Haven’t been to Stout Burgers? Run dont walk.

IMG_7103Holy delicious Burger Batman! I know this is a Beer blog but my recent lunch at Stout Burger in Studio City made me change my name to burger lady just for the day. http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/beer-menu-studio-city

Stout burgers is and I quote from their website: “a simple, upscale restaurant redefining the idea of the local pub – offering a vast selection of artisanal draft and bottled beers from around the world as well as an emerging list of wines together with the finest burger option in Los Angeles”. That’s about right. Right now locations are Hollywood by the Archlight and Studio City but looks like there’s a Pasadena and Santa Monica location opening soon. Lucky you guys!!

They have 30 beers on tap and they’re a nice selection.IMG_7101 IPAs, Belgiums, Stouts, Lagers, Pilsners, Ales and Pale Ales. And that’s just on tap. They have a selection in bottles that includes some really hard to find beers.

Aside from the great selection of beer I am pleased to say they meet one of my huge summer favorite things. By now you know me and know what I am going to say. “Outdoor Drinking”. The whole place is practically outside. The bar had that cool on the strip Vegas feel to it. Right there looking out on Ventura Blvd as you sip your beer.

Today I got the Firestone Hoppy Pivo Pils and Mr Beerman ordered Stones Pale Ale.IMG_7106 They are old favorites. Nothing new to report here. Just glad they had them. Go California beers!

But I need to talk about the food. Their burgers are perfect. Don’t even tell them how you like it cooked. Just go with it. It’s so juicy; So flavorful; So good. It’s funny my husband and I always get the same burger. Me the Goobah which is beef burger with mozzarella cheese, crispy prosciutto, and a lemon aioli and Mr Beernan won’t vary from the Stout Burger, blue cheese, emi gruyere, rosemary bacon, caramelized onions, horseradish cream and roasted tomatoes. Ridiculous. Both burgers. You kinda want two but then you are like no..that would be wrong. But sometimes I don’t want to be right.

Note: Stout would you consider doing sliders? We love our “go to” burgers so much we won’t order a different but would love to try the others.

And they don’t have just beef. They also have Chicken burgers and even veggie burgers! Something for everyone. And dont even get me started on the sweet potato fries, onion rings and bread pudding. To. Die. For. Who’s your exec chef? Wait I looked it up “Executive Chef Alex Kagianaris has turned the burger into a gourmet treat. Thanks to its mainstay of a few quality ingredients, cooked quickly and served up as fresh as can be, the burger at STOUT makes the perfect meal – nutritious, filling, and the perfect pair for that specialty beer combining a host of sweet/salt/sour flavors to tantalize the taste buds. True that. Kiss him for me.

There’s a lot of gourmet burgers out there now. I enjoy many. But none as much as Stout. Combine that with the choices of beer and outdoor bar I’m sold. The bartender was super friendly too. Nothing bad to say its an A+ place. IMG_7109

My husband mentioned how when we met he lived with his two buddies in a house about two Blocks from where Stout is now. Thank goodness it didn’t exist 15 years ago. We probably would have never met. He would have been there every night knee deep in Stout Burgers and Pints.

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Growlers: Beer Take Out!

What is a growler? Ask my kids and they will bring up their stomach before dinner, but nope, a growler is simply a glass jug that carries a half-gallon of beer. goldPretty much any brewery and some pubs distribute these. Its kinda like Beer Take Out! I love the growler. There comes a time of the year when Mr. Beerman and I have our Keg-fridge on hold. I know WHAT? You say? Why? Why not have draft at home 24/7, 365. Well here’s the thing from April thru September we go through 1 to maybe even 3 kegs due to BBQs, Holidays, Birthdays, and well just the heat of summer. But come fall, I guess we get all respectable and don’t drink as much. No that can’t be it…maybe we are just visiting more pubs then drinking in our backyard. SO for these months, the keg is dry and we turn to the Growler.

Where did the name growler come from? Well according to the interweb there are several theories. I kinda like this one. In the early ish 1900s, beer was carried from the local pub back to folks homes in a pail. They say when the beer moved around all over the pail, it created a growling like sound because the CO2 was escaping. And so it was called “growler”. Not sure if that one is true but I like the image of drunks dudes heading home after a night of drinking trying to keep beer from sloshing out of their pails.

Growlers are fantastic. You can take home draft and enjoy it just like you were at the bar or brewery. And really once you purchase a growler, refills are HIGHLY economical. For example, at a recent visit to Eagle Rock Brewery http://eaglerockbrewery.com/ we saw that their Growlers are $20 for a new 67 oz and just $12 to refill it. eagle rockWant me to do that math? Well a pint of beer is 16oz. I had to look that up by the way, cause I was educated in the late 70s when the US wanted to go metric then decided mid stream it was a bad idea so they stopped, hence anyone of us in elementary school in the late 70s didn’t learn metric or the US system of measurements. ruler So anytime I cook I have google close at hand. Grr… I digress. Anyway that’s a little over 4 pints for $12 on a refill. So that’s $3 a pint of beer. See where I am going here? And its just not the economics. Everyone knows beer on tap is just way better than bottles and cans. And to be able to enjoy draft beer on your couch? Come on!

Growlers are filled straight from the tap of a pub or brewery and sealed with plastic wrap and a cap, and are usually have the name of the brewery on the bottle.surf Some bottles are really ornate. Its like cool wine bottles but more jug like.

We found out some exciting news from our new friends at Eagle Rock…Up until VERY recently, like seriously this week, used to be in LA county you could NOT bring a growler from one establishment to another to be filled. Just recently and slowly this law is being lifted and as long as your pub/brewery follows protocol (proper sealing and labeling of said beer) you can now take any growler to any bar. But like I said this is very new so maybe give it a few weeks before you try it. And really its fun to collect growlers. If I come to your house and you have a few Im going to think you’re pretty cool.

You know what else is great about Growlers? Beer cooking. If you don’t cook with beer already, you should. Beer is a delicious braising liquid. In fact that makes me want to blog about beer and cooking, note to self, next blog include beer recipes…. okay next one, but for now realize you can go get any of those yummy beers you like to drink and have enough to cook with too!

Oh side note on my trip to Eagle Rock Brewery. The tasting room is really cool. Small place, don’t bring a bus of friends. But super duper friendly guys working there. The guys there were super helpful and I found a new beer I love. Revolution.eagle It’s a Extra Pale Ale, which is sometimes hit or miss with me. But it had some great maltiness not overly hoppy and was 5.2% just the percentage I like on a hot summer day. And to be fair to the Belgium beer drinkers of which I am not, I have to give a shout out to another beer Unionist that Mr. Beermann Loved! It’s a Belgium Pale Ale, leaning toward an English Pale ale. Still too Belgium for me, but he said its one of his new favorites!

So for those who don’t have a keg fridge in your kitchen, you don’t have to worry, you CAN have draft beer anytime, you’re just a growler away from a frosty pint !