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Sep 13, 2012
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Next Week is L.A. Beer Week
With summer beer patio sessions winding down and Oktoberfest on the horizon, it’s always nice to be able to slip a full week of drinking into the schedule. Or, rather, eleven full days, but who’s counting? Well, we are. LA Beer Week kicks off on September 20 and runs all throughout the Southland, so we’d like to enjoy every single hour we can.
Don’t think for a moment that there won’t be enough events happening around town to keep you occupied. The event organizers have teamed up with everyone from local craft brewers to Westside beer taverns, the Pasadena arm of the Stone Brewing company store and at least one Mongolian BBQ spot — and that’s just the first day. Weekend events include barrel-aged beers at City Tavern in Culver City, tap takeovers from Whittier to Calabasas, and a sour beer fun run with the folks from Firestone Walker. Basically, they’ll be pulling names out of a hat between Golden Road, Verdugo Bar, 38 Degrees, Far Bar and Blue Palms to determine where to go next on Saturday the 22nd, unloading a single barrel of their special pours at each stop.
Other sure-to-be-popular events cascading into next week include a Dogfish Head Ancient Ales Dinner, happening at Little Bear downtown. KCET already loves Little Bear and the Midas Touch ancient ale from Dogfish Head is one of the best we’ve tasted, so get your tickets now. Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank is using the LA Beer Week as an excuse to host an IPA festival from Sunday the 23rd through Friday the 28th, which overtakes (but doesn’t outshine) Cismontane Brewing’s Night Beer & Bacon happening at The York. Wowzers.
The pièce de résistance, of course, is the Sunday night unlimited tasting event, happening at downtown LA’s Union Station. Your $50 presale ticket gets you unlimited four-ounce pours from more than 70 different beer brewers. The locals are sure to be heavily represented, but fantastic international breweries like Schneider-Weisse, Affligem, Chimay and Birra Moretti will also be on hand for the fete. You can also expect plenty of food trucks and snack stations to be set up around the perimeter, making sure you spend your time — and money — wisely over the course of the four-hour event. And since it’s all happening at Union Station, public transportation is practically a must.
You can check out the full event calendar here, although more great nights of fun and beer are being added all the time. And since these great events are happening all over the land, there’s likely one right in your backyard. Not that you needed an excuse to fill up your week with beer.
For more food and drink events visit kcet.org/events/food.

L.A. BEER WEEK! L.A. BEER WEEK!

socalfood:

Next Week is L.A. Beer Week

With summer beer patio sessions winding down and Oktoberfest on the horizon, it’s always nice to be able to slip a full week of drinking into the schedule. Or, rather, eleven full days, but who’s counting? Well, we are. LA Beer Week kicks off on September 20 and runs all throughout the Southland, so we’d like to enjoy every single hour we can.

Don’t think for a moment that there won’t be enough events happening around town to keep you occupied. The event organizers have teamed up with everyone from local craft brewers to Westside beer taverns, the Pasadena arm of the Stone Brewing company store and at least one Mongolian BBQ spot — and that’s just the first day. Weekend events include barrel-aged beers at City Tavern in Culver City, tap takeovers from Whittier to Calabasas, and a sour beer fun run with the folks from Firestone Walker. Basically, they’ll be pulling names out of a hat between Golden Road, Verdugo Bar, 38 Degrees, Far Bar and Blue Palms to determine where to go next on Saturday the 22nd, unloading a single barrel of their special pours at each stop.

Other sure-to-be-popular events cascading into next week include a Dogfish Head Ancient Ales Dinner, happening at Little Bear downtown. KCET already loves Little Bear and the Midas Touch ancient ale from Dogfish Head is one of the best we’ve tasted, so get your tickets now. Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank is using the LA Beer Week as an excuse to host an IPA festival from Sunday the 23rd through Friday the 28th, which overtakes (but doesn’t outshine) Cismontane Brewing’s Night Beer & Bacon happening at The York. Wowzers.

The pièce de résistance, of course, is the Sunday night unlimited tasting event, happening at downtown LA’s Union Station. Your $50 presale ticket gets you unlimited four-ounce pours from more than 70 different beer brewers. The locals are sure to be heavily represented, but fantastic international breweries like Schneider-Weisse, Affligem, Chimay and Birra Moretti will also be on hand for the fete. You can also expect plenty of food trucks and snack stations to be set up around the perimeter, making sure you spend your time — and money — wisely over the course of the four-hour event. And since it’s all happening at Union Station, public transportation is practically a must.

