When you're in a sour mood
Here are some local places to drink domestic sours, subject to availability:
BARS AND RESTAURANTS Beachwood BBQ: Owner Gabriel Gordon has spent two years hoarding kegs and bottles, which he'll unleash in August for his weeklong sour festival.
131 1/2 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 493-4500, www.beachwoodbbq.comBlue Palms Brewhouse: Proprietor Brian Lenzo regularly stocks domestic sours, including rare bottles of Isabelle Proximus, a sour collaboration between Lost Abbey's Tomme Arthur, Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione, Allagash's Rob Tod, Russian River's Vinnie Cilurzo and Avery's Adam Avery that sprang from a trip to Belgium.
6124 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 464-2337, www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.comBoHo: Verdugo co-owner Ryan Sweeney consults on BoHo's beer selection. He recently tapped Telegraph Reserve Wheat and carries bottles of Lost Abbey's Cuvée de Tomme, brewed by Tomme Arthur.
6372 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 465-8500, www.bohorestaurant.comBoneyard Bistro: Chef-owner Aaron Robins features domestic bottles such as Russian River's Temptation, Supplication and Consecration, plus Avery Brabant, a Colorado sour aged in Zinfandel barrels.
13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 906-7427, www.boneyardbistro.comBottleRock: Resident beer expert Alex Macy recently carried Allagash Confluence on draft. He also stocks bottles of Allagash Confluence, Telegraph Reserve Wheat and Cuvée de Tomme.
1050 S. Flower St., downtown L.A., (213) 747-1100, www.bottlerock.netFather's Office: Sang Yoon acquired prized kegs of Russian River Consecration and the rarely seen Dogfish Head Festina Pêche.
1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 736-2224, www.fathersoffice.comFather's Office II: Yoon recently tapped two sours from New Belgium: Eric's Ale (a peach lambic) and La Folie (a Flanders-style red). Also featured is Telegraph Reserve Wheat on draft.
3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 736-2224, www.fathersoffice.comThe Golden State: Stone just started redistributing Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, and the Golden State scored bottles of La Roja, Oro de Calabaza and Madrugada Obscura from brew master Ron Jeffries.
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 782-8331, www.thegoldenstatecafe.comNaja's Place: Manager Martin Svab regularly orders domestic sours for the longtime boardwalk beer bar, including New Belgium's Eric's Ale and blackberry-flavored Sour Wench from Ballast Point.
154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, (310) 376-9951, www.najasplace.comPure Luck: Proprietor Ben Ling recently carried Russian River Consecration on draft and stocks 750-milliliter bottles of Telegraph Reserve Wheat.
707 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, (323) 660-5993, www.pureluckrestaurant.comStuffed Sandwich: Sam Samaniego and wife Marlene specialize in Belgian sours but still pour Consecration on draft.
1145 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, (626) 285-9161, www.stuffedsandwich.comVerdugo Bar: Proprietor and resident beer maven Ryan Sweeney carries Consecration and Festina Pêche on draft and has bottles of Lost Abbey's Cuvée de Tomme.
3408 Verdugo Road, Glassell Park, (323) 257 3408, www.verdugobar.com
UPCOMING SOUR BEER FESTIVALS On July 19, Stone World Bistro & Gardens is hosting its third Sour Fest in Escondido. Newly installed beverage coordinator Bill Sysak plans to tap 45 kegs and open 36 bottles.
Aug. 25-31, Beachwood BBQ proprietor Gabriel Gordon is hosting a weeklong festival in Seal Beach, featuring 18 sours on tap at any given time and nightly brewery events.