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Brew & You

This week in Brew & You: The final flurry of L.A. Beer Week events, a new beer to try and a new homework assignment to complete in a post titled L.A. Beer Week 2011 – The Final Flurry.

Q&A with Hawai’I Nui Brewing Company co-owner Keith Kinsey

Keith Kinsey grew up in Orange, California, and majored in Economics and Politics at UC Santa Cruz, before working as a commercial banker. A move to Portland first exposed him to the craft brewing sector, and after he moved to Hawaii to work for Bank of Hawaii, he became CFO for Mattson Davis at Kona Brewing Co. That’s before he teamed with Baker on their own beer venture. On September 27, we spoke to Kinsey in the Hawai’i Nui Brewing Company tasting room. Click Here to Learn More.


From Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach: “Drake’s Alpha Session, Stone 15th Anniversary Black Imperial IPA, Iron Fist Spice of Life and Victory Prima Pilsner. A couple of beers are ready to tap including Black Market Anglo-Amiercian Brown and Red Rocket Rye IPA. Starting today, Thursday October 20 (and every Thursday hereafter) will be happy hour from 6-8, a tamale will be served with every beer.”

Barbara’s at the Brewery

New at Barbara’s: “Lost Abbey angel share and Alesmith evil dead red now on tap!!”

Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach

Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features Oskar Blues Old Chub, Allagash Confluence, Bruery Birra Basta, De Ranke Saison and Beachwood BBQ Foam Top Cream Ale 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 Bear Republic Late Harvest lager, Strand 2nd Anniversary Braggot, Deschutes The Stoic, Eagle Rock Stimulus and Anchor Steam Small beer. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.

Beer Belly

On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment, “Eagle Rock/ Craftsman – Unity, Craftsman – 1903 Lager, Cismontane – Citizen, Black Market – Anglo-American Brown, Craftsman – Heavenly Hefeweizen, Telegraph – Rye XPA, Craftsman – Harvest Saison, El Segundo – Blue House IPA, Strand – Atticus IPA, Brouwerij West – Tripel, Strand – 2nd Anniversary Braggot and Alesmith – Speedway Stout.

On Saturday, the 22nd it is the Untappd 1-year Anniversary w/ special guest El Segundo Brewing. Join the Beer Belly and the Untappd teams as we celebrate the 1-year anniversary of our favorite beer app. To help commemorate the occasion we will be joined by El Segundo Brewing. On tap for the evening: Blue House Pale, Blue House IPA, Citra Pale and an Unnamed Wheat IPA.”

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Blue Palms taps are pouring beers from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing including: Foam Top Cream Ale, Breaker Pale Ale, El Verano Saison, Thrill Seeker IPA, Thrill Seeker IPA on Cask with Citra Hops, Bulldog Stout on Nitro and HOP NINJA DIPA among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here

Boneyard Bistro

From bar manager Rory Snipes: “New this week: ’09, ’10, and ’11 Ten-Fidy, ’10, ’11 and Belgo Anise Stone IRS, ’10 Port Santa’s Little Helper, Nectar Ales Black Xantus, Mission Dark Seas Russian Imperial, Bear Republic Old Baba Yaga, Lost Coast Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial 8 Ball, Green Flash Double Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Black Phoenix, Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Marlin, Ballast Point Indra Kunindra, Victory Storm King, and Russian River Blind Pig.”

The Bottle Room

From Tony Alcazar in Whittier: “For this week, we still have Bear Republic Barrel Aged Heritage Red, Mach 10, and Apex. Deschutes Black Butte XXIII, and from Tuesday night’s Avery dinner, Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest, Ellie’s Brown and India Pale Ale. We also have Cismontane’s Brut de Sauvin and Craftsman’s Angelino-Weisse.”


The latest from Wen Yeh at BruHaus: Oktoberfest and Fall Biers on Draft: Weihenstephan Festbier, Saphir Bock, Spaten Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Weihenstephan Kristalweiss, Reissdorf Kolsch, Paulaner Pils, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Schneider Edelweiss and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.

