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!
Monday, July 28, 2014
|Make sure to follow this motto while in San Dimas and always|
Tickets are on sale now for this snazzy event. You can pick them up here. They have several levels of tickets, as is common nowadays, which include: A VIP Early Bird Experience; The Craft Beer Heaven Ticket; and The Designated Driver Ticket.
· VIP Early Bird Experience - $70 - This exclusive (limited to 300 tickets) VIP experience is ideal for the true hardcore Craft Beer fans. The VIP experience will take place an hour prior to the gates opening to the general admission ticket holders. Take advantage of this great opportunity to taste signature and seasonal beers from participating breweries and a chance to meet the brewers and representatives themselves! VIP tickets include: Access inside the CBF gates an hour early; samples of reserve and specialty brews from participating breweries; (1) CBF souvenir pint glass; access to the street taco bar (taco bar hours 11:20 am-12:20pm; and (1) bottled water. The VIP pouring is from 11:30 to 12:30.
· Craft Beer Heaven Ticket - $45 - This is the perfect ticket for individuals who are looking to expand their mind and educate themselves on new and old styles of craft beer. The Craft Beer Heaven ticket includes: (1) CBF souvenir tasting cup, samples of Craft Beer, live music and bikini bocce ball!
· Designated Driver Ticket - $25 - The ideal ticket for non-drinkers who still want to go to CBF to hang out with friends and family and/or those responsible for getting everyone home safe. The Designated Driver ticket includes: entrance to the festival, (1) free meal from any food vendor inside the festival, (1) bottled water, live music and entertainment.
Also, for the few readers who made it to the end of the post, make sure to watch the facebook this week as I will be giving away a pair of tickets to the event!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
For this event we wanted to try focusing on pairing games and beer. We paired Playroom Entertainment with the LAAW Lievre Saison. Playroom is famous for their Killer Bunny series of games, so we figured the light, summery saison would pair well with the light hearted nature of the killer bunny games. The saison has a somewhat beastly 7% abv to help smooth out any qualms people might have had about bashing innocent bunnies. It also helps that Lievre is french for Hare so the pairing wasn't that hard to come up with.
We also featured AEG and local hometown heroes, Eagle Rock Brewery! Jeremy Raub himself brought us a special beer called LOU which is made with a blend of hops selected by the Ales for ALS charity. It's a hoppy american brown ale, which is the first time I can ever remember hearing those words together. I'm not a huge brown fan, but the hop mix in this beer was enough to get me sold on this as a great beer. Also, a dollar from any and all sales of the LOU beer is donated to ALS research. We paired them with AEG so that people could taste a brand new beer alongside a brand new game that at the time had not been released, Seventh Hero.
In addition to the kegs I mentioned above, we also brewed two special casks for the event. Kip prepared the Lievre with Kumquats and Lemoncito. This added a citrusy taste and kicked the refreshment factor up ten notches.
|Bo Tapping the Saison with Dan from Playroom on the assist|
|I got to tap it with some AEG help!|
All in all, it seemed like everyone had a great time and really enjoyed the cask beers. We really enjoyed having everyone there and hope to see you all again for the next one which is tentatively in late September or early October. Cheers!
|Cheers from the BBG crew! And Andrew...|
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
|Saint Archer was ready for a crowd...|
If you are an avid reader of LA Beer Blog, you may have noticed that I am really down with canning, cans and can news. I like beers in cans. They are both better for the environment and better for the beer. It's just science. So when I heard that a one year old brewery was making it a priority to put their beer in cans, I had to find out what that was about.
I spoke with their director of marketing (Adam Renfree) about the aggressive canning operation and he said that the reason they chose cans is simple. It fit their (Saint Archer's) way of life. The Saint Archer community is full of surfers. skateboarders, hikers and people who are active and who want to have a beer after they bust their asses. It's just not feasible to carry a bunch of bottles with them. Cans on the other hand, don't break and can be crushed after you drink them. I really respect this line of thinking from a business. It's a practical solution to a common problem I have while camping and hiking!
|Cans waiting for tasty Pale Ale!|
|...They got one!|
All in all, the brewery is a cool place and they are growing by leaps and bounds. Their cans are distributed all over SoCal. From Mexico to SLO. With plans to expand through California until they are in every neighborhood store. They have already increased their initial barrel capacity tenfold to meet the demand and in one year of operation surpassed their five year plan. Currently they are producing 2000 barrels a month just to meet demand! I gotta say, this brewery is going places with the easy drinking crowd.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
|The little spree|
All of Macleod's beers will be served cask conditioned. Cask Ales are unfiltered and unpasteurized during the brew. Then they are served from a cask without additional forced carbonation. This leads to a less carbonated mouthfeel.
