Your Guide to Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

Wilkommen Los Angeles!

It’s that time of the year again: Oktoberfest 2016. The leaves are starting to turn the same golden hue as a delicious German Lager giving you a craving to head to a beer hall to consume as much beer as possible with a bunch of strangers while you claim you can speak German because you studied it for one year in high school. Men, grab your lederhosen. Ladies, grab your dirndl. Here’s your 2016 guide to the best places to celebrate Oktoberfest around Los Angeles:

South Bay

Alpine Village Oktoberfest
Place: 833 W Torrance Blvd. Torrance, 90502
Date: September 9  – October 29 2016
Link: http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/oktoberfest/

LA Oktoberfest
Place: 1600 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, 90266
Date: October 22: 1pm – 5pm
Link: http://www.laoktoberfest.com/


Central Los Angeles

Vegan Oktoberfest 
Place: LA Center Studios – 450 S. Bixel Street, LA, 90017
Date: October 15, 2016
Link: veganoktoberfest.com

Wirsthaus
Place: 345 N La Brea Ave. LA, 90036
Date: Every Friday and Saturday
Link: wirtshausla.com

Iron Triangle Brewing Oktoberfest
Place: 1581 Industrial St. LA, 90021
Date: October 1
Link: irontrianglebrewing.com

Pershing Square Oktoberfest
Place: Pershing Square – 532 South Olive St., LA, 90013
Date: October 22
Link: OktoberfestDTLA.com

PPOA Oktoberfest
Place: The Standard Rooftop – 550 South Flower St. LA, 90071
Date: October 15
Link: eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-ppoa-oktoberfest-tickets-27589579174?aff=es2


Orange County

Old World Oktoberfest
Date: September 11th – October 30th
Place: Old World German Village – 7561 Center Ave. Huntington Beach, 92647
Link: oldworld.ws/oktoberfest-orange-county

The Phoenix Club Oktoberfest
Date: Every Weekend until October 30th
Place:1340 S. Sanderson Avenue Anaheim, 92806
Link: thephoenixclub.com/oktoberfest/


East of Downtown

Slater’s 50/50 Oktoberfest VIP Dinner
Date: Thursday and Friday, October 13 & 14
Place: Slater’s 50/50 Pasadena – 61 North Raymond Ave. Pasadena, 91103
Link: eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-vip-dinner-tickets-27670991681?aff=es2

Oktoberfest at Fairplex
Date: October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29th
Place: Fairplex – 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, 91768
Link: oktoberfestatfairplex.com

Montrose Oktoberfest
Date: October 1
Place: 2400 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020
Link: oktoberfest.montrosechamber.org

Or you can pickup a bunch of Firestone Oaktoberfest, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, a growler of Iron Triangle Brewing’s Oktoberfest or Eagle Rock Brewery’s Anton (it’s a Vienna Lager, which is very similar)  and make your own party. Just make sure to include pretzels.

Spitz – Street Food & Beer in Los Feliz

Great, just what Los Feliz needs. Another hip foodie joint with a craft beer list. Seriously, it’s just what Los Feliz needs, wants and will adore.

Spitz, a street food restaurant with locations in Eagle Rock and Downtown, just opened a new location in Los Feliz on Hillhurst just south of Franklin. It offers the same eats as its other locations, and while the Eagle Rock location is yet to own a beer list, the Los Feliz follows in the drunken footsteps of its Downtown brother offering a deep, excellent beer list. At the time I visited I was presented with a well organized and varied brew menu with many local options.

What are you going to get when you go to Spitz? Well, you’re in for a full menu of street food specialties that you would typically only order when you are already drunk. But at Spitz, you eat the gut busting greek options first, then proceed to get drunk. The menu presents you with 3 options: a selection of meats – meat/lamb, chicken, falafel or veggie; Sandwich or Wrap; and a wide variety of topping options from “street food style” to “Zesty”.

Finish off your evening with their great beer (draft, canned and speciality bottles) and wine list while sitting at the open window-wall or playing at their shuffleboard table.

