October 22 will be a great day for Anniversary Crashers. Why? Two of our growing legion of bottle shops/taprooms will celebrate their opening that day. Luckily they are not that far apart and will make for fun Saturday beer excursion.
We start with the newbie, Southland Beer, which will turn 1. The lovely little shop tucked away into the corner of a strip mall south of Wilshire on Western Avenue has had reliably strong tap lists from the get-go. Those that follow the weekly L.A. Beer Blast have seen them serving up all sorts of treats. You can also usually find cider on tap as well which is lovely. For those that need to get their beer home, they have a pair of coolers with a small variety of bombers and cans.
There will be T-shirt giveaways, a staff chili cookoff plus free cake! Here are some of the goodies that will be flowing:
- Barley Forge Brewing, a coffee version of The Patsy
- El Segundo Brewing Broken Skull IPA dry-hopped with Centennial and with basil added on cask
- Highland Park Brewery, Bonkers IPA
- Highland Park Brewery Our Lot, a hoppy mixed-culture saison
Move up Western and then hang a right onto Sunset to head to Echo Park where Sunset Beer Co. will be throwing a bash for their 5th year serving beer. Last year they brewed up a special beer with Eagle Rock Brewery, MorganMarzen, and the year before that, they collaborated with Monkish Brewing on their 3rd Anniversary beer.
This year they are going to break out a tap list that they describe as “pretty crazy. Local beers will be featured but look out for some whales from the likes of Allagash, the much heralded De Garde from coastal Oregon, Hair of the Dog from Portland, Oregon and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales from Columbia River Gorge, in (yes) Oregon. That is just for starters. They will sell tacos to pair with the beer as well!
Your Beer of the Week is brewed by Cellador Ales of North Hills. Yes, in Los Angeles. The new brewery “is a 100% oak-barrel fermented mixed-culture brewery and blendery focused on the creation of sour and wild beers.” Their ++Good Mosaic is a dry hopped wild ale that is quite tart while the aroma brings notes of citrus and earthiness to the mix. Look for their beers emblazoned with an artfully drawn eye at finer beer shops around town.
The Homework is to wonder why there are three beer places to be and only one you. On October 22, the first Lagunitas Beer Circus is also happening at their not-yet-done brewery complex in Azusa. Tickets for the afternoon event are $40 and will get you access to “live music, “freaktacular” entertainment and of course beer from Lagunitas and some local craft breweries.”
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.