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8 oz Burger Bar

Long line at the Surly Goat

Pliny the Younger is in Los Angeles and so far a few places that got a keg have sold out, not surprising right?.  There are a few bars that will tap their kegs next week and I hope I get a chance to taste it before it becomes Pliny the Tapped Out, like it became at the Russian River Brewery on 02/17/11.  I planned on showing up to the Surly Goat early, one of the few places that got a keg of The Younger, but I had forgotten about the event until I got a text asking me if we were still going that very morning; bad planning and showing up a half hour after the place opened, meant we weren’t getting in and they ran out of it 40 minutes after they opened.  I was bummed out, but 8 oz Burger was down the street and it was a place that had been on my radar for a few months and that’s where we ended up; beer and burgers would cheer me up for sure.

8 oz Burger is located right in the heart of Melrose Ave, a trendy area for shopping but not known for a place to go to for food, but burgers are pretty laid back and it fits right in.  The first thing I noticed was the draught selection, all were from California and they were decent choices, but I noticed one of the beers on the list was my recently poor rated Chocolate Stout by Bayhawk; yea I didn’t order it.

I had two beers that night, the first being Palomino by Bootleggers (above).  I liked this beer, nice hop flavor and aroma, malty, citrus finish and a bit dry; enjoyed it, 3 Beer Caps.

The second choice was Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout by Anderson Valley.  This was a nice and strong flavored beer; dark chocolate, espresso beans, medium body; enjoyed it but would have liked to get the beer at more of a room temperature, it was too cold and same for the glass it was served on.  Three beer caps for it, but will try it again to see if it gets four.

3 Little Pigs (left) and Melrose (right)

The burgers were very tasty, my favorite was the Three Little Pigs ($10), it was an all pork blend with pickled onions, avocado, iceberg, mayo, pepper jack cheese and Poblano relish.  Pork is fantastic no matter how you have it, pepper jack cheese and the avocado worked really well with it and I’ve been thinking about it often and will probably make one at home soon.  The other burger was the Melrose ($8), served with a house blend, wild baby arugula, garlic roasted tomatoes, red onion marmalade.  I liked the Melrose, but I thought the acid from the roasted cherry tomatoes took away from the flavor of the beef.  My friend Rich and I split the burgers so we could try both.  We also ordered stuffed olives with chorizo ($5), these were great and I really liked the smokey flavor from the chorizo after that initial bite of olive, a must if you are a chorizo lover (bad wording I know, haha!). We also had some grilled artichokes, these were OK.  Burgers were cooked medium, perfect, and that’s how they should be; big ups to the cooks for the burgers.

My boy Rich and I had an overall good experience here, good tasting burgers and although they don’t have a great list of beer choices, don’t come here for the beer, come to enjoy the burgers.  Three beer caps for their beer selection and four beer caps for their burgers.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Beer Outings

 

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Birthday Burger & Flight

On February 4th I celebrated my 34th birthday and my lovely wife Alicia took me out to lunch and to a museum.  I chose to go to 8oz burger but it turned out to be closed during lunch hours.  We took out the phone and found a place for a burger and beers, it’s called BoHo.  The burger was very juicy and ginormous and I have to tell you that the chef that day sure knew how to cook a potato; so many places give you soggy and oily fries, but this place knew how to fry them to perfection.  I enjoyed spending a great day with my wife eating a burger, drinking beers, and visiting the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Beer & Burgers = Thumbs Up!

Great tasting beer and fries. 5 Beer Caps for the entire meal.

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, Ommegang Hennepin, 90 Minute IPA, and Old Speckled Hen.

Omeggang, Hennepin – couldn’t smell a thing on this beer, it had a clean wash and was malty. Alright, 2 Beer Caps

Dogfish Head, 90 Minute IPA – citrus aroma, lots of sweet malt, bitter from beginning to end. Liked it, 3 Beer Caps.

Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen – fruity aroma, made mouth water, bit of funk on the back end, made me pucker. Enjoyed it a lot, 4 Beer Caps.

Ommegang, Chocolate Indulgenge – warm by the time I got to it, lots of roasted flavors in the nose of chocolate and coffee, bitter chocolate, malt, and coffee taste. Tasty, 3 Beer Caps.

Throw one back for me – Cheers!

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2011 in Beer Outings

 

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La Merle

La Merle by North Coast Brewing Co

The Blackbird is the English translation of Le Merle, but it sounds better in French. This is probably one of North Coast’s cheaper beers at $7.49, but it’s a very good one. It is a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, a style I haven’t had much of, but I recall a few and I enjoyed them.

The ale had pleasant bright notes of fruit like green apple and pears, caramelized white sugar (reminded me of when my wife bakes), yeasty funk, citrus, and hop. One thing I really enjoyed about this beer is the carbonation; the bubbles made lots of the great flavors stick around. The apple and pear were present, the bread/yeast, and I really enjoyed the citrus/hop finish on it. When the beer warmed there was burn from the alcohol, but it wasn’t bothersome.

Took pictures of this beer outdoors just before the sunset and the sun was at a great angle and it made for great beer color that I think I’ve captured. The beer is very drinkable and I still wanted more of it after the bottle was gone; will pick up one of these again, maybe two to share with friends during the upcoming spring BBQ’s. Five Caps for this one, you’ll enjoy it, I guarantee it!

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Empty Bottles, Five Beer Caps Club

 

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Chocolate Porter Bayhawk Ales

I was taking the road less traveled of craft beer when I stumbled upon this bottle of Chocolate Porter, brewed by a company that states they are Orange County’s oldest brewery. I had never heard of them but it was only $3.50, had to get one. I’m sure we’d all like to do this often, grab an unknown beer, but with craft beer being expensive and all, it makes the selection and shopping process a bit difficult; we all want to spend our hard earned money on something tasty and hopefully find new favorites.

Aromatically it was good, roasted malt and coffee, very pleasant on the nose but no chocolate. Taste of vanilla extract, roasted malt, and burnt cocoa beans. The beer had a weird acid/tangy type of thing going and I’m not sure if that has something to do with how long ago it had been brewed and bottled.

This beer has a very clean rinse on the tongue and I expect more from a chocolate porter. I expected something malty with dark notes and chocolate, especially if it’s in the name for crying out loud; some carbonation would be good too, something that will linger and coat the tongue. I’m not going to recommend you this beer, not even at $3.50 a bottle; ask the bartender to pour you something different or grab a bottle that’s next to this one. One Beer Cap for this poor chocolate porter.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Empty Bottles

 

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