L.A. Beer Blast C40

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BrewDog co-founder James Watt made a high-energy appearance at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood.

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Brew & You

This week in Brew & You: Your Week One recommendations for L.A. Beer Week, a little autumn Unity and another craft beer homework assignment to complete in a post titled The Return of L.A. Beer Week.

L.A. Beer Float Showdown 3

The L.A. Beer Float Showdown returns for LA Beer Week, and this year, five top chefs are collaborating with five top California breweries to develop imaginative beer floats. Every attendee is a judge, voting on “flavor,” “originality” and “presentation,” and the winning team not only gets glory, they also walk away with $500. The event is on October 15 at Eagle Rock Brewery from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine, and costs $35 per person. 25% of event proceeds will go to Share Our Strength, which is a charitable organization working to eliminate childhood hunger. Click Here to Learn More and Buy Tickets.


From Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach: “Here is my tap list for the week: Victory Festbier, Drake’s 1500, Stone 15th Anniversary Imperial IPA and Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils. Drakes Aroma Coma and Iron Fist Spice of Life are ready to tap any minute.”

Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach

Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features Emelisse Rauchbier, Smog City Extra Pale Ale, Santa Cruz Oatmeal Stout, Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA and Highwater Retribution Imperial IPA in Seal Beach. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.

Beachwood BBQ – Long Beach

The Long Beach location of Beachwood features Golden Road Hefeweizen, Malheur 12, Beer Heer Nordic Rye, Pizza Port Carlsbad Cow Stout and Upright 5 saison. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 36-tap menu via Hop Cam.

Beer Belly

On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment: “The Bruery Humulus Lager, Cismontane Double Rainbow IPA, Eagle Rock Dortmunder Export, Craftsman Harvest Saison, Cismontane Oktoberfest, Eagle Rock Populist IPA, Eagle Rock Manifesto, Eagle Rock Revolution XPA, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Eagle Rock Solidarity Nitro, Golden Road Hefeweizen and Golden Road Point The Way IPA.

Also, during LA Beer Week Event: Wednesday 10/12, it is Meet the Brewer with The Bruery. Join the Beer Belly family and special guest Patrick Rue as we get a taste of the creativity of The Bruery famille. Come check out The Wanderer which just took home the silver at the 2011 GABF!

On tap for the evening: Draft: Humulus Wet, Rub a Dub Dubbel, The Wanderer, Humulus Lager, Mischief, Autumn Maple, Loakal Red and on Bottle: Mischief Gone Wild, Snicklefritz, Bierbauch, Batch 300 and Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily).”

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Blue Palms taps are pouring Craftsman Flanders Red, Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA, Surf Brewing Wahine White, Eagle Rock Jubilee ale and Cismontane Oktoberfest among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here

Boneyard Bistro

From bar manager Rory Snipes: “For the upcoming L.A. Beer week we’re having our 1st Annual Vintage & Epic Stout night on 10/18: we will have ’09, ’10, and ’11 Oskar Blues Ten-Fidy on tap as well as the same 3 years of Stone IRS – side by side 3 year stout verticals! And because I didn’t think that was sufficiently ridiculous, we’re going to tap a bunch of other amazing imperial stouts at the same time: Bootlegger’s barrel aged Imperial Black Phoenix, Lost Coast barrel aged Imperial 8 Ball, Nectar Ales Black Xantus, 2010 Port Santa’s Little Helper, a special keg of Black’s Dawn from Cismontane, Stone Belgo IRS with Anise, with more coming! No tickets, just awesome beer.

Boneyard/Bruery Beer Dinner on October 13, 2011 – 12 courses, paired with thirteen rare Bruery Beers – “Our approach when putting together a beer dinner at Boneyard is a little different than most. Where many pairings simply match beer and foods which will taste good together, we try to take it a step farther and really focus on the beers. Our goal is not simply to find beers that pair with certain foods, but to design food around a specific beer; to identify specific flavors in the beer, and then use food to highlight those flavors. The pairing is designed to showcase the beer, with the food providing a supporting role. This not only allows the beer to be shown in the best light possible, but hopefully exposes characters in the beer which are subtle or not present when the beer is consumed on its own. If you’ve been to one of our dinners in the past you already understand, for those of you who have not – come experience what beer and food pairing can be. $115 per person, seats are limited, please purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com, or through the restaurant at 818-906-7427.

