Going Once, Going Twice

Who doesn’t like the activity and drama around an auction? And add beer to the mix as well as charity and health, well, that is a win/win/win. Check HERE for more info on how to bid as well as other fun stuff.

Mik is 1

Mikkeller DTLA will celebrate their 1st anniversary tomorrow, a scant two weeks before my birthday. But I seriously doubt any of the special beers that have been announced will last that long or even just a couple of days.

Other Half
Green City IPA – 2nd Anniversary DIPA – 3rd Anniversary DIPA – 4th Anniversary DIPA

Jester King
Colonel Toby – Gotlandsdricka – Petit Prince – Saison Americain (+ bottle releases)

Alvarado Street
Contains No Juice – Delorean Dust – One Giant Leap

Bottle Logic
Gravity Rush – Backwards Compatibility – Pallet Treasure – + rare bottle releases!

Grimm Artisanal Ales
Secret Track – Sunshine Pop! – Galaxy Pop!

Evil Twin
Aun Mas A Jesus (Spanish Edition) – Aun Mas Cafe Jesus (Spanish Edition)

Arizona Wilderness
Sonoran Prince – The Legend…

Wild Bear

If you like joining clubs and/or you don’t want to trek to Healdsburg, California then Bear Republic has a deal for you.

They have just announced the Wild Club.

Joining gets you access to handcrafted and limited production beers. “As a member you will receive four shipments a year of our barrel aged, hand crafted beer. These beers are produced in extremely small batches, so most will be exclusive to program members.”

More info from their press release, “In the Wild Program, our brewers have free reign to be creative in their craft and will use many different techniques such as:
•Fermenting with Wild Yeasts & Bacteria
•Aging with Fruit & in Spirit Barrels
•Inoculating for Secondary Ferment in the Bottle”

The first shipment will be in December and will include –

Barrel 188: This Little Figgie
“Soda pop cola sweetness, creamy mouthfeel, brandy booziness, huge malt and fig flavors.”

‘Twas The Beer Before Christmas
“Peanut butter roast malt character, dried apricot dustiness, clean tartness, cognac from Old Baba Yaga.”

Goat Rock Funk – Exclusive to VIP members
“Lemon-lime tartness, citrus and pineapple notes, fruity and estery nose, woody tannic backbone”

#LABW5 Pick of the Night – Saturday 9/28

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Each morning throught L.A. Beer Week, I will give you my Pick of the Night.  The ONE event I think rises to the top of the list.  Some days that choice will be harder and there might be 1A and 1B’s (if I get wishy-washy).  I will endeavor to pick events you can just head out to.  But if tickets are required, I will mention it.  But expect crowds.  Craft beer and craft beer in L.A. is popular.

Rarest of the Rare at Smog City Taproom

I cannot add anything that cannot be better said by this tap list:

2009 O.E.
2011 Callaborative Evil w/Vanilla Beans

Quercus Circus – 19 month sour barrel-aged belgian blonde
Tempest – 18 month barrel-aged sour red rye
Farmhouse Funk
Bourbon Collaborative Evil – 2011 Collaboration with Julian Shrago of Beachwood BBQ
Bourbon Red – 15 months in bourbon barrels
Bourbon O.E.- Bourbon barrel-aged Olde English
Bourbon Imperial Porter
Weird Beer- 5 Grain Saison with spices
Hive Five- LABW special ingredient beer! 5 different types of Honey at 5.5%abv
GrapeApe IPA- IPA made with 500lbs of flame grapes, pressed on site

Food GPS Teaser – 5 Years of Blue Palms

Tomorrow on Food GPS, I will be re-capping the happenings at the recent Blue Palms Anniversary bash. Brian Lenzo presented a craft beer list that would make many beer geeks very happy.

Here are some photos from the day….along with the beers that I imbibed…


Almanac Flowering Gose
Green Flash Flanders Drive
Founders Double Trouble DIPA

Rhinegeist Cool Truth IPA
Ninkasi TriceraHops
Beachwood Hop Tub IPA

Phantom Carriage Muis
Alpine Nelson
Brooklyn Scorcher