1725 Hillhurst BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90027Neighborhood: Griffith Park/Los Feliz

(323) 522-3309

http://eatatspitz.com

Steve Nash, Hungover Cookbook, and New Beer Law in CA

Welcome to Monday everyone. We’ve got a big week coming up and by the end of it, we should be officially up and running to the public, the private and everything in between.

Today we have stories from all over, including a report on the new law that Governor Jerry Brown passed in California allowing brewers to ferment beer in barrels that have previously been used to distill spirits. We also have a video introducing Steve Nash to Los Angeles, a link to a “Hungover Cookbook”, IKEA Beer, an article about Obama and his beer tastes and finally how to host a Clambake.

Government

via GrubStreet

Governor Jerry Brown Votes FOR Beer

Barrel-aged beer is a great thing. It’s a straightforward process, you put beer in a barrel and you get beer out, but some government types were trying to qualify what came out of the barrels as “spirits”. Fools. Thankfully, Gov. Brown put a stop to that by passing a bill that states beer aged in barrels is still beer. Hooray for logic. Hooray for beer.

Books

via Bless This Stuff

The Hungover Cookbook

In the mornings that follow a night of heavy boozing, I treat myself to a three course meal. A bottle of gatorade. Followed by a second course of Advil and coffee. And I finish it all off with a big bowl of regret. This is the most that I can typically muster when I’m hungover. However, a new book has been published that will help you navigate those difficult times.

Beer

via Beer Search Party

Bjeër!

The second I get out of Ikea, there is one thing I need, and it’s not meatballs. It’s beer. Don’t get me wrong, I still get the meatballs. I always get meatballs. But now, at least in Britain IKEA is going to start selling it’s own IKEA Brand beer in it’s marketplaces. I wonder if it comes in balsa wood?

Video

via CBS News

Steve Nash Just Got Keystoned!

Welcome to Los Angeles Steve Nash! And in true Southern California fashion, our welcome party is a group of frat boys in an SUV drinking Keystone. The best part about this video? Nash looks as stoked as the guys giving him the beer.

President

via CNBC

Obama Drinks Bud Light, But Brews His Own Beer

Could Barack Obama be the first bi-partisan president? And by that I mean the two parties of cheap beer and craft beer. Who gives about real politics? Not this guy. Turns out Obama fancies the Joe Sixpack style of brew in public, while enjoying the finer points of homebrewed white house ale while at home. What I wouldn’t give to try the White House Honey Porter.

Food

via Bon Appetit

How to Host a Clambake

Want to have a clambake but only have one pot? Fear not. Bon Appetit is serving up a handy little guide to hosting a clambake with limited resources. Check it out.

The LABH Daily – July 12

Looks like it’s gonna be another scorcher in Southern California today. How are we beating the heat? We sit in our bus all day long with the air conditioning set on MAX. In case you haven’t met our bus, her name is Sue, and she’s great. Check out her website.

The biggest news in Beer Hop biz is that we announced our Bill Murray Tour. It’s a beer tasting and karaoke singing tour that’s tentatively happening on Monday, August 6th. Email info@labeerhop.com if you want to jump in on reservations.

Today we have stories from all over the web some of which may be questionably NSFW. Check em out.

Products

via Uncrate

Build Your Own Waterpark

This is an inflatable waterpark that you can purchase, inflate yourself, and play on. The description offers “offers a curved bridge, a cliff, a slide, a mini-pond, long jump and high jump areas, a trampoline, a swing, a free floating catapult, an “action tower”, a ramp, a balance beam, and, of course, a podium”. I’m not sure if I’ve wanted anything more in my entire life.

Culture

via ESPN

Naked Olympians

If you’ve followed any of my earlier posts, there seems to be a fascination with the beautiful bodies of the athletes that compete in the Olympics. Today, ESPN has a series of photos depicting naked athletes. I’ll be honest, some of the photos may breach on awkward, but they are all beautiful and interesting and of people at the peak of physical perfection. For one of the more interesting additions, make sure to check out photo 20 of a jockey named Mike Smith.

