“At 38 Degrees we embrace the Annual Drinking holiday of St. Patty’s Day with lots of beer, booze, corned beer, bagpipes and all the green and orange you can slap on your body! We also want to continue to highlight the best of craft beer and drink like kings. You deserve the best beer has to offer this day and every day! This year we proudly feature Firestone Walker as we release some rare gems to be tapped the morning of St. Patty’s Day 2012. Get here early and avoid the late afternoon crowd and share some special brews with your favorite Leprechaun Clay. Heres some featured Firestone Brews: 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Velvet Merkin (Car Bomb?), 2011 Sucaba (Formerly Abacus), Firestone XV Anniversary Ale, Firestone Hefeweizen, Pale 31, Double Barrel Ale (Our featured pale for Black & Tans), Union Jack IPA, Double Jack Imperial IPA and 2010 Walkers Reserve Porter on Cask!”
On-tap highlights from bar manager Rory Snipes: “Epic Brewing Barleywine and Hopulent IPA, Telegraph Los Padres Saison, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Avery Maharajah and IPA, Ventura’s Surf Surfer’s Point Vienna Lager, Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich and Eagle Rock Libertine. We also have our Allagash night coming up March 21st, with a pretty amazing draft lineup: Confluence, Odyssey, Allagash/New Belgium Vrienden, Victor, Victoria, Hugh Malone, Interlude, Little Big Beer, Curieux, DeProef/Allagash Les Deux Brasseurs, Saison Mihm, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Black! ”
The Bottle Room
According to Tony Alcazar in Whittier, “Bootlegger’s Lupulin Thrill IPA & Stone/Bear Republic/Fat Head’s TBA (Texas Brown Ale) on tap now… For our IPA fest we will have Oskar Blues Deviant Dales, RRBC Pliny the Elder, Great Divide Hercules, Lost Abbey Mongo, Urthel Hop It and Coronado Idiot. Including the others I mentioned, all IPAs will be up 12 at a time until the end of IPA week March 18th.” Beers updated daily on Facebook
“Tonight, March 15th, Our first Chapter Wide Event: Ballast Point Cocktail Night featuring Ballast Point Fugu Vodka, Old Grove Gin and Three Sheets Rum. All three Chapters start pouring at 7pm.”
On tap beer wise: Solidarity in regular and nitro Vanilla versions, Manifesto wit, Revolution XPA, Populist IPA, Deuce and Red Velvet. On the Food truck front, Friday is Global Soul. Saturday brings the Buttermilk and Grill ‘em All trucks and there will be Sunday brunch with the Flatiron Truck.
And, “For the one-year anniversary of Eagle Rock Brewery’s popular Women’s Forum series, co-owner Ting Su has created a wonderful event celebrating women and beer. For this special night, Ting has tapped beer-aficionado Jessica Christensen, chef of the popular beer bar City Tavern in Culver City. In honor of Easter, the forum will have a focus on eggs, and will feature an extravagant 20+ ingredient make-your-own Deviled Egg bar, and discussion on how to best pair ingredients with different beers. This special Women’s Forum will be on Wednesday, March 21st, from 6:30pm-9pm at Eagle Rock Brewery. Admission is $16 and includes a flight of beers, samples of various foods, a flight sheet, and a discussion on the intricacies of pairing beer and food.”
You can find the following beers on tap in Moorpark: Valkyrie – California Alt 6.2% , Protector – Imperial IPA 7.5% and Hop Project: Cascade – Imperial IPA 7.5% ABV. Enegren Brewing hours: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 12-5pm.
Haven Gatropub + Brewery
From Max Block in Pasadena, “Here are some beers that should tap over the weekend at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena: Seizoen by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Affligem Blond, 90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head, Hangar 24 California Spring Ale, Blacks Dawn by Cismontane, Renegade Blonde by Iron Fist and Sofie by Goose Island. We also have O’Hara’s Irish Stout, TAPS Irish Red and possibly some other Irish imports.”
“Cask tappings Tuesday through Thursday between 4 and 5. We’ll tap at least one keg a day sometime between 4 and 5. (We are tapping Lost Its Way at 5 today).”
“The Lagunitas 5-course beer pairing dinner is Tuesday, March 20th at 7pm. The main course is IPA Braised Short Ribs or Wild Mushroom and Mascarpone Polenta served with Lagunitas IPA. See our website for more details and the rest of the menu. The event is $65 all inclusive. But hold your spot with a credit card before March 17th for a $10 discount (818-735-0091). ”
From Robyn Britton at Ladyface: “This week’s cask, “Trial by Fire”, features our Blind Ambition Abbey Ale with cayenne pepper. This past week we released Trébuchet – our Golden Farmhouse-style ale aged in Semler French Oak Sauvignon Blanc wine barrels with additions of lactobacillus. Joining it and the other Ladyface ales on tap are Alesmith Speedway Stout, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Great Divide Nomad, Port Shark Attack and Sierra Nevada Saison.
