Only 2 days remain until L.A. Beer Week descends upon the city with great independent craft beer. Here are my picks for where to go and what to drink over the event’s nine day duration. One for each day of the extended week. Excluding Saturday, since we will all be at the Kick-Off Festival.
Sunday, June 18 – MacLeod’s 3rd Anniversary
The cask ale (and more) celebration of three years in Van Nuys. [Next week, Food GPS talks to new brewer Dave Charney.]
Monday, June 19 – Beer Cocktail Hour
This is the perfect excuse to visit Smog City’s 2nd location at the Steelcraft food and beverage “pod” in Long Beach.
Tuesday, June 20 – Battle of the Bands
The annual musical accompaniment to the beers of L.A. as our local brewers get on stage and turn their amps to 11 at the Hi-Hat in Highland Park.
Wednesday, June 21 – Battle of the Guilds
Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach hosts this yearly beer battle between the brewers guilds of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Who will be victorious this year?
Thursday, June 22 – DTLA United Free Ride
Get bussed from one DTLA brewery to the next aboard L.A. Beer Hop. The easy way to visit the bustling brew scene.
Friday, June 23 – Sunbather Can Release
Angel City Brewery releases their 1st ever canned beer. It is the start of a single hop series. And it is a Sour IPA no less.
Saturday, June 24 – Bottle Logic Tap Take-Over
Mikkeller DTLA brings in the renowned Orange County brewery to fill their taps in their new space.
Sunday, June 25 – Beer and Donuts
The Craft Beer Cellar in Eagle Rock teams up with Donut Friend to pair up donuts with beer.
Obviously, the BEER OF THE WEEK is Unity 2017. This year’s beer was brewed at El Segundo Brewing with the able assistance of other members of the L.A. County Brewers Guild. The IPA was released Day One style on June 9 and it is sprightly on the tongue with a hint of citrus underneath the bitterness.
Your HOMEWORK for the week is to BBQ this summer. The best part? You don’t have to haul out a grill or do any of the work. Boomtown Brewery in DTLA will have Bartz BBQ on hand every Sunday during the summer months. Bartz will have their new trailer smoker parked and will be serving brisket, pulled pork, pork belly burnt ends, chicken sausage, pork sausage, pastrami, chicken, beef ribs, and pork ribs. The smell from the cooker is entrancing and the food pairs well with Boomtown’s classic styles.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.