L.A. Beer Blast D6

Craft Beer Los Angeles

Border Grill encourages diners to drink their beer cold.

The L.A. Beer Blast is designed to let Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area and meet industry leaders. The L.A. Beer Blast normally arrives every Thursday evening, in time for the weekend rush. Look in the left sidebar, Subscribe to Food GPS and you’ll receive the L.A. Beer Blast by e-mail.

Brew & You

This week in Brew & You: A craft beer wish list, a rye New Zealand influenced IPA and a new homework assignment to complete in a post titled Can’t Get That Here.

Food GPS Lamb Showdown

The Food GPS Lamb Showdown is taking place on Monday, February 20. Walter Manzke from upcoming Republique and Factory Baking Company is battling Zach Pollack & Steve Samson, the chefs and co-owners of Sotto. Guests will enjoy six-course meal, with the talented chefs going head-to-head on four savory courses featuring American lamb, and two desserts starring sheep’s milk dairy. Every diner gets a vote on which chef delivers the boldest flavor, most originality, and best presentation. The winning chef earns $500, and of course greater glory. Eagle Rock Brewery will be pouring three beers for each guest throughout the course of the dinner, and 15% of event proceeds benefit the Special Olympics. The Lamb Showdown starts at 7:30 p.m. and the location is Guelaguetza in Koreatown.

Hollywood and its environs

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Blue Palms taps are temporarily (hopefully) closed currently. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here

The Golden State

Draught beers on Fairfax include Buckbean Orange Wheat, Uinta HooDoo Kolsch, Beachwood Thrill Seeker IPA, Black Market Brown, Port F.N.G., TAPS Roggen beer, Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout, Port Mongo IPA and Lost Abbey Deliverance.

Lucky Devils

On tap at Lucky Devils this week are Craftsman Scotch Isle Ale, Uinta Dubhe Black IPA, Stone 2011 Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout, Firestone Double Jack, Smog City XPA, Wandering Aengus Anthem Cherry Cider, Ommegang BPA, along with 7 other great drafts. And in bottle we got Alpine’s Pure Hoppiness, Russian River’s Pliny The Elder and Blind Pig, and lots of other great bottles to choose from.

The Surly Goat

From Andrew Kelley, “On tap: Rumpkin – Avery (rum barrel aged imperial pumpkin ale), Le Freak – Green Flash (Belgian IPA) and Kick – New Belgium (sour pumpkin ale).

On deck: Citra Pale Ale – El Segundo (American pale ale), Berazzled – The Bruery (American wild ale) and
My Bloody Valentine – Alesmith (Red ale).”

Beaches – North

Larry’s Venice.

“New beer on draft for you this week include Brouweij West 5 Blonde, Hanger 24 Helles Lager, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA and Port Brewing FNG Pale Ale.

On deck we have Bootleggers Dr. Tounge, El Segundo Citra Pale Ale and White Dog IPA, Taps Cream Ale, Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA and Ommegang Hennepin Saison.”

Library Alehouse

From Alex Davis at the Library Alehouse, “Next Wednesday marks the beginning of HopHead Heaven at the Alehouse, running February 15-26. We’re kicking things off on the 15th with Local Bitterness Night. We’ll have a tap wall full of local hoppiness along with some of the people who brewed it. Not to mention some special food items with flavors robust enough to stand up to all those hops. On the 21st, we welcome Pizza Port and some of their hoppy goodness, with 10% of the day’s sales going to the Ocean Park Volleyball Foundation.

Also, we’ll be selling raffle tickets for Pliny Fights Cancer through the 18th with winners drawn on the 20th. It’s your best chance for some stress-free Pliny the Younger…This year, we wanted to allow our loyal customers to avoid the Pliny the Younger madness. When our friends down at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach and Long Beach announced that they were raffling the beer off for charity, we loved the idea. So, in cooperation with Beachwood, we’re getting in on it too. Come to the Alehouse between February 3rd and February 18th and purchase as many raffle tickets as you like for $5 each, cash only. Proceeds from the raffle will go to The Melanoma Research Foundation in Memory of Tony Carbone. Raffle winners will be guaranteed the right to purchase one of 50 glasses of Pliny the Younger at the Alehouse from February 21st through March 1st for every winning ticket they hold. (Purchase price being a mere 25 cents) Winners will be drawn on February 20th and notified by email. The only limit on how many times you can win is the amount of beer we have, so buying more tickets increases your chances and your donation to a worthy cause.”

On tap right now I have Smog City IPA, Surf South Swell IPA, High Water Hop Riot IPA, Stone IPA, Port FNG Pale, Karl Strauss Two Tortugas, Alaskan Smoked Porter, TAPS Barleywine, Victory Braumeister Pils and Brouwerij West Blond 5. Backing those up are El Segundo Double Dry-Hopped Citra Pale, Russian River Blind Pig, and Firestone Walker Union Jack.” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.


