L.A. Beer Week Events: Rare Beers, Guest Beers + Brewers
L.A. Beer Week runs Thursday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 29. It's a time to celebrate beer -- from favorite local breweries and nationwide collaborators -- to visit the hard-working bars and bartenders that serve us, and to make new friends with other pint-bearers. There is an incredible array of events this year, from tap takeovers and pint nights, to a gala, a homebrewing demonstration, and a music + beer crawl.
Erika Bolden Select Beer Store
Our to-do list is epic, yet it only features two particularly outstanding events a day. For a comprehensive list, check out the official L.A. Beer Week website. Without further ado, go forth and saturate your calendars as quickly as possible. Turn the page for our pick of Beer Week festivities in the Los Angeles area.
Thursday, Sept. 19
WHAT: Dogfish Head Night at Select Beer Store
WHEN: 5-10:30 p.m.
WHY: With no fewer than half a dozen Dogfish Head beers on tap, this is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with Delaware's self-described "off-centered" beers. Let's Be Frank hot dogs and sausages also in attendance.
WHERE: Select Beer Store, 1613 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach; (310) 540-1221.
WHAT: Eagle Rock Brewing's The Right Brews at Story Tavern,
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHY: Eagle Rock is providing at least five of their beers but this is not a typical tap takeover. Each beer, depending on the night, will be available on CO2 (how you usually drink it), on nitro (how Guinness usually is served), and on cask (with yeast-provided carbonation alone). Owners Jeremy Raub and Ting Su will be there at 6:30 to introduce the event.
WHERE: Story Tavern, 150 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank; (818) 567-4200.
Friday, Sept. 20
WHAT: An Evening with Haven Brewing at the Federal Bar
WHEN: 4-8:00 p.m.
WHY: Join Haven's head brewer Brian Thorson to discuss the Haven lineup including Hop Wave and Oktoberfest.
WHERE: Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 980-2555.
WHAT: Brewers Karaoke Championships at Melody Lounge
WHEN: 8:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
WHY: Brewers and staff will do their worst, performing quality tunes as fodder for mockery from the general public. If we have to listen to Journey one more time, at least there will be great beer. Folks from Eagle Rock, The Bruery, Noble Ale Works, Lagunitas, Golden Road, Kinetic, and Stone Breweries in attendance.
WHERE: Melody Lounge, 939 N Hill St Los Angeles; (213) 625-2823.
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Saturday, Sept. 21
WHAT: AleSmith Brewing Tap Takeover at the Surly Goat
WHEN: 7:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m.
WHY: Meet AleSmith's head brewer, Bill Batten and harass him with your geekiest beer questions. He'll have a full lineup of award-winning AleSmith beers from San Diego.
WHERE: The Surly Goat, 7929 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood; (323) 650-4628.
WHAT: The Armando Improv Comedy Show
WHEN: 9-10:30 p.m.
WHY: Featuring guest host Lance Rice from the upcoming documentary, Lance's Brewery Tour which chronicles the story of an autistic man with a photographic memory and a thirst for craft beer. $10 for the show and no cover for the bar. Tickets here.
WHERE: iO West, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 962-7560.
Sunday, Sept. 22
WHAT: L.A. Beer Week Opening Gala at Union Station
WHEN: 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
WHY: Unlimited samplings from over 50 breweries set right in the iconic 1939 Union Station train ticketing hall. Small bites featured and brewers pouring their beloved wares. Tickets here.
WHERE: Union Station, 800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles.
1613 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA