L.A. Beer Blast D4

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Brew & You

This week in Brew & You: How fast does two years pass? An Invasion of hops, and a new homework assignment to complete in a post titled The (Not So) Terrible Two.


According to Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach, “Here’s what is on tap this week: Port Brewing IPA, Sudwerk Pilsner, The Lost Abbey Serpent Stout and Port Brewing Midnight Expression.”

Barbara’s at the Brewery

According to a Barbara’s rep, “Here are my beers for today. North coast Scrimshaw, Craftsman Heavenly Hefe, Marin Brewing IPA, Port Midnight Expressions, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Beachwood BBQ Black Moon Rising, Big Sky Moose Drool, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Drake’s Pink Boots Saison, El Segundo Double Dry Hopped Summit Pale Ale, Knee Deep Zach’s Imperial IPA, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Drake’s Black Robusto Porter, Craftsman Scotch Isle, Mad River John Barley Corn.”

Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach

Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features Weltenburger Barock Hell, Stone 2007 Double Bastard, Brouwerij West Tripel, Beachwood Thrill Seeker and Green Flash Black IPA 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 High Water Blind Spot dark ale, Eagle Rock Manifesto, De Ranke saison and the collaboration of Avery/Allagash/Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head and Lost Abbey Reperterroir. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.

Beer Belly

On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment (which was featured in today’s L.A. Times): On-Tap: Craftsman Acorn Saison, The Bruery Mischief, Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter, Cismontane Dead Santa, Ballast Point Sculpin, Ladyface La Blanche Wit, Lost Abbey Devotion, Surf Brewery Surfer’s Point Vienna Lager, Cismontane The Citizen, Brouwerij West Blond, Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen, and Eagle Rock Solidarity.

On-Deck: Craftsman Scotch Isle, The Bruery Saison De Lente, Smog City LA Saison, El Segundo White Dog, Bootlegger’s Dr. Tongue, Bootlegger’s Galaxian Barleywine, TAPS Cream Ale, Surf Brewery South Swell DIPA, New Belgium “Lips Of Faith” Bier De Mars, and Goose Island Matilda.

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Blue Palms taps are pouring Golden Road’s Either Side of the Hill Belgian, Kern River Holiday Ale, Ballast Point Sea Monster stout, The Bruery Gremlin and Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head’s Life and Limb among many others. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here

Boneyard Bistro

On-tap highlights are from bar manager Rory Snipes are Russian River Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Petrus Oud Bruin, Firestone Velvet Merlin, Bruery Saison de Lente, Ventura South Swell DIPA, Cismontane Oaked Dos Cone Es Triple IPA, and Uinta Hop Notch IPA!

The Bottle Room

According to Tony Alcazar in Whittier, “This week from far (not so far) east in Uptown Whittier we pour Moylans Kilt Lifter, Drakes Denoginizer, Maredsous 10, Barbar Golden Honey Ale, Oskar Blues G’Knight and Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager are all back on draft alongside a few old favorites like Craftsman 1903, Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen and Anchor Steam”
ebruary 11th is our 3rd Annual Beer Dinner with Bear Republic. There’s a catch though…it is in Healdsburg at the Bear Republic Brewpub. This event will kick off SF Beer Week for both BR’s. In the meantime, Here is the menu for the Bear Republic beer dinner:

Maibock | Strong Spring Bock 6.7%
Seared Yellow Fin tuna | Coffee & Spices, Beluga Lentils and sea Urchin Sauce

Racer 5 IPA | American IPA 7.0% Cask
Day Boat Scallop, Sunchoke Cream y Piñas Habaneras

Sammy’s Strong Ale ‘02 | Belgian Style 8.3%
Roasted Alaskan Black Cod, Lobster & Butternut Squash Bisque, Creamed leeks, Potato Gnocchi

Double Rocket | Imperial Red Ale 9.2%
Sonoma County Pork Trio: Loin and Sausage, with Bacon Brioche “Stuffing” & Sweet Yams

Old Baba Yaga | Russian Imperial Stout 11.5%
Valrhona Dark Chocolate Cake, Caramel Center and Black Truffle Gelato

Also, stay tuned for the bottle rooms 3rd Anniversary Celebration.


