L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

By Joshua Lurie | October 16, 2014 58 comments

Craft Beer Los Angeles
The L.A. Beer Blast lets Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area.


For Halloween, learn about 10 pumpkin beers brewed in California, each paired with a suggested Halloween costume and classic candy.

Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Please note that craft beers rotate frequently at these establishments, and kegs might kick between the time we update the Blast and the time you arrive.

1. 1642 (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Modern Times Blazing World
2. Ommegang Scythe & Sickle
3. Stone Coffee Milk Stout
4. Sudwerk Pilsner

Upcoming Event:
Friday, October 17 – Michael Kieffer will be spinning an eclectic mix of extremely rare 45 and 78 rpm gramophone recordings from the 1920s-1970s including 1950s African pop, 1920s-1930s jazz, with Hawaiian, country, blues, and various Latin American and Caribbean styles thrown into the mix.

2. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Marilyn Cream Ale
2. Angel City West Coast Wheat
3. Angel City Social IPA
4. Angel City California Common
5. Angel City White Nite

Upcoming Event:
Sunday, October 19 – Pint-Sized Beer Festival (sessions from 2-4pm or 4:30-6:30pm)

Join Keep A Breast Foundation at Angel City Brewery for a locals-only “mini LA” beer festival for breast cancer awareness. For a $20 admission enjoy brews from Eagle Rock Brewery, Golden Road Brewing, Highland Park Brewery & of course Angel City Brewery. Tickets available HERE and include 8 beer tickets & a commemorative glass.

Food trucks will include Flatiron Truck & TrukQuito

3. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Hop Vader Black IPA
2. Pizza Port Ponto Session IPA
3. Societe The Apprentice
4. Monkey Paw Tamarin IPA
5. Beachwood Hops of Brixton ESB

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, October 22 at 6pm – Funky Monk-ish
We’re excited to host our friends from Monkish Brewing Co. for a night of brett brews and whatever else mad scientist / head brewmaster Henry decides to concoct.

4. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Udder Love Milk Stout
2. Smog City Make Out Session Pale ale
3. The Bruery Ignis Fatuus Pumpkin porter
4. Tahoe Mountain Party Boy IPA
5. Beachwood Sadie Dark Ale

Upcoming Event:
TONIGHT, October 16 – Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
That’s right…It’s back! We’ll have a whole list of toppings, sauces, meats and pastas to choose from…Bring your appetite.

5. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, October 18 – Great American Beer Festival Winners Circle
GABF is one of the biggest beer events in the states for craft beer lovers, and this year we’re happy to let you know that our fair state, and Southern California especially, was well represented in the winners’ circle. On 10/18 we will have a special taplist of medal winners, so please join us and raise a glass to their big win! Note: this will be a One Night Stand makeup event. Taplist:
• Saint Archer White Ale (Gold)
• Black Market Old World Hefe (Silver)
• Port Brewing Shark Attack (Bronze)
• Alesmith Old Numbskull (Gold)
• Bootlegger’s Rocco’s Red (Bronze)
• Telegraph Reserve Wheat (Gold)
• Faction Puddy Porter (Bronze)
• Figueroa Mountain Danish Red Lager (Gold)
• Firestone Walker Pivo Pils (Gold)
• Bootlegger’s Galaxian (bottles) (Bronze)

6. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ommegang 3 Philosophers
2. Ommegang Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis Abbey Dubbel
3. Stone Enjoy by 10/31 IPA
4. Beachwood Brewing 8 Buffalo
5. Ballast Point Sculpin

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, October 25 @ Noon: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (And canned food drive, too!)

We’ve been saving up our pumpkin beers this fall in order to bring you one Great Pumpkin Beer tap takeover! Just when you thought they were never going to appear…To sweeten this deal for EVERYONE, we’ll also be holding a canned food drive! Bring in your non-perishable donation, and we’ll thank you by giving you your first beer for only $1. Good grief!

7. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Sunner Kolsch
2. Golden Road Almond Milk Stout
3. Bear Republic Bourbon Barrel Heritage
4. Knee Deep Hoptologist
5. The Bruery Autumn Maple

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, August 22 – AleSmith Tap Takeover!
We’ll be pouring: AleSmith X, IPA, Nut Brown Ale, Lil Devil, Evil Dead Red, Speedway Stout & Old Numbskull. Are You Crazy?

8. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
2. Port High Tide Fresh Hop IPA
3. Russian River Damnation Golden Ale
4. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Extra IPA
5. on Cask Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA w/Coffee, Carao & Persimmon

9. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Might as Well IPL
2. Lightning Elemental Pilsner
3. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, October 22 – Eureka! Tasting Kitchen will be featuring Steal The Glass at 6pm with Clown Shoes Brewing! Come grab a pint & keep the glassware.

10. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Noble Ale Works Galaxy Showers
2. Smog City Amarilla Gorilla
3. Faction Anomaly White Chocolate Milk Stout (nitro)
4. King Harbor The Quest (mosaic)
5. Kinetic Citrafuge XPA

11. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Hefeweizen
2. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
3. Golden Road Might as Well IPL
4. Golden Road I’ll Have Another Stout

Upcoming Event:
The holiday season is upon us and holiday beers are making their way into our fridges and will be gifts under our trees, so Golden Road is releasing Back Home Stout- a rendition of our draft only release last Christmas. In the spirit of memories of home, and colder weather, this sweet stout will warm you to your core. Packages will come out at the end of the week and will be widely available for retail.

12. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab Belgian Breakfast Brown, Fall Seasonal
2. Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout
3. Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Red
4. B. Nektar Meadery Zombie Killer Cherry Mead
5. Enegren Protector Imperial IPA

Upcoming Event:
The new Fall Session Ale is on tap now! This Belgian Breakfast Brown was brewed with brown sugar, real maple syrup, and Belgian Ale yeast. Clean drinking and flavorful, pairs well even with the 90 degree fall days we enjoy here in Agoura!

13. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Pink Palo Comado (Session IPA also w/ hibiscus flowers)
2. Double Down IPA (Imperial IPA, collaboration beer w/ Maltose Falcons for 40thAnniversary)
3. Ladyface Hutash (Wet Hop Harvest Ale w/ Cascade Hops)
4. Ladyface Weizenbock (German-style Dark Wheat Ale)
5. Cask- “Three-Way” (Pink Trois Filles Tripel w/ Hibiscus flower) (for Breast Cancer Awareness Month) – Get it while it lasts!

Upcoming Event:
Friday, October 31 – 5TH Annual Ladyface Halloween Party!

Come in costume! Door prizes for best costume: Star Wars, Horror, Couples, Historical Period, Humor, 80s. Live band featuring the soulful tunes of the Heartbeat City, plus Rockwell! Pull a pint from Ichabod the Giant Pumpkin firkin! Regular dinner service until 9pm. Tickets are $20: includes a Ladyface ale or select wine or Ladyface Halloween cocktail, free late-nite Scooby snacks all night & live music.

Tickets now available HERE!

14. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Damnation
2. Maes Pils
3. Ladyface Blind Ambition
4. North Coast Puck Saison
5. Hop Ruiter

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, October 23 – Valar Morghulis Night
Check out the latest Game of Thrones inspired beer from Brewery Ommegang

15. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road I’ll Have Another Stout
2. TAPS Altbier
3. Noble OaktoastyFest
4. Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup porter
5. Three Weavers Stateside Session IPA

16. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cismontane Holy Jim Falls w/Thai Basil and Chile
2. Craftsman 1903 Lager
3. Knee Deep Working Man’s IPA
4. Smuttynose Cluster’s Last Stand DIPA
5. Ballast Point Even Keel Session IPA (On Deck)

17. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Telegraph Handlebar Abbey
2. Figueroa Mountain Magpie Porter
3. Cismontane Buckwheat Oktoberfest
4. Bootlegger’s Pumpkin Ale
5. Mission Plunder IPA

18. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cismontane Buckwheat Oktoberfest
2. Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA (last batch of the season)
3. Modern Times Fortunate Islands
4. The Bruery Autumn Maple
5. St Archer – Blonde

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, October 23, starting at 6pm, The Overland, the west side’s best kept craft beer secret, will be welcoming North Coast Brewing for a tap takeover and food pairing event.

