Lala’s Hops on Hops

Lala’s Wine Bar is known for its brilliant late-night happy hour, an oenophile’s nirvana of half-price wines by the glass that, thankfully, never include a godforsaken Kendall Jackson label. It also has a great menu, a smart board of thin-crusted pizzas, charcuterie, cheeses and sandwiches that pair perfectly with our pours. Not surprisingly, there’s usually little reason to peek at the beer menu.

But the buzzy wine lounge and restaurant, at 410 East Seventh Avenue, is mixing things up, hosting its first-ever (gasp!) Summer Apps and Ales beer tasting tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the bar. And it’s no Budweiser drunkfest. Instead, the bar maidens and misters are rolling out weird and wonderful beers — things like a lavender- and coriander-infused Witbier from The Bruery in Placentia, California. And to make sure they go down easy, executive chef Eric Rivera is pairing each beer, of which there are four, with appetizers, including wild boar bacon-wrapped chicken medallions with a sweet Olathe corn and apple salsa.

The Summer Apps and Ales shindig is only $20 per person, and reservations aren’t necessary, but if you want to check out the menu and the brews Rivera plans to pair with each app, it’s all posted at
Tue., July 20, 6-7:30 p.m., 2010

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Lori Midson
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