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Brew & You
This week in Brew & You, Food GPS Beer Editor Sean Inman reviews Bock Fest 2011, suggests a beer to collect and gives you a craft beer homework assignment in a post titled Bock Fest 2011.
In the past two years, brewmaster Jonathan Porter has helped to revitalize Tustin Brewing Company with beers like Roggenator Rye Doppel Bock, Jackson’s Double IPA and Julia’s Heritage Belgian Blonde. He even took bronze at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival in the Robust Porter category for his Blimp Hangar Porter. Click Here to Learn More.
Younger Angelenos might think that the word “brewery” entered the City of Los Angeles lexicon in 2009, with the advent of Eagle Rock Brewery, and that professional baseball got going in 1958, when the Dodgers migrated from Brooklyn. On January 8, journalist Charles Perry – president of the Culinary Historians of Southern California – presented a multi-media lecture titled “Of Beer and Baseball: The Maier Brewing Dynasty” at the LAPL Mark Taper Auditorium and managed to deftly dispel those notions and more. Click Here to Learn More.
The latest on tap at 1642 is the Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, Strand Brewing’s 24th Street Pale Ale, Sudwerk Lager and Alesmith’s Grand Cru.
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features draught beers from De Struise, ’09 and ’10 Abyss from Deschutes, Monk’s Mistress from Alaska’s Midnight Sun Brewery and Maui Brewing’s Okakopa Fest. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Tonight is Speakeasy Ales night. This Bay area brewery will be on hand with their line-up of brews (The Don Triple IPA and White Lightning to name two) to get you in the mood for the upcoming San Francisco Beer Week. And if the beer isn’t enough, you could win a trip to SF just by having a beer.
Blue Palms is also pouring beers from Big Sky of Montana, the lager and IPA from TAPS in Brea, Drakes Alpha Session and Ballast Point’s Oktoberfest amongst many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu via Here
From Chris Sobolewski, the beer dude at BoHo, “New offerings this week include Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Abita Turbodog, Birra Moretti’s La Rossa finally on tap in the USA and Oskar Blues Gordon (the last time you’ll see it called such thanks to Gordon Biersch’s new lawyers). New things just around the bend from Sierra Nevada and Cismontane.”
The Bottle Room
According to today’s update from chef-owner Tony Alcazar, “This week we are pouring Deschutes Red Chair, Great Divide Hercules, Port Midnight Sessions, Dogfish head 90 minute IPA and Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo. All this among 24 handles of bitchin beer.”
As far as events, we have our second anniversary coming and have a few events. March 1st our 2nd Annual Winter beer dinner with Mark Jilg from Craftsman brewing, March 6th is Taco Extravaganza with Eagle Rock brewing as well as our 2nd Annual IPA fest. All happening in the beginning of March.”
Tonight from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Cabo Taco is offering a $20 food and beer pairing, including braised pork Sopes paired with Ommegang Pale Ale, Shrimp Ceviche paired with Sierra Nevada Estate Home Grown Ale, a Street Style Quesadilla paired with Deschutes Red Chair and Churros paired with Drake’s Hop Salad.
From Alex Macy at the City Sip in Echo Park, “right now we have on tap: Eagle Rock Manifesto, TAPS Cream Ale, Strand 24th St. Pale Ale, Coronado Islander IPA, Allagash Curieux and Avec Les Bons Voeux. On deck: The Bruery Orchard White and TAPS Dopplebock. Some fun bottles right now: Lindemans Cuvee Rene, Rochefort 10, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Port Barrel-Aged Santa’s Little Helper, Lost Abbey Deliverance, RRV Consecration Batch #5.”
According to Beverage Director Eli Wilson, “Our tap list this week features an eclectic blend of Belgian Christmas favorites (Nice Chouffe, Rulles Cuvee Meilleux, Silly Noel), rich Stouts (Speedway, Moylan’s Port-barrel Chocolate Rasperry Stout), and usual array of IPAs (Mongo, Gordon, Cismontane Rainbow Double IPA, Hop Devil). We also have very limited kegs of Struise and Marin Brass Knuckle looking to be tapped later this week. Happy drinking!”
Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Houblon Chouffe and the 14% ABV Samichlaus Bier.
