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Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: A trio of craft beer hot spots in Pasadena, a Scotch Isle and a new homework assignment to complete in a post titled A Parade of Craft Beer.
We first met Strand Brewing Co. co-founders Joel Elliott and Rich Marcello in early 2010 at their Torrance brewery. At that point, they were brewing 24th Street Pale Ale in an industrial park. Now Elliott and Marcello have Beach House Amber and Atticus IPA in rotation, plus special beers like White Sand white Imperial IPA and The Darkness Imperial stout. They also have an expanded space and recently introduced their tasting room, where they fill pints and pitchers on weekends. We spoke with Elliott by phone, and he shared several hop-induced insights. Click Here to Learn More
ColLAboration Beer Garden at The Belasco Theater Downtown LA Feb26: “We are thrilled to be holding our Winterfest at the gorgeous Belasco Theater. Beers Included on the stellar tap list are: Russian River’s Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. From Ballast Point we’ll have Sour Wench, Sculpin, Sea Monster, Tongue Buckler and Victory at Sea. We also have rare finds from Golden Road, Eagle Rock, Beachwood, Ladyface, Strand, Lost Abbey, Almanac, Stone, Firestone, Green Flash and too many others to list. The rarest beer might be Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery. This event will also mark the debut of the newly formed Los Angeles County Brewers Guild. Visit 38 degrees in Alhambra, Golden Road in Atwater Village, Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, Surly Goat in West Hollywood, Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, or Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park to pick up a limited edition admission stein. Call first to confirm supply.”
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 Ommegang Witte, Firestone-Walker Pale 31, Port Mongo, Lost Abbey Deliverance, New Belgium Biere de Mars, The Bruery Mischief and Knee Deep Citra Pale ale.
On tap at Lucky Devils this week are Bootleggers Dr. Tounge Brown IPA, Craftsman Scotch Isle Ale, Uinta Dubhe Black IPA, Stone 2011 Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout, 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, Avery Old Jubilation Ale, Stone collaboration More Brown Than Black IPA, and lots of other great bottles to choose from.
From Andrew Kelley, “On tap: Supplication – Russian River (American Wild Ale), Temptation – Russian River (American Wild Ale) and Alaskan Black IPA.
On deck: Old Guardian – Stone (American Barleywine), Hoss – Great Divide (Marzen) and La Folie – New Belgium (Flanders Red Ale).”
Beaches – North
“On draft this weekend at Larry’s in Venice we have: Golden Road Point the Way IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin and Big Eye IPA, Uinta Brewing Duhbe Imperial Black IPA, Bootleggers Dr. Tounge, El Segundo Brewing Citra DDH Pale Ale, Hanger 24 Helles Lager, Stone Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA, Eagle Rock Brewery Manifesto Wit among many others.
Backup Stash includes Smog City Saber-Tooth Squirrel, Cismontane Classified Dopplesticke, El Segundo White Dog IPA, Iron Fist Renegade Blonde.”
New at HopHead Heaven: Drake’s Hopocalypse, Lagunitas IPA, Avery IPA, Pizza Port Rhino Chaser, Maui Big Swell and Smog City IPA. Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.
The latest from general manager Micah Schiesel: “Are you sitting down for this? Okay good… Simmzy’s will be tapping one of the last kegs of Pliny the Younger this Monday @5pm! Nuff said!” Track changes to Simmzy’s tap list Here
From Matt Wise at the Venice Ale House: “On tap this week at the =V=: The Bruery Mischief Belgian trippel, Lost Abbey Devotion Belgian pale, Eagle Rock Populist IPA, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Ventura Surf South Swell 2ipa and Cismontane Citizen California lager.”
This week’s featured beers at West 4th and Jane include Pilsner Urquell, Strand 24th Street Pale, Ballast Point Sculpin, Kwak Belgian Strong ale and many Lips of Faith – New Belgium beers from Tuesday night’s tap takeover. On deck are Allagash White and Newcastle Winter ale.
Beaches – South
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features Nogne O Holy Smoke, Green Flash Fizzy Yellow Beer, Telegraph Rhinoceros barleywine, TAPS Irish Red and Midnight Sun Mammoth stout in Seal Beach. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Adam Aro reports, “Well, due to the fact that we have been blessed with the Pliny the Younger allocation, I will be having a Russian River beer dinner in a couple of weeks. 5 courses, 5 beers including Pliny the Elder , Pliny the Younger, & Consecration all on draft. Dates to come. The legendary Brewdog Tokyo oak aged imperial stout is pouring on draft, as is Russian River Temptation, with Cismontane dry-hopped Citizen on cask. Happy drinking.”
From Redondo Beach: “Brown Bag pale ale night is tonight. We are doing flights and there will be prizes if you get them all right you. Starting at 8:00.”
From David Perez at the new Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach: “This Weeks Beers Flowing at Select Beer Store – Erdinger Weissbier Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold Helles Lager, North Coast Brewery’s le merle, Nautical Nut Brown by Ale Smith, Lost Abby Red Barn Saison, BPA (Belgian Pale Ale) by Ommegang, Ruthless Rye by Sierra Nevada, Ale Smith IPA, El Segundo Brewing White Dog Wheat IPA, Anchor Bock, Abby Grand Cru From New Belgium and Oscar Blues 10/Fiddy on nitro.”
