At first there was one and soon there will be four. The Stout Burgers & Beer brand from Alex Kagianaris, Charles Lew, and Marc Kreiner has expanded to Studio City, with Santa Monica and Pasadena coming online later, bringing more burgers and craft beer to the L.A. area.
The beer list will not get the beer snobs running but the point of having multiple locations is to bring more and more people into the craft beer fold and giving them a base of solid beers to build upon.
I recently visited the Studio City outpost and I came away more convinced that the craft beer ecosystem needs spots like this. We need comfortable as much as adventurous but primarily Los Angeles needs more and more craft beer friendly restaurants in each community.
You can get a fancy burger such as the Goombah that is made with Parmigiano flakes, smoked mozzarella, crispy prosciutto and lemon basil and check back in with beers that you may have not ordered in the past like a Sudwerk IPA or a hoppy offering from Firestone Walker. With this growing operation, Stout will hopefully become a thriving part of a thriving beer culture here. Along with spots like Congregation and Beachwood BBQ and Brewing which are more on the adventurous tip.
Your Beer of the Week is actually three and it is rolled up into the Homework assignment. Head to Far Bar in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown LA will be hosting a Deschutes Brewery Reserve Series 2012 Pouring on Monday, December 10th starting at 6pm.
The beers are: Black Butte XXIV (combining cocoa nibs and locally roasted coffee), The Abyss (A deep, dark Imperial Stout) and The Dissident (a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale). The first two sought after big beers will be on draft with a very limited amount of The Dissident pouring from the bottle. Because of that scarcity, The Dissident we’ll only be offered in a flight of all three, while the other two will be available by flight or individual pour. Jimmy Smith at Far Bar has procured other Deschutes beers as well so enjoy a night of Easter Oregon beer.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.