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Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: St. Patrick’s day in reserve, a Canadian taster pack and a new homework assignment to complete in a post about A Reserve of Craft Beer in Anaheim.
Taste of the Nation LA “Craft Beer Series”
In case you didn’t already know, Taste of the Nation is the leading food and drink event in Los Angeles, featuring over 50 top restaurants and donating 100% of proceeds to Share Our Strength, an organization that fights childhood hunger. This year’s main event is on June 10 at The Lot in Hollywood, but before that, just like in 2011, a number of local craft breweries are stepping up to contribute to the charity. Mark your calendars, since the second Taste of the Nation Los Angeles “Craft Beer Series” will run in April and May 2012, with local craft breweries donating $1 from the sale of each beer directly to Share Our Strength:
April 4 – El Segundo Brewing @ Library Alehouse, Santa Monica
April 5 – Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach
April 26 – Eagle Rock Brewery @ The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
May 16 – The Bruery @ Beer Belly, Koreatown
Hollywood and its environs
Blue Palms taps are currently pouring Lost Abbey’s 10 Commandments, Urthel Saisonniere, Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2011, Russian River Blind Pig and Paulaner Lager. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here. And April Fool’s Day will be the Grand Re-opening party.
Draught beers on Fairfax include Cismontane Citizen, Avery Maharaja, Uinta HooDoo kolsch, Brouwerij West saison, Bruery Mischief, Alesmith IPA, Eagle Rock Revolution XPA, Ommegang Witte and Moylan’s Old Blarney.
From Andrew Kelley: “On tap: World Wide Stout – Dogfish Head (Imperial Stout), Scarface – Speakeasy (Imperial Stout) and Dominator – Beachwood (American IPA).
On deck: Old Foghorn – Anchor (American Barleywine), Allagash Mihm (Saison) and Palate Wrecker – Green Flash (Imperial IPA).
On Tuesday March 27th we are having a very special Firestone Walker Sucaba & Snifter Night. A keg of Sucaba will be pouring, along with a few other treats & a cask of Velvet Merkin. Taster snifters will be given away with Sucaba pours. Also, on Thursday March 29th we will be having a Great Divide Rarities Night w/ a rep from the brewery and some special treats pouring.”
Beaches – North
From Justin Blake at the Four Points by Sheraton LAX, “It’s probably too late, but this week I have Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich, Oskar Blues G’Knight, Taps Cali Gold XPA, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Knee Deep Citra Pale Ale, and Sudwerk Pilsner, among others on tap. On deck I have Drakes Hopocalypse, Maui Coconut Porter, and Heretic Evil Twin.”
The latest brew information from Zach Estomo, “On draft this weekend at Larry’s on the beach in Venice we have: Telegraph California Ale, Telegraph Los Padres Saison, Green Flash IPA, Hanger24 Vinaceous Old Ale, Avery & Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation Ale, TAPS Schwarzbier, Mad River Jamaica Red Ale, Smog City LA Saison, Hanger24 California Spring Ale, El Segundo Citra Pale Ale, The Bruery Humulus Lager & Allagash White among many others.
New canned beer includes Maui Brewing La Perouse Limited Wit Beer & Deviant Dales IPA. We also have Russian River Damnation in the bottle now as well.
We are having a Tap Takeover from Bootleggers Brewery on Wed the 28th from 6-10pm. Please check our facebook page for more details! We will have the new Lupin IPA and a new Scotch Ale alongside Knuckle Sandwich DIPA and many others!
We are doing a Bootleggers Tap Takeover on Wednesday March 28th from 6-10pm. We will have the Galaxian Barley Wine and the Lupulin IPA amongst many others.”
From Alex P. Davis at the Library, “This coming tuesday we host Deschutes Night Fundraiser for LA Streetsblog. At 6PM, we’ll have Abyss 2011, Black Butte XXIII and the Stoic all on tap. 10% of the day’s sales go to LA Streetsblog and we’ll have raffles for a bike and some other sweet schwag.
