#LABW10 – Week+ Recap Part 2

It just so happened that the Beer Belly – Koreatown One Night Stand landed in LABW and so ONS had a local bent with Mumford as the headliner with taps from Homage Brewing and State Brewing as well. This was originally billed as Mumford and East Coast Brewers like Interboro. The winning beer of the night in my (hop)inion was a Watermelon Agua Fresca lager from State that balanced the fruit and the malt very well. The two hazy options that I also tasted were fine. But didn’t pop for me.

I quickly popped down to the nearby Southland Beer to try the Unity IPA on cask. On cask, the hop notes are softer, with a little more citrus. The beer poured a clear orange though I detected a trace of a little buttery character. It was Unity simple and stripped down..

I took a night off to watch the NBA Draft (thanks for nothing Portland) and then on Friday, I headed to DTLA and Mikkeller for a Fonta Flora Brewing night. I immediately picked a sampler tray consisting of…

Beets, Rhymes and Life – beet saison – pretty pink color. Dusky, earthy. Salad like.
Southern Saison – black tea and lemon – bit of spice kick here. Pretty light underneath.
Whippoorwill Wheat – orange, coriander, earl grey tea – EG comes through. Spice again
Wolf Spit – Baltic Porter with hickory bark

I also tasted a Brut IPA from Alvarado Street Champagne Hopi that was really good, but the beet beer was my winner. Even though I detest actual beets.

Finally on Saturday, I headed to Craft Beer Cellar for a local taplist and for Dope & Dank who hosted the party with a DJ on site. I tried a new Arrow Lodge beer Arrow Sol and tasted my local Brewyard’s well-named Loch Ness Maltster.

Finish #LABW10 Strong

It’s Friday, and you only have 3 days left of L.A. Beer Week.

Make the most of it, maybe in my hood of Glendale….

the Glendale Tap tonight as they BBQ and have a few beers on tap: “We’ll be in full Backyard Boogie mode w/ Bart’s BBQ smokin’ brisket, and Burnt Ends all-day. We’ll be pouring a ridiculous lineup of treats from the homies at Beachwood, Bottle Logic, Cellador, El Segundo, Highland Park Brewery, Homage, Moonraker, Pure Project, State and Unsung.”

tomorrow, Brewyard will mix art and beer: “The 2nd Annual Brewyard Art Festival is a craft brewery/beer themed art show with local artists, vendors, photographers, musicians, live painting, face painting, live auction, and more. The purpose of this event is to highlight local artists. Last year, we had over 400 attendees and this time around we’re doubling the outdoor space for artists. This year will be even bigger and better!”

and/or you could head to nearby Eagle Rock and Dope & Dank team up with the Craft Beer Cellar for “This is L.A.merica”

Finish strong!

Porto’s and Beer

One of the SoCal secrets is Porto’s Bakery. Specifically their desserts and their potato balls. Whenever I drive by the Glendale branch, it is always hopping with a line snaking around the interior.

What does a bakery have to do with beer. Well on Sunday, April 29th from 2 to 4pm, you can attend a pairing event at the Craft Beer Cellar in Eagle Rock.

Here are the details: “Enjoy four of Porto’s Baked Bites paired with a flight of four 4oz pours of delicious craft beers carefully selected to compliment the flavor of each baked good respectively:

Potatoe Ball
Ham Croquette
Meat Pie
Guava Cheese Streudel”

Order up your tickets, right HERE.

Featured Review – Akimbo from Cellador Ales

Here is the final featured review of January. Here in Los Angeles, there are breweries that get a special fruit delivery and add it to their beers. Stonefruit from Masumoto Farms, here is my review of what Cellador Ales did with their portion….

Pours a peachy color. Love the pouring and temp advice sticker. Of the three things listed on the label. None really pop out at me. There is a slight Chardonnay buttery note but the Masumoto peaches and dry hopped Nelson Sauvin isn’t popping here. It is tart for sure but then folds into softness at the end. Some slight peach pit aroma but very subtle to my nose. As it warms up a bit peach flesh does start asserting itself more. Akimbo would not be a top pick of the Cellador starting line-up.