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

By Joshua Lurie | December 18, 2014 58 comments
L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

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.


More new breweries are opening their doors in the greater Los Angeles area. Add Phantom Carriage and Rev Brewing Co. to the mix and enjoy Anchor Christmas.


Each year, there are craft beer products aplenty. Food GPS beer editor Sean Inman shares nine great Christmas gifts for the craft beer fans on Kris Kringle’s Nice list.

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. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Imperial Chai Stout
2. Angel City Marilyn Cream Ale
3. Angel City Vanilla Winter Porter
4. Angel City Angeleno IPA
5. Angel City Pomegranate Saison

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, December 31, 7pm-1am – New Year’s Eve at Angel City Brewery
Ring in the new year in style at Angel City Brewery with an awesome ‘NO COVER’ New Year’s Party! With Food Trucks: Korean BBQ by Slanging Corea, Soulful eats by The Hurricane – Food That’s A Force Of Nature, & delicious sweets by Sweet E’s Bake Shop. We’ll also have 2014 specialty brews on tap, live music by Dirty Lingo, J.U.I.C.E, & Animal Games in the Beer Hall, NYE party favors for the first 150 guests and a free special New Year’s toast at midnight. More info HERE!

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Kilgore American Stout
2. Sierra Nevada Estate IPA
3. Beachwood Annihilator American Barleywine
4. Eagle Rock Jubilee Winter Ale
5. Beachwood Oatmonster Oatmeal Stout

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, December 18 – Beachwood Eight DIPA Bottle Release
At Both Beachwood BBQ locations

8 marvelous hops for 8 marvelous years! In celebration of Beachwood BBQ’s 8th anniversary, we brewed this bodacious double IPA. An endlessly complex flavor and aroma profile comes from: Chinook, Warrior, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Equinox, Azacca, Belma, & Mosaic hops. $10 per bottle / 10% ABV.

3. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. De Proef Christmas Nightcap
2. Deschutes The Abyss (2009)
3. Beachwood Hop Jitsu IPA
4. Highland Park Neon IPA
5. Mammoth Brewing Double Nut Brown

Upcoming Event:
December 18 – 21, 2014 – Beachwood BBQ 8th Anniversary
8 years of impeccably curated craft beer and finely smoked eats calls for a celebration. Join the festivities as the original Beachwood BBQ’s marks its 8th anniversary with an homage to all things 8. A menu featuring 8 unique animal-inspired menu items and the release of Beachwood 8 DIPA! 5pm.

4. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Just Because IPA
2. Monkish Sema Della Vita
3. Noble Unintelligibility
4. 3 Weavers Expatriate IPA
5. Kinetic Potential Blonde

Upcoming Event:
Hoppy Holidaze Vol. IV

Sunday 12/21
Bravery Bourbon Barrel Smoking Gun • Double Mountain Devils Kriek • El Segundo Bourbon Barrel Aged Standard Crude • Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich • Craftsman 2008 Barleywine

Monday 12/22
Almanac Tequilla Barrel Noir • Logsdon Far West Vlaming ’14 • Firestone Walker Parabola • Stone Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard • Green Flash Green Bullet

5. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. N’Ice Chouffe
2. Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies
3. Russian River Pliny the Elder
4. Noble Waimea Showers Double IPA
5. Stone Enjoy By 12/16/14 IPA

6. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Noble Ale Works I Love It!
3. Monkish 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Magnificat
4. Alpine Nelson
5. The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged 6 Geese-A-Laying

Upcoming Event:
New Happy Hour Schedule: All Day Sunday and Monday and Tuesday through Thursday 3pm to 7pm. Also, we have added Friday Lunch with Happy Hour going from 12pm to 7pm. And now for the sad news: We will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for Christmas Eve and Christmas as well as New Years Eve and New Years. We apologize for any inconvenience.

7. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. El Segundo Hop Tanker
2. N’ice Chouffe
3. He’brew Jewbelation 18
4. Port Santa’s Little Helper
5. Port Bourbon Barrel Santa’s Little Helper

Upcoming Event:
Join Us For New Year’s Eve! $40.00 All the tap beer you can drink!

8. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday night for Samuel Adams Pint Night and Ugly Sweater Contest. Featuring Winter Lager, Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale, Tasman Red IPA, Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout and Rebel IPA. Wear an ugly sweater and you may win a prize.

9. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Alpine Nelson
2. North Coast Old Rasputin (nitro)
3. Three Weav3rs Hounslow Porter
4. Lost Abbey Merry Taj
5. Noble Ale Works Waimea Showers (on deck)

10. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Better Weather IPA
2. Golden Road Hefeweizen
3. Golden Road Gingerbread Stout
4. Golden Road 329 Lager
5. Golden Road Point the Way IPA

Upcoming Event:
Not sure what to do for NYE? Well we got you covered! We have an amazing 4 course meal offered in both vegan and non-vegan formats all served with one of our barrel aged masterpieces. DJ’s Pretty Dirty & Funky start playing at 9pm and hosted toast for those partaking in the NYE special menu. Reservations required for the NYE menu but walk-in’s are welcome and taken on a first come basis. Please email events@goldenroad.la for inquires and reservations.

11. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab Belgian Breakfast Brown, Fall Seasonal
2. Stone Smoked Porter with orange and chocolate
3. Avery Jubilation Winter Ale
4. Figueroa Mountain Grendel Barrel Aged Stout
5. Enegren Pilsner – The last keg in the county!

Upcoming Event:
We will be closed for a remodel starting this Sunday, December 21. We are open this week and have our last live music shows of the year this Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20! Come in and join us as we celebrate the upcoming great changes! We will be re-open Mid-January.

12. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1 .Ladyface Midnight Special
2. Ladyface Midnight Oil
3. Ladyface Barrel Aged Picture City Porter with Sour Cherry
4. Ladyface Tripel
5. Ladyface Double Down

13. Library Alehouse (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Angelino Weisse
2. Ballast Point Victory at Sea
3. Noble Krampus!
4. Smog City Hoptonic IPA
5. El Segundo Horn of Plenty

Upcoming Event:
Tonight, December 18 – El Segundo Cicerone Series: Horn of Plenty Release
Horn of Plenty is a Belgian Brown with Wheat and Spices conceived as the first beer in El Segundo’s Cicerone Series. It will be on tap Thursday 12/18 at the Library Alehouse for the first time outside of the brewery!

14. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ommegang Three Philosophers
2. Avery White Rascal Wit
3. Societe Brewing The Harlot
4. Chouffe N’ice
5. Dupont Avec Les Bons Vouex

15. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Magnolia Sara’s Ruby Mild
2. Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown
3. Bravery + Transplants Plant Trance 2.0 IPA
4. Beach City Kick Out IPA
5. Drakes Jolly Rodger Imperial Coffee Stout

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, December 24 – Vegan Chinese Food + Classic Holiday Flick at Mohawk Bend
Cozy up at Mohawk Bend for our third annual Christmas Eve party featuring Vegan Chinese Food and a classic holiday film. The festivities begin at 4pm with the film screening at 6pm. Reservations available and walk-in’s welcome. Plus, a limited pub menu will be available.

Vegan Chinese Menu:
Spicy Green Beans
Kung Pao Tofu
Winter Spring Rolls
Lettuce Cups
Veggie Fried Rice

16. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1.Anchor Christmas Ale 2014
2.El Segundo White Dog IPA
3.Wolf Creek Winter Wonderland
4.Allagash Sixteen Counties (On Deck)
5.Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws 2014 (Bottles)

17. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1.Cismontane Marea Roja
2.Anchor Christmas Ale 2014
3.Eagle Rock Populist
4.Saint Archer Coffee Brown
5.Craftsman Edgar’s Ale

18. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Anchor Christmas Ale
2. Cismontane Dead Santa
3. The Bruery Seven Swans a Swimming
4. Eagle Rock Solidarity
5. Modern Times Fortunate Islands

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, December 18 from 6PM – Smog City Night
Celebrate Christmas early at The Overland, the west side’s best kept craft beer secret, we will be welcoming Smog City Brewing for a tap takeover and food pairing event starting at 6pm. Drop in anytime and meet Laurie for a pint, a flight or one of our exclusively prepared dishes to compliment one of the specially selected beers. Complimentary glassware! Call 310 559 9999 for reservations.

LA Saison • Smaug Smoked Lager • Mai Tai HopT • Grape Ape • Chip Shot Coffee porter

19. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. AleSmith Wee Heavy
2. Stone Master of Disguise Imperial Golden Stout
3. Craftsman Holiday Spruce Ale
4. Societe The Harlot
5. Anthem Gin Barrel-Aged Cider

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, December 18, 6 PM: He’Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah!

Tonight, we tap eight chosen beers in honor of Shmaltz’s 18th Anniversary; He’Brew Jewbelation 18, He’Brew Rejewvenator 2014, St. Lenny’s Belgian Strong, Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. on Rye (on tap, and in bottle), Hop Manna IPA, Genesis Ale, and in honor of the holiday, Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer! Doors open at 6:00PM. Arrive early for wearable gifts and Chanukah prizes. L’chaim!

20. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Blind Pig IPA
2. Smog City Smoked Smaug Lager
3. Port Santa’s Little Helper
4. Wolf Creek Winter Wonderland
5. Smog City Sabertooth Squirrel Amber

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, December 23 – GOLDEN ROAD BARREL NIGHT!
Come and join us a couple days before Christmas for some early presents! We are going to be pouring some of Golden Road’s finest brews aged in all different types of barrels. We will be featuring:
Piñata (Tequila Barrel Aged Berlinerweisse)
El Hefe (Tequila Barrel Aged Hefeweizen)
Brandy Barrel Hudson Porter
Bourbon Barrel Hudson Porter

21. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Moylans Kilt Lifter
2. Anchor Merry Christmas Happy New Year
3. Stone Enjoy By 12.26.14
4. Ska Molé Stout
5. Firestone Double Jack

Upcoming Event:
Join us as we celebrate our new seasonal dinner menu items with beer and wine pairings this weekend.

22. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Anthem Apple (Gin barrel)
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
3. Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper
4. Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée Rene
5. Faction Brewing Beer Geeks IPA


  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.