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Jan 4, 2011 08:36 AM

Seeking lambic in Los Angeles...

Where can I find a store where I can buy a bottle of Hanssen's oudbeitje lambic Belgian beer in or around the Los Angeles area? It's reputation fascinates me- it has been compared to the smell of barnyard, gym socks and moldy strawberries and is incredibly sour. I just have to have that experience. I may just love it! I love the bluest of Stilton, Roquefort and gorgonzola, all of which smell of gym socks!

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  1. I can't help you out with that one (other than to suggest you call Hollingshead's Delicatessen in the city of Orange), but Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton makes a couple of lambics, and if you want funky, sour beer you should see if you can lay your hands on a bottle of the Bruery's Oude Tart.

    Hollingshead's Delicatessen
    368 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868

    The Bruery
    715 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870

    Bootlegger's Brewery
    Richmond Dr, Placentia, CA 92870

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      The Bruery ran out of Oude Tart after it won the gold medal at the GABF I was there in November and they said they had just started working on the next batch...which takes 18 months to complete.

      The Bruery
      715 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870

      1. re: heckonwheels

        There are still bottles hanging around, occasionally for sale on places like eBay. They're quite expensive, though.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I'd like to point out that what the OP was seeking was lambic and not a Flemish red which is what Oude Tart was modeled after. And if you are looking for a Flemish red and can't find Oude Tart, give Duchesse du Bourgogne a try.

    2. Check with the folks over at the Surly Goat on Santa Monica Blvd. and see if they have it right now.

      7929 Santa Monica Blvd.
      LA, CA 90046

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      1. re: Servorg

        One other suggestion if you are keen on Lambic's generally, check with Tony P's Dockside Grill in Marina Del Rey. They are quite serious about their beers and they have listed Lindemans Framboise as well as an American Lambic, Three Philosophers by Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY.

        Tony P's Dockside Grill
        4445 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

      2. They have it at Red Carpet in Glendale.

        Although it doesn't mean it will be available to you.
        If there are a lot of holds placed on it from the regular customers you still may be out of luck.

        Call ahead and ask for Michael (he's the beer guy) and tell him what your looking for he might hold a bottle for you.

        The fact it got distributed to LA tells me it's probably at more then one place.
        Vendome in Toluca carries Hanssen's Kriek and Geuze you should try there if you strike out at Red Carpet.

        The Three Philosphers... although its a nice beer and worth trying it's a Quadruple with Cherry Lambic blended in not a Lambic.

        1. The Stuffed Sandwich ~ They have it on their beer menu, you might have to buy a sandwich though:

          Stuffed Sandwich
          1145 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA

          1. KL Wine (sunset & vine) sell it as does Hi Time Wine cellars in costa mesa. I haven't tasted Hannsen's lambics before, but I recommend trying some made by Cantillon if you have not already.

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            1. re: joshekg

              Try Vendome, they usually have a large selection of Belgiums.

              1. re: joshekg

                While I haven't seen Hanssen's, Cantillon is awesome, best lambic I know of.

                L.A. Wine House on the westside also usually has a good selection of Lambic, the OP might try calling there.

                Wine House
                2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA