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Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: We travel to City Hall, sip on a Ginger Saison and another craft beer homework assignment to complete in a post titled (Eagle) Rock the Vote .
Q&A with fermentation professional Jesse Friedman (SodaCraft and Almanac Beer Co.)
In another shining example of food blogger makes good, Beer & Nosh mastermind Jesse Friedman is the founder of two San Francisco based beverage companies. The longtime homebrewer recently launched SodaCraft and co-founded Almanac Beer Co. with Damian Fagan. Both companies are driven by fermentation, local produce and the seasons. Click Here to Learn More
The mobile craft beer garden from the brains behind Tony’s Darts Away, Verdugo Bar/Surly Goat, Blue Palms and 38 Degrees – will pop-up three different times this month: July 9th, July 16th & July 23rd. All three events will take place on the Sunset Strip right across from the world-famous Roxy Theater.
Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach reported that new beers are “Port Brewing Mongo, Allagash Black, Lost Abbey Witches Wit, and Sudwerk Pilsner.”
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers such as Airdale Dark and Stormy, Marin Tiburon blonde, Xbeeriment Madraz IPA, Victory Headwaters Pale ale and Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s new establishment: “Bootlegger’s Black Lager, TAPS Irish Red, Eagle Rock Revolution XPA, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Bootlegger’s Spring Ale, Ladyface Blind Ambition, Telegraph Reserve Wheat, Cismontane Black’s Dawn, The Bruery Mischief, The Bruery Rugbrod, Iron Fist Velvet Glove on nitro-tap and El Segundo Brewing Blue House IPA.
On Deck: Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen, Craftsman Born on the 4th of July, Craftsman Oyster Stout, Brouwerij West Tripel, Brouwerij West Blond, Port Wipeout IPA, Port Mongo, Lost Abbey Devotion, Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit and Lost Abbey 10 Commandments.”
Blue Palms taps are pouring Telegraph Slippery Slope amber, Heretic Evil Twin Red ale, Ballast Point Even Keel Session ale, Magnolia Prescription Pale and Deschutes Black Butter XXIII Imperial Porter among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here
“Also, tickets are on sale for the Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Festival & Outdoor Beer Garden in August. If you know about us, you probably know how epic our anniversary parties are…and this year’s will be no exception. Tickets will be $45 for 10 x 5oz tasters (with more tasters available for purchase at the fest). This also includes a complimentary first edition Blue Palms logo’d glass.”
From Chris Sobolewski, the beer dude at BoHo: “Good things at the BoHo. New on draft this week: Firestone Parabola, Ballast Point Sculpin, Victory Summer Love, Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss and Mort Subite Kriek. Oh, Yes! And join us next Thursday the 14th from 7-9pm for a combo pint night (keep the logo glass!) with the brewers of Strand and Cismontane! Two breweries in one convenient evening.
Also, BoHo 2.0 has joined the digital age: follow us on Twitter for specials, bar news and who knows what else: @BoHo_Hollywood.”
The Bottle Room
According to chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “Kegs of Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, Craftsman 1903 Lager, Russian River Consecration and Strand Brewing 24th Street Pale Ale” have been tapped.”
According to co-owner Eden Noe, “Delirium Tremens, Mission Shipwreck DIPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Black Market hef, Fruli strawberry beer, Seadog blueberry beer, Karl Strauss Red Trolley ale, New Belgium Fat Tire amber, Stone IRS, Tripel Karmeliet, Chimay white, New Belgium Le Terroir, Guinness, Eagle Rock Manifesto wit, Allagash Curiuex and Allagash Black”
On tap in Culver City from Matt Meiers are Black Diamond Wheat Wacker IPA, Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Cismontane The Citizen, Strand Brewing Atticus IPA, Julian hard cider and Moylan’s Hefeweizen. On deck are Mad River’s The Mad Belgian and two fruit beers from Marin Brewing: Blueberry ale and Raspberry Trail.
According to Beverage Director Eli Wilson, “Congregation Ale House would like to extend a huge congratulations to Gabe, Lena, Justin, and Julian on their recent Grand Opening of Beachwood BBQ & Brewing on the Promenade. Many cheers to all involved, and hurray for the Long Beach beer scene!
