Rock Revolution, Eagle Rock Solidarity (both CO2 and nitro), Iron Fist Velvet Glove, Black Market Rye IPA, Cismontane Anniversary Black Lager.”

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Blue Palms taps are pouring many Bruery offerings including Cuir, Bierbauch, Iniquitous and Saison de Lente among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here

On Saturday, June 11, Blue Palms will host their 2nd Annual Ultimate Brown Bag Brunch, a unique beer festival featuring 24 great craft beers on draft, all served “Brown Bag Style”– with brown paper bags covering the tap handles and concealing their identities.


From Chris Sobolewski, the beer dude at BoHo, “New on draft this week: To celebrate the release of Stone Imperial Russian Stout, BoHo is having Stone Week. Going along with the IPA and Arrogant Bastard, we have both of this year’s Imperial Stout releases: IRS & Belgo Anise IRS. And to top it all off we have some IRS 2010. Other fare includes Unibroue Raftman, Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen Weisse and Dogfish Head 90 Minute. ”

Boneyard Bistro

According to bar manager Rory Snipes, “New beers this week include Cismontane Black’s Dawn Stout, Telegraph Reserve Wheat, Saison Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Caracole Saxo, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Allagash Odyssey, and Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout…good drinking!”

The Bottle Room

According to chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “Sunday is “Praise the Lard” with Craftsman Brewing. We will roast 3 whole suckling pigs and serve em up with Smoked Mac n Cheese and Hash-Gratins. Craftsman will provide his new Citrus Saison, Barrel Aged Fireworks and 4 Cylinder.

On the taps this week: The Bruery Cuir, Trade Winds Tripel, Piraat, Hop Henge, and Double Dry Hopped Ruination.

June 21st is our Summer Beer Dinner with Great Divide. 5 courses 5 beers.” Beers updated daily on Facebook.

Congregation Ale House

According to Beverage Director Eli Wilson, “Tuesday we had a very successful Grand Teton event, so come try a pint of whatever’s left! Beers on deck or just tapped in: Aphrodite, Port 5th Anniversary IPA, Chau Tien, Palo Santo Marron, and Allagash Confluence. Come drop in and say hello!”

The Daily Pint

Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added New on cask: Stone Arrogant Bastard w/American Oak & Ruination Dbl IPA w/ Amarillo Hops to their beer list.

Eagle Rock Brewery

On tap beer wise are Solidarity, Manifesto, Equinox, Revolution and Populist. Last night they introduced a fennel version of Manifesto. On the Food truck front, Friday brings Danky’s Doners and Saturday, Grill ‘em All will be out front.

The Factory

Pouring in Long Beach at the Factory is New Belgium Ranger IPA, Grand Teton Idaho Pale Ale, Bear Republic Apex and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barley wine.

The Golden State

At The Golden State, draught beers include “Victory Helios, Avery DuganA, Uinta Dubhe Black IPA, New Belgium Grand Cru, Iron Fist Gauntlet, Port Anniversary, Bruery Tradewinds Tripel and Black Market brown.”

Ladyface Ale Companie

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Cask of the Week is “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”, our Amazon Red with extra Cascade hops. Trois Filles Tripel is back making a total of 11 Ladyface ales on tap. Joining them are Russian River Pliny the Elder, Allagash Confluence, Bootlegger’s Anniversary Ale, Taps Barley-wine and Alesmith X.

Ladyface will be on tap this Saturday at the second ColLAboration pop-up beer garden in the parking lot next to Blue Palms in Hollywood. We’ll also be pouring Sunday at the Casa Pacifica Angels Food & Wine Festival in Camarillo. And our monthly brewery tour, led by Brewmaster Dave Griffith happens at 5:30pm Monday, June 6th. Hope to see you soon!”

Library Alehouse

Here is the latest from Alex Davis at Library Alehouse, “This week on tap we’ll have El Segundo’s Blue House Pale, Uinta Dubhe Black Double IPA, Eagle Rock Populist, Ichtegem’s Grand Cru and Mort Subite White Lambic and we’ve added cans of Avery’s Ellie’s Brown to the fridge!” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.

Lucky Baldwin’s

The three locations of Lucky Baldwin’s will be hosting their annual IPA Festival starting on the 11th of this month.

Naja’s Place

From Martin Svab, “Dogfish Head Burton Baton, TAPS Fish House & Brewery Schwarzbier, Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, Sudwerk Imperial Pils, Great Divide Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti, Deschutes Obsidian Stout (nitro).

The great craft brewery from Sacramento will feature five awesome beers on draft including: Nitro Stout, Monkey Knife Fight, Purple Maibock, and an unfiltered Hop Sauce DIPA! Limited amount of cool glassware will be available.”

The Oinkster

According to Tuesday night’s update from assistant manager Josh Salinas, “This weekend we are poring some badass brews. We will have some Cismontane Coulter IPA,El Segundo Brewing Blue House Pale, Brouwerij West Belgian Blond, Craftsman’s 1903 and Citrus Saison. We also have a Collaboration Hefewizen from Cismontane and Tustin Brewing called El Toro Trio. Come check it out.”

Rock & Brews

According to today’s update from Brandon Halvorson, who runs the beer program at Dave Furano and Michael Zislis’ El Segundo biergarten, “Tickets are going FAST for our June 5th Local Beer Festival. Confirmed breweries include Bootleggers, Eagle Rock, Strand, The Bruery, Brouwerji West, and Cismontaine among others. Some of these breweries are bringing some tasty treats including a Cask of ‘something good’ AND a keg of Cuir from the Bruery alone!