The latest from Wen Yeh at BruHaus: Uinta Labyrinth (NEW), Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown (NEW), Trois Pistoles, Lagunitas Sucks, Blanche de Bruxelles, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Magic Hat #9, Piraat, 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:
1) Vintage Aventinus (limited supply) Vintage 2008 Aventinus 500ml, this is product that Schneider have themselves cellared at the brewery the last 3 years.
2) Schneider Weisse TAPX “Mein Nelson Sauvin” (limited edition)
3) Old Rasputin XIV; Limited release; aged in Bourbon barrels.

City Tavern

From Matt at City Tavern: “Ballast Point bourbon barrel aged Navigator dopplebock, dopplebock, 8%,
Craftsman Angelino Weisse, wild ale/sour, 5.4%, Eel River Triple Exultation, old ale, 9.7 %, Thirsty Bear Seventh Stave, american strong ale, 6.9%, Black Diamond Jagged Edge, American IPA, 7.3%, Dust Bowl Stock ale, winter sipper, 10.4% and Devils Canyon Full Boar Scotch, scotch ale, 7.4%”.

Tonight: Lagunitas Pint Night
Stop on down from 6pm – close and get a Lagunitas mason jar with the purchase of any Lagunitas pint or flight for the evening. We will have on their Hopstupid, Cappuccino Stout, Dogtown Pale Ale, and IPA. Limit one mason jar per customer.”

Congregation Ale House

Here is the latest from the Congregation: “We are excited to have just been mentioned as a top 100 beer bar in draft magazine!

This week Congregation Long Beach is rotating through a wonderful list of goodies. Just happened that way. Come in and try: Dieu du Ciel Derniere Volonte & Route de Spices, De Molen Engels, Struise Tseejes Christmas Ale, Craftsman Scotch Isle, Cismontane Cyclone Yasi, Dupont Biere Boleil, and Heretic Shallow Grave. Cheers!

We are hosting Jay Baum (Mannekin Brussels Imports) for a Chimay Night on Thursday 1/26 @ 7PM at our Azusa Chapter. We will be giving away glassware, serving all Chimay beers at discount, Chimay steamed mussels and cheese platters with TWO types of Chimay cheese.

We host Steve Kuftinec for a Uinta Brewing Night on Tuesday 2/2 @ 7 PM at our Pasadena Chapter. We will be pouring new beers from Uinta and giving away so e of their great glassware!”

The Daily Pint

Since last Thursday, Phil McGovern’s iconic Santa Monica bar has added Firestone Pale 31 and Surf Brewery’s Mondo’s Cream ale to its taps.

Eagle Rock Brewery

On tap beer wise: Solidarity, Manifesto wit, Revolution XPA, Populist IPA, Botany Bay ESB. On the Food truck front, Saturday brings the M.O. Eggroll truck and Sunday brunch brought to you by the Flatiron truck.

Coming Up: “JANUARY 28th 12-4PM Come join us for our 2-year anniversary celebration at Verdugo Bar! We’ll be celebrating another amazing year by featuring many of our special beers on tap. (Sorry, no pets or children permitted.). Grill Em’ All and Mandoline Grill will be celebrating with us and serving up some of our favorite eats. Need more of a reason? It’s only $12 for admission and all attendees get a commemorative taster glass to take home (while supplies last)! Come out and celebrate with us!”

The Factory

According to Eric Gutenkauf, “The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach has a super lineup of craft brew pouring right now: Cismontane Oaked Dos Cone Es Double IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Green Flash Barleywine, Knee Deep Imperial Porter, Beer Valley Judas Yeast, Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale, Sudwerk Dopplebock, Rogue Dead Guy and Drake’s 1500 Pale Ale.

The backup stash includes Port Wipeout IPA, Bear Republic Red Rocket, Karl Strauss Full Suit Brown, Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit, Iron Fist Gauntlet Double IPA adn Lost Abbey Deliverance. Be on the lookout for more information regarding a visit to The Factory by Golden Road Brewery on Thursday, February 16.”

