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May 5, 2012 06:41 PM

Please, People of LA... Where can I find my Goose Island brews?!?!

I'm DYING to find some of the Goose Island brews that I moved away from. Pinks can't do me any Hot Dog justice, I can't find a good beef sandwich to save my life, and everyone in LA thinks deep dish pizza is just pizza baked in a "deep dish." However, all I REALLY need is a 312 or a Honkers to tide me over. (if you found me some Demolition though, I would actually give you money....)


(then in the tradition of my people, let me buy you a beer and lets scream at the Bears!)

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  1. Chi-town in LA n00b?

    There is no edible beef -- I lived a block away from Uncle Johnny's [RIP] -- but there is a Portillo's in Buena Park. It ain't Johnnie's (which, obviously isn't the same as Uncle Johnny's), but it has to do. I mean, it's no worse than Al's.

    Stockyard Oatmeal Stout @ TJ == Goose Island
    Trinity Red Ale @ TJ = Goose Island Irish Red Ale
    Black Toad Dark Ale @ TJ = Goose Island Nut Brown Ale

    But really, Goose sold out to Anheuser-Busch for THIRTY NINE MIL. Why bother when you can have fantastic San Diego County brews? Don't pull an Obama.

    Seriously? Deep dish? No one ate deep dish in Chicago cept the burbanites and tourists. Spacca Napoli, Coalfire, Great Lakes FTMFW. Lou Malnati's and Gino's East is fit for soccer moms.

    Once in LA, do LA. And I don't mean Pink's cuz it's definitely no "Hot Dog" [sic].

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    1. re: TonyC

      does anyone have a decoder ring for this?

      1. re: linus

        Decoder ring? It's the greatest post I've ever seen.

      2. re: TonyC

        re: TJ's Black Toad (one in my regular rotation)

        call before you go to be sure it's in stock.
        sometimes it's there, sometimes not.
        the westchester TJ's is the worst for beer being in stock.
        at least they keep their small selection in the back of the store, away from any natural light.

        1. re: westsidegal

          what westsidegal said, +1

          My local TJ hardly carries Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, and I believe Trinity Red Ale is seasonal as it is, so perhaps even harder to find. Still, TJ's customer service is excellent, and they will google the closest stock for you. Note: a lot of goes through the process because TJ's private label is much cheaper than retail.

      3. Now I know where speaking in tongues originated. :) Sofie, Matilda and Pepe Nero can be found at places like Beverage Warehouse and Whole Foods units that have large beer sections (e.g., El Segundo). I'm not familiar with the other Goose Island brews but believe I've seen them at the same places.

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          Thank you for a simple and HELPFUL to the point reply. I was told by a friend that "BevMo" might be a place to look as well. Does that seem right?

          1. re: GunVsTeeth

            BevMo carries lots of beer - they would be another option. Plenty of BevMo's around as well. Total Wine & More is another beverage chain. What I like about Whole foods is the beers are usually kept cool to cold - skunkiness factor is reduced.

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Thanks. I haven't heard of Total Wine and More. I'll check that out!

            2. re: GunVsTeeth

              some Bevmos store their beer better than others.
              keep in mind, light streaming through the plate glass can skunk beer.
              you want the beer to be stored away from sources of strong light. . .

            3. re: bulavinaka

              Those three that Bulvinaka mentioned and Pere Jacques are the only ones I see with any regularity in Los Angeles. Whole Foods is a good recommendation. I know I've seen them there.

              You might check with K&L Wine too which is on the corner of Vine & De Longpre (just South of Sunset). I've regularly bought Matilda from them. You can also place orders from their website ( which gives you access to the inventory of their Bay Area stores. If you place an order for willcall instore pickup, they will ship store to store for free. I can see that they have Matilda and Pere Jacques in stock at their Redwood City store. That is all they have from Goose Island now but I can see that they have previously carried Bourbon County Stout, Sofie, Demolition, Pepe Nero and the Christmas Ale.

              You might also mention what part of the city you live in and maybe more people can chime in with stores closer to you. Goose Island is a great brewery. You should also make sure that you check out some of the CA breweries that many non-CA'ers wish they could find like Russian River. They might make you miss Goose Island a little less.

              1. re: bg90027

                >>You should also make sure that you check out some of the CA breweries that many non-CA'ers wish they could find like Russian River.<<

                WF El Segundo has those as well - Damnation and Redemption are on the shelves. Pliney the Elder is usually held in back - if they have any - so just ask (politely) if they have any in stock. Usually limit of one to four, depending on how much they have and who's asking.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  Ive actually been to the Russian River brewery as well as Lagunitas. I'm well versed in beers, and am aware over the FABULOUS ovals, but I want my Goose for more nostalgic reasons. Thanks for the heads up. Also, if that sore that bg90027 said DOES have "Demo" than I owe them a couple bucks, or a 6'er of their favorite. That place is pretty close to me. I'm going to check it out now. Thanks for all your help!

                  1. re: GunVsTeeth

                    To clarify, I don't think they have Demo in stock now. I can just see from their out of stock inventory that they have carried it in the past. If Hollywood/East Hollywood is your neighborhood than Oaks Gourmet Market on Franklin is also a good place to look for craft beer.

            4. If you apply Rosetta Stone to TonyC's reply, you'll take away valuable info that a few TJ's beers are actually private labeled versions of Goose Island. I certainly know that to be the case for their Trinity Red Ale.

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              1. i see em often at red carpet in glendale. never seen bourbon county for sale in la except at naja's place.

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                1. re: emosbaugh

                  Bourban County was available for a fair bit of time in the four packs before they started selling them in bombers. Red Carpet carried it and I've also bought BC at Wholefoods in Glendale.

                  However, that does not help out now since I have not seen it in a while on the local shelves.

                2. I'm going to tell you what I tell everyone looking for out of state beers:

                  California beers are known for being some of the best in the world. The best way to get what you're looking for is to trade a Chicagoan your Cali beers for their GI beers. Go to a website (I suggest join, and start trading beers.

                  Otherwise, I just found that vendome has several listed online


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                  1. re: BrewNChow

                    Trading is the way to go for out of state beers but it comes at a premium because of the added shipping costs.