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A special on The Cooking Channel starring The Beer Chicks – Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune – airs Sunday March 4th! “They travel to New Orleans to taste local craft beer, go shrimpin’, eat fantastic food and down some artisanal cocktails, then return to LA where Food GPS’ Beer Float Showdown is underway. They team up with Chef Ilan Hall of The Gorbals and Jonathan Porter of Smog City Brewing. Watch the competition go down at Eagle Rock Brewery featuring local chefs and brewers!”
The premier air date of the special is March 4th at 8 pm on The Cooking Channel. Here’s the airing schedule for the show.
Brew & You
This week in Brew & You: A red carpet of beer, a Texas sized collaboration and a new homework assignment to complete in a post titled Oscar Worthy Beer.
Orange County native Kevin Clark relocated north and attended Cal State University, Monterey Bay. He got hooked on homebrew, attended Chicago’s beer-intensive Siebel Institute of Technology, and worked for Peter Lichet in San Jose, at both Tied House and Hermitage Brewing. Clark moved to Monterey to take the #2 role with Peter B’s Brewpub. The city’s only craft brewery resides on the bay-side of downtown’s Portola Hotel & Spa and refers to hotel owner Peter Bidstrup. In 2010, Clark took control of Peter B’s seven-barrel brewhouse. He immediately started diversifying the beer program, which now includes barrel aging and cask ales. Click Here to Learn More
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 Black Diamond Rampage, Firestone-Walker Unfiltered DBA, Victory Prima Pils, Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, Firestone-Walker Pale 31, North Coast Red Seal, New Belgium’s Biere de Mars and hefeweizen and brown from Black Market Brewing.
From Andrew Kelley, “On tap: CoCoNut Porter – Maui (American Porter), Old Guardian – Stone (American Barleywine) and Black Xantus – Nectar Ales (Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout).
On deck: Winterbraun – Lost Coast (American Porter), Hopocalypse – Drake’s (Imperial IPA) and Fathom – Ballast Point (India Pale Lager).”
Bangers & Smashed will be serving sausages and gourmet mashed potatoes (vegan options too) at the The Surly Goat on St. Patrick’s Day, Sat 3/17 5PM on.
Beaches – North
From Alex P. Davis at the Library, “Right now I have Knee Deep White Double IPA and Citra Extra Pale Ale, Strand 24th Street Pale and Atticus IPA, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Bear Republic Red Rocket, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Dogfish Head Tweason’Ale (Gluten Free), Stone Ruination, Drake’s Hopocalypse, Moylan’s Hopsickle, Maui Big Swell IPA, Avery IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Green Flash Le Freak, Bruery Saison de Lente, and Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge.
On deck I have Russian River Blind Pig, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean, Stone TBA, Allagash Saison Mihm, New Belgium Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole, Beachwood Dominator IPA, Ladyface IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin, El Segundo White Dog and Smog City Hoptonic IPA.”
Check the Library Alehouse Facebook page for updates.
This week’s featured beers at West 4th and Jane include Sam Adams Alpine Spring, Port F.N.G. pale ale, Rogue Hazelnut, Abita Turbodog, Chimay White and Goose Island Matilda among others.
Beaches – South
Beachwood chef-owner Gabe Gordon currently features Caracole Saxo, Allagash Saison Mihm, J.W. Lees’s Moonraker, St. Bernardus Tripel and Beachwood’s Rose Royce in Seal Beach. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
Adam Aro reports, “Well, I have finalized the details for my Russian River beer dinner on March 7th. $75 for 5 courses of food from Chef Amber Caudle to pair with 5 Russian River beers: Redemption, Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, and Consecration. I know-exciting! Reserve early as seats are going quickly. Also on draft now are some gems like Brewdog Tokyo, Mountain Goat Pale, Craftsman El Prieto dark sour, and Ballast Point Victory at Sea coffee porter. Come and get em.”
From David Perez at the new Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach, “This Week’s Beers at Select Beer Store – Erdinger Weissbier Konig German Pilsner, North Coast Brewery’s le Merle, Nautical Nut Brown by Ale Smith, Popering Hommel Ale , BPA (Belgian Pale Ale) by Ommegang, Hangar 24 Altbier, Ale Smith IPA, El Segundo Brewing White Dog Wheat IPA, Anchor Bock, Abby Grand Cru From New Belgium, Oscar Blues 10/Fiddy on nitro and We Have Over 300 Bottles That are available to go, or can be opened and enjoyed on site.
Official Grand Opening Saturday March 10, 2012 our Taps will be Taken over by Southland Breweries – Strand Brewing, El Segundo Brewery, Craftsman Brewery, Eagle Rock Brewery, Smog City brewing, Tustin Brewery, The Bruery, Bootleggers Brewery and more to come.”
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 Drakes 1500 pale, Craftsman Scotch Isle, Rodenbach Grand Cru and many Epic Beers from Utah like Big Bad Baptist and Brainless on Peaches. Track changes to Beachwood BBQ’s 24-tap menu via Hop Cam.
“Tap choices include Oskar Blue’s Dale’s pale ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA and Banhof Porticus. Also, CEO and Co-Founder of Stone Greg Koch will be gracing the halls of our Long Beach Chapter this Sunday afternoon!