You can check out the full event calendar here, although more great nights of fun and beer are being added all the time. And since these great events are happening all over the land, there’s likely one right in your backyard. Not that you needed an excuse to fill up your week with beer.

For more food and drink events visit kcet.org/events/food.

L.A. BEER WEEK! L.A. BEER WEEK!


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May 15, 2012
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Liquid Tuesday: American Craft Beer Week! »

I WRITE ABOUT BEER! LET’S BE FRIENDS!

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People with a predilection for the vino or bubbly, avert your eyes. Better yet, pull down the shades and stay inside for the next few days, because for the rest of us, it’s American Craft Beer Week! That’s right, a weeklong raising of glasses nationwide to celebrate those small-batch geniuses who keep us on our barstools.

You likely won’t be able to drive more than a mile or two in any direction without stumbling upon some sort of mini-celebration in accordance with American Craft Beer Week. Out east, Golden Road Brewing is turning their taps back over to some of the best beers they’ve come across in the short amount of time they’ve been open. That means rare pours, collaborations, and all sorts of madness behind the bar. Just a few miles away, Tony Yanow will be keeping himself busy at Tony’s Darts Away with a night of Firestone Walker beers. They’re driving down the coast with some out-of-stock selections that you won’t want to miss.

More centrally located, Koreatown’s Beer Belly is putting Wednesday night to good use as they host yet another leg of The Bruery’s fourth anniversary celebration. Like the previous versions from the well-known OC brewers, expect a keg of their rare Fruet to be tapped and quickly depleted. Or, if you’re headed to the beach this weekend, consider stopping off near the airport (ugh, we know) to try the newest double IPA from El Segundo Brewing. They’re celebrating one year in the game with their first ever batch of the hoppy stuff, and have planned a VIP celebration that includes custom growlers and first-in-line fills of their newest creation. $50 gets you in the door early, or hold out until 2pm to get in with everyone else.

There are plenty of craft beer spots around town worth celebrating, so head out to your local hotspot. There’s a better than even chance that they’ll be having some sort of fun for American Craft Beer Week.

For more food and drink events visit kcet.org/events/food.


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May 8, 2012
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Liquid Tuesday: The Return of the Mac »

It’s week two of the new KCET alcohol event listings I do. Check ‘em out!

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Grab your coats and hail a cab: Tom Bergin’s is back! Starting last night, the popular Carthay Circle-adjacent Irish bar on Fairfax is up and running again. After a prolonged construction period that forced them to miss their first St. Patrick’s Day in decades, the whiskey and Guinness is once again flowing like… well, whiskey and Guinness.

A bit further south in Culver City, the Unibroue folks from way up north (Quebec, to be specific) are pouring some beers at L’Épicerie Market. The $45 price tag comes along with five courses of casual French fare and a selection of tasty beers to wash it down with. Just down the street, City Tavern is giving you Sunday respite from your Mother’s Day woes by pairing up four courses with a glass of premium brew as well.

Elsewhere, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach is putting the wraps on their 4th annual IPA festival. They’ve been dedicating the majority of their taps to hoppy IPAs from all around the country, but the event closes on the 10th, so plan accordingly. In Alhambra, The Bruery opens up a keg of rare beer in celebration of their fourth anniversary. The popular Orange County brewery will be hitting the road for ten different events in the coming days, with the Alhambra fete slated for 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill.

Between the beach city IPA festival and the mid-city Tom Bergin’s reemergence, there’s no reason not to stop off for a pint this week. Whatever your local watering hole happens to be.

For more food and drink events visit kcet.org/events/food.


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May 1, 2012
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KCET FOOD: Liquid Tuesday: Beer, There & Everywhere »

As if I didn’t talk your ear off enough, I just started a weekly column for KCET, and it’s all about beer. Let’s see: tacos, burgers, beer, comedy. I’m not trying to steal your boyfriend, I swear.

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This week, try thinking beyond the margarita to one of several great beer events around town. From the Eastside to Santa Monica and all the way down to Orange County, this is a fantastic week for craft brews, and the people who love them.

Tonight, the Central Coast’s Firestone Walker…