Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie: Burger, Frites & Beer

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It's time for another installment of Free Lunch, kcet.org's guest critic series!

This week we treat Jeremy Bowditch to Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills.

Jeremy is an editor by trade who was raised in West Germany and happened to be there when the Berlin Wall came down. He may have been too young to have a beer back then but that did not stop him from enjoying the comaraderie of Germany's beer culture. In his own life, he makes a connection between that and the fellowship that the burgeoning craft beer movement has brought to Los Angeles.

Ladyface is largely about the beer, but as both an alehouse and a brasserie, they take pride in the food as well. Their menu emphasizes the use of local, seasonal produce, and they like to keep things interesting with some 'off-menu' offerings. Jeremy ordered one such item: the Ladyface Burger, served with caramelized onions and an egg sunny side up.

Ladyface Burger.

Jeremy also ordered Belgian fries served with aioli, red ale ketchup, blue cheese fondue and curry mustard. Although he prefers to dip his fries in mustard (due to his time living in Germany?), Jeremy dug the ketchup even more.

Pommes Frites.

Jeremy also ordered an eight-glass flight of beer to sample all of Ladyface's current offerings.

Beer Flight.

If you live in the 'city' like Jeremy, Ladyface might be a bit far to check out for lunch. But it is located right off the 101 freeway and is close to a lot of outdoor parks and trails which makes the pub a popular destination/rest stop for local cycling enthusiasts.

What's your take on the brewpub/craft beer scene in L.A.? Is it just a trend or is it here to stay? Please post your comments below, and by doing so you'll become eligible to participate in Free Lunch.

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Ladyface Ale Companie
29281 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 477-4566

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For those in the "city", Ladyface ales are making an appearance in LA county Sept 15. City Tavern is hosting a 4 course meal, each paired with a LF beer, for $46. Yah, I'm excited.

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The Los Angeles pub/craft beer scene has long been overdue and is here to profoundly mark it's own identity among California's other budding craft scene's along the coast, San Diego, the Bay, and proper Northern California. The craft beer movements in Portland, San Francisco, and San Diego have helped push an increasing demand for quality, local, and unique beer here in Los Angeles. Craftman's Brewing has been a household name for years, but the newfound interest in local libations may push places such as Craftman's, Beachwood, and Eagle Rock Brewery to the forefront of Los Angeles' beer identity for years to come.