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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.
Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: Follow these tweets, an Orange County IPA and a new homework assignment to complete in a post titled Craft Beer is Trending.
Hollywood and its environs
Blue Palms taps are temporarily (hopefully) closed currently. Track changes to Blue Palms Brewhouse’s 24-tap menu Here
Draught beers on Fairfax include Uinta HooDoo Kolsch, Ommegang Witte, North Coast Red Seal, Port Mongo, Knee Deep Hoptologist, TAPS Roggen Bier, Bruery Mischief, Lost Abbey Deliverance and Knee Deep Citra Pale ale.
“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, Duvel Single, along with 7 other great drafts. Coming up we have the Bootleggers Dr. Tounge on draft! And in bottle we got Alpines Pure Hoppiness, Pliny The Elder, Blind Pig, and lots of other great bottles to choose from.”
From Andrew Kelley, “On tap: Citra Pale Ale – El Segundo (American Pale Ale), BeRazzled – The Bruery (American Wild Ale) and Surfer’s Point – Ventura Surf (Vienna Lager).
On deck: Black Xantus – Nectar Ales (Barrel Aged Imperial Stout), Hazelnut Brown Nectar – Rogue (American Brown Ale) and Serpent’s Stout – The Lost Abbey (Imperial Belgian Stout).”
Beaches – North
“On draft this week we have Ballast Point Sculpin IPA & Big Eye IPA, Smog City XPA, Blue House DDH Citra Pale Ale, Brouwerij West 5 Blond, Cismontane Southern Hemi Cyclone Yasi, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Taps American Cream Ale and Ommegang Brewery Rare VOS to name a few. Soon to be tapped are Smog City Sabertooth Squirrel, Bootleggers Dr. Tounge and El Segundo Brewery White Dog WIPA.”
From Alex Davis at the Library Alehouse: “HopHead Heaven is in full swing at the Alehouse. Last night, we kicked things off with 14 local hoppy beers for our Local Bitterness event. Next week, on February 21st, we welcome Pizza Port to the Alehouse with five of their hop-fueled beers.
As a reminder, there are only 3 days left in the Pliny Fights Cancer Charity Raffle. 3 days left for your chance at stress-free Pliny the Younger!
Here’s what on for HopHead Heaven right now: Beachwood Thrill Seeker, Bootlegger’s Lupulin Thrill, Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich, Bruery Mischief, Eagle Rock Populist IPA, El Segundo Citra Pale, El Segundo White Dog IPA, Golden Road Either Side of the Hill, Golden Road Point the Way IPA, Hangar 24 Double IPA, Ladyface IPA, Ladyface Chesebro on Cask with El Dorado, Smog City IPA and Strand Black IPA.
And here’s what’s on deck: Ballast Point Fathom IPL, Ballast Point Tongue Buckler, Kern Just Outstanding IPA, Strand 24th Pale, Port Wipeout IPA, Port Mongo DIPA, Firestone Double Jack and many, many more!” Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.
From Matt Wise at the Venice Ale House: “On tap this week: Hop Head Red, Mad River Stout, Wipeout IPA, G’Knight Imperial Red, Morpho, and Hercules.”
This week’s featured beers at West 4th and Jane include Sudwerk Hefeweizen, Abita Purple Haze, Sam Adams Alpine Spring, Allagash White, Magic Hat # 9, Dogfish Head Midas Touch, El Segundo Blue House Citra Pale, Flying Dog Pale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Grimbergen Dubbel. On deck are Ballast Point’s Sculpin and DeKonnick’s Belgian amber.
Beaches – South
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features Hangar 24 Vineaceous, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Beachwood’s Melrose IPA and Stillwater Of Love and Regret in Seal Beach. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Adam Aro reports: “This week is Russian River Temptation. 5 gal only-gonna go fast, TAPS doppelbock, Deschutes Red Chair, Mountain Goat Pale (first account in US!), and North Coast old #38 (nitro). Just to put it out there, I also received some Russian River kegs this week including Pliny the Elder & Pliny the Younger. No date of tapping, just come on down and try your luck.”
From Jay Outsen in Redondo, “This week at Najas we got Pliny the elder Smog City XPA we also have a lot of our barrel aged beers left then next week we are doing a brown bag pale ale night on the 23 10 different pale ale see if you can get them all right starts at 8:00.”