Also during the entirety of this year’s beer week, come into Boneyard with a ticket from any Beer Week event and get 50% off local drafts (Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties)!”

The Bottle Room

From Tony Alcazar in Whittier: “This week from way east, The Bottle Room pours Coronado Mermaid Red, Liefmans Cuvee de Brut, Mission Shipwrecked, Cismontane The Citizen w/Coffee, Avery Dugana and Pliny the Elder. 24 taps heavy on the hops and heavy on the Nor Cal/So Cal breweries this week.

Lots of cool stuff coming up for LA Beer Week including our 3rd Annual Autumn Beer Dinner with Avery, Bear Necessities Menu with Bear Republic and Deschutes and Valrhona Chocolate Night.“


The latest from Wen Yeh at BruHaus: “Oktoberfest Biers on Draft: Weihenstephan Festbier, Ayinger Oktoberfest, Saphir Bock, Spaten Oktoberfest, Weihenstephan Hoplosion, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Hofbraus Oktoberfest, Weihenstephan Kristalweiss, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Reissdorf Kolsch, Paulaner Pils, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock and Schneider Edelweiss

In Bottle: Augustiner Brau, Hopf Dunkel Weiss, Hopf Spezial Weiss, Hopf Helle Weiss, Paulaner Salvator, Schoenramer Pils and Ayinger Jarhundert.

On sale throughout Oktober: 1L Steins filled with your choice of Spaten, Paulaner, Hofbrau for $20, you keep the glassware. Refills for $15. Weihenstephan for $25, refills for $20.”

City Tavern

“TONIGHT is Firestone Pint Night at City Tavern…City Tavern will be putting up a few beers that normally are only available in the Firestone tasting room. In addition we will be giving away a commemorative pint glass to anyone that orders a pint (while supplies last), and we will also be offering a tasting flight option for the night if you want to try all five. The event starts at 6pm and runs all night long.”

Congregation Ale House

From Eli Wilson at Congregation, “Lots of exciting events on the horizon for Congregation Ale House! In LB: Brewer Bruno Reindeers of Mort Subite will help us host “Lambic Night” on the 12th, and Anchor Evening follows on the 13th, with a very special tapping of Our Barrel Ale (OBA). In Azusa, our first beer event is on the 19th, a celebration with venerable Deschutes Brewery. I look forward to sipping aged 2010 Abyss, brand-new Stoic, along with many others!

Then on Halloween Night, our second annual Saints and Sinners Ball…” And, the Azusa chapter is now open with the Pasadena chapter to open later this year.

The Daily Pint

Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Grand Teton Coming Home holiday ale and AleSmith Evil Dead Red to their line-up.

Eagle Rock Brewery

On tap beer wise are Dortmunder Export, Populist IPA, Revolution XPA, Manifesto wit, and Solidarity (regular and nitro). On the Food truck front, Friday brings Deano’s Deli and the Rounds Truck rolls in on Saturday night.

The Factory

According to Eric Gutenkauf, “Oktober is The Factory Gastrobar’s favorite month! Our fall menu features pecan crusted trout in parsely lime butter with a beer cheese gratin, and a variety of other great new entrees like grass fed beef tenderloin and grilled sustainable California thresher shark! The beer list is stellar as always with New Belgium Hoptober and Kick Cran Pumpkin Sour, SoCal Black Bear Porter, Stone Belgo Anise IRS, Anderson Valley Mowkeef Saison, Sudwerk Munchener Helles, Strand 2nd Anniversary Braggot, Buckbean Tahoe Tessie IPA, and Bootleggers Eliminator IPA. In the bullpen we have Bootleggers Palomino Pale Ale, New Belgium Clutch Dark Sour, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Drake’s Aroma Coma. Lots of incredible brews coming on tap for L.A. Beer Week, beginning with “Night of 1000 IBUs” next Thursday, and The Factory Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 15!”

Far Bar

From Jimmy Smith at the Little Tokyo bar: “New on tap @ Far Bar: Firestone Oaktoberfest, Cismontane Double Rainbow, Deschutes Stoic, Ommegang Belgian Independence Day, New Belgium Lips of Faith 10-10-10 Stone Ruination, Drakes Aroma Coma and Surf Brewery County Line Rye.

