L.A. BEER BLAST

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

By Joshua Lurie | November 27, 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.

CRAFT BEER CHRISTMAS GIFTS

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.

THANKSGIVING, TURKEY + BEER

Pairing suggestions from beer editor Sean Inman still hold true when it comes to Thanksgiving staples like turkey and pie.

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 Social IPA
2. Angel City Pomegranate Saison
3. Angel City Angeleno IPA
4. Angel City Marilyn Cream Ale
5. Angel City For the Sake of Ale

Upcoming Event:
12/5: Prohibition Repeal Party
Angel City Brewery
Flappers, gangsters, guys & dolls: your day to celebrate has come. A throw-back party to remember the end of the ‘Great Experiment’, held at the Angel City Brewery Speakeasy Beer Hall. We’ll party with specialty beer tappings, beer cocktails with guest mixologists, food sponsored by KTCHN LA, and live music & entertainment. Tickets and table reservations HERE

2.. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Senne of a Beach Belgian-Style Pale ale
2. El Segundo Ka-Pau IPA
3. Beachwood Resinator West Coast IPA
4. Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter
5. Beachwood Hop Vader Black IPA

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, December 18th – 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. Beachwood Foam Top Cream Ale
2. Ballast Point Fathom IPL
3. Almanac Saison Dolores
4. Smog City Grape Ape IPA
5. Mammoth Double Nut Brown

Upcoming Event:
Friday, November 28th – BLACK FRIDAY Goose Island Event
Goose Island will release this year’s lineup of Bourbon County beers and we’re thrilled to be participating. The event has been an annual tradition since 1992 and this year’s lineup is sure to impress: 2014 Bourbon County Stout, 2014 Bourbon County Coffee Stout, 2014 Bourbon County Barleywine, 2014 Bourbon County Vanilla Rye plus several more Goose Island beers and goose-inspired dishes to round out the event. 5pm. Seal Beach location only.

4. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Double Mountain Fa La La La La
2. Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze
3. King Harbor Abel Brown w/ Coffee
4. St. Feuillen/ Green Flash Belgian Coast IPA
5. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday Dec 3rd: Firestone Walker 18th Anniversary Party! 6-9pm
Our dear friends at Firestone Walker are finally legal! David Walker, the Lion himself, will be in the house for a meet and greet, and we’ll be pouring all of our favorite brews from the brewery. As in the past, FW Anniversary flights will also be available for as long as they last.

5. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Dogfish Head 120 Minute
2. Dogfish Head 90 Minute
3. Dogfish Head 60 Minute
4. Dogfish Head Punkin Pumpkin Ale
5. Dogfish Head Kvasir with Lingonberries and Cranberries

Upcoming Event:
Thursday we are closed for Thanksgiving. Friday we will open the doors early for Black Friday. Happy Hours will be from 12pm to 7pm. The following Monday (Cyber Monday) we will do Happy Hour all day from 3pm to 12am with last call at 11pm.

6. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Enjoy By 12.26.14 Imperial IPA
2. Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Imperial Stout
3. Sierra Nevada Yvan the Great Belgian Blonde
4. Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red
5. Belching Beaver Hop Highway IPA

7. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. El Segundo Hop Tanker
2. Kasteel Ingelmunster Pumpkin
3. Prairie Birra
4. Telegraph Winter Ale
5. Alpine Nelson (on deck)

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday December 2nd at 6pm – Drake’s night/partial tap takeover at Brewster’s at Four Points by Sheraton LAX

Come hang out with the guys from Drake’s and try some of their beers including:
Jolly Rodger 2014
7×70 IPA
Denogginizer
1500

Parking validated

8. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout
2. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
3. Golden Road Hefeweizen
4. Golden Road I’ll Have Another Stout
5. Golden Road

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, November 26th from noon to 4 -Aunt Sally’s Marketplace
Golden Road presents a locally curated marketplace celebrating LA’s talented craft-makers (listed below) and Small Business Saturday. Explore unique gift ideas – from literature to music to fitness to handbags made from repurposed beer filter cloth – with beer in hand.

9. 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. Wolf Creek Punkinweizen

Upcoming Event:
The new Fall Menu is here! Come try our new Lobster Risotto or Miso Glazed Salmon, both pair great with one of our 32 beers on tap!

10. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Pareidolia (2014 Release, Black IPA)
2. Ladyface La Trappistine (Belgian Dark Strong Ale)
3. “Calabaza Valiente” Bravado (Pie-Spiced American Brown Ale w/ Bravo and El Dorado Hops)
4. Russian Lullaby (Russian Imperial Stout )
5. Cask- “Orange is the New Black” ( Pareidolia Black IPA with Orange Peel)

Upcoming Event:
Monday, December 1st, 6pm – Ladies At Ladyface Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate
Join us for another tasty episode of the The Ladyface Women’s Fermentables & Comestibles Education & Tippling Society. Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer will be the invited guest presenter, leading the group through a paired tasting of uber flavorful Ladyface beers, yummy Dagoba Organic Chocolate, and Cypress Grove Cheeses . $20/pp.

11. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Piraat Triple Hop
2. Boulevard Saison Brett
3. St. Bernardus Prior 8
4. Ommegang Adoration
5. The Bruery 7 Swans a Swimming

12. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Batch 1000 Black lager
2. Telegraph Winter Ale
3. MacLeod Session Gap
4. Black Market Superstition Pumpkin ale
5. Bruery/Smog City Atomic Kangarue

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, December 6th – LA IPA Fest
60+ California IPAs on draught at Mohawk Bend for patrons to taste/explore/imbibe and then vote on their favorite for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be several specialty beers made for the event only.

25 heavy-hitting judges that include some of our state’s most well-respected and recognized brewers, brewmasters and figures in the California craft beer scene will put each IPA through three rounds of judging to determine a first, second and third winner.

Lastly – we’ll be serving three special IPA-themed menu items (including vegan shishito peppers with an IPA aoli) as well as a limited brunch menu and limited dinner menu.

13. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1.El Segundo Smoky Hollow
2.Stone Ruination IPA
3.Craftsman Heavenly Hefe
4.Firestone Pivo Pils
5.Uinta Wet N’ Wyld Wet Hopped XPA (On Deck)

14. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1.Green Flash Soul Style IPA
2.Smog City Little Bo Pils
3.Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
4.El Segundo White Dog IPA
5.Highland Park Ham Porter (On Deck)

15. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Bruery – Autumn Maple THANKSGIVING SPECIAL ALL WEEK!!!
$5 for 12oz $7 for a pint if you dare…..

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, December 18th from 6PM
Celebrate the holidays 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 on Thursday, 18th decmber starting at 6pm.

Drop in anytime 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

16. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Alpine Nelson IPA
2. Highland Park Tiny Shape Pale ale
3. Golden Road Might as Well IPL
4. King Harbor Post Season Double IPA
5. Oceanside Ale Works Haiku Belgian blonde with peppers

Upcoming Event:
Each week in November Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank will feature a one-of-a-kind vegan dog designed by tastemakers from around the world.

We will donate $1 from each vegan dog sold to The Beagle Freedom Project, an organization dedicated to rescuing beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and giving them a chance at life in a loving home.

More info HERE

Comments

  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!

    Thanks,

    Brenna

  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:

    Josh,
    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:

    Josh,

    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.

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