Beers in the Belly

Sip on local drafts and rare bottles in Koreatown

Jimmy Han can't recall the first limited-edition beer that sparked his rare-bottle collection.

But from murky beginnings it has grown to include such beers as Disputin, a 2009 Russian Imperial Stout from Holland's Brouwerij de Molen, and Harviestoun's Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40, a tar-black ale aged in 40-year-old Scotch casks.

Han is graciously offering much of his sudsy cache to the public at Beer Belly, the Koreatown bar he and wife Yume opened last month. Cracking into this reserve will cost at least $30 a bottle, but a premium is expected for beers like The Bruery and Cigar City's collaborative effort, ISO:FT, a commercially unreleased, barrel-aged sour ale brewed with guava and dates.

The more familiar and affordable beers on tap will feature the likes of Eagle Rock Brewery's Populist ($7) and the Thai-basil-accented Tradewinds Tripel ($8). A four-pour beer flight ($9) is a great way to cover the gamut.

Chef Wes Lieberher of Grindhaus handles the food menu, which follows the taps in terms of flavor and frequent rotation. Lieberher incorporates beer into at least one dish during each menu iteration, as in the filet mignon steak tartare ($11) infused with Black Market's Brown Ale.

Beer Belly, 532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown; 213-387-2337 or beerbellyla.com