Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Check out this Tap List:
2014 Bourbon County Vanilla
2014 Bourbon County Coffee
2013 Bourbon County Stout
2014 Bourbon County Stout
2013 Bourbon County Barleywine
2014 Bourbon County Barleywine
The Muddy Imperial Stout
Madame Rose Flanders Oud Bruin
Class of '88 Belgian Strong Pale Ale
The Illinois Double IPA
Festivity Brown Ale
Père Jacques Dubbel
Matilda Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Goose Island IPA
Bottles: 2013 Bourbon County Backyard Rye with Berries
That is not a bad gathering of beers if I say so myself. So come on out next Wednesday and drink some bad ass beers with LA's finest beer drinkers at the Surly Goat!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
As Los Angeles’ beer community continues to grow, AIGA LA will recognize those who are part of its roots with an experienced panel that’s ready to talk beer, batches and solid first drafts. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 12, from 7PM-9PM at Golden Road Brewing.
John Verive (Founder of Beer of Tomorrow, Certified Cicerone® and freelance writer for The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine and Beer Paper LA) will moderate Asif Ahmed (Art Director, Golden Road Brewing), Lee Bakofsky (Brewer and Packaging Manager, Eagle Rock Brewery) and Andrew Bakofsky (Marketing Manager and Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery) as they share their stories, experiences and insights into how LA’s most prominent beer brands were born and cultivated.
The ticket price includes one GRB beer unless you are a member of the AIGA. Then you get two...
Prices are as follows:
AIGA Members (Supporter) $20
AIGA Members (Contributor) $25
Monday, November 3, 2014
It's been a while since I've had time to post, but i can take a couple minutes out of my day for anything that supports the wounded warrior protect. What am I talking about? The opening reception for Bernie Wire's latest exhibit of photos in the Ramona Room at Mohawk Bend.
The Reception takes place Tuesday November 11th, from 5:30 -7:30. After the reception the party will continue in the bar until 9:30ish. There will also be a running slide show of hundreds of Bernie's photos from years past to the present.
This year’s exhibit titled “Drink the Beer You Love – Love the Beer You Drink” features images of hops, breweries, bottles and taps. This exhibit will have 10, 24x36 inch and one 36x36 inch prints on aluminum. This works by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets, which produces vibrant colors with an amazing luminescence.
The exhibit opens on Veterans Day and $100 from each print sold will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. I would like to encourage everyone to make a donation no matter what amount. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Thursday, September 25, 2014
For the last five years, LA beer week was all about the big finale at Union Station. It was the culminating event of the week and capped it off with a good amount of all the beers you could drink from around town and beyond.
This year with the stepping down of the former organizers, there was a gap for the beer week that the newly formed L.A. brewers guild willingly stepped in to fill.
They decided to depart from the previous format of an end of the week celebration at union station to a beginning of the week kick off in Chinatown. Still just a train ride away from union station, the event provided some much needed breathing room for all the brewers and attendees that the previous years did not. As an extra bonus, it was outdoors in the shade so everyone wasn't sweating their asses off!
All 25 members of the brewers guild were in attendance showing off their latest and greatest brews for the thirsty crowd. We're not big enough to have an L.A. only beer week, but we're getting there pretty quickly.
Some of my favorite brewers from the fest were:
Beachwood brewing co: Vulcanizer Collab with Drakes. A 7.1 abv west coast ipa.
Reverend Nats: This cider maker form Oregon brought the goods. They had an amazing fresh hopped apricot cider and a heavily hopped 10% Apple cider.
Highland park Brewery: My favorite from them so far was their Beer Spaceship. A somewhat lightly hyped session ipa
All in all, I'd have to say that this year was a significant improvement over last year's event. The organizers really worked hard to ensure that everyone would have a good, safe time. Cheers to them and Fran specifically for making it happen, cap'n!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Oh, in case you don't know, LA Beer Week is a series of beer related events that go from Sep 20-28 in the Los Angeles area. These events celebrate drinking local and partaking in the craft beer community. On to the events!
Sep 19th-30th The Coaster Show - While LABW officially starts the 20th, the last couple of years it has been kicked off a couple weeks earlier by the Coaster Show. This is a cool, art focused event where artists from all over LA come together to do their art on the coaster medium. If you don't have any idea what I'm talking about, check out more info here.
Sep 20th LA Beer Week kickoff - This is kind of a big deal. In the past, there has been the finale at union station to cap off LABW. This year, since the beer week is under new management, they decided to do a kick off event instead to get everyone in the beer week mood!
This event is unfortunately sold out as of yesterday, but I still had to mention it since it is where the party will be. If you have tickets already, I'll see you there!
Sep 21 ERB brewers brunch - If you happen to find yourself a little hungover after the kick off, you should definitely go get yourself some hair of the dog with Jeremy and crew at ERB on Sunday! Chef Jerry will be serving up some tasty goodies and ERB will be fully functional and ready to serve all the Unity you will need.
Sep 23rd Cask and ye shall receive - MacLeod Ale Brewing Co is putting on it's first cask specific event. There will be casks from several breweries, people talking about cask beer, and an all around good time. Make sure you get to this a little early. It is free and there is not that much room in the tap room.
Sep 24th Fullpint takes over the oinkster - The Oinkster Eagle Rock is hosting the super cool crew from The Full Pint. The Full Pint crew is picking their favorite Drafts and Bottled beers, and we will be offering a couple exclusive food items made especially for The Full Pint peeps.
