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:
There’s quite a lot going on this weekend – or more specifically, this Sunday, in Los Angeles. It’s almost too much to bear. I’d love to go fishing with chefs, taste all of Abbot KinneyÂ (I’ll be there at the tail end)Â and visit Malibu for Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event – but it just can’t be done. They’re all not only on the same day but during the same time blocks and in the far reaches of the city.
Instead, I’ll be toasting the finale of the 3rd andÂ best LA Beer Week to ever have existed. Technically, it should be called “LA Beer Weeks” since it now spans over 14 days, but I guess that might sound funny.
At Union Station from noon til 4 on Sunday, 70 breweries will be on hand to pour 4 ounces in your little LA Beer Week Festival mugs. The pours are unlimited – and that’s all you need to know. Be sure to visit your favorite breweries first before those babies are gone. There will be rare, festival-only beers offered so be vigilant. And like last year, this festival will likely be sold out, and very soon. No ticketsÂ will be available at the door, so reserve your $45 ticket before you miss out!
LA Beer Week is back and better than ever. Be sure to peep the official site for the full run-down of events. And while this 3rd annual is so exciting because it’s so huge (I’m seeing about 5-10 events every day, all over town!), thisÂ makes itÂ hard to decide between all the stellar happenings going on.
It kills me that I won’t be able to go on this tonight (Dine LA is this week, too), but this beer week event is definitely a shoe-in.Â The Musical Beer Crawl combines not only beer and food, but music tooÂ in only the neighborhood that could: Echo Park.
The reasonsÂ why you should go:
Stone Brewing Co. Norm Stackhouse will be on-hand to talk beer & present a special Stone flight at City Sip (western-most stop). HappyÂ hour will be going on as always (5:30 – 7 PM).
$5 showÂ atÂ The Echo w/”super secret” beer keg tapping
The night will commence at 5 PM. Just print out your Musical Beer CrawlÂ Passport and bring it with you, tonight. Remember to keep an eye on the respective business hours of each participating venue so you don’t miss out!