CAH Long Beach Chapter will be pouring: Bear Republic/ Fathead’s/ Stone TBA (Texas Brown Ale), The Alchemist/ Ninkasi/ Stone More Brown than Black IPA, Dry Hopped Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA with Espresso, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean, Stone Imperial Russian Stout and a few other surprises on Sunday.”
Downtown & Downtown adjacent
According to Echo Park bar owner Elizabeth Fischbach, “Here’s what we are serving on tap this week: Grand Teton 5 O’Clock Shadow, AleSmith Grand Cru, Great Divide Nomad Pilsner, and Black Market Rye IPA. Tonight please join us for a tamale happy hour, from 6-8pm, followed by and Old Time open Jam.”
From Erik Huig at Barbara’s: Strand Black IPA, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing’s Alpha Master pale, Avery’s The Czar, High Water Aphotic and Stone’s Old Guardian.
On tap at Jimmy and Yume Han’s Koreatown establishment: Cismontane Oaked Dos Cone Es, Ladyface Russian Lullaby, Hangar 24 Winter Warmer, Beachwood Brewing Rose Royce, Surf Brewery Surf Black IPA, Black Market Anglo-American Brown, TAPS Dopplebock, Craftsman Heavenly Hef, Eagle Rock Solidarity, Craftsman Poppyfields, TAPS Cali Gold XPA, and Brouwerij West Blond.
On Deck: Beachwood Brewing Alpha Master, Smog City Hoptonic, Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter, El Segundo White Dog, Eagle Rock Populist, Cismontane Classified Dopplesticke, Stone Dry-Hopped Arrogant Bastard, Golden Road Brewing Get Offa That Brown, and New Belgium Valentine’s Ale.
City Sip LA is pouring the following: “New Beer, New Beer, New Beer! NOMAD, A Bohemian Pilsner…Seasonal from Great Divide….March is the last month to drink up till Jan 2013! $4 for Happy Hour!”
From Jimmy Smith at the Little Tokyo bar: “Features as of this afternoon: Drakes Hopocalypse, Drakes Bourbon Barrel Aged Drakonic, Kern River 5th Anniversary , Bruery Berazzled, Ballast Point Sea Monster and Big Eye, Ladyface 2nd Anniversary and Russian Lullaby, Firestone Sucaba, Double Jack, Pale 31, Union Jack, 805 and Velvet Merkin, Anchor Our Barrel Ale, Cismontane Dos Cones, Bootleggers Black Phoenix, Allagash Saison Mihm, and many others.”
Lauren reports, “March 12th at 7pm, Tom Kelley of El Segundo Brewing is hosting Beer Society at the Gopher. There is no charge for this tasting. To RSVP please e-mail your name and number of guests to: [email protected]
Currently on draught at this DTLA luxe lounge are Craftsman 1903, Brouwerij West 5 Blond, Oskar Blue’s Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Bootlegger’s Golden Chaos, Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix, Bootlegger’s Old Wrld Hefeweizen, Cismontane Citizen Common, Cismontane Black’s Dawn, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Allagash White, Allagash Black, 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.” Their new TV show “Eat This, Drink That” premiers this Sunday on The Cooking Channel. If you were invited to the premier party at the Gopher, they have some awesome drafts we’ll be serving you! Craft beer “to go” also available at the Beer Chicks 8th Street Bottle Shop inside the bar.”
From Andrew Kelley, “On tap: Nostradamus – Caracole (Dubbel), Monk’s Stout – Dupont (Belgian Stout) and Three Philosophers – Ommegang (Quadrupel).
On deck: Houblon Chouffe – Achouffe (Belgian IPA), La Folie – New Belgium (Flanders Red Ale) and Hennepin – Ommegang (Saison).”
From beer champion Paige Reilly, “Epic Brewing makes its Los Angeles debut tonight and for the rest of the month of March. Also on tap, Golden Road hefeweizen, Anderson Valley Barney Flats oatmeal stout and Moylan’s kiltlifter, to name a few.”
From Alex Macy at Sunset, “Matt from Ballast Point will be here to talk about their beers, and he’s bringing a bunch of fun stuff. We’ll be pouring their Pale Ale, Big Eye IPA, Sculpin IPA, San Salvador Saison, Barmy Ale, Victory at Sea. And we got our hands on a limited amount of bottles that we’ll have for sale, including: Sculpin 6-packs, Sea Monster, and Victory at Sea! And the always awesome Mandoline Grill truck will be parked out front, starting at 7pm.
Currently on tap: Mission Blonde Ale, Logsdon Seizoen Bretta, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA (a bit of a preview for Friday), Telegraph Rhinoceros, Telegraph Stock Porter, and Telegraph Winter Ale. And on deck is: Allagash Saison Mihm, Golden Road Get up Offa the Brown, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout.
New bottles: Ballast Point Sea Monster, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Big Sky Moose Drool, Dogfish Head Tweason’ale (drinkable gluten-free beer!?!), Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2011, Left Coast Hop Juice, New Belgium Dig, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Rodenbach, Stone/Bear Republic/Fathead TBA, Uinta XVII Anniversary Barley Wine, Ventura’s Surf Mondo’s Cream Ale, Ventura’s Surf County Line Rye, Ventura’s Surf Surf Patrol Black IPA and we got some more bottles of Eagle Rock Deuce and Lagunitas Imperial Red!”