Taste the Wine World at Wally’s Beverly Hills

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At our wine-by-the-glass program at Wally’s Beverly Hills we offer over 120 sensational selections. It offers our guests a fantastic opportunity to taste wines of the world and unfamiliar varietals without having to order an entire bottle. It is also a great way to try a few different glasses and combinations to pair with each course or dish from our marvelous menu – enjoy sampling a large variety without the commitment. We change four to seven wines out every Thursday, so there is always a thrilling new glass to try. Should you want a little guidance or a tip on the new gems, there is always a sommelier on-hand to assist in finding the perfect wine.

Krug Grande Cuvée Brut, Reims 164th Edition
$39
Notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar and jellied fruits may take you by surprise. You may even taste hints of apples still on the tree, flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, almonds, marzipan, gingerbread, sweet spices and even brioche and honey.

2016 Domaine Cala Coteaux Varois Prestige, Provence
$19
Initial aromas of grapefruit and citrus give way to those of cherry and strawberryBalanced mouth feel bolstered by aromatic red fruits and a silky texture, finishing with a palpable yet light draw.

2015 Barda Pinot Noir, Patagonia
$16
Smooth with dusty berry, plum, caramel and spice aromas and flavors, this Pinot Noir culminates in a composed and satisfying finish.

2011 Terra Gratia Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
$19
Notes of fresh, ripe black fruit, subtle black licorice, and vanilla oak. On the palate, the wine opens up with a soft attack, layered with vibrant, fruit driven acidity and red plum. The soft mid-palate gives way to a finessed, lengthy finish sustained by youthful tannins that ensure ageability.

Our Favorite Spring Cocktail

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The Wally’s Beverly Hills Bar Manager, Carl Roberts, has been an emblem since the restaurant first opened in 2015. Carl honors classic cocktails, but he also adds his own signature twist to excite your palate and enhance your Wally’s experience. Carl’s featured cocktail this month is TD’s Spicy Margarita. This refreshing cocktail is made with Viva XXXII Reposado, a vibrant, artisan tequila that is aged for six months in American Oak barrels and is accented with flavors of vanilla, caramel, and toasted nuts.

The addition of El Silencio Espadian Mezcal is no mistake either. Handmade in small batches, it is designed specifically for mixed drinks. It is earthy and smoky, and has a slight metallic tinge that offers a nice but bold balance to XXXII.

With Carl’s singular team of Wally’s bartenders, your cocktail will never be the same. Come by Wally’s Beverly Hills for one drink that knows how to pack a punch.

 

TD’s Spicy Margarita

Muddle the jalapeño with the lime juice. Add tequila, mezcal, Cointreau and simple syrup. Add ice, shake, and serve on the rocks

Rim the glass with espelette pepper rim and garnish with lime wedge.

Asombroso – A Truly “Asom” Tequila!

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Asombroso – A Truly “Asom” Tequila – and we’ve got them at Wally’s.

Wally’s employees recently had the distinct pleasure of meeting Asombroso Tequila founder Ricardo Gamerra , who told us about his love for tequila, the founding of the company, his individual experiments to make the best Tequila possible (including the use of Bordeaux Barrels to age his Tequila), and last but not least, allowed each of us to sample four of his stellar and award-winning tequilas.asombroso french oak

“Rich”, as we call him, is one of the most enthusiastic and affable guys that we’ve met here at Wally’s, and I can’t think of a better guy to  join on a fishing trip out to Baja’s Cedros Island, and pull on a few 35 lb. yellowtails with. And yes, we’d love to share a few drinks of Asombroso with him, and learn some more stories on the making of his “Asom” tequila. He cuts no corners in making his fine spirits, and if you’re looking for the “Grand Cru” in the world of Tequila, look no further.  An true adventurer at heart, Rich also has begun aging his Reposado tequila in Port barrels, which were selected and purchased in Portugal by Rich himself.

Asomboso Tequila is made from 100% from 7-10 year old hand-selected Blue Agave plants, and these unique Tequilas tantalize the palate as well as the eyes with their beautiful signature bottle – and of course their pure and distinct flavors. All these Tequilas have been recipient of multiple Gold and Double Gold’s at the San Francisco World Spirits competition.

asombroso silverEl Platino Silver – Aromas of licorice and fennel prepare you for a mellow blend of green olive and peppery flavors. Fantastic for mixed drinks as well.