• Scrimshaw – Pilsner
• PranQster – Belgian style golden ale
• Puck – petite saison
• Old no.38 stout – Dublin style dry stout (on Nitro)
• Old stock Ale – Old ale

Drop in anytime for a pint, a flight or one of our exclusively prepared dishes to compliment one of the specially selected beers. North Coast’s Nic Fiorina will be on Hand and may even bring some special brews!

call 310 559 9999 for reservations

19. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bottle Logic Pumpkin
2. Alpine Duet
3. Russian River Pliny the Elder
4. Firestone Agrestic

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, October 16, 7:00PM: Surly Oktoberfest Weekend!
Don’t put away your dirndl and lederhosen just yet. Surly Oktoberfest is approaching! On Thursday, October 16th, The Surly Goat is tapping Oktoberfest favorites along with rare seasonal treats. Come by and celebrate Bavarian-style! Doors open at 6PM. Get here early for best parking and seating.

20. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Hop Project IPA
2. Alesmith Evil Dead Red Ale
3. Telegraph Reserve Wheat – Berliner Weisse
4. Lost Abbey 10 Commandments Belgian Strong Dark
5. Cismontane Holy Jim Falls XPA

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, October 21 – Sour Flight Night
Join us for a very special evening when we break into our cellar and tap some of our favorite sour beers that we have been saving! We will be featuring specialties from The Bruery, Ballast Point, Golden Road and more.

21. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ska Rudie Session IPA
2. Angel City Gold Line Pilsener
3. Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA
4. Modern Times Blazing World
5. Mother Earth Honcho Hefe


  1. [...] We also have some terrific bars that support craft beer, most of which appear every Thursday on the L.A. Beer Blast (shameless [...]

  2. [...] L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer [Food GPS] [...]

  3. Kloob says:

    No El Prado Bar, Sunset Beer Co., or Hermosillo? You missed some of the East side’s heavy hitters.

    • Sean Inman says:

      We get the “why not bar A?” on the blast question frequently. It comes down to those people who want to be included. Hermosillo and Sunset Beer Co. did for awhile and then stopped. All three are great places and we’d love to have them.

  4. Gina says:

    Love this Beer Blast! So helpful when trying to figure out where to grab the next Craft Beer! Keep these Beer Blasts coming! Thanks! :)

  5. Adam says:

    I don’t see Mediterraneo on this list. They can stack up to any of these places I believe.

  6. [...] very well, with their meager online presence and dismal visibility in local beer communities like Food GPS’ Beer Blast, Beer Paper LA, and Westcoaster [...]

  7. JD says:

    No Venice Ale House? Great beers and delicious food!

    • JD, Venice Ale House has been on the L.A. Beer Blast in the past. They’ve got a strong beer program, for sure, and I’d be happy to see them on the blast again. What do you like to eat there?

  8. Bob Digital says:

    Way to neglect virtually the entire South Bay region. Only the home to the most breweries in LA county. Needless to say we have some of the best taps around. Spots like Select Beer Store, Sophie’s Place, Abigail, Naja’s Place, Mediterraneo……actually forget it, we’ll keep it to ourselves. Nothing to see here.

    • seaninman says:

      Which places do you go to for your craft beer Bob?

      • Bob Digital says:

        seaninman – mostly the place mentioned above ^, plus the various taprooms down here such as Smog City, Strand Brewing, Monkish and El Segundo Brewing. There are also 2-4 more taprooms opening around here in the next few months. Best place in the LA for beer by a mile…

  9. Retsinis says:

    Hoping the SFV, you know, the mid Northern part of Los Angeles, home of 1.7 million angelenos might get a mention for some of our hot spots. Your list is great but to go from Mohawk Bend, all the way to Ladyface, with nothing mentioned in between. That’s missing a lot IMHO.

    Instant Replay in Canoga Park
    The Rabbit Hole in west Hills
    Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks
    Blue Dog Tavern in Sherman Oaks
    Crazy Harry’s in Winnetka
    Taps In North ridge
    The Local Peasant in Woodland Hills
    McG’s In Chats worth (sister site of the Daily Pint)

    Its not the waste Land it was when beer blast started.

  10. Robert M says:

    It would be great if the blast included easterly spots such as Bread and Barley in Covina, Lordsburg in La Verne, Eureka in Claremont, and the Rookery in Pomona.

  11. Oregon Beer Transplant says:

    I recently moved from Eugene to Los Angeles. Adjusting to the beer scene here has been difficult. Beer Blast has been very helpful. Thanks! See you at Sour Fest.

    • Oregon Beer Transplant, glad to hear you’re finding the L.A. Beer Blast useful. Thanks for reading!

