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Who said nothing eventful happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas? On December 4 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Food GPS presents a lazy Sunday at Biergarten that combines three of our favorite things: pork, craft beer and ice cream. The casual event in Koreatown features a whole Filipino-style roast pig from Neri’s Curbside Cravings, seasonal sides from Biergarten executive chef Eddie Hah, two pints of California craft beer and a special flavor of Scoops ice cream that includes beer.
Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: We enter the beer LAB, celebrate the season and a new homework assignment to complete in a post titled Enter the Laboratory.
From Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach, “Here’s whats on tap this week: Drakes Jupiter Brown, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 and Grand Teton Apricot Saison”
New at Barbara’s from Erik Huig: “Port Brewing-Czech Pilsner, Craftsman-Heavenly Hefeweisen, Stone-Vertical Epic 11/11/11, El Segundo-White Dog IPA, Bruery-4 Calling Birds, Corsendonk-Brown Ale, Big Sky-Moose Drool, Coronado-Idiot IPA, Drake’s-Jolly Rodger Black DIPA, Craftsman-Edgar’s Ale, Moonlight Brewing-Boney Fingers, Craftsman-Angelino Weisse, Telegraph-Rhinoceros, Eagle Rock Brewing-Unity, Santa Cruz-Dark Night Oatmeal Stout, Knee Deep-Citra Pale.”
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features Stone’s Vertical Epic 11-11-11, Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Speakeasy Prohibition amber, Scaldis Noel and Full Malted Jacket from Beachwood BBQ Brewing. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
The Long Beach location of Beachwood features Drake’s Jolly Rodger, Craftsman Edgar’s Ale, High Water Hop Riot, Heretic Evil Cousin DIPA and Moylan’s Old Blarney barleywine. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Blue Palms taps are pouring Firestone-Walker 15th Anniversary, Smog City XPA, Beachwood BBQ Brewing Dominator IPA, Craftsman Aurora Borealis and Big Sky Powder Hound among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here
From bar manager Rory Snipes: “Some of the good stuff on tap right now: Russian River Supplication, Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale, Eagle Rock Jubilee, St. Bernardus Christmas, Gouden Carolus Noel, Delirium Noel, Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix, Ballast Point Sculpin, AleSmith IPA and Ventura’s Surf South Swell DIPA!”
At the Downtown BottleRock location, Bootlegger’s Beer Tasting Event tonight, Thursday, December 1st, 2011 from 6 PM – 9 PM. $10 for Golden Chaos, Rustic Rye, Black Phoenix and Mint Chocolate Porter.
From Tony Alcazar in Whittier: “Enjoy our latest addition: St. Feuillien Speciale, a Belgian Abbey Ale @ 9%….”brewed at the end of the year, it is a festive ale full of flavor with a warm amber glow. St. Feuillien Speciale is matured for several months in our cellars, lending it a delicate aroma, remarkable body & naturally rich head.” Beers updated daily on Facebook
The latest from Wen Yeh at BruHaus: “On Draft: Trois Pistoles, Blanche de Chambly,
Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Magic Hat #9, Piraat, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Ommegang Rare Vos, Weihenstephan Kristalweiss, Lagunitas IPA, Tripel Karmeliet, Hofbrau Original, Malheur 12, Duvel Single, Reissdorf Kolsch, Paulaner Pils, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Shipyard XXXX IPA, Schneider Edelweiss (Organic), Weihenstephan Vitus, Delirium and Lindeman’s Framboise. On bottle: N’ice Chouffe and Ommegang Adoration. Coming soon: Delirium Noel and Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale.”
“Starting December 1st City Tavern will be rotating holiday beers on multiple handles while they last. All through the month 4-5 handles will be dedicated to these dark, spiced, barrel aged, and seasonal brews. A sneak peak at a few of them include: The Bruery – 4 calling birds, Craftsman – Edgar’s ale, Knee Deep – vanilla vanilla bean porter, Lagunitas – lagunitas sucks, Port Brewing – angel’s share grand cru, Port Brewing – santa’s little helper, Stone Brewing – 11/11/11, Stone Brewing/Elysian/Bruery Collaboration Ale – la citrueille celeste de citracado, Taps Fish House and Brewery – pumpkin ale, Lost Abbey – gift of the magi, Ballast Point – indra kunindra, Ballast Point – brandy barrel aged navigator, Cismontane – smoked santiago scotch ale and more.
Next week Thursday December 12th @ 6pm is Golden Road Pint night: 4 Beers from LA’s newest brewery One free pint glass per customer with the purchase of any pint or flight.”
“Here is the latest from the Congregation, Sunday first service at Congregation – Pasadena The newest chapter grand opening is on Sunday 12/4 starting at 11AM.
