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4 events: Your week in beer, wine and booze

Golden Road beer dinner: Tin Roof Bistro chef Anne Conness hosts a Golden Road Brewing beer dinner tonight. The five-course menu is paired with some limited Golden Road brews, and Golden Road co-founder Meg Gill will be there to talk shop. On the menu: cream cheese and crab wontons with Golden Road Hefeweizen; white shrimp ceviche with watermelon and arugula with Point the Way IPA; caramelized Brussels sprouts and crisp duck with Either Side of the Hill; English steak and ale pie with Get Up Offa That Brown; and salted caramel profiteroles and chocolate sauce with Hudson Rye Porter. 7 p.m. $45 per person. 

3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 393-0900, www.tinroofbistro.com. 

'How to Taste Like a Sommelier': Taste wine like a master sommelier at the Taste of Orange County this weekend. Master sommelier and certified wine educator Michael Jordan from the Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim will lead a blind tasting. (Jordan is one out of only 15 people in the world to possess both the master sommelier and the certified wine diplomas.) The tasting takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Also catch a tequila and food pairing with expert Julie Harrington-Griffin on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $49 per person (per session).  

For more information, visit www.tasteofoc.com.

'Art Beyond the Glass': Bartending and art come together in "Art Beyond the Glass," which takes place at Sadie LA in Hollywood on Sunday, showcasing art from participating bartenders. The cocktails, the art hanging on the walls and the music will be created or performed by L.A.'s top bartenders. Admission includes open bar and appetizers. There also will be prizes. 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online; proceeds benefit Inner-City Arts. For more information and participating bartenders, visit thirstyinla.com

1638 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood, (323) 467-0200, www.sadiela.com. 

Celebrating summer: Wirtshaus German restaurant and beer garden (www.facebook.com/WirtshausLA) ushers in summer Wednesday with traditional German music and drink specials from 5 p.m. to close. Its featured drink special is Berliner Weisse mit Schuss, a sour wheat beer from northern Germany, served with syrups such as raspberry or the herb woodruff. Wirtshaus will be airing the UEFA Euro 2012 Championship on a 100-inch projection screen in their "soccer room," on the flat-screen TV at the main bar, and on its new TV on the dog-friendly outdoor patio.

345 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 931-9291, www.wirtshausla.com. 


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L.A. Craft Beer Crawl is back in August

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L.A. Craft Beer Crawl is back in August

Third annual L.A. Craft Beer Crawl
The third annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl presented by 213 Nightlife will take place downtown on Saturday, Aug. 18. "Beer Chicks" Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi, alongside Cedd Moses, have curated a list of brews that showcase Los Angeles' craft beer scene. Attendees can choose from more than 70 craft beers to sample at seven downtown bars and restaurants (all within walking distance). Participating breweries include Eagle Rock Brewery, Bootlegger's Brewery, Ladyface Ale Companie and more.

Tickets are available online and start at $49 per person ($10 if you are a designated driver). In addition to unlimited tastings, participants can purchase tickets to beer seminars ($15 per person) led by the Beer Chicks and others in the industry.

Food will be available from Cole's French Dip, Casey's Irish Pub and several food trucks, including In-N-Out.


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Photo: Hallie Baune and Christina Perozzi, the "Beer Chicks," at Cole's downtown. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

The Hermosillo brings craft beer and wine to Highland Park

The team behind cozy Bar Covell in Los Feliz has opened a new craft beer-and-wine bar in Highland Park called the Hermosillo. The new addition to the neighborhood, which is located in the former Hermosillo Club and is just a stone's throw from York Boulevard's other trendy bars, the York and Johnny's, makes for a trifecta of gentrified cool in the area. (I know, I know ... it just keeps spreading.)

The new Hermosillo kept the old Hermosillo's sign, which features a smokin' hottie in minimal clothing. It's a canny decision that adds a bit of grit to the bar, which is otherwise pretty sleek with polished concrete floors; mustard-colored banquettes; a flat screen TV turned to sports; a sparse bar and a smattering of old Mexican movie posters.

