There are just a handful of days left in 2012. How are you planning to ring-in the New Year? hopefully with lots of delicious craft beer, and whether you plan to hit one of LA’s craft beer venues for the celebration or hunker-down at home with some choice bottles we’ve got some recommendations for you!
Craft Beer Events Around Town
The Pub at Golden Road Brewing and Chloe’s: One party isn’t enough for Golden Road Brewing to celebrate the huge year they had in 2012. So they are throwing two! How does unlimited Golden Road beers from 8pm until 2am for just $35 sound? If you RSVP before the 30th you’ll get special bonuses, but this one is a great option at the last-minute too.
Want your NYE party to be a little swankyer than the charming-but-still-unmistakably-a-warehouse pub? For $50 you can get into Chloe’s: the extra-awesome upscale space behind the Pub. Usually a members-only venue, New Year’s Eve will be a rare chance to get a peek at the space and get unlimited GRB brews and appetizers (Plus live music)! The $50 ticket also gets you into the general party at the Pub, and it has to be one of the best deals in-town!
Tony’s Darts Away: Our favorite spot in Burbank for beers is throwing a party where $95 gets you reserved seating and unlimited food and beer (plus some other treats). There are some less-expensive tickets available too, but act quick because this one will sell-out:
Reserve your spot now by calling us at (818) 213-1710 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: NYE. Include your name, number of guests, if you are vegan or non vegan and your email address. Payment can be accepted in full via phone or in person at our bar — NOT over email!!
Mohawk Bend: Looking for something a little more low-key? Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend has a sit-down dinner for $45 that features all the favorite dishes and specials from 2012 and a special toast, or you can just hand out in the bar (with no cover) and celebrate the start of 2013 with out stress.
The Surly Goat: The party at The ‘Goat is a bargain at just $50 for unlimited brews (including some special-taps like Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA), and the DJs are sure to be spinning some of the best tunes to go with your brews. Grab your tickets here.
City Tavern: The Culver City gastropub is throwing an open-bar party for $68, though tickets are $10 cheaper if you have dinner reservations for that night as well. 22 taps, select bottles, plus wine and champagne will be poured form 10pm until 2!
Blue Palms Brewhouse: Our favorite spot in Hollywood is throwing a party in our own backyard, and that’s hard to say no to! For $75 you get unlimited pours of beer, call booze, or designated wines, one entree and a commemorative glass. The party starts at 9pm, and you can buy tickets here.
Did we miss any craft-beer-centric celebrations around town? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list!
Beers For a New Year’s Toast
Don’t feel like risking life-and-limb out on the streets for New Year’s Eve? Don’t have a beer destination within walking distance? Gather some friends and family and a few special bottles and watch whoever-the-hell hosts the ball-drop these days instead!
A Fresh Growler
Are you tired of our recommendation to score a growler of something fresh and local yet? Well, we have no plans of changing this tactic in 2013; it is one of the best ways to support craft beer in Los Angeles, and a great way to enjoy some fresh beer! Grab a growler of something from Eagle Rock, Golden Road, El Segundo, Beachwoods Brewing, or whatever your closest craft brewery is!
That Special Something
We keep talking about it, but NYE is another great excuse to dip into the beers that you might be hoarding for a special occasion! No Mayan Apocalypse is going to stop the dawning of 2013; celebrate with a great bottle from your cellar! Sour, barrel-aged, imperial, or barleywine; it all tastes better during those last hours of the year.
Biere de Champagne:
If New Year’s Even doesn’t seem like New Year’s Eve without a glass (or 3) of bubbly, then you can always give the new style of Biere De Champagne or Biere de Bruit a try! There are a few different versions of the style – which go through time and labor intensive processes before hitting the shelves – being imported, and this piece on The Street has a good run-down of the better options.
We recommend the Brouweij Bosteels DeuS Brut de Flandres as a good place to start with these dry and effervescent brews. You should be able to find a 750ml bottle of this for around $30-40 at BevMo, Beverages Warehouse, or Total Wine stores, and the complex beer pleasantly balances fruit, tart, spice, and sweet.
Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2013!
Please be safe however you choose to celebrate the final hours of 2012. Stay off the roads if you can, and stay out from behind the wheel with a cab-ride if you can’t. 2013 is going to be a big year for craft beer in Los Angeles, and we are excited to help spread the love and joy that a truly artfully crafted beer can give.
Until next year, cheers!