And on Tuesday the 25th, you can celebrate Robert Burns with Scottish food and drink (including haggis).
More great food trucks are coming to the brewery with the Global Soul truck tonight followed by the Grilled Cheese truck and the Lobsta truck scheduled for this weekend.
According to co-owner Eric Gutenkauf, “Currently on tap we have the following awesome brews: Stone Double Dry Hopped Arrogant Bastard, Port Mongo IPA, Deschutes Abyss, Angel City Abbey, Bootlegger’s Anniversary Strong Ale, New Belgium Lips of Faith Vrienden, Strand Atticus IPA and Mate Veza Yerba Mate IPA.
In the back we have Rock Bottom Long Beach’s incredible Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Brown Ale, Green Flash Hop Head Red, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, Bootlegger’s Mint Chocolate Porter and Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale.
Next Tuesday, January 25th will be our monthly BYOB dinner. This month’s theme is Northern California–not the Bay Area-more north than that! Executive Chef Natalie Gutenkauf is putting together a four-course dinner to go with the theme. You pay $25 for some great cuisine, and bring your own beer! We drink and dine communally, passing both beer and food around the restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 562-595-4020.”
According to Jason Bernstein at The Golden State, draught beers include Anderson Valley Black IPA, North Coast Old Rasputin, Allagash/New Belgium Vrienden, Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich, Ballast Point Yellowtail, Victory Brewing’s Helios saison, Drake’s Jolly Rodger, Russian River Consecration, Great Divide Espresso Yeti, and two from Pasadena’s Craftsman Brewing 1903 lager and Aurora Borealis a 13% ABV beer with mint.
According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “This Sunday, January 23rd marks the beginning of a whole week of first anniversary celebrations. All taps go to Ladyface ales as we begin pouring 23 of the regular, seasonal and special brews we’ve created throughout the year! Favorites like Derailleur and Ladyface Red Rye will be back for one-time, one-keg appearances. Plus we’re releasing new brews almost every night – Sun 23rd Russian Lullaby Imperial Stout, Mon 24th Ladyface Anniversary Ale, a huge Belgian Quad, Wed 26th in conjunction with our Quarterly Brewmaster’s Dinner, Justin Isosceles Barrel-aged Blue-Belly Barleywine, Thurs 27th Cabernet Barrel-aged La Cerise Kriekbier, Fri 28th Cabernet Barrel-aged Weizenbock, Sat 29th Chardonnay Barrel-aged Oude Blonde. Ale descriptions & info on the dinner at www.ladyfaceale.com.
The Cask of the Week is “Simple Pleasures”, our hop-forward Ladyface IPA straight from the firkin, best enjoyed on the Ladyface patio where the sun is warm and the company convivial. La Blonde, La Blanche Wit, Trois Filles Tripel, Picture City Porter, Midnight Special Strong Scottish Ale, and Chesebro Imperial IPA are all on tap. Blind Ambition Amber and Ladyface IPA will be back for Anniversary Week. Also on tap – Stone Lukcy Basartd, Russian River Blind Pig (almost gone), Port Old Viscosity, Drake Alpha Session, Marin Brass Knuckle, Grand Teton Coming Home, Oskar Blue’s Mama Little Yella Pils, St. Louis Gueuze, Val-Dieu Grand Cru, and St. Feullien Noel. But remember all taps go to Ladyface ales January 23-29!”
According to General Manager Tom Kelley, a certified cicerone, “New Addition to our constant taps…Houblon Chouffe! New on our Rotating taps New Belgium Vrienden, Deschutes The Abyss, Great Divide Espresso Yeti, Stone 2010 Russian Imperial Stout, and McChouffe.
Last licks on Anchor Christmas, Sierra Celebration, Port Santa’s Little Helper. New bottles include Liefman’s Goudenbond, and North Coast 2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Stock.
Also, on February 9th we are hosting a pairing dinner with Jace Milstead and Firestone Walker for our release of 14.
Lucky Baldwin’s eastern outpost has added Avec les Bon Voeux, Cuvee de Trolls and St. Bernardus Abt. 12 to their tap list.
According to Naja’s Place Assistant Manager Martin Svab, New beers on tap for the weekend: Great Divide Espresso Yeti, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lucifer Golden Ale, Rodenbach Vintage ’08, Coronado Idiot IPA, Bruery Mischief, Skyscraper Winter Warmer and Cistmontane Double Rainbow DIPA.
