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Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: Craft beer on the small screen, the return of Red Velvet and a new homework assignment to complete in a post titled Crafted for the TV.
Hollywood and its environs
Blue Palms taps are temporarily (hopefully) closed currently. Track changes Here
Draught beers on Fairfax include the just tapped Avery Maharaja, Moylan’s Old Blarney barley wine, Black Market Brown ale, Lost Abbey Carnevale, New Belgium La Folie 2010, Firestone-Walker Union Jack, Red Seal ale, Ommegang Witte and Cismontane Citizen.
On tap at Lucky Devils this week are Craftsman Scotch Isle Ale (only a little left!), Uinta Black IPA, Stone 2011 Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout, Bootlegger’s Dr. Tounge Brown IPA, Smog City XPA, Wandering Aengus Anthem Cherry Cider, Duvel Single, along with 7 other great drafts. And in bottle we got Alpine’s Pure Hoppiness, Pliny The Elder, Blind Pig, and lots of other great bottles to chose from.
From Andrew Kelley, “On tap: Brainless on Peaches – Epic (Belgian strong pale ale), Big Bad Baptist – Epic (bourbon barrel imperial stout) and Ballast Point Oktoberfest.
On deck: Mein Nelson Sauvin – Schneider (weizenbock), Kern River 5th Anniversary (imperial IPA) and Hop Craic – Moylans (triple IPA).”
Bangers & Smashed will be serving sausages and gourmet mashed potatoes (vegan options too) at The Surly Goat on St. Patrick’s Day, Sat 3/17 5PM on.
Beaches – North
“Amongst our 26 drafts we are featuring TAPS Dopplebock, Cismontane Classified Dopplesticke, Iron Fist Renegade Blonde, El Segundo White Dog IPA, Bootleggers Dr. Tongue, Smog City Sabertooth Squirrel, Heretic Brewing Evil Twin.
Stacked in the back we have Avery Maharaja, Bear Republic Ryevalry, Avery/Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation, Telegraph California Ale, Brouwerij West 5 Blonde, Hanger 24 Cali Spring Beer.
We are also having a tap takeover with Bootleggers Brewery from Fullerton. It is on Wednesday the 28th from 6-10pm. We will be giving away pint glasses with the first bootleggers brew you order!! Please check out our facebook page for more information!!!”
On tap choices include, New Belgium Cocoa Mole, Bootlegger’s Palomino pale ale, Chimay Cinq Cents, Ladyface IPA and Allagash Saison Mihm. Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.
The latest from Peter Shuey: “Right now at Simmzy’s we’ve got something for everyone! For you hop heads we’re pouring Hangar 24 Double IPA, Strand Black IPA, Avery Maharaja and Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich. For the dark beer lovers we’ve got AleSmith Speedway Stout, Ballast Point Sea Monster and Heretic Shallow Grave. For the beautiful weekend coming up we’ve got a couple on the lighter side with Fox Barrel Berry cider and Dogfish Tweason’ale, a gluten free brewed with Strawberries.
On deck we’ve got New Belgium La Folie and Cocoa Mole, Beer Valley Delta 9, Allagash Mimh & telegraph Los Padres. On Monday, March 12 we’ll be tapping a fresh keg of Dogfish Head Burton Baton!! This oak aged Imperial IPA is one of our favorites.” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here
From Matt Wise at the Venice Ale House: “Cismontane Classified Dopplesticke Double Alt Beer!, Strand Atticus IPA, Mateveza IPA, Mateveza Black Lager, Smog City Saison, ACME IPA, Avery Maharaja Double IPA and Ventura Surf Brew Vienna Lager on tap.
Tonight from 4p-10p Venice Ale House & Arbor proudly present: Lagunitas Brewing & The Sound of Sonoma Featuring Dogtown Rambler, DJ Freshair, Yukata, Beso Negro & DJ CxP.”
Beaches – South
Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features Russian River Pliny the Elder, Avery New World porter, Jendranouille Saison IV, TAPS Schwarz and Beachwood Brewing Foam Top cream ale in Seal Beach. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Adam Aro reports, “Well by the time you post this, our Russian River night will have been a hit! Some of the gems up now are Ballast Point Victory at Sea vanilla/coffee imperial porter, Brewdog Tokyo 18.2% cranberry/jasmine imperial stout, and Craftsman El Prieto dark sour. Cask is currently Cismontane Citizen (California common) dry-hopped with nugget (super high alpha acids).”
From David Perez at the new Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach: “This Saturday March 10, 2012 is Select Beer Store Official Grand Opening and we will be having A Local Brewer Tap Takeover – Strand Brewing, El Segundo Brewery, Craftsman Brewery, Eagle Rock Brewery, Smog City brewing, Tustin Brewery, The Bruery, Bootleggers Brewery and the New Torrance Brewery, Monkish Brewing. Also we have over 300 bottles that are available to go, or can be opened and enjoyed on site, no corkage fee and $1 off draft beers.”
Mark you calendars for March 20th! We’ll be (finally) kicking off our 2012 beer dinner season with some delicious eats accompanied solely by IPA’s from the West Coast. Might as well start at home right? See you there!”