Here are some of the brews pouring at this Glendale beer bar: Maui Big Swell IPA, Airdale Horizon, Great Divide Collette and Uinta Wyld XPA.


The latest from general manager Micah Schiesel, “I hope everyone is feeling good after this past holiday, you all best be ready to drink more now though! Hop friends unite, Pliny the Elder is visiting us again, Beer Valley Delta 9 IPA, Shipyard Small Beer IPA, Drake’s Denoggonizer for those in need of a serious hop fill, Santa Cruz Ale Werks IPA, and more being added every day. Stone was kind enough to give us their special Russian Imperial Stout Belgo Anise version this big boy will be a real treat for all lucky to get their fill. Always supporting the locals, we got The Bruery’s Trade Winds Triple and Blue House pale ale. Now that it’s really getting hot out we brought in a special keg of Rubicon’s Monkey Knife fight lager to lighten our taps up just a hair. Now we have enlisted the help of a very special friend who has traveled long and hard and we have uncovered 3 kegs that don’t belong in Southern California, Stillwater and Mikkeller’s collaboration “Our Side Gypsy IPA,” as well as Midnight Sun’s Panty Peeler Tripel and Midnight Sun’s Mayhem Double IPA. These are very rare and we are thankful to have them. Drink on compadres!!!” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here

Steingarten LA

From David Watrous and this new Pico establishment, “New on draft @ Steingarten LA for this week: Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Sierra Nevada EWE 96, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Sierra Nevada Northern Harvest IPA, Sierra Nevada Southern Harvest IPA, New Belgium La Folie, Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown Ale, North Coast Old Rasputin, Ballast Point Sea Monster, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

And on Tuesday June 7th @ 7PM we will be having a keep the glass pint night with the Stone Brewing Co. in support if their “most bitter beer contest!” On draft will be Double Dry Hopped Sublimely Self Righteous, Double Dry Hopped Ruination, a cask of Cali-Belgique dry hopped w/ Chinook hops and Stone IPA. Yum!”

Stuffed Sandwich

For the month of June, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam are featuring Anniversary beers. The list will be made available on the 8th because the shop is closed from the 3rd through the 7th.

The Surly Goat

Per Andrew Kelley: On tap highlights: 09.09.09 Vertical Epic – Stone (Belgian Porter), Humulus Lager – The Bruery (India Pale Lager) and Redemption – Russian River (Belgian Blonde Ale).

On deck: Blue House Pale – El Segundo (American Pale Ale), Nautical Nut Brown – Alesmith (American Brown Ale) and The Abyss (Russian Imperial Stout). To get the latest tap news, check out the Surly Goat Tap List.

38 Degrees

Highlights from Alhambra include Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, Coronado Hoppy Daze, Alesmith Grand Cru, Eagle Rock Manifesto and Flying Dog Gonzo.

Tin Roof Bistro

The latest from Pete Shuey at Tin Roof Bistro, “We’ve got Allagash White, New Belgium Somersault, Stone Smoked Porter, Strand Beach House Amber, Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix, Black Market Rye IPA, Drake’s 1500 Pale Ale, Tripel Karmeleit, Brouwerij West Tripel, Buckbean Tule Duck Red, Avery Ellie’s Brown and Craftsman 1903. Coming up we’ll be tapping Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous & Big Sky Mexican Lager.

Don’t forget the Tin Roof Bocce tournament begins this Sunday at noon. 16 teams of 2 will battle it out until the end! Free to play and prizes to winners! To sign up or any questions call 310-939-0900

Also coming up on Tuesday, June 7th is our Strand Beer Dinner. Rich & Joel will be here guiding you through Chef Anne’s menu. I’m hearing the elusive Black IPA is making an appearance! Call Nancy or Pete at 310-939-0900 to reserve your spot! They’re filling up quick!”

Tony’s Darts Away

The latest from TDA: “We have Hangar 24 Black Rye IPA and Bootleggers 78 Wee Heavy fresh on tap today!”

Vendome Toluca Lake

Vendome Toluca Lake’s weekly Beer Tasting is from 2-5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Each week has a theme and this weekend you will be treated to Vintage Ales. “For this weekend’s tasting we will explore some aged beers in hopes of finding some flavor gems. The beers will have an age range from eight months to well over two years, and styles represented range from a double white ale to a kriek, albeit with plenty of barleywines in the middle.”

The Yard

Here is what is on tap at The Yard from Sean Norris, “Ballast Point, Sea Monster stout, New Belgium La Terroir, Oskar Blue’s Mama’s Lil pils, 10 metric golden, North Coast Scrimshaw pilsner, TAPS Irish Red, New Belgium Super Cru, Cylinder session and Cismontane‘s Black Dawn.”


The mobile craft beer garden from the brains behind Tony’s Darts Away, Verdugo Bar/Surly Goat, Blue Palms and 38 Degrees – is popping-up a second time in Hollywood on Saturday, June 4th at the corner of Gower and Hollywood, from noon ‘til 7 p.m.

Craft Beer Chronicles

On May 27 in The Craft Beer Chronicles, Brand X columnist Steven Armstrong wrote an article titled The Craft Beer Chronicles celebrates the Bruery’s three-year anniversary.

L.A. Beer Blast compiled by Food GPS Beer Editor Sean Inman


Sean Inman

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

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