On 12/7 the Long Beach chapter will have a Firestone event with Parabola, Anniversary XV starting at 7pm. wed dec 7, 7pm long beach chapter.”
Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Russian River Pliny the Elder and Lindemans Framboise to its taps.
On tap beer wise are Solidarity and Solidarity Nitro, Manifesto Wit, Revolution XPA, Dortmunder Export and the holiday beer Jubilee. On the Food truck front, Friday brings Global Soul and on Sunday for brunch it is the Flatiron truck. And on December 7th, there will be a book signing for Joshua Bernstein’s book, Brewed Awakenings.
The latest info according to Eric Gutenkauf: “Currently on tap at The Factory are Stone 11.11.11, Bear Republic Racer X, El Segundo Blue House Pale Ale, New Belgium Clutch Dark Sour, Cismontane Oktoberfest, Rubicon IPA, Eagkle Rock Populist IPA, Beer Valley Gone Fishin Mild, and Rogue Maierfest.
Coming on this weekend: Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, Stone Double Bastard, High Water Retribution Double IPA, & New Belgium Mothership Organic Wit.
But the big excitement is next Thursday, December 8: The Factory Goes Rogue! We will be pouring several small production Rogue brews that are rarely if ever seen on tap outside of Oregon! Two brews come from the Chatoe Rogue series which uses only Rogue-grown ingredients: Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin Ale and Chatoe Rogue Good Chit Pilsener, then we have St. Rogue Red, a hearty dry-hopped red , and Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, Chef Natalie will even be using some Rogue brews to craft special menu items for the evening!”
From Jimmy Smith at the Little Tokyo bar: “On tap this week at Far Bar: Stone Double-Dry Hopped Sublimely Self Righteous, Drake’s Alpha Session, High Water Retribution, Craftsman Edgars Ale, Firestone Double Jack, Stone Ruination with Oak, Cismontane Brut Du Saison, Bear Republic Racer X, Stone Double Bastard ’10, Ommegang Aphrodite, Telegraph Rhinoceros, Craftsman Ruddy Bloke.
Events: Every Sunday at 10am we have our NFL Craft Beer Brunch featuring delicious menu specials, NFL Sunday Ticket and select $4 Drafts!
December 10th: A Far Bar Christmas: Tis’ the season to be jolly so join as we transform our patio (front lounge if it rains) into a Winter oasis on Saturday, December 10th for “A Far Bar Christmas”, with a special twist. We’ll be featuring our own resident “Bad” Santa Steve (no sorry, not Billy Bob but trust us, he’s the next best thing!). Christmas cult favorites will be featured on our giant patio screen. “Bad” Santa will be bringing his own unique soundtrack as well as a sack full of gifts to share the yuletide joy with everyone! Also, it would only be fitting for us to have a host of festive beer on tap now wouldn’t it! Winter Warmers and Holiday Ales will be abound!
Beers on the tap this day: Alesmith Yulesmith (Winter), Bootlegger’s Mint Chocolate Porter, Bruery 4 Calling Birds Port Santa’s Little Helper, Delerium Noel, Cismontane Smokin Scotch Ale, Delerium Noel, Deschutes Abyss, Hanger 24 Winter Warmer, Lost Abbey Bourbon Angel’s Share, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi,New Belgium Lips of Faith Kick, North Coast Bourbon Barrel Aged Grand Cru, Port Older Viscosity,Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and Avery Old Jubilation (bottles) and Avery Rumpkin (bottles)
And many others! So whether you were naughty or nice this year we hope to see you here.”
Draught beers on Fairfax include Beer Valley Fresh Hop Highway 19 pale, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi, Bruery/Stone/Elysian La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado, Stone Double Dry Hopped Ruination, Cismontane Double Rainbow, Craftsman’s Edgar’s Ale and Firestone Walker Parabola.
According to Ladyface rep Robyn Britton, “Cask of the Week is the aggressively hopped “Snidley Whiplash” featuring our Chesebro IPA with added Citra, Cascade & Amarillo hops. Joining those Ladyface ales are Stone IPA, Avery Dugana, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Sierra Nevada Celebration, & Stone Levitation. The last four make up our Flight of the Week.
Monday, December 5th we’re thrilled to welcome the renowned Beer Chicks, Christina Perozzi & Hallie Beaune, to our women-only social club, the Ladies at Ladyface (moved from its regular 3rd Monday because of the holidays & open to beer beginners, enthusiasts & lady-geeks alike). We’ll be talking about holiday beers & Ladyface’s newest winter seasonal La Trappistine™. Bring a 12 oz bottle of any holiday or winter ale for a White Elephant exchange. Regular monthly brewery tour at 5:30pm for everyone!”