The Long Beach location of Beachwood features Epic Sour apple saison, Drakes Dry Stout, Celis Belgian White, Ballast Point Victory at Sea and Heretic Evil Cousin Imperial IPA. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Chosen One(s): Long Beach – Buckbean Tule Duck Red Ale and other tap choices include Cismontane Citizen, Ballast Point Smoke Screen and Mikkeller Black Hole.
Downtown & Downtown adjacent
From Erik Huig at Barbara’s, Knee Deep & Triple Voodoo white IPA, Flying Dog Kujo Coffee stout, Stone Dry Hopped Arrogant Bastard and St. Louis Gueze.
On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment: Beachwood Brewing Annihilator, Beachwood Brewing Rose Royce, Beachwood Brewing Alpha Master, Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter, Stone Dry-Hopped Arrogant Bastard, El Segundo White Dog, Brouwerij West Saison, Eagle Rock Manifesto, Black Market Anglo-American Brown, Brouwerij West Blond, Black Market Bavarian Hef, Telegraph White Ale
On Deck: Eagle Rock Libertine, Smog City Hoptonic, The Bruery Humulus Lager, The Bruery Mischief, Eagle Rock Vanilla Nitro Solidarity, Golden Road Brewing Point The Way IPA, Golden Road Brewing Get Up Offa That Brown, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter, and Craftsman El Prieto.
Sunday 3/11: We will be tapping a keg of hand-delivered Almanac Beer Winter Wit for brunch. 12noon-4pm. Almanac is a brewery from San Francisco and their seasonal Winter Wit brew uses pesticide-free oranges from Hamada Farm in Kingsburg, California. This 7% witbier was brewed with fresh ginger root, navel, cara cara, and blood oranges. “FARM TO BOTTLE” and now keg.”
City Sip LA is pouring Great Divide Nomad- seasonal pilsner, Uinta – Hop Notch IPA,
Ommegang – Hennepin Saison, Avery Brewing co – Ellie’s Brown Ale, Allagash – Curieux and
Alesmith – Speedway Stout.
Lauren reports, “Currently on draught at this DTLA luxe lounge are Craftsman 1903, Brouwerij West 5 Blond, Oskar Blue’s Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Bootlegger’s Golden Chaos, Bootlegger’s Old World Hefeweizen, Cismontane Citizen Common, Cismontane Black’s Dawn, Eagle Rock Populist IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Allagash White, Allagash Black, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue House Pale Ale, Ballast Point Pale Ale, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, New Belgium Belgo IPA, Bootlegger’s Rustic Rye IPA, The Strand Atticus IPA, Anchor Brewing Porter and Lindeman’s Peche Lambic. Craft beer “to go” also available at the Beer Chicks 8th Street Bottle Shop inside the bar.”
From Andrew Kelley: “On tap: Val-Dieu Grand Cru (Belgian dark strong ale), Houblon Chouffe – Achouffe (Belgian IPA) and Monk’s Stout – DuPont (Belgian stout).
On deck: Le Freak – Ballast Point (Belgian IPA), Lil Devil – Alesmith (Belgian pale ale) and Serpent’s Stout – Lost Abbey (imperial Belgian stout).”
On tap in Echo Park are Firestone-Walker Double Jack, Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout, Strand 24th Street Pale ale and Epic beers from Utah like Pfeifferhorn lager or Hopulent. “St. Patty’s day aside – March still has plenty of reasons to celebrate the pint, such as Mohawk Bend’s upcoming Pint Nights featuring Firestone Brewery and Anchor Brewing. Both nights start at 5pm and feature 4 different beers from the selected brewery, and reps from both Firestone and Anchor Brewing will be on hand to discuss the different brews. Please see the details below.
March 14th: Firestone Walker Pint Night – a 4 beer flight featuring their limited edition Velvet Merkin (a barrel aged version of Firestone’s Oatmeal Stout, Velvet Merlin), $13
March 26th Anchor Brewing Pint Night – a 4 beer flights featuring their brand new Zymaster Series #1 (an imperial California steam beer), $10.
Epic brews are still on and we will be having another beer dinner coming up on March 28th – it’ll be $35 – $45 and the menu is yet to be determined but there will be vegan and non-vegan options and seating in the entire restaurant. There will be an Epic Brewing representative at the dinner to talk with guests and answer any questions.”
From Alex Macy at Sunset, “We’ve got Cismontane coming out this Friday, along with the Grilled Cheese truck at 7:30. We’ll be pouring Cismontane Citizen, Coulter IPA, Black’s Dawn, Classified Doppelsticke, Dos Cone Es, and Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Cismontaps Saison!
But right now, we’re pouring: Ballast Point Pale Ale, Golden Road Hefe, Allagash Saison Mihm, Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown, Telegraph Rhinoceros, and Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout.
As far as new bottles go, we got: Alesmith Decadence, Avery Maharaja, Avery/Russian River Collaboration not Litigation, Hair of the Dog Blue Dot (fresh!), Lost Abbey Carnevale, Lost Abbey Judgement Day, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s and Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye.”