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All the other “National ___ Day” celebrations can go home. I don’t need National Hot Dog Day or National Maple Syrup Day or National Hug a Cat Day (that’s a real thing and it’s June 4, by the way). What I need – what we all need – is National IPA Day. I plan on celebrating IPA Day with at least one of the two IPAs from Angel City Brewery, which is one of my favorite LA-based breweries and its IPAs are part of the reason.
To honor the special day, one can stroll into the Public House and order its DIPA and, as part of the celebration, get it in cans on August 6. (A few days late, but isn’t every day National IPA Day?)
Here in Los Angeles, I tend to get a bit of season-envy this time of year. My friends in the Midwest and East Coast are bragging about sweater weather, while I’m still cranking the AC in my car and wearing flip-flops on the weekends. Having nearly 300 days of sunny weather is great, but sometimes I like a bit of cloudy weather. Angel City Brewery likes things a little cloudy, too. Hence their new Zero Flocs Given Hazy IPA.
This week, it became official that Los Angeles will be the host city for the Summer Olympics in either 2024 or 2028. We’ll just have to figure out whether Paris or LA goes first; one way or another, the Olympics are coming to Southern California in the next 11 years. As we look ahead to people from all over the world coming together in LA to compete and peacefully celebrate unity, it’s a perfect week for LA’s brewers to unite at the second annual DTLA Breweries United festival (and it’s all for a good cause).
If you’ve seen more than a few TV shows and movies in your life, at some point you’ve watched a scene where characters talk (and drink, and sing bad karaoke, and flirt) in a bar. Some of the most memorable scenes in pop culture take place at bars. And more than once, I’ve been out for a drink with friends when I have the thought, “oh wait, isn’t this where they shot that scene from that thing?”
When you really start looking into it, every nook and cranny of Los Angeles has a bar. One report estimates that there are 1,000 bars in LA, and an additional 10,000 full-service restaurants. A few of these drinkeries have made their way into movies and TV shows that I’ve seen. Here now is a look at where you, too, can drink where your favorite characters drank.
This week, two of my favorite things collided: “Workaholics,” the Comedy Central show about three slackers who live together in LA, and Golden Road Brewing, the fast-rising and absolutely amazing craft brewery from LA. The “Beer Heist” episode (season 4, episode 8) found Adam, Ders, and Blake trying to impress some young co-eds by stealing them beer. Hilarity, of course, ensued. So did the very first TV product placement that I actually enjoyed watching.
Backstory/full disclosure: I’ve showcased Golden Road here on PorchDrinking.com before. I love the place. It ships its beers in cans, it’s only a few years old, and already it’s one of the hippest and most sought-after craft beers in Los Angeles. True story: I started shopping at Whole Foods because they have a wider variety of Golden Road beers on their shelves. It’s that great.
Anyway… PorchDrinking was founded on the principle of telling stories of friends who have adventures over great beer. This week’s “Workaholics” was just that. Let’s recap.