Oktoberfest At The Viceroy This Sunday! 9/25

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As a kick off to their Social Sundays, The beautiful Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica will offer authentic Oktoberfest fare paired with delicious craft beer hand-picked by yours truly, The Beer Chicks. 

The menu will feature house-made sausages, classic sides like sauerkraut and spaetzle, and delicious baked German desserts created by Chefs Tony DiSalvo and Chris Crary. 

We chose a few traditional pairings like Hopf Helle Weisse (German wheat beer with subtle fruit notes) with Weisswurst and Reutberger Export Helle (German lager with notes of grass and earth) with Bratwurst, and a few out-of-the-box pairings like Echt Kriekenbier (Flanders-style sour cherry ale) with Duck, Orange, Pecan sausage.

Dessert comes with beer too! (As it always should…)  We’ll have Stollen paired with Trois Pistoles (Abbey-style ale with notes of fig), Black Forest Cake with Bootlegger’s Coffee Chipotle Stout (Smoky, spicy, coffee stout), and Bienenstich with Allagash Curieux (Bourbon-barrel aged Belgian-style tripel).

The event takes place this Sunday evening 9/25 from 6pm till 9pm.  The Beer garden will be set up out back poolside.  And we’ll be on hand to drink beer with you, answer your burning craft beer questions and chat about our beer pairing choices.  The cost is $25 for food and $10 for 5 beer samples!

Here is the complete list of craft brews on our pairing menu:

 

Big Eye IPA - Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, San Diego, CA.

Hopf Helle WeisseWeißbierbrauerei Hopf (Schörghuber), Germany.

Reutberger Export Helle, Klosterbrauerei Reutberg, Sachsenkam, Germany.

Schonramer Gold Maerzen, Private Landbrauerei Schonram, Petting/Shonram, Germany.

Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Kotstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co., Bad Kostritz/Thuringen, Germany.

Ephemere - Unibroue, Chambly, Quebec.

Echt Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Vichte, Belgium.

Allagash CurieuxAllagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine.

Trois Pistoles Unibroue, Chambly, Quebec.

Black Phoenix Chipotle Coffee Stout Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton, CA.

Schonramer Saphir Bock, Private Landbrauerei Schonram, Petting/Schonram, Germany.

 

Viceroy Hotel

1819 Ocean Ave.

Santa Monica, CA

Call 310.260.7500 for reservations

 

La Birra è Buona a Roma

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We’ve heard many a rumor about the burgeoning craft beer revolution in Italy, but we Beer Chicks don’t believe it until we’ve tasted it. So up went the wheels in LA and down we touched in Rome. There’s really only one word to describe it, and that word is ‘Wow.’  Besides the amazing architecture and the 2765 years of rich history and art, Rome has an exploding craft beer scene! Elizabeth Minchilli was our key to all things ‘birra artigianale’ in the Eternal City.  In addition to being the author of six books on Italian living and contributor to over forty magazines and newspapers, Elizabeth is one rad beer chick and, according to KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman, is ‘The Answer Lady regarding Italy and Rome in particular.’ Her app EAT ROME is awesome. It helped guide us through our drinking and dining experiences in Rome. It’s not an exhaustive guide, but Elizabeth says the app is ‘what I think is the best.’ These are the places where she sends her friends.  And as her new friends – here are some of the places that she recommended as the best craft beer spots for us to visit whilst in Rome.