The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable and happy to dole out a few tastes from the list of 18 red wines (mostly from Mexico, South America, Spain and California) and a comparable amount of white varieties.

The beer list is small but good (Eagle Rock, Stone and North Coast Brewing Co.'s are all represented) and projected behind the bar by a blurry old-school projector.

There's no food at this point, but when I was there (with my mom -- yes, you can!) the Grilled Cheese Truck was parked beside the wide-open windows out front and the bartenders circulated menus to every customer.

The Hermosillo, 5125 York Blvd., Highland Park. (323) 739-6459; www.facebook.com/thehermosillo.


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Eat.Drink.Americano debuts downtown

The former Cafe Metropole on 3rd Street in downtown L.A.'s increasingly bustling Arts District has received a new lease on life in the form of a new gastropub named Eat.Drink.Americano. (The periods are theirs, not ours.)

The place is decked out downtown-industrial style with lots of exposed brick, rustic wooden chairs and tables, candles in Mason jars, a chandelier made of wine bottles, and a giant chalkboard wall with all kinds of tasty foodie things written on it including, "Duck & Pickles."

Speaking of duck and pickles, that savory duo is on the menu. Duck terrine comes in a jar, coated with a satisfying layer of fat and accompanied by chunks of housemade pickled cucumbers, carrots and onions alongside small rounds of toasted bread.

EatDrink3Other menu items include tomato and albacore tartare; black cod tempura and classic tomato sauce; king crab cannelloni and cauliflower foam; oxtail burgers; red Alaskan salmon cream cheese and poached egg flatbread; and steak tartare served with mustard ice cream.

Chef Juan Pablo Torre has also put together a nice list of charcuterie and cheese, and is devoted to locally sourcing everything that he can.

Booze is beer-and-wine only, with craft brews and small-batch reds and whites leading the list.

Next time you're in a forever line at the supernaturally busy Wurstkuche down the street, you now have a nice new option to retreat to for the holy duo of meat and beer.

Eat.Drink.Americano, 923 E. 3rd St., L.A.


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Photos: Bar area, top, duck and pickles, bottom. Credit: Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Brewing Co. opens downtown

Los Angeles Brewing Co. has opened on Broadway between 7th and 8th streets downtown with a tap list that mixes craft beers and well-known options. The Times' Todd Martens checks it out:

The place boasts 100 taps, a gated patio for dogs, and a menu with all but one item under $20. "People ask if we're a high-end restaurant, a sports bar or a gastro-pub. Why can't I be all three?" asked owner Ralph Verdugo. His tap ... will trend more toward specialty soon. Firestone Walker will be showcased next week, and Verdugo plans to host home brewer meetings. Also, join the beer club and get an engraved mug after 50 pints.

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L.A. Beerathon now less of a marathon, but there's still beer

Cups are lined up for participants at the 2011 NYC Beerathon. This year was planned as the inaugural Los Angeles event.
In today's Calendar, we profiled this Saturday's L.A. Beerathon, an offshoot of a five-year-old New York event that promised partygoers a single prepaid ticket that would land them a mid-to-high-end beer at 26 downtown bars and restaurants. For beer nerds, it seemed like a Disney FastPass for booze, and a Saturday to be remembered (or, perhaps, very swiftly forgotten).

But a late-hour dispute with the California ABC over the definition of what constitutes a "free drink," has prompted a last-minute and radical change in the event. The organizers announced that refunds will be issued for every prepurchased $55 ticket, and eventgoers will no longer be able to show a pass and receive the allotted drink, effectively canceling the Beerathon as a structured event.

Organizers are still encouraging fans to travel the 26-stop downtown route and sample the wares (and several food and drink specials) at regular individual prices. Which means the event now just resembles our typical Saturday afternoon. 