Sam Adams Pint Nite
Thursday, January 27, 2011 (8pm till 10pm); with a few Sam Adams beers on draft & special Infinium tasting (bottles). Limited Sam Adams pint glasses will be available.
An Evening with… The Bruery
Thursday, February 10, 2011 (8pm till 10pm)
We’ll feature 7+ Bruery beers on draft including some Provisions only treats. There will be a limited supply specialty glassware as well. Specials guests TBA & more…
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 (8pm till 10pm)
We’ll feature a vertical tasting of all four 30th Anniversaries beers on draft, Empire Strikes Black (bourbon barrel aged), a rare cask & more. Limited pint glasses will be available. Special guests TBA.
According to Tuesday night’s update from assistant manager Josh Salinas, “This weekend we will be pouring Eagle Rock Solidarity, TAPS Roggen “a German rye lager”, Napa Smith Pale Ale, Craftsman 1903, Eel River Organic Porter and Great Divide Belgica IPA. Also on deck we have TAPS Dunkel Bavarian beer.”
According to today’s update from Brandon Halvorson, who runs the beer program at Dave Furano and Michael Zislis’ El Segundo biergarten, “Right now we have Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, Houblon Chouffe, denogginizer, Bootleggers SoCo IPA, Mikkeller Single Hop warrior, Speedway Stout, and Paulaner Hef. I got multiple goodies going on tap this week.”
According to yesterday’s update from Jace Milstead, a certified cicerone who’s consulting on the beer list, “Hey now! SideBar is now open 6pm, 7 days a week. M-F 6-8 $4 draft beers. Knuckle Sandwich, Class V Stout, DBA on draft. Ommegang Belgian Pale and Great Divide Yeti coming up.”
According to manager Micah Schiesel, “We got some fire water from Craftsman called Aurora Borealis, 13% strong ale brewed with spearmint, yum! We also have a special delivery from our friends at Stone, one keg of double dry hopped IPA showed up on our doorstep wearing a bonnet. If we shake the keg we can still round of a few drops of Deschute’s Abyss for those craving the bourbon barrel aged stout.” Refer to Simmzy’s tap list to track changes.
For the month of January, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam are featuring Porters and Stouts on tap, including Victory Storm King Imperial Stout (2009), Avery Out of Bounds Stout (2009), Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Abita Vanilla Porter, North Coast Old #38 Stout, Gentleman Scholar Requiem Espresso Vanilla Stout, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout (2009), BrewDog Tokyo Imperial Stout and Stone Smoked Porter brewed with vanilla beans.
The Surly Goat is currently pouring beers like Sierra Nevada EWE-96, The Lost Abbey Red Barn, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence and New Belgium/Allagash Vrienden. Check out the Surly Goat Tap List for further selections.
According to yesterday’s update from general manager Paige Reilly, “Oh my! So many good beers available at TDA this week: Lost Abbey Judgment Day, Sudwerk German IPA, Cismontane Black Dawn, Eagle Rock Red Velvet, AleSmith IPA, Mate Veza IPA, and Brouweirj West Blonde- 5. Most importantly, Tony and Paige’s Beer Camp Beer, Ewe-96, will be on tap Tuesday, January 25th for a very special [email protected] Brewery Night: Tony & Paige’s Own Brew! Hope to see you all here Tuesday!!!”
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 their “New Arrivals,” including “three new arrivals from Liefmans, three from Dieu Du Ciel, a couple from Lagunitas, and some singular offerings.”
Per Ryan Sweeney at the Verdugo, Rubicon Brewing’s Hop Sauce, Ballast Point’s Sculpin and Firestone-Walker Double Jack for the hopheads. Abyss from Deschutes and Espresso Yeti from Great Divide also on tap. Coming soon is Hop Henge and Brandy Angel Share.
According to Mary Drenthe at The York, “This week on tap we’re featuring Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA, Mad River Scotch Porter, Eagle Rock Red Velvet, and Nibble Bit Tabby ESB. On cask we have Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale.”
L.A. Beer Blast compiled by Food GPS Beer Editor Sean Inman