Italian for Beer

After you celebrate America on the 4th, you can learn about Italy and Italian craft beer on the 8th. Tomm Carroll is a LA beer legend and will put you in the know about Italian beer. Sign up before the 5th. Right HERE!

New Breweries – New Moderator

I had planned on maybe taking my Mom out to a simple tap take-over tomorrow.

But with Tomm Carroll being called away from hosting duties for “So You Think You Want to Open a Brewery, Volume IV”, I will be filling in as moderator.

Here are the details and I hope to see you there!
“Held on the lawn at the Pub at Golden Road in North Atwater Village, the panel will get under way at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. Admission is free and draught beers from the breweries represented on the panel will be available for purchase. Participating breweries include Golden Road Brewing, Hand-Brewed Beer, Mumford Brewing, Santa Monica Brew Works and Solarc Brewing, along with such breweries-to-be as Angry Horse Brewing, Arts District Brewing, Brewyard Beer Company, Dry River Brewing, Indie Brewing, Lucky Luke Brewing and Transplants Brewing.”

#LABW5 Pick of the Night – Tuesday 9/24

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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.

Growlerfornia, Here We Come!

Tuesday, September 24th 2013 7:00-10:00 pm

Frustrated, relieved or just confused over the current state of California’s Growler Laws? You’re not the only one. Join moderator Tomm Carroll of Celebrator Beer News at Chloe’s Pub at Golden Road Brewery as he leads a panel of professionals to help explain the situation, including the recently amended AB-647 (California’s ‘Growler Bill’), presently awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. There will also be a Q&A.

Panelists will include State Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast), who introduced and was the principal author of the bill’s amendments; Jeremy Raub, President of the Los Angeles Brewers Guild, as well as brewmaster and co-owner of Eagle Rock Brewery; and Lori Ajax, Deputy Division Chief of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

The discussion will include the history of California’s Growler Laws, the state of the legislation currently, future plans and considerations for Growler-sale policies, and other related topics.

Italy + Tomm Carroll + Beer Belly =


This Sunday at Beer Belly (that’s tomorrow) it is time to VIVA LA BIRRA ITALIANA

“Come join beer writer and collector Tomm Carroll of the Celebrator Beer News for “Viva la Birra Italiana,” a crash course in Italian craft beer at Beer Belly from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy flights of innovative beers from the country’s ever-growing birra artigianale scene, which grew out of Italy’s Slow Food movement. Featured will be brews from such birrificios as Amiata, Baladin, del Borgo, Brûton, Grado Plato, Italiano, Montegioco and Troll.”

Prequel to Bottle Sharing is Caring


Faithful readers of this here blog will know that I “tease” my weekly FoodGPS posts the day before they hit the interwebs. Well this is a prequel to the teaser. A little meta, I know but if you are in the Los Angeles area this Thursday, April 4th and have time between 7pm and 11 and want to attend a bottle share at the hideaway inside the Pub at Golden Road, Chloes that features finds from not only Celebrator writer Tomm Carroll but also beers from the cellar of Tony Yanow of the Golden Road/Tony’s Darts Away/Mohawk Bend troika.

Without delay, here is the info you need to know and the beer lists.

Tomm will be bringing over a few bottles from his personal cellar including:
-Petrus Winter Ale (2010)
-The Bruery Barrel-Aged Papier (2009)
-Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze (2009)
-Allagash Interlude (2008)
-Grand Teton Double Red Ale (2008)
-Chimay Grand Reserve (2007) (magnum)

Tony will also be contributing some bottles from his cellar including:
-The Bruery Saison de Lente (2010
-Russian River Damnation Batch 23
-Russian River Consecration Batch 6 and Batch 8
-Russian River Supplication Batch 6
-Russian River Salvation Batch 10
-Redemption Batch 9
-Port/Lost Abbey Red Poppy (2011)
-Port/Lost Abbey Angel Share (2010)
-Port/Lost Abbey Older Viscosity (2009)

“In addition to these beautiful bottles, we will be hosting Golden Road beers inside Chloe’s from 7p-8p which will include specialty pub-only beers alongside our new Wolf Among Weeds IPA and other new goodies. We will also provide glassware as well as unsalted pretzel puffs to cleanse your palate. A special a la carte menu will also be available for purchase if you crave for something else.

HOW TO GET IN? While there is no entrance fee, we do ask that each guest please bring at least 1-3 bottles to share with the group. There is no limit on how many you may bring so if you’ve got some gems you’ve been wanting to share in your cellar or even a great home brew you’re proud of, bring them on in!”

Celebrate the 25th of the Celebrator

Anyone who knows the history of craft beer in the U.S. understands the heralded place that the Celebrator beer magazine holds. It truly does celebrate beer all over the country. And now they get a special beer for a special anniversary.

