L.A. BEER BLAST

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

By Joshua Lurie | October 23, 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.

THREE WEAVERS, THROWING STRIKES + PHANTOM CARRIAGE

Another new brewery is open in L.A. Welcome Three Weav3rs to the craft community and to the City of Inglewood. Also, score a Strike with a Double IPA and learn about the next new brew that’s been known to travel by Carriage.

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. AleSmith Decadence
2. Victory Hop Ticket Harvest Ale
3. The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse
4. Sudwerk Pilsner

Upcoming Event:
TONIGHT! October 23! Thursday Tamale Happy Hour! 6-8pm

2. 38 Degrees (Alhambra)

Beers of the Week:
1. El Segundo Mosaic Fresh Hop IPA
2. Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich DIPA
3. Firestone Oaktoberfest
4. DogFish Head Punkin
5. And the Pre-Release of Stone Lukcy Basardt Ale

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, October 25 – HOPtoberfest
Come celebrate this Oktoberfest season at 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill 6th Annual HOPtoberfest. We like to think of this as a hybrid IPA/German-style festival. On this special Saturday, enjoy a special menu of German inspired fare along with a world-class line up of fresh hoppy ales and German-style classics on draft. We encourage all to dress in their Oktoberfest gear along with us.

There is NO ENTRANCE FEE. Show up, pay as you go with tasters, flights and full pours. Check out the event link HERE!

3. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Angeleno IPA
2. Angel City GoldLine Pilsner
3. Angel City Amber
4. Angel City Marilyn Cream Ale
5. Angel City White Nite

Upcoming Event:
Friday, October 31, from 6:30pm – 12am – Halloween at Angel City
We’ll have live music from party band Blackwater Jukebox and Welfair, individual and group prizes for best costume contest, food from Dogtown Dogs Truck, and will be projecting the best classic silent horror movies all night! More information can be found HERE!

4. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood El Verano Belgian-Style Saison
2. Monkish Stupid Fresh Wet Hop Belgian-Style Pale ale
3. Beachwood Laurel West Coast IPA
4. Cellarmaker 1 Year Later American Pale ale
5. Beachwood Annihilator American Barleywine

Upcoming Event:
November 5-7 – Shelton Brothers Festival – Clear Your Calendar
In the days leading up to the Shelton Brothers festival in San Pedro, Beachwood is planning a series of exciting events with some of the world’s best breweries, including Rooie Dop, Crooked Stave, Hill Farmstead and others.

5. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Udder Love Milk Stout
2. Societe The Butcher Imperial Stout
3. Figueroa Mountain 101 Kolsch
4. Drakes Wet Hopped Hella Fresh IPA
5. St. Bernardus Belgian Tripel

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, October 28 – Melrose IPA Bottles Available
Melrose India Pale Ale, one of our most beloved beers, will become available in bottles and on draft at both Beachwood locations.

6. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Upcoming Event:
Friday. October 31 – Ommegang Game of Thrones Halloween Release Party
Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones rejoice! We will be welcoming back the Ommegang x HBO collaboration on 10/31 by releasing the latest in their series of Game of Thrones themed beers. It’s also Halloween, and we encourage you to dress up either in GoT gear or something else just as cool.

Taplist:
– Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis (abbey ale)
– Ommegang 3 Philosophers (quad w/ cherries)
– Ommegang Gnomegang (strong blonde ale)
– Ommegang Fleur de Houblon (summer ale)
– Ommegang Glimmerglass (spiced saison)
– Ommegang Hennepin (saison)
– Ommegang Rare Vos (amber)
– Ommegang Hop House (pale ale)
– Duvel Single (golden ale)

7. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Port Brewing High Tide
2. New Belgium Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
3. Kinetic Citrafuge Fresh Hop XPA
4. MacLeod Brewing The Session Gap Ordinary Bitter CASK
5. Noble Galaxy Showers

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!

8. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Damnation
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Allagash Fluxus
4. Maredsous 10 (Tripel)
5. The Bruery Rugbrod 2013

Upcoming Event:
Early November promises a Weihenstephaner takeover as well as a Pumpkin beer night closer to Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!!!

9. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Pizza Port Swami IPA
2. Knee Deep Hoptologist
3. The Bruery Autumn Maple
4. AleSmith Old Numbskull
5. AleSmith Speedway Stout

10. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Deschutes Inversion IPA
2. Stone 2014 Russian Imperial Stout
3. Port Chronic Amber Ale
4. Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA
5. Black Market Superstition Pumpkin Ale.

11. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
2. Smog City Amarilla Gorilla
3. Golden Road Might As Well IPL

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, October 29 at 6pm & Steal the Glass Night
We’ll be featuring Epic Brewing. Along with our featured STG beer we’ll also be pouring Epic’s Fermentation Without Representation Pumpkin Porter to ring in the Fall.

12. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lagunitas Maximus Imperial IPA
2. Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter
3. Bootleggers Pumpkin Ale
4. Hangar 24 Hammerhead Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
5. Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red

Upcoming Event:
The Factory Gastrobar is turning 5!!! That’s like 100 in craft beer years! Watch this space for ticket info for our 5th Anniversary Party in early December!!

13. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Tahoe Mountain Party Boy
2. El Segundo Two 5 Left
3. Faction Anomaly
4. Smuttynose x Stone Cluster’s Last Stand
5. Kinetic Citrafuge (On Deck)

14. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

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

Upcoming Event:
NEW BEER ALERT!
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.

15. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

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!

16. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Trois Filles Tripel (Belgian-style Tripel)
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- Cherry Bomb (La Trappestine w/ Sour Cherry Coke Gummies)

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!

17. Library Alehouse (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. El Segundo Power Plant Triple IPA
2. El Segundo Two 5 Left Double IPA
3. El Segundo Fresh Mosaic IPA
4. El Segundo Fresh Simcoe IPA
5. Craftsman Ursa Major (sour)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, October 30 – Lost Abbey (Not) Hoppy Halloween
The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing sends us tons of good beer throughout the year. A lot of it is hoppy and gets tapped immediately. But the not hoppy beer gets tucked away and held until the time is right to release a slew of barrel-aged malty and sour goodness on our faucets. And thus we will be tapping all of the following kegs on the eve of All Hallow’s Eve:

– Framboise de Amorosa
– Red Poppy
– Avant Gourd
– Agave Maria
– Track #8
– Angel’s Share
– Angel’s Share Grand Cru
– Older Viscosity
– Deliverance

Get a ride, wear a costume and leave some Advil on your nightstand.

18. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. New Belgium La Folie, La Terrior
2. Lindemans Gueuze
3. Avery Gore’d
4. Gulden Draak dark tripel
5. Ommegang Three Philosophers

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, October 23 – Valar Morghulis Night
Check out the latest Game of Thrones inspired beer from Brewery Ommegang with specials by Chef Noah Stewart.

19. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Batch 1000 Black lageer
2. MacLeod’s Session Gap Bitter
3. Hess Habitus Rye IPA
4. El Segundo Wallet Dropper Double IPA
5. Smog City Amarilla Gorilla

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, November 11 – Friends of Local Beer Exhibit
For the past couple of years, Bernie Wire’s been on the scene capturing every moment of L.A’s budding beer culture under the photo journal Friends of Local Beer.

We are very proud to welcome back Bernie’s beautiful photography to the Ramona Room at Mohawk Bend with a brand new exhibit. Proceeds from sales will benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.

20. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1.North Coast Puck Petite Saison
2.Noble Ale Works The Ken Doll
3.Highland Park 1-UP IPA
4.Monkish Stupid Fresh
5.Hangar 24 Gourdgeous (On Deck)

21. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1.Telegraph Fiesta Pilsner
2.Telegraph Handlebar Abbey
3.Mission Plunder IPA
4.Bootlegger’s Pumpkin Ale
5.Figueroa Mountain Stearn’s Stout

22. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City LA Saison
2. Golden Road Hefeweizen
3. Modern Times Fortunate Islands
4. The Bruery Autumn Maple
5. El Segundo Blue House IPA

Upcoming Event:
TONIGHT!, October 23, 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 on Thursday, 23rd October, starting at 6pm. Call 310 559 9999 for reservations

featuring:
Scrimshaw – Pilsner paired with Ginger glazed Mahi Mahi
PranQster – Belgian style golden ale paired with Crab Louie
Puck – petite saison paired with Spiced pork chop and apple sauce
Old no.38 stout – Dublin style dry stout (on Nitro) paired with Shepherd’s Pie
Old stock Ale – Old ale paired with Gorgonzola and dried cherry en croute

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! Complimentary glassware.

23. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Highland Park Beer Spaceship
2. Craftsman Triple White Sage
3. Russian River Pliny the Elder
4. Bottle Logic Pumpkin
5. Avery Rumpkin

24. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ballast Point Sour Wench
2. Stone, Heretic, Beachwood Unapologetic IPA
3. Bruery Tart of Darkness
4. Wolf Creek Lone Wolf IPA with Chinook Hops
5. Monkish Crux Belgian Pale with Elderflower

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, October 28 – Tuesday’s at Tony’s
Indulge in the season’s guiltiest pleasure with our Pumpkin Flight Night! We promise not a single Pumpkin Spice Latte in sight, just spicy and delicious pumpkin beers from the best breweries in California.

25. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Wolf Creek Lone Wolf Pale Ale
2. Ommegang Valar Morghulis
3. Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA
4. Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale
5. Stone Delicious IPA

Upcoming Event:
Join us on Halloween for live music by Yesterdog and the TF All-Stars!

26. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Blind Pig IPA
2. Stone Enjoy by 10.31.14 IPA
3. Sierra Nevada/ Russian River Yvan the Great
4. Avery Rumpkin
5. Port Brewing Older Viscosity

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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