Monday is here, and it’s time to start another week. Pick of the Weekend is our weekly post where we recap our favorite brews of the weekend past.
Goodbyes, Barbecues, and old favorites from unexpected sources filled our weekend.
We kicked off the weekend at Mohawk Bend – our first visit to the Echo Park craft beer destination in far too long – to wish our friend Christina a fond farewell. Christina is picking up stakes in Los Angeles and relocating to Boston, and we’re bummed to see one of our dedicated Tomorrownauts leave LA. Christina has helped out with many Beer of Tomorrow tastings, joined us at several events, and she contributed some LA Beer Week coverage of Eagle Rock Brewery’s Woman’s Forum. Mohawk Bend was a fitting spot for the farewells – I’m not sure I’ve ever been there without Christina’s company, and going there now is going to feel strange.
There was plenty of beer to be had at Mohawk, but the night was about the people more than the beers, and no glass stood out more than the old friends, bon voyages, and well-wishes.
Good luck in Boston Xina!
Saturday was more old friends at a birthday BBQ, and the long afternoon stretching into the evening called for many beers from across the craft beer spectrum. Again, it was the friends and conversations that left a bigger impression than what was in the glass. (The growler of Golden Road’s Heal the Bay IPA was quite delicious though.)
After getting caught in the CicLAvia traffic for entirely too long on Sunday I was feeling the need for a comfortable bar stool and a serious session. Blue Palms was the destination of choice of course, and I was able to try the new pale ale from Beachwood Brewing. Street 2 Block 3 is Julian’s clone of one of my favorite beers from last year – Russian River’s Row 2 Hill 56. The all-simcoe pale ale was a previous Pick of the Weekend, and I’d ordered it every time I was lucky enough to find it on a taplist since then.
The Beachwood version of the beer captures the same crisp, dry finish of Vinnie’s original and the brisk hoppy flavor stands out from the light body and fills your palate with pine boughs and tropical fruit. Street 2 Block 3 is under 6%ABV and strikingly drinkable, and though it’s been a long while since I’ve had the pleasure of drinking the Russian River original, this made-in-LA clone is a worthy alternative.
Where did you find your perfect pint this weekend? Share your pick for your favorite in the comments.