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

By Joshua Lurie | October 30, 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.


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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. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Gold Line Pilsner
2. Angel City Angeleno IPA
3. Angel City White Nite
4. Angel City Social IPA
5. Angel City CA Common

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!

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Oatmonster Oatmeal Stout
2. Sudwerk Northern Pils
3. Beachwood Glenlongbeach Scottish Style 80 Shilling
4. Double Mountain Irish Stout on Nitro
5. Beachwood El Verano Belgian Style Saison

Upcoming Event:
November 5, 6pm to Close – DUTCH NIGHT
We’re kicking off our event series with Dutch Night on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at our Long Beach location. An evening featuring rare and exotic beers from The Netherlands. Brewers from Rooie Dop and Oersoep will be on-hand, as well!

Oersoep Brettanosauraus Rex • Oersoep Beermoth Canta Lupulus • Oersoep Wild Thing • Rooie Dop Double Oatmeal Stout • Rooie Dop Utrecht Strong Ale • De Molen / Tired Hands Lost & Found • De Molen Hemel & Aarde • De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis • De Molen / Brewfist / Toccalmatto / Ducato M.I.L.D. • De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise • To Øl Black Maria • To Øl Fuck Art – This is Architecture • -Mikkeller Spontanredgrape • Mikkeller Winbic • Mikkeller Mexas Ranger

List is subject to change. No reservations. First come first served. Long Beach location only.

3. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Melrose IPA
2. Bear Republic Grand Am American Pale ale
3. Figueroa Mountain Danish Red lager
4. El Segundo Wallet Dropper Double IPA
5. AleSmith Nut Brown ale

4. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Ursa Major
2. Smuttynose/Stone Cluster’s Last Stand
3. Bootleggers Galaxian (bottles)
4. The Bruery Chocolate Rain (bottles)
5. The Bruery White Chocolate (bottles)

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. For there will be prizes.

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)

5. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale ale
2. Lagunitas Imperial Red
3. Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin
4. Avery Rumpkin
5. Epic Pumpkin Porter

6. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

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

7. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Walker Opal Saison
2. Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale ale
3. Avery DugAna Double IPA
4. AleSmith Old Numbskull
5. AleSmith Speedway Stout

Upcoming Event:
Join Us For Halloween! We’re giving away a Free Bar Tab for Best Costume!

8. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Upcoming Event:
Tonight! October 30 at 7pm – Come join us for Belching Beaver Pint Night
Featuring PB Milk Stout, Pound Town Triple IPA, Me So Honey Wheat Ale, Easy Beaver IPA & Pumpkin Stout plus 5 more great Beers.

9. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Santa Clara Valley Surprise DIPA
2. Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich
3. Kinetic Brewing’s Fusion Robust Porter

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, November 5 – Eureka! Tasting Kitchen will host a tap take-over & Steal The Glass with Three Weavers, LA’s newest brewery. 5 brand new beers will be showcased for your enjoyment with Glassware to match starting at 6pm sharp!

10. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Almanac Golden Gate Gose
2. Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter
3. King Harbor Post Season Double IPA
4. Great Divide Oaked Yeti
5. The Brewery at Abigaile Vienna Lager

Upcoming Event:
November is New Brew Debut Month at The Factory-watch this space for details on Factory first pours of great new breweries like Barley Forge, Three Weavers, Absolution and Progress!

11. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weav3rs Expatriate IPA
2. Lost Abbey Avant Gourde
3. Firestone Walkwer Wookey Jack
4. Faction Anomaly White Chocolate Stout
5. Noble Ale Works Nelson Showers (on deck)

12. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab Belgian Breakfast Brown, Fall Seasonal
2. Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout
3. Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Red
4. B. Nektar Meadery Zombie Killer Cherry Mead
5. Enegren Protector Imperial IPA

Upcoming Event:
Join us for Halloween Night! $3 bloody beers, $4 shot specials, $5 Pumpkin Martinis, 6 DJs, and a costume contest with over $500 in prizes! Free before 10pm only $10 after.

13. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. “Calabaza Valiente” Bravado (Pie-Spiced American Brown Ale w/ Bravo and El Dorado Hops)
2. Ladyface La Trappistine (Belgian Dark Strong Ale)
3. Ladyface Trois Filles Tripel (Belgian-style Tripel)
4. Ladyface Hutash (Wet Hop Harvest Ale w/ Cascade Hops)
5. Cask- TBA

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!

14. Library Alehouse (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lost Abbey Agave Maria
2. Lost Abbey Track 8
3. Lost Abbey Deliverance
4. Lost Abbey Red Poppy
5. Lost Abbey Avant Gourde

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
• Angel’s Share
• Angel’s Share Grand Cru
• Older Viscosity

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

15. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Allagash White
2. Lost Abbey Devotion
3. Lost Abbey Angel Share
4. Lindemans Gueuze
5. Ladyface Blind Ambition

16. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. King Harbor Post Season Double IPA
2. Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter
3. Three Weav3rs Stateside Session IPA
4. Alpine Hoppy Birthday Pale ale
5. MacLeod’s Session Gap Bitter

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 Wounded Warriors

17. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. Monkish St. Citra
2. Telegraph Flotsam Lager
3. Deschutes Hop Trip
4. Hangar 24 Gourdgeous
5. Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel (On Deck)

18. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Ruination IPA
2. Bootlegger’s Pumpkin Ale
3. El Segundo Smoky Hollow
4. Alpine Hoppy Birthday
5. Epic Double Skull Doppelbock (On Deck)

19. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. North Coast Old Stock
2. Golden Road Heal the bay IPA
3. Modern Times Fortunate Islands
4. The Bruery Autumn Maple
5. North Coast Puck

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, November 20 starting at 6PM – Strand Night
Celebrate the holidays early at The Overland, the west side’s best kept craft beer secret, we will be welcoming Strand Brewing for a tap takeover and food pairing event on Thursday, 20th November 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.

20. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bottle Logic Polarity
2. Eagle Rock Longevity
3. Russian River Pliny the Elder
4. Alpine Duet
5. The Lost Abbey Angel’s Share

21. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lost Abbey Avante Gourde Pumpkin Ale
2. Telegraph Rhinoceros Barleywine
3. Ladyface Hop Project IPA
4. Golden Road 329 lager
5. The Bruery Ignis Fatuus Pumpkin ale

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. Tony’s Darts Away 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.

22. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ommegang Valar Morghulis
2. Golden Road Might As Well IPL
3. Stone Double Bastard
4. Moylans Kilt Lifter
5. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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

23. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Anthem fresh hop cider
2. Ommegang Valar Morghulis
3. Stone Enjoy by 10.31 IPA
4. Sierra Nevada/ Russian River Yvan the Great
5. Lost Abbey Agave Maria


  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.