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LA Beer Week: Celebrate Beer Culture in LA

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Photo of opening event by Greg Thompson for LAist

By Greg Thompson/Special to LAist

LA Beer Week started October 15th and promises a veritable cornucopia of local beer bars, brewpubs, breweries, beer, cuisine, tasting, events and demos in both LA and Orange County. Celebrate local beer culture at one of many events being held at the great beer establishments of the Southland. LA Beer Week is encouraging individual pubs and breweries to promote their own events through October 24th.

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Two anchor events provided by La Beer Week are Oktoberfest, which took place at Verdugo Bar Saturday night for the opening weekend and the Signature LA Beer Week festival at Descanso Gardens Oct. 24th for the closing weekend.

The events are too numerous to mention. Check out Beer Week's website for a full listing. We have chosen a few highlights for you because of their cool venues, brews featured, and seasonal themes. Call it Freaktoberfest or Spooktoberfest and we’re there.

Monday October 19 @ 7pm, start your La Beer Week festivities at the Blue Palms Brew House Hollywood Blvd with owner Brian Lenzo This is not your Papa or Opa’s (Google it) Oktoberfest, but the World's Smallest Coney Island Freaktoberfest tm Boutique Beer Festival. Brought to you by some of the country’s best and freakiest craft breweries. Entertain your brain with an all star freak show by the Venice Beach Freakshow. Plus a raffle more likely to be beer related than freak related. $10.00 cover

Tuesday, October 20, starting at 8:00pm, Boneyard Bistro’s Chef/owner Aaron Robins will create the Craft Beer Mitzvah to celebrate Schmaltz Brewing Company’s 13th (get it) ‘birthday’. Help them pass into adulthood with a decadent 5 course meal cooked and paired with 5 Schmaltz award winning brews. LA Beer Week celebrates the California launch of Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah. Their newest anniversary ale is brewed with 13 malts,13 hops,13% alcohol in honor of the 13th anniversary. The menu includes Littleneck Clams Steamed with Lemongrass Sausage and Ginger, a BBQ Sampler Plate, Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops with Pomegranate Molasses Chocolate Decadence Cake, all with appropriate beer pairings. Cost:$50

Wednesday, October 21 from 6:00 - 9:00pm in The Otheroom on Abbot Kinney, freak out with owner and local indie music supporter Craig Weiss at the Coney Island Freaktoberfest. Celebrate with a full Coney Island Craft Lager Lineup, including Coney Island Lager, Albino Python, Sword Swallower, and, of course, Freaktoberfest. Enjoy delicious carny-themed treats and give in to your inner beer freak!! No Cover

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Saturday, October 24 between 3:00 - 8:00pm celebrate the LA Beer Week Festival Closing Event! LA Beer Week's signature Beer Festival will take place on the grounds of the Descanso GardensInternational Rosarium. Breathe the perfume from five-acres of America's most popular flower while enjoying the perfumy aroma of hops. Unlimited 4oz tastes of almost 80 brews from nearly 40 breweries. Appetizers available from Patina Food Group. Cost: $40.00

Or at the very least, pop a PBR and yell, Cheers!" Where's your holiday spirit?