The ten day hops and malt marathon known as L.A. Beer Week begins tonight, and if chasing Firestone-Walker around for a sip of barrel-aged brew sounds too much like work, Sunday will see a unique and very cool set-up for barrel-aged tastes at Santa Monica’s The Victorian. Four revered L.A. bartenders are coming together to each create their own cocktail using both a barrel-aged spirit and barrel-aged beer at “The Beauty of The Barrel.” At the same time, ten breweries will serve guests one 4oz. pour of their own barrel-aged beers and unlimited pours of their core offerings (with quite a number of rarities) while four distillers will parse out tastes of their barrel-aged spirits. Bartenders include Mia Sarazen, Hemingway’s Alex Straus, Basement at The Victorian’s own Brad Twigg, and Luke Wederbrook of Steringarten, who will mix with labels like Ladyface, Hangar 24, and Ballast Point as well as the spirits of their choosing.
$40 tickets are available online, with net proceeds going to The Virginia Avenue Project, and are sure to sell out as the event is limited to only 125 guests. See the full line-up of attending bartenders and breweries, and how they plan to unite, below.
“The Beauty of The Barrel”
Sunday, September 23
4:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.
2640 Main St. Santa Monica
Luke Wederbrook: Bols Genever and Ladyface Trebuchet
Alex Straus: Atlantico Reserva Rum and Ballast Point TBD
Brad Twigg: Buffalo Trace and Hangar 24 Hammerhead
Mia Sarazen: Spirit and Beer TBD
Featured Breweries and Beer:
Hangar 24: Hammerhead and Another Beer TBD
Meantime: Old College Naval Porter
Bockor: Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge
Drake’s: One Bourbon, One Scotch, Oh Dear!
The Bruery: Sans Pagiae
Eagle Rock: Equinox
New Belgium: Tart Lychee
Firestone Walker: Sticky Monkey
Ballast Point: Bourbon Victory at Sea* and Barrel-Aged Three Sheets Barleywine
Ladyface: Trebuchet and Possibly Another Beer