Living in northeast LA, I’m blessed with craft happenings just outside my door. I took advantage of LA Beer Week’s eastsider-friendly scheduled events, and ventured out on a few occasions to drink it all in, quite very literally.
Sunday, September 22: The Bottle Room, for autumnal beers and pairing with a Japanese pumpkin flatbread (NOM). My pal tried Epic Brewing’s Fermentation Without Representation Pumpkin Ale, commenting that it was tasty and pretty alcoholic (8%), with a strong coffee aroma, not terribly pumpkinny, and reminded her more of a stout. Pal number two tried The Bruery‘s Autumn Maple with Yams, and reports it was very sweet and smelled strongly of the yam infusion. Highly alcoholic at 10%, he says it’s “definitely a fall beer.” I myself tried the Taps Pumpkin Ale, whose lighter alcohol content allowed for the pumpkin to come through in taste and smell. Barstaff were friendly and knowledgeable in an upscale and comfortable setting.
Tuesday, September 24: The Echo Park Musical Beer Crawl. This popular event started out at Sunset Beer. With my handy-dandy crawl passport in tow, I received radical discounts and insider treats. I assume most participants didn’t make it out of Sunset Beer, as I didn’t see more than a few of them for the remaining crawl stops. Although a schedule of events existed, all of the participating businesses seemingly honored the crawl passport at any time, should you not be able to stick around all night.
Sunset Beer offered a dollar off drafts and free corkage on any of their bottles. El Prado (a GREAT spot for beer/wine/music) unveiled their secret keg hours ahead of schedule, as their previously selected keg had already been tapped just down the street. They broke out a delicious Smog City Five-Grain Saison. After a round and to regain some sensibility about us, we visited Two Boots Pizza to take advantage of their 2-for-1 beer crawl special on slices, before heading back out to try AleSmith‘s Anvil ESB at a packed Mohawk Bend. We found ourselves more comfortable in the smaller El Prado, so we doubled back for another round before calling it a night. All in all, this event brings businesses and craft lovers together seamlessly; it was a something-for-everyone kind of night.
Friday, September 27: Eagle Rock Brewery‘s Oktoberfest. This shindig was a real party. The taproom and brewery were overflowing with ERB fans, new visitors, and brewers from around the southland to take part in carnival-esque activities and grub including a sauerkraut-eating contest, arm-wrestling, and a brew dubbed Creamsicle – guess how it tastes!
Although I wish I could have attended more events, my body is thanking me for taking it easy. Besides, there’s always next year.
Check out the gallery for photos from these events!
Photos courtesy of Jessica Sawyer and Jazzmyn Hollis