April 5, 2013 |
We have egg on our faces. But The Redd Collection has come to our rescue. When we wrote last week about the about the rare beer tasting it was hosting -- the one that included the grail-like Westvleteren 12 -- we erroneously listed the address of their beer supplier, Valley Beverage, as the location for the tasting. It seems some excited readers made the trek to Sherman Oaks only to be turned away with the news that the tasting was actually occurring at The Redd Collection's Culver City storefront.
April 3, 2013 |
The Burbank craft beer destination Tony's Darts Away , started by L.A. beer impresario Tony Yanow, is celebrating its third anniversary with a weekend-long party and a special house beer to be tapped during the festivities. The bar, once a quiet neighborhood dive , focuses on brewed-in-California beers and vegan eats, and it has found a thirsty following as craft beer's popularity has surged in Los Angeles. The anniversary celebration is set to begin at midnight April 13 -- three years to the minute since the first pints were poured at the renovated Tony's Darts Away -- and run through the following Sunday evening.
March 29, 2013 |
"We have made Italy, now we must make Italians," goes the old saying. Today we have made the euro, and the crisis of the euro is unmaking Europeans. People who felt enthusiastically European 10 years ago are reverting to angry national stereotypes. "Hitler-Merkel" read a banner carried by young Cypriot protesters this week. Next to those words was an image of the European flag, its yellow stars on a blue background crossed out in red. Sweeping negative generalizations are heard about "North" and "South" Europeans.
March 28, 2013 |
Culver City's wine purveyors The Redd Collection , known for throwing brag-worthy wine tastings, have joined forces with the Sherman Oaks beer and wine destination Valley Beverage to host a beer tasting Saturday that is sure to excite any rare-beer hunters. In addition to eight sought-after, and occasionally avant-garde, beers from the Bruery, the event features one of the rarest beers around: the singular Westvleteren 12. The Bruery has been making experimental brews in Orange County for nearly five years, and you can sample some of the best examples of their subtly funky farmhouse ales, potent barrel-aged beers, and face-puckering sour brews at Saturday's tasting.
March 16, 2013 |
Sometimes you just have to step up to a big, strapping IPA. This one is positively steely with hops, boasting 104 International Bittering Units, nearly twice as much as in the average West Coast IPA. It's also high in malt and alcohol (9.4% by volume). It pours medium amber with a huge yellowish head. The nose is brisk and outdoorsy, almost resinous with pine scent. The entry on the palate is sweet with bitterness gradually sneaking up, though not quite as much bitternesss as the 104 IBUs might suggest.
March 15, 2013 |
The gig: Greg Koch, 48, and Steve Wagner, 54, are the founders of Stone Brewing Co., one of the largest brewers of craft beer in the United States. The company is best known for its hoppy, high-alcohol beers, including Stone IPA, Stone Ruination IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Koch and Wagner started experimenting with home brews in Koch's Solana Beach, Calif., condominium in the early 1990s and opened a brewery in a San Marcos, Calif., warehouse in 1996. Stone has grown from 400 barrels that year to 177,200 barrels last year, developing a cult-like following among craft beer enthusiasts.