For St Patrick’s Day, our leprechauns will turn your magically-delicious beer green, if you desire. We’ll have a strolling fiddler in the afternoon and an evening of Irish music and folk songs with The High Field. Chef Adam O’Fritz will be making a house-brined, nitrate-free corned beef Reuben sandwich as well as his crack version of traditional corned beef and cabbage for dinner. Tis sure to be a grand day! Slainte mhaith!”
“Join us on this festive day for traditional corn beef & cabbage, homemade Irish stew and a proper pint of Guinness!”
The latest update from assistant manager Josh Salinas: “This weekend we are pouring Eagle Rock Populist IPA, Strand Beach House, Craftsman Poppyfields, AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown, Telegraph Los Padres Ale, and Browerij West Blond #5. On deck we have Cismontane Coulter IPA and Smog City Dry Irish Stout.”
For the month of March, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam will be presenting Belgian Tripels and Belgian Style Triples. “Although it is not a Belgian style Triple we have added a very special Triple IPA to this month’s line-up (until the keg runs dry). Please see the last beer listed on the line-up to see what it is!!!
But first a few announcements. There is a new brewery (two years old) that has made its way to Southern California. We had the privilege of having David and Michael from Epic Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah) visit our shop last Wed. night. They produce over 30 different beers and they brought 14 different ones for us and all our friends to taste. We have chosen to bring in six of their beers (bottle) to start with including a Belgian Style Golden Ale and an Espresso Coffee Imperial Stout.
Here’s this month’s line-up: Brouwerij St. Bernardus Tripel, Brouwerij West Tripel, Mission Brewery Mission Tripel from 2010, Brouwerij Deca Services Westoek X Tripel, Allagash Brewing Tripel, Maredsous 10 Tripel, Scaldis Tripel Blond, Het Anker Gouden Carolus Tripel and Russian River Pliny the Younger.”
From Paige Reilly, beer champion: “Hop Craic XXXIPA, Coulter IPA, TAPS Bohemian Pils, and Evil Twin Red Ale are all new on tap. Also, come see us this Tuesday, March 20th, for a special barrel-aged Drake’s Brewing Night!”
Also, “TDA’s Post St. Paddy’s Day PJ Brunch – Nurse away your post St. Patrick’s Day party pains during Tony’s Darts Away’s Hangover PJ brunch starting at 10 AM on March 18. Stroll into TDA in your PJ’s and we’ll have a host of breakfast goodies from Chef Randy ready to help ease you into the morning after your Celtic celebrations.
Breakfast specials in the works include Corned Beef & Eggs and TDA’s beloved Biscuits & Gravy with fluffy biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, and a sunflower patty crisped to perfection (vegan option available).
On the liquid side we’ll be featuring the return of Golden Road Brewing’s Schwartz Stout, an Irish-style dry stout, and North Coast’s Old 38. Stout; both great CA-born brews which fans of Guinness will likely learn to love.
Fresh brewed, locally roasted coffee will be plentiful as well as (drum-roll please) Beermosas! Golden Road Brewing’s Hefeweizen is brewed with organic citrus wheels and TDA has fresh OJ, so we’re putting the two together for a Beerunch that will get you bent back into shape.
Roll into our neighborhood pub at 10 AM in your bunny slippers and stay into the afternoon until you’re ready to face the day. Our coffee, OJ and good eats will help you get ready to rise.”
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 “Stone Brewing tasting.”
“In a predictably arrogant fashion, Stone Brewing will be hosting a “tasting take-over” (if you will) this weekend here at Vendome. And while it might be hard to swallow insults from a beer company, Stone representatives Jonas and Colin will be on hand to make up for any (un)intended hurt feelings with their congenial personalities. You probably are wondering why you should come to this tasting, given the fact that if you’re a beer drinker you have no doubt tasted a Stone offering in the past. Well, to add some incentive, in addition to a great line-up of past and current offerings there will be some vintage ales on this tasting. Ales such as: 2008 Imperial Russian Stout and 2009 Old Guardian.
On top of that there will be some new releases as well that aren’t even in our inventory yet. New releases along the lines of: Bear Republic/Fat Head’s/Stone TBA Collaboration and 2012 Old Guardian Barley Wine.”
The latest update from Jennifer at Verdugo Bar, “On tap at Verdugo we have Dogfish Tahenket, Craftsman 1903 and Cismontane Classified. On deck we have Goose Island Sofie and Stone Old Guardian.”
New Belgium Flight Night tonight March 15th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
“Ft. Collins, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing is one of the pioneers in the craft brewing world. To start with, we will be tapping a keg of their new seasonal, Dig. We will follow that up with three bottles from our library, all of which are from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series. They reserve this series for more experimental releases.
Come in to taste these specials releases! New Belgium – Dig (Pale Ale), New Belgium – Lips of Faith Super Cru, New Belgium – Lips of Faith Grand Cru Abbey and New Belgium – Lips of Faith Le Terroir. Come in for a special $10 taster flight…stay to enjoy the 40 unique beers on taps!!! We have a limited amount of each library beer available… first come…first served!!!”