The latest from general manager Micah Schiesel: “Barrel aged Victory at Sea is pouring right now, better hurry if you want to get some of this. Sculpin, Hangar 24 Columbus, Gubna, Burton Baton and so many more I’m getting buzzed just listing all of them. Next Wednesday at 5pm we will be tapping a keg of Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew, toot toot!!!” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here

Venice Ale House

From Matt Wise at the Venice Ale House: “Here are a few highlights from this week’s selection of our 28 taps: Stone Levitation (1st time tapped here), Green Flash Hop Rod Red (1st time tapped), South Swell 2x IPA from Ventura Surf Brewing, Smog City Saison and Coronado Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA. And as always, the Venice Hi Hop XPA

West 4th and Jane

This weeks’ featured beers at West 4th and Jane include Grimbergen Dubbel, Deschutes Wet Hop IPA and Sam Adams Alpine Spring. Our “On Deck” beers include:Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale, Sudwerk Hefeweizen, Ommegang Three Philosophers and De Koninck Amber Ale

Upcoming Event: West 4th and Jane Night with the LA Kings! On Thursday, February 16th. Come celebrate “West 4th and Jane Night” as the L.A. Kings take on the Phoenix Coyotes $50 PACKAGE INCLUDES: *DISCOUNTED TICKET TO GAME, *TRANSPORTATION ON BUS and *BEER PROVIDED ON BUS. For more information or to order please call (310) 395-6765 or ask at the bar.

Beaches – South

Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach

Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features High Water Hop Riot, Craftsman El Prieto sour, Bootlegger’s Dr. Tongue IPA, Dogfish Head Tweason’ale and Alesmith Wee Heavy in Seal Beach. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.


Adam Aro reports, “These are the beers I currently have on draft: Victory Hop Devil, Celis White, Mission Coconut Brown, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Weihenstephaner Kristalweiss & Vitus, Urthel Hop-it, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale (Kolsch), Estrella Damm, Dogfish Head Hellhound, Telegraph Oatmeal Stout (nitro), Lindemans Peche Lambic, Wexford Irish Cream Ale (nitro), Abbot Ale (nitro), Val Dieu Tripel, North Coast Grand Cru, Cismontane Brut de Sauvin, Victory Braumeister Pils, Iron Fist Spice of Life, Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barleywine, Bruery 4 Calling Birds, Deschutes Obsidian stout & Red Chair NW Pale, New Belgium Lips of Faith Prickly Passion Saison, Avery Old Jubilation, Bear Republic Heritage, Strand Beach House Amber, Ommegang Seduction, & Hop Ruiter,. Cask is Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout dry-hopped with Willamette flowers. Casks coming soon from Stone, Cismontane, Golden Road and Ballast Point.”

Naja’s Place

Tonight February 9th Naja’s will be hosting a barrel night featuring The Bruery, Firestone-Walker, Alaskan, Deschutes, Russian River, Black Diamond, Ballast Point, New Belgium, Lost Abbey, Sierra Nevada, Allagash, Marin and more breweries.

Select Beer Store

Blanche De Chambly Unibroue, Steigl Golden Premium,Mission Brewery’s Amber (Dusseldorf-style Altbier),Nautical Nut Brown by Ale Smith, Lost Abby Red Barn Saison Prickly Passion Saison by New Belgium Brewing, Blue House Citra Pale Ale by El Segundo Brewing, Celebration Ale by Sierra Nevada, Atticus IPA by Strand Brewing, Seduction by Ommegang Steelhead Scotch Porter by Mad River, Black’s Dawn Stout on Nitro by Cismontane.

On Deck- New Belgium Abbey Grand Cru, Alesmith’s IPA, Ommegang’s BPA (Belgian Pale Ale) and Franziskaner – Hefeweizen. “Also We Have Over 300 Bottles That are available to go, or can be opened and enjoyed on site.”

Long Beach

Beachwood BBQ – Long Beach

The Long Beach location of Beachwood features Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout, Black Market Brown Ale, Upright 7 saison, Maui Mana Wheat and Stillwater Existent Dark Farmhouse ale. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.

Congregation Ale House

For the Chosen One(s): Long Beach, Fuller’s ESB and on February 15th starting at 7pm, Bootlegger’s Aaron Barkenhagen will be bringing 7 beers on tap including the new Galaxian Barley Wine!

The Factory

The latest info according to Eric Gutenkauf: “The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach has a supreme tap list pouring right now inlcuding: Knee Deep Simtra 3xIPA, Bootleggers Lupulin Thrill IPA, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Karl Strauss XXVIII Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale, Sudwerk Dopplebock, Sudwerk Helles Lager, Green Flash Barleywine, El Segundo Citra Pale Ale, Bear Republic Red Rocket, and Knee Deep Tanilla Imperial Porter. Deliciousness awaits with Lost Abbey Deliverance, Karl Strauss Full Suit Brown, Strand Beach House Amber, Bootleggers Golden Chaos and Eagle Rock Manifesto.

