Your Beer Friend

We’ve started a new business! It’s called Your Beer Friend and it’s dedicated to providing craft beer to people all over the US. Your Beer Friend sells craft beer subscription boxes and does virtual beer tastings for private parties and corporate groups all over the country.

Any beer tasting events that local to Los Angeles will remain under the LA Beer Hop brand. This includes brewery tours, in-person beer tasting events, and eventually, our Beer and Photo Trailer (it’s a 1955 vintage travel trailer that has six craft beer taps built into it and it’s… awesome).

Why Your Beer Friend? 

During Covid, we started sending beer subscription boxes to people and we wanted to keep it up. So, we started Your Beer Friend to make it easier for people to understand that we can cater to groups and events for anyone outside of the Los Angeles area. We all know how terrible Covid was, personally, medically, global, financially, etc… but it did force us to figure out how we can do what we do best (help people find their new favorite craft beer) on a nationwide scale.

What does Your Beer Friend do? 

Your Beer Friend sells monthly beer subscription boxes. We have two different products – The Craft Box and The 100 Box. They are different beer subscriptions that offer different types of beer.

The Craft Box focuses on new, exciting and super fresh beers that you may or may not ever be able to find again. It’s the perfect beer box for people who are looking to try the newest and most interesting beers. The beer box contains six beers and it’s always a range of styles, IPAs, Lagers, Sours, Ambers, Stouts, etc… but the styles focus on seasonality. So, while we may put a dark beer into a summertime box, it’s going to be a great dark beer to grill steaks with (for example).

The 100 Box is made up of our definitive list of The 100 Beers To Try Before You Die™. This craft beer subscription box features beers that are absolutely tried and true and have been certified to be perfect. Some of them are old school (recipes from the 1140 AD) and some of them are a bit newer (did someone say “90’s Pale Ale”?), and all of them are beers that have been established as being in the top 100 beers in the world to try before you crush your last beer. Again, this is a range of styles, but with slightly less of a focus on seasonality.

Your Beer Friend also does private virtual tastings and beer boxes for groups and corporate teams. This is a perfect way to treat your cohort to a fun online event where you’re all drinking the same tasty treats. Virtual beer tastings are a great sales tool for corporations to offer to prospective or top-tier clients. It’s also a great way for teams to get together to unwind, relax and have something fun to do.

What will happen to LA Beer Hop?

We’re going to keep growing it and Your Beer Friend together! LA Beer Hop will have a focus locally and Your Beer Friend will have a focus nationwide. More beer for everyone!

2015 Beer Hop Gift Guide

We love to give gifts as much as we love to receive them. But what’s really fun? Putting together gift guides for people who drink beer. So here it is: our 2015 Beer Lover’s Guide to Gifts.


Gifts to Drink Beer Better

Gifts for the Aspiring Beer Pro

Gifts Any Beer Geek Would Love

  • Want to wear beer geekiness on your sleeve? Buy them a Malt T-shirt: Marris Otter.
  • These hop posters are absolutely awesome: Buy All the Hop Posters
  • You can take them on the Ultimate Craft Beer Road Trip (and we’ll come too).
  • Instead of putting beer under the tree, you can hang it from the tree: Beer Ornament.
  • Just buy them beer, it’s always good. Call us at 323-928-2113 if you want local beer recommendations.

Good Gifts for Good People

To find more gift ideas, check out our 2015 Father’s Day Gift List.

Angel City & “Crafting a Nation” Bar Hop

On Monday, May 13 we’ll be running our bus between Angel City Brewery and The Downtown Independent because there is a craft beer at one place and a craft beer movie at the other.

You can park your car at Angel City brewery and hop on our bus to catch a ride to the Downtown Independent for a screening of “Crafting a Nation“, a new movie about the craft beer business in America. Tickets to the movie are $6.

Our bus starts running ar 6:00pm, will take you to the theatre, and then back after the movie is done.

Cheers!

Huell Howser’s Beer Train to Mexico

Huell Howser passed away yesterday night and we’d like to share a tidbit of beer tourism that he shared with us many years ago. He certainly didn’t personally share it with us, but it sure felt that way.

For a bit of (old) California Gold a real enjoyable day is onbard the Tecate Ticket. Departing from Campo, CA located just outside San Diego, the train takes you into the heart of the city of Tecate. Lunch, Dinner, and of course beers, are available on this tour of the Mexican city which includes a ride to and from the town as well as an hour-long tour of the brewery itself. It truly is Gangbusters.

Unfortunately, due to a fire in one of the tunnels on the railway, the tour is currently out of commission. However, once it is back up and running it is certainly a destination for beer tourism.

http://www.sdrm.org/events/tecate/#reservations

Here’s to you Huell, you truly are California Gold.

Fifteen for $15

Wondering what to do for a night out in Los Angeles? Let us take you on a tour!

Have a group of friends and can’t decide on one bar to go to? Let us take you to THREE BARS! We pick you and your friends up and take you to any three bars that you like. They can be beer bars, cocktail bars, workout barres, etc… We’ll take you to three of them where you can drink, dance, laugh and drink until we take you back home at the end of the night.

What’s the Cost? If you have 15 people it’s $15 per person. If you have less than that, we’ll work out a price that works for all of us.

What Bars Can I Go To? Any three bars in a 10 mile radius from where we pick you up.

What Bars SHOULD I Go To? If you can’t decide, let us recommend some places. We have friends who give us discounts on drinks at select places. We know great places for beer, whiskey, cocktails, and tiki drinks and will make a great night for you.

How Do I Book This?? Call us at 323.928.2113 or email us at contact@labeerhop.com.

Gift Guide For Beer Lovers

Wondering what to get that special beer guzzling someone? Well, besides our wonderful one-size-fits-all Gift Certificate here are some practical (and some not so practical) gifts to throw under the tree.

For the Beer-Reader

For most beer-lovers, the only thing they ever read is “What’s on Tap”. Here are some suggestions to broaden their horizons and possibly give them even more of an excuse to drink.

  • Bitter Brew – The biographical history of the world’s biggest beer: Budweiser.
  • The Naked Pint – Written by LA’s own The Beer Chicks this book guides newbies and experts alike through all the details of the craft beer scene.
  • Tasting Beer – The next best thing to going on an LA Beer Hop, this guide will walk you through all the experience and knowledge needed to taste beer.
  • The Oxford Companion to Beer – Everything you ever needed to know about beer including 1,100 beer entries (and it’ll take you about that many to get through this tome).

For the Beer-Writer

Each beer is an adventure of sight and taste, unfortunately that adventure occasionally ends with the drinker having absolutely no recollection of it. This Moleskine Passions Beer Journal notebook is crafted specially for the craft-beer novice, enthusiast, home brewer, or casual observer.

For the Monthly Beer Drinker

Each month a package comes to your door in familiar packaging. Your stomach twists and you get butterflies. You’re so excited as to what exciting tastes can be held inside that box. Could it be a bitter adventure to the West Coast? Or perhaps a creamy, complex trip to the East. No, I’m not talking about the Jelly of the Month Club. It’s the BEER OF THE MONTH club – Craft Beer Connect. With multiple tiers to suit any budget and every flavor profile, this is the gift that keeps on giving!

For the Retro Beer Drinker

Want to drink like your grandfather did but without all the racism? Churchkey Beers have filled the market for that need – old fashioned pilsner in a can that’s next to impossible to open. A perfect gift for the ironic drinker in your family, Churchkey is canned beer that you have to open with a church key. Bring this to your next cocktail party along with a fruitcake and a healthy fear of communism.