Coming up: Port High Tide, Ballast Point Sculpin, North Coast Old Stock, Ommegang Aprodite, New Belgium Lips of Faith Clutch and Bruery Humulus Lager.

Tuesday we’re kicking off LA Beer Week at Far Bar with the Bruery/Dogfish Head Collabaration Release Party for Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily). This will be the first public tasting of FBBB(GQS) and t that Far Bar will be the only bar receiving this beer on draft.

Also on tap this night will be:

From The Bruery: Oude Tart, Rub -a Dub Dubbel, Humulus Lager, Autumn Maple, Mischief and Loakal Red

From Dogfish Head: Bitch’s Brew ’10 , 120 Minute IPA and 90 Minute IPA

Jonas Nemura and Benjamin Weiss from the Bruery and Dogfish Head’s Bryant Goulding will be on hand to join the fun and chat it up. Not only will this be a night of outstanding and extremely limited beers, it will be a night of great people, music Japanese themed menu specials and cult flicks on the screen. We hope to see you!”

The Golden State

Draught beers on Fairfax include Craftsman 1903, Firestone-Walker Unfiltered DBA, Highwater Retribution, Great Divide Belgian Yeti, New Belgium Grand Cru, Craftsman Sour Grapes, Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness, Bruery Autumn Maple and Ommegang BPA.

Ladyface Ale Companie

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “The Chumash, who originally settled this area, celebrate a fall equinox sun ceremony during the month of Hutash, which is also the name of their Earth Goddess. Taking place after the harvest is picked, it focuses on the spiritual importance of unity in the lean winter months to come. This week, Ladyface released its latest seasonal, a wet-hopped harvest ale called Hutash. It boasts the intense presence of Citra® tropical fruit fragrance and flavor but with very low bitterness. A beautiful fall amber color, it’s very sessionable at 3.8% abv.

Cask of the Week is “Bindi”, a curried Ladyface IPA. Joining the lineup of Ladyface ales are Ballast Point Sculpin, Brasserie Dubuisson Cuvee de Trolls, Heretic Evil Cousin, Mission Shipwrecked, North Coast Grand Cru, and Great Divide Belgian Yeti, Old Ruffian Barleywine, Rumble IPA and Smoked Baltic Porter. Those four Great Divides make up our Flight of the Week. Hope to see a bunch of you at BAM this weekend. Cheers!”

Library Alehouse

Here is the latest from Alex Davis at the Library Alehouse: “On tap right now I have Golden Road Point the Way, Smog City XPA, Weihenstephan Festbier and Korbinian, Sudwerk Fest Marzen, AleSmith Evil Dead Red, Ballast Point Reef Rye, Deschutes Obsidian Stout, Bellegem’s Bruin, New Belgium Clutch, Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale and Great Divide Old Ruffian. Backing those up are El Segundo Blue House Pale Ale, Surf Brewing Black IPA, Ballast Point Longfin Lager and New Belgium Kick.

Next week marks the beginning of LA Beer Week and we’ll have two events for you on the calendar:

On Tuesday, October 11 at 6PM we’re hosting a 12% Imports Extravaganza! On draft we’ll have the following: Stillwater Debutante, Stillwater Stateside, Midnight Sun Panty Peeler, Midnight Green Devil, Emelisse Jack Daniel’s Imperial Stout and the very rare and very tasty Tilquin Gueuze. We’ll also have small bottle pours of the following available: Stillwater Chardonnay Barrel Stateside, Bourbon Barrel Existent and Midnight Sun TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter). There will be flights and pairing bites for your tasting enjoyment as well. A good time will certainly be had by all.

On Thursday, October 13 at 6PM we welcome Dave and Cyrena from Ladyface Ale Companie to the Alehouse along with a few of their excellent ales (TBD). We’ll have a flight available as well some small bites. We look forward to sharing the local love and seeing you at the Alehouse!” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.

