Ranger the Bear Approved

It is hard to believe that the Brew at the L.A. Zoo will be turning 8 this year but that is indeed what will happen on Friday, August 3rd from 7pm to 11pm. Or you can VIP it and start at 6pm.

The Brewery at Simzy’s Burbank has stepped up again and has brewed up a Zoo beer with ingredients chosen by the L.A. Zoo’s American black bear, Ranger (excellent name for a bear, by the way). “Specially crafted for Brew at the L.A. Zoo, the pale ale has notes of hibiscus flowers and honey, ingredients picked by Ranger himself.”

Here are the participating breweries that I think you should taste from (others are either part of SABInBev or trendy spiked drinks)
101 Cider House, Alosta Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Baja Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Brewyard Beer Company,Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Five Threads Brewing, Four Sons Brewing, Innovation Brew Works, KeVita, King Harbor Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Latitude 33 Brewing, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Pizza Port Brewing Company, San Fernando Brewing Co.,Stone Brewing, The Bruery, Three Weavers Brewing Co., Transplants Brewing Company, Verdugo West Brewing Company, Yorkshire Square Brewery, and more…

Here are the ticket prices….
Online advance purchase: $65
Designated Driver admission includes unlimited soft drinks: $35
VIP admission: $135
Box office: $75

…and HERE is where you get the tickets.

Brew at the Zoo 2017

The initial brewery list for this year’s Brew at the Zoo is out. This year the event is on August 4th and will hopefully be held under cool skies.

The location is awesome, the list has good in it but you have to know which to avoid to stay classy and #independent….

LocalsTry the highlighted new breweries
Alosta Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, Brewyard Beer Company LLC, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Kinetic Brewing Company, King Harbor Brewing Company, Lincoln Beer Company, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Mt. Lowe Brewing Company, Pacific Plate Brewing Co., Reel Brewery, San Fernando Brewing Company, Simmzy’s, The Brewery at Abigaile, The Dudes’ Brewing Co., Transplants Brewing Company, Verdugo West Brewing Co., Westlake Brewing & Libations and Zymurgy Brew Works & Tasting Room

Outside L.A.solid standby’s
21st Amendment Brewery, AleSmith Brewing Company,
Ballast Point Brewing Company, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Epic Brewing Company, Fireman’s Brew Beverages, Gordon Biersch Burbank, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Latitude 33 Brewing, Mother Earth Brew Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Pizza Port Brewing Company, Ritual Brewing Co., Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada and Stone Brewing,

Avoid – Zombie Craft
Golden Road Brewing, Goose Island and Shock Top

Brew ($$$) at the Zoo

I don’t know if inflation rose that much this year or if my beer festival-itis is such that any price would have raised my eyebrows but the 6th Annual Brew at the L.A. Zoo ticket prices seem a touch high, even for a charity event and especially considering that this year’s California Craft Brewer’s Summit with 180 breweries from across the State of California is $5.00-$15.00 cheaper and 140+ breweries heavier. And that’s not counting the VIP Zoo ticket ($125.00) which is more than the Firestone Walker Invitational general admission by $40.00 and with considerably less food than was on offer in Paso Robles.

That means that the animals and lush atmosphere of the Zoo has to be really spectacular because the brewery list (see below) is way behind those two marquee events above as well as such L.A. festival must attends like the Kick-Off Festival for L.A. Beer Week and the DTLA Beer Crawl. Not to mention that one winery is included in their list as well as Shock Top from SABInBevMiller!

Participating breweries* include Alosta Brewing Company, Alpine Beer Company , Angel City Brewing , Baja Brewing Company , Ballast Point Brewing , Barefoot Wine, Bootlegger’s Brewery , Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado, Common Cider, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Fireman’s Brew Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Golden Road Brewery , Goose Island , Great Divide Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company , I&I Brewing , Indie Brewing Company , Iron Triangle Brewing, Kinetic Brewing Company, Knee Deep Brewing Co., Latitude 33 Brewing Co., MacLeod Ale Brewery, Mother Earth Brew Co., New Belgium, Pacific Plate Brewing , Pocock Brewing, Ritual Brewing Co., Samuel Adams, San Fernando Brewing Co. , Shock Top , Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., SKA Brewing , Stone Brewing Company, Surf Brewing , The Dude’s Brewing Company, The Traveler Beer Co., Transplants Brewing and Westlake Brewing Company.

