The massive LA Beer Week downtown kickoff is just about a week away and the official beer — dubbed Unity but brewed by a different brewery every year — will be released Friday at more than 20 county locations.
It is, not surprisingly, an IPA also available in El Segundo Brewing’s hallmark 22-ounce bombers.
Here’s where you can find it:
Host Brewery + Event Location
The Brewery at Abigaile at Abigaile Restaurant
Arts District Brewing Co. at Arts District Brewing Co.
Beachwood Brewing at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Long Beach
Beachwood Brewing at Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach
Arrow Lodge Brewing at Bread & Barley
The Brewery at Simmzy’s at Simmzy’s Burbank
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Azuza
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Long Beach
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Pasadena
Eagle Rock Brewery at Eagle Rock Brewery
Eagle Rock Brewery at Eagle Rock Public House
Highland Park Brewery at The Hermosillo
HopSaint Brewing Co. at HopSaint Brewing Co.
Kinetic Brewing Company at Kinetic Brewing Company
Ladyface Ale Companie at Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie
Los Angeles Ale Works at Stanley’s Wet Goods
Phantom Carriage Brewery at Phantom Carriage Brewery
Sanctum Brewing at The Rookery
Twisted Oak Tavern & Brewery at Twisted Oak Tavern & Brewery
Verdugo West Brewing Co. at Market City Cafe
Wolf Creek Brewery at Wolf Creek Restaurant
Yorkshire Square Brewery at Southland Beer
Tucked away in a tiny Torrance Boulevard storefront next to a laundromat and barber shop sits Little Shop of Mary, which makes incredible bahn mi sandwiches for just $7 apiece.
Quite often on Saturday I’ll stop by and take one with me to a local brewery — Strand and Smog City are five minutes away — because those Vietnamese sandwiches complement craft beer perfectly.
And I’m not alone in that belief.
Check it out Saturday at Scholb Brewing when they will have the lemongrass chicken, sesame beef and (a personal favorite) slow roasted pork.
You will never eat a Lee’s again.
Yorkshire Square Brewery in Torrance will soon join the local brewery scene. Yorkshire specializes in cask conditioned ales. Head brewer Andy Black at work.
Photo by Robert Casillas, Daily Breeze/SCNG
Read the Daily Breeze story here.
The first three brews feature Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops.
Here’s how ESBC describes how their newest IPA’s were created; they look like a tasty addition to what is usually the county’s best line-up of big West Coast IPA’s:
Traditionally beers are bittered by adding relatively small amounts of hop at the beginning of the boil – this results in the firm bitterness that IPA fiends have come to love. A somewhat newer approach often referred to as “bursting” employs the technique of adding huge amounts of hops very late in the boil, or even after the kettle has been turned off. The large volume gives ample bitterness – and the added bonus of MASSIVE flavor components. This series is all about exploring what each hop adds to both the bitterness and the flavor of the beer when employed only in late additions with no early additions. The malt bill will remain consistent throughout the series, and we promise you.. it won’t get in the way.
The beers are available on draft or in 22oz bombers.
The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild will hold its inaugural LA Beer and Food Festival at the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake with 40 craft breweries and tastings of more than 100 beers plus complimentary food from local eateries.
A series of educational panels discussing beer and food pairings and the art of fermentation is also on tap.
Full details here.