There has been a lot of spilled ink about the board of MOCA here in Los Angeles but a much happier group convened last month as the Four Points LAX Beer Advisory Board met for the first time.
Our group includes Carter: a lone beer enthusiast in a family of non-beer drinkers; Tom: a BJCP-certified beer judge who travels the world looking for the best and freshest brews available; Yuki: a freelance writer who prefers a Californian IPA over any other craft beers; Dan: a Hollywood entertainment lawyer known to seek out new brews during his travels; Rich: a young Air Force veteran who has been stationed around the world and has tried craft brews in each location; Fred: a regular at Four Points by Sheraton LAX monthly beer appreciation nights; Curtis: who has made beer into his career as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server writing about beer art, the craft beer industry and homebrew topics on his website, HopHeadSaid; and Ira: who worked for many years in the same neighborhood as the hotel and plans to share his knowledge to help target nearby businesses.
During our reign as board members, we along with Celebrator writer Tomm Carroll and Phil Baxter and Justin Blake from the hotel will attempt to create an even better environment for beer drinkers to enjoy the best brews available.
Four Points is already an ardent supporter of the craft beer scene in L.A. They have hosted Dogfish Head and their bocce ball tournament, the Pacific Brewers cup was held there and they have monthly beer appreciation nights as well. Oh, and an outdoor pool bar with six quality taps to add to the 10 that are inside at Brewster’s Bar.
For a craft beer culture to really take root, a city or region needs a wide spectrum of beer and breweries and places to imbibe said beer in. What Four Points adds to the mix is the fact that you can spend the night there after sampling your beers. Los Angeles is obviously a heavily car dependent culture but there are times when you need to use either public transport or taxis or the option of just riding the elevator up to your room.
And a twist on that is how difficult it can be to get to our main airport. Why not spend the night close by, have a beer (or a flight) delivered to your room. (Yes, they do that!) Then grab a shuttle for a quick trip to the airport the next day?
Craft beer geeks need to take advantage of all the great locales we have to offer here in this city.
Your Beer of the Week comes all the way from Hood River. Logsdon Farmhouse Ales ales. Seizoen Bretta has been seen on tap and in bottles around town for awhile but it is a great dry beer with loads of complexity. It’s even bottle-conditioned with pear juice for natural carbonation. The big bottles are great to share with a group. Especially those people who say they prefer wine. And lucky L.A., we might get limited bottles of some new Logsdon beers this fall!
Your Homework this week is to prepare for BAM Fest. Yes, I know L.A. Beer Week is still alive and fresh in our minds but the Southland craft beer scene stands still for no one. There will be 35-plus breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks. All for $45.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.