 

 

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La Rosa Reposado – a beautiful pink color, and also the This is also the World’s first Tequila to spend three months in Bordeaux Barrels (which were initially chosen and shipped from France by Richard himself!), which imparts not only a beautiful and rose colored fingerprint, but floral scents and a complex vanilla and spice finish.

 

 

 

asombroso gran 5 yrGran Riserva Extra Anejo – aged 5 years in new French Oak casks – named “Best of the Best” by Robb Report Magazine – this sipping tequila is as complex as a fine Cognac, with its honey, vanilla and toffee components.

 

 

 

 

In addition, Rich is bottling his first commemorative edition tequila, a unique tribute to automotive icon and personal friend of Rich, the late Carroll Shelby. The El Platino silver tequila has a special bottle, fittingly colored in a beautiful cobalt blue with two vertical white racing stripes, one of the signature features of Carroll’s racing cars.asombroso shelby theirs

Asombroso 11 theirsWe were also treated to the impeccable 11 year aged Tequila – also named  “Best of the Best” by Robb Report Magazine; this Tequila has a complexity and smoothness like no other, with Armagnac-like flavors of hazelnut and butterscotch.

 

New Beer Specials at Wally’s – Just in Time for Spring!

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A message to Wally’s Beer Lovers from our new beer buyer, Perry Koon!

“Hello there everyone! First of all I would like to thank you all for your patience and patronage during this period of transition between Stephanie and me. Those of you who frequent Wally’s regularly no doubt know me, but for those who may not, allow me to introduce myself: I am Perry Koon, Wally’s new Beer Buyer. I have been with Wally’s for nearly two years, and I live and breathe beer. Please feel free to come in and chat with me about beer or call/ email me about any beer related inquiries. It has been some time since the last beer email, so apologies for the length of the list!

Beer Tasting Saturday March 29th 1-4 pm: Nik Buian of Wine Warehouse will be pouring several new beers including the Cismontane Single Malt Series, a new brewery from Austin, Texas called Adelbert which will arriving next week, and a few more exciting beers to be announced.

Now on to the beer!”

Due to the extreme rarity of some beers, some of these beers will not be available online. We want to have our loyal beer customers to have first notice on their arrival however, so please call us for availability at (310) 475-0606.

 

bang onGigantic Bang On: We’re two nations separated by a common language. They call it Bitter, we call it Pale. Either way this marriage of British malt and American hops is just what a proper ale should be. We’d say it’s on the money but they would call it Bang On.
$6.59 / 22oz –  
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casey jonesIron Springs Pub & Brewery Casey Jones Imperial IPA: Watch your speed; this one’s Big, Bold and Beautiful.
RateBeer: 96
$8.19 / 22oz  –
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flyerIron Springs Pub & Brewery JC Flyer IPA: A house favorite and a favorite of the house. A well balanced big hoppy beer.
$6.59 / 22oz –
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slessIron Springs Pub & Brewery Slees’ Oatmeal Stout: Dark, hardy, thick, rich, roasted and chocolaty, this ale is amazingly smooth due to the generous addition of whole oats. Named for a friend of Iron Springs and easily the finest pedal steel player around, Barry Sless, this one is layered with flavors.
$6.59 / 22oz –
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stone go toStone Go To Session IPA: For Stone Go To IPA, we are embracing our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a “session” IPA delivering all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employed “hop bursting,” a new technique wherein an irrational amount of hops is added during the final phase of the brewing process to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness.
RateBeer: 97
$1.89/ 12oz –
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stillwaterStillwater Debauched: A Scandinavian farmhouse ale brewed with whole juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces) and a touch of smoke.
RateBeer: 97
11.99 / 22oz –
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big manCambridge Big Man IPA: Deep copper-colored and unfiltered, it boasts a full body complemented by strong, robust flavors. Its rich notes of malt and caramel are offset by very aggressive hopping—it is kettle-hopped with Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops and further dry-hopped with even more Cascades and Amarillo. These hop varieties lend a fruity, citrusy character to this big malty beer, vaguely in the style of a strong stock ale or IPA. We just call it the Big Man.
RateBeer: 92
$9.69 / 22oz –
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justin BEvil Twin Justin Blaebear: A collaboration between Evil Twin brewing, Westbrook Brewing and The Charleston Beer Exchange. Blueberry Berliner Weisse brewed with loads of blueberries and unlike its namesake, brewed by Fanø Bryghus.
RateBeer: 94
$13.49/ 22oz –
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falcoEvil Twin Falco IPA: What makes a great leader? First of all a perfectly balanced blend of qualities; the ability to stand out – be authoritative without overpowering. Show courage and endurance – you will lead the way and set standards. Very important; be appealing and refreshing to the people. This stereotypical portrait applies whether referring to politics, religion or maybe even this outstanding IPA.
$2.99/ 12oz –
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molotovEvil Twin Molotov Cocktail: This 13% IPA will knock your tongue off, essentially due to the obscure amount of hops that went down this explosive fella – it’s a tour de force in hoppyness and by far the craziest beer ever made from Evil Twin – but not the last.
RateBeer: 97
$4.29 / 12oz –
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pretty things rusticPretty Things Saint Botolphs Town: A rustic dark ale.
RateBeer: 93
$8.99 / 22oz –
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dwarfB Nektar Dwarf Invasion: This mead is the Non-Imperial version of our Imperial Funky Monky. A smaller mead, but big on flavor. Tart Balaton cherries, honey, and Styrian Golding hops.
RateBeer: 94
$8.99/ 500ml –
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jurataCoronado/ Cigar City Jurata Porter: The second of two collaborations between San Diego Coronado Brewing and nationally acclaimed Cigar City Brewing.  Dive in and enjoy Jurata’s true-to-style rich and complex flavors!
$7.49/ 22oz –
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Craft Breweries – Innovative on Both Sides of the Bottle

