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!
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.
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
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.
368 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868
715 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870
Richmond Dr, Placentia, CA 92870