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Public School 612 opens Tuesday [Updated]

March 8, 2011 |  6:12 am

Downtown Los Angeles is getting serious about beer.

There's Spring Street Bar with its more than two dozen beers on tap; the lengthy Old World list offered at Wurstkuche; Angel City Brewery's new beer garden; and now a craft-beer-centric bar and restaurant called Public School 612, which opens Tuesday on Flower Street.

The place is adjacent to -- as well as a sister restaurant to -- Daily Grill. It's the work of that restaurant's parent company, Grill Concepts, which also manages and licenses the Grill on the Alley.

Lamb-burgerPublic School 612 seats 70 and offers gastrobub-style food and a list of craft beer from around the world. The beer-and-beverage program is overseen by Beer Chick Hallie Beaune, (thebeerchicks.com) co-author of "The Naked Pint," who has curated a list of 22 beers on tap, eight bottles and four cans. She's also prepping a cocktail program. 

The menu is small, featuring 12 to 15 items -- all with beer pairings in mind. Offerings include: Dragoons Irish Stout short ribs with horseradish mashed potatoes and caramelized onion au jus; Colorado lamb burger with tomato cranberry jam, arugula and brie; and peanut butter and jelly cookies with milk.

Public School 612, 612 S. Flower St., L.A., www.publicschool612.com.

[For the record, 1:43 p.m.: A previous version of this post said that Public School 612 was having its soft-opening Tuesday. This is its regular opening.]

-- Jessica Gelt

Photos, from top: The taps at Public School 612; the lamb burger. Credit: Public School 612