In Bottle: Augustiner Brau, Hopf Dunkel Weiss, Hopf Spezial Weiss, Hopf Helle Weiss, Paulaner Salvator, Schoenramer Pils, 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

On Draft: Back in Black – 21st amendment, Pumpkin ale – Bootleggers, Diabla – Devils Canyon, High Tide – Port Brewing, Tamarack amber ale – Sequoia Brewing, Trumer pils – Trumer Brauerei, Shaka – Ventura’s Surf Brewery and Siamese Twin – Uncommon Brewers.

On Deck: Unity – Eagle Rock, Cuvee de Bubba – Bear Republic, Rosebud – Rubicon, Burning Bush – Golden Road, La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado – the Bruery/Elysian/Stone collaboration ale and Santa’s Little Helper – Port Brewing.

Culver City’s, City Tavern, will be featuring a different craft beer every day during LA Beer Week. Each beer will be paired with a dish for that evening to bring out the best of the brew. Also, as a special tribute to LA’s newest brewery, City Tavern will have Golden Road Brewing on their table taps for the two weeks of LA Beer Week.”

10/20/11 21st Amendment…. Back in Black
10/21/11 Devils Canyon Brewery…. Silicon Blonde Ale
10/22/11 Dust Bowl Brewery…. Hops of Wrath
10/23/11 Sequoia Brewing…. Hopfest

Coney Dog LA

On Saturday the 22nd at 7pm, Eagle Rock Beer takes over the taps, meet some of the ERB team, and eat some tasty dogs!

Congregation Ale House

From Eli Wilson at Congregation: “The Chosen One for the Long Beach Chapter, Sam Adams Octoberfest and in Azusa, El Segundo Blue House Pale Ale.

And the Azusa chapter will celebrate on Thursday, October 20th @ 7PM with A Night w/ Delirium Tremens – Enjoy Delirium Tremens at a discounted price all night and take home your own Delirium Goblet!

Wednesday, October 26th @ 7PM
Hangar 24 with Head Brewer Brother Kevin Wright!
Join us as we pour 16 taps and 1 cask ale of exciting offerings from HANGAR 24, including their 3rd Anniversary!”

The Daily Pint

Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar will host a Stone Night on Friday the 21st and a Local Brewers night on Saturday the 22nd.

Eagle Rock Brewery

On tap beer wise are Unity 2011 Tamarind Saison, Vanilla Bean Solidarity on nitro, Solidarity, Manifesto Wit, Revolution XPA and Barrel Aged Equinox. On the Food truck front, Friday brings the Flatiron truck and the Lobsta Truck rolls in on Saturday. Tonight the Eggslut truck will be in attendance.

The Factory

The latest info according to Eric Gutenkauf: “Tonight is a celebration of the old and the new. Announcing the Southern California debut of Knee Deep Brewing of Lincoln, CA!!!! With their Citra Pale Ale and Hoptologist Double IPA. Also pouring will be Eagle Rock Brewing Barrel-Aged Equinox Young Sour, The Bruery Humulus Lager, Cismontane Brewing Organic Buckwheat Oktoberfest, Sierra Nevada Home-grown Estate Wet-hop IPA, New Belgium Clutch Dark Sour, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA and Avery Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest. Saturday will focus on rare barrel aged beers and Sunday’s theme is Hop Royalty.”

Far Bar

From Jimmy Smith at the Little Tokyo bar: “Far Bar ends LA Beer Week with a bang with three events in four days!

Tonight- Big Crawl in Little Tokyo! 5pm-12am: 9 Bars, 9 Breweries 16 Stone handles at Far Bar. Including: Double Dry Hopped Ruination, Double Dry Hopped Ruination w/ Oak, Double Dry Hopped Sublimely Self Righteous, Double Dry Hopped 15th Anniversary, Double Bastard 10, Double Bastard 11, Russian Imperial Stout 11, Bruery/Elysian/ Stone La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado, Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Beans and 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA.

Sat 10/22 4pm
Kern River Brewing Meet The Brewer with Kyle Smith. Just Outstanding, Class V Stout, Golden Trout Pale, Pumpkin Ale and Citra will all be on tap, as well as the man behind the magic Brewer/Co Founder Kyle Smith. Also, beer inspired food and live music on the patio.