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3 18 Perry's Trio BeerIf you’ve followed the ever-growing craft beer scene, one aspect which you’ve grown accustomed to by now is the visually striking and creative use of images and words on many of the labels. With many craft breweries so small, and the traditional avenues of advertising being simply out of reach financially for the brands – other than social media pages hosted by the brewers themselves, and reviews on numerous beer rating sites (Beer Advocate and RateBeer come to mind), a racy, original and creative label not only stands out in a wall of similarly-shaped bottles and visually identifies the brand, but hopefully provides an idea of the wonders which lie inside the bottle. And if not, it will certainly display the wacky boldness of the brewery itself. Perhaps, we should think of craft-beer labels as mini-billboards, rather than mere labels. Many of these brewers are uncompromising – dedicated to crafting the best and most original brews they can imagine – so don’t think for a second that a brewery which produces a beer called “Arrogant Bastard” is going to display it in uncontroversial packaging.

Our beer buyer, Perry Koon, recently shard with us a few of his favorites.

3 18 justinJustin Blabaer: I can’t think of few beers labels as outrageous as Evil Twin’s Justin Balbaer. This blueberry berliner weisse boasts a distorted image of pop star Justin Bieber in a teen heartthrob magazine. The description on the beer states “OMG! It’s JUSTIN BLABAER!!! If you have “Blabaer Fever,” then this is the only cure. We stuffed so many blueberries into this beer- it’s going to make you shout, “Oh, Baby!” This is dedicated to AVSB, A&F YFFL-EW, MW, RWM, BE, SS, RC.” Ratebeer: 94  This tart, wheaty Berliner Weisse with a heavy blueberry component would go great with a Roast Turkey or Pork Loin with a fruit (cranberry, orange) glaze or sauce.

Evil Twin Justin Blabaer Bluberry Berliner Weisse – Buy Here

3 18 giganticGigantic Bang On!: Gigantic Brewing’s beers always stand out as examples of eclectic labels. Here we have some furry monster pushing around a bicycle full of mustaches. If that doesn’t convince you to try this delicious pale ale, I don’t know what will. Try this with a Gastropub burger with Dijon mustard, arrugula, blue cheese and raw red onion. And the bitterness with cut through some onion rings very nicely.

