There are events tonight in Hawthorne, Wednesday in Redondo Beach and Thursday in Carson.
Also, you have your tickets to the kickoff event that’s just over a week away, right? If not, click here.
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
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.
There will be music, food trucks and specialty beer releases each day. What’s not to love?
Torrance’s Smog City Brewery sits smack dab next to the Torrance refinery and has had a front row seat as the plant literally belches and fumes, something that has occurred much more frequently of late.
So it’s not surprising the brewery is hosting a fundraiser to raise money to install air quality monitors (almost unbelievably there are none nearby).
Head brewer Mike Hancock, right, owner Rob Bubens and his year-old Doberman Jax will mark the grand opening this weekend in El Segundo of the first combination craft brewery and distillery in Los Angeles County. Photo by Staff Photographer Ed Crisostomo).
A combo-brewery-distillery is a lot more complex to open than your average craft brewery, Rubens said.
“We carry eight licenses, two from the feds, three from the state and three from the city,” he said. “We placed our order for (the German-made still) in December 2014 and we received it in early February this year. So it took 14 months from the day we placed the order to the day it showed up in a truck. Then it was another four months until it was operational.”
Although Rubens has quietly had a soft opening for several weeks, this weekend is the first that cocktails will be available.
While the event itself begins at noon, tasting begins at 4 p.m. at Select Beer Store, 1613 S. Pacific Coast Highway.
From the press release:
Brewers and owners from local breweries will serve their own special batch of chili, while guests will sample each one and vote for their favorite.
This year’s participating breweries: King Harbor Brewing Co., of Redondo Beach, Brouwerji West of San Pedro, Phantom Carriage Brewery of Carson, Arts District Brewing of Los Angeles, Three Weavers Brewing of Inglewood, El Segundo Brewing Co., and Torrance’s HopSaint Brewing Co., Strand Brewing and Smog City.
Beers from each of the represented breweries will be served on draft and the area behind the fenced off to set up a “beer/chili garden” for the anticipated overflow crowd.
All proceeds from the chili cook-off benefit Providence TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance.
I’m not exactly a chili expert, but HopSaint’s chili is incredible, so the competition had better bring their game.