I would recommend driving out of Los Angeles to check out Casa Agria’s tap room (among many in the area) but if you wanna stay in town then Southland Beer will be pouring a mini-tap takeover of beers….
Slammin’ at the Club – American lager
Summer in the Streets – hazy IPA
Bliss and Death – west coast IPA
Unseen Dreams – wild ale with apricots
News broke earlier this month that famed Koreatown beer bar and foodie spot, Beer Belly was closing as of the end of July. As one final send off, here is a review of their final One Night Stand special beer made with Cellador Ales, House of the Bees.
House of the Bees pours a super light yellow color. Almost more off white. When cap popped off lots of bubbling sounds and a big wine barrel aroma. Super fizzy. Very tart. Not for the sour faint of heart. Oak barrel and Melon taste collide underneath the acidity. A little ginger spice note as well.
Coming up on the 16th, the Koreatown Beer Belly will be hosting Our Mutual Friend, the Denver brewery, not Janice from accounting.
For this special Thursday edition of their One Night Stand (#ONS) the following will be pouring…
1. Times Arrow (IPA)
2. Inner Light (Mosaic Pale Ale)
3. Riot of Color (Mango Lime Berliner Weiss)
4. Wicket (Belgian Wit)
5. All Colorado (IPA)
6. Weirding Way (Brett Saison) bottle pour
7. Gratitude Four (Pink Guava Saison) bottle pour
One of the poppin’ popular breweries in California is Alvarado Street. You usually only see them in LA in collab form or at fancy festivals but Southland Beer will have a bevy of beers from them on tap on the 18th of the month.
Starting at 1pm you will see….
Mai Tai PA – Tropical West Coast IPA
Minesweeper – West Coast IPA
38 Miles – Hazy American Pale Ale (collab with Sante Adarius)
Mangonada – Mango Kettle Sour
Spooky Juice -Hazy DIPA
Partying is Tight – Hazy DIPA (collab with Humble Sea)
Naughty By Nectar – Imperial Kettle Sour with Nectarines
Wyld Stallions – Hazy West Coast IPA (collab with Amplified Ale Works)
Four packs of cans for sale to go will also be available.
It is not often that Brazilian craft beer shows up in L.A., but Southland Beer has a cure for that with…
This is a great chance to sample Way Beer and a lot of new and unusual additions to beer as well.
Craft Beer Time seems to march faster and faster. It is hard to believe that Southland Beer, the corner shop on Western Avenue in Koreatown, is now a year old.
The taproom with bottle shop has pulled in some gems on tap over the past 12 months so expect an eclectic tap list on the 22nd. Also, expect to find a bottle to go too.
The (now) venerable Beer Belly in Koreatown is turning 5 this year!
And they pull no punches when it comes to what is on tap. Plus they love wings. Even Volcanic ones that would make my head explode.
Do yourself a favor and head over (it is Metro adjacent) and you will find yourself trying to choose between too many great beers.
Just check out this initial list…
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing- 8 Buffalo
Lost Abbey- Red Poppy (2016)
Modern Times- Strawberry Hibiscus Fruitlands
Craftsman- Cuvee de Masumoto
Monkish/Beer Belly collab- Mind of a Peach
Eagle Rock- Yearling (CBC2016 winner)
The Bruery- Oude Tart
Bottle Logic- Leche Borracho
Smog City- Bourbon Barrel Aged O.E
Southland Beer has recently introduced what they are calling Social Sipping Sessions. The first ever Session is scheduled for Sunday, March 20. It is your chance to “fuss over” beers with like-minded beer nerds. You will be at their communal table and given a curated flight of 4oz pours to taste.
This will be a ticketed event and there will be seatings at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm.
The first Session focuses on the sour with…..
Almanac Hoppy Sour w/Azacca – Sour Blonde Aged in Wine Barrels w/Azacca Hops
Eagle Rock The Yearling – American Sour Aged in Oak Barrels
Tahoe Mountain Aurelia – Golden Ale Aged in French Oak Foudres
Paradox Skully #37 (We Jam and They Jelly) – Sour Ale Brewed with Cherries & Aged in Oak Wine Barrels
To Øl Sur Amarillo – Dry-Hopped Sour Ale w/Amarillo Hops
HaandBryggeriet Funky Black – Sour Black Ale
On Saturday, December 5th the currently soft-opened Southland Beer in Koreatown will throw a grand opening party to truly welcome craft beer fans south of Wilshire to their primarily tap room with some to-go sales as well.
Mark your calendar if you haven’t visited yet, it will be a great introduction to this new addition to Los Angeles.