Here is the latest from freshly minted cicerone (congrats!) Alex P. Davis at the Library Alehouse: “The Czar Russian Stout from Avery Brewing Company is now tap and it’s joined by Smog City Brewing XPA! Also, keep an eye on the facebook page as we’ll soon be announcing a special promotion for the month of December along with the details of our Holiday and Strong Ale Fest!” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.
Starting this Saturday, “We will be featuring a wide range of Christmas beers and winter warmers all month long! Get in the holiday spirit with a nice xmas beer to warm you right up and put you in the holiday spirit with us at Lucky Baldwins Pubs. We will be having a tshirt/glass special that can be a nice gift for the beer lover in your family! This will be going on at all our 3 locations! Happy Holiday Beer lovers and friends!”
“Lucky Devils is celebrating the season by tapping our favorite St. Bernardus Christmas Ale which goes perfect with our BBQ Pulled Pork or Old School Blue Burger. Also we are featuring Sam Adams Double Pumpkin,, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, Craftsman 1903, Racer 5, Chouffe Biere du Soleil, Duvel Single, Weihenstaphaner Lager, Stone Double Dry Hopped Runiation, Stone Double Bastard Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Golden Road IPA and Stone 15th Anniversary.”
On tap in Echo Park are Port’s Czech-style Pils, Lagunitas Maximus DIPA, Sculpin IPA, Lost Abbey Lost & Found Belgian-style Dubbel. Golden Road Hef, El Segundo’s Hyperion Stout and more! . November is also Dogfish Head month at Mohawk with many selections from the famous Delaware brewery on tap.
The latest update from assistant manager Josh Salinas: “This weekend we are pouring El Segundo White Dog WIPA, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Craftsman Poppyfields, Allagash Dubbel, Telegraph Winter Ale, and Hangar 24 Helles Lager. On deck we have Eagle Rock Manifesto and Buckbean Black Noddy.”
Winter semester is in session at Public School 612. On Monday, December 5th, grab your study buddy and head to 612 S. Flower Street to join Norm Stackhouse from Stone Brewing Co. as he explores the Darker Side of Beer and Dessert. This tasting of beer and sweets is $25 per person.
On tap in El Segundo are Anchor Christmas, Lagunitas Fusion VII, Strand Beach House Amber, El Segundo Hyperion Stout and Hangar 24 3rd Anniversary along with many other taps in the biergarten.
The latest from general manager Micah Schiesel: “Get here asap if you want to get a Firestone 15th anniversary or a Black Xantas on draft. Following these up we got kegs of Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew, Hell Hound and Chicory stout, sounds like a mini Dogfish pint night is in the works. Mark your calendars on Wednesday December 7th, @5pm on the button we will be tapping kegs of Stone’s Double Dry Hopped Ruination, Double Dry Hopped Oaken Ruination, and the Celeste de Citracado, not sure what the last one is, Google it. See you soon, stay buzzed my friends.” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here
Just tapped on Pico are Weinhenstephaner Heffeweisse, Hangar 24 Helles Lager, North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsener, Dogfish Head Punkin, Stone DDH Sublimely Self Righteous, Beachwood Brewing Dominator IPA, Stone Double Bastard 2011, The Bruery Humulus Wet, Pretty Things Jock D’Or Saison, Strubbe’s Grand Cru Flemish Red, The Bruery/Stone/Elysian La Citruella De Citracado, Stone DDH 15th Anniversary Ale, Stone DDH Ruination w/ Oak, Stone Vertical Epic 11-11-11, Deschutes Fresh Hopped Mirror Pond, Celis White Belgian Style White, Liefman’s Fruitessa, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Kern River Class V on Nitro and North Coast Old #38.
Also on Monday, December 5th at 7pm Jim Tsarpalas from Firestone-Walker will be on hand along with XV Anniversary, Velvet Merlin, Union Jack, Double Jack and Unfiltered Double Barrel ale.”
For the month of December, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam will be featuring for their December Holiday line-up: Anchor Merry Christmas/Happy New Year Ale ‘2011, Petrus Winter Ale 2010, Gouden Carolus Noel 2010, St. Feuillien Special Ale, Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bon Vouex, Shmaltz Brewing’s Jewbelation 2007, The Bruery’s 3 French Hens, Karl Strauss Two Tortugas Quad and The Bruery/Elysian/Stone La Citrueille de Citricado.