From David Perez at the new Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach: “This Week’s Beers Flowing at Select Beer Store – Erdinger Weissbier, Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold Helles Lager, 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, BPA (Belgian Pale Ale) by Ommegang, Ruthless Rye by Sierra Nevada, 24th Street Pale by Strand Brewing, Anchor Bock, Steelhead Scotch Porter by Mad River, Black’s Dawn Stout on Nitro by Cismontane.
On Deck- North Coast Brewery’s le merle and Ale Smith 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 Ballast Point Old Barmy, El Segundo’s Blue House Citra Pale, Speakeasy Payback porter, Lagunitas Cappucino stout and Brouwerij West Tripel. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
The latest info according to Eric Gutenkauf: “Suit Up folks!!! Karl Strauss Brown just tapped. And tonight, 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
According to Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach, “Here’s what is on tap this week: Flying Dog Gonzo, AleSmith Lil’ Devil, Iron Fist The Gauntlet, and Sudwerk Pilsner. Tonight is Thursday tamale happy hour.”
From Erik Huig at Barbara’s: Paulaner pilsner, Great Divide Hercules DIPA, Ommegang Abbey, Strand Atticus and High Water’s Blind Spot among other tap handles. Also on Saturday the 18th starting at 4pm, “Come to Barbara’s and celebrate 13 years at the Brewery. I’m hoping this will be a low key event for our friends to enjoy good food, great company and definitely our best beer line up to date!”
On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment: El Segundo Blue House Citra Pale, Ladyface 2nd Anniversary Belgian Quad, Craftsman El Prieto, The Bruery Mischief, Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter, El Segundo Hyperion Stout, Smog City Sabre Toothed Squirrel, Strand 24th Street Pale, Black Market Bavarian Hef, Cismontane The Citizen, Smog City XPA, and Ballast Point Calico Amber.
On Deck: Beachwood Brewing Annihilator Barleywine, Ladyface Russian Lullaby, Ballast Point Sculpin, TAPS Dopplebock, TAPS Cali Gold XPA, Eagle Rock Populist, and Surf Brewery Black IPA.
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. The line-up for our One Night Stand with Hangar 24 Brewery on Feb 22. Wed. 1) Orange Wheat 2) Helles Lager 3) Amarillo Pale Ale 4) Alt-Bier Ale 5) Columbus IPA 6) Chocolate Porter 7) Double IPA 8) Polycot 9) Vinaceous 10) 3rd Anniversary 11) Winter Warmer 12) Pugachev’s CobraCome get to know the Hangar 24 Brewery, the brewers, the staff, and their brews!
From Andrew Kelley, “On tap: Gulden Draak 9000 – Van Steenberge (Quadrupel), Monk’s Cafe – Van Steenberge (Flanders Red Ale), Piraat – Van Steenberge (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) and Cherish Kriek – Van Steenberge (Kriek Lambic).
On deck: St. Feullien Tripel, Three Philosophers – Ommegang (Quadrupel) and Duvel Single (Belgian Pale Ale)” Also, Little Bear is now open for lunch! 11am to 5pm 7 days a week.”
The latest on tap in Echo Park: Moylan’s Kilt Lifter, Ballast Point Fathom IPL, Golden Road’s Either Side of the Hill, Anchor Liberty and Cismontane’s Black’s Dawn. Allagash is the featured brewery of the month as well.
From Alex Macy at Sunset: “New bottles: Logsdon Kili Wit, Logsdon Seizoen, Logsdon Seizoen Bretta, Stone Old Guardian, Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge and Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot.
Kegs coming soon: Logsdon Seizoen, Cismontante Classified Doppelsticke, New Belgium La Folie and we’ve still got a little Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, too!”
Lagunitas is one of the breweries that helped make California’s craft beer scene what it is. And after almost 20 years, they’re still making one of the most popular IPAs on the market. Come check them out on Friday the 17th and we just might have some beers you haven’t seen before, too! And Grill ’em All will be out front! I feel like I should say something to hype the truck, but if you aren’t familiar with power that is Grill ’em All . . . well, something’s missing from your life.”