Our host at La Villa de Valle recommended we try a new gastropub in Ensenada for dinner named Wendlandt. It’s only been open a few months. It combines good food (I only tried and can recommend the sliders, especially the short-rip slider) with good beer, some of which is brewed by the owner. They also bring in craft beers from throughout Baja California Norte and elsewhere (e.g., Stone in San Deigo County). There is quite a craft beer movement in Baja. The young woman sitting next to us emphasized this by sharing that she is a homebrewer. Glad to see a trend active in Los Angeles is equally, if not more active, over in Baja.
We also tried seafood dishes at UltraMarino. People rave about the oyster (ostiones) tacos which were quite good.
Either are great places for a casual dinner.
Josh Lurie of FoodGPS hosted the third annual LA beer float showdown at Eagle Rock Brewery this afternoon. http://www.foodgps.com/la-beer-float-showdown-3/
I’m coming down from being a lil blasted from the event. Mostly because there were open taps from 11:30 to 1:00. I ran the gauntlet with Eagle Rock Brewey’s dark session lager, Solidarity, their hoppy Revolution, and their yeasty Manifesto wit bier. That was all before the beer float competition began!
The competitors were as reported by LAist (copy on competitors) and witnessed by me (photos and some side comments):
Andre Guerrero and Jan Purdy of The Oinkster and Maximiliano, and Jeremy Raub, owner and brewmaster at the GABF gold medal-winning Eagle Rock Brewery.
Vanilla Bean Solidarity with Chocolate Bourbon Ice Cream garnished with cocoa nibs and pig candy. Chefs Andre Guerrero and Jan Purdy participate in Beer Float Showdown with Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery.
The crowd favorite and winner of the competition was the host Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery and the collaboration if his Vanilla Solidarity floating a chocolate bourbon ice cream with a candied bacon chaser.
CJ Jacobson of The Yard, contestant on Top Chef season three, and Jace Milstead, Certified Cicerone and L.A. representative of the fourteen-time GABF gold medal-winning Firestone Walker Brewing Company.
CJ garnished the glass with caramel and crushed potato chips. The ice cream was, well I forget, but here’s some video of him making it with liquid nitrogen for the beer chicks.
Laurent Quenioux of Vertical Wine Bistro and http://www.bistrolq.com/LQ/SK/Foodings/, contestant on Top Chef’s upcoming ninth season, and Julian Shrago (brewmaster) and Gabe Gordon (owner) of Beachwood BBQ & Brewing.
Thi Tran and Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen, and Dave Griffiths (owner & brewmaster) and Cyrena Nouzille (owner) of Ladyface Ale Companie. My WINNER FOR BEST LEDERHOSEN
Another delicious treat was The Eagle Rock and Craftsman collaboration, UNITY. This is a saison style beer brewed with tamarind which makes the beer taste sour.
Try it out while it’s on tap!