On tap right now are Ballast Point Sculpin, Ballast Point Smoke Screen, Russia River Blind Pig, AleSmith IPA, Port Wipeout IPA, New Belgium Biere de Mars, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, High Water Hop Riot IPA, TAPS Bohemian Pils and Smog City Groundwork Porter.
On deck are El Segundo Citra Pale, Avery New World Porter, Golden Road Point the Way IPA, Smog City XPA and Ladyface IPA.” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.
The latest from Peter Shuey: “Right now at Simmzy’s MB we have something for everyone! Hop Heads are uniting with pints of Drakes Denogginizer, Delta 9 IPA, Pliny the Elder, Rubicon IPA & Green Flash Hop Head Red. On the lighter side Scrimshaw Pilsner, Allagash White and Telegraph Los Padres are sure to please. We’ve also got some Dogfish Tweason’ale for our gluten free friends! Representing the dark side are Heretic Shallow Grave Porter, Ballast Point Sea Monster, AleSmith Speedway Stout & we just tapped a rare keg of Lost Abbey Deliverance!
On deck, we have Heretic Evil Cousin, Black Diamond Grand Cru, Marin E.S. Chi, Deschutes Hop Henge, Great Divide Hoss, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, New Belgium Cocoa Mole, Knee Deep Tanilla Vanilla Porter and Ballast Point Smoke Screen. Keep your eyes and ears open for our Cask Mondays starting in April!!”. Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here
This week’s featured beers at West 4th and Jane include Telegraph Los Padres, Smog City XPA, Strand Black IPA, Abita Amber and Duvel golden.
Monday: Burger and Beer Night – Get any West 4th and Jane specialty burger and draft beer for $10. 5pm to 2am.
Tuesday: Tasting Tuesdays – $10 Beer Flights of your choice all night long. 5pm to Midnight.
Wednesday: Pint Night – Get a FREE West 4th pint glass with each draft beer purchase. 5pm to Midnight.
Beaches – South
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features St. Bernardus Abt. 12 quad, Drake’s Black Robusto, Upright Six, Dogfish Head Aprihop and Alesmith Li’l Devil in Seal Beach. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Adam Aro reports, “What to drink at the Med this week? Well, start with a New Belgium La Folie. If that kinda sour doesn’t blow out your palate, move on to a Lost Abbey Lost & Found dubbel. Want to lighten things up? Sip on a Telegraph Los Padres saison. And then for dessert, Brewdog Tokyo is still alive and delicious at 18.2%. If those don’t interest anyone, I have 27 other choices for you on draft, not to mention 65 bottles to choose from.”
From Redondo Beach: Tonight at 8:00 keep the glass featuring 8 great beers from Epic Brewery. Smoked & Oaked, Hopulent IPA Nitro, Spiral Jetty IPA, Brainless, Brainless on peaches, Imperial IPA, Pfeifferhorn lager and Intermountain wheat.
From David Perez at the new Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach, “This Week’s Draft Beer at Select Beer Store- Joes Pilsner from Avery Brewery, Affligem Blond Abbey Ale, Strand Brewing Beach House Amber, Craftsman BreweryEl Prieto a Sour Black Ale, Eagle Rock Brewery Manifesto Wit-Bier, Brouwerij West Triple, Hanger 24 Alt Bier, Anchor Humming Pale Ale, Smog City brewing LA Saison, FireStone Union Jack, Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA, also we have over 300 bottles that are available to go, or can be opened and enjoyed on site.”