Sun 10/23 4pm
Sponsored by Chimay, Lost Coast, & Schneider Breweries: Come to Far Bar after The LA Beer Week Festival at nearby Union Station to enjoy a plethora of great craft and artisan beers + tasty Asian cuisine. Far Bar will also be tapping a special keg every hour to finish a great fortnight of local beer culture. Some very special from Bootleggers, Lost Coast, Deschutes and Ballast Point will all be tapped on this evening, you don’t want to miss this. For real time keg tapping updates on Sunday please follow: Facebook.com/farbarla and Twitter.com/farbartweets.”

The Golden State

Draught beers on Fairfax include Port Mongo and High Tide, Drake’s Denogginizer, Bear Republic Apex, Oskar Blues G’Knight, Alesmith Li’l Devil, Great Divide Ruffian, Victory Prima Pils, and Unity from Craftsman and Eagle Rock. On deck are El Segundo Wheat IPA, Firestone-Walker Unfiltered DBA and two from Grand Teton Brewing – Idaho Fresh Hop and Apricot Saison.

Ladyface Ale Companie

According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “The Cask of the Week, “Shiver Me Timbers”, features Ladyface Weizenbock with Ballast Point Three Sheets Rum-soaked oak chips. Joining our ales on tap are Lost Abbey Ten Commandments, Mission Shipwrecked, North Coast Grand Cru, Heretic Evil Cousin, Firestone Double Jack, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, and Anderson Valley Brother David Dubbel. The last four comprise our Flight of the Week.
Hope we see some of you tonight at Naja’s Local Craft Brewery Appreciation Night, 8pm. Cyrena and Dave will be there, with Ladyface IPA and Weizenbock on tap.”

Library Alehouse

Here is the latest from Alex Davis at the Library Alehouse: “Tonight we are happy to host Firestone Walker for the Alehouse’s final event of L.A. Beer Week 2011. We will be tapping THREE Anniversary Component Beers: Double DBA, Parabola and Abacus. In addition, we will have Velvet Merlin, Union Jack and DBA on tap.

Also on tap are some great beers from events earlier this week. We have El Segundo Picket Fence Wheat IPA, Blue House IPA and Blue House Pale Ale, Bison Saison de Wench, Zeal Island Pale and Baltic Porter. We also have Tilquin Gueuze, Surf Black IPA and Ballast Point Longfin Lager. On deck are Sudwerk Fest Marzen, Bruery Humulus Lager, New Belgium Kick, Gnomegang, Chouffe Biere de Soleil and Eagle Rock Unity. In addition, we’re cooking up a special Fresh Hop event so stay tuned!” 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!”


Adam Aro reports these new brews on tap: “I currently have these up: Pliny the Elder & Blind Pig by Russ Rvr, Reissdorf kolsch, Abbot Ale (nitro), Victory Helios, Cismontane Black’s Dawn and Belhaven scottish ale on nitro, Port Shark Attack red, Golden Road Hef, Smog City saison & XPA, Noble dark sybian IPA, Lindeman’s Framboise, Strand 2nd Anniversary braggot, La Chouffe, New Belgium Abbey Grand Cru & Clutch, Ommegang Witte, Maredsous tripel, Stone Highway 78 collaboration, Lagunitas Lucky 13alt, Cismontane Oktoberfest & Antigua Caturra, Lost Abbey Angel’s Share(brandy), Avery Collaboration not Litigation and the 30th anniversary line-up by Sierra Nevada (stout, barleywine, bock, and grand cru). Cask is Ballast Point Dorado IIPA Dry-hopped with centennal. Coming soon- Indian Wells Red Dawn, Craftsman Flanders red. Casks coming from Ballast Point, and Cismontane.”

Mohawk Bend

On tap in Echo Park are Craftsman Flanders Red, Karl Strauss Big Barrel DIPA, Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending, Golden Road Burning Bush Smoked IPA and Cismontane Double IPA and the guest brewery on tap is Shmaltz and their He’Brew beers.

Naja’s Place

The latest bulletin from Martin Svab at Naja’s: “This Thursday from 8pm til closing Naja’s Place is hosting: 2nd Annual Local Craft Brewery Appreciation Night Featuring 10+ local craft breweries. This includes Smog City, Golden Road, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Strand, El Segundo, Cismontane, Brouwerij West, Cosmic Ales, and more! We will feature at least two beers from each brewery. We expect special guests from pretty much every brewery (but as always it is subject to change).

