Dinner with Chopped: Hero Chefs Champion Derek Walker This Monday!

Join us as Chef/Owner Tom Hugenberger honors Chopped Champion Chef Derek Walker by preparing a meal with the ingredients found in Derek’s Chopped baskets. As a special treat, Chef Derek will serve the dessert that helped him win Chopped. 15% of ticket proceeds will go to benefit St. Joseph Center and you will have the opportunity to chat with both chefs.

There are seatings at 6PM and 8PM. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite here for an all-inclusive $35+processing fee. Don’t miss this unique event!

April at the Alehouse


We have not one, but two Belgian-centric events for your imbibing pleasure at the Alehouse this month.




April 16th: Petrus Aged Red Release

Bavik’s Petrus Aged Pale has long been a favorite sour beer of ours here at the Alehouse. When they told us they’d be releasing a new sour beer called “Petrus Aged Red” we jumped at the chance to hold a release party. In addition to those two sour delights, you’ll find the following beer on tap at the Alehouse on April 16th:

- Petrus Aged Red
- Petrus Aged Pale
- Poperings Hommel Bier
- Piraat
- Klokke Roeland
- Silly Saison

In addition to the libations, we’ll have a limited amount of glassware to give away with every one of the above beers. So come sample some obscure Belgian goodness and get some sweet swag while you’re at it.

April 30th: Queen’s Day Celebration

Every year, the good folks of Denmark hold a celebration in honor of their Queen’s birthday. In honor of their celebration we’ll be pouring the following Danish and Belgian beer from the Pacific Libations portfolio:

- La Trappe Isid’or
- La Trappe Bockbier
- Urthel Hop-It
- Urthel Samaranth

We will have loads of glassware and other swag to give you when you buy any of the above beers, and possibly a couple other surprises up our sleeves. Don’t miss out.

Benedicts and Barleywines

Strong Beer and Strong Breakfast, what could be better? Inspired by this Edible Westside article, we’ll be pouring a whole bunch of barleywine and featuring a special menu of four different takes on the classic eggs benedict. Because who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?


On Tap:

- Evil Twin Freudian Slip
- Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
- Uinta Cockeyed Cooper
- Great Divide Old Ruffian 2011
- Oskar Blues ODB 2011
- Beachwood Annihilator
- Moylan’s Old Blarney

In Bottles:

- Firestone Abacus 2011
- Firestone Sucaba 2012
- Stone Barrel-Aged Old Guardian 2010

We look forward to seeing you at the Alehouse!

Anchor Zymaster No. 3 Pint Night

Anchor is releasing the third entry in their small batch Zymaster Series, “Flying Could San Francisco Stout” and we’re helping them celebrate. On January 29th at 6PM we’ll tap Flying Cloud along with some of its Anchor Brewing buddies. Clocking in at 7.5% ABV, this is by far the strongest entry in the Zymaster Series. In addition to Zymaster No. 3, we’ll be pouring the following Anchor beers:

- Christmas 2011
- Old Foghorn
- Steam
- Liberty

We will have some excellent Anchor goodies to give away and Brand Representative Morgan on hand to answer all your Anchor Brewing questions. Want to read up on the history behind Export Stouts and the name “Flying Cloud?” Follow this link to Anchor’s blog. We’ll see you at the Alehouse!


Strong Ale Fest at Library Alehouse

We at the Alehouse always like to have a couple handles of high ABV goodness on tap, but we make sure to save some serious goodies for the end of the year. Running from December 19th through the 31st, this year’s Strong Ale Fest will feature ten rotating handles of strong and barrel-aged beer, with no beer lower than 8.0% ABV and some as high as 15.0% ABV. Every beer on tap (with a couple exceptions) will be available in twelve-ounce pours, or flights of three six-ounce pours so you can sample responsibly.

We are also happy to announce that we’re partnering with Uber, your on demand private driver, to get our guests home safely and comfortably after imbibing all that high-ABV deliciousness. Guests need only download the Uber app to their smartphone and attend Strong Ale Fest. The Alehouse will then provide guests with a promo code for $20 off one ride for new Uber users. So drink, eat and be merry (and safe!).