Call me elitist if you must, but when the prices are that high, you really have to compare Brew at the Zoo to comparably priced events and frankly, it comes up short. My suggestion? They need to break down how much per ticket is going to the animals.

In the Tap Lines for August 2015

header_attractionsWe got a bit of rain here in L.A.  Enough to tamp down one fire but boy we could use a respite from the humidity and heat so that the wider spectrum of beer can be enjoyed instead of just lawnmower beers.  But enough gloomy weather talk, a new brewery opened in San Fernando at the tail end of July and it will be reviewed this month along with….

~ e-visits to three breweries in Idaho.  No potato beers here. Just Payette, Sawtooth and Portneuf beer.
~ special reviews of beers from just outside L.A. from places like Santa Barbara, Claremont and Temecula
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ Beer-centric podcast review, Strange Brews from WBEZ in Chicago, (also home to This American Life)
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world
~ … and Session # 102 will converge bloggers onto a single topic, this month it is the future landscape of beer

Here are two events to get your August started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) August 7th – Brew at the Zoo
2) August 19th – Phantom Carriage One Night Stand at Beer Belly

The Beer Allowance – August

So this month, not that I was in dire need of beer. I just received the Stone 16th Anniversary IPA. But the $20 was burning a hole in my pocket and I had just learned via Beer of Tomorrow that a liquor store near me stocked craft beer so I headed to Bill’s Liquor in Atwater Village and took my $20 to spend.

And this is what I got….

Now, I wish to explain the reasoning behind this choice. I could have picked up the Ommegang Biere de Hougomont. (spell check that beer lovers) but that would have shot the wad on one bottle. They had Golden Road’s Wolf Among Weeds but I had already tried that. Some nice foreign beers as well but I decided to stay semi-local and try an offering from IE that I had at last year’s Brew at the Zoo and the anniversary ale from Bootleggers. Risky? Yes. But that is what this monthly allotment is for. To buy the beers that you have walked past before. Reviews will be up on both Untappd and Ratebeer when I decide to crack them open.

Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the Zoo is back at the Los Angeles Zoo on August 10 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

I had a great time at last year’s version. Most beer events don’t particularly care about the surroundings. But it is amazing how more relaxed and enjoyable an event can be when the backdrop is nature. And they had good beer too. And beer from places like I&I which is out in the Inland Empire and Noble Aleworks from Anaheim plus they had El Segundo and Strand and Eagle Rock too.

“California craft breweries offer samples during this unique 4-hour beer tasting experience. Upon arrival, “Brew at the Zoo” guests will receive a collectible sampler glass and the opportunity to enjoy many of the great things guests love about their daytime Zoo visits, but with an added twist of 21+ fun.

Aside from the array of craft brands at hand, tantalizing foods will be available to fill guests’ cravings. “Brew at the Zoo” also wouldn’t be complete without the sounds of toe-tapping live music to fill the air. Finally, complete the night with laughter provided by live comedians from the Laugh Factory.

While your taste buds are enjoying the hops-therapy and intimate setting, gaze your sights on animals including the Zoo’s newest exhibit – the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles).

Tickets are expected to sell out to this event and should be purchased ahead of time. Member Tickets are $30. General Public Presale Tickets are $40. Designated Driver Tickets are $20 (does not include a tasting glass or alcohol consumption). All guests must be 21 years of age or older to enter the event.

Stay tuned to find more information about participating breweries, bands and other details HERE. It’s going to be a wild time!”

Brew at the Zoo

One week from today…..

Not only does your ticket to Brew at the Zoo benefit a worthy educational experience in the LA Zoo. You will get the chance to try a bunch of local breweries. It is a who’s-who of LA beer. I am interested in Noble Aleworks and Inland Empire Brewing since I have not sampled their wares yet.