The Long Beach location of Beachwood features Hangar 24 DIPA, Moonlight Twist of Fate bitter, Monkish Oblate Belgian blonde, Green Flash Palate Wrecker and Firestone-Walker Pale 31 on cask. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
The latest info according to Eric Gutenkauf, “The greenest thing about the post-St. Patrick’s Day beer list at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach is going to be the hops! Currently on tap we have Bootleggers Lupulin Thrill IPA, El Segundo White Dog IPA, Eagle Rock Revolution Pale Ale, The Bruery Humulus Lager, Hangar 24 Small Stout, Strand BeachHouse Amber, Anaheim Brewery 1888, Hangar 24 Vinaceous, and our first ever brew from Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, Kilgore Stout. The weekend is shaping up to be fantastic with Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA, Green Flash Barleywine, Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXX IPA, Moylan’s Chelsea Porter, Ballast Point Smokescreen, Deschutes Hop Henge, Kern River 5th Anniversary, New Belgium La Folie and Hangar 24 Double IPA!…Thursday all drafts are $4!”
Downtown & Downtown adjacent
From Erik Huig at Barbara’s: Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout, Craftsman Monkey See Monkey Do DIPA, Avery Joe’s Pilsner, Eel River Earth Thirst DIPA and the latest Stone collaboration with Bear Republic and Fathead’s, TBA.
On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment: Craftsman El Prieto, Golden Road Either Side of the Hill, Cismontane Blacks Dawn, Brouwerij West Saison Extra, TAPS Shwarzbier, Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown, Golden Road Schwartz Stout, Eagle Rock Revolution, Brouwerij West Blond, Surf Brewery Ankle Slapper Pilsner, Golden Road Hefeweizen, and Golden Road Point The Way IPA.
On-Deck: Craftsman Monkey Sea Monkey Do, El Segundo Citra Pale, El Segundo White Dog, Eagle Rock Populist, The Bruery Mischief, Stone Cali-Beligue IPA, Surf Brewery Mondo’s Cream Ale, Smog City LA Saison, Smog City Coffee Porter, Ladyface IPA, and Ladyface Blind Ambition.
Lauren reports, “Just in time for the weekend, we will be putting Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich DIPA back on draft for a limited time! This DIPA is definitely a favorite of ours!
Currently on draught at this DTLA luxe lounge are Craftsman 1903, Brouwerij West 5 Blond, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Cismontane Citizen Common, Cismontane Black’s Dawn, Eagle Rock Populist IPA, El Segundo Blue House Pale Ale, El Segundo Citra, El Segundo Hyperion’s Double Stout, El Segundo White Dog, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Allagash White, 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: Serpent’s Stout – Lost Abbey (Belgian Imperial Stout), Scaldis Noel – Dubuisson (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) and Carnavale – Lost Abbey (Saison).
On deck: Avec Les Bons Voeux – Dupont (Saison), El Prieto – Craftsman (Sour Black Ale) and Allagash Four (Quadrupel).”
On tap in Echo Park, Epic Smoked and Oaked, Brouwerij West Extra Saison, El Segundo Blue House Citra Pale ale, Cismontane Coulter and Golden Road Either Side of the Hill
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 Ventura’s Surf Brewing coming in this Friday, along with the Bun Truck. It’s gonna be good!
Currently on tap: Eagle Rock Manifesto, Eagle Rock Solidarity, El Segundo White Dog IPA, Strand 24th Street Pale ale, Taps Cream Ale and Telegraph California Ale
On deck: Craftsman El Prieto and Green Flash Palate Wrecker.
New bottles: Amiata Contessa, Fantome Hiver, Goose Island Pepe Nero 2011, Goose Island Pere Jacques 2011, Goose Island Sofie 2012, Green Flash Palate Wrecker and Ölvisholt Lava Smoked Imperial Stout.”
“In case you haven’t been in for a bit, heres some of our current 38 Draught options available: Beachwood Rose Royce, Firestone XV Anniversary Ale, Pizza Port Carlsbad Bourbon Barrel Aged Night Rider, Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown, Drakes Denogginizer, BP Victory At Sea, Marin E.S Chi Tonic Herbal Ale, The Bruery Mischief, Greenflash Palate Wrecker, Victory Whirlwind Wit, Kern River 5th Anniversary, Maharaja, Allagash Tripel, BP Serrano Pale and much more!”
