When one thinks of 213 Downtown bars like Schmeven Schmand and Cana, no one thinks “Mm, that’s a great place to grab a beer.” So I just had to ask Beer Chicks Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune why they picked the cocktail bars yet again for their 2nd Annual Beer Crawl. I mean, there are tons of beer-serious bars in the city: Blue Palms Brewhouse, Verdugo Bar or Tony’s Darts Away. What gives?
With the intention of expanding LA’s beer culture and focusing on bars that need some beer lovin’, Christina said that the Beer Chicks are going to take over the 213 taps! She had a lonng conversation with the bars’ owner Cedd Moses and convinced him that if he could take great care to have hand-chipped ice for his cocktails, he should care what he has on his taps. Fortunately he agreed and now the Beer Chicks will curate the taps of the bars, customizing them to suit the themes.
The Beer Do-Over
They’ll start with Golden Gopher, Casey’s and Schmeven Schmand and then hopefully move on to the other bars by the end of the year. Irish pub Casey’s will serve Moylans Irish Stout and Eagle Rock Solidarity, Cana will get Maui Brewing Coconut Porter and she’s hoping to get Mexico’s Cucapa beer for Las Perlas. At Schmeven Schmand, they’ll even do high-end boilermakers.
Not all of the bars will get crafty but some will be equipped with double the taps. The bartenders have also been trained by the Beer Chicks so they will be as knowledgeable about the beers as they are the cocktails.
The Beer Chicks’ Downtown Beer Shop
And to really kick things off, the girls have taken over that little liquor shop in Golden Gopher, where before you could take booze to go or have it delivered. Now the store has been transformed into the 8th Street Bottle Shop which will feature a selection of craft beers hand-picked by the Beer Chicks!
The store opens the same day as the 7-bar beer crawl on Saturday, August 13. You can still get tickets to the crawl which costs $49 general admission. VIP is sold out.
Here are just some of the craft breweries attending this beer-tastic event: Allagash, Eagle Rock Brewery, Craftsman Brewing, Cismontane, Taps Fish House and Brewery, Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie, North Coast Brewing Company, The Bruery and Brasserie D’Achouffe to name just a few.