The Craft Beer Crawl: Something foamy this way comes
Beer appears to be on Angelenos' minds these days. That's not just because we're thirsty for foamy forgetfulness at the end of a long, not-so-hot summer that never quite got going. It's also not just any beer that we're going crazy for. It's craft beer.
Beer bars such as the recently opened Venice Ale House, Verdugo, Blue Palms Brewhouse, 1642, the Surly Goat and Tony's Darts Away are quenching our obsession along with homegrown breweries like Eagle Rock Brewery. Last year's Craft Beer Fest L.A. at the Echoplex drew more than 800 fans, and Christina Perozzi, a.k.a. one of the Beer Chicks, has become a beer lovers' cult hero in the local scene.
Add to this growing craze the introduction, on Sept. 25, of the Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl, which is being sponsored by Cedd Moses' 213 group, the L.A. Weekly and the Beer Chicks.
Brand X just posted the details about the crawl, which includes 50 beers, seven bars and "only five hours to drink your fill." Also detailed in the post is some interesting information on how sales of craft beer are on the rise while sales of mainstream commercial beers decline.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Bartender Anthony Pecos serves up, from left, Old Rasputin, Old Godfather, Anvil Extra Special Strong Bitter and Velvet Merkin beers at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times