The latest from Pete Shuey at Tin Roof Bistro: “Currently at Tin Roof we’re pouring Mission Hefeweizen, Lagunitas Pils, Tripel Karmeleit, Strand Black IPA, Avery Maharaja, Allagash Curieux, Brouwerij West Tripel, Drakes 1500, ESBC White Dog IPA, Ommegang Seduction, AleSmith Speedway Stout & Big Sky Moose Drool. On deck we’ve got some Ballast Point Sculpin, Stone SSR, Strand Beach House Amber & Lost Abbey Avant Garde.
Mark you calendars for March 20th! We’ll be (finally) kicking off our 2012 beer dinner season with some delicious eats accompanied solely by IPA’s from the West Coast. Might as well start at home right? See you there!.”
The Long Beach location of Beachwood features Dupont Monk’s Belgian stout, Mikkeller Invasion IPA, Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown, Brouwerij West Tripel and Lagunitas Cappucino stout. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
The latest info according to Eric Gutenkauf: “The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach has a rockin’ beer list. Fresh off of last Thursday’s visit by Golden Road Brewing, we are pouring Golden Road Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen. Sudwerk Helles, Karl Strauss Full Suit Belgian Brown and Knee Deep Imperial Tanilla Porter, accompany a grip of hoppiness with Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Drake’s Hopocalypse, Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA and Green Flash Hop Head Red. As many of these will be gone in the next few nights our backup stash includes Uinta Hop Notch IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and Smokescreen Helles, Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout, Bootleggers Golden Chaos, and for all of you sour fans–the return of New Belgium’s La Folie!!!! Don’t forget that all food (except steak) is now 50% off on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, after 8PM (dine in only), and all draft brews are $4 every Thursday!”
Downtown & Downtown adjacent
According to Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach, “On tap this week we have the following: AleSmith Grand Cru, Ommegang Hennepin, Avery Joe’s Pilsner and Iron Fist The Gauntlet.”
From Erik Huig at Barbara’s: St. Louis Gueze, Strand Black IPA, Stone Old Guardian barleywine, El Segundo Citra Pale Ale and Alesmith Anvil ESB.
On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment: Hangar 24 3rd Anniversary (Tart Belgian Blonde), Ladyface 2nd Anniversary (Belgian Quad), Ladyface Russian Lullaby, The Bruery Saison de Lente, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Blue House Citra Pale, Strand 24th St. Pale, Black Market Anglo-American Brown, Smog City XPA, Ballast Point Calico Amber, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, and Hangar 24 Helles Lager.
On Deck: Cismontane Oaked Dos Cone Es, Cismontane Classified Dopelsticke, Beachwood Brewing Rose Royce, Beachwood Brewing Alpha Master, and Eagle Rock Populist IPA.
City Sip LA is pouring the following: Ommegang Hennepin, Allagash Curieux, Black Market Brown, Great Divide Oak aged Yeti, Telegraph Rye XPA and Iron Fist Renegade Blonde.
From Jimmy Smith at the Little Tokyo bar: “Features on tap this week: Drakes Hopocalypse, Drakes Bourbon Barrel Aged Drakonic, Lost Abbey Deliverance, Bruery Berazzled, Ballast Point Sculpin, Beachwood Annihilator Barleywine and many others
Events: Tues Feb 28th – Anchor Our Barrel Ale-Deconstructed LA Exclusive Event, Anchor Our Barrel Ale, the three components: Old Foghorn, Liberty and Porter, along with Old Potero Rye Whiskey which were the barrels the final blend was aged in. Full flights of all five will be available.
Wed Feb 29th – Firestone Walker Sucuba Release: On Tap: Sucuba, Velvet Merkin (Barrel-aged Merlin), 805, Pale 31, Union Jack and Double Jack.”
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, & Anchor Brewing Porter. Craft beer “to go” also available at the Beer Chicks 8th Street Bottle Shop inside the bar.
From Andrew Kelley, “On tap: Saison Mihm – Allagash (Saison/Farmhouse Ale), Ephemere Apple – Unibroue (Belgian Witbier) and St. Feuillien Tripel.
On deck: Val Dieu Grand Cru (Belgian Strong Dark Ale), Three Philosophers – Ommegang (Quadrupel) and Hades – Great Divide (Belgian Strong Pale Ale).”
The latest on tap in Echo Park Beachwood BBQ and Brewing’s Rose Royce saison, Hangar 24 Amarillo pale, Stone Smoked Porter, Russian River Damnation and Ballast Point Fathom IPL. It is also still Allagash month at Mohawk Bend too!
From Alex Macy at Sunset: “Telegraph Brewery is here this Friday and founder/brewer Brian Thompson will be here! We’ll be pouring: California Ale, Stock Porter, Winter Ale, Rhinoceros, Los Padres (a new saison-esque beer they’ve been working on), Obscura Vieja, Obscura Arborea, and Obscura Cacao! And the No Joda’s truck will be here starting at 7pm.
Currently on tap: Lagunitas Pils, Golden Road Hefe, El Segundo Hyperion’s Stout, Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, Uinta Hop Notch, and Logsdon Seizoen Bretta. On deck: Allagash Saison Mihm, Cismontane Classified Doppelsticke, New Belgium La Folie.
Lots of new bottles this week! Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Double Dog, Anchorage Galaxy White IPA, Brouwerij West Tripel 9°, Cismontane Black’s Dawn (bottles!), De Proef Broederlijke Liefde, De Proef , Reinaert, Del Ducato Beersel Mattina (collaborative with Drie Fonteinen! VERY limited!!), Fox Barrel Ginger & Blackcurrant, Glazen, Toren Canaster Winterscotch, Jolly Pumpkin io Saison (very limited!), Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela (very limited!), and Schneider Aventinus vintage 2008.”