December 19th Kickoff Event: Strong Ale Greetings from California

Our fine state produces some of the best beer in the world and the strong stuff is no exception. As soon as we open on December 19th, you’ll find a tap list with some of California’s finest. The following will all be on draft:

- Drake’s One Bourbon One Scotch Oh Dear!
- Lost Abbey Ad Lib 2011
- Lost Abbey Older Viscosity 2011
- Lost Abbey Bourbon Angel’s Share 2012
- Lost Abbey Deliverance 2012
- 50/50 Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 2011
- 50/50 Eclipse Four Roses 2011
- 50/50 Totality 2011
- North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV
- North Coast Grand Cru 2011

That night, starting at 6PM, we will also feature bottle pours of other versions of 2011 Eclipse along with a few goodies from the Alehouse cellar.

Make sure you wear your drinking hat.

December 26th: Belated Christmas with Firestone Walker

Firestone’s Anniversary beers have become the stuff of legend, as has their entire barrel-aging program. On December 26th at 6PM, we pay homage to their efforts by tapping the following:

- Firestone XVI Anniversary Ale
- Firestone Parabola 2012
- Firestone Double DBA 2012

But we didn’t stop at the tap list. We will also feature full bottles and bottle-poured flights of the following Firestone Walker goodies:

- Firestone XIV (bottle pours only)
- Firestone XV
- Firestone Parabola 2011
- Firestone Abacus 2011
- Firestone Sucaba 2012

In addition, we will have a selection of decadent pairing bites, a cask of Firestone Walker’s Reserve Porter and plenty of Firestone’s core product on draft.

December 31st: New Year’s Eve Vintage Beer Dinner

We will have one seating at 8:30PM. Five courses each paired with vintage beer from the Alehouse cellar and a champagne toast at the end of the night. Pricing and ticketing details to follow on facebook and twitter. You won’t want to miss this night.

Anticipated Draft List for Strong Ale Fest:

- Struise Tsjeeses Reserva
- Struise Rio Reserva
- Kulmbacher Eisbock
- Beer Heer! Kremlin Crude
- Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper
- Mikkeller To/From Via Mikkeller 2011
- De Ranke Pere Noel
- Heretic Worry
- Drake’s One Bourbon One Scotch Oh Dear!
- Lost Abbey Ad Lib 2011
- Lost Abbey Older Viscosity 2011
- Lost Abbey Bourbon Angel’s Share 2012
- Lost Abbey Deliverance 2012
- 50/50 Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 2011
- 50/50 Eclipse Four Roses 2011
- 50/50 Totality 2011
- North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV
- North Coast Grand Cru 2011
- Firestone XVI Anniversary Ale
- Firestone Parabola 2012
- Firestone Double DBA 2012
- Allagash Odyssey 2011
- Allagash Bourbon Black
- Deschutes Black Butte XXVI
- Deschutes Abyss 2012
- Bruery Smoking Wood (Rye Barrel-Aged)
- Bruery White Oak
- Meantime Old College Naval Porter

Vertical Epic: The Final Chapter at Library Alehouse

We at the Alehouse are honored to be one of only a handful of establishments that are pouring Stone Vertical Epic 03.03.03 through 12.12.12 all on tap on December 12, 2012 at 6PM (02.02.02 is staying safely tucked within the walls of Stone’s World Bistro in Escondido).

FULL POUR Details and Pricing:

08.08.08 through 12.12.12: $7ea per 12oz Pour or $10ea with a Commemorative Glass

03.03.03 through 07.07.07 will be served only in the below flights in order to spread the rare stuff around as much as possible.

FLIGHT Details and Pricing (6oz of Each Beer):

03/04/05: $11

06/07/08: $11

09/10/11/12: $13

03.03.03 through 12.12.12 With a Commemorative Glass: $40

Those who order the flight of 03.03.03-12.12.12 will receive their beers in the separate flights noted above so we can ensure prompt service and sufficient glassware.

We hope you’ll join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Boulevard Brewing SoCal Launch

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6PM –  Since 1989, Boulevard Brewing of Kansas City, MO has been producing some of the finest beer the Midwest has to offer. Their beers have garnered numerous awards and they are now the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Library Alehouse is proud to welcome Boulevard Brewing and Brewmaster Neil Witte to Southern California with a launch party befitting their fine portfolio.