Gigantic Bang On! – Buy Here

 

 


3 18 stillwaterStillwater Debauched
:  Stillwater’s labels are indeed some of the most thought provoking, creative and artistically rendered that we have seen ( have a look at their “Jaded” and “Of Love and Regret” offerings), and this is no exception. Gypsy brewery Stillwater just released their Debauched Saison. It is a Scandinavian farmhouse ale brewed with whole juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces) and a touch of smoke. The label also has a design that looks like it just came out of the Old Testament. Ratebeer: 97 Try this with a Beef stew, Chicken Pot Pie or a Shepard’s Pie.

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National Absinthe Day!

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National Absinthe Day!

Did you know that March 5 is National Absinthe Day? Do your patriotic duty and open up a bottle of this wonderfully unique, celebrated, and once illegal spirit.

Absinthe LeopoldCreated in 1792 by Pierre Ordinaire (a French doctor who fled to Switzerland in the wake of the French Revolution), he combined local herbs, including wormwood, anise, and fennel with alcohol. He then prescribed and sold the 136 proof mixture as a medicinal tonic, which soon took on the nickname the la Fee Verte (the Green Faerie). Unlike a Liqueur, Absinthe is not bottled with sugar – and is thus classified as a Spirit. Traditionally, absinthe is poured into a glass over which a specially designed Gothic-looking slotted spoon is placed. A sugar cube is then placed on the spoon, and ice-cold water is dripped over the sugar until the drink is diluted to between a 3:1 to 5:1 ratio.

Absinthe’s popularity grew steadily until the 1840s, when absinthe was given to French troops as a malaria treatment. When the troops returned home, they brought their taste for absinthe with them, and it became popular at bars and bistros – similar to the rise in popularity of pizza in America after US troops returned from Italy after WW2. Demand creates a need for more supply!

Absinthe vieuxBy the 1860’s, absinthe had become so popular, that many cafés and cabarets had their own “happy hour” at 5 p.m., called  l’heure verte (‘the green hour’). Still, it remained expensive and was favored mainly by the bourgeoisie and eccentric Bohemian artists. By the 1880s the price had dropped significantly, perhaps due to increasing supplies, and absinthe soon became regarded as THE drink of France. By 1910 the French were consuming 36 million litres of absinthe per year! Parisian cops must have had their work cut out for them.

Absinthe became famous for its popularity in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers whose romantic associations with the drink still linger in popular culture.  Absinthe was portrayed as a dangerously addictive, psychoactive drug; with the chemical thujone seen as the chief culprit. The infamous Lanfray murders of 1906 provoked a petition to the Swiss government, which lead to its prohibition in Switzerland, and in 1915, it was prohibited in a number of other European countries and the United States. Fortunately, for the artist and romantic in all of us, Absinthe is now legal in the US and other parts of the world, and perhaps your inner Green Fairy is begging to be let out.

absinthe obselloMix it traditionally with water and sugar, or with Champagne as did Hemingway (his “Death in the Afternoon” recipe is below). You won’t forget the bitter, yet inviting kiss of licorice and tart herbs. Let Wally’s help you celebrate l’heure verte with a number of our choice selections!

We love the Osbello from Spain ($49.99), Vieux Pontarlier from France ($74.99), and the Leopold Bros. from Colorado ($79.99). And, you’ll need a traditional spoon. You’ll find the ritual of utilizing it to be most compelling.

The first stage is like ordinary drinking, the second when you begin to see monstrous and cruel things, but if you can persevere you will enter in upon the third stage where you see things that you want to see, wonderful curious things.— Oscar Wilde

 

Death in the Afternoon
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 ounces absinthe
  • 4 ounces Brut champagne
Instructions
  1. Instructions: Pour absinthe into a champagne flute and add iced brut champagne until it clouds up — at least 4 ounces.

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky – From Cognac With Love!

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Brenne French Single Malt Whisky is now at Wally’s!  A lucky number of Wally’s staff had the distinct pleasure of meeting with the effervescent, intrepid and charming owner of Brenne, Allison Patel. Her singular enthusiasm for the craft of creating Brenne whisky and for whisky in general, is evident upon meeting her, and is truly infectious. A former professional ballerina, she projects passion and is certainly living her dream with Brenne. Oh, and not only that – but we got to taste her unique whisky as well!allison 1

