Tap Takeovers


Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Night at City Tavern Culver City

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Next Thursday July 24th City Tavern Culver City will host the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Pint Night. If you’re a fan of Sierra Nevada, I highly recommend attending this event at City Tavern Culver City. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America is a collaborative journey with 12 breweries across America. For beer lovers such as myself, it will be interesting to taste the variety. Take the journey with Sierra Nevada across America one pint at a time! Hope to see you there!

Visit the website city tavern.com for directions and their telephone number. I also recommend making reservations so give them a call.

Cheers!
Brewja

Powered By Firestone Walker

Last Thursday 5/29, my political science professor informed us that we would not have the luxury of using our books or notes for the final exam today. With that said, I cancelled all social activities I had planned for my weekend to prepare. By the time Wednesday came along I was burnt out. I needed a release and needed one soon because I could not squeeze any more Civil Liberties and Civil Rights discussions in my head. Luckily for me, one of my favorite local hot spots, Beer Belly LA, was hosting a Firestone Walker event last night.

After reading all the reviews from the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival last weekend, I was craving to have a similar experience. Knowing I had the morning before my final off, I decided to go to Beer Belly LA for a much needed break in my studies. I started off with Firestone Walker’s Pale Ale 31 fw-paleale31 a 4.9% abv California style pale ale. With all this political history fresh in my brain, it was only natural that I choose a California style pale ale. A tribute to California being the 31st state to be added to the union, Pale Ale 31 fittingly represents everything about California. It is a light beer, subtle on the hops with a fresh, crisp finish. It is California weather in a bottle all year round!

With the amazing selection of Firestone Walker beers on tap, I wanted to try something I have not tried before. I stepped it up and went with the Stickee Monkee. fw-stickeemonkee
Firestone Walker refers to the Stickee Monkee, at 13.4% abv as a Central Coast Quad, which is, a Belgian style quad by recipe but aged in spirit barrels. For me, immediately present was the full body texture of the beer with a sweet, sugar and bourbon flavor. It was just what I needed to relax my tightly wound brain.

I chose to end my evening with something in the middle. Not too light and definitely nothing strong. From the chalkboard menu Beer Belly presented I went with Opal.
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A dry hopped Saison at 7.5%, at first sip all I could taste was spice with a nice dry finish. Not as fruity as the other Saison’s I have tried however, there was a sweet subtlety to it.

As my evening came to an end, I had a conversation with Jordon and Cindy, two patrons I met at Beer Belly LA. In our conversation, Jordan and Cindy mentioned they spent the day at different restaurants sampling wine as is their job. Both seemed very happy to end their day of restaurant and wine hopping with a nice cold beer in hand. What better way to end the day, whether it was cramming for a final, crunching numbers, or wine tasting all day, than with a nice refreshing beer like Firestone Walker’s Opal.

Cheers!
Brewja

Updated April Events

As mentioned, here is a list of upcoming events for April.

For those of us not attending Viva Las Vegas or Coachella this year, here are a few beer events for this weekend.

April 19th – Art District Clean Up in Downtown LA. Help Angel City Brewery clean up the neighborhood and enjoy some food and beer in the afternoon. From 12pm-3pm and visit Angel City Brewery at angelcitybrewery.com

Taste of Brews Inland Empire at Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona. More than 40 breweries will be attending. I highly recommend getting your tickets before the event to avoid any line hassles. If you have someone in your party that is willing to be a designated driver, Taste of Brews offers a specially priced ticket just for them. Visit tasteofbrews.com for the deets!

***Recommended*** LA Foodie’s Float Trip at Angel City Brewery. If you’ve never had a beer float, this is the event to try it. A beer float is just what it sounds like, an ice cream float made with beer. Not just any ice cream, locally produced ice cream with a locally produced craft beer. Having a beer float is something every beer lover should do whenever possible! This event will take place at Angel City Brewery in Downtown LA from 4pm – 7pm.