From Alex Macy at the newly opened Sunset Beer: “On tap: Port Czech Pils, Eagle Rock Manifesto, Brouwerij West Blond 5, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Eagle Rock Solidarity. On deck is Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti
New Bottles: Alpine Nelson, Avec Les Bons Voeoux de la Brasserie Dupont, Witkap Pater Stimulo, Scaldis Prestige, Scaldis Prestige de Nuits, Anchor Christmas (6-packs and magnums), North Coast Old Stock Ale 2011, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Staropramen, Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze, Oud Beersel Oude Kriek, Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter, New Belgium Lips of Faith Fresh Hop IPA, New Belgium Lips of Faith Prickly Passion Saison, Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, Goose Island Pere Jacques, Russian River Damnation, Russian River Redemption and Lindemans Faro.”
From Andrew Kelley at the Surly Goat:
On Tap: Interlude – Allagash (American Wild Ale), Oatmeal Stout – Telegraph and Burning Bush – Golden Road (Smoked Imperial IPA). On Deck: DuganA – Avery (Imperial IPA), The Czar – Avery (Russian Imperial Stout) and Brandy Barrel Navigator – Ballast Point (Doppelbock).
The latest from Pete Shuey at Tin Roof Bistro: “At Tin Roof right now we’re pouring Mission Hefeweizen, Blue House IPA, Strand Beach House Amber, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Port Santa’s Little Helper, Tripel Karmeleit, Brouwerij West Tripel, Drakes 1500 Pale, Ballast point Reef Rye, Stone Vertical Epic, Lagunitas Pils & Deschutes Jubelale. Coming up we’ve got some great Holiday brews. The Bruery’s 4 calling Birds, Gnomegang, Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale & quite possibly a keg of Edgar’s Ale is in our lucky future!”
Pouring in Burbank are TAPS Cream Ale, Linden Street Burning Oak Black Lager, Ballast Point Calico Amber, Alesmith Lil Devil, GRB Point the Way IPA, Lagunitas Fusion 7, and lots more! Also, coming up, 2nd Annual Winter Beer Extravaganza on Tuesday, Dec. 13th. After that, Hangar 24 Brewery Night on Tuesday, Dec. 20th. Hope to see you all here!”
Vendome Toluca Lake’s weekly Beer Tasting is from 2-5 pm on Saturday and 12-3 pm Sunday. Each week has a theme and this week it is BIG BOLD BREWS. “Well, we decided to host a couple more tastings before we officially end our beer tastings for 2011. This weekend’s tasting will feature a wide variety of beer styles and will include some of our newest additions to inventory.
To get an idea of what will be poured here are a several highlights: Stone Vertical Epic 11-11-11, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad , Lips of Faith Fresh Hop IPA and Midnight Sun Fallen Angel.”
From Matt in Venice: “Cismontane Smoking Santiago Scotch Ale and Coulter Rye IPA, Mad River Jamaica Red, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, Port Brewing Mongo Ale, Bear Republic Mach 10, Alesmith X, Ventura Surf Brew Co Vienna Lager, Smog City Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Avery Salvation Belgian Strong Golden Ale and Avery Reverend Belgian Quadrupel.”
Other Beer-y events
At the Four Points Sheraton LAX, “A Christmas Carol Beer Dinner at The Beer Hotel (Four Points Sheraton LAX), Comfort Private Dining Room on Friday, December 9 at 6:30pm. Mark Ruedrich and Doug Moody of North Coast Brewing and Larry James of Wine Warehouse will host this holiday beer pairing dinner. The menu features Oysters & Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale; Lamb Pie & Red Seal Ale; Goose with Apple Sauce, Potatoes, Stuffing and Gravy & Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abby Ale; and Plum Pudding & Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2009. Finishing up with XIV Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin with chocolates. $75 per person. RSVP Required – 310.649.7024 or [email protected]”
At The Tripel in Playa Del Rey, “Brooke [Williamson]was inspired to add on a few festive libations that pair particularly well with turkey. To get into the spirit of the season she suggests the following brews: Victory Otto – Smoked malt Rouch beer that goes great with anything super smoky like ham or smoked turkey; Ommegang Adoration – Belgian style winter ale with spices and orange peel; Craftsman Edgar’s Ale – Russian imperial stout with hints of coffee and toffee that emit heavy malt and smoky aromas; Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 – Belgian amber tweaked with the addition of flavorful Anaheim chilies and cracked cinnamon sticks; and N’Ice Chouffe – Brewed with thyme and curacao peel, this beer puts forth a strong fruity start of raisins and pear, and ends with a spicy finish of nutmeg and cinnamon.”
At Wades Wines in Agoura Hills, Great Divide Brewing Yeti Vertical Beer Tasting. “Thursday December 1st Come in for this special chance to taste all five different versions of this great beer!!! Great Divide – Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide – Belgian Style Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide – Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout and Great Divide – Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Come in for a 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