Take it away Tomm Carroll (a good friend and the Celebrator L.A. beat writer)
“Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. invited all of us writers for The Celebrator up to its acclaimed Beer Camp in Chico, Califronia, last November to brew a beer to commemorate The Celebrator’s 25th anniversary this February.

That’s right, the country’s oldest “beeriodical” is a quarter century old, and is celebrating (as always) with an anniversary party on the closing day of San Francisco Beer Week (February 17, 2013), when our draught-only brew will make its debut. This year, the festivities will be held at the Oakland Convention Center Marriott Hotel.

Now, about the beer. Dubbed “Celebrator Beer News 25th Anniversary Double Pale Ale” (see tap handle art, attached), it’s basically an imperialization of Sierra’s classic flagship Pale Ale, the brew that not only launched the brewery over 30 years ago, but arguably kick-started California’s obsession with West Coast hop-forward beers.

Here’s a description of our anniversary beer from the forthcoming Celebrator article (February-March 2013 issue; out next week) on our adventures at Beer Camp #93:

“We landed on the idea of taking the original Sierra Pale recipe, doubling the malt bill and adding some newer hops for a beer that we thought of as an Imperial Pale Ale. The grains used were pale malt in copious amounts, Caramel 60 and Golden Promise for a little something extra. Bravo and Cascade hops went into the boil while the dry-hop addition was to include more Cascade, symbolizing Sierra Nevada’s past, Citra for the present, and Hop #366 — a new experimental hop — for the future. Dry hops were added to the tank with the help of a hop torpedo, a large cylindrical tube filled with hops and shot directly into the solution for full effect. Of course, we used Sierra’s house ale yeast for fermentation.”

The abv for 25th Anniversary Double Pale Ale should be around 8.6%.

If you can’t get to SFBW to try the beer, don’t worry. Like most Beer Camp brews, it will be available on tap at beer bars in the city of the campers, after the anniversary party. So that means you can expect to see it being poured at a couple of L.A.-area drinkeries..” Which as of now are T.H. Brewster’s at the Four Points Sheraton LAX, The Surly Goat and Beachwood BBQ (the Seal Beach location).

English Brewery Tour # 2 – Magic Rock

I read about this West Yorkshire brewery from Tomm Carroll’s article in the most recent Celebrator magazine.

Magic Rock Brewing Co. is the result of three peoples passion for beer. Brothers Richard and Jonny Burhouse aided by head brewer Stuart Ross were inspired to start the brewery by their love of great beer and the burgeoning U.S craft beer scene in particular. Driven by a desire to bring exciting characterful beers to their local market and beyond, brewing commenced mid 2011.”

The whimsical labels for their range of beers are fantastic and sound delicious as well….

Dark Arts: Surreal Stout “6% Dark Arts blends 4 malts and bags of whole hops to deliver a decadently deep and indulgent experience. A luxuriously smooth mouthfeel, is followed by spicy hop notes and full flavours of chocolate, liquorice, blackberries and figs. The finish is rich and satisfying with a lingering roasted bitterness. Our stout will convert you to the dark side.”

Cannonball: IPA “7.4% Cannonball is an India Pale Ale in the true tradition, high in alcohol and massively hopped to survive a long sea voyage. We don’ t want you to wait though, crack the cap and let the flavour explode on your palate. Tropically fruity, resinous hops compete against a sweet malty backbone, while a rasping bitterness builds to a mouth puckering crescendo. Our hop bomb might just blow you away…”

Italian Beers & BBQ

The hot brewery country is still the ever re-imagining US but if you haven’t tried Italian craft beer yet then you are missing out on something amazing. It is influenced by Slow Food, Belgian beer and food. And if you are in Southern California between the 6th and 9th you can taste some truly imaginative beers that Celebrator writer Tomm Carroll has selected along with Gabe Gordon from the great Beachwood BBQ

Two Great tastes that taste great together.

Beer Premiere Night

Roll out the red carpet, LA. Forget the Oscars and the Grammys. Last night brought two new and highly anticipated beers to the City of Angels.

First at the Daily Pint was Life and Limb from Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. Sadly, Limb and Life did not make it, yet. Now this a winter warmer. As I tried to explain it to people, this beer is a porter with Sierra Nevada hoppiness on one side and Dogfish Head alcohol warmth on the other. It worked for me but it like the other beer I had are sippers.


Then I drove back across town to Blue Palms for the unveiling of Firestone-Walker 13th Anniversary. Brian Lenzo had the foresight, nay genius, to start buying these beers years ago and has amassed quite the impressive collection. He had a sampler of 10, 11, 12 and 13. The 13 was nice. You may know me as the dark beer hater but 13 had a good balance. Some liquor aroma and bite but the beer was still there and it was smooth. Plus it was good to see celebrated Celebrator writer Tomm Carroll amongst all the familiar faces. Next years vertical flight should be killer.