Lucky Baldwin’s

“We’re celebrating 15 years of business along with Stone Brewing Company!!! In celebration we will be tapping some fantastic Stone beers and our Lucky Baldwins/Stone collaboration t-shirt and glass will be available for an awesome deal. We will also be tapping beers from Craftsman, AleSmith, Avery, Victory, Russian River, Eagle Rock, and many more! Don’t miss the fun and great beer! This event will be happening at all Lucky Baldwins Pubs – you drank it here first! ”

Lucky Devils

“Lucky Devils has just tapped Craftsman Marzen Oktoberfest and Laguinitas Lucky 13.alt plus we’re featuring Craftsman Triple White Sage, Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, Craftsman 1903, Weihenstephaner Kristall, Racer 5, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, Anglo-American Style Brown Ale, Schonramer Saphir Bock, SoCal Red Carpet, and Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout. Try a pairing with our Diable Pizza or Flaming Goat – it’s awesome..”


Adam Aro reports new brews on tap: “I currently have these up: Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Marzen, Reissdorf kolsch, Weihenstephaner hef, Craftsman 1903 lager, Abbot Ale (nitro), Victory Helios, Cismontane Black’s Dawn and Ballast Point Calico amber on nitro, Port Shark Attack red and Mongo IIPA, Brewdog Tokyo, Lindeman’s Framboise, Strand 2nd Anniversary braggot, La Chouffe, New Belgium Abbey Grand Cru, Kick, Clutch, and Belgo, Ommegang Witte, St. Bernardus tripel, Stone Highway 78 collaboration, Lagunitas Lucky 13alt, Dogfish Festina peche, Cismontane 1st anniversary Blk Lager & Antigua Caturra, Lost Abbey Angel’s Share(brandy), and Avery Collaboration not Litigation and the 30th anniversary line-up by Sierra Nevada. Cask is Telegraph Dry-hopped California Ale. Coming soon- North Coast Grand Cru, Craftsman Flanders red. Casks coming from Ballast point, and Cismontane. Socal is being highlighted for L.A. beer Week new breweries that really don’t distribute. I will have 5 or 6 beers from them.”

Mohawk Bend

Here is the update from Daniel Harlan at Mohawk Bend, “Today at Mohawk Bend we begin our celebration of Shmaltz Brewing from New York: our second featured out-of-state brewery. From Coney Island Craft Lagers we will be pouring their flagship Coney Island Lager, Mermaid Rye Pilsener, and Albino Python White Lager brewed with fennel seed, ginger, and sweet orange peel. From He’Brew we have Lenny’s Bittersweet R.I.P.A., and Origin: a strong ale brewed with pomegranate juice. For those who adhere to the Kashrut dietary laws, all He’brew brand beers are certified Kosher by KSA.

Also, On Thursday October 13th, Mohawk Bend will be holding a Shmaltz brewing event from 6-10pm. There will be more details to come. On Wednesday the 19th from 6-10pm, Mohawk and Stone brewing will host an event titled “Riddle Me This: a drinking game of sorts where patron’s earn their beer by answering riddles. Finally, don’t forget that Tony Yanow and Meg Gill, President and co-owner, are hosting the grand opening of Golden Road Brewing on October 16th from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Naja’s Place
The latest bulletin from Martin Svab at Naja’s, “Officially kick off the 3rd Annual LA Beer Week in style at Naja’s Place (one of the oldest beer bars in SoCal) with Stone Brewing Company.

This highly anticipated event will be the ultimate Stone Brewing experience unlike any other (ever) outside the brewery. Rare Stone beers (40+ on tap), VIP guests, book signing, and Stone Catering-provided food will round out this unique event with a surprise or two.

The Kick Off Celebration will feature TWO SESSIONS:
Session A 3:00pm – 7:00pm // Session B 8:00pm – 12:00am
Price of admission for EACH SESSION ($45 + handling charges) includes the following:
*Commemorative LA Beer Week ’11 / Naja’s Place tasting glass
*Admission to ONE four-hour session
*10 six-ounce samples; additional taster tickets will be available on site
*Access to 40+ great Stone Brewing beers (many very rare)
*VIP Stone Brewing guests including Greg Koch (CEO), Steve Wagner (President, Brew Master), Mitch Steele (Head Brewer), and more!
*Q&A Session with Stone Brewing VIP guests
* “The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.” book signing with authors Greg Koch & Randy Clemens (book will be available for purchase)
*Small bites provided by Stone Catering
*Chance to purchase limited edition LABW ’11 / Naja’s Place commemorative T-shirts”

The Oinkster

The latest update from assistant manager Josh Salinas, “This weekend we are pouring Santa Cruz Ale Works IPA, Black Market Hefe, Uinta Wyld Extra Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, Craftsman Flanders Red Ale, and 1903 Lager. On Deck we have Eagle Rock Solidarity, Telegraph Harvest Rye, and El Segundo Blue House Pale Ale.”