The latest from Wen Yeh at BruHaus: On draft: Deschutes Hop Henge IPA Cismontane IPA, Schonramer Festbier, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown, Trois Pistoles, Blanche de Bruxelles, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Magic Hat #9, Ommegang Rare Vos, Tripel Karmeliet, Hofbrau Original, Pranqster, Malheur 12, Duvel Single, Reissdorf Kolsch, Paulaner Pils, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Shipyard XXXX IPA, Schneider Edelweiss (Organic), Weihenstephan Vitus, Delirium and Lindeman’s Framboise.
In bottle: Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew, Vintage Aventinus (limited supply) Vintage 2008 Aventinus 500ml, this is product that Schneider have themselves cellared at the brewery the last 3 years, Schneider Weisse TAPX “Mein Nelson Sauvin” (limited edition) , Old Rasputin XIV; Limited release; aged in Bourbon barrels, N’ice Chouffe, Ommegang Adoration and Old Rasputin XIV.
From Matt at City Tavern: “On Draft Right now: Beachwood Brewery Rose Royce saison, 5.3%, Eagle Rock Jubilee winter warmer, 7.8%, Eagle Rock Solidarity black mild, 3.8%, Ladyface 2nd anniversary Belgian quadruple, 9.8%, Triple Voodoo Grand Cru Belgian strong ale, 9.0%, Cismontane Black’s Dawn imperial stout, 8% and Magnolia Sara’s Ruby mild english dark mild, 3.8%
– Pint Nights –
March 29th Ventura Surf Brewing
April 12th El Segundo
April 19th Cismontane pint night
April 26th Taps Fish House and Brewery
And on St. Patrick’s Day, there will be a “Dew & A Brew special – a free beer taster with shot of Tullamore Dew – in addition to California-brewed Irish Reds & Stouts on tap and bottles of Smithwick’s, Wexford Cream Ale and the like.”
Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Hecht Rauchbier and Stone Arrogant Bastard with American oak to its taps.
And they will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day starting at 11am with food starting at 4pm.
On tap: Taps Kolsch, Port Brewing Wipeout IPA, Stone Ruination, De La Senne Taras Boulba, Upright Brewing 7 Saison, New Belgium Clutch Sour Brown, Avery New World Porter, De Proef Flemish Primitive Strong Pale Ale w/ Brett., Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA, Mikkeller Texas Ranger Barrel Aged Chipotle Porter, Blanche De Bruxelles White Ale, Liefman’s Cuvee Brut, Port/Lost Abbey Serpents Stout, Surf Brewing Oil Piers Porter on Nitro and North Coast Old #38 Dry Irish Stout.
“Friday March 23rd at 7:00 PM, Steingarten LA is proud to welcome the Anchor Brewing Co. for the So-cal release of the Zymaster Series #1 California Lager. This new series of beers form the Anchor Brewing Co. serves to explore the history and roots of the great American Brewing tradition with the first offering serving to explore the early roots of brewing in California. In addition to a keep the glass pint night, *while supplies last, we will have several other limited offerings including Our Barrel Ale, a limited blend barrel aged in Old Potrero Barrels. This is not to be missed!
Friday April 6th at 7:00 PM Steingarten LA is proud to welcome the TAPS Brewing Co. for a meet the brewer night featuring several specialty ales as well as a paired dishes from the Steingarten LA kitchen. Stay tuned for more exciting details.”
Other Beer-y Events
Cabo Taco Baja Grill Presents Beer Dinner for Firestone Walker Brewing Co. on March 15th [tonight] from 6pm ~ 9pm for $30 includes the following:
Shrimp and Grits – Southern style cheese grits topped with grilled shrimp, green onions, and sweet bell pepper. Paired with Double Barrel Ale
Guava Glazed Pork Tacos – Tender roast pork covered in a guava glaze, topped with braised red cabbage and bacon. Paired with Double Jack IPA
Grilled Venison Taco – Topped with sautéed wild mushrooms and parsley. Paired with Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
Bread Pudding – Topped with fresh whipped cream and bourbon cream sauce. Paired with Sucaba Barrel Aged Barley Wine”
Public School 612 downtown will be featuring $4.00 Guinness pints and $5.00 Moylan’s pints from noon to close on St. Patrick’s Day with special food specials available too.
Los Angeles German restaurant and beer garden, Wirtshaus , will launch their official “Stein Club,” an exclusive, members-only beer club, as of Thursday, March 15, 2012. Entrance into Wirtshaus’ Stein Club – which does not carry a membership fee – will be granted to those who drink at least one pint of each of Wirtshaus’ draft beers within a three-month period. Wirtshaus’ Stein Club will only be open to 25 members who, upon gaining entrance into the club, will receive a special club member t-shirt, a membership card, and an engraved nameplate above the stein of their choice, which will be reserved solely for their use and hung above the Wirtshaus bar. Members will also be privy to regular members-only events, and as part of their membership, receive one free stein of each new beer that gets put into Wirtshaus’ beer menu rotation (Wirtshaus usually features at least one new beer per month).
L.A. Beer Blast compiled by Food GPS Beer Editor Sean Inman