Top Ten Picks For L.A. Beer Week: September 20 – 30, 2012

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Beer cocktails. Beer floats. Sour beers. All-you-can-drink beer. Beer crawl set to music. Crappy-for-happy beer trades. Prickly pear beers from all over town. Los Angeles is comin’ up beer. And in its 4th year, not only is LA Beer Week bigger and better than ever, it’s also more unified. The camaraderie around the LA beer community is unmistakable – so get ready to drink some tasty brews while learning a lot and meeting some cool people along the way.

After perusing the 10-day schedule, I’ve come up with a few events I’d personally want to attend. With the LA beer scene at the strongest it has ever been, there’s bound to be some (or a lot of) conflicts during this extravaganza, but all we can do is do our best, right? While you’re at it, you might as well check off the four quandrants of this LA Beer Week Bucket List. Then, bring your four stickers to the LA Beer Week Festival on September 30th and get a free bottle of the official beer of the week, Unity, from Eagle Rock Brewery – a play on a traditional Berliner Weiss, yet jazzed up with a touch of rye as well as red and green prickly pear. You’ll also get to enter a drawing for tickets to the BAM Fest on October 6th in Santa Monica.

(If you don’t complete the bucket list, never fear – it’ll be on draft at select retailers throughout Los Angeles and Orange county as well as at the LA Beer Week Festival itself.)

Without further ado, here are my Top Ten of LA Beer Week:

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Pumpkin-palooza at Blue Palms Brewhouse: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mmm. Pumpkin Beer. | Photo courtesy of NorthwestBeerguide on Flickr

LA Beer Week(s) may be over, but Halloween’s not – and neither is your thirst for beer, I hear. When is it, ever? Why not combine the two by making a stop at my favorite neighborhood pub, Blue Palms Brewhouse, tomorrow starting 2 PM?

You’ll get to quench your thirst and craving for pumpkin with these special brews:

  • Dogfish Head Punkin’
  • Midnight Sun TREAT
  • The Bruery Barrel Aged Autumn Maple (bottle)
  • The Bruery Autumn Maple
  • 2010 Beer Valley Jackalope Imperial Pumpkin Porter
  • Sam Adams Double Pumpkin
  • Bootleggers Pumpkin Ale
  • New Belgium Kick (Sour Pumpkin Cranberry Ale)
  • Kern River Brewing Pumpkin AleShipyard Smashed Pumpkin

And the food menu will be embellished with these autumn goodies:

  • Pumpkin Salad: Spiced Pumpkin, Lentils, & Goat Cheese
  • Pumpkin Quesadilla: Pumpkin, Feta, & cilantro

Who needs to turn into a pumpkin at the end of the night when you can drink them at the duration, instead? See you at Pumpkin-palooza!

Oh, right: Happy Halloween, too!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin-palooza: 2 PM

Kitchen: Closes 12 AM

Bar: Closes 2 AM

Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.464.0808

The Sriracha Cookbook Release Party at Blue Palms Brewhouse

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I see you dumping that Rooster Sauce in your Pho. On your rice. On your eggs. On your mangoes. Whatever and wherever.

If you ever run out of uses for or just plain love that clear-bottled, green-capped Vietnamese hot stuff called Sriracha, I expect to see you tonight at Blue Palms Brewhouse between 7:30 and 11:30 PM. Randy Clemens’ new cookbook release party will be OTH (off-the-hook) and featuring not only materializations of his fabulous recipes, but a Sriracha beer made by Eagle Rock Brewery!

Check the menu below:

  • Kicked-Up Party Nuts
  • Sriracha Jalapeño Poppers
  • Sriracha and Crab Rangoon Wontons
  • Sriracha Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • Fire Roasted Corn Chowder
  • Vietnamese-style Grilled Short Ribs
  • Ultimate Sriracha Burger

Josh over at Food GPS also has a great Q&A with Randy so be sure to check that out for the DL on how the love for Sriracha and the subsequent cookbook came to be.

No cover and only 21 and over, please (full bar will also be available). You can also purchase the cookbook itself at the event.

This should be a blast with a ton of spices that will tantilize the senses, so don’t miss out. See you tonight!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

7:30 – 11:30 PM

2 blocks from Hollywood/Vine Red Metro Station
Parking in adjacent lot: $8

Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.464.2337

Beer vs. Wine: A Contest For the Ages

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Oh yes, they did. Let’s put away all niceties and put on the gloves, shall we? Beer geeks and vinos (or shall we say brewmasters and master sommelier?) will be going head to head this coming weekend at College of the Canyons to determine just which – beer or wine – goes better with food. Guiding you will be Gev Kazanchyan – who is a Professor of Culinary Sanitation, Environmental Health, Food Safety at College of the Canyons, Cal State University Northridge and El Camino College.

Expect three rounds of pairings – cheese, entree and dessert paired to wine and beer, each – during which you are the judge. Experts will give you the run-down on each dish and paired wine and beer before you taste. To keep things on an even playing field, price points for beer are limited to $35 per bottle and $45 per bottle of wine. Carefully complete your scorecard because it ultimately determines the winner. Heading the wine pairings will be Elizabeth Schweitzer, the only master sommelier in Los Angeles and 1 of 8 female master sommeliers on Earth – as well as fellow tastemasters of her choosing.

And check out the heavyweights in beer’s corner: Manneken-Brussel Imports & Lost Coast Brewery rep Jay Baum, Beachwood BBQ chef-owner Gabe Gordon, Blue Palms Brewhouse proprietor Brian Lenzo, Stone Brewing Co. sales rep Nate Sellergren, Verdugo Bar/The Surly Goat co-owner Ryan Sweeney and former Fifth Amendment Alehouse beer consultant Dave Watrous, who is now head bartender at Tony’s Darts Away. After the contest is done, pick their brains and even enjoy a few more tastings…you’ll undoubtedly come away that much more knowledgeable about beer and wine – and their contrasts to each other.

Ticket sales close at the end of tomorrow and only a few spots are left, so don’t sleep on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Further reading:

Epic College of the Canyons Beer Vs. Wine Battle – Food GPS

I-CuE Asks Community: Beer or Wine? – The Signal

Sunday, March 28, 2010

2 – 5 PM

Tickets – $55 each, $100 for pair
Under ‘donation information’ choose OTHER & type ‘Beer vs. Wine.’

College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education
23400 Town Center Drive
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Info: 661.362.3434

Barbrix, Beats, LeBowski, Beerfloats and Bigfoot

Bigfoot West

Let me go off-the-cuff for a minute. I love Los Angeles. There is something different to do every day of the week in this city and if you really wanted to, you could go without having to repeat yourself for a few years. You realize these things when you go out of town, y’see. This weekend I’ll be in Vegas for some bachelorette action. (See? I have my own “B.”) I’m cold to lukewarm on the desert (my last visit was to canvas for Obama – that is, in Henderson) yet determined to keep an open mind – especially since I know a couple or so locals. But if I were still in L.A., I know in a heartbeat where I’d be this weekend. So indulge me while I paint the scenarios:

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$3 bubbly at Barbrix

We all have that girlfriend who drinks bubbly all the time. And it’s my duty to try and keep up. Barbrix, in celebration of their recent review in L.A. Magazine, will be offering $3 glasses of prosecco from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Hang out with or pretend you’re a Silver Lake local at the local wine bar … hangin’ out. I hear the place has been packed since its opening in May – maybe it’s the buzz wine bar for now, or maybe they’re “for serious.” After all, the bio in their Twitter account says, “White Zinfandel…NOT!” Sike! Zort! Narf!

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Barbrix
2442 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.662.2442

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