Science

via Fox News Latino

Worried About Bone Mass? Drink Beer!

Are you worried about bone mass? No, cause you’re not 88 years old and you’re not a scientist. And if you are worried about it, you should drink… heavily. Because that means you’re worrying too much. Chances are you’re also worrying about things like if you’re using the right juicer or that your multi-vitamin may not be doing as much as would you like it to. Either way, drinking beer can help create bone firmness. Drinking too much beer can lead to lack of bone firmness. You really got to find a perfect amount of beer for optimum bone firmness. See? I told you some of the stuff today was questionably NSFW.

Food

via Gear Patrol

Eating Like Ironman

Honestly, I’m more interested in drinking like Ironman. Which consists of lots of whiskey and snarky comments. However, if you’re interested in eating like someone who is preparing for an Ironman check out this posting.

Local Events

via Bon Appetit

The LA Grub Crawl is Happening This Weekend!

Hey, LA Beer Hop, I’m looking for an event this weekend that combines all of the best food in Los Angeles with drinking and exploration. Well, I don’t know why you’re asking me, I just do beer tours, but here is my recommendation. The Bon Appetit Grub Crawl! Happening over 3 days this weekend, this culinary adventure is all about the food, some of which is the best in LA. From Coles downtown to Father’s Office, the grub crawl is offering special plates, beers, booze and an experience you’re not soon to forget. Bikini body be damned.

The LABH Daily – July 9

After enjoying the long, cool Southern California weekend it looks as though the heatwave is finally setting down upon us. So grab a pint, an ice chest, and turn up your AC cause we’re in for a hot, hot summer.

In case you’re following the blog looking for updates on when we are going to start offering tours, here’s your update – soon. We’re waiting on a few things until we formally launch. But stay tuned cause it’s going to happen any day now.

Today’s stories include relief that Coachella will stay in the desert, you’re guide to a sex and drug-filled Olympic games (hint: you have to be competing to participate), and two new uses for beer – slug killing and designer jean creation, and a full rundown of what all the presidents ate.

Culture

via The Wrap

Coachella Will Stay in Indio

For some reason, Indio councilmember Ascension ‘Sam’ Torres (real name) thought it would be a good idea to try and tax the ticketholders of the now world famous dirt and music festival that is Coachella. Bad idea. Let’s be honest, the only other thing Indio has going for it is that they’re “#3 in meth production”, so it’s not wise to try and threaten one of the biggest reason’s your desert is still a town.

Global

via Mid-Day

Olympic Village is Hotbed of Sexual Activity

In news that is shocking to no one, it turns out that when you gather the world’s finest athletic specimens, put them in confined spaces, and give them free time, they’ll drink alcohol and have sex with each other. These are people who have to burn 12,000 calories a day  and if evolution as taught us anything, it’s that beautiful, perfect physical specimens will mate and form more beautiful physical specimens. Now, who wants to go with me and pretend to be part of the olympic ping-pong team?

Beer

via Joe and SCPR

Killing Slugs and Making Jeans with Beer

  • Here is an article about how to kill slugs in the most humane way possible – with beer, which they apparently love.
  • Here is an article about how fancy people are grinding up beer bottles to make fancy jeans.

Global Beer

via NY Times Travel

London Likes Craft Beer Too

Planning a trip overseas and worrying about finding somewhere to drink? No, because everyone knows that there is literally somewhere to drink on every street in Europe. That’s why they’re winning the war. What war? The war on sobriety. That’s a war? Yes, and America is losing, so start drinking for you country. Now you’re a damned patriot. Read this article to see what London is doing about craft beer.

History

via The Awl

What The Presidents Ate

Well, here’s a list of all of the President’s favorite foods. It’s great. One president ate Baked Possum, many of them enjoyed chipped beef, and turtle steak shows up. Obama, Clinton and George HW Bush ate pretty well, but George W’s menu looks like it was devised by a bored second grader.

