A BURGER A DAY: THE GUIDE TO PASADENA’S CHEESEBURGER CELEBRATIONS

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No disrespect to vegetarian readers, but this post is not for you.

It’s for those of us who will go to a fancy restaurant and order the cheeseburger. For those who leave the bars before last call to get to In-N-Out right before closing. For those who think of a medium-rare patty with a slice of cheddar cheese as the ultimate in culinary experiences.

From Sunday, January 12 through Saturday the 17th, Pasadena is continuing the holiday season. It’s cheeseburger week, and Pasadena restaurants are going all out. So before you head over to their website to vote in the Cheeseburger Challenge, here’s a day-by-day breakdown of burgers you need.

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Start your week on Sunday with a redo of the original, the reason we’re celebrating. Just for the week, The Counter has recreated the first ever cheeseburger—with tomato, cheddar, a fried egg, sweet sriracha sauce, and bacon, all served on an English muffin.

Monday: Roasted Portabello on Housemade Focaccia—with pepperjack, carmelized onions, roasted pepper aioli, oven-dried tomato, and arugula. Served at a/k/a An American Bistro.

Tuesday: Cameron’s Classic Kobe Burger—with Pueblano pepper, a fried egg, Applewood-smoked bacon, cheese, avocado, lettuce, onions, and tomato. The beef is grilled over mesquite wood, Served on an onion roll, with fries. Served at Cameron’s Seafood

Wednesday: The Southwestern—with cheddar and jack cheese, black beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, red onion, romaine lettuce, and housemade chipotle sauce. Served at CREPEstudio.

Thursday: Sandy’s Green Chile Burger—with roasted green chiles, melted Tillamook cheddar cheese, and lettuce, on grass-fed beef from Oregon. Served at La Grande Orange Cafe. Bonus: If you go between 3 and 7 p.m., you can wash your burger down with half-price beer, margaritas, sangria, and more.

Friday: The Lamb Burger—with tzatziki, feta, and shaved lettuce. Served at Kal’s Mediterranean Bistro.

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And finally, Saturday. For your last day of the burger-binge (or you can keep going; we’re not judging), head on over to Slater’s 50/50, for a classic: The Old Timey. Served on white brioche with all natural, choice ground beef, American cheese, thick cut bacon, grilled onions, green leaf lettuce, tomato, and 1000 island dressing. Slater’s also has a wide selection of craft beers, so plan on staying a while.

THE SCOOP: 10 BEER WEEK EVENTS TO ATTEND IN LA

At long last, our favorite week of the year has arrived: LA Beer Week! As if we needed another excuse to enjoy a crisp brew post-workplace-meltdown, the region’s most esteemed breweries are all set to show off their best in key events all over Los Angeles.  The folks at LABW always do a fantastic job in promoting local breweries and expanding LA’s growing beer culture, and we at LA CANVAS couldn’t be more than happy to participate. Whether you favor a deep ale, a smokey porter or a tangy sour beer, we’ve got you covered in finding the best events to celebrate LA’s Beer Week. Cheers!

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Smog City Third Nipple Tripel | Photo Cred: Smog City Brewing

Stone Brewing Co. Tap Takeover

Where: Public School 612 |  612 S. Flower Street #220, Los Angeles CA 90017
When: Tuesday, September 24, 4pm – 12am
Price: Free
What: San Diego Stone Brewing Company is invading Public School 612 for LA Beer Week and this time, they’re bringing in eight taps and special food pairings for us to celebrate with. Just to name a few of their speciality blends, Stone is set to feature their Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Smoked Porter, their special 17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung IPA and The Winking Lizard Blend, in addition to their signature Stone IPA.

Beachwood BBQ and Brewing Tap Takeover

Where: Tony’s Darts Away | 1710 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91506
When: Tuesday, September 24, 6pm – 11pm
Price: Individual beers $6.50, flights from $10-12
What: Beachwood BBQ and Brewing’s Julian Shrago pays a visit to the city of angels for Beer Week and we couldn’t be more excited. He’ll be showcasing and discussing some of his newest creations, with names like Udder Love, Knucklehead Red, the Hops of Brixton, Mocha Machine, and featuring a special Beachwood BBQ and Drake’s collaboration IPA,  we’re sure that these certainly aren’t brews you want to miss.

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Smog City beer flight | Photo Cred: Memo Eats

Smog City Tap Takeover and Tacos Borrachos

When: Wednesday, September 25, 3pm – 12am
Where: Cinco | 7241 West Manchester Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Price: $20 per taster flight, $10 for 2 loaded tacos
What: It seems the trend for Beer Week is curating not only unique beers, but crazy names to associate them by. Smog City Brewery is no different with some of the most interesting names in this year’s Beer Week. Names like High 5, Amarilla Gorilla, Saber-Toothed Squirrel, Coffee Porter, Lil Bo Pils and and even a Barrel-Aged Olde English (OE), Smog City might take the cake in the kooky name department. Smog City will also be offering a special Lil Bo Pils-battered shrimp tacos in addition their regular menu.