For the Beer Pong Champ

Ten cup, one re-rack, balls back when you make it in the same cup, you can bounce if you want to, you may swat off a rebound, you may call for a gentlemen’s re-rack at any time, shoot-till-you-miss endings. These may not be professional rules, but they are the LA Beer Hop house rules. You may have your own. You may play NBA Jam rules. You may (incorrectly) call it “Beirut”. You may put a vodka shot in one cup and call it a bomb. Whatever you do, Beer Pong is the sport of kings. And here is how to properly dress your king for Christmas.

  • Pong-Along Table – A portable, regulation size beer pong game. Bring one on a beer tour if you like. Or buy an inflated version and put it in your pool.
  • Pong Beer – I can’t imagine it tastes good, but that’s not the point. It’s literally beer pong beer.
  • Custom Balls – Get whatever you want written or printed on your balls.
  • Official Beer Pong Book – I’m still a fan of creating your own house rules and sticking to them, but for easier access to game ending arguments, here’s the source.

For the Glass Nerd

Picking the right glass for your drink is no easy feat. I’m assuming your beer glass cabinet is made up of glasses that you have stolen from your not-so-favorite watering hole. That means there’s an odd assortment of pint glasses, tulips, and Sierra Nevada glasses. To become an adult beer drinker, and a good host, you should invest some time and money into having the proper glassware to serve your beers in. That being said, the first glass I’m listing is shaped like a horn.

  • Das Horn – Useful for drinking any beer or the blood of your vanquished enemy.
  • Beer & Shot Glass – Some days you can’t choose between beer and whiskey, those are good days. This is the glass for that.
  • 6 Piece Beer Set – This should cover most of what you drink.
  • Buy a glass from your local brewery.

For the Growler Guy

Everyone has their daily chores and none of them must be skipped. Gym –> work –> laundry –> mini-golf –> grocery shopping –> growler fill –> home. You can put your gym bag in your trunk. You can hang your laundry on a hook. And let’s be honest your grocery shopping is just a frozen pizza and paper towels. But where do you put your growler? The baby car-seat that your ex-wife left after she took the kids and left you because of your addiction to craft beer? No, it’s not safe, mostly because it won’t keep it cold, dummy! The geniuses over on the internet have invented the Growler on Board. Check it out and ensure a safe ride for your little cold one.

For the Hair Care Conscious

Have a beer drinking friend that’s really hairy? Guess what, we all do. That’s kind of the beer thing. If it’s not on top of their head, it’s on thir face, if not there, then on their back, and if not there… probably nowhere. They’re a hairless beer drinking wonder. But, for those who wish to wash that hair, there’s a beer product for that. Broo. They make shampoo and bodywash, so you can finally smell like beer without even having gone to a bar. It’s perfect.

For the Insanely Rich

I hide my beer in a shoe under my bed, so my fiancee doesn’t find it. Why, does she not like you to drink beer? No, she likes to drink my beer so I pour it in a shoe, so she’ll never find it. I call it cellar-ing, you call it disgusting, and the ants in my bedroom call it food. For a slightly smarter, more expensive option to store your beer, check out the Brewcave. It’s pretty much exactly what it says it is. Opening the door is like the beer equivalent of opening the boudoir to Narnia.

Getting Around the Blogs

One week into the beer-hopping biz and we’ve been getting a nice little bit of exposure, check out where we’ve been featured. Don’t worry, it won’t take much of your time.

After the initial excitement of getting a little feature in the LA Times (somewhat prematurely) back in June, we’re back in the press in two great LA food blogs.

GrubStreet LA

LA Beer Hop Jumps Off to Tour the Craft Beer Scene

Hadley Tomicki was insightful enough to catch on to what we were doing and got a couple of key quotes from us for the post as well.

FoodGPS

The Champagne of the North (and LA Beer Week)

Sean Inman, who runs the blog Beersearchparty.com and writes for FoodGPS gave us a nice little corner of his weekly beer column on their blog.

Next stop? World News. That’s a thing… right?