The LABH Daily – July 6

We did our first test run last night and it went off without a hitch! We took a private group of friends and family to Monkish Brewing, The Strand Brewing, and Beachwood BBQ and Brewery and each placed served up a whole bunch of beer tasters and beer talk.

Check out all the pictures on instagram by searching for #LABeerHop.

Today we have stories on fried chicken, LA Liquor stores, Steve Nash’s personal diet, an alternate all-pizza diet, and a comparison of religion and beer.

Food

via NPR

Apparently Today is National Fried Chicken Day

If today is National Fried Chicken Day, then what the hell am I doing at work? Celebrate it by checking out NPR’s roundup of fried chicken stories, lists and links from all around the web.

Liquor

via LA Weekly

10 Best Liquor Stores in LA

After publicly denouncing Angeleno’s obsession with finding the “best” things in Los Angeles, Besha Rodell, lead critic of LA Weekly, has listed the 10 Best Liquor stores in LA. Now, these are not the best beer stores, so don’t get your hopes up. I’m compiling a list slowly and as of now, my top three are Sunset Beer Co in Echo Park,  Cap-n-Cork in Los Feliz, and Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach. Comment below if you know of any other great beer markets.

Sports

via LA Weekly

Steve Nash Eats Perfectly

Steve Nash, now a Los Angeles Laker, is one of the most interesting people in sports. He’s canadian. He is relatively old. And he has publicly claimed that basketball is not his favorite sport. Now, before we adopt him as one of our own, every Angeleno is doing a background check. This has brought up the hotly discussed topic of his diet which is pretty much the most boring sounding meal plan on earth.

Science

via LAist

Scientists Create All-Pizza Diet

Here’s a story about the most exciting meal plan of all time. “The recipe, which is being produced by the company Eat Balance, utilizes ingredients like seaweed — known for being high in iodine and B12 vitamins — and red bell pepper sauce to up the nutritional value as well as lower the sodium content.” Don’t be fooled, this is the most important science story, not whatever is going on with the Higgs-Boson.

Culture

via The Atlantic Cities

A Map of Religion vs. Beer

In a study that doesn’t really make any sense, the people over at Floating Sheep have mapped out what parts of the country like beer or church more, sort of. Here’s their description “It’s based on geo–tagged tweets referencing either in America between June 22 and 28. Blue is for beer, red is for church.”

The LABH Daily – July 3

Happy third of July to America the booze-iful. Hope everyone’s plans for tomorrow involve plenty of local craft beer, fireworks, flags and food. In preparation for the 4th and the festivities that follow we’ve included stories about grilling, booze-filled desserts, and fireworks gone hilarious, also a quick bite about how to make pizza cones, because nothing says American like deliciously bastardizing a traditional food into something that should be served at a carnival.

Food

via Bon Appetit

10 Commandments of Grilling

Here are my 11 Commandments of Grilling:

  1. Have a beer in your hand.
  2. Be drunk enough not to worry if you’re doing it wrong.
  3. Don’t be too drunk to do it right.
  4. Gas is for wimps.
  5. Grill various meats. Beef is preferred.
  6. Grill various vegetables. Corn is preferred.
  7. Grill various fruits. Peaches are preferred.
  8. Don’t be a jerk if someone tells you how to grill.
  9. Never tell another man how to grill.
  10. If you need a flashlight, you better be wearing it on your head.
  11. When ready, inform guests by doing something loud. Ringing a bell or firing a gun are preferred.

For a list of commandments by a professional, check out our link.

Video

via Devour

Best Fireworks Fail Video

Here’s a video showing what is exactly right about America and the 4th of July. You have never seen a collection of people who more creatively blow themselves up with fireworks and do it with such conviction and determination. The American dream has never been a house, a job, some kids, and enough money to support all of that. The real American dream has always been to blow stuff up. So check out a link to see people exploding fireworks into themselves. For a video of people exploding fireworks OUT OF themselves, you can check out Katy Perry’s Fireworks music video here.