Far Bar

From Jimmy Smith at the Little Tokyo bar: “Here are some of our featured taps this week: Ballast Point Sculpin, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Coronado Hoppy Daze, New Belgium Lips of Faith Coco Mole, Deschutes Stoic, Beachwood Breaker Pale Ale, and Bruery Saison De Lente.

Bourbon on 1st St begins next Weds at Far Bar and continues for the whole month of February. We’ll be kicking of next Weds with a couple of limited barrel-aged kegs then rotating others in throughout the month of February. Also launching on Weds the 1st will be a selection of 50+ Bourbons and Ryes along with Beert/Bourbon pairings. Cajun and Creole Food Special will be featured all month long as well.

Upcoming Beer Events For Bourbon Month will be: Feb 7th: Hanger 24 Pugachev’s Cobra Event, Feb 21st: Port/Lost Abbey Night featuring Deliverance, Older Viscosity ’11 and at least one other Barrel-aged goodie on tap, Feb 28th: Anchor Our Barrel Ale Component Night: featuring a keg of Anchor Our Barrel Ale, it’s three component’s; Liberty, Porter and Old Foghorn along with Old Potero Rye Whiskey by Anchor which is the exact barrels which Our Barrel Ale was aged in. More events to be announced next week.”

Golden Gopher

Currently on draught at this DTLA luxe lounge are Craftsman 1903, Brouwerij West 5 Blond, Cismontane Citizen Common, Cismontane Black’s Dawn, Cismontane Brut Du Sauvin, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Hangar 24 DIPA, Allagash White, Allagash Black, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Eagle Rock Populist IPA, Ballast Point Pale Ale, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, New Belgium Belgo IPA, Bootlegger’s Rustic Rye IPA, Bootlegger’s Winter Ale (chocolate mint porter), The Strand Atticus IPA, Moylan’s Dragoons Dry Irish Stout, Anchor Brewing Porter and Lindeman’s Peche Lambic.

According to a Golden Gopher rep, “Sign up for the Gopher’s Beer Society. They meet the second Monday of every month. E-mail the GM at: [email protected] to be added to the Society e-mail list! Upcoming host brewers: February is Bootlegger’s, and the RSVP list is already full. In March, Tom Kelley of El Segundo will be giving us a hops education!”

Golden Road Brewing

The Pub is Officially Open! every Thursday at 4pm, The Pub at Golden Road will be tapping a small cask of limited edition specialty cask-conditioned beer. Quantity is very limited, so this week’s beer will only be available for the next few weeks on THURSDAY evenings ’til the cask runs dry.

The Golden State

Draught beers on Fairfax Port Midnight Sessions, Craftsman 1903 lager, Knee Deep Citra Pale, Moylan’s Hopsickle, Avery IPA, Bruery Mischief, Drakes Pink Boots saison and Port’s F..ing Pale.

Ladyface Ale Companie

From Robyn Britton at Ladyface: “The Cask of the Week, “Catherine’s Lullaby”, features our Russian Lullaby Imperial Stout infused with whole vanilla bean. All taps will be pouring Ladyface ales through Saturday night, in celebration of our 2nd Anniversary Week. We put the 2010 Ale Series on today – Blue-Belly Barleywine, 1st Anniversary, & Russian Lullaby. Tomorrow is 2012 Barrel Preview Night including new sours and live music with Unspoken at 9PM. Saturday’s Wrap Party, with live music from Sean Fleming beginning at 9pm, will wrap up what’s been a great week. Thank you, everyone!

Next Monday is Music Monday with Mike West 6-10pm, Tuesday is our regular Bottled Beer Tuesday with all bottled ale in the Ladyface cellar 20% off, and Wednesday brings a new cask & new secret words on Facebook & Twitter that give you the chance to get a Ladyface beer for a buck. Cheers!”

Thur 26: 2010 Ale Series on Tap – Barleywine, 1st Anniversary, Russian Lullaby
Fri 27: 2012 Barrel Preview Night including young sours. Live music with Unspoken, 9PM
Sat 28: Wrap Party with live music from Sean Fleming, 9pm. Come help us celebrate!”



Sean Inman

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.

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