Matt’s Chocolate Stout Milkshake at Naja’s

Naja’s is a neighborhood bar located on the International Boardwalk of the Redondo harbor, near a glass-bottomed boat and a gift shop selling puka shells. Naja’s is all about the beer. They serve everything from Alaskan Amber to some funky beer with chipotle in it…on tap.

Photo of Matt by Elise Thompson. Sorry there is not a full glass, but they just don't last that long

Photo of Matt by Elise Thompson. Sorry there is not a full glass, but they just don’t last that long

As I sidled up to the bar last weekend, a customer was singing the praises of his beer. He held his glass out to me to show it to me so I could appreciate its wonder. Somewhat jaded, I asked, “Chocolate stout?” The bartender nodded at me, and then he blew my mind. It was actually a combination of different stouts. The “milkshake” as it has been dubbed, is 1/3 Stone’s Milk Coffee Stout and 2/3 High Waters Campfire Stout with a float of Modern Times Blackhouse Nitro. I asked incredulously, “You make beer cocktails?” It makes sense considering he is working with a couple dozen beers on tap.

In my experience, the only combination of beers are the Black and Tan (also called a half-and-half by the Irish), usually made with Bass and Guinness, and the Snakebite, which combines lager beer and hard apple cider. Usually beers are combined with other nonalcoholic mixers, like the shandy (lemonade), the michelada (tomato or clamato juice) and the recently faddish beer float (ice cream). A number of alcoholic drinks also utilize beer, like the Skip-and-Go-Naked (Vodka and lemonade) and the Black Velvet, a mix of stout and Champagne.

I realize Matt’s “milkshake” is not technically a cocktail since it does not contain any spirits. I’m not sure what they call this new creation. For now we will just call it delicious. 

Related Posts
Rhythm and Brews: Cauld Reekie and This Is The Sea
Steve Stewart began brewing beer at the age of 16 from simple retail kits. He soon progressed to more complicated brews. Discovering that he could undertake a degree in brewing at ...
READ MORE
Rhythm and Brews: BrewDog Punk IPA
In a series of articles, John Scott explores some Scottish beers, and pairs them with classic Scottish music. Scotland is arguably the producer of the world's finest whiskey. Wait: let's start ...
READ MORE
Surf’s Up For The 8th Annual Surf Guitar101 Convention
This coming Saturday 8th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention to be held Garden Grove Elks Lodge in Garden Grove, California from August 8th, 9am to 8pm. Think of this as your warm up ...
READ MORE
All Photos by © Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat
On the last night of April 2015, the Art Community celebrated with LA Weekly's annual Artopia event. Shana Nys Dambrot curated this event, which included eats and free drinks amongst art ...
READ MORE
Bill Bergman from Jack Mack and The Heart Attack Talks About The Blues, The Band and the Upcoming Beer BBQ and Blues Festival in Santa Clarita
The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival returns to Central Park in Santa Clarita on May 5 through 7. The Craft Beer Festival, with over 40 beers on tap is on ...
READ MORE
Occasionally, (A Photo Gallery of) The 2015 Doo Dah Parade!
Occasionally, the Doo Dah Parade occurs in Pasadena to thrill the throngs of iconoclasts and enthusiasts of camp! This year was no different as the parade officially brought festive mayhem on ...
READ MORE
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival A Fun Day In The Sun At Dana Point
On a beautiful, sunny day at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, a sellout crowd walked around the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival, enjoying food and beer while ...
READ MORE
LA Beer Week Has Dozens of Events That Highlight the Heavenly Brew
Starting today, Angelenos will have a great chance to try some delicious beers, ales and foods during LA Beer Week. The LA Brewers Beer Week (#LABW6) runs September 20-28 with ...
READ MORE
Chill in Long Beach, Tiki Xmas in Marina del Rey, Holiday Fireworks On Snow in Mammoth, Wine and Snow in Ventura and Brew Ho Ho in Anaheim: Some Fun Holiday Events
'Tis the season for some fun, some joy and some ho ho wow! Four events coming up will bring holiday cheer to all those who attend. First, CHILL, the Queen Mary's ...
READ MORE
Upcoming Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Fest Offers Fun and Excellent Beers and  Much More at Doheny Beach
The upcoming Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival on April 8, 2017 promises to be one of the top events of it's type in Southern California. Taking place at ...
READ MORE
Rhythm and Brews: Cauld Reekie and This Is
Rhythm and Brews: BrewDog Punk IPA
Surf’s Up For The 8th Annual Surf Guitar101
“Arting It Up!” 2015 LA Weekly’s Artopia At
Bill Bergman from Jack Mack and The Heart
Occasionally, (A Photo Gallery of) The 2015 Doo
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival A
LA Beer Week Has Dozens of Events That
Chill in Long Beach, Tiki Xmas in Marina
Upcoming Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Fest

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
This entry was posted in Beer, Cocktails and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Matt’s Chocolate Stout Milkshake at Naja’s

  1. Johnny G. says:

    I can’t believe that guy is still working there … worst bartender ever. But great bar. I miss the South Bay!

Leave a Reply