Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Drink Locally - Craft Beer Week

Drink Locally - Craft Beer Week

Being the raging alcoholic that I am... Okay, let me rephrase that. Being the snobby raging alcoholic that I am, I like me some craft beer. So it's pretty sweet that this week I can drink all week long without having to defend myself from claims that I clearly have a problem.

So what exactly does Craft Beer Week mean? Well, to me it means that it's your average Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, etc. etc. I love me some craft beer all the time. I don't need a silly week to remember to drink this good stuff.

But many people don't know the wonders of drinking good beer. They've been marketed so much by Bud and Miller that they just by whatever tells them is ice cold. Completely ignoring the fact that the only reason that beer is tolerable is because that ice cold effect numbs your taste buds.

I realize the point of drinking is to ultimately become numb, but at the very least you can enjoy the taste of whatever it is that you're drinking and have the whole numbing reality side effect be exactly that.. a side effect.

So for those of you who want to support smaller craft brewers and have something that is local as well as tasty, this website is pretty handy on what Los Angeles bars have what deals on each night of the week. Some highlights are:

Tuesday, May 17

Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

$4 Pint Night from 6 PM – 10 PM. Every beer on draft is $4.

Boneyard Bistro
13539 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Boneyard Bistro Showing You Some Love from 4:30 PM – 1 AM. Wear your craft beer apparel and get 50% off your first draft. Valid Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie
29281 Agoura Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Happy 12 Hours from 11:30 AM – 12 AM. Happy hour prices all day long for Ladyface beers plus 20% off all bottled beers.

Wednesday, May 18

38 Degrees Ale House & Grill
100 West Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801

Uinta Brewing Draught Launch with Owner Steve Kuftinec from 7 PM – 10 PM. Meet the owner of Utah’s Uinta Brewing. Five different beers from Uinta Brewing will be on tap: Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, Hoo Doo Kolsch, Wlyd Organic Extra Pale Ale, Barleywine and Crooked Line Detour Double IPA.

Naja’s Place
154 Internatl Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Barrel Aged Night from 8 PM – 1 AM. Beers on tap: Flying Dog Gonzo (Bourbon barrel-aged), Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary (Brewers Reserve), Deschutes Mirror Mirror, Allagash Curiuex, The Bruery Cuir, Rogue John John Juniper and more surprises.

Tony’s Darts Away
1710 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506

Staff Favorites Night from 6 PM – 10 PM. Enjoy a selection the staff’s favorite beers.

Thursday, May 19

Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Magnolia Brewery Night from 5 PM – 2 AM. Beers on tap: Prescription Pale Ale & Proving Ground IPA.

Library Alehouse
2911 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Karl Strauss Night from 6 PM – 9 PM. Representatives from Karl Strauss will be on site to answer your questions. Beers on tap: 22nd Anniversary Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Imperial Stout and Rye IPA. Beers in bottles: Whistler Imperial Pils.

Naja’s Place
154 Internatl Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Drink Local Night from 8 PM – 1 AM. A night highlighting 6+ local Los Angeles craft breweries and their beers. Beers on tap: Strand Brewing’s 24th Street Pale Ale & Atticus IPA
Cistmontane Brewing Company’s 1st Anniversary, TAPS Fish House & Brewery’s Irish Red & Saison (brewed w/ Cistmontane), Brouwerij West’s Tripel, So Cal Beer Co.’s Porter, Tustin’s Imperial Russian Stout and more.

10543 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

PINT NIGHT with the New Belgium Brewing Company from 7 PM – 10 PM. New Belgium Beer Ranger Brian Chorn will be on hand to discuss their brews. Beers on tap: Le Terroir, Ooh La La, Dunkelweisse, La Folie, Abbey Grand Cru, Super Cru Anniversary Ale, Ranger IPA and Somersault Ale.

Friday and on... Well, let's face it. That's when all the rubes go out drinking. Fuck them. Damn weekend warriors. I have no room for them. If you can't be bothered to see beer or alcohol as something as normal as lunch then of course you're going to get shit faced and not be able to handle yourself.

People need to stop putting such a stigma on drinking. Back in the olden days people would drink because it was safer than drinking from the local water supply. Which if you're in Southern California, I'm pretty sure is still the case. So hey, let's support some craft brewers this week.

Though I guess if you're being technical, even though Pabst Blue Ribbon brewing will be moved to Los Angeles it doesn't mean that you can walk around saying that you're drinking locally when you crack open a 24 pack of that for the low price of $6.

No matter how Ironic it is.

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