What I really want to talk about is their grand opening this weekend on the 22nd! They have had an overwhelming response to the open invitation so they have decided to put tickets on sale for a couple two hour blocks which you can check out here. The tickets are $15 and you get 5 drink tickets which you can redeem for a half pint or trade in 2 for an imperial pint. There will also be a couple food trucks on site in case you get hungry after 5 beers. (Craig and I will be at the noon to two slot if you wanna come say hi)
|Drinking in action!|
Here's a look at the beers they will have on tap:
The Little Spree [Yorkshire Pale Ale] - There is nothing quite like beer from Yorkshire, England, whose breweries have exceptional water sources. Yorkshire breweries create ‘mellow’ beer of unrivaled quaffability. Los Angeles water is not Yorkshire water by a long-shot, but it is part of the challenge of brewing beer in this city. The Little Spree aims to bring a fresh and unfiltered Yorkshire pale ale to LA.
This is a deceptively simple recipe, relying on quality raw ingredients and excellent yeast health for a clean beer without flaws. One malt and three hops makes for an approachable, refreshing beer that can still be enjoyed for its delicate complex flavors. An ode to a wonderful base malt, Golden Promise, and classic European hop varieties.
The Session Gap [Ordinary Bitter] – Pub bitters are rare in the US apart from bland, filtered, and pasteurized Boddingtons. Bitter really comes into its own when served at its peak in cask. It is a straightforward yet lovely beer, and its subtlety is often misunderstood. Not to mention the confusion of bitter/bitterness. It is reasonably assumed that a beer style named ‘bitter’ would have ‘bitterness’ or heavy hopping as primary attributes, but such is not the case as hops and malt play equal parts. However, there are years and years boosting the resilience of this misnomer, meaning we will just have to live with the contradiction.
The recipe for the Session Gap uses just a few specialty malts to create a rounded grain profile. The hops are common English varieties for that floral, wood, and earth character that is the cornerstone of the bitter style. Just enough hops to peak over the hedge of malt.
The King’s Taxes [Scottish 60/-] - The shilling system, as a means of differentiating ales, originates from the wholesale cost of a Scottish hogshead cask. Shilling designations corresponded with the original gravity of the wort, and has differed throughout history and from brewery to brewery . MacLeod’s 60/- equates to an OG of 1.047 as per the Wm. Younger brewing archive of 1868
The King’s Taxes 60/- bridges between old and new interpretations of Scottish ales. The recipe uses a decent amount of proper cane sugar-based invert sugar syrup, equivalent to Brewer’s No. 2 invert. It lends a clean maple syrup to caramel-sweet note, not achievable with beet sugar inverts (i.e. Belgian candi sugar). Inspite of this one old-timey ingredient, an extended boil is avoided by using dark specialty malts for color and a bit of toastiness to keep the invert flavor in check. Hopping is minimal; this beer is all about the flavors gleaned from the malt and sugar.
Jackie Tar [Best Stout] - ‘Brown Stout’ means a lot of things throughout brewing history as beer styles are always adapting to changes in ingredients, brewer preferences, taxation, and technological developments. Porter and other dark English beer styles likely originate from brown stouts. The style, or at least the style name, is having a tiny resurgence probably due to interest in making dark ale other than imperial stouts and Guinness Draught clones.
Born from historical recipes, Jackie Tar was reworked to accommodate modern ingredients and methods. The core of Jackie Tar is a strong roast malt character, and from there working back to build an appropriate spectrum of flavor. Although hopping is medium-low, two late hop additions add nuance to the finish.
And if you can't make it Sunday, you can check them out here during the following hours:
14741 Calvert Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Hours 5-10 Wednesday-Friday
|...and fancy gentleman pouring beer!|