We’re less than a week away from the party, and it’s about time to reveal what we’re going to be pouring! I’ve selected a dozen of my very favorite brewed-in-LA beers that showcase the wide variety of styles that LA’s brewers are turning out, and I’ve taken care to ensure there’s something for every craft beer lover on the list!
We’ll be announcing the taps through the week as they are confirmed, and I am very excited to tell you about the first three beers!
Los Angeles Ale Works – Gams-Bart
The new LA brewery is celebrating the funding of their successful Kickstarter campaign, and we’ve got one of the last kegs of their first commercial offering — the German roggenbier Gams-Bart. This hearty rye ale is fruity, spicy, and complex, and it’s a style that is rarely seen in the craft beer world. Think of it as the combination of an easy-drinking hefe and a hearty rye ale. John and Kip are vocal and tireless supporters of the LA beer scene, and I am happy to be able to have their first beer on-draft at the party. Try it with the apple-and-pancetta laced brussels sprouts!
Monkish – Vigil
Monkish is making some of the most unique and creative beers in LA, and I knew I wanted to represent their Belgian-style brews on the party’s tap-list. Vigil is a deep brown Belgian-style ale that is dosed with thyme to create a fruity, roasty, and subtly sweet beer with hints of herbs and an earthy finish. Vigil is a very drinkable beer that’s subtleties are best unlocked when it is served with food, and it goes great with many of Beer Belly’s signatures dishes. One pairing that really showcases the beer’s affinity for food is Beer Belly’s infamous Death By Duck!
Golden Road Brewing – Wolf Among Weeds
I’ve been a vocal supporter of Golden Road Brewing since day-one of Beer of Tomorrow, and picking just one of their beers to showcase at the party was a tough call. I almost chose the wonderful Berliner Weisse, but after getting a taste of their re-imagined double IPA I was hooked and I think you will be too.
Wolf Among Weeds was a big hit when it was introduced last year, and Golden Road’s new Brewmaster Jesse Houck has rebuilt the double IPA from the ground up. The all-new wolf is bigger, hoppier, and much more dry than last year’s model. Jesse pulled all the rich caramel malts from the brews resulting in a pale golden pour with a crisp finish that really highlights the earthy hop flavors. We think it is going to be even more popular with LA’s hop-heads, and we’ve got a super-fresh keg for the party!