Rock & Brews

From Justin Blake at Dave Furano and Michael Zislis’ El Segundo biergarten: “This week we are pouring Heretic Brewing Evil Twin, The Bruery’s Humulus Lager, Port Brewing Mongo, Strand Beach House Amber, Iron Fist Velvet Glove, Cismontane Double Rainbow, Drakes Zatec Pilsner, Liefmans Cuvee Brut, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Cismontane Antigua Caturra Infused Citizen, Grand Teton The Grand Saison with Apricot, Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, and New Belgium Lips of Faith Kick among many others. We also have bottles of Mountain Goat Pale Ale, Mountain Goat Hightail Ale, Orval, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Russian River Consecration.. On deck, we have Heretic Taffelbully, Bootleggers Pumpkin, Heretic Evil Cousin, Deschutes Jubelale, and Brouwerij West Blond. Next Tuesday, October 11, we are having a beer and cheese pairing featuring Jolly Pumpkin, and next Wednesday, October 12th we are having a cask night with Strand Brewing. Also, on Thursday/Friday night and all of Saturday/Sunday through the end of October, it is Rocktoberfest at Rock and Brews. We will be serving a German inspired food menu and feature liter steins of German beer.”


The latest from general manager Micah Schiesel: “We got some new brews from some new breweries, Hop Riot from Highwater Brewery and Great Road IPA Batch #1 welcome to the team boys! Sudwerks Fest Marzen, Paulaner Oktoberfest, are joining the line-up as well too. Other beers of interest, Flying Dog’s barrel aged Gonzo Porter, and old friend, Old Rasputin is making a rare appearance again as well. Beer Valley Leafer Madness and Sculpin too!” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here

Sunset Beer Co.

From Alex Macy at the fresh Echo Park bottle shop: newly tapped “Golden Road Hefeweizen and Stone Imperial Russian Stout.

New in bottles: Uinta Detour Double IPA, All the Rocheforts, 9-month-old Orval (According to Orval’s Francois de Harenne, that’s the best age where it tastes the best!), Mikkeller Big Worst and Wandering Aengus 2009 Oaked Dry Cider.”

The Surly Goat

Here’s this week’s Surly update from Andrew Kelley: “On Tap: Rhinoceros – Telegraph (American Barleywine), Smoked Baltic Porter – Great Divide and Hoplosion – Weihenstephan (Hoppy Hefeweizen).

On Deck: Sour Grapes – Craftsman (American Wild Ale), Blue House Pale – El Segundo (American Pale Ale) and Red Barn – The Lost Abbey (Saison). To get the latest tap news, check out the Surly Goat Tap List

“Also, tonight we are having a tapping of two beers from Golden Road Brewing, Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen. Both beers will be pouring starting from opening at 6pm.”

Tin Roof Bistro

The latest from Pete Shuey at Tin Roof Bistro: “Now at Tin Roof we’re pouring Mission Hefeweizen, Victory Prima Pils, Brouwerij West Tripel, Blue House IPA, Strand Beach House Amber, Tripel Karmeliet, Firestone Robust Porter, Bear Republic Pete’s Tribute Brown, Lost Abbey Red Barn, Dogfish Punkin, Allagash Curieux & Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale. On deck we’ve got Telegraph Rhinoceros Barleywine, Strand 2nd Annv Braggot, Sudwerk Pils, New Belgium Kick & Hofbrau Oktoberfest. Also a limited # of large format bottles available: 1 Sink the Bismark left! Stone 2010 Old Guradian, Grand Teton Lost Continent DIPA, The Bruery Autumn Maple & Alpine Ale.

Don’t forget this Saturday the 8th from noon – 4pm we’re having an Oktoberfest party in our courtyard. We’ll be grilling Brats & Burgers with a live, authentic German “oompah” band. Sudwerk will be in house pouring their Hefeweizen, Fest Marzen and a special Firkin of their German style IPA. Food & drink tickets available for purchase at the door. Sure to be a good time!”