Pop Culture

via NY Daily News

Pregnant Snooki Buys Beer

In true Jersey fashion, for a pre-fourth of July party, a group of fit adult men send out a pregnant woman to fetch beer and soda for the festivities. That’s not shocking, we all know and have seen firsthand, far worse acts of culture and decorum. That aside, this picture is still truly shocking – Who the hell drinks Pepsi? These people truly are the worst.

Food

via Time

One Beer to Rule Them All…

Anheuser-Busch InBev, a Belgium Based Beverage Business, just announced they are going to purchase Grupo Modelo to become the world’s biggest beer supplier. But, while one beer company may literally own most of the beers sold in the world, they still don’t own our hearts.

Food

via BuzzFeed

Let them Eat Cake… and get Drunk

Ever wondered how you can bake AND raise your blood alcohol content? Well, buzzfeed has compiled a collection of recipes that can do just that. Typically when I want to eat my booze I dip white bread into whiskey, I call it a whiskey sandwich and it’s gotten me through some difficult times. Skipped dinner and need to get ready fast? Whiskey sandwich. Grandma died and it’s lunchtime? Whiskey sandwich. About to get in a barfight? Knuckle sandwich followed by a whiskey sandwich.

Useless Items

via Bless This Stuff

How to Make a Pizza Cone

Ever thought to yourself, damn, if only pizza was a food that I could eat on the run. No, you’ve never thought that because pizza is a food that you can eat on the run. That’s why they serve it on street corners. Ever seen someone serve a Steak on a street corner? Yes? It was probably disgusting. It was steak on a stick? Ok. Well, for people who really want mobile pizza, or just can’t decide between pizza and a calzone, now there’s this – The pizza cone.

What’s On Tap – Week of 6/18

Monday – June 18

Taps Fish House & Brewery @ Far Bar LA

Downtown LA’s best alley-way beer bar is hosting Taps Fish House for a night of five taps including Remy w/Balinese Coffee (Espresso infused Bourbon-Barrel Aged Stout), Taps Double IPA, Obscura (Euro Dark Lager), Crystal Pils and Cream Ale.

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Tuesday – June 19

Surf Brewery @ Tony’s Darts Away

The Ventura County, CA institution is making an appearance at Tony’s DA on Tuesday serving up Mondo’s Cream Ale, Surf Black IPA, County Line Rye Pale Ale, Shaka XPA, Anniversary Imperial Brown, and their Strawberry Wheat.

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Wednesday – June 20

Get Canned Night at Blue Palms Brewhouse

Every Wednesday night is half off of all canned craft beer, so go join them at this Hollywood haven and drink, drink and be merry.

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Thursday – June 21

Firestone Anniversary Vertical Flight at Sunset Beer Co.

The Echo Park beer store/tasting room/bar is hosting two flights of Firestone brews as well as serving their 2012 Parabola on tap. Check out the Facebook page for details about what the flights are.

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Friday – June 22

Brouwerij West Takeover @ Buzz Wine Beer Shop

Not many details have emerged for this Downtown LA beer event, but stay tuned.

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Saturday – June 23

Currywurst is Having a Sausage-Fest

From 11am-9pm on Saturday, the mid-city sausage slinger, Currywurst is throwing a Sommer-fest of sausages. The first 100 people who show up and follow them on twitter will receive free sausages.

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Sunday – June 24

BBQ and Hangar 24 Party at Golden Gopher

From 1-4pm on Saturday Downtown LA is having a summer party at the Golden Gopher and it’s hosted by Hangar 24! What’s so special about it? There’s free BBQ. It’s like attending a family reunion, but with better beer and fewer explanations about why you’re still living at home.

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Wanna see your event up here? Send an email to info@labeerhop.com

The News in Booze – 6/14

Global

via Autoblog

China Chooses Beer Fest Over First IndyCar Race

Officials in China, having double booked a date in August, chose to keep a Beer Festival over China’s first IndyCar race. Chalk it up as a Win for beer.

Style

via Bon Appetit

Bike with Booze & Style

Bon Appetit gives us a roundup of 5 different ways to carry booze on your bicycle. Put them all together and you can carry a six-pack, a bottle of wine, a flask, a tall boy, and a growler. And you should probably be wearing a helmet.