Open Baladin We met Elizabeth at Open Baladin, and we were immediately impressed and happy.  This bar opened in September of ‘09 and is owned by Italian craft beer revolutionary Teo Musso (Birrificio Le Baladin). It had over 40 Italian beers on tap and a menu of nearly 100 mostly Italian beers. Named after the Baladin Belgian-style Pale Ale “Open,” this multi-roomed pub in Campo dei Fiori is like nothing you’ll see in the US.  You can chill out on pillows on the floor or in an antique settee upstairs, or belly up to the beer bottle-lined bar downstairs.  We were only there for ‘aperitivo’ (before dinner (and drinks) drinks) so we only had the chips.  But, oh what chips they were – homemade, crispy and salty served with house ketchup .. delizioso.  Our favorite beer on tap here was actually a collaboration between Birra del Borgo and the popular Delaware craft brewery Dogfish Head – go figure.  It was a wonderful ‘continually hopped’ Imperial Pilsener called My Antonia (more to follow on this beer) that paired perfectly with the salty fatty chips.
Bir & Fud Elizabeth suggested that we make reservations for dinner at this Trastevere haunt, but instead we just went and sat at the bar, which was fine.  The service was a bit brisk, which was also fine as the bartender’s beer knowledge was stellar and the list all Italian and all artigianale.  This bar takes its beer seriously and elevates the term ‘pizza and beer’ miles above and beyond our American Dominoes and Bud sensibilities.  We ordered the potato, sausage and rosemary pizza, which had the thinnest Roman crust and was harmonious with both the American hopped Skizoid from the Parma region (yes, of the cheese and ham) brewery Birra Toccalmatto and theBibock, an earthy, herbal and malty Bock beer from Birrificio Italiano just north of Milan.  This bar definitely had the hipster vibe.  It felt like we were in Silverlake in LA or the East Village in NYC.  It was fun to rub gomiti and drink beer with the cool local folks.  (Oh, also order the beer braised chicken wings if you get a chance, seriously.)
Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa’? From what we can figure, the nice way to translate the name of this place means “What did you come for?” Walking in, (just across the street from Bir & Fud, btw) this is where we looked at each other and said “YES!” Known as a soccer (or Futbol) pub, this totally authentic, shall we say dive, is known as one of the best beer bars in Rome.  Both the draught and bottle lists were Italia-centric, but also multi-faceted and totally satisfying. In addition to Italian beers, the draughts included Belgians, Germans, and even some American beer from California!  After talking with the very knowledgeable bartender, we had the awesomely named Spaceman from Brewfist Italian Ales which hails from just south of Milan in Codogno. This Italian IPA was surprisingly hoppy with the grapefruit, citrus and resiny pine that accompanies that. Molto buona!
Domus Birrae This is the one place we didn’t get to that Elizabeth highly recommended.  She ranked this place as Rome’s best craft beer shop. Minchilli said, “I love this place, not just for its wealth of beers, but because it allows me to veer out of my comfort zone.”  We hope to get there this week and will update this post.  But, if you’re in Rome, check it out and let us know what you think! Open Baladin Via Degli Specchi, 6 00186 Roma, Italia Tel. +39 06.6838989
Bir & Fud  Via Benedetta, 23 00153 Rome, Italy Tel. +39 06.5894016

Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa’?

Via di Benedetta, 25 00153 Roma, Italy Tel. +39 06.97275218

Domus Birrae Via Cavour 88 00184 Roma, Italy Tel. +39 06.97997570

Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Tasting w/ The Beer Chicks

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We were lucky enough to be asked back to Latitude 33 lofts to do a little pre-St. Patty’s day beer tasting, where we’ll be drinking some fun and delicious Irish and Irish inspired beers! So come on by for a wee-bit of beer and taste some luck of the Irish. And don’t worry, we Beer Chicks haven’t sold out! You won’t be drinking any green-dyed fizzy yellow water! Irish style craft beer is sophisticated, layered, rich, well-balanced and delicious!

Check out the awesome beers we’ll be tasting:

Moylan’s Irish Style Red Ale, Novato, CA – A true Irish style Red. Classic tea-like barley nuttiness, low in hop bitterness. Ruby red color with notes of caramel.
6.5% ABV.

Smithwick’s Irish Amber, Kilkenny, Ireland – Kilkenny monks inspired John Smithwick to start this brewery in 1710. Notes of toasted biscuits with a hint of coffee and hops. Red color with a clean finish.
4.5% ABV.

Moylan’s Dragoons Dry Irish Stout, Novato, CA – A dry Irish stout named after General Stephen Moylan, Irish-born commander of the 4th Continental Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War. Notes of coffee and chocolate with a dry finish.
5% ABV.

Deschutes Green Lakes Beer, Bend, OR – Our ‘Green’ beer for St. Patrick’s Day – Instead of food coloring, this time the green refers to the organic ingredients that make up this amber-colored ale. Crisp and refreshing hop bite with notes of fruit and pine. 5.2% ABV.

