LA Craft Beer Crawl: The Best Of 60 Brews

August 16th, 2011 — 11:26am

by Katie Bain
Huffington Post

On Saturday afternoon and evening, groups of very happy and perhaps slightly dazed people were seen roaming the streets of downtown LA clutching empty five-ounce beer glasses. It wasn’t a mass exodus from LA Live; it was the Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl. The event, sponsored by the 213 nightlife group and The Beer Chicks, featured 60 craft brews served at all seven of 213′s historic downtown bars. I was there, imbibing as much beer as possible in the name of work. It went like this:

2:55pm – Beer 1: Cask Double Dry Hopped 24th Street Pale Ale by Strand Brewery
The “flagship ale” of Torrance’s Strand Brewery is put in a cask with whole flower Amarillo hops and carbonates naturally as it ages. “It’s a unique, living thing,” says Strand’s Vice President Rich Marcello. With its silky, velvety mouthfeel with bright, floral fruit notes, it’s also a delicious thing.
Casey’s Irish Pub

3:05pm – Beers 2 & 3: Hopsickle Imperial IPA by Moylan’s Brewery, Double Stout by Green Flash Brewing Company
A lot of people aren’t into ultra-hoppy brews. I’m not one of them. Moylan’s crisp, refreshing Hopsickle goes down ultra-easy, and I realize the importance of pacing myself it I want to make it ’til evening. This stout from San Diego’s Green Flash is sweet, rich, and with an alcohol content of 8.9 percent, potent. Like I said, pacing myself … Trying to.
Casey’s Irish Pub