Sep 25th Meeting of the guilds - Three of California's brewers guilds are meeting up at Mohawk bend and bringing some of their best beers in a tap take over. So basically the best beer from San Diego, LA, and San Francisco will be on tap. Do you really need to know more than that?
Sep 27th Walker's wild ride - Walker's Wild Ride has become somewhat of a tradition when it comes to cool beer things happening in LA. If you're not familiar, David Walker (of Firestone Walker fame) loads a bunch of kegs of really good FW beer into his Land Rover and drives around town with them. Making stops at all the bars where the children have been good. He's pretty much the Santa Claus of craft beer. Except more British.
Sep 28th Block party with smog city and monkish - To close out beer week, you may want to spend some time at the Glendale Tap. They are bringing you two of the best breweries in LA in a end of week tap takeover. Smog City always brings the goods and this gives people in LA a chance to try some of Torrance's finest representatives.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Using your everyday, regular beer coaster as the canvas, the Coaster show features over 1000 individual coaster size masterpieces. Ranging from a painting of a pug dressed as batman, to Christoper Walken, to some kind of industrial collage very reminiscent of warhammer 40k, you can find something that suits your taste if you want to take one of these home. Oh yeah, you can buy the coasters. I don't know if you want to use them to set your beer on though... Ranging from free (although I didn't see any with a free price tag) to $250, every one of the over 1000 pieces is for sale.
La Luz de Jesus is located at
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
If you have any questions or need to get in touch with someone about the event, Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667
Well, without further ado, check out some of the art that's on the walls after the jump
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
General admission tickets for the event are $8 with a $40 vip option available. While tickets don't get you any actual beers, you will be able to purchase a wristband to get five 4oz samples for $15 on site and purchase additional tasters for $3 a piece.
The gastropub inspired menu is available for purchase there on site and will include Smoked Barbequed Wings, Gourmet Sausage Hot Dogs with Grilled Onions and Peppers, Smoked Brisket Sandwich, Vegetarian Flatbread, and Bacon Flavored Popcorn.
The featured band will be Rumours - The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and other local bands including Strange Vine, Huxlee, The Get Down Boys, and Lacey Cowden.
This is kind of an interesting a la carte style beer event that you don't see too often. But you will definitely have it your way at the Local Brews, Local Grooves.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Warning! Incoming first world problems post!
I've come across a problem, you see...
Do you remember the excitement of sitting at a fancy beer bar or strolling through the aisles of your local bottle shop and marveling at the endless bounty of beer choices in front of you? Or the reckless abandon of going to your first beer fest and darting from booth to booth to try the latest and greatest rarity from that one brewery you don't get in your area? Or even that first sip from the first time you tracked down a bottle of something called "Pliny the Elder"... That one green label beer your "beer friend" told you about.
After a while, you're high on life and the beer scene. You have tasted plenty of whalez (brah), you've traveled to some of your favorite breweries and tasted their finest barrel aged offerings, and even finally grown a respectable beard. You're really in the flow of the beer scene. I mean you obviously have good taste in beer reading material since you're reading this.
Time goes on and eventually you don't want to go to every beer fest. You've tasted it all! Why drive another 45 minutes to a beer fest in bum Fuck nowhere when you can go to total wine and pick up your favorite six pack? (Or more. I never leave total wine with less than $100 of beer. It's my target.) Why Chase those whalez when there are almost 3000 brewies in the United states?
This is the crux of it. I'm at this point. What is a beer man to do? Where does he find fresh love for the beer arts? I still enjoy beer... A lot. I still want to go to beer fests sometimes. If anyone has any advice on how to proceed, please let me know.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO???
Brew at the Zoo is the answer to all your oddly specific needs. This Friday, August 8th from 7 pm to 11pm, you can wander around the zoo with a taster glass, some friends, and all the monkeys your heart desires. This year featuring 30 local breweries, music by three local bands -- Indian School, The Spazmatics and Jug or Nots Jug Band --, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, pub-style grub for purchase and visits to Zoo exhibits including Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve, LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), the new Rainforest of the Americas and more.
I've been to this event the last couple years and it really is fun. They also get some of the top notch breweries from around town to bring in the goods. You won't find barrel aged Sucaba here, but you will get a good taste of the flagships from all the breweries you've been meaning to visit but haven't had time to check out yet. It's like the super sampler pack of beer events. In addition it's a bit more fun cruising around the zoo and checking things out than it would be sitting elbow to elbow with some guy at the pub.
Check out some of the hits from the sweet ass brewery list: Alosta Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Beachwood Brewing, Bootlegger's Brewery, Brouwerij West , Eagle Rock Brewery, Fireman's Brew, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Golden Road, Goose Island Brewery, Heretic Brewing Company , Lagunitas Brewing Co., Pizza Port Brewing Co., Port Brewing & The Lost Abbey, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Tap It Brewing Co., and Trumer Pils.
This is a really cool event though. Especially once it gets a bit later and cools down. You can drink your beers and hang out away from the city lights or go up to the main area and ride the carousel. I know they have had problems with running out of beer in the past, but I'm assured everyone will have plenty to last until the event is over.
Tickets are on sale here for $45 pre-sale, $25 for DD tickets. Or $50 at the door if you're a late planner like me. We'll see you there!