Science

via PopSci

Young Scientists Find Way to Chill Beer Really Quickly

It’s called the “Cooper Cooler” and it can chill a beer in 1 minute. That’s still slower than I drink them so… better keep innovating.

Sports

via NY Daily News

Beer That YOU’LL Knock Out

Rugby fans are a big demographic so the Salta beer company has devised a new marketing program to tackle that market.

Food

via The Wall Street Journal

These Guys are Playing Hide the Pickle… in your Beer

The brewers at Dogfish Head are teaming up with local picklers, Brooklyn Brine, to create the Hop Pickle, a beer soaked pickle. The WSJ has the story in photos.

What’s On Tap – Week of 6/4

All week – The Oinkster’s Second Annual Burger Week!

Oinkster's Burger Week

Oinkster’s Burger Week

This week, Eagle Rock’s favorite, The Oinkster, is hosting a tribute to classic American burgers by serving their take on important burgers from around the country. For instance, today they are slanging Red Castle Sliders, which is their slant on how to serve a timeless White Castle Burger. Here’s the menu for the rest of the week:

Tuesday – 2 x 4 Piggy Style Optional (In’n’Out’s Double-Double)

Wednesday – Northeast Bacon Cheeseburger (Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger)

Thursday – Grill ‘Em All Takeover

Friday – Sourdough Josh (Jack in the Box’s Sourdough Jack)

Saturday – Pork Adobo Burger

Sunday – Big Max (McDonald’s Big Mac)

Now, eating just one of these burgers is already a cholesterol cram-session, but if you’re truly inspired, and you make it out every day this week, they’ll give you a special, commemorative t-shirt. A shirt that looks so good, you’ll wanna be buried in it.

Here’s The Oinkster’s current Beer List:

On Tap: North Coast Pranqster – Blue Market Hefe – Craftsman 1903 – Taps Schwarzbier – Blue House IPA – Flying Dog Pale Ale

Bottles & Cans: Deschutes Black Butte Porter – Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale – Lagunitas IPA – Avery Joe’s Pilsner – Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale

Monday – 5:00pm LA KINGS!

Go anywhere to watch the Kings play game 3 of the Stanley Cup live. They’re up against the New Jersey Devils for their second shot at the Cup in 50 years. So go join one of LA’s oldest institution’s: The Bandwagon. Going to your local watering hole and cheering the King’s on is a good way to show support for LA, just remember to pay proper homage to the fans who have stuck around for years in order to get this far.

Wednesday – Chouffe Night at Little Bear

Like Belgian beers? If you do, then you already know The Little Bear, a delicious spot in the industrial quarter of Downtown LA (across the St. from the endlessly cool Church & State Bistro). They’re hosting a Chouffe beer night on Wednesday starting at 7pm. So go check out the Kings game at 5:00pm then head over for a hopefully congratulatory pint of delicious Belgian drink at The Little Bear.

La Chouffe

La Chouffe

Saturday – Orange County BBQ and Music Festival

Festival The OC has gotten a bad rap in popular culture. Mostly due to many harmful icons: Bro-culture. Stuffy old republicans. Peter Gallagher.

This weekend, there’s a wonderful opportunity to swallow all of that hateful OC imagery and wash it down with delicious BBQ and craft beer. The Orange County BBQ and Music Festival. Operating on the OC Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, they’ve got beer tastings, car shows, rib-eating contest, musical acts (Sugar Ray??), Mr. BBQ contest, Butterfly Celebrations (??) and of course, BBQ.

OC BBQ & Music Festival

OC BBQ & Music Festival

Sunday – Taste of the Nation Los Angeles

Want a different festival, to celebrate all things delicious? Check out the Taste of the Nation – LA on Sunday. It’s happening at The Lot in West Hollywood. Tickets are on the pricey end, but have not too much fear, the proceeds are going to a worthy cause and you get a wonderful assortment of food and craft beer, so you will walk away feeling happy and possibly a bit altruistic.