Where: Latitude 33, 330 Washington BLVD.
When: Wednesday, March 16, 7-9PM

We’d Murder a Pint!

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If you plan to be authentic this St. Patty's day and embed yourself within the Irish culture, you will need to prepare yourself for multiple pints, order up a Boxty and some Soda Bread, and have a basic understanding of Irish pub slang.   Believe us, you don't want to misinterpret a real Irish bartender when he tells you, "You'll find the bog up the apples and pears." (Translation: The toilet is upstairs!) 

We Beer Chicks are all about 'When in Rome' when it comes to beer traditions.  When at a bowling alley, we'll drink that bowling pin-shaped Bud, while in a German biergarten, we want some leiderhosen nearby and no lemon in our Hefeweizen; and while in Irish Pubs, we want to know the proper way to order a Guinness.

Here are some of our favorite Irish terms that can apply to events at the pub.  If you're feeling bold and have had a few Arthurs (see below) you may want to give one or two of these a try on Wednesday.  (Please don't attempt a fake Leprachauny Irish accent.  Please!)

'A pint of Arthurs' = A pint of Guinness, as in Arthur Guinness the founder

'The Black stuff' = Guinness

'A Half and Half' = Half Guinness, Half Lager

'Ask me arse' = as in 'ask my ass', a.k.a: 'shut-up'

'Away with ye' = I don't really believe you.

'I'd murder a pint' = I really want a beer

'Are ye comin' down to the local?' = are you coming to the pub?

'Craic' = drinking beer and talking shite

'Pissed', 'Polluted', 'Plastered', 'Bolloxed', 'Twisted' =
wasted

'A drop' =
a drink (but not actually a small drink, a regular sized drink)

'Fine bit of stuff' =
a hottie

'Wagon' =
ugly woman

'Jacks', 'Bog' =
the toilet

'You're off your nut!' =
you crazy!

'Snog' =
make out (but no sex)

The Beer Chicks Picks for the LA Craft Beer Crawl

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow – LA Craft Beer Crawl is only a day away!  We have over 60 great beers being poured at 7 venues from 3-8pm in historic downtown tomorrow.  The word on the street is that we are going to sell out within an hour so.  The beer is in the walk-ins, the brewer's are practicing their pouring methods… This thing is HAPPENING people!

We know that 60 beers can be a bit overwhelming, even to us Beer Chicks, so we've decided to work up a little sheet that has some of our favorite – not to be missed- beers that will be on the Crawl.  That's not to say that the other beers don't rock.  We're just saying, if we were holding your hand throughout the LA Craft Beer Crawl, this is what you'd probably be drinking (as if you possibly could drink as many beers as we're listing!)

Amongst the great beers, we will have some special and limited pours happening at certain times. We're doing Maui Brewing Company CoCoNut Porter ice cream floats at CANA RUM BAR at 4pm. Craftsman Brewing Company is bringing something super special at 6pm at 7 Grand, and shots of Jim Beam will be served with Allagash Curieux (which has been aged in the very same whisky barrels) from 7-8pm!  

And the food trucks – Oh, the food trucks!  Hand-picked by Pulizer Prize winning writer Jonathan Gold, we will have Ludo Bites at Broadway Bar, Manila Machine at 7 Grand, The Grilled Cheese Truck at Golden Gopher and Guelaguetza will be set up at Las Perlas!

Click on the image below to download a pdf of our beer picks, a schedule for special and limited pours, as well as a list of notable beer people that will be making appearances and pouring some brews!  Print it out with your tickets and take it on the crawl for your reference!

CLICK HERE TO GET PDF
Don't forget to TWEET at the Crawl. 
Use the hashtag #LACBC

Follow:  @thebeerchicks, @LACrftBeerCrawl, @213DowntownLA

Boobs & Beer

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We Beer Chicks will be doing a Beer Pairing Dinner and Beer 101 Class at Library Alehouse next week on Tuesday, August 31st.   The 7-course dining event, which will take place in the back garden patio, will benefit breast cancer research through the charity organization  What a Pair.

Please make sure to call to get your reservations now as this dinner will sell out!  The menu will include small plates to go along with each beer, and you won't go home hungry!