As for us, we will continue serving our stellar combination of international craft beer and gourmet pub food. Coming on tap this week will be Dieu du Ciel Equinox Printemps, Houblon Chouffe, Stone IRS 2011, Rubicon Monkey Knife Fight, Bocker Jacobins Rouge, Alesmith Yulesmith, and Rogue Old Crusty Barley Wine. With plenty more fun to follow.”
Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA to their beer list.
On tap beer wise are Solidarity mild, Manifesto wit, Revolution XPA, Populist IPA and the Ginger Saison. On the Food truck front, Mandoline Grill rolls in on Friday and the Temaki Truck will be there Saturday.
According to Eric Gutenkauf, “The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach will be rockin’ this Saturday as we are at the epicenter of the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo! The Factory will be open from 2PM to midnight, with the Dragster Expo open from 3PM to 9PM. Of course we will have everyone’s favorite hot rod brews, Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye and Sppedway Stout, but we will also helping newly-opened Anaheim Brewery make its Long Beach Debut, by pouring their Kolsch-style Anaheim Gold! Other brews to look for include Avery’s Maharaja, Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale and Bootleggers Old World Hefeweizen.
Tonight, The Factory will be pouring New Belgium Super Cru and La Folie, Bootleggers Plum Riot, Rubicon Hopsauce Double IPA,. Avery IPA, Cismontane Coulter IPA, Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Sudwerk Helles Lager. Don’t forget that every Thursday, all draft beers are $3 for anyone wearing their Factory shirt.”
Draught beers on Fairfax include Drake’s 3000, Black Market Hefeweizen, Port Mongo and Older Viscosity, Craftsman Triple White Sage and 1903, Telegraph Arborea Obscura, Bruery Mischief and Beer Valley’s Leafer Madness.
According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Cask of the Week is “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman II”, our LA 2011 medal-winning Amazon Red, this time with extra Citra hops. Joining our lineup of Ladyface ales, which includes new Chaparral Saison made with local sage honey, are Russian River Damnation & Pliny the Elder, Heretic Evil Twin, Avery Dugana, The Bruery Cuir, North Coast Pranqster and Stone Old Guardian. Our monthly brewery tour, led by Brewmaster Dave Griffith takes place 5:30pm Monday, July 11th. And next Thursday, July 14th is Bastille Day featuring our annual Parisian Waiters Race & music on the patio. Hope to see you soon!”
Here is the latest from Alex Davis at the Library Alehouse: “Right now I have Ballast Point Even Keel and Abandon Ship Smoked Lager on, along with Green Flash Summer Saison, The Bruery Mischief and Anchor Liberty and Christmas 2010 (yes, you read that correctly). Hitting the taps this weekend will be Stone Double Dry-Hopped Ruination, Russian River Blind Pig, Ladyface IPA, El Segundo Blue House IPA, AleSmith IPA and Eagle Rock Populist. Nothing like a bunch of hoppy beer on a warm weekend!
Next week, on July 14th, we’ll host a funeral service for Duvel Green. Come by the Alehouse, buy a glass of Duvel Green and the glassware is yours, along with a ticket for a Duvel Single glass the next day when you purchase a glass of the same.
And for those wondering, we’ve set the start date of Sourfest at July 25th! We’ll be kicking things off with The Bruery that night and they’re bringing kegs of The Wanderer, Marron Acidifie, Pharaoh, Hottenroth and Saison de Lente. The fest itself will include around 30 kegs of sour beer so there’ll be no shortage of tart, funky, puckering goodness at the end of July” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.
The three Lucky locations will start celebrating Christmas in July starting on Saturday the 9th and running through the 17th of the month. Sample some fine winter seasonals.
According to assistant manager Martin Svab, new beers include “Ballast Point Sculpin, Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter, North Coast Red Seal (cask conditioned), Pilsner Urquell, Shipyard Smashed Blueberry, Magic Hat #9, Hof Brau Original and El Segundo IPA.” Mark your calendars, next Thursday is Great Divide night at Naja’s.
The latest update from assistant manager Josh Salinas, “This weekend we are pouring Marin IPA, Eagle Rock Revolution XPA, Craftsman “Brewed for the 4th of July”, Cosmic Ales Hellhound Brown, Deshutes Twilight Ale, and Craftsmans Heavenly Hefe. On deck we got Big Daddy IPA and Green Flash Summer Saison.OH YEAH!”
From Justin Blake at Dave Furano and Michael Zislis’ El Segundo biergarten, “This week we are pouring The Bruery’s Trade Winds Tripel, Bear Republic Apex IPA, Green Flash/St. Feuillien Biere de L’Amitie, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam, Port Brewing Mongo IPA, and Lips of Faith Grand Cru Abbey Ale among many others. On deck, we have Deschutes Hop in The Dark, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, and St. Feuillien Saison.
Also, next Wednesday, July 13th we are having a Strand Brewing Pint Night where we will be giving away Strand Brewing glassware and pouring a cask of Double Dry-Hopped Atticus IPA.”
Here is the update from Jace Milstead, a certified cicerone who’s consulting on the beer list, “Yummy! SideBar is pouring the Maui Coconut Porter on draft. We’ll also be tapping Midnight Sun XXX Black IPA this weekend or early next week. Seriously, what more could you want? No, seriously. I mean come on.”
The latest from general manager Micah Schiesel, “Hot weather calls for cold beer and hey what do you know, ours is the coldest in town. Pliny the Elder showed up today, to pair alongside Beer Valley’s Leafer Madness and Delta 9 Imperial IPA, Idiot IPA, Ruination and world on the street is that Maharaja is on the horizon. We were lucky enough to get another keg of Moylan’s Orange and Black and we are very close to hooking up Lost Abbey’s Red Barn Saison. If you missed out on the Parabola we have Brew Dog’s Tokyo Stout (18% French barrel aged monster) on deck and Mark from Craftsman was nice enough to give us a keg of their 4th of July amber ale. Come down and hang with us, we like visitors!!!” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here
For the month of July, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam are featuring refreshing summer beers such as Victory Braumeister Pils, Anchor Summer wheat beer, Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema, Bear Republic Rebellion Pale Ale, Rogue Love & Hoppiness pilsner, Coronado’s Saison by the Sea, Anchor’s Brekle’s Brown Ale and Sierra Nevada’s Glissade Spring Bock.
Per Andrew Kelley highlights on tap include Just Outstanding IPA – Kern River (American IPA), Black Butte XXIII – Deschutes (Barrel Aged Imperial Porter) and Summer Yulesmith – Alesmith (Imperial IPA). On Deck: Eighteen Anniversary Ale – Avery (Dry-Hopped Rye Saison), Evil Twin – Heretic (American Red Ale) and Triple White Sage – Craftsman (Tripel). To get the latest tap news, check out the Surly Goat Tap List
Today’s update from Burbank, “Today we put on Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit, Cosmic Ales Hell Hound Brown Ale, Port Wipeout IPA and North Coast Le Merle.”
Vendome Toluca Lake’s weekly Beer Tasting is from 2-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Each week has a theme and this weekend you will be treated to Pale Ales and Pilsners.
Tap highlights include Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Sierra Nevada Hips Helles, Rogue’s Love and Hoppiness, Cismontane 1st Anniverdary, Triple Rock’s IPAX and unfiltered DBA from Firestone-Walker with Sierra Nevada Juniper and New Belgium 10-10-10 waiting in the wings.
From The York, “Fresh five gallons of Craftsman Cask-conditioned Poppyfields Pale Ale arrived today. It is pouring nicely.”
According to co-owner Robert Wicklund, “Hello from the Spitz guys! Since nothing goes pairs better with dönor kebab than a cold microbrew, Spitz and Eagle Rock Brewery are teaming up to bring DTLA the best of both with our “Dönor and a Draft” night. On Thursday July 14 from 7pm – midnight, customers can get any sandwich or wrap and a pint of Eagle Rock draft for only $8, plus for a dollar more they can keep their Eagle Rock Brewery pint glass to commemorate the occasion. Eagle Rock Brewery’s Jeremy Raub will be tending bar and giving customers a chance to learn more about what’s in their glass.”
L.A. Beer Blast compiled by Food GPS Beer Editor Sean Inman
July 13, 2011 at 3:34 PM
I love Boho and their beer selection immensely. Definitely my favorite place in town to get some suds.
July 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Four words: Beachwood BBQ and Brewery! So glad they are now open and just a short Metro ride away.
July 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Thanks. I am turning this series of posts into a “To Do” list.