    • seaninman says:

      It can be difficult at first to navigate the L.A. beer scene coming from Eugene and all of it’s wonderful spots. At least Ninkasi is starting to deliver more beer to us to give you a taste of home.

  12. jasen says:

    Just changed our bottled beer menu to craft only. Check out Zeke’s Smokehouse! 2209 Honolulu Ave. Montrose CA 91020. Oh, by the way, we may just have the BEST BBQ you have ever tasted!:D

  13. Zuko says:

    So yeah, josh you rock! Sean you Dah man mayne. Here is definitely a different comment: I just went to hanger24 and there baseball beer is solid to bad it’s only in there tap room and triple a fields don’t even try to side toke the barkeep for a growler, he might arm wrestle you but he won’t let you take it to go. Who’s up on Angel city’s pickle back beer…do we chase it with James? Yes please! Das awesome but not as tart as Ohana which does mean “family” and feels like one as well! Lilo and stitch was a good movie too bad they don’t have a cool beer like the big le”brah”ski that is by far the baddest thing golden road has let me taste outside the brewery…Victor Novak vs The Hobbit at craftsman..Who’s your money on? And ah Ninkasi…I await your gloriousness amongst us men who mind only Sam Adams half arse pass at a west coast “Rebel IPA” brewed on the east coast where you park your car in the Harvard yard and apparently think that using west coast hops gives you the right to pass off malted barley Yeast water and hops as something sellable to wannabe craftys. Do me a favor and invest in some hipster hops like duvel did to green and dry hop it with some citra then get it brewed in our time zone. Mahalo like lost abbey and Maui on a lemon grass note. Tots….

  14. [...] Craft beers are available at multiple restaurants and bars but for a true craft brew experience, visit small independent joints like our recent Farm-to-Table guest Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands. There are plenty of craft breweries throughout Los Angeles, from Simmzy’s in Manhattan Beach to City Tavern in Culver City (my personal favorite), to Spring Street Bar in downtown to Beer Belly in Koreatown. The key is to be adventurous and to try brews you haven’t experienced before. Food GPS does a great job of rounding up the best brews in L.A. [...]

  15. Brenna says:

    Hi Joshua,

    I was wondering if you would be interested in a guest post. I have a couple of ideas that I think would be a great fit, but I couldn’t manage to find your email on your site. I tried to contact you via your contact form as well, but it bounced back. If you could get a hold of me at brenna (dot) ciummo (at) seattlecoffeegear (dot) com, I would greatly appreciate it!



  16. Herbaceous Vic says:

    Kinda getting tired of seeing these same old comments (i.e. “What happened to the beer blast e-mail”), so I thought I’d post something new.

    So then……uhhhh…..let’s see……oh yeah. Rasputin on nitro is not to be missed. So don’t miss it. Alrighty then.

  17. Jay says:

    This looks Awesome #Beerblast

  18. Chris g. says:

    beer week was awesome! now time for #bamfest

  19. Joseph says:

    What happened to the beer blast e-mail

  20. Corey says:

    Thank you from a long faithful reader to start.

    I have been wondering if there is a deadline for the places listed to give you information or something. I ask because it’s kind of inconsistent now to see all the places every week. Like Najas, stuffed sand and Kenetic are missing from this week for instance

    • Corey,

      Thanks for reading. Yes, bars generally submit their beer and event updates on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. We make wholesale changes to the L.A. Beer Blast listings and map every Thursday afternoon, right before the week’s newsletter goes out. In general, you’ll find good consistency with the participating establishments. We recently added Kinetic to the mix and expect them to reappear soon. Naja’s and Stuffed Sandwich haven’t appeared in the new version of the L.A. Beer Blast, but we’d be happy to have both places on board. They both do a good job in managing their programs and the owners clearly have a passion for craft beer.

  21. We love it when Homework requires drinking a cocktail! May we suggest a new beer cocktail on the menu at Ladyface? It’s called the the George Chesebro. Named after the rugged silver screen actor who filmed many a western in the area, it stars Eagle Rare Kentucky bourbon, our Chesebro IPA and a dash of Ventura Orangecello, and it packs a punch as solid as George himself. Cheers!

  22. Steph says:

    They are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Rock and Brews Craft Beer Festival on http://www.Facebook.com/LAwonders and http://www.Twitter.com/LAwonders

  23. Henry says:

    Would anyone here happen to know who has Dogfish Head 120 Min on tap or in bottle?? I know they just sent out kegs this month and I’ve been dying to try it….

