With the official festival kick-off coming up this Saturday, LA Beer Week is approaching fast and I for one let it sneak up on me. As always, the official calendar can be a little overwhelming, so here’s my guide to the events totally worth your time during LA Beer Week.
Saturday, June 18th 2016:
Kick Off Festival: Despite what LA Mag might say, this is the absolute best craft beer festival in Los Angeles County. Not only will you have an opportunity to taste beers from every member of the LA Brewers Guild, but organizers have also worked hard to pull in amazing brewers from the Bay area including Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, Cellarmaker Brewing Co. and familiar O.C. faces like Noble Aleworks and Bottle Logic Brewing.
Tickets are still on sale here. Get them before they are gone!
Sunday June 19th 2016:
Macleod Cask & Ye Shall Receive
This is the 2nd anniversary event for Van Nuys’ British-influenced brewery. Always a great showcase of local beer, this year Jennifer, Alastair & Co will not only be pouring 15 Macleod beers on cask & draught, they have also curated 24 guest casks from local brewers such as Smog City Brewing Co., Mumford Brewing & Bottle Logic. More interestingly – the list of guest beers delves much deeper into the growing LA brewery scene and features a number of breweries that you don’t often see outside of their tasting rooms. This will be a great opportunity to experience some of the up-and-coming breweries like Westlake Brewing Co., Topa Topa Brewing and Transplants!
Of course, Tomm Carroll will be hosting his regular panel at the event, this time featuring superstar homebrewer Drew Beecham and the man who wrote the literal book on homebrewing, John Palmer.
Get your tickets here: https://macleodale.ticketbud.com/caskandyeshallreceive3
Whale Chasing w/ Highland Park & Ladyface
Sunday is a bit of a hectic night, with two of the most in-demand California breweries hosting events in LA County. Ladyface Ale Companie will be hosting Sante Adairius Rustic Ales at their Agoura Hills Brewpub, and Highland Park will be hosting Cellarmaker Brewing Co. at the Hermosillo. Both of these events are an incredible opportunity to check out two breweries that are making waves across the entire country. You should note that tickets are required for the Ladyface/Sainte Adairius event.
Cellarmaker Brewing Co. at The Hermosillo: http://labeerweek.dola.com/events/2016/6/19/cellarmaker-the-hermosillo
Farmhouse Brewsters: Sante Adairius @ Ladyface: http://labeerweek.dola.com/events/2016/6/19/farmhouse-brewsters-sante-adairius-ladyface
Monday June 20th, 2016:
LA Beer Week Bottleshare at Southland Beer
Conflict of interest alert – technically I’m an employee of Southland Beer and will be behind that bar for this event. As a way of celebrating the local community, we thought it would be a nice change of pace to open up on a monday night to host the beer community for a bottle share. Bring a bottle or two for the group or if your cellar is limited, feel free to buy something from the bottle fridge. We’ve got plenty to go around. As a way of managing the turnout, please RSVP here.
Tuesday June 21st, 2016:
Ceviche, Sours N’ Screams @ Phantom Carriage
I love ceviche and I’m supremely bummed I won’t make it out to this event. What is it? Phantom Carriage will be making 4 different ceviche’s, each using a different sour beer as a core ingredient. Each dish will be served with the beer that was incorporated in the dish which will undoubtedly result in a pretty spectacular tasting event.
To top it off, Phantom Carriage will be screening vintage Piranha films in their screening room the whole night.
Thursday June 23rd 2016:
Cider Style-Off @ Everson Royce
At this point into LA Beer Week you’ve lbeen drinking beer for almost an entire week so it might be good to switch things up. Local cidermakers 101 Cider are teaming up with Oregon’s Wandering Aengus to showcase the wide variety of ciders available on bottle shop shelves. Each attendee will get 8 tasters of cider that will include selections from 101, Wandering Aengus and classic European ciders from France and Spain.
K-Town Crawl: ft The Good Beer Company
Koreatown neighbours Southland Beer and Beer Belly are teaming up to showcase the great beers coming out of Santa Ana’s The Good Beer Company. Each spot will be tapping 4 selections from the brewery, showing off their excellent mixed culture farmhouse beers.
Friday June 24th, 2016
El Segundo Cask-Away!
El Segundo is hosting their 2nd Annual tropical cask event. If you like hops and tropical fruit, this is definitely the event for you. Cask beers will include: Margarita Dog, You Lychee? (Citra Pale), Guava Mayberry and Papaya Skull!
Despite their hop-focused west coast styles, El Segundo actually makes some of the best cask beer in town – and these specific casks are the last ones made by Andy Black during his time at El Segundo Brewing Company. Definitely worth checking it out.
Happy LA Beer Week!