Brenne is a French Single Malt Whisky which is finished in Cognac Barrels, and is harvested, distilled (from a 3rd generation craft distiller, no less), matured and bottled in Cognac, France. The candied aroma imparted by the Cognac barrels leads to flavors of vanilla, gentle spice, and fruit – and subsequently Allison’s idea to incorporate these unused casks (located at her distiller’s) to age the spirit has thus given Single Malts a new and exciting persona.  Not only is Brenne compelling when enjoyed neat, it makes a glorious addition to a mixed drink as well.

brenne BarleyFieldsbrenne Barrels_2Rows 2Here are some of the recent industry reviews which Brenne has received:

93 points, Wine Enthusiast: Rated Excellent, extremely well made and highly recommended. “This unique newcomer-a French single-malt whisky finished in used Cognac barrels-tastes like a soft, golden Speyside Scotch with a little something extra. Honey, apricot and creme brûlée kick into a spicy ginger and black pepper finish and a gentle puff of smoke.” Sept 2013

Food & Wine: Rated Best New Spirit. “When former ballerina (and whisky-lover) Allison Patel came across a distiller in Cognac growing barley for single-malt whiskey, she immediately wanted to collaborate with him. Their first release is a French whiskey with caramelly flavors and the apple and pear notes of a Cognac.” Nov 2013

brenne Still_All_RedDistillery: “Single Cask Bottles: Each bottle of Brenne Whisky comes from a single barrel selected at its peak. We don’t blend barrels. Each barrel number is stamped on the back label. Cognac Distilling Technique: Using cool fermentation and small batch production, Brenne Whisky is twice distilled in copper alembic stills for a smooth finish.

A sophisticated alternative to cocktails, Brenne Whisky is the perfect balance of savory and sweet to be a bold alternative to cocktails. Enjoy it with a splash of water to unleash even more of the Cognac barrel flavors.…Or try a Manhattan affair: Brenne Whisky over ice with a twist of orange (or a grapefruit peel!). No vermouth. No bitters. Just Brenne, ice & orange.”

And here’s a recipe that we can’t wait to try:

 

Brenne CHAI TODDY
Ingredients
  • 4oz Brenne French Single Malt Whisky
  • ½ cup hot tea made with Chai-spiced black tea
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 thick slice of orange
  • Cloves (to stick into the side of the orange wheel, as many as desired)
Instructions
  1. Blend – drink – enjoy!

brenne Distillery_Ferment_APBrenne French Single Malt Whisky Finished in Cognac Barrels – Buy Here

The Craft Beer Revolution

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At Wally’s we’ve always been fan’s of Craft Beer – the freedom of experimentation and diversity of styles is truly astounding! However, inquiring minds must know, how did this all happen??

The rise of the Craft Beer movement in America has the all-too familiar ring of any anti-establishment movement: operating out of the rules, regulations and constraints of the Status Quo, those seen as outcasts dedicate themselves to experimentation and risk – much like the “Dinosaur” rock n’ roll of the 1970’s, which had seen a multitude  of over-produced, homogenous sounding stadium bands, give birth to a devoted legion of zealots who wanted to source out the true inspirations and innovators – and re-build the perfect wheel. Consider the Craft Beer movement a harkening back to the basic traditions – as well as creatively innovating upon them.  Think of Craft Beer in the same way you’d think of Mississippi Delta or Chicago Blues, British Isles Folk, East Coast Bop, ‘60’s R&B, or even early punk or heavy metal  – that you can drink, of course.

Similar movements have occurred in the world of wine with the rise of the “Super Tuscans” in Tuscany, where vintners decided to break winemaking traditions to create what they believed to be better wines – some of which have been called “the greatest wines made this century” by the world’s leading wine critic, Robert Parker.

Although now you can find these resulting experiments in bottle or can, lining the cold cases of most popular grocery stores and wine and spirit superstores – there was a time not so long ago, that you had to either live by a local brewpub, or otherwise be “in the loop” to taste the varied and flavorful offerings. Numerous large brewers have since acquired craft breweries, assisting with production, marketing and distribution, while wisely keeping the original brewers and company figureheads, and thus, having an “experimental” and home-grown credibility aligned with their major brand.  And, on an interesting note – enough of the new innovators of this ongoing movement are right here in California, for our golden state to be considered “ground zero” of the micro brewing scene.

Initially spearheading interest in the history of beers was a book written in 1977 by English beer critic Michael Jackson, “The World Guide to Beer”, in which traditional beers were categorized by style and culture. His widely seen television show, The Beer Hunter, gave his crusade into the traditions of beer an even wider audience – whetting the appetite for the bold traditional Belgian, German and English brews.

One of our favorite forerunners of the domestic craft beer is El Segundo Brewing, created in 2011 and is located on Main Street in El Segundo. Their passion is hop-centric brews, bursting with big aromas and balanced bitterness. Most of the beers are named for local landmarks in the South Bay and can thankfully be found on tap all over town.

Their label icon and mission statement sums up rather succinctly their views on the craft beer industry in general: “The Blue House represents small town America. Main Streets fostering small businesses, and real connections to real people. It represents the true American ideal of being able to support yourself, and forge ahead in to the great unknown. Which to us, is exactly what Craft Beer is. Brash, brazen, bold, and unapologetic for being so.”

Another one of our favorites is Angel City. Angel City first burst onto the LA beer scene back in 1997 before the real “brewery boom” caught on. In 2004 they operated from an 8,000 barrel brewery in Alpine Village, and relocated to the Arts District in Downtown LA in 2010. The Brewery and Public House opened in February 2013 and offers a variety of rotating beers, including brewery exclusive brews. It’s a fun area to park and walk to a number of exciting and moderately priced restaurants, and to of course grab a pint at Angel City! Their parking lot also features food trucks on a nightly basis.

LA Weekly recently voted Angel City LA’s “Best Art Deco Brewery”, and wrote: “ If you crave finely crafted ales and lagers in a setting where you can pleasantly spend a day or bring a visitor, look no farther than Angel City Brewing Co. in downtown Los Angeles.” Strand Brewing Co. is another clear winner.  Recently featured in LA Weekly, which wrote about the entire South Bay brewing community: “Torrance easily possesses the largest concentration of beer brands in Greater Los Angeles”.

Other popular beer styles amongst modern craft breweries are: Brown, Blonde,  Scotch and Golden Ales, India Pale Ales (aggressively dry, which traditionally used the extra hops to keep the beer fresh when sailed from Britain to India), Belgian Trappist or Abbey Ales such as Dubbel (Brown ale) and Tripel (strong blonde ale), seasonal beers such as Christmas Ales (which can be spiced with cloves, anise and cinnamon)  Oktoberfest beers such as Marzen and Hefeweizen (with flavors of bitter orange peel and coriander), Fall beers spiced with pumpkin, maple syrup and nutmeg,  Lambics (a sour beer which often has fruit essence added), Stouts and Porters (very dark and rich beers, made from roasted malts, which can have the additions of roasted chocolate, coffee, or oats). And that’s just the start – it wasn’t before too long that many brewers began creating non-traditional original and creative blends, blending hot peppers, honey, cherries, and aged in wine or Bourbon barrels.  The future of craft beers will be defined by what the brewers create – and what you want to drink!

Here are some of our favorites, just for starters!

LA Beer1LA Beer2Angel City Angeleno IPA $3.99, 22oz

El Segundo Citra Pale Ale $6.69, 22oz

Eagle Rock Populist $5.99, 22oz

Beachwood BBQ Full Malted Jacket $13.99, 22oz

Strand Beach House Amber $4.99, 500ml

The Dudes’ Double Trunk Double IPA $3.09, 16oz can

Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown $2.19, 16oz can

Local Los Angeles Breweries

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LA Beer1Local LA Breweries! If you like flavorful and distinctive beer, you’re either a craft beer lover, or a craft beer lover in-waiting. And, if you live in Los Angeles, you will soon realize that we live in one of the meccas of all of Craft-Beer-Dom with not only the ready availability of these fine brews, but that many breweries are within distance for a nice weekend drive. After visiting these local breweries, remember your favorites, as Wally’s always carries a full supply of these local gems. Our suggestion is to get a carpool of beer lovers, pay for your designated driver’s meal, put on some indigenous LA Rock n’ Roll (the Doors, Van Halen or Jane’s Addiction will suffice) and “bend an elbow” in true Southern California style.

El Segundo Brewing
Brewed 11.7 miles from Wally’s

El Segundo brewery was created in 2011 and is located on Main Street in El Segundo. Their passion is hop-centric brews, bursting with big aromas and balanced bitterness. Most of the beers are named for local landmarks in the South Bay and can thankfully be found on tap all over town.

Their label icon and mission statement sums up rather succinctly their views on the craft beer industry in general: “The Blue House represents small town America. Main Streets fostering small businesses, and real connections to real people. It represents the true American ideal of being able to support yourself, and forge ahead in to the great unknown. Which to us, is exactly what Craft Beer is. Brash, brazen, bold, and unapologetic for being so.”

Wally’s currently carries:
El Segundo Blue House IPA $6.99, 22oz
El Segundo Citra Pale Ale $6.69, 22oz
El Segundo Grand Hill IPA $6.99, 22oz
El Segundo Two 5 Left Double IPA $8.99, 22oz
El Segundo White Dog IPA $6.69, 22oz

Angel City Brewing
Brewed 13.6 miles from Wally’s

Angel City first burst onto the LA beer scene back in 1997 before the real “brewery boom” caught on. In 2004 they operated from an 8,000 barrel brewery in Alpine Village, and relocated to the Arts District in Downtown LA in 2010. The Brewery and Public House opened in February 2013 and offers a variety of rotating beers, including brewery exclusive brews. It’s a fun area to park and walk to a number of exciting and moderately priced restaurants, and to of course grab a pint at Angel City! Their parking lot also features food trucks on a nightly basis.

LA Weekly recently voted Angel City LA’s “Best Art Deco Brewery”, and wrote: “ If you crave finely crafted ales and lagers in a setting where you can pleasantly spend a day or bring a visitor, look no farther than Angel City Brewing Co. in downtown Los Angeles.”

Wally’s currently carries (call for availability):
Angel City Angeleno IPA $3.99, 22oz
Angel City Eureka! Wit $3.99, 22oz

Golden Road Brewing
Brewed 15.6 miles from Wally’s
Located in Glendale, Golden Road features an on-premises Pub that features over 20 beers on tap as well as a menu full of fresh-ground rib eye burgers, Bahn Mi, pulled pork and veggie burgers.

Wally’s currently carries:
Golden Road Cabrillo Kolsch $2.19, 16oz can
Golden Road Point The Way IPA $2.19, 16oz can
Golden Road Hefeweizen $2.19, 16oz can
Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds $3.29, 16oz can
Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown $2.19, 16oz can

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Eagle Rock Brewing
Brewed 17.2 miles from Wally’s

“Established in 2009 by Jeremy Raub, wife Ting Su, and father Steven Raub, Eagle Rock Brewery was the first microbrewery to open its operations in the city of Los Angeles in over 60 years. This family-owned microbrewery is dedicated to the production of artisanal beers using the best ingredients, and to the ongoing development of the beer community in Los Angeles.” Eagle Rock features food trucks on weekends, and a tap room to taste their beer – where “byof” is welcomed!

Wally’s currently carries:
Eagle Rock Manifesto $5.69, 22oz
Eagle Rock Populist $5.99, 22oz
Eagle Rock Revolution $5.69, 22oz

The Dudes’ Brewing Co.
Brewed 17.9 miles from Wally’s

Started in 2011 in Torrance, by Strand Brewing Company’s original head brewer Jeff Parker and two friends, this up-and-coming brewery plans opening a tap room soon. Until then, you’ll just have to come and get some of their original brews from us directly!

Wally’s currently carries:
The Dudes’ Double Trunk Double IPA $3.09, 16oz can
The Dudes’ Grandma’s Pecan $2.29, 16oz can

Strand Brewing Co.
Brewed 19.2 miles from Wally’s

Also hailing from Torrance, Strand Brewing welcomes you to taste their original Ales and IPA’s in their taproom and bring your own food as well! Recently featured in LA Weekly, which wrote about the entire South Bay brewing community: “Torrance easily possesses the largest concentration of beer brands in Greater Los Angeles”.

Brewery info:

Wally’s currently carries:
Strand 24th Street Pale Ale $4.99, 500ml
Strand Beach House Amber $4.99, 500ml

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Co.
Brewed 28.2 miles from Wally’s

With Pubs located in Seal Beach and Long Beach, Beachwood serves a full menu of amazing slow-cooked BBQ which serve as a perfect accompaniment for their wide selection of beers. From double IPA’s to Stout to Hefeweizen, they have all the essentials covered.

Wally’s currently carries:
Beachwood BBQ Still Life Stout $13.69, 22oz
Beachwood BBQ Full Malted Jacket $13.99, 22oz
Beachwood BBQ Melrose IPA $9.39, 22oz

Our Favorite Pumpkin Beers

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Just as the intoxicating aromas and flavors of a baking Pumpkin Pie instantly warm your soul and let you know that Fall is well underway, the sight of newly arrived Pumpkin beer at your favorite retailer can instantly send a thrill of adrenaline into the psyche of Fall beer lovers. The rich colors of maple leaves, and the full bodied sweet and spicy flavors of brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin are like Autumn captured in a bottle. Not only are they great to quaff all by themselves, they are amazing to pair with many of our Fall and Winter food favorites. And, if you buy an extra supply and drink them in Spring or Summer, some might even consider you a genius.

Unbeknownst to many, is the fact that Pumpkin beers and ales are not a modern “flavor of the month” made by American brewers, but have a long, documented, and rich history in the fabric of brewing in America. Mentioned in Samuel Stearns’ “The American herbal” in 1801, and earlier in a 1791 history of Connecticut, the great supply of the indigenous Pumpkin became a substitute for the often inaccessible malt, and thus the Pumpkin beer was born – perhaps the most truly American beer in existence. In fact, a recipe exists in a paper from Ben Franklin’s The American Philosophical Society, which states: “Let the Pompion (Pumpkin) be beaten in a Trough and pressed as Apples. The expressed juice is to be boiled in a copper a considerable time and carefully skimmed that there may be no remains of the fibrous part of the pulp. After that intention is answered let the liquid be hopped culled fermented & casked as malt beer.”

Some of our favorite food pairings for pumpkin beers in general:
– roasted nuts and dried fruits
– Thanksgiving feasts (make sure to make fresh cranberry sauce!)
– Chicken or Turkey Pot pies
– Herb crusted pork tenderloin (on your grill, of course)
– Sweet potatoes with a honey or brown sugar/cinnamon glaze
– Ratatouille
– Pecan pie (try it with a scoop of Vanilla bean or pumpkin ice cream)

Here are a few of our favorites at Wally’s, selected by our beer specialist, Stephanie Jensen.
Epic Fermentation
Epic & DC Brau Fermentation without Representation
RateBeer: 97 points
Tasting notes for the brewery: Our first ever collaborative beer has all the familiar flavors of the season, but done with Epic style. To a base of strong, roasty, and chocolaty porter, we add 200 pounds of real pumpkin per batch, five spice and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. As you pour this deeply ruby brown beer, you’re greeted by the aroma of fresh cut squash, followed by rich chocolate. The flavor starts sweet with marshmallow, vanilla, and some pumpkin pie, then yields to a coffee roast and dark chocolate dryness. This beer is a great introduction for curious drinkers and a special holiday treat for fans of the style.

almanac
Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine
RateBeer: 96 points
Tasting notes from the brewery: This is a beer made with real pumpkins.
We hand-roasted over 500lbs of heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay. The caramelized gourds were then added to our velvety American Barleywine and aged in brandy barrels for a year. Finally, we blended the barrel-aged beer with freshly brewed ale and added a delicate hint of pumpkin pie spices to round out this decadent autumn sipper.

Jacked
Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin
RateBeer: 98 points
Tasting notes from brewery: Jacked is brewed with fresh pumpkin and fall spices and has been aging in Oak barrels for 6 months. The oak barrels add subtle nuances of toasted vanilla and bourbon notes. With an ABV of 10.31% (a play on the date of Halloween), Jacked is a big, unique pumpkin ale.
Personal note: This beer inspired me to make bourbon-spiked pumpkin pies. I’ve made them the last couple years and they are incredible, everything made from scratch: crust and pumpkin puree. Usually use Maker’s Mark bourbon, this year will try using Bulleit Rye.

dogfish
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale RateBeer: 90
Tasting Notes from brewery: Punkin’ Ale is a full-bodied, spiced brown
ale brewed with baked pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale is named after the annual Punkin’ Chunkin
Festival held near Lewes, Delaware the weekend after Halloween.
Personal note: This is the fastest selling Pumpkin beer Wally’s has ever
seen! Grab it before it’s all gone.