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Photo: Cups are lined up for participants at the 2011 NYC Beerathon. This year was planned as the inaugural Los Angeles event.

4 Events: Ray's and Stark, Chaya, Golden Road Brewing, Papilles

ChayaBirthday party: On March 5, Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating its first year with a party. Executive chef Kris Morningstar has devised a menu featuring the best dishes of the year, such as chile with chorizo, dates, local goat cheese and almond sauce; squid ink pasta with garlic, chile, mint, opal basil and bottarga; and crispy pork belly with black vinegar sauce.   Sommelier-barsmith Paul Sanguinetti and general manager Martin Riese will DJ throughout the evening and guests will be able to participate in free screen printing on the patio. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 857-6180, www.raysandstarkbar.com.

Good things come in threes: To commemorate Chaya Downtown's third birthday, the restaurant is featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu ($33 per person) and $3 happy hour specials during March.  The menu will consist of roasted heirloom beets with baked cana de cabra cheese, arugula, fennel and balsamic must, grilled Wagyu flank steak and sweet potato frites, with Belgian chocolate fondant with raspberry coulis and mascarpone ice cream for dessert. For happy hour, guests can savor bar bites such as the spicy tuna hand roll, buttermilk-poached chicken skewers with soy glaze and seven spices, and a flat bread of the day with a chef’s choice of marinara, olives, asiago and arugula.  On March 16, the official anniversary date, Chaya Downtown will host a “Flights and Bites” wine tasting with Chateau Ste. Michelle for $33 per person. 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 236-9577, www.thechaya.com.

Beer for benefit: Golden Road Brewing is teaming up with the Whole Planet Foundation to raise money for the organization by hosting a beer festival on March 11.  Attendees will be able to sample the brewery's signature beers, including the Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Either Side of the Hill (strong ale) and Get Up Offa That Brown.  Food will be provided by Whole Foods Market and local vendors.  The foundation is dedicated to alleviating poverty in the developing world by providing families with the tools to expand their home businesses.  Tickets for this event are $20 per person and can be purchased online. 5410 W. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, (213) 373-4677, www.eventbrite.com, www.goldenroad.la.

"Off the Clock" wine tasting: On Sunday, wine aficionado Santos Uy will be highlighting five wines along with a myriad of sweet and savory bites from his new restaurant, Papilles, at local wine shop Domaine LA.  The featured wines will include a 2010 Batic Pinela and 2000 Lopez de Heredia Rosado. The tasting is capped at 25 guests, with tickets ($15 per person) available for purchase online6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, www.domaine547.com.


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Photo: Chaya Downtown. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

3 Events: L.A. Beerathon; Westside Connections; wines at LACMA

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Beer, beer, beer: $55 will get you into the first L.A. Beerathon happening throughout downtown Los Angeles on March 31. The route featuring 26 bars, which means 26 beers, won't be released until the week of the event and the names of the venues will be released one at a time starting 26 days beforehand. Stay updated on the event's details by checking out www.labeerathon.com. 

LACO + foodies: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra teams up with Jonathan Gold, Susan Feniger and Michael Ruhlman for Westside Connections, a chamber music series exploring the relationship between music and food at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Gold, Feniger and Ruhlman will discuss food-themed music in the three-concert Thursday-night series starting March 1. Ruhlman takes on the first event of the series with the music of Rossini, Puccini, Falla and Paul Schoenfield; Gold joins the program on March 22 with music by Bach, Bernstein, William Bolcom, Timothy Andres and Dohnányi; and Feniger will lead the discussion April 5 with the music of Saint-Saëns, Martinů and Ravel. Tickets are $45 per person or $120 for a three-concert subscription. 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, (213) 622-7001, laco.org.

California living: Paying homage to LACMA's California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" exhibit, Ray's & Stark Bar is serving a custom wine flight featuring California wines from Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Sommelier Paul Sanguinetti has selected the featured vintages including J Vineyards' Brut Cuvée 20, Medlock Ames' Sauvignon Blanc and Balance's Red Field Blend. The tasting costs $18 for 3-ounce pours of the three featured wines. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., (323) 857-6180, raysandstarkbar.com.


