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L.A. Beer Week: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Drink On

Something’s brewing in Los Angeles. That’s right, LA Beer Week has finally commenced! With events ranging from pub-crawls to speaker panels to pairings and tastings, this year’s festivities are bound to put a hop in your step. The weeklong celebration (well, 11 days to be exact) is filled to the brim with events for every kind of beer lover, and we’ve compiled our favorites for you! For more details on all these individual happenings and more, check out the LA Beer Week website. Cheers. 

Thursday, September 20th

Team Stone Takes Over Stuffed Sandwich with Co-Founders Steve Wagner (2-5 p.m.)

Kick off the first official LA Beer Week festivities with Stone Brewing Co-Founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, as well as Bill Sysak at legendary beer venue, Stuffed Sandwich. Stone beers will be served on tap, in addition to two special vintage beers. 

Collaboration Brew and Meet the Brewers Night with Stone Brewing Co-Founder Steve Wagner at Haven Gastropub Pasadena (lunchtime until 3 p.m., and again at 6 p.m.)

Pasadena is welcoming Stone Brewing Co. to the neighborhood, and to celebrate Stone will be collaborating with Haven Brewery to make a unique brew. The beer will be brewed on site that day, but other Stone collaboration beers will be available in addition to four hand-selected casks by Stone brewers. Go home and nap off the buzz before returning at 6p.m. for a meet and greet with Stone Brewing co-founder Steve Wagner.

Stone Total Town Takeover: Pasadena at Stone Brewing Co. (7-9:30 p .m., $25)

On their final stop of the evening, Steve Wagner and Greg Koch host a sneak peak at Stone Brewing Co.’s new company store in Pasadena. There will be live music and libations from Stone Catering, and proceeds from the tickets go to charity. 

Fried Chicken, Craft Draft! At Eva Restaurant (6-10 p.m., $39)

Put on your sweatpants and bring your appetite to Eva Restaurant for a night of all-you-can-eat fried chicken and all-you-can-drink Beachwood Brewing’s award winning Foam Top Cream Ale. 

Beer Week Kick Off Party at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena (6 p.m., $15)

Ring in Beer Week island style, with a Hawaiian BBQ featuring Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. inspired items. Figueroa brews such as Big Cone Black Ale, Jalama Beach Blonde Ale, and Red Rock ESB accompany beer-themed dishes such as Figueroa Mountain Teriyaki BBQ Short Ribs, Pineapple Chicken Skewers, and Musubi Coleslaw.  

Wurstküche Venice Home Brew Demonstration/Tasting Event (7-10 p.m., $40, or $80 for all three events)

Watch and learn as the folks at Wurstküche demonstrate home brew techniques and offer a sampling of beers at their Venice location. Each of the three events taking place over the course of LA Beer Week will showcase a different style of beer. On the 20th, you’ll learn about Belgian Tripel, on the 23rd, German Weisse Bier, and on the 27th, Marzen. Each event costs $40, but you can attend all three for $80. The ticket price includes free valet parking, a souvenir glass, and assorted snacks. You had us at free parking… 

Dogfish Head Invades Little Tokyo’s Far Bar (7-9:30 p.m., $25) 

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will be offering 12 different Dogfish Head brews, including some hard to find selections. Any fan of the Delaware brewery should not miss this. 

Friday, September 21st

Poutine Paradise! A Beer Dinner Featuring The Beers of Schneider-Weisse at P'tit Soleil Westwood (seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., $40)

Those not familiar with poutine—a Canadian fast-food dish consisting of cheesy, gravy-laden French fries—will especially want to check out this tasting event at P’tit Soleil. Five gourmet poutine dishes will be paired with Schneider-Weisse Bavaria beers. A representative from Schneider-Weisse will present each pairing, and vintage beers will be available for “dessert.” Sounds filling, eh? 

Saturday, September 22nd 

Better Weather Fest at Golden Road Brewing (12-4 p.m., $30 presale, $40 at the door - $15 for designated drivers)

In celebration of Golden Road’s one-year anniversary, the Atwater Village-based brewery will host a Better Weather Fest where you can sip a variety of craft brews and take tours of the newly expanded brewing facilities. The day also marks the return of the Burning Bush smoked IPA, which debuted at last year’s opening. There will be live music and an array of food trucks to cure those beer munchies. 

Open Tap Night at The Oaks Tavern (10 p.m-2 a.m., $40)

Unlimited half-pints of any beer on tap! Need we say more? Oh, you also get a free take-home tasting glass. 

LA Brewery Tour – LACraftBeerTours (11:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.-11 p.m., no charge)

Starting at Eagle Rock Brewery, this tour will take you to some of L.A.’s finest local breweries including Strand, El Segundo, and Golden Road. With expert beer guides leading the way, you’ll spend about an hour at each brewery eating and drinking your way through L.A.’s best beer makers. 

Sunday, September 23rd

Brewer’s Brunch at Eagle Rock Brewery (10 a.m.-1 p.m., $15)

Eagle Rock Brewery is hosting a special brunch celebrating craft beer lovers in Los Angeles. Your ticket price includes brunch and two pints of beer served in a special take-home glass. There will also be opportunities to chat with the owners and brewers and to mingle with fellow beer enthusiasts.

Craft for Crap at Beer Belly (12-10 p.m., $0.01)

Beer Belly is taking craft brew awareness very seriously. They invite you to bring your friends that are still drinking crap beer to switch out their cans of PBR for one of their locally made craft brews for just one-cent! For those of you who are truly craft beer challenged, join them for brunch from 12-4 p.m. with beer and food pairings.