April 23- ***Recommended*** Beer Belly LA in my new hometown area of Koreatown or “Ktown”, is one of my favorite places to indulge on both food and drink. Once a month, Beer Belly will host a brewery for an event they call “One Night Stand”. Their taps are taken over by a featured brewery and this month’s O.N.S. is with Mother Earth Brewery. Visit the beer belly event page at beerbellyla.com

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April 24 – The Dudes’ Brewing Cask Tapping at Kings Row Pub in Pasadena. Beers on Cask are beers in barrels. To release a beer on cask is pretty much like having it as fresh as possible. I would compare it to eating an ice cream sundae with a wooden spoon as opposed to a metal spoon. The beer in a cask takes your taste buds for a ride. Visit kingsrowpub.com for further detail

April 26 – Bootlegger’s Brewery 6th Anniversary Celebration. Bootlegger’s Brewery has been one of my favorite places to get beer. This is one ticket in which you get more bang for your buck as opposed to other beer festivals. boot Tickets are still available though I don’t know for how long. Visit bootleggersbrewery.com for ticket purchasing info.

April 27 – Atwater Village Beer, Wine and Food Festival at Link N Hops. This ticket is a little more than the average beer festival ticket but for unlimited tasters, it’s worth it. atwater Visit the site for info on price and ticket purchase.

April 27 – 1st Annual Brewfest of the Foothills at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena. Congregation Ale House is a place that has an amazing selection of beer and such great burgers! I would imagine any event with “1st Annual” to it’s name is going to be a blast! The ticket prices are reasonable $25 presale $30 at the door, and tickets can be purchased at Congregation Ale House Chapters (Pasadena, Long Beach, Azusa). The plus side, it’s walking distance to the Metro Gold Line!!!

This rounds up the month of April. I will try my best to continuously update the events page as I hear about them. There are so many great beer events happening that I’m not sure just yet which one I will be attending. If you happen to see me at any of these events be sure to say hello and have a drink with me! Hope to see you soon!

Cheers!
Brewja

Upcoming Events for April 2014

The following is a list of events happening around the LA area throughout April and will be updated if new events are found.

Wednesday April 9 – City Tavern Culver City Pint Night with Bootlegger’s Brewery.
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Thursday April 10 – Ommegang Game of Thrones Tap Takeover @ Sunset Beer Company in Echo Park. Bar opens at 4pm. Check out their website for directions and more. sunsetbeerco.com

Saturday April 12 – The Last Grilled Cheese Invitational in Downtown LA featuring a Beer Garden sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. Tickets are $15.00 and are still available through their website. This event is all ages though, must be 21yrs+ to visit the Beer Garden. Visit the website for more info. grilledcheeseinvitational.com

Wednesday April 16 – Women’s Beer Forum at Eagle Rock Brewery featuring a discussion on Farmhouse Style Ales. The Women’s Beer Forum is one of my favorite monthly events to attend and highly recommend it. Visit the site and rsvp soon as there is only a limited amount of seats available eaglerockbrewery.com

Thursday April 17 – Sourfest at Little Bear in Downtown LA IMG_50099083153764

Saturday April 19 – Angry PINK BOOTS Bunny Fundraiser at City Tavern Culver City
Angry Horse, an all female brewing team, present their International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day beer United Pale Ale. Their will be raffles and a chance to meet these fantastic ladies from Angry Horse as well as the Global Event Organizer Denise Ratfield. Visit the facebook page of City Tavern Culver City for more event details and join the event! Hope to see some of my fantastic lady friends there! IMG_50908843291038

If you know of any other events happening this month, shoot me a message and i’ll add it to this great list of events. If you see me at any of these events, be sure to say hello and share a drink with me!

Cheers,
Brewja

The Dudes’ Brewing Company @ Pitfire Pizza DTLA

The Dudes' Brewery Juicebox Series: Blood Orange, 7.2% ABV

The Dudes’ Brewery Juicebox Series: Blood Orange, 7.2% ABV

The great thing about Downtown LA’s obsession with craft beer is that, restaurants are switching their regular corporate handles and turning them into rotating local craft selections. The result, a lively change to choosing a beer and also, celebrating the local craft breweries by showcasing their beers in various events. One local place, Pitfire Pizza, hosts $2.00 pint nights featuring a selected craft beer. Last Thursday 1/16/14, Pitfire Pizza hosted The Dudes’ Brewery from Torrance, Ca. I met a few of my beer drinking dudettes there and we were able to try everything on the menu. My favorite, featured in the picture of The Dudes’ cool glass, was the Juicebox Series: Blood Orange. Made with vanilla bean and cacao nibs at 7.2% abv, those ingredients blend melodiously to bring a delightfully sweet and creamy taste. The blood orange didn’t really play on my palate, though, I suspect it is because I have never had a blood orange before and don’t know what taste to look for. Still, what is so cool about this beer was the labor of love that went into it. I can’t imagine how long it took to hand juice and zest every blood orange. Nor can I imagine how many blood oranges it took to make this delicious beer.

