Sunday, October 16, 2011

Beer Week: Still plenty of Eastside events left

L.A. Beer Week is actually two weeks this year, so there's still time to catch some hopping events. It's true many of the great beer stops (Naja's, Beachwood Brewery, etc.) are a couple of DUIs down the freeway for most of us, but that's no reason to miss beer week. Here's a few choice events for us east-of-Hollywoodites. (Go to the LA Beer Week site for a full schedule.)

Verdugo Bar, Glassell Park: Firestone Deconstructed Component Night, featuring gold medal winner Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout
Pasadena: Lucky Baldwin's pub tour - a bus tour of all three outposts of Lucky Baldwin's
Highland Park: The York, New Belgium Barrel Proof sour night: We'll be featuring a barrel proof sour ale called New Belgium Love Ale and we'll be blending fresh fruit juice with it as we pour the Love into an oak firkin for the night. Belgo IPA draft, Ranger IPA draft, Hoptober draft & Fat Tire draft all available as well. 
Pasadena: Langham Hotel Farm to Table dinner with Craftsman Brewing Company 
Five course tasting menu paired with different Craftsman beers such as 1903 Lager , Heavenly Hefe, Sour Grapes, Oktoberfest, Triple White Sage, Rest in Peace.
 Brewer Mark Jilg of Craftsman Brewing Company will explain the characteristics of each dish and beer pairing. 6:30 p.m., $95 per person including beer pairings.
To make a reservation, call (626) 585-6218 or visit

Echo Park: Mohawk Bend -  Riddle Me This quiz night with Stone Brewing produce and beers
 6-10pm, no charge...other than buying your own beer

HelMel: L.A. Beer Week ice cream flavors at both locations of Scoops Ice Cream

Alhambra: Ultimate Flight Night II, 38 Degrees Ale House
Including flights from: Kern River Brewing (Eric and super star brewer Kyle will be here); The Bruery
tone; Eagle Rock; Beachwood BBQ and Brewing; Green Flash and the terrific, harder-to-find Russian River! 6 pm-2 am
Downtown: Big Crawl in Little Tokyo
5pm-12 midnight: 9 Bars, 9 Breweries! Special Kegs at every bar.
Far Bar: 18 Taps from Stone including many vintages and rarities; Escondite: Black Market Brewing
Spice Table: Alesmith; Weiland: Port Brewing; Spitz: Eagle Rock Brewing; Fu-Ga: Great Divide; Xlixe: Mad River Brewing; Senor Fish: Avery Brewing; Wurstkuche: Brasserie D' Achouffe. 
Not Eastside, but worth the journey:
West L.A.: Steingarten: Dionicess IX -- Gev Kazanchyan teams with Dave “The Geuzehound” Watrous (Steingarten LA, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing) and chef/author Randy Clemens (The Sriracha Cookbook, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.). For Dionicess IX, the ninth installment of the beer-focused culinary event series, they’ve recruited market-driven bartender Matt Biancaniello to craft beer cocktails at Steingarten LA. Clemens is serving vegetarian dishes after each cocktail, which they’re not calling pairings, but are designed to complement the food. 7 p.m., $65 per person. All proceeds benefit Real Medicine Foundation, an organization that provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster, post-war and poverty stricken areas. Buy tickets here.
Eagle Rock: Oinktoberfest, the Oinkster: special craft beers and sausages all week long
Koreatown: Beer Belly: 1 yr. anniversary party with Untappd and  El Segundo Brewing
Highland Park: The York: Lagunitas Taste of Sonoma night
Downtown: Far Bar: Kern River Brewing meet the brewer night

Downtown, Union Station: This is the big one!
3rd Annual L.A. Beer Week Festival
12:00 PM to 4PM; Tickets are $45, and include unlimited 4 oz. pours of beer.
The festival will feature over 70 local, regional, national, and international craft and artisan breweries, pouring a wide array of their beers, including some rare beers, and a special few available only for LA Beer Week. There will also be a selection of some of LA's finest Gourmet Food Trucks on hand, as well as a local artisan chocolatier, and local artisan coffee roaster.

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