Yard House Quest – Visits 2 & 3

Posted by Darryl | Bars, Restaurants, Tastings, Yard House Quest | Posted on November 3rd, 2011

I lost my rhythm. My plan was to visit the Yard House for my quest, then get a post up about it the next day. My second visit to The Yard House in Los Angeles was on Saturday 10/22, but instead of being able to write about the next day after my 15 year-old son’s soccer match, I instead spent a good deal of the day with him in the hospital after he suffered a slight concussion due to an impact with the ground during the match. He was okay, but needless to say I was more concerned with spending time with him for a few days rather than with the keyboard. But now, I need to get back into the rhythm, so we now return to our regularly scheduled blog…

Visit 2 to The Yard House took place on Saturday, October 22 after the Kings shutout the Dallas Stars in a 0-1 win! We found our spot at the bar and asked for the taster flight menu. Since the flights change on Tuesday I didn’t expect them to be different from Visit 1, but I had to ask. As expected they were still the same, so I opted to order a few shorties of my own selections. (I mention shorties in Visit 1.)

I was in an IPA mood, so I chose:

My minimally-educated palette has a hard time deciding which I like better between the Arrogant Bastard and the 90 Minute, but I think that the 90 Minute wins out. I’m probably going to have to revisit these both later in a more controlled environment, without having had something else before hand. (I may have had a beer at the game as well.)

As I mentioned in Visit 1, my companion had order a Lost Coast Apricot Wheat — her favorite — but wouldn’t let me try it then because she only got a shorty of it; 9 oz. This time she ordered a full pint and I was able to talk her out of 3 ounces in order to make my quota and have it count as a taste. I’ve had it before, and I like it, but it didn’t really fit in well with the IPAs.

Visit 3 to The Yard House on Tuesday, October 25 was more of a commiseration visit. The Kings hosted the New Jersey Devils and unfortunately suffered a 3-0 loss. I wasn’t planning to stay too long for this visit; I just felt like getting home. Unfortunately, it seems the bartenders wanted us to stay for awhile since it took several minutes for one of them actually get us a menu and to ask what we would like. (I usually experience very good service at the bar, so I’ll chock this up as just a random anomaly.)

I opted to start with a Black Velvet. The Yard House makes theirs with Wyder’s Pear Cider & Guinness Stout. I’ve seen some places make it with apple cider, or they call it a Snakebite, but I like the pear cider/Guinness combination the best. I got it in a shorty glass, but it was just as tasty and proportioned just right.

Next I had a Maudite by Unibroue. Maudite is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a 8% ABV and served in a goblet. (I asked: Beers that they serve in goblets are not available in a shorty glass, goblet only.) This was my first time with this brew, and I have to say I wasn’t overly impressed with it. I’d have it again, but it’s probably not something I’d seek out.

My next opportunity to continue the quest is this evening; Thursday, November 3 as the Kings face the Edmonton Oilers. Unfortunately, I may not have time to stop in for a couple/few pints. Today is International Stout Day and my calendar is pretty full, trying to hit a few places and sample their stout flights. Hopefully I’ll have the time to pop-in to The Yard House so that my average per game doesn’t drop too low, and so that I can stay in the rhythm for the quest.

 

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