It has been awhile since I have talked about the venerable Golden State, their great burgers and the Old Rasputin beer float. Before I could re-review the Fairfax establishment, owners Jason Bernstein and James Starr just opened a new place on La Brea Avenue with a L.A. BBQ hero, Kevin Bludso, his BBQ and Noah Galuten.
Beer and BBQ are a match made in heaven. It is a playground for the type of beers like browns and dopplebocks and maybe even a pilsner. You can match up a beer to the sweetness and caramelization of the meat or you can go carbonated to help clear the palate for the next round.
And the curated beer list at Bludso’s (plus cocktails too, including mint juleps on tap!) is specifically paired to the food Texas/Compton mix of BBQ goodies. There are slabs of pork ribs, smoked chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork and hot links. Sides on offer include mac ‘n’ cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, collard greens and corn bread. Oh and there are desserts as well.
This is another step in the right direction for the Los Angeles Craft beer scene. We need more restaurants serving the good stuff and making quality beer pairing decisions with their food.
Restaurants with street cred in L.A. from all culinary styles. Bernstein and Starr got us off on the right foot with The Golden State and now they are pushing us even further.
Your Beer of the Week is 001 1st Anniversary DIPA from the Brewery at Abigailes – “A hop lover’s dream, focused on hops. It starts with Magnum, Centennial, and Simcoe in the 120 minute boil, Simcoe, Centennial and Citra for the flavor and aroma hops, and is then dry-hopped two separate times with Simcoe, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, and Australian Galaxy. The finished hop profile is a mix of juicy, floral, citrus, peachy stone fruit, pine forest, and resin. 9.001% ABV, 100 IBUs.”
The craft beer Homework returns to Kickstarter and gives to LA AleWorks. Kickstarter is a haven for breweries looking to raise money for the expensive start-up costs that a new brewery incurs. And before you spend one dime, you can head to Beer Belly on the 23rd to try out LA AleWorks’ collaborative brew that John Rockwell + Kip Barnes created with the new Ohana Brewery. And once you tasted it and since Beer Belly has WiFi, you can donate before the glass is even empty.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.