In the Tap Lines for June 2019

header_attractionsJune is a busy beer month for me.  Firestone Walker and a trip to Paso Robles at the beginning and then the LA Beer Week takes over in the 3rd Week.  Expect lots of coverage of both.

~ e-visits to three breweries from England like Affinity Brew Co., Boxcar, Anspach and Hobday
~ special featured reviews of Paso Robles beverages
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

Here are two events to get your June started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) June 1st – King Harbor Brewing 5th Anniversary
2) June 11th – Beer – Cheese – Chocolate at Eagle Rock Brewery Public House

Cider during LABW8?

The answer is yes. Here are some apple specific events for you to take in, starting tonight!
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Wednesday, June 22nd
We’re celebrating LABW by tapping our newest cider blend, Sunset Swizzle. A spin off of a traditional Haymaker’s Punch, this is a dry cider made with local strawberries, fresh ginger, local lemon verbena, then naturally conditioned with local orange blossom honey. On the beer side, Westlake Brewing Co. will feature a syrah barrel aged Kolsch on tap!

Wednesday, June 22nd
“Highland Park Brewery and 101 Cider House have teamed up to create a beer and cider hybrid for LA Beer Week. We’ll have this funky, fruity, barrel-fermented concoction on tap, along with a few special treats from 101 Cider.”

Thursday, June 23rd
“This is a battle of the ages, a showdown of traditionally made ciders versus their modern day counterparts. Taste handcrafted ciders from LA’s local 101 Cider House and Oregon’s Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, joined by classic European ciders from France and Spain. Ticket price includes 8 ciders (4oz pour), plus burger & fries.”

#LABW8 Kickoff Festival – The Photos

Now that the 8th L.A. Beer Week Kickoff Festival is complete, here is part one of BSP coverage. Tomorrow, my review of the festival…

Welcome to LA Center Studios!
Welcome to LA Center Studios!

Under the Stone tent.
Under the Stone tent.

Beer Bloggers prepping the Unity IPA for pouring.
Beer Bloggers prepping the Unity IPA for pouring.

One of my tasting stops. Waiting for the Saison to stop foaming.
One of my tasting stops. Waiting for the Saison to stop foaming.

The latest IPA from Monkish Brewing.
The latest IPA from Monkish Brewing.

LABW6 in pictures

Hashtag this, my favorite snaps from the beer week that was….

Pouring Smog City in Chinatown
Pouring Smog City in Chinatown

 

Cask ale at MacLeod's
Cask ale at MacLeod’s
A flight of Ballast Point at Plan Check
A flight of Ballast Point at Plan Check
Meeting of the Guilds
Meeting of the Guilds
Shaolin with coffee upended
Shaolin with coffee upended

Wild Ride Time

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Do you like sour beers?  Do you like driving around LA?  Or are you like me and picking one spot to grab some Firestone Walker beer?

“Walker’s Wild Ride is back during L.A. Beer Week! Join the Lion & the Barrelmeister on Saturday, Sept. 27th as they make their unruly trek in “Olivia”, the ’64 Land Rover, hosting a crazy LA pub crawl with four sour beers in tow! Follow along as we make stops at Tony’s Darts Away (12pm), Library Alehouse (2:30pm), Naja’s Place (4:30pm) & The Federal Bar – Long Beach (7pm).”