On Saturday 10/22 join us for our LA Beer Week ’11 Blow Out! Bring back your Naja’s / LA Beer Week ’11 commemorative glass and receive a discount on ALL LA Beer Week beers we have on the board. If you don’t have a glass yet… get down here and grab one asap. We started with 1500… and only have a couple hundred left!!!”

The Oinkster

The latest update from assistant manager Josh Salinas: “This week we are pouring Strand Atticus IPA, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Blue House Pale Ale, Santa Cruz Ale Works Cruz Control, Telegraph Harvest Rye XPA, Craftsman 1903 Lager. On deck we have Port High Tide Fresh Hop IPA and Grand Teton’s Grand Apricot Saison.

We also are in the middle of OiNKTOBERFEST this week. All week through Fri 10/21 we are open 10pm-12am serving Brats Bros Sausages, Onion Rings, Fries, and killer brews. We are also selling a limited amount of “beer club” Pint glasses that get you One free fill up and .50 off your draft beer when you bring your glass back. Some of our special draft line up for the event include Craftsman Oktoberfest, Grand Teton Fest Bier, Bootlegger’s Pumpkin Ale, and Eagle Rock Vanilla Bean Solidarity. Don’t forget we will also be selling the Award Winning beer float, from L.A. Beer Float Showdown 3.”

Rock & Brews

From Justin Blake at Dave Furano and Michael Zislis’ El Segundo biergarten: “This week we are pouring Port Brewing High Tide, Kern River Pumpkin, Ballast Point Sculpin, Heretic Taffelbully, Liefmans Cuvee Brut, Ballast Point Sea Monster, El Segundo Blue House Wheat IPA, New Belgium Lips of Faith Kick, Ballast Point Tongue Buckler, Black Market Weizenbock, Strand 2nd Anniversary Braggot, El Segundo Blue House IPA, Ballast Point Abandon Ship Smoked Lager, Black Market Marzen, Stone Ruination, and Ballast Point Rocktoberfest Lager, among many others. We also have bottles of Stone/Bruery/Elysian La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado, Russian River Blind Pig, Mountain Goat Pale Ale, Mountain Goat Hightail Ale, Orval, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Russian River Consecration.

On deck, we have Drakes Alpha Session, The Bruery’s Humulus Lager, Grand Teton Idaho Pale Ale (Wet Hopped version), and Deschutes Jubelale.

This Saturday night, October 22nd, we are having a Big Lebowski Beer Float night featuring Cismontane Brewing Company, and next Wednesday, October 26th we are having a pint night with Kona Brewing Company. 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: “Hop lovers out there, we are currently pouring the Sculpin in addition to many other killer IPA’s but following the Sculpin we have Russian River Blind Pig, and Cismontane Double Rainbow getting tapped anytime. Other noteworthy brews, Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper, Stone’s Double Bastard and we got a keg of the very hard to get Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Cèleste de Citracado. Yeehaw!!!” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here

Stuffed Sandwich

For the month of October, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam will be featuring the beers of Stone Brewing.

Sunset Beer Co.

From Alex Macy at the newly opened Sunset Beer: “Eagle Rock Unity, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Oskar Blues Mama’s Yella Pils, Stone Double Dry Hopped Ruination, Stone Double Dry Hopped Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, Stone Imperial Russian Stout. And on deck: Telegraph California Ale and Telegraph Stock Porter.

New in bottles: Achel Blonde, Alesmith Yulesmith, EKU 28, Jandrain-Jandrenouille V Cense, LoverBeer BeerBera, Nogne-O Imperial Stout, Port Santa’s Little Helper, Stone Double Bastard, Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado, Struise Pannepot, Uinta Baba Black Lager and some really rare stuff that you have to come see to find out!”

The Surly Goat

On tap at the Surly Goat are Allagash Fluxus, Highwater No Boundary IPA, Kern River Golden Trout Pale ale and Sierra Nevada FOAM pilsner.

