last weekend AP and I stopped by K&L wines in hollywood to pick up a couple of online orders.
- I like to think of K&L as my little secret – disguised as a dedicated wine store, they also have an impressive beer (and spirits) selection. to top it off, you can buy bottles online from any of their locations (each location has a different selection) and they will ship to your local store at no cost. only one grungy tall dude tarnishes an otherwise friendly and competent staff, and they are open relatively late for a retail store (8pm most nights). for those of you interested in spirits, they also have an intelligent, well-written blog on the topic.
after nabbing some hard-to-find bottles, we headed to venice beach for an extra-large dose of humanity.
- with tons of knickknack shops, heavy traffic, and hordes of people, venice is usually low on my list of weekend destinations, but AP had done some research and promised good food and beers. she definitely delivered with larry’s, a true gastropub right on the boardwalk that had a great compact menu and a solid tap lineup. pints of ommegang hennepin and smog city XPA complemented burgers, pizza, and a sizable bowl of mussels, and service was both attentive and fast. afterwards we regained our circulation with a surprise blue bottle coffee find and headed over to the skate park to watch guys fly out of the bowl. the whole afternoon definitely exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to head over there again.
in other news, I finally managed to get my hands on some elusive east coast yeast strains.
- although bugmeister Al B used to give out strains on the BBB, distribution recently shifted to joe at princeton homebrew, where new shipments sell out within hours of being announced (it looks like love2brew sells these strains as well). after having an earlier shipment cancelled due to a packaging leak, this west coaster finally got in on a completed shipment, and scored a couple of ECY01 bugfarm VI blends as well as their ECY04 brett blend and their ECY09 belgian abbaye yeast, all of which will be put to use in upcoming brews (stay tuned!).