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

By Joshua Lurie | January 29, 2015 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.


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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. Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean
2. Smog City Hop Tonic
3. Ommegang Triple Perfection
4. Sudwerk Pilsner

Upcoming Event:
Tonight – Thursday Tamale Happy! 6-8pm.

2. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Belligerent Bloke (old ale)
2. Angel City Imperial Chai Stout
3. Angel City Vanilla Porter
4. Angel City Berliner Weisse

3. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Knucklehead Red
2. Figueroa Mountain 101 Kolsch
3. Beachwood Un Atout Saison
4. Cisco Brewers Island Reserve Tripel
5. Beachwood Hops of Brixton ESB

4. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Row 2, Hill 6 Pale ale
2. Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
3. Beachwood Melrose IPA on cask
4. Telegraph Handlebar Abbey Ale
5. Ninkasi Sleighr Alt

Upcoming Event:
The Pliny the Younger Raffle is on! $5 tickets are on sale until February 21 with the drawing taking place on the 23rd.

5. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Tahoe Mountain Mars Hotel
2. Faction Tasty Vapor (collaboration with Tasty!)
3. Almanac Saison Dolores
4. Mikkeller Citra IIPA
5. El Segundo Mayberry IPA

6. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit
2. Modern Times City of the Sun American IPA
3. Dogfish Head Indian Brown
4. Tahoe Mountain Hop Dragon Double IPA
5. Craftsman Angelino Weisse

Upcoming Event:
Sunday, February 1 – Super Bowl Party
Blue Palms is taking over Hollywood’s Historic Fonda Theater for a Superbowl Party!
In addition to our regular screens and brewhouse space, we’ll have additional tables set up next door for a watch party on The Fonda’s giant screen. Watch the biggest game of the year while drinking delicious craft beer, and eating one of the best burgers in town! NO RESERVATIONS, space will be first come, first served.

7. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA
2. Avery The Maharaja DIPA
3. Bear Republic Bourbon Barrel Heritage
4. Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
5. Mammoth Lair of the Bear Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Upcoming Event:
On Wednesday, Feb 4, we’re tapping a keg of Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra! This year’s version comes in at 18.9% and is extremely rare. We’ll also be pouring H24 Warmer and Double IPA.

8. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1.Ballast Point Sculpin IPA w/Grapefruit
2. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Black Ale
3. Macleod Yankee Mick’s Brown Ale Cask
4. Macleod The Little Spree Yorkshire Pale Ale Cask
5. Stone Pale Ale Cask w/Hickory and Cranberries

Upcoming Event:
Come join us on Sunday for our annual complimentary Super Bowl Bar B Q and watch the game on our 12ft big screen TV.

9. The Doughroom (Los Angeles)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weavers Blood Junkie Imperial Red
2. El Segundo Two 5 Left DIPA
3. Moonlight Misspent Youth
4. Tahoe Mountain South Pacific Provisions Saison
5. Mammoth Double Nut Brown

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, February 11 – Pizza Port Brewing
Pizza Port returns to the Doughroom with 8 drafts from each brewpub location starting at 5:00 pm. Pizza Port is a collective of 4 individual locations, throughout San Diego and Orange County, making award winning beers. Food specials are available during Happy Hour between 5pm – 6:30pm. Beer list includes Santa’s Lil Helper Imperial Stout 8.5% (Solana Beach) • California Honey Golden Ale 5% (Solana Beach) • OwlBear DIPA 8.8% (San Clemente) • County Line English Pub Ale on NITRO 4.4% (San Clemente) • Kung Fu Elvis Strong American Pale Ale with Oranges and Coriander 6.5% (Ocean Beach) • Poor Man’s DIPA 9% (Carlsbad) • Raceway West Coast Style IPA 7.2% (Carlsbad) • Dusk Til’ Dawn- Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Coffee Porter 10.5%

10. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Dude’s Grinning Face Porter
2. Stone Enjoy By: 2.14.15
3. Sonoma Cider Anvil
4. Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra
5. Pizza Port Chronic Amber

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, February 4 – Karl Strauss Tap Attack
We will have one of only 5 barrels of Red Trolley brewed with Hibiscus, the famous Peanut Butter Cup Porter, the Queen of Tarts, and more! Guests can start stealing the glass at 6PM There will be reps from both Karl Strauss and Mission Beverage!

11. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Progress Mustang Belgian-style Tripel
2. Noble Big Whig IPA
3. Tustin Brewing True Alaskan IPA
4. Bear Republic Red Rocket
5. Ninkasi/Devil’s Backbone Devil Went Down to Oregon Imperial Dark Rye

Upcoming Event:
The Big Game is upon us! While most of you will be deciding if the Seahawks can repeat, or if the Patriots will add to Brady’s legacy, At The Factory GASTROBAR in Long Beach, we will be pitting Hops vs. Malt. The Hops team is loaded for bear with Avery Maharaja, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpting and the just released Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter! But the Malt team is rolling over with Progress Brewing’s Mustang Belgian Tripel and Bear Republic’s Red Rocket. Rumors of a last minute signing for the Malt team are unverified! During the Pre-game show (2:30-3:30 PM) all beer is $4 and wings are 1/2 price! After kickoff we will serve $5 beers and 25% off food until the final gun!

12. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Victory Hop Ranch
2. Logsdon Straffe Drieling
3. Modern Times Black House (nitro)
4. El Segundo Blue House Citra Pale Ale
5. Tahoe Mountain Hop Dragon (on deck)

Upcoming Event:
Super Bowl Sunday, February 1
Select $5 draft beer, 50% off apps

13. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
2. Golden Road Session Pup
3. Golden Road Hefeweizen
4. Golden Road 329 Lager
5. Golden Road 2020 IPA

Upcoming Event:
Super Sunday at The Pub @ Golden Road Brewing
$30 all you can drink craft beer – brewed a few yards away – for the duration of the game
Surround sound throughout Pub and game on seven flat screen TVs
Raffle prizes throughout game

14. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Upcoming Event:
Tonight, January 29 – Barrel-Aged Beer Night
Barrel-aged beer fan or just curious about all the fuss? Be sure and drop by to enjoy a number of Ladyface barrel-aged beers, some new, some coming out of the vault. Special musical guests, Grapevine, at 8PM.

15. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1.St. Feuillien Speciale
2. Craftsman Acorn Saison
3. Alesmith Li’l Devil
4. Dogfish Head Namaste
5. New Belgium La Folie

16. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Trumer Pils
2. Golden Road 2020 Red IPA
3. Three Weavers Seafarer Kolsch
4. Ballast Point Even Keel Session IPA
5. King Harbor Storm’s a Brewin’ Baltic Porter

17. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. El Segundo Hammerland DIPA
2. Ironfire 51/50 IPA
3. Highland Park The Party IPA
4. Wolf Creek Wild Angels “Dubbel Trubbel”
5. Epic Blueski Lager

18. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Modern Times Blazing World
2. El Segundo Mayberry IPA
3. Mike Hess Grazias Vienna Cream Ale
4. Craftsman Heavenly Hefe
5. Ommegang Abbey Ale

19. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weavers Deep Roots ESB
2. The Dudes Double Trunk
3. El Segundo Blue House IPA
4. Cismontane Citizen Lager
5. North Coast Scrimshaw

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, January 29, at 6pm
Refresh with a cold beer for the New Year at The Overland, the west side’s best kept craft beer secret. We will be welcoming Modern Times for a tap takeover and food pairing event tonight Thursday, 29th January starting at 6pm. Drop in anytime for a pint, a flight, complimentary glassware or one of our exclusively prepared dishes to compliment one of these 5 specially selected beers. Call 310 559 9999 for reservations!
• Lomaland, a Belgian style saison paired with crispy fish tacos
• Fortunate islands, a hoppy wheat paired bbq fried chicken
• Blazing world, a hoppy amber paired with pulled pork sliders
• City of the sun, an IPA paired with spicy seafood skewers
• Blackhouse, a coffee oatmeal stout paired with Pecan pie

20. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Mocha Merlin
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
3. Goose Island 2013 Bourbon County Barleywine
4. New Belgium/ Alpine – Lips of Faith – Super IPA
5. Lagunitas Scare City 2

21. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Mammoth Brewing Elderberry Sour
2. Telegraph Brewing Reserve Wheat with Hibiscus Flowers
3. Telegraph Brewing Los Padres Saison aged in Oak with wild yeast
4. Noble Brewing Naughty Sauce
5. El Segundo Brewing Name Our Beer Double IPA

22. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Figueroa Mountain Lizards Mouth
2. Ommegang Hennepin
3. Red Betty IPA
4. Three Weavers Seafarer Kolsch
5. Eel River Acai Berry Wheat

Upcoming Event:
Join us Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, for our annual “All-Or-Nothing Halftime Challenge”!! Contestants have 5 min to finish one of Chef Jay’s All-Or-Nothing Burgers and it’s on the house… All entries receive a free gift and half-off their burger for attempting.
We now have 18 taps of craft beer to enjoy! Please check out our website for upcoming daily and weekly specials.

Coming in February: Monday specials on Beer & Taco Flights, and Thursday specials on Beer & Wing Flights


  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.