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

By Joshua Lurie | February 26, 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.


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I asked seven L.A. craft brewers, “What beer from another brewery do you most wish you had brewed, and why?” Read their responses.

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. Lost Abbey Carnevale
2. Stone Enjoy By 3.14.15
3. Modern Times Black House Coffee Stout
4. Sudwerk Pilsner

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

2. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Orange Cacao Stout
2. Angel City West Coast Wheat
3. Angel City Angel City IPA
4. Angel City Berliner Weisse
5. Angel City Amber Ale

3. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Foam Top Cream ale
2. Cellarmaker TypoPills Pilsner
3. Beachwood Thrillseeker West Coast IPA
4. Ommegang Abbey Ale
5. Beachwood Kilgore American Stout

4. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
2. Beachwood Rose Royce Saison
3. Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA
4. Beachwood Alt(ernate) Reality Altbier
5. Bell’s Cherry Stout

5. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Polochic (Lime Cardamom Saison)
2. Noble I Love It IPA
3. Macleod Session Gap
4. El Segundo Two 5 Left
5. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, March 11 – El Segundo invades Koreatown!
With… Citra Pale • Mayberry IPA • Kapau IPA • Hop Tanker DIPA • Power Plant TIPA • Station No 1 Red Ale • Milk Stout

6. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bell’s Le Contrebassiste Biere de Garde w/ Brett
2. Smog City Amarilla Gorilla IPA
3. The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky DIPA
4. Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale Barleywine
5. Port Mongo DIPA

7. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale IPA
2. Bell’s Oberon Wheat Ale
3. Bell’s Oarsman Berliner Weissbier
4. Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
5. Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, February the 28 – Our Pliny the Younger release.
We will open the doors early (10am) and start the madness. We will be pouring some great beers as always and also be serving our Nor-Cal vs, So-Cal flights. Chef Tony will have some new specials coming out of the kitchen as well.

8. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. New Belgium Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour
2. Knee Deep Breaking Bud IPA
3. Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
4. Stone Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard
5. Stone IRS

9. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lost Abbey Angels Share Brandy Barrel Aged Strong Ale
2. Firestone Walker Opal Saison
3. Modern Times Black House Coffee Oatmeal Stout
4. Ommegang Adoration Belgian Dark Strong Ale
5. on Cask Stone Ruination Double IPA w/Juniper Berries, Dried Peaches & White Oak

10. The Doughroom (Los Angeles)

Beers of the Week:
1. Tahoe Mt. French Pilsner
2. 3 Weavers Blood Junkie
3. Stone Delicious IPA
4. Pizza Port (Solana Beach) Santa’s Lil Helper Imperial Stout
5. Pizza Port Dusk Til’ Dawn Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Porter

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, March 11 @ 5:30PM – Beers and Cheers!
The Doughroom continues its Beers and Cheers! series featuring the Hopocalypse release from Drake’s Brewing. We’ll feature the following limited and core beers from Drake’s: Scarlett O’ Bretta (Drakes Flanders-Style Sour) • Barrel Aged Jolly 2013 • Amber Ale • 1500 Pale Ale • Hefe-weizen. See you soon for pizza and beer!

11. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Epic Elder Brett
2. Epic Big Bad Baptist
3. Sonoma Cider Anvil
4. Cismontane Cerveza Santa Ana
5. Double Mountain Hop Lava

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, March 4, 6pm – Steal the Glass with Drake’s Brewery!

12. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Upcoming Event:
The Factory Gastrobar is turning 5! On February 28, starting at noon, to celebrate 5 years of bringing the best in craft beer to our thirsty patrons, we are tapping s mind-bending plethora of delicious BEvERages! Drake’s Hopocalypse, Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich, and Three Weavers Blood Junke get the hops flowing. Great barrel-aged brews from Port, Stone and Cismontane are on the list. And that’s just the start as we’ve added jockey boxes to pour even more beers! Try 10 of these awesome brews for $20! If that’s not enough for we’re also bringing back 100% grassfed burgers!! Come help us celebrate this Saturday from 12 noon to 12 midnight!

13. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bell’s Two Hearted
2. El Segundo Two 5 left
3. Bell’s Cherry Stout
4. Saint Archer Pale Ale
5. Bell’s Oarsman

Upcoming Event:
Thursday February 26, 5pm to close – Bell’s Brewery Comes to LA
Come and meet the team from Bell’s Brewery at Brewster’s at Four Points by Sheraton LAX

5 Bell’s beers on tap – Glassware while it lasts

14. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cask of the week is “Apple of my Eye”- Chesebro IPA w/ cinnamon and apple
2. Ladyface Chesebro IPA
3. Ladyface Bravado (which has been updated and is now a sour mash)
4. Ladyface Midnight Special
5. Ladyface La Trappistine

15. Library Alehouse (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City Hoptonic
2. El Segundo Mayberry
3. Modern Times Black House
4. Avery IPA
5. Ballast Point Grunion

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, February 26, 6PM – A Big Amount of Big Beers from Avery
We stashed away a bunch of high-ABV goodness from the fine folks at Avery Brewing Company and now it’s time for you to drink it! We’ll see you at the Alehouse for a few big beers (and a cab ride home). We’ll feature the following gnarly libations ON DRAFT: Tweak • Pump(KY)n • Mephistopheles • Samael’s Ale • The Beast Grand Cru • Collaboration Not Litigation AND MORE!

16. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Avery Lilikoi
2. Chimay Red
3. Ninkasi Expo 58
4. Monkish Select Monk 1
5. St. Archer Wit

17. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Red Ale
2. Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
3. Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale
4. Smog City Amarilla Gorilla
5. Three Weavers Knotty Double IPA

18. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. North Coast Puck
2. Smog City Hoptonic IPA
3. Monkish St. Mosaic Belgian pale
4. The Bruery Mischief
5. Eagle Rock Solidarity mild

Upcoming Event:
Thursday,February 26 from 6PM – Three Weavers Night
Refresh with a cold beer at The Overland, the west side’s best kept craft beer secret.

We will be welcoming The Three Weavers for a tap takeover and food pairing event. Drop in anytime for a pint, a flight, complimentary glassware or one of our exclusively prepared dishes to compliment one of these 5 fantastic specially selected beers: Seafarer – kolsch • Overnight Bender – Chamomile infused Belgian tripel • Deep Roots – ESB • Stateside – session IPA • Southbounder – coffee stout

Call 310 559 9999 for reservations!

19. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Goose Island 2013 Bourbon County Barleywine
2. Reverend Nat’s D’Anjou Nelson
3. Firestone VXI Anniversary
4. Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye
5. Ninkasi Vanilla Otis

Upcoming Event:
Next Thursday, March 5, at 6pm – Russian River Brewery Night

On Tap! Consecration • Sanctification • Supplication • Temptation • Row 2 Hill 56 • Blind Pig • Pliny The Elder and…Pliny The Younger

Doors open early for United Nations of Beer Passport holders:
40 stamps or more: 15 minutes early
60 stamps or morel: 30 minutes early
80 stamps or more: 45 minutes early

Our beer passports are available at the bar. Patrons get a stamp for ordering a beer from the breweries listed inside the passport booklet.

20. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. El Segundo Mayberry IPA
2. Noble Sorachi Ace Showers Double IPA
3. MacLeod Barclay Perkins Stout
4. Green Flash Serrano Stout with Serrano Chiles
5. Stone Enjoy By 3.14.15

21. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bell’s Oberon
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
3. Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye
4. Bell’s Amber Ale
5. Bell’s Cherry Stout

Upcoming Event:
Come on by and sample these amazing brews from Michigan! Bell’s beer flights just $12 this weekend!

22. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, February 26 – Russian River Pliny the Younger Event
On Draft: Blind Pig • Pliny the Elder • Pliny the Younger • Sanctification • Supplication • Row 2 Hill 56 • Damnation


  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.