Friday Oct 21
A Bastardly Affair
We are thrilled to host Arlan Arnsten of Stone Brewing for the LA release of 2011 Double Bastard Ale. In addition to the 2011 release, guests will have the opportunity to taste Double Bastards of years past in a side-by-side comparison in a commemorative Stone Brewing goblet. We will also be tapping rare and unusual Stone offerings, including a keg of the 2003 Imperial Russian Stout (1 of 11 in existence!)

Sat Oct 22
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest with Marcus Englet
The Surly Goat welcomes the oldest dang brewery in the world for an event featuring many German classics – and by classics we mean 1040 AD classics! Special selections include: White Hoplosion, Korbinian, and, of course, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

All events are free to attend & go from 7-10pm (Bar is open daily from 6pm-2am).

38 Degrees

A sampling of the 37 beers on tap in Alhambra for Ultimate Flight Night are The Bruery Humulus Wet Hopped Lager 4.6%, The Bruery Batch 300 Oaked Tripel with Citra Hop 8.2%, The Bruery Rub a Dub Dubbel Brune Ale 7.4%, The Bruery Birra Basta Bire De Garde 8.5%, Stone Double Dry Hopped IPA, Stone Double Dry Hopped 15th Anniversary Escondidian Black IPA, Stone/ Elysian/ The Bruery La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado 5%, Stone / Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard/ Troegs Cherry Chocolate Stout with Vanilla Bean 7.3%, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA with Espresso Bean, Kern River Golden Trout Pale Ale 6.5%, Kern River Pumpkin Ale 6%, Kern River Citra DIPA 8%, Russian River Damnation Belgian Strong Ale 7.75%, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 6.1%, Russian River Pliny The Elder DIPA 8%, Green Flash West Coast IPA 7.3%, Green Flash Double Stout 8.8%, Beachwood BBQ Foam Top Cream Ale 5.5%, Beachwood BBQ Breaker Pale Ale 5.5%, Beachwood BBQ El Verano Saison 6.7%, Beachwood Thrill Seeker IPA 7%, Eagle Rock Wine Barrel Aged Equinox 2011 6.1% and Eagle Rock & Craftsman Unity Tamarind Saison 6.7%

The following brewers will be on hand!
Kern River: Eric Giddens Co Owner
Stone: Mitch Steele Brew Master
Eagle Rock: Jeremy Raub Co Owner and Brew Master
The Bruery: Tyler King Brew master

Tin Roof Bistro

The latest from Pete Shuey at Tin Roof Bistro: “Now at Tin Roof we’re pouring Sudwerk Hefeweizen, New Belgium Kick, Tripel Karmeleit, Blue House IPA, Victory Prima Pils, Bear Republic Tribute Brown, Firestone Robust Porter, Dogfish Punkin, Telegraph Rhinoceros Barleywine, Brouwerij West Tripel, Strand Beach House Amber & Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale.

On deck we’ve still got a keg of Spaten Oktoberfest to get through along with Telegraph Rye XPA, Sudwerk Pilsner, Firestone Velvet Merlin, Dogfish Theobroma & Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale.”

Tony’s Darts Away

Pouring in Burbank are Golden Road Point the Way IPA and Hefeweizen, Ventura Surf’s Surf Patrol Black IPA, Mission Blonde, Ballast Point Schooner Wet Hop Pale, Smog City XPA and Mother Earth’s Deuces Wild ESB.

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 stouts and porters. “With Autumn in full swing I figured it was high time to pour some dark and heavy stouts! And that should be enough to attract the majority of the weekend beer connoisseurs. But… in the off chance that more persuasion is required, let me pose and answer a few questions.

Will bourbon barrels come into play for this tasting? Yes
Will there be any new beers on this tasting? Yes at least three…
Will there be any smoky beers? Probably…
Will there be any stout goodness from Scandinavia or abroad? But of course!”

The Yard

The Yard is having a “request” your own sausage and rare beer weekend. Craftsman’s Oyster Stout and Marzen will be offered along with 2 oz. tasters of rarities such as Three Floyds Brewing Company’s Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (2008), The Bruery’s Black Tuesday barrel-aged Imperial Stout (2009), and Goose Island Beer Company’s Bourbon County bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout (2009).

