Koreatown's Beer Belly Throws a Three-Day Beer Party
When beer bars and gastropubs started sprouting up en masse across Los Angeles a few years ago, not many could have predicted the rise of Beer Belly.
Evelyn Rosales A typical Saturday at Beer Belly (while the patio was still under construction last month)
Hidden off of Western near the Titantic-themed Cafe Jack and a two-story Kentucky Fried Chicken, the tiny former noodle house -- which is brightly painted like a Giant Robot store -- was an unlikely place to host some of the city's best beer events.
But with a central location, an impressively curated rotating taplist and a menu that indulges all that is duck fat and deep fried, Beer Belly has become a meeting spot for beerventure-seeking Angelenos who flock there for events like One Night Stand -- its tap takeovers that feature a different local brewery each month.
This weekend, owners Jimmy and Yume Han are celebrating Beer Belly's second year as one of the top craft beer establishments in L.A. with a three-day party that will see more than 20 rare and unseen beers poured from the bar's 12 taps, including a new collaboration beer with Orange County's The Bruery made especially for this occasion.
Dubbed FUBRue (For Us, By Rue), Beer Belly's 2nd anniversary beer is a blended sour made with jujubes, black sesame seeds and azuki red beans -- all ingredients that were purchased at a Korean market by Jimmy and Bruery owner Patrick Rue.
Sunday is the main chunk of this all-weekend party and, in addition to the tapping of FUBRue, Firestone XVI and Lost Abbey's Cuvee de Tomme, the kitchen will also be closed so that the Kogi and Seoul Sausage trucks can post up in the parking lot.
With a new IndieGoGo-funded front patio hand-built just in time for summer weather and a featured slot on a recent episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, two years seems like only the beginning of Beer Belly's well-deserved craft beer dominance.
Turn the page for Beer Belly's 2nd Anniversary tap list.