On-tap highlights from bar manager Rory Snipes: “Ballast Point Sextant Stout on nitro, From Allagash: Confluence, Odyssey, Allagash/New Belgium Vrienden, Victor, Victoria, Hugh Malone, Interlude, Big Little Beer, DeProef/Allagash Les Deux Brasseurs, Saison Mihm, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Black. Coming up on 4/11 we’re hosting Firestone Walker for the night, some of the draft highlights will include: Abacus, Sucaba, XV, Black Xantus and cask unfiltered DBA – more details as we get closer.”
On tap beer wise: Solidarity, Manifesto Wit, Revolution XPA, Populist IPA, Deuce and Red Velvet. On the Food truck front, Friday is the Crispy truck. Saturday brings the Lobsta truck and tonight is Asian Cravings.
You can find the following on beers on tap in Moorpark: Valkyrie – California Alt 6.2% , Protector – Imperial IPA 7.5%, Golden Spur – saison 6.7% and Vanilla Oak Valkyrie – California Alt 6.2. Enegren Brewing hours: Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 12-5pm.
From Ann-Marie in Pasadena, “Beers tapping this week at Haven Gastropub +Brewery in Pasadena: 90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head, Firestone Double Jack, Victory at Sea by Ballast Point, Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale, Cismontane Dopplesticke, Bikini Blonde by Maui Brewing, Old Guardian by Stone, Sculpin by Ballast Point, Woodchuck Amber Cider, Palate Wrecker by Green Flash and Fruli Strawberry.”
“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 Lab is featuring Lagunitas this coming week. We’ve got the IPA and Cappuccino Stout on tap and Censored, Pils and Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ in bottles. Also the Lab’s own After Midnight Moo is now on nitro. And we just tapped brewmaster Roger Bott’s newest creation – Honey, I’m Home – a light and crisp blonde ale with local organic honey.”
From Robyn Britton at Ladyface: “This week’s cask is Firestone’s 2011 GABF Gold Medal-winning Double Barrel Ale. Joining it and our Ladyface ales on tap are Alesmith Speedway Stout, AV Brother David Dubbel, Bear Republic XPA, Port Shark Attack and Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison, Stone Old Guardian Barleywine, and Coronado Dumb Blonde.
Enjoy Ken Charlson on piano this Friday night from 10pm. Music Monday, March 26th, duo Apparently Fantastic will be entertaining from 6-10pm. The new Spring Menu is up on the website. Hopping your way April 1-7 is Hella’ Hop Week, a head-spinning, tongue buckling, palate wrecking collection of hop-centric, hop-forward, hopilicious brews. Brewer Dave has created something we’re calling Batch 200 to celebrate our 200th batch of beer. It’s a special version of Chesebro IPA, made with extra barley and 10 pounds of 10 different kinds of hops. At 10.5% abv, it’s also a full percent bigger than our regular Chesebro. Cheers!”
The latest update from assistant manager Josh Salinas: “This week we are pouring Cismontane Coulter IPA, Strand Beach House, Craftsman Poppyfields, AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown, Telegraph Los Padres Ale, and Smog City’s Penumbra Dry Irish Stout. On deck we have Anchor Liberty and Craftsman’s Monkey See Monkey Do DIPA. Don’t forget we recently released our New and Super Badass quarterly zine “Pig Candy”. It’s limited to 150 copies, so grab it while its hot. Booom!”
For the month of March, Marlene Samaniego and husband Sam will be presenting Belgian Tripels and Belgian Style Triples. She wrote, “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.”
On tap in Burbank are some barrel aged beers from Drake’s in San Leandro like the Hyperion sour and the bourbon barrel aged brown ale. Also the Bruery’s Seven Grain saison, Lagunitas Old Gnarleywine and High Water Blind Spot winter ale.
