Blue Palms Brewhouse
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 113
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by augustgarage:
4.4/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I arrived at opening time on a Thursday evening. The interior is clean, well layed out, and casual. The beer list was fairly impressive (especially for Los Angeles), though the first three things I ordered were tapped out (including their cask selection, unfortunately).
Lots of special releases from The Bruery, Stone, and Firestone Walker. A couple Belgian ales on tap (even there, not the usual suspects; a flanders red rather than something like Chimay or Duval), and several in bottles (Trappist Rochefort, seasonal Fantome, Delerium Tremens, etc.).
The options for well drinks are decent as well (e.g. bourbons included Old Pappy Van Winkle 10yo 101; tequila selection was adequate; and they even offered fountain absinthe - albeit with "Bohemian" absinthe), though I didn't order a cocktail.
I only ordered sweet potato fries, but they arrived crisp, well seasoned, piping hot, and served with chipotle mayo (or whatever other condiment you request). The food that those around me ordered appeared quickly and seemed well prepared.
Bartenders are friendly, attentive, and chatty. They all seem to enjoy working there. Lots of regular beer-loving customers mingle with people meeting friends or playing bar-games while nursing a macro (Bud Light or Amstel Light are hiding in the fridge apparently).
Excluding the food (a bit expensive but reasonable), value is remarkable especially for the location. Most draught ales are $3 (!) during happy hour. There are also food specials (mostly up-market renditions of traditional bar-food, like Buffalo Wings). Time passes quickly and ale and conversation flows freely. I could see this turning into a regular haunt...
EDIT: October, 2009 - this has turned into my bar of choice in L.A. Brian is very friendly, generous (ask about a beer and you'll usually end up with a sample placed before you), and very in touch with the U.S. beer market, traveling frequently to enrich his knowledge and his (massive) stock of kegs and bottles.
05-08-2009 06:19:32 | More by augustgarage
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Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA
98 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.