April 18, 2012 |
Here we are, back at tricked-out Staples. I'm surprised they haven't torn it down, seeing as how it's been around a good 10 years, a rare stretch of preservation in a city that sneers at slightly aged things (Dodger Stadium a relic? Yeah, so is Lindsay Lohan, but I wouldn't let you tear her down just yet). So the Big Staple probably qualifies for historic status, though it lacks the comforting old stadium musk. I'm thinking of that beer hall cologne that develops after a certain amount of Budweiser seeps between layers of plywood deep in the stadium's skin.
December 9, 2011 |
Opening a restaurant/bar and calling oneself Dr. Hops takes guts on the West Coast, where breweries have long delighted in maximizing the ingredient for all its tart and bitter glory. "That was a joke, initially," Roger Bott said. "We put it on the website with a little character, and it stuck from there. Home brewing, though, I was always using more hops than anyone said would taste good. " Out of the gate, however, Bott is going for wide appeal, putting the emphasis on balance at his recently opened the Lab in Agoura Hills (30105 Agoura Road)
December 2, 2011
DJ PARTY Giant presents David Guetta Chinese Theatres, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. 9 p.m. Saturday, $80 Giantclub.com WINE TASTING Irregular at Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd. 7 p.m. Saturday, $20 (213) 413-8200 BEER GARDEN Golden Road Brewing 5410 W. San Fernando Road Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, $15-$38 Collaboration.la PIGS & PINTS Filipino-style roast pig and beer Biergarten, 206 N. Western Ave. 1 p.m. Sunday, $30 Foodgps.com ROCK THE VOTE Bridget Kelly and DJ Speedball W Hotel, Whiskey Blue 930 Hilgard Ave. 9 p.m. Thursday, free email@example.com
November 20, 2011
Kingdom Breweries, 1748 National Road 5, Phnom Penh; http://www.kingdombreweries.com . Tours are $6.50, which includes two beers. Munich Beer Restaurant, 68 Sothearous Blvd., Phnom Penh. Man Han Lou, 456 Monivong Blvd., Phnom Penh; 011-855-23-721-966. 54 Langeach Sros, 15A,178 St., Phnom Penh; 011-855-17-455-454. Beer garden in the courtyard of a former residential villa. Main dishes from about $3. Sovanna Restaurant, 2C 21 St., Phnom Penh; 011-855-11-840-055.
November 20, 2011 |
Cambodia might not rank among the world's brewery or beer garden capitals, but change is coming. From its setting on the banks of the Tonle Sap river, Kingdom Breweries, Phnom Penh's newest boutique producer, opened in October 2010, is gearing up to give local brands Anchor and Angkor a run for their riel , using only the best German and Czech hops, premium German malt and top-quality water to produce the brand's flagship pilsner. "Fancy one?" Chief Executive Peter Brongers asked me, offering a bottle of the brewery's first batch from his office mini-fridge.
October 25, 2011 |
Lederhosen aren't required, but new German-influenced beer gardens are popping up in Southern California. A few are closely patterned after the traditional biergartens that originated in 19th century Bavaria to serve plebeian brews in outdoor settings. But many of the establishments in the Los Angeles area have interpreted old-fashioned beer gardens through the prism of local diversity and hipness. They serve a variety of foods, including Asian fusion, and microbrews that are hardly populist.