The Los Angeles Kings roll-on, and they have the chance to take the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in game four tonight! We’ve got recommendations for where to watch and what to drink as you cheer on the black-and-silver tonight!
(Updated with specials for Golden Road and Blue Palms!)
Going to the Game
If you’re lucky enough to be attending game four at the Staples Center you should be able to score some craft beer at the stadium concessions. The selection of craft offerings is far better than Dodger Stadium’s, and you should be able to find Red Hook ESB , Sierra Nevada, and Firestone Walker in addition to the more common Sam Adams and Widmer Bros Hefeweisen taps. If you’ve got time to hit LA Live before the game The ESPN Zone, Yard House, and Crazy Rockin Fish all have decent craft beer selections for your pre-game pit-stops.
Where to Watch
If you’d like to watch the finals with other like-minded fans while enjoying a craft beer or three you’ve got plenty of options, and a few of our favorites spots will be showing the game:
- Tony’s Darts Away (link): The Burbank/NoHo neighborhood joint is proudly playing the games “with sound” and their selection of 40 craft beers from California is tough to beat! Be sure to try the Disco Fries if you need a snack.
- The Pub at Golden Road (link): Another of Tony Yanow’s ventures, the Pub will have the Cup finals on their giant screen and their delicious new Berliner Weisse is still flowing because at under 3%ABV you can drink that for all three periods and the intermissions and still be standing if game one goes into overtime. We just heard from Golden Road, and they say if the Kings win the Cup tonight they’ll be offering pours of GRB Hefe and Point the Way for just $2! Now that’s how you celebrate LA’s first Stanley Cup! Starting after the (let’s face it, probable) Kings’ win and going until their 10:30pm last-call you can get a 16oz glass of the flagship GRB beers for cheap!
- Blue Palms Brewhouse (link): Expect crowds at our favorite craft beer spot in Hollywood, but the excellent tap-list and half-priced cans on Wednesdays make it worth trying for a table or spot at the bar. They also have a list of rare and aged bottles to properly celebrate if the Kings manage to close out the series tonight! If you wear your Kings jersey/sweater to Blue Palms tonight you can get the happy-hour specials for the duration of the game!
- Township Saloon (link): Hollywood’s newest venue for sports watching has an amazing list of bourbons to choose from, and a decent tap-list that mixes lighter lagers like Hangar 24’s Helles and Victory Brewing’s Prima Pils with more robust porters and stouts. They’ll pour you pitchers and their wings are some of the best this side of the 101.
- District 13 (link): Nestled in a corner lot in the Cahuenga corridor shared with Stout and Big Wangs, District 13 is a more low-key take on the sports bar with a respectable taplist and some high quality menu items. Service can be a bit iffy, so we’d recommend grabbing a spot at the bar.
What to Drink
Remember the last time the Kings skated in the Cup finals? Not even the Great One could lead the 1993 Kings to victory. With a 3 – 0 series lead over the Devils things look different this year, and the only question is whether the Kings can sweep and take the cup on their home-ice in front of the hometown crowd! And why not drink hometown beer while they try for it?
We think that Eagle Rock Brewing’s Solidarity should be the unofficial beer of the Stanley Cup Finals. Brewed in LA, this black mild is a unique treat that’s now available in bottles. We often see it at Whole Foods and of course the Sunset Beer Co. Pick up a couple bottles, or fill a growler at the Eagle Rock Brewery taproom, and cheer on Kopitar, Quick, and the boys-in-black!
Should the Kings continue their post-season dominance and raise the cup at Staples Center tonight here are some special bottles to celebrate with:
- Firestone Walker Reserve Series: If you scored a bottle of Parabola or §ucaba, this might be the right time to crack them open! Their news Black IPA Wookey Jack should be a little easier to come-by and also would make a fitting celebration beer.
- Hanger 24 Barrel Roll Series: These big barrel-aged beers are great for sharing with your like-minded Kings fans!
- The Bruery: If you’ve been holding onto one of the Bruery’s Special Release beers, why not crack that open to celebrate the Cup coming to LA for the very first time?
Let’s go Kings!