Tony’s Darts Away

Today’s update from Jim Fraley in Burbank: “Cheers to everybody! We wish you an epic and safe L.A. Beer Week. We are currently pouring Pliny The Elder, Blind Pig, Craftsman Flanders Red (Yum), Golden Road Brewing’s Point The Way IPA, Port Cow Stout, Ventura’s Surf Brewing County Line Rye, and many other tasty treats. On Deck beers include the fantastic Smog City XPA and Eagle Rock Populist. Our first beer week event will be a stimulating beer and coffee shindig with Cismontane Brewing on the 12th. We will be featuring their Blacks Dawn Coffee Stout, The Citizen California Common with Antigua Caturra, and we will be infusing their Coulter Rye IPA with fresh brewed coffee by hand. Yay Beer! Yay Coffee! Yay L.A!”

Vendome Toluca Lake

Vendome Toluca Lake’s weekly Beer Tasting is from 2-5 pm on Saturday and 12-3 pm Sunday. This week’s theme is Octoberfests and Pumpkin beers “Since the world’s largest beer celebration is currently in mid swing, it’s that time again to have an Octoberfest tasting! Additionally, I thought to myself why not throw in some pumpkin beers as well? So I did. But then I figured that wasn’t enough. So I also decided to add a several “wild cards” to the mix.

A couple “wild card” beers I decided to add were Brouwerij De Molen SSS London Stout (a 10% abv Imperial Stout based on an original recipe from 1914) and Port Brewing 2011 Older Viscosity (a 100% Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel aged American Strong Ale…one of the best in my opinion).

Get your Märzen and pumpkin fix this weekend, either between 2-5pm Saturday or 12-3pm Sunday. Don’t forget, all beer purchases from the tasting will be discounted 15%!”

Other Beer-y events

BAM (Beer-Art-Music) 2011 will feature 20+ breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries and food trucks to benefit the 18th Street Arts Center.

“Bust out the lederhosen and beer steins, this October a taste of Germany is coming to Terranea Resort. On Sunday, October 9th, casual culinary destination Nelson’s is celebrating Oktoberfest with a special menu featuring an authentic German spread that includes House made Potato Dumplings, Bavarian Pork Sausage, Wiener Schnitzel, and Bavarian Desserts. The meat feast, paired with specialty beers like Paulaner Special Octoberfest Lager, will also feature a stein holding contest with liter beer steins and festive live music from the Rhinelanders.”

“Celebrate Octobeer with Mezze as they debut their new craft beer program with a special beer pairing tasting menu. Chef Micah Wexler has paired an array of craft beers from hard-to-find breweries such as The Bruery with inventive Eastern Mediterranean dishes to make the perfect pair this month. The delicious yet affordable four course tasting menu pleasures the palate for $50 (minimum 2 people). Reservations: 310.657.4103.

The Venice Ale House are “curating a series of events with various local craft brews including organic food pairings and we would love to invite you to attend and if you choose, announce it publicly. The dates and brewery attendees are as follows, and at each event we will have Q & As with the brewmasters/owners/reps as well as food pairings (all events are 6p – 10p):

Tuesday October 11, 2011 – Evan Weinberg from Cismontane Brewing Co. (owner)
Thursday October 13, 2011 – Rob Croxall from El Segundo Brewing (Co-owner)
Tuesday October 18, 2011 – Rich Marcello from Strand Brewing Co (Owner)
Wednesday October 19, 2011 – Sam Sharyon from Lagunitas Brewing (representative)
Thursday October 20, 2011 – Jeremy Raub from Eagle Rock Brewing (Owner)

We’re excited to give our audience an opportunity to speak with these Craft Beer leaders. As you know, these are American small companies making big dents in the market share of international beer conglomerates, and we could not be more proud to work with them, support them, and serve their superior product on a regular basis.”

At Wades Wines in Agoura Hills, “Beer With Wild Bugs! – Beer Tasting Thursday, October 6th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. For this tasting we will be pouring beers brewed with wild yeast strains, and different types of bacteria. The result is some of the most complex beers, which change and open up with time in the glass. These beers are extremely limited due to the time and labor put into making them.

Come taste the wild flavors that are in these beers!! Stillwater Artisanal Ales – Debutante, Stillwater Artisanal Ales – Autumnal, The Lost Abbey – 10 Commandments, Jolly Pumpkin – Madrugada Obscura. Come in for a very special $10 taster flight..stay to enjoy the 40 unique beers on taps!!!

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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