I visited their website in hopes to also, visit their taproom, and found that it is not open yet. I have had most of their selections, however, having it fresh may bring a whole different experience. It would be like milk straight from a cow, it’s fresh and with beer, the flavors of the ingredients are more powerful on the palate. I also firmly believe that, the ambience of a place, the people, and their patrons, make the experience. Why not enjoy a pint, with other dudes and dudettes who love beer?! Lastly, like most of the local breweries I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, The Dudes’ Brewing Company has a passion for what they do and it shows with every pour. I highly recommend to anyone that reads this, to try The Dudes, especially their Juicebox Series!

Cheers,
Brewja

My Summer Beer Adventures Pt. 1

When I think of summer, I think of several different things. I think of summer concerts, movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Exposition Park, summer romances or flings if that’s your style, family bbq’s and good beer! For me, this summer was filled with many of those adventures and more. The following blog entry is a recap of how I spent my summer.

June

The first few weeks of June, I spent them preparing for a 10k plus a half marathon I had coming up in September over the Labor Day Weekend. Consequently, training for such an endeavor requires much dedication to the running program and less to the social program. Still, there was one event I could not miss, the Women’s Beer Forum at Eagle Rock Brewery.
The topic of discussion was Wheat beers and I am so glad I attended. I invited my friend Dolores aka Eastside Chela to join me since Wheat beers are one of her favorites styles of beers. An impressive flight list and an informative discussion, my favorites were the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel and the Bootlegger’s Brewery Wildfire Wheat. The Dunkel, a dark version of a wheat beer, had a wonderful taste of cloves and caramel. In our discussion, Ting Su, host and co-owner, mentioned that the flavors of this amazing beer come from the fermentation process. After learning this, my appreciation for these styles of beers deepened.

Wildfire Wheat from Bootlegger’s Brewery was a whole different blast of flavor. As mentioned, when I think of summer, I think outdoor bbq’s. Wildfire Wheat from Bootlegger’s Brewery was a smokey goodness that made my palate think it was at a family bbq. Between the notes of the cloves and the smoke, it was as if I was drinking a beer and eating something with bacon. In the not so distant future, I pick up this gem of a beer for a picnic I prepared and enjoyed it with some Ranch Style Potato Salad. All the flavors of the smoke and the taste of bacon from the potato salad had my palate in smokey heaven. Summer was off to a good start.

July

In July, I stepped out of my comfort zone with many things in my life one of which was beer. I tried my first homebrew and went on a first date after a long hiatus from the dating world. I enjoyed my first one night stand, and attended my first tap-takeover at City Tavern Culver City. All of these events were significant in placing me where I am today, blogging about beer. The original concept for a beer blog was my friend Ellie’s idea and I signed up to be one of her writers along with my friend Dolores. I was just excited to be writing outside of school, moreover, about something I loved, beer. I immediately started doing some research and signed up last November for any upcoming events with local breweries.

I met my friend Victor in January at Golden Road Brewery’s Winter Situation. Victor’s name along with a few others won a special drawing for a bag of hops provided by Golden Road Brewery. These select winners were chosen to brew with the Golden Road hops for a chance to have their beer submitted into the Pro Am competition. From those hops, Victor made an amazing dry-hopped Belgian Style Wit bier that was inspired by Deschutes Chain breaker with more of a Belgian interpretation than American. I actually shared the bottle he gave me with my boss and a few coworkers while working late one evening. We were all very impressed with the flavors that presented themselves. Crisp, refreshing; with a citrusy taste that lingered beautifully on the palate. It was hard to believe this beer was a homebrew because all of those flavors, one would think it was something that had been done and bottled for years. Victor’s beer made it to the final round, though; Golden Road Brewery went with a different style. Even so, that homebrew left a lasting impression.

I took the summer off from college so that I had time to continue my half marathon training without the daily stresses of homework, pop quizzes, mid-terms and finals. Since I had so much time, I thought it would be a perfect time to start writing down ideas for the blog and attending as many events as possible for material. I even incorporated my upcoming date with a guy to meet me at City Tavern in Culver City because I had heard they had an excellent selection of craft beer and an amazing grilled cheese. It was my best idea yet because nothing takes the edge off first date jitters like a good craft beer and some grilled cheese. My date Tony wasn’t much of a beer drinker, he was more into spirits. That was until he met me. As soon as we sat down at the table, I reached for the beer list and quickly scanned the menu. From their tap list, two beers immediately caught my eye; Ballast Point Thai Chili Lime Wheat and LA Ale Works Karma Kolsch. The waitress came to take our order and I asked for the Ballast Point Thai Chili Lime to start. She recommended I get the taster size which is a 4oz serving because of its powerful spicy kick. I thought carefully and went with a pint of LA Ale Works Karma Kolsch. Curious about the beer, my date ordered the 4oz Thai Chili Lime and a pint of the Karma Kolsch as well. The Karma Kolsch by LA Ale Works was so refreshing for as hot as that day was. It was my first time ever having a Kolsch and what I admired the most about the beer was its spice notes which I gather came from the Thai tea. As the date went on, I shared my stories about beer and talked about the blog which at that point was still in the brewing process. We also shared the Thai Chili Lime taster and wow! The waitress was not kidding when she said it packed a punch. My lips were on fire but still it was very hard to pull away from what you would taste after the sting subsides. Crisp with a hint of citrus and wow that sweet, sweet burn from the Thai Chili. As the date ended, we walked out toward the back end of City Tavern and walked by a line of kegs from all different sorts of breweries. I stopped to admire the beautiful stacks and pointed to the ones I absolutely love. My date laughed and said that I looked like a wide eyed girl at a diamond store. It’s true, except, it’s not a diamond I dream about, it’s beer.

A couple of weeks later, Tony met me for a One Night Stand. The good kind, not the one you regret the next day ha-ha. Craftsman beers have definitely captured my taste buds and what better place to enjoy them than at Beer Belly LA. Good quality beer with some Death by Duck and some Mac N Cheese!! Oh my, my, my! It was a good one night stand indeed. I was enjoying my 1903 lager and Tony had the Curiosity Saison when my friend Ellie and Dolores joined us. Our one night stand turned into a party! I enjoyed the 1903 Pre-Prohibition Lager, but the beer that captured me that evening was the Craftsman Cabernale. Not much of a wine drinker, this bold beauty took me by surprise! Rich in all its flavor of a Cabernet with the crisp clean finish of an ale. This beer would definitely be one to share with my friends that swear beer comes in only one flavor, bitter. With each sip of this deep red, sweet grape essence, glass of perfection, it made my long black hair shine and my ruby red lips pucker with delight. It was a sexy little minx! Much like me!

To be continued…

Cheers!
Brewja

LA Brewers Tap Take-Over @ City Tavern – Culver City

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The most exciting tap take-over yet! 22 of LA’s finest brewers come together at City Tavern to take over their taps for one evening. In honor of LA Beer Week, many events around the city are going off, but none like this. Here is a list of confirmed brewers and their beers as posted on the City Tavern Facebook page:

The Dudes Outsourced IPA
Noble Aleworks Naughty Sauce
Ohana Surf Shack Sour BLonde
El Segundo Casa Azul
Brouwerij West Brilliant but Lazy
LA Aleworks Karma Kolsch and/or Gams-bart
Bootleggers Wildfire Wheat
Abigaile Nihalist
Strand Atticus
Cismontane Blacks Dawn
Ladyface La Grisette
Eagle Rock Unity
Golden Road Heal the Bay
Phantom Carriage Muis
Pipe Dream Dark Horse
Monkish Seme Della Vita
Congregation Three Cords and the Truth IPA
Angel City Eureka Wit
Hangar 24 Polycot
Taps Mocha Stout or Pumpkin Ale
Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter
The Bruery Windowsill

Looks like it is going to be quite an exciting night!!! See you there!!!

Brewja