The Southland is now in the eye of the storm that beer geeks call L.A. Beer Week. There are so many events, that the Beer of the Week remains the same (Unity 2011, a tamarind saison) and there will be no homework assignment.
Last week I gave you two options for each day and today I pick up where I left off.
Friday, October 14
Firestone-Walker Component Tasting at Blue Palms Brewhouse (Alternate – Lucky Devils)
For those who did not make the Firestone-Walker Deconstructed dinner on Wednesday, here is your chance to taste the beers that make up the 15th anniversary ale. If you are more of a fan of Lost Abbey beers then head to Lucky Devils to sample a few.
Saturday, October 15
L.A. Beer Float Showdown 3 (Alternate – Oktoberfest at Verdugo Bar)
Head over to Eagle Rock and have a taste of the sublime. Pairings of two of the best foods on earth. Beer and ice cream. Chefs partnered with brewers should bring out some creative mash-ups. Or if you want a SoCal spin on Oktoberfest, head to the lovely Verdugo Bar patio for some Germanic brews.
Sunday, October 16
Golden Road Brewing Grand Opening (Alternate – Beer Belly)
Want to take a peek at the Golden Road Brewing campus? Here is your chance. Get your tickets and taste Point the Way IPA and their Hefeweizen, if you haven’t already, plus a special fest-only release. Or head to Beer Belly and meet the beers of TAPS (including some unique styles) and brewmaster Victor Novak too.
Monday, October 17
Beerscribes @ Four Points by Sheraton LAX (Alternate – Library Alehouse)
Blatant plug alert. I will be on the panel for BeerScribes talking about writing about the world of craft beer. Even if I wasn’t on the panel, this is a different type of beer week event and one that I hope there are more of in the future. Or you can head to Library Alehouse and try some organic beers from Bison Brewing.
Tuesday, October 18
Vintage Stouts at Boneyard Bistro (Alternate – The Bottle Room)
Another unique event is the vertical tasting at Boneyard Bistro. Three different vintages of Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues and three different years of Stone’s Imperial Russian Stouts. Oh and some other big, big beers as well. And over at The Bottle Room, you can be treated to a beer dinner featuring Avery beers. Tickets for Tony’s dinners go fast so get one quickly.
Wednesday, October 19
Kern River at Blue Palms Brewhouse (Alternate – Mohawk Bend)
Kern River Brewing will be making many stops around LA. And their beers are not to be missed. If they bring Citra grab it! If you like riddles then head over to Mohawk Bend and use your mind to earn your beers. After a couple Stone brews though, you may find the riddles to be harder.
Thursday, October 20
Local Breweries at Naja’s Place (Alternate – BLD)
This was one of the nights that I circled first. Even before the kick-off party. A who’s who of local beer. Strand, Smog City, El Segundo, The Bruery, Cismontane, Golden Road, all in one spot. But if you like oysters, then you will be at BLD for Craftsman Oyster Stout and oysters. These two have been paired before beer pairings were cool.
Next week Brew & You returns to the familiar format while still highlighting the final flurry of events leading to the finale at Union Station on Sunday the 23rd.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.