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4 Food Events: Winter ColLAb, 'bill-to-tail' feast and more


Winter ColLAb: L.A. craft-beer trailblazers Ryan Sweeney (Verdugo Bar and the Surly Goat), Brian Lenzo (Blue Palms Brewhouse), Clay Harding (38° Ale House & Grill) and Tony Yanow (Tony's Darts Away and Mohawk Bend) have come together once again to present ColLAboration a pop-up mobile craft beer garden.  The event will be held at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A. (located near the Metro Blue Line) on Feb. 26.  The beer garden will feature signature winter brews from Bootleggers, Bruery, Dogfish Head , Eagle Rock Brewery, Eel River, Hangar 24, Golden Road Brewing and more.  Pliny the Younger from Russian River (only available on tap) will also be on site.  There are several ticket packages available ranging from $15 to $38, which can be purchased online1050 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, (213) 746-5670, www.collaboration.la/.

Napa Valle Grille:  Executive chef Taylor Boudreaux and Summerland Winery founder Nebilo “Bilo” Zarif have crafted an exclusive five-course wine pairing dinner ($75 per person) to showcase Central Coast wines on Feb. 24.  Diners will sample an '08 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir paired with crispy duck breast and chanterelles, parsnip puree, mushroom foam and micro basil; and an '09 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah to complement an oven-roasted venison chop with seared foie gras, Parmesan potato cake, creamed Bloomsburg spinach and a truffled Syrah reduction.  Seating is limited, reservations are recommended. 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 824-3322, www.napavalleygrille.com.

Muscovy duck dinner:  On Feb. 23, Locanda del Lago continues its whole-animal dinner series with a five-course meal featuring Muscovy duck sourced from San Joaquin Valley’s Grimaud Farms. For $70 per person, with unlimited house red and white wines (or $54 per person without wine), guests can savor dishes such as housemade duck pâté with Pink Lady apple-mustard compote, duck ravioli with shallot confit reduction, and roasted duck breast with espresso sauce and sautéed Swiss chard.  Reservations are required for this dinner. 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 451-3525, www.lagosantamonica.com.

Vertical Wine Bistro: In honor of leap year, the wine bar is offering food and drink specials for a mere 29 cents on Feb. 29.  Guests who order a glass of wine can receive a second glass for 29 cents (there are 55 varieties to choose from).  For those diners who have come with an appetite, they can create their own pairing of one cheese and one charcuterie for 29 cents.  The full menu will also be available. 70 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626) 795-3999, www.verticalwinebistro.com.


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Plan Check opens today in West L.A.

West L.A.'s Plan Check

West L.A.'s Little Osaka neighborhood welcomes a new addition to Sawtelle Boulevard with Plan Check, which opened its doors to the public Wednesday.

The restaurant incorporates architectural elements to make for an industrial appeal -- kudos to the neighborhood's culture bustling with architects, developers and designers -- and features communal tables, booths and a large outdoor patio.

Chef Ernesto Uchimura of Umami Burger takes the reins at this new joint alongside barmen Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix of Harvard & Stone, La Descarga and Black Market Liquor Bar.

The menu features American comfort food with dishes such as the blueprint burger ($11) with smoked blue cheese, pig candy bacon, fried onions and steak sauce; smoky fried chicken ($12) with gravy, yam preserves and spicy pickled okra; and short rib pot roast ($15) with red wine, bone marrow turnover pie and sweet n' sour mirepoix. The bar program includes cocktails like the godzilla ($10) and bento box ($10); craft beer, wine and a variety of Japanese whiskeys. The moonshine house soda, with flavors like yuzu and tangerine, is pretty good, too.

Plan Check is open 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., (310) 288-6500, plancheckbar.com.


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