You can get 4 oz. tasters of New Glarus Brewing Company’s Wisconsin Belgian Red, La Chouffe’s Biere du Soleil, and Drie Fonteinen’s Oude Geuze for $10.

IPA flights of Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA, Avery Brewing Company’s Dugana IPA, and Hair of the Dog’s Blue Dot DIPA, and flights of Alpine Beer Company’s Alpine Ale, Nelson, and Exponential Hoppiness will be offered as well.

The York

From The York: “Saturday 10/22, we’re hosting Lagunitas “Taste of Sonoma” night, featuring Lagunitas IPA, Bavarian Doppelweizen, Hop Stoopid, Fusion 7, and Gnarly Wine! Starting at 6PM, come by and get a Sonoma inspired cheese and charcuterie plate with a flight of 4 Lagunitas beers for $15! ”

Other Beer-y events

Cabo Taco Baja Grill Presents a North Coast Brewing Co. Beer Dinner on Thursday, October 20th from 6pm to 10pm you get Scrimshaw Pilsner, Red Seal Ale, La Merle Saison, ACME IPA and Old Rasputin paired with food such as Pozole soup, tandoori chicken taco and flourless chocolate cake.

According to The Beer Chicks, “LA Beer Week is upon us and we Beer Chicks wanted to do something special and different to celebrate it. So this year we’re doing it all wrong! We’re taking the idea of ‘a shot and a beer’ which is usually reserved for not-so-great beer and even-less-great spirits – and turning it on its head. We got together with the spirits experts at Seven Grand and (after a long afternoon) paired delicious craft beer with amazingly complex whisk(e)ys – yes, our version of the Boiler Maker! We’re doing two events to celebrate what we’re calling the 7/8 Boiler Maker Menu.

#1) First, we’re doing a Late Night Penny Preview Tasting of 2 or 3 of the 7/8 Boiler Makers this Friday at the 8th Street Bottle Shop from 11pm – 1am. Stop by the shop counter during that time and have a little taste and talk a bit about it with us Beer Chicks and our pal and whisky expert Johnny the Scot!

#2) We’re doing the 7/8 Boiler Maker Menu Launch Party on Tuesday, October 25th at 7pm at Seven Grand. On that day, you’ll be able to drink the Boiler Makers (made to share with friends) at Seven Grand – then, if you love them, you can hop on over to the 8th Street Bottle Shop and buy the made-in-ABV-heaven combos.”

SmithHouse Tap & Grill – a modern American restaurant featuring celebrity chef Angelo Sosa’s globally influenced cuisine alongside an extensive collection of craft beers—introduces “Twenty Tastes in Twenty Days,” a beer-centric special in honor of Oktoberfest. Beginning October 12, interested guests will receive a punch card where they may track each beer ordered through the end of the month. Those who enjoy 20 or more beers during this time period will become inaugural members of the exclusive SmithHouse Mug Club. Members of the Mug Club are awarded 24-ounce beer steins, which they may personally decorate, that are cleaned and housed at the restaurant for re-use whenever they return. Following initiation into the Mug Club, members’ steins are filled at the price of a normal draft of beer (16 ounces), guaranteeing that members receive an additional eight ounces complimentarily with each beer order.

At Wades Wines in Agoura Hills: Stone Brewing – “A Step into Arrogance” – Beer Tasting Thursday, October 20th from 4:30pm-9:00pm. For our final event during L.A. Beer Week, we have set up our most exciting beer tasting to date. We will host a Arrogant Bastard themed tasting featuring rare Stone brews including ’07, ’08, ’10, and ’11 Double Bastard, as well as Oaked, regular, and a special coconut version of Arrogant Bastard. There will be sales and brewery reps. on hand to answer any Stone questions you may have. In addition to the beers we will have the Go Country 105 Chuck Wagon selling Southern, Country, and Tex-Mex specialty cuisines for your enjoyment.

Venice Ale House is doing some cool events for LA Beer Week. “We are curating a series of events with various local craft brews including organic food pairings. The final event and Q & A with the brewmaster is tonight from 6pm – 10pm with Jeremy Raub from Eagle Rock Brewing (Owner).”

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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