Pioneers of Craft Brew Pubs Blue Palms Brew House. RIP.

I recently met up with a good friend of mine, Jared L., who happens to be one of the top up-and-coming chefs in LA.  He’s currently cooking it up at Eveleigh restaurant in West Hollywood (http://www.theeveleigh.com/). The guy gets down in the kitchen. We’ve been tight since our days at UCLA. It’s been a minute since I had a chance to hang out with him.  Life just seems to get busier and busier for everyone, so chill time with my boys is not as frequent as it was back in the day. It’s especially tough when your friends don’t have typical 9 to 5s.

My boy Jared from Eveleigh restaurant

So we decided to meet at Jared’s new apartment and walked a couple blocks to Blue Palms Brew House on Hollywood and Gower. We wanted to check out their $4 Tuesday pint night.  The bar had recently had some issues staying open. They lost their lease as a result of the closing of the Music Box. It shares the same building and owners. This news was a big deal. These guys are known for being one of the first to really push for a craft brew culture in LA. I read the other day they were able to work out some kind of temporary extension to keep from them from closing, it looks like they will be shutting down afterall. Here is more on the story:

LA Weekly’s Squid Ink blog: http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2012/01/blue_palms_brewhouse.php

Update on Blue Palms site: http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/pages/Update2012.html

We got there right when it opened (5pm) thinking the $4 pints started then. We were wrong, so we did not get the deal we were looking for right from the jump. Our bad, not theirs. According to their site, the deal goes from 6pm-10pm. Yeah, $4 a pop…even the dope ones. Awesome deal. The best part: you can easily take the train (red line) and jump off at Hollywood and Vine station. Convenient if you get a little tipsy. No need to drive.

Beer board at Blue Palms

If you have been paying attention to the pricing for these beers, you probably noticed most brews on average run from $5-$9 a pint. What? Maybe in a better economy will I drop $9 a pint…maybe not. There’re so many good ones priced less. I lean towards the $5-$6 range. For $9 I can get even a six of something very good. Here’s happy hour to the rescue. I’ve got a knack for finding deals–this being a damn good one. On the other hand, I’m down to spend more for something seasonal or rare. Overall, I pass on paying full price for anything. Deals are out there. You just have to look for them. Better yet, stay tuned here. We’ll guide you through all the worthwhile deals.

The Line-Up:

Stone/Green Flash/ Pizza Port Carlsbad Collabo "Hwy 78" Scotch Ale. Very nice.

Smog City "The Nothing" Imperial Stout from Tustin, CA. The standout of the night. Amazing.

Moylan's Old Blanery Barleywine (Port barreled with dates)

Oskar Blues' Mama's Lil Yellow Pils

Cosmic Ales Hellbound Brown

Where do you drink? Do you have a favorite drinking spot? Do they have any deals?