And on April 21st, “Tony’s Darts Away 2 Year Anniversary Celebration will be held from 11am to 12am. We will be more than doubling our space by taking over our neighbor’s lot. We’ll have 2 patios and an outdoor bar. Paige has been putting the beer list together for months and shell be breaking out beers we’ve been saving since we opened. $30 get you 5 generous pours and a beautiful limited edition glass. Tickets are now available at Tony’s Darts Away.”
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 “Smoke & Fire”.
Alesmith Brewing Co. Flight Night Thursday, March 22nd from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
“San Diego’s Alesmith Brewing Company is one of the smallest and most respected breweries in the craft community. Although they brew a wide range of styles, we will be pouring some of their more specialty beers. Their anniversary beer, Decadence, was first released in 2005 to celebrate Alesmith’s 10 year anniversary. Since then, Alesmith has released a new version of Decadence each year. Because we received limited quantities we will have no bottles for sale, so this tasting might be your only chance to try this epic release!
Alesmith Brewing Co. – Wee Heavy (Scotch Style Ale 9.5%), Alesmith Brewing Co. – Grand Cru Ale (Belgian Strong Dark Ale 10%), Alesmith Brewing Co. – Speedway Stout (Coffee Stout 12%), Alesmith Brewing Co. – Decadence (2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine 11%). Come in for a special $12 taster flight…stay to enjoy the 40 unique beers on taps!!!”
The latest from Wen Yeh at BruHaus, “On draft: Deschutes Hop Henge IPA, Lagunitas WTF, Bear Republic Racer 5, 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.”
Pint Nights –
March 29th Ventura Surf Brewing
April 12th El Segundo
April 19th Cismontane pint night
April 26th Taps Fish House and Brewery
Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Ballast Point Sculpin, Avery Collaboration not Litigation and Dogfish Head Festina Peche to its taps.
New on draft: Anchor Steam, Anchor Bock, Anchor Liberty, Anchor Brekle’s Brown Ale, Anchor Zymaster Series no. 1 California Lager, Port Brewing Serpents Stout, Surf Brewing Oil Pier’s Porter on Nitro, Bear Republic Ryevalry, Deka/Struisse Westoek XX, Lost Abbey Carnevale.
Other Beer-y Events
“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 Portrero Barrels. This is not to be missed!
Friday March 30th at 6:00 PM, Firestone-Walker will be on hand pouring Velvet Merlin, Union jack, Pale 31 and Double Barrel Ale.
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.”
Breaking News: “Simmzy’s Belmont Shore is set to open in late April and our 30 handles are going to be off the hook.”
Certified Cicerone ® Launches LA’s First Certified Beer Server Class
Certified Cicerone Tom Kelley’s “three part class begins on Wednesday April 11th at 7 PM, and is continued for the next two consecutive Wednesday evenings. I am running this class for the introductory cost of merely $50 for three 1.5 hour sessions which will each include a tasting flight of my choosing, as well as a pint from El Segundo’s tap room. (Book and Testing Fees not included)
The class is structured around Randy Mosher’s book Tasting Beer, which I have found to be the best one resource for the exam. I recommend buying the book and reading through beforehand to obtain as much knowledge as possible, though it is not absolutely necessary. The first class focuses on history and the brewing process. In the second class we cover how to evaluate beer, as well as how to serve and pair with food. And in the third class we cover the great wide world of styles. At the end of each class we will taste a flight of beers, each flight designed to teach you about certain styles and processes.
Once you have completed the course, the exam can be taken online for a cost of $69. It is a 60 question, multiple choice exam that must be taken in 20 minutes and has a passing grade of 75%. I will hold a follow up class for anyone who fails to pass on their first take. There is one free retake. More info on the program is available at http://www.cicerone.org. For more information on the class, or to sign up email Thomas Kelley at [email protected]”
Public School 612 will be holding a Beer Cocktail Night on Monday, March 26th at 7pm. Cost is $40.00.
“Los Angeles German restaurant and beer garden, Wirtshaus , launched 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