L.A. Beer Week: Your Guide to This Week's Beer Pairing Dinners
Sarah Bennett Beer pairings at Toronado in San Diego
Now in its 5th year, L.A. Beer Week seems to have become more than just an opportunity to ween people off of Miller Lite, graduating into a massive ten-day, two-county affair with emphasis on even more sophisticated explorations of local beer.
Sure the tap takeovers and special beer releases will always be an integral part of what LABW provides, but more than ever this time around, breweries are teaming up with restaurants (and even their own kitchens!) to create beer-pairing dinners that are guaranteed to chip away at L.A.'s obsession with wine.
"Beer is all over the flavor range, in every direction," said El Segundo Brewing's Tom Kelly on why his hop-forward brand decided to focus on beer dinners for its LABW events. "Wine tastes like grapes, since it's made from grapes ... Winemakers are completely limited by the quality of their fruit. Brewers [on the other hand] are chefs, artists even and have a chef-like creativity to bring to life recipes that many wouldn't even consider."
From special seating five-courses with high price points to casual pay-as-you-go mix-and-match menus, the remainder of L.A. Beer Week is filled with options for any budget and any palate. Turn the page for the next five days of ways to explore the culinary connections between beer and food.
Monday, September 23rd
Sarah Bennett At El Segundo's tap room
WHAT: Celebrate the Sauce at The Parish
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
WHY: The Parish chefs will be kicking off LABW by preparing beer-inspired dishes to be paired with selections from the bar's 21 taps, which this week promises to include favorites such as Allagash Curieux, The Bruery's Hottenroth and Noble Ale Works Naughty Sauce. Everything from pork belly to octopus can be purchased paired with a draft beer or a la carte, ensuring something for foodists as well as beer fans.
WHERE: The Parish, 840 S. Spring St., Downtown; 213-225-2400.
WHAT: El Segundo Brewing Company at Tripel
WHEN: 5 p.m. - close
WHY: For one night only, the Tripel will be serving a main entree created by Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson that was inspired by El Segundo's bitter flagships, Citra Pale and Two 5 Left double IPA. Brown sugar ribs atop a Thai green papaya slaw with Citra hops will be available all night or till it's gone. Draft pours of Citra Pale and Two 5 Left pours will also be available.
WHERE: The Tripel, 333 Culver Blvd., Playa Del Rey; (310) 821-0333.
Tuesday, September 24
WHAT: Craft Beer & Food Dinner with Ladyface Ale Companie at Cooks County
WHEN: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
WHY: The weekly beer dinner series that has been going on since August continues through LABW with a four-course meal inspired by and paired with brews from Agoura's Ladyface Ale Companie.
WHERE: Cooks County, 8009 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-653-8009.
WHAT: Goose Island Beer Dinner at Rock & Brews Redondo Beach
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHY: Chicago's Goose Island gets flack for being majority owned by Budweiser's parent company, but the brewery continues to make its classic craft beer styles, all of which will be on display at this five-course beer dinner that will pair regular Rock & Brews menu items with regular and "vintage" Goose Island beers. Tickets are $45 classic, $55 for the vintage package. Call 310-378-4970 to reserve a spot.
WHERE: Rock & Brews, 6300 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach; 310-378-4970.
WHAT: 5th Annual Autumn Beer Dinner with Allagash at The Bottle Room
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHY: The Bottle Room's Allagash beer dinners are an annual LABW tradition, but this year, Beer Chick Hallie Beune will be guiding the five-course meal as it's paired with favorites and rarities from Portland, ME's finest. Tickets are $64. Buy them here.
WHERE: The Bottle Room, 6741 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier; 562-696-8000.
840 South Spring St., Los Angeles, CA