We will have the following beers available for purchase in bottles, flights and individual pours:

- Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
- Long Strange Triple
- Sixth Glass Quadrupel
- Dark Truth Stout
- Rye on Rye
- Nommo Dubbel
- Harvest Dance Wheat Wine

In addition to this lineup, we will feature a four course pairing menu available as an entire meal, or a la carte. Watch our facebook page and twitter feed for menu details as we finalize our pairings. We look forward to seeing you at the Alehouse.

Coast to Coast Toast for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Five Beers from The Vanberg and Dewulf Portfolio and Five Kinds of Poutine for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Thursday, November 15, 2012 – King’s Day in Belgium – marks the official day (and night) of the Coast to Coast Toast. It’s a celebration of the Anniversary of the founding of Vanberg & DeWulf, the first company to specialize in importing Belgian beers to the United States.

We thought we’d also take the opportunity to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy by donating 15% of the day’s sales to relief aid. After all, there’s nothing quite like drinking tasty beer for a great cause. In addition to those five tasty beers, we’ll have five different kinds of poutine to pair, all made with our new, house made, hand cut fries.

Library Alehouse has long been a supporter of the Vanberg & DeWulf portfolio. So on Thursday, November 15th from open to close, we are throwing our own version of the Vanberg & DeWulf Coast to Coast Toast right here in Santa Monica. We hope you’ll want stop in to raise a glass to Vanberg & DeWulf, and to Hurricane Sandy relief, with at least one of the more than 43 beers from 11 breweries from 4 countries whose beers they import. Here’s what we’ll be pouring and pairing:

- Vintage Scaldis Noel paired with French Poutine
- Dupont Monk’s Stout paired with Mexican Poutine
- Castelain Biere de Garde paired with Asian Poutine
- Scaldis Peche Mel paired with Moroccan Poutine
- Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux paired with Indian Poutine

Vanberg & DeWulf are the original, most ardent and proselytizing importers of Belgian beers in the USA. It’s no wonder they’re called the “Belgian Experts”: ever since 1982, their mission has been to support independent, family-run breweries and indigenous beer styles that express the spirit of a place. The founders, Don Feinberg & Wendy Littlefield, were the first Americans inducted into the Belgian Brewers’ Guild. They published the first edition of “The Great Beers of Belgium” by Michael Jackson. In the 1990’s they pioneered cooking with beer education at the CIA and The James Beard House. Don & Wendy conceived of and built Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, thereby constructing the first farmstead brewery to be built in over a century… on a former hops farm, no less.

In addition to our event, other Belgian-tinged bars, restaurants and stores from New York to Little Rock, Chicago to San Francisco, and Miami to Anchorage will be
celebrating along with us.

Follow along on twitter with the #C2CT hashtag and make sure you follow @belgianexpert to keep up to date on Coast to Coast Toast happenings. We’ll see you at the Alehouse!

Bean to “Bar” with Stone Brewing and ChocoVivo

Stone’s collaborative efforts in brewing have reached the stuff of legend and their most recent release is no exception. This time, they worked with decorated homebrewer Ken Schmidt and Iron Fist Brewing to create a Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout. 

In doing so, they’ve employed the wares of local chocolatier, ChocoVivo. On Halloween night, beginning at 6PM, we at the Library Alehouse are delighted to welcome both Stone and ChocoVivo for the draft release of Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout, and a night of rare Stone beer paired with some delectable treats from ChocoVivo. In addition to the rarities on tap, ChocoVivo is making a Crystal Malt and Citrus-Infused Chocolate just for this event. We will be featuring the following two flights of beer and chocolate:

Old Beer, Fresh Chocolate:

- Stone 2011 Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout with ChocoVivo Mayan (Chile and Cinnamon)
- Stone 2010 Imperial Russian Stout with ChocoVivo Coffee Vanilla
- Stone 2011 Highway 78 Scotch Ale with ChocoVivo Caramel & Sea Salt

There’s Something In My Beer:

- Espresso Sublimely Self-Righteous with ChocoVivo Crystal Malt & Citrus Infused Chocolate
- Vanilla Bean Smoked Porter with ChocoVivo Shangri La (Black Sesame and Goji Berries)
- Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout with ChocoVivo 75% Cacao

Each beer flight and chocolate flight will be available a la carte, as will full size pours of all beers on draft. We look forward to seeing you on Halloween night. After all, adults need candy too!