  24. Mark Morrow says:

    I love the new map format. This is a huge help in planning pub crawls in unfamiliar territory, for one. The list format was ungainly given the growing number of establishments (and that’s a good thing). Having said that, it does seem as though there are about half as many places on the map as there were on the list. I’m sure you’re working on adding the others. Thanks for doing this.

    • Mark,

      Thanks for reading, and for your feedback. The revised L.A. Beer Blast continues to grow in its new format. We’ve already doubled the number of participating establishments since the first newsletter, April 26, and look forward to adding more great bars that are dedicated to showcasing craft beer.

  25. Greg says:

    I loved the old email that listed what was on tap. Now that I have to go to the web site, I don’t use it the Beer Blast very often. I understand that you probably needed to make the change for finacial reasons, but it makes your once great concept less useful.

    • Greg,

      If you subscribe to the current newsletter, you only need to make one click to see the entire L.A. Beer Blast. If you’re not interested in making that effort, you can always bookmark this dedicated L.A. Beer Blast page. Either way, you’ll continue to learn about some of the best new beer and beer-related events in Los Angeles. Thanks for reading.

  26. Chris says:


    Nice job on the new format. It is organized and easy to use and still packed with great information. I will have exciting news for the next blast. Cheers!

  27. Food GPS says:

    Thanks for the support and feedback. We’ve already made efforts to improve the L.A. Beer Blast experience. Hopefully it helps guide people even more smoothly to great craft beer in L.A.

  28. Kevin Buck says:

    I, too, am glad that the Beer Blast is back, but the list format was a lot more user friendly than this new map format. I’m having trouble discerning which icon to click on and I keep clicking on the same one again and again. The list format was great because it was easy to pull up on my phone when I wanted to know what was on tap around town. If it sticks to this format, sadly, I may not use the Beer Blast much anymore.

    • Tom, Leela and Kevin,

      Thanks for the constructive criticism about the new version of the L.A. Beer Blast. I’m open to any feedback that could improve the user experience. The previous version definitely got to be exhausting to read and hard to navigate as more and more craft beer bars opened. Here, we’ve developed a concise, uniform format, with five beers and one event per bar. I’ll look into maximizing that information, map functionality, and their synergy.

  29. Leela says:

    I would like to echo Tom’s constructive criticism. I’m so happy to see Beer Blast up and running again, but am not loving the map format for the reasons described above. I can’t be certain, but it also seems as if there are less locations listed than when it was in list format. I really do miss being able to quickly scan all the bars in my area for their brew list, so here’s a second person hoping that you might bring back the list format. Cheers!

  30. Tom Hudson says:

    I’m so glad to see the beer blast up again! The new format is interesting, but problematic in several regards:

    1) it’s really difficult to navigate in a desktop web browser. The information for each individual beer bar opens in a pane that is visually constrained to the Google portlet, meaning that to read it, I have to scroll the map around. When I’m done reading it, I close the info pane, and now my map is focused on Palmdale or Bakersfield or somewhere else equally useless, and I have to scroll the map back to L.A. Not the best user experience.

    2) It’s nearly impossible to use on a smart phone (at least on an iPhone. The problems above are exacerbated by the smaller screen and conflicting multi-touch inputs for resizing the view and scrolling through the portlet. That and, asynchronous data calls are slow through the iPhone, even when on a wireless network. So, overall, the experience is very unresponsive

    3) I can’t search it. If there’s a beer that I know is going on somewhere in town, but I’m trying to find out where, I can’t perform a search for the beer. For that matter, I can’t do a quick scan, either.

    Perhaps some users only want to know what’s going on at a particular bar. But generally, I want a great snapshot of what’s going on in an entire region and to be able to do so with a quick glance or skim.

    I know a lot of work went into this new interaction design, but from one user’s perspective, it’s not as useful to me in this format as it was as a big ol’ text dump. Showing the geographic location of the bars is a great idea, though.

    I wonder if there’s a way to work together with the guys at the Beer Mapping Project to put two great resources into a single format (although their project has the same problems on the iPhone as I’ve described above).

    Anyway, despite my “constructive feedback”, know that I appreciate all the work that goes into this, and it’s a resource I’ve really missed the past few weeks. Thanks for keeping it going!

  31. ruben says:

    welcome back…missed my beer blast the past few weeks. hope all is well.