Beers in Paradise had a chance to visit Golden Gopher in downtown Los Angeles for their Hangar 24 tap takeover this past Thursday, April 19th. On hand from Hanger 24 was brewer John Kopta and marketing guru, Rafael Hurtado. The Hanger 24 brand has been ubiquitous around local super markets and liquor stores throughout Southern California. Lately, Hangar 24 Brewery has been making more of an impact towards the craft beer community, due to their popular Barrel Roll series. This is why we had to attend this special event at the Golden Gopher. The evening was dedicated to their special new Barrel Roll#4 release of Hammerhead Barleywine, as well as a returning appearance of their already popular Pugachev’s Cobra Russian Imperial Stout. Comparing both side-by-side, was simply heavenly, add Golden Gopher ambient atmosphere, and you got yourself an epic night.
The Golden Gopher is growing popular with Craft Beer, (20 craft beer taps) along with outstanding customer service and a prolific music menu, this is sure to be best spot to entertain and convert your non-craft beer friend. Don’t go anywhere with people that don’t drink beer? Have them try their “beer cocktails” (coming soon). They have two that incorporate beer along with flavored tequila and other ingredients for a more cocktail taste. We’d like to thank the Golden Gopher for converting people into craft beer, in whatever way they can. The “Mexican Phoenix” was rather tasty. It’s Bootlegger’s Black Phoenix with jalapeno tequila, topped with cocoa powder was simply amazing.
Golden Gopher’s diverse list of craft beer, curated by the Beer Chicks, is specially designed to suit the taste buds of a beginner craft beer drinker to a more educated craft beer geek. Personally, we went for Hanger 24’s Barrel Roll Series, the Pugachev’s Cobra and Hammerhead, but along with Hanger 24, some of the other breweries that supply them and our taste buds are Ballast Point, Bootlegger’s, Cismontane, Allagash, and Stone to name a few. Their beer menu is available on their website, but for a more current menu, you’ll just have to check it out.
This May for the Derby, Cole’s Red Car Bar is hosting a Louisville family style Derby Party. Who knows better how to host this event then Brent Falco the girl who was born and raised in Louisville, Ky- who also happens to be the Bar Manager of Cole’s. And what is this family style party??? Here’s how it works. You show up and have one of Brent’s mom’s home-style mint juleps & Derby Pie, draw one of the Derby horses names from a bartender’s hat, cheer on the horse you drew as the race is running, and if your horse comes in 4th, 3rd, 2nd, or 1st you win a prize. Of course the prizes, like the $ at the track, get higher in value depending on the place of your horse. For those who don’t win? Well, like the track we only have more cocktails and food for you to drown your sorrow. If you can’t go to the track, we hope you join us for as close as you can get to Louisville hospitality.
Brent Falco, Cole’s RCB, Bar Manager
May Day rallies today, Tuesday, May 1st, will affect Downtown traffic — here are the street closures and bus disruptions so you can make your way around DTLA.
Downtown Los Angeles street closures: Broadway between 11th Street and Temple Street
Olympic Boulevard between Hill Street and Main Street
9th Street between Hill Street and Broadway
8th Street between Spring Street and Broadway
7th Street between Hill Street and Spring Street
6th Street between Hill Street and Broadway
5th Street between Spring Street and Broadway
4th Street between Hill Street (Olive Street, if necessary) and Broadway
3rd Street between Spring Street and Broadway
2nd Street between Hill Street and Broadway
1st Street between Hill Street (Grand Avenue, if necessary) and Broadway (Main Street, if necessary)
Judge John Aiso between 1st Street and Temple Street
Downtown Los Angeles bus service disruptions:
Some Metro Bus service in downtown Los Angeles will be detoured and experience delays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The following bus lines are subject to detours depending on street closures:
A good friend of mine called me and said, “dude, you have to check out this guy who raps in a bear suit!”. So, like a good friend I listened to “the guy in a bear suit”. And I have to say, the dude has rhymes! He calls himself Animal Raps. And he raps about animals! Duh! Check out Animal Raps every Saturday at Casey’s with a special guest each week. No Cover. Just rhymes, and a bear suit.