Beers will include Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils, The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel, Chimay Blue and more. Food will include Heirloom Tomato Salad, Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, and Beef Carbonade with French Fries.

There will be one seating from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m, on Tuesday, August 31st.

Library Alehouse
2911 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 314-4855

Mother of All Beer Weeks

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It's finally here – American Craft Beer Week (insert choir of angels.) So gather all ye beer lovers as May 17-23 is the time for the "Mother of All Beer Weeks!"  Celebrating small and independent craft brewers, and highlighting all that America loves about craft beer, this week is now "a cherished tradition…a great chance to toast craft brewers and to celebrate the advanced beer culture here in the United States," says Julia Herz of the Brewer's Association.  

American Craft Beer Week is a time where craft brewers, bar owners, beer store owners and beer enthusiasts across the nation hold special events across the nation.  This is a beautiful week of special brewery tours, beer and food pairing events, special release craft beers and festvals.  Yee-haw. 

You know the Beer Chicks will be celebrating by drinking fabulous beers and celebrating in Los Angeles this week.  You can also toast the week along with us by finding the Craft Beer Week events in your area.  The Brewer's Association has some great links with information on events around the country. Long live Craft Beer and long live American Craft Beer Week!

  • Click HERE to find a list of American Craft Beer Week celebrations near you. 

  • Click HERE to become a fan of American Craft Beer Week on Facebook. Just pick your state from the drop-down menu and make the difficult decision of where to have your next delicious craft beer! 

  • Click HERE to find a complete listing of craft breweries in your area!


Thank you Brewer's Association for all the great links and information!

Beer Class w/ The Beer Chicks

Beer Class with The Beer Chicks!! 

Come and join us – your favorite Beer Chicks – this Saturday (April 24th) afternoon for a fun-filled Beer Class!  Yay.  We will lead you on a fact filled Beer Journey, exploring different styles and flavors of craft and artisanal beer as they dispel the misconceptions that have haunted the craft beer world for a century.

You will "travel" to Belgium for a delicious, citrusy, spicy White Ale.  We will head to the docks of London and taste the toasty Porter like the lads of yore. You'll learn your ales from your lagers, how discern the right beer for you, how to pair the right beer with food, and how to truly appreciate and discern a tasty brew.

Because this class is by popular demand and space is limited, tickets for Beer Class with The Beer Chicks are available ONLINE ONLY.  There will be no tickets for sale at the door.

Please do not call Rustic Canyon for tickets. 

$40 / person (includes all beer)

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

What:
Beer Class with The Beer Chicks
Saturday, April 24th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
$40/person

Where:
Rustic Canyon Winebar & Seasonal Kitchen
1119 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA  90403

Please do not call Rustic Canyon.
Click HERE to order your tickets online.
No Tickets will be sold at the door.

Thank you!

Pull a Chair up to Beer Table

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There are many choices in the Big Apple when it comes to craft beer bars.  We feel pleasantly overwhelmed when heading out to drink our way around New York.  Amongst these choices is a jewel of a gem in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn called Beer Table

As the name suggests, the setting is modest; three long communal tables, classic brick walls and some beer.  The lighting is warm, the space tiny, and the design sparse and cozy.  The beer list, however, is anything but simple.  This is a list printed out daily, in the fashion of seasonal bistros that prepare a new special du jour.   The list is organized from more subtle, lighter, nuanced flavored beers to bigger beers on the bottom like Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stouts.  They also offer three beers on tap and one cask. 

For beer connoisseurs the list is a gold mine of rare finds, but to the beer newbie, the list may take some guidance, which is happily provided by owners Justin and Tricia Philips.  One of the two will approach each table in order to help you find a beer ideally suited for your palate and state of mind.  The menu descriptions of each beer are quite specific, and even without consultation, word combos like "bubblegum, wood smoke, banana, breakfast sausage" will elicit a definitive response from anyone, (that's their description for the flavor notes in Aecht Schlenkerla RauchBier Weizen, see below). 

The descriptions are of the detail usually reserved for wine, and we commend anyone who recognizes the beautiful complexity of flavors beer has to offer.  We also love the use of common words, as opposed to simply focusing on hop varietals and beer styles, which can often confuse the new beer drinker.  The beer is kept at the proper temperature, (we were served a Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout at room temp, as Justin recommends). 