Next Thursday, February 16, the folks from Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles will invade The Factory bringing with them 4-5 great brews!”

Downtown & Downtown adjacent

Beer Belly

On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment: “Craftsman El Prieto (Sour), The Bruery Saison De Lente, Cismontane Black’s Dawn, Stone Ruination, Beachwood Brewing Thrillseeker IPA, Smog City LA Saison, El Segundo White Dog, Victory Prima Pils, Brouwerij West Blond, Black Market Anglo-American Brown, El Segundo Blue House Pale, and Black Market Hefeweizen.

On Deck: El Segundo Blue House Citra Pale, Ladyface 2nd Anniversary Belgian Quad, Ladyface Russian Lullaby, Smog City Saber-Toothed Squirrel, Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter, Smog City XPA, The Bruery Mischief, and Beachwood Brewing Annihilator Barleywine.

Feb. 22 Wednesday: Beer Belly’s One Night Stand with Hangar 24. We will have the Hangar 24 brewers and family in for a special event with a tapping of Pugachev’s Cobra from their Barrel Roll Series. A 16.5% Bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. In addition to that, we’ll have a full slate of their beers. Come get to know the Hangar 24 Brewery, the brewers, the staff, and their brews!”

City Sip

City Sip LA is pouring the following: Iron Fist Renegade Blonde Kolsch Ale, Ommegang Brewery Hennepin, Telegraph Brewery Rye XPA, Black Market Brewery Brown Ale, Brouwerji West Tripel and Great Divide Brewery Oak Aged Yeti.

Far Bar

From Jimmy Smith at the Little Tokyo bar: “Highlights on tap: Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra, Firestone Double Jack, Fresh Beachwood Thrill Seeker, Ballast Point Sculpin, Coronado Hoppy Daze, Moylans Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ryan Sullivan’s Stout, Drakes 1500, Bruery Saison De Lente, Grand Teton Wake Up Call, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Cismontane Black’s Dawn, Surf Brewery South Swell DIPA and many others!

Bourbon on 1st St continues all month long at Far Bar, with six rotating Stout/Bourbon/Rye Whiskey Pairings and some great food specials!

Make sure to join us this Monday February 13th as we do a “Two Years of La Folie side by side pairing we’ll have La Folie 2012 on draft and La Folie 2011 in bottles.

We’ll also have some other great New Belgium/Lips of Faith Beers on draft this night:Coco Mole, Prickly Pear Saison, Fresh Hop, Biere de Mars and Belgo IPA a full New Belgium/Lips of Faith flight will be available as well as New Belgiums own Dallas Byerley.”

Golden Gopher

Our featured brewer for the month of February is one of our favorites, Bootlegger’s Brewery. On draught from them are: Rustic Rye IPA, Black Phoenix, Golden Chaos & Old World Hefeweizen. Also, our new “Beer Flight Night” is every Mondays from 8pm-2am!

Currently on draught at this DTLA luxe lounge are Craftsman 1903, Brouwerij West 5 Blond, Cismontane Citizen Common, Cismontane Black’s Dawn, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, 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, The Strand Atticus IPA, Moylan’s Dragoons Dry Irish Stout, & Anchor Brewing Porter.

Craft beer “to go” also available at the Beer Chicks 8th Street Bottle Shop inside the bar.

Little Bear

From Andrew Kelley: “On tap: Deliverance – Lost Abbey (barrel aged strong ale), The Stoic – Deschutes (Belgian quad) and Duchesse de Bourgogne – Verhaeghe (Flanders red ale).

On deck: La Trappistine – Ladyface (Belgian dubbel), Maredsous 6 (Belgian pale ale) and Cellar Door – Stillwater (saison). Also, Little Bear is now open for lunch! 11am to 5pm 7 days a week.”

Mohawk Bend

The latest on tap in Echo Park: Marin Witty Monk, TAPS Irish red, Ballast Point Even Keel, Stone Cali-Belgique and Coronado Idiot IPA. Allagash is the featured brewery of the month as well.

Also, on Valentine’s Day: Lover’s Beer Flight ($12)
o Eagle Rock Manifesto Witbeir – made with rose petals
o AleSmith, My Bloody Valentine Amber Ale – not for the faint of heart
o Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter – deliciously rich chocolate taste
o The Bruery Berazzled Wild Ale – perfectly sweet and sour”

Sunset Beer Co.

From Alex Macy at Sunset: “We’ve got Eagle Rock Brewery coming over on Friday night at 7pm, and you can expect some specialty stuff like Deuce and Libertine. Food-wise, Luckdish curry will be out front serving-up some damn good curry!

New bottles: Ballast Point Sculpin 6-packs, Deschutes Hop Henge, Deschutes Red Chair, Dogfish Faithfull, Flying Dog Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout and Kona Koko Brown

On tap right now: Golden Road Hefeweizen, Brouwerij West Blond 5, Alesmith IPA
Surf County Line Rye and Cismontane Black’s Dawn.”



Sean Inman

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

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