The Beauty of the Barrel at the Victorian [4-8 p.m., $40]

Brew Something LA and the Victorian in Santa Monica are hosting a unique event showcasing barrel-aged beers and spirits. Net proceeds from each ticket, which includes samples of each featured brew and cocktail, will benefit the Virginia Avenue Project, an arts-based mentoring program. 

Monday, September 24th

Dogfish Head Ancient Ales Dinner at The Little Bear (no time listed, $75)

Chef Andre Guerrero of the Little Bear is hosting a high concept, five-course dinner for Dogfish Head. Each dish is inspired by and paired with one of Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ales, and includes creations like duck breast with saffron risotto and a chardonnay reduction, pork loin with apple port marmalade, and beer-poached monkfish with bacon shallot confit. 

So you want to open a brewery in LA…A Brewer’s Panel [7 p.m., Free admission, cost of drinks vary by vendor]

Want to get in on the craft-brewing boom? Join Tomm Carroll of The Celebrator Beer News at Rock N Brews for an informative discussion about what it takes to open a brewery in L.A. Participants include Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery, Joel Elliot of Strand Brewing, and Meg Gill of Golden Road, as well as some up-and-comers. 

Tuesday, September 25th

Musical Beer Crawl [5 p.m.-ish, Free to join, specials vary by venue]

Mosey along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, which is lined with stellar music, food, and beer venues. The event itself is free, and if you print out a passport ahead of time [https://dl.dropbox.com/u/81524/dload/musical-beer-crawl-2012.jpeg], you’ll receive deals and discounts along the way. Hop around the participating locations, which include Two Boots Pizza, Mohawk Bend, Lot 1 Café, Golden Road Brewing, and Los Globos. Most venues will be featuring live music. 

Wednesday, September 26th

Fifty/Fifty Night at Verdugo Bar

Verdugo Bar is serving up a limited amount of rare beers from Truckee’s Fifty/Fifty brewing company. Join the party and try 4 Wheat, Rockslide IPA, Totality Stout, and BART, because you never know when you’ll see these brews in SoCal again.

Thursday, September 27th

Big Crawl in Little Tokyo (6 p.m., no price listed)

Some of the hottest bars in Little Tokyo are teaming up with L.A.’s best breweries for an epic bar crawl. Partnerships include Stone Brewing Co. and Far Bar, Lazy Ox and Oskar Blues, and Spitz and Eagle Rock Brewery. More details to come, stay tuned!

Friday, September 28th

Oinkster's 6 Year Anniversary (burger specials all day, beer specials 6-9 p.m.)

Isn’t six years the “burger and beer” anniversary? Join the Oinkster in celebrating six years in business with half-a-dozen burger specials. There will also be an Eagle Rock Brewing invasion from 6-9 p.m., when the local brewerywill be taking over the taps with some old classics as well as new favorites, including the official beer of LA Beer Week: Unity. 

Saturday, September 29th

FoodGPS’s Second Annual L.A. Beer Float Showdown (2-5 p.m., $35) 

Top L.A. chefs and brewers will once again team up to create the ultimate beer float! A few of the teams: Golden Road Brewing, host of the event, will partner up with Josh Graves and Paul Sanguinetti of Ray’s and C+M, respectively, and El Segundo Brewing Co. will work with Shiho Yoshikawa of Sweet Rose Creamery. Your entry price makes you part of the competition—taste and vote for your favorite float.

Ultimate Flight Night III at 38 Degrees (6 p.m.)

Put on your pilot gear and dress up for Ultimate Flight Night: an air travel-themed event where local breweries will select beer flights to serve throughout the evening. This year, participating breweries include the Bruery, Firestone Walker, and Beachwood BBQ and Brewing. 

Sunday, September 30th

LA Beer Week Festival at Union Station (12-4 p.m., $50)

After a week of boozy merriment, say farewell to Beer Week the right way with the LA Beer Week Festival at Union Station. The closing festivities of this celebration of America’s favorite libation will feature over 70 breweries pouring unlimited suds samples. If we’ve learned anything from the events lined up for Beer Week, it’s that nothing goes better with beer than food truck grub, and there will be several lined up at Union Station to help soak up all the booze. Presale tickets are available for $50, but if that seems steep, remember the proceeds benefit The Spero Foundation, The LA Brewers Guild, and the Glassell Park Recreation Center.   

Multiple Days 

Craft Beer and Gobi Mongolian BBQ (all night, price per item)

It’s a craft beer happy hour at Gobi Mongolian BBQ! Specials include a dinner bowl and craft beer special for $17.50, and a craft beer with your choice of dumplings, Asian chicken tenders or panko crusted onion rings for $9, and tasting flights of craft beer. They’ll also be serving up some craft beer and gelato floats for dessert.  

Beer Ice Cream at Scoops!

This year Scoops has whipped up some creative new beer-inspired flavors in honor of LA Beer Week. A rotating selection will be served up at all three Scoops locations, so visit them all to make sure you get a taste of everything! Previous flavors have included Guinness Tiramisu, The Bruery’s Autumn Maple with Molasses, and Chimay Premier (Red) with Apricot. 

Bar | Kitchen at The O-Hotel presents: Beer | Cocktails

Simple as that—all week long, Bar | Kitchen will be serving up craft beer cocktails in honor of LA Beer Week! 

Suds at Savory, Dining with Beer at Savory Restaurant (September 20-30, 5:30-9:30 p.m., $40 per person)

Savory Restaurant in Malibu is hosting a three-course beer dinner, pairing dishes with local brews from Beachwood Brewing, Monkish Brewing Company, and Smog City Brewing. 

IPA Festival All Week Long at Tony’s Darts Away (September 23-28th)

Bring the IPA lover in your life to Tony’s Darts away for more than 20 of their favorite rotating IPA’s. What’s more, they’re offering IPA-inspired food specials and information packets—we’re intrigued.