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.