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

By Joshua Lurie | May 21, 2015 58 comments
L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

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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.

Session Fest Review, Churchkey + New Craft Beer Outposts

Session Fest is one of the Top 3 craft beer events in all of Los Angeles. Your beer of the week requires extra wristwork. Also, look for new outposts from King Harbor and Figueroa Mountain.

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. Bell’s Two Hearted IPA
2. Refuge Blood Orange Wit
3. Smog City Little Bo Pilsner
4. Mad River Steelhead Scotch Porter

Upcoming Event:
Thursday Tamale Happy Hour, 6-8pm.

2. 38 Degrees (Alhambra)

Beers of the Week:

1. 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be
2. Golden Road Darts Away IPA
3. The Bruery Sour In The Rye
4. Dieu Du Ciel Aprodite
5. Noble Lucky IPA

3. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Lo Lo-Loquat Wheat
2. Angel City Amber Ale
3. Angel City Orange Cocoa Stout (now available in 22’s)
4. Angel City Social IPA
5. Angel City Pilsner

Upcoming Event:
From Thursday, May 21 – June 17, the Burton Gray Art Gallery will grace the walls of the brewery.

4. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood El Verano Saison
2. Bell’s Oarsman Berliner Weisse
3. Beachwood Hop Vader Black IPA
4. Knee Deep Lupulin River
5. Beachwood The Falcon West Coast IPA

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, May 30 – Beachwood & Friends Beer Garden at LB Bike Fest
Once again, Beachwood is partnering with the Downtown Long Beach Associates to sponsor the beer garden at the Long Beach Bike Fest, a celebration of the thriving bicycle culture in our city, and we’ve invited a bunch of our local craft brewery friends to pour their beers as well.

In addition to the beer garden, there will be cool bike events like a fixed-gear competition, criterium and live entertainment. Events begin at 1PM.

5. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Fifty-Fifty Darkslide Black IPA
2. Clown Shoes Clementine Witbier
3. Highland Park Wake Up Coffee Brown
4. MacLeod Kings Taxes Scotch Ale
5. Monkish St. Mosaic Belgian Hoppy Pale

Upcoming Event:
May 21 – 31 – Spring Menu
We are very excited to present a special springtime menu that will be available at our Seal Beach location for 11 days at the end of May. Chef Jameson has been hard at work coming up with recipes for some of his favorite seasonal items–produce like morels, ramps and fiddlehead ferns and proteins like squid and skate plus much more will be featured. And, of course, special beer pairings will be available.

6. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. 21st ammendment Hell Or High Watermelon
2. Craftsman Funf De Mai
3. Three Weavers Seafarer
4. Smog City Saber Tooth Squirrel
5. Stone Ruination 2.0

Upcoming Event:
Sunday, May 24 – Beer Belly 4th Anniversary
Taplist: Craftsman Triple White Sage • Noble I Love It IPA • Eagle Rock Yearling • Monkish Selah batch #2 • Smog City Steamfunk Brett IPA & Saison Contraire (bottles) • The Bruery 2011 Melange #3 • Beachwood 2014 System of a Stout • Firestone Bretta Weisse • Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight • Logsdon Peche N Brett • Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout • Boulevard Saison Brett • Ommegang Joemmegang

7. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Alpine Nelson CASK w/ Simcoe
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
3. The Bruery Sour in the Rye
4. Port Anniversary Ale Imperial IPA
5. Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, May 27 – Deschutes Brewery is taking over 12 of our taps! There’s nothing we can do to stop it, and there’s no solution but to drink them all! Come help!

Taplist: The Abyss 2014 Imperial Stout • Jubel 2015 Strong Ale • India Red Ale • Black Butte XXIV Reserve Porter • Foray IPA • Pinedrops IPA • Fresh Squeezed IPA • Twilight Summer Ale • Red Chair NITRO • Zarabanda Saison • Mirror Pond Pale Ale • Chainbreaker White IPA

8. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cascade Strawberry 2013
2. RRBC Blind Pig
3. Smog City Coffee Porter
4. Bells Two Hearted Ale
5. Van Steenberge Triple van De Garre

9. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout
2. New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie
3. Boulevard Tank 7
4. Port Anniversary IPA
5. Lagunitas Waldo’s Special Ale

10. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ninkasi Sleigh’R Dar Double Alt Ale,
2. Stone Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale
3. Ayinger Maibock Helles Lager
4. on Cask Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA w/Sweet Orange Peel & Cinnamon Sticks

11. The Doughroom (Los Angeles)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ballast Point Smokescreen Smoked Hellos Lager
2. Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale, Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrel-Aged (8 months)
3. Ballast Point Victory at Sea: Bread Pudding Imperial Porter
4. Ballast Point Victory at Rye: Aged in Heaven Hills Rye Barrels
5. Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, June 3 – The Beers and Cheers Event series continues at The Doughroom with our friends at Three Weavers Brewing. Mark your calendar.

12. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Walker Pivo Pils (cans)
2. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin (cans)
3. Speakeasy Payback Porter
4. Ommegang Coopertown Blonde ale

13. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City Grape Ape
2. Ballast Point Grunion
3. Lagunitas Equinox
4. Noble I Love It (bottle)
5. Tahoe Mountain Lupi Lounge

Upcoming Event:
Pool Bar now open Wednesday through Sunday 12pm-6:30pm w/ $5 draft beers
Happy Hour Daily 4pm-7pm
$2 off all draft beer
$5 well drinks, $5 house wine
$2 off bottled/canned hoppy beers
Parking Validated

14. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cask of the Week – She’s a Peach!
2. Ladyface Chaparral Saison
3. Ladyface Cataclysm
4. Ladyface Bravado
5. Ladyface Derailleur

15. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cismontane Dos Cone Es American Strong Ale
2. Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Scottish Ale
3. Smog City Grape Ape IPA
4. 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA
5. Surf Brewing Shaka XPA

16. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1.Telegraph White Ale
2.Sudwerk Northern Pilsner
3.New Belgium 1554 Black Lager
4.Cismontane Coulter Rye IPA
5.Highland Park Throwback Pale Ale

Upcoming Event:
Burger Week 5 is coming June 1-7
Come get limited Burgers every day, come all seven days and receive an awesome super exclusive t-shirt. We will also be pouring an exclusive Highland Park Brewing/ Oinkster collab brew all week! Happening at both Oinkster Locations.

17. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1.Craftsman Heavenly Hefe
2.Three Weavers Unite Red
3.El Segundo Milk Stout
4.Solarc Night Capsicum Hatch Chile Black IPA
5.Telegraph Goodland Orange Pale Ale (on deck)

Upcoming Event:
Burger Week 5 is coming June 1-7
Come get limited Burgers every day, come all seven days and receive an awesome super exclusive t-shirt. We will also be pouring an exclusive Highland Park Brewing/ Oinkster colab brew all week! Happening at both Oinkster Locations.

18. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit
2. El Segundo Station 1 Red
3. Three Weavers Seafarer Kolsch
4. Angel City IPA
5. North Coast Puck Saison

Upcoming Event:
THURSDAY, May 28 – Beer. Hope. Love.
Tap Takeover at The Overland with Monkish Brewing
Drop in anytime for a pint, a flight, complimentary glass ware or one of our exclusively prepared dishes to compliment one of the specially selected beers. Call 310 599 9999 for reservations!

19. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Highland Park The Achiever
2. Ninkasi The Devil Went Down to Oregon
3. The Lost Abbey Spontaneous Cheer
4. Boulevard Smokestack Series Chocolate Ale
5. Societe The Bellowsman

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, May 21, 7PM – Sierra Nevada Takes Over!
Our friends at Sierra Nevada break out some rare favoritest! Get your hands around a Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA, along with: Hop Hunter, Nooner, Knightro, Scotch Ale, Hoptimum, a tasty Bigfoot Firkin, and more! Doors open at 6:00PM. Get here early for choice parking and seating.

20. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Anchor Steam Beer
2. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
3. Tahoe Mountain French Pils
4. St. Archer IPA
5. Ohana Grateful HopHead

21. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. SolArc Night Capsicum
2. Ale Industries Cherry Kush
3. Ninkasi Tricerahops
4. Figueroa Mountain Lizards Mouth Double IPA
5. Green Flash Soul Style IPA

22. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Faction Spring IPA
2. Hop Concept Citrus & Piney
3. Left Hand Milk Stout
4. Speakeasy Scarface
5. Ninkasi Critical Hit

23. Vertical Wine Bistro (Pasadena)

Beers of the Week:
1. Avery White Rascal Wit
2. Eagle Rock Solidarity Mild
3. Smog City Sabre-Tooth Squirrel
4. Maui Brewing Bikini Blonde
5. Guinness

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, May 26, there will be a tap takeover from Three Weavers Brewing Co., in conjunction with Vertical Wine Bistro’s Tuesday Grilled Cheese Night, with 5 spectacular grilled cheeses from chef Laurent Quenioux.


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

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  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.