Just a Thought -Part 1

L.A. craft beer at the airport.  Why isn’t there more there?  I was set to thinking about this when I read (somewhere) that an America whiskey maker was setting up shop in a Paris airport.

Couldn’t there be a cart or a pop-up Welcome to L.A. Craft beer spot at LAX? It could be to-go only or a little biergarten area where either weary travelers could disembark from the plane and have a drink or a place where you could get a last minute gift before heading home.

It could rotate between Torrance breweries for a month, then DTLA, then Long Beach to keep things fresh and new.  Merch could be up for sale as well.  Teaming up with a winery or local spirits makers would work too.

Might make me think about flying more.

The Theme Building

Considering how hard it is to drive into or just around LAX, the idea of adding another draw to that traffic jam seems counter-productive but when you see this lovely building….

…you can’t help but think of the possibilities. Now the fine folks over at Eater LA have taken a swipe on what they would like to see from a food perspective but what about from an independent beer perspective? Or a mix of both?

I have been a big proponent of a centralized spot where L.A. County Brewers Guild members would pour their beers side-by-side. A version of that was on display at the California Craft Brewers Summit where Los Angeles beer had a booth and beers and breweries rotated in over the course of the conference. There could be a food hall set-up inside to cover a gamut of the food from different parts of town. Restaurant A paired with Brewery B from Glendale. For example, Havlabar and Brewyard. Beachwood could be both restaurant and brewery. Same with Simmzy’s.

Local distilleries could be added to the mix. Icons like In ‘n’ Out would be great but leave room to rotate from poke to hot chicken to whatever is next coming down the pike.

The point being that the space would point people to not only a beer but food and a part of Los Angeles that is maybe underseen.

Hoppy Daze at the Four Points

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On Friday June 14, it is the Hoppy Daze of Summer IPA Fest and Poolside Beer Dinner starts at 6:30 pm at the Four Points Sheraton near LAX

The Price $40 (2 extra tasting chips with the Twitter Code)

Tastes of 12 Hoppy Beers – Sessionable, Big, & Huge

on draft:
Alesmith Summer Yulesmith Double IPA
Avery Twenty XX India Pale Ale
Flying Dog Imperial Citra
Anderson Valley Heelch O’ Hops
Clown Shoes Muffin Top Trippel IPA
Mystery – You’re going to love this one!

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Uinta Hop Notch IPA
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA
Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet
2 more special bottles

Dinner Menu:
Tomato, Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad
with Mango Vinaigrette
Potato Salad with Grilled Red Onion & Basil Mayo
Chipotle Baked Beans
Grilled Zucchini with Balsamic & Parmesan
Bourbon Glazed Salmon with Roasted Pineapple
Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

RSVP Requested
Email: phil.baxter@fourpointslax.com

In the Holiday Spirit

You may know me as Sean from Beer Search Party or Sean who has a column on FoodGPS or Sean who fills in the beer lists for the weekly LA Beer Blast but I am also a member of the 4 Points Beer Advisory Group. Which means that I will always be giving you info on their monthly events.

Looks like a great list and you can add dd Timmermans Pumpkin Lambic and Affligem 950 Cuvee – Quadruple Hopped to it. You won’t be disappointed if you buy a ticket or need a room after it.

Fly to Russian River

Every week, if not every day, I learn something that I did not know (usually something painfully obvious). Being Los Angeles based, I have pined to visit Santa Rosa and Russian River brewery but I have yet to make the drive north.

Then while talking with the aspiring Pipe Dream brewers over the Row 2, Hill 56 Simcoe beer, I was told that you can fly non-stop from LAX straight into Santa Rosa with a beautiful view of vineyards greeting your descent. Via…
Oh and while at Russian River, get the sampler tray. It is a glorious and large overview of the Russian River beer world.

Beer by the pool

Tomorrow night is the opening of the summer season (which is pretty year round down here) at the Beer Hotel. Here is the skinny….

“Our Beer Appreciation Night for this month shifts to Saturday May 12 with our first ever daytime event. Starting at noon and going until 5 pm we will celebrate the seasonal opening of the Brewster’s Pool Bar. We will also be announcing our First Beer Hotel Advisory Board and our search for three California residents to join the Board.

We expect to have beers from the following brewers: Strand, Cismontane, El Segundo, Monkish, Golden Road, Taps, Bootleggers, Hanger 24, Eagle Rock, Smog City, and Bruery. Some of the breweries will have representatives on hand.

As you arrive you will purchase a wristband and 12 “wooden nickels” for $24. Be sure to bring your ID. Each “wooden nickel” is good for a three ounce taste. When you run out you can purchase more. We’ll also have the barbeque going with food for sale a la carte.”