Lucky Baldwin’s Annual Pub Crawl

Where: Lucky Baldwin’s Pub | 17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
When: Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm – 12am
Price: $45
What Is It: The best part about this pub crawl? You don’t even have to crawl! Deeming the Lucky Baldwin pub crawl as the Luck Baldwin Pub Party Bus would be more appropriate, because for $45, the pub crawl bus takes you to all three of Lucky Baldwin’s pubs to try a craft brew from the likes of Craftsman, Eagle Rock Brewery, Stone and a few other surprise breweries. On top of that, not only do you go home with a belly full of delicious beer, but Lucky Baldwin also sends you home with a t-shirt and commemorative pint to help you remember the night.

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City Tavern | Photo Cred: LA Taste Terminal 

LA Brewers Unplugged

Where: City Tavern | 9739 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
When: Thursday, September 26, 6pm – 12am
Price: TBD
What: LA’s best and brightest breweries are all going to be under one roof on this special night at City Tavern. Roll through to find yourself rubbing elbows with the likes of beer geniuses from Ohana, Angel City, The Dudes, Ladyface, Phantom Carriage, Pipe Dream, El Segundo, Monkish, Taps, Hangar 24, Golden Road and more.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing’s Ludwigpalooza

Where: Story Tavern Burbank | 150 South San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91502
When: Friday, September, 27, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Price: Free entry
What: The fine folks at Figueroa Mountain Brewing want to pay tribute to King Ludwig of Bavaria (creator of the very first Oktoberfest), by serving up some of the tastiest Bavarian-style beers and staples. Brews like the German Hefeweizen, Sisquoc Bock, Hurricane Deck IPA, Hoppy Poppy IPA and Big Cone Stout are just a few of the selected. Expect a few dozen more to commemorate the founding father of our favorite month.

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Eagle Rock brews Revolution, Solidarity, and Manifesto  | Photo Cred: LA Times

Not Your Average Oktoberfest

Where: Eagle Rock Brewery | 3056 Roswell Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065
When: Friday, September 27,  6pm – 10pm
Price: TBD
What: The guys from Hot Knives have stepped up their Oktoberfest game and bring to LA it’s very carnival. Yes, you read right — an Oktoberfest carnival. Several booths will be placed around the brewery that include — but are not limited to — a photo booth, a specialty beer booth, readings of beer paraphernalia, a hot dog truck and the main event, an arm-wrestling invitational where brewers will face off against each other in this strong-arm contest.

Rarest of the Rare

Where: Smog City Taproom | 1901 Del Amo Boulevard Suite B, Torrance, CA 90501
When: Saturday, September 28, 12pm – 8pm
Price: Priced per glass
What: Porter and Laurie are going down to the depths of the cellar and are releasing some of their rarest sour barrel-aged Smog City beers. Featuring some of their aged bourbons — 15-month aged Bourbon Red, Bourbon Imperial Porter, Bourbon Collaborative Evil, for example — and some other speciality beers including Farmhouse Funk and Quercus Circus, this isn’t an event you want to miss out. The earlier you show up the better — not only because its a first come, first serve event, but so you can drink more too.

Game of Thrones “Take the Black” Stout LA Release Party

Where: Blue Palms Brew House and the Fonda Theatre Rooftop | 6124 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: Sunday, September 29, 1pm – 5pm
Price: $15 presale, $20 at the door
What: We all know medieval knights enjoyed their brews, so why can’t we? For LA Beer Week, Brewery Ommegang is premiering their second beer installment of their HBO Game of Thrones collaboration with a menu inspired by the TV show. Other brews including the first beer of the series, the Iron Throne, will be served alongside specialty brews from Duvel, Chouffe, Liefmans and Maredsous.

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Boneyard Bistro | Photo Cred: Viva La Foodies

Boneyard’s Beer and Whiskey Brunch

Where: Boneyard Bistro | 13539 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA91423
When: Sunday, September 29, 1pm – 3pm
Price: $60
What: The folks at Boneyard Bistro have the right idea in mind when they wanted to close out Beer Week with a bang, so they teamed up with Firestone Walker, Ballast Point and Deschutes Breweries to bring you a six-course beer brunch — but that’s not the best part of it. To bring out the extra bang in this close out, not only do you get a monstrous meal and two beers from each brewery (six total), each course will be accompanied by a whiskey to make a nautical three-way pairing. Talk about ending on a good note!