There is a modest food menu of interesting items that changes daily as well.  The style of food falls in line with the reinterpretation of comfort food that is popular in gastropubs these days.  Here are a few examples; pickled eggs with jalapeno powder, radishes with butter and sea salt, and caramelized bacon and potatoes with chives. 

The price on the beers are sometimes steep, but still a bargain when compared with the price of fine french wines and fancy martinis.  We suggest sharing each bottle amongst friends, as this is a place to take a beer journey, not to drink the same pint after pint.  A night at Beer Table made us feel like we had access to a beer lover's personal cellar, and we can't wait to go back for more!!

Here are the beers that blew our minds:
  • J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2007 Limited Edition, J.W. Lees & Co.- Manchester, UK  English Ale aged in Lagavulin Whisky Casks.  Warming alcohol, sweet grainy malt with a complex peaty scotch backbone. 11.5% ABV.

  • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Founders Brewery – Grand Rapids, Michigan  A world famous Imperial Stout made with a ton of coffee and chocolate, and aged for a year in bourbon barrels.  Smells like espresso, rich and intense, bourbon vanilla behind the dark chocolate and coffee notes.  11.2% ABV

  • Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen, Brauereiausschank Schlenkerla – Bamberg, Germany  An unfiltered wheat beer made with wood smoked malt.  As Beer Table puts it "bubblegum, wood smoke, banana, breakfast sausage" 5.2% ABV.

Beer Table
427 B 7TH AVENUE
(Btwn 14th & 15th Sts)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718.965.1196
info@beertable.com


Monday – Sunday, 5PM – 1AM
Sunday Brunch, 12PM – 5PM


 

Red Carpet Adjacent: Stout

a glass ofirish stout isolated on white

If you're visiting Los Angeles for Oscar weekend and you plan to sleep out all night to  join the masses at the Kodak Theater in the heart of Hollywood to catch a glimpse of Meryl's gown, or to see how tall DiCaprio really is, you will definitely need a good nearby beer bar to visit after (and perhaps before and during) the red carpet extravaganza.  Stout, a new craft beer spot on nearby Cahuenga Blvd, is the perfect beer-lovers escape. 

Stout has an upscale cozy vibe with its brick bar and beautiful, curved brass-backed tap system.  Stout has over 30 beers on tap, a plethora of craft choices and, no worries, they have a TV so you can watch the stars dole out those golden statues while downing your Golden Ale. 

Stout has a casual menu focused on several variations of tasty burgers.  The menu has beer pairings for each dish, encouraging craft beer newbies to take a cue from Sandra Bullock, and step outside your comfort zone (quirky comedy actress steps into dramatic Oscar-role…you get it).

The food goes until 2 a.m. on Sundays, so those lucky enough to get into the Vanity Fair party can stop by after for a late night snack.  Maybe Leo will come over and share some fries with you (don't hold your breath).

Here's a few of the Beer Chicks personal burger and beer pairings to follow your star gazing:

The Stout Burger: A beef patty with Gruyere, blue cheese, rosemary bacon, caramelized onions and horseradish cream.  We paired this burger with a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Double IPA – a big malty bitter India Pale Ale that could match the burger's intensity. 8% ABV.

The Six Weeker: A beef patty with fig jam, Camembert, mild jack, arugula and caramelized onions.  We loved this burger paired with a Unibroue Maudite Belgian style ale.  The notes of dark fruit and effervescent spice worked perfectly with the fig and stinky cheese. 8% ABV.

The Bollywood: A veggie patty with chutney mayonnaise, sharp cheddar, arugula and roasted tomato.  This was delicious with the nice, dry, spicy, citrusy, Saison Dupont.  The pepper in the beer enhanced the same in the arugula, while the dryness of the Saison cut through the mayo and cheddar.  Delicious. 6.5% ABV.

Stout
1544 N Cahuenga Blvd

Los Angeles
, CA 90028
323.460.4188

Hours:
Sun-Wed 11:30am-2am
Thu-Sat 11:30am-4am

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