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second annual IPA festival at naja’s place

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

naja’s place just had their second annual IPA festival, and it was pretty epic.

  • I was impressed not only by the beer selection, but also by the organization of the event and the friendliness of everyone involved.
  • AP and I rolled up early (4:15ish) to find a line to the door about 15 people long.  I think we hit the wait apex, however, since the line dissolved in about five minutes (thank god) and never reappeared from what I could see.
  • in general, the whole LA beer scene feels pretty relaxed when compared to the capacity crowd events happening in SF these days.  case in point – my buddy ML stopped by a few hours into the event and was still able to snag a pour of coveted pliny the younger.  in fact, I don’t think any keg kicked before I left at around 7.
  • this keg longevity was facilitated by the fact that festival glasses held only a few ounces.  this turned out to be a great idea, as it allowed for tastings of a wide variety of beers, instead of getting burned out on a full pour of some 10% hop bomb.
  • between AP, AP, ML, and myself, we managed to try a pretty wide variety of beers: avery’s maharaja ’08, ballast point’s tongue buckler and dry-hopped sculpin cask, bootlegger’s knuckle sandwich, firestone walker’s double jack, flying dog’s double dog and raging bitch, marin’s brass knuckle, russian river’s pliny the younger, tustin’s death by hops, and strand brewing’s double dry hopped 24th st. pale.  phew!
  • standouts for me were the cask sculpin, which had a great aroma and finish, even after half a dozen pours; and marin’s brass knuckle, which had a unique finish that I can only compare to instant iced tea.  weird, but good.  bootlegger’s knuckle sandwich was pretty intense, with a strong malt back that was refreshingly different.
  • yeah, younger was good too, and was well-balanced, but I expected a little less alcohol heat on the finish.  maybe a fresher sample would have enough hop aroma to tackle that.
  • overall, this was one of the best beer events I have been to.  I don’t think I waited longer than a minute to get any of my pours, there was plenty of water available, and the bathroom line was nonexistent.  we got a table with zero effort, and had pretzels and other snacks on constant refill.  I felt like I had won the beer lottery.

barley and hops tavern occidental

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

the bar at barley and hops tavern

last weekend AP and I decided to venture north to bodega bay.  after a few stops on the way up, and some disc tossing on the beach, we made our way along coleman valley road over to occidental, where we dropped by barley and hops tavern.

  • the middle of nowhere, the center of everywhere-  situated in an old house near the center of town, barley and hops tavern has great beers available and great food to boot.
  • the tap list was impressive – of the 10 beers on tap, at least half were usually hard to come by.
  • I started off with moonlight’s bony fingers, a black lager with a great roasty flavor and aroma.
  • russian river’s classic pliny the elder and IPA followed, as did another personal favorite, brown shugga from lagunitas, all on draft.  whew, glad I wasn’t driving!
  • the bottle selection was great too, as AP discovered when she ordered up a tire bite kolsch from flying dog, followed by the great 1882 black label geuze from girardin.  I wish more places in the city would follow this lead and get some interesting bottles in!
  • to top it off, the food was great and unique, and everything was fairly priced.  the owner, Noah, and bartender, Tisha were great people and passionate about good beer and food.  hell, even the locals were awesome (whats up Noah!), and they even had live music.  we were there for hours at the bar.
  • for me, this place went from an unknown to the top of my list of favorite bars up north.  I can’t wait to roll up there again soon to shoot it with the Noahs and sample more of the great brew selection.

bony fingers at the bar

live music

pliny with the geuze