L.A. BEER BLAST

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

By Joshua Lurie | April 23, 2015 58 comments
L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

Craft Beer
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.

NEW L.A. CRAFT BEER TO GO

It is common for breweries to start out just kegging their beer, but as they grow and expand, you start to see tentative steps into canning and bottling. Learn about five L.A. efforts, a Three Eyed Raven and spotting old beers.

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. Allagash White
2. Ska Brewing HIbernal Vinifera Stout
3. Stone Delicious IPA
4. Sudwerk Pilnser

Upcoming Event:
It’s Thursday Tamale Happy Hour, from Tamales Alberto! 6-8pm

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood El Verano Belgian Style Saison
2. Three Weavers Hounslow Porter
3. Beachwood Kilgore American Stout
4. De Struise Westoek XX Belgian Strong Ale
5. Beachwood Hef Leppard Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, April 28 – Udder Love Milk Stout and Melrose IPA Bottle Release
April 28 will see the rare double bottle release from Beachwood as we welcome back the multi-medal-winning Udder Love Milk Stout and the ever-popular Melrose IPA. Bottles and draft available at 11:30AM at both locations. $8 / 22oz. bottle. Cheers!

3. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Unwritten Law Witbier
2. El Segundo Black IPA
3. Green Flash Other World Irish Red
4. Oskar Blues GUBNA DIPA
5. Beachwood Onyx Imperial Stout

Upcoming Event:
Friday, April 24 – Firestone Walker Tap Takeover
Join us as we welcome our good friends from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. back to Seal Beach with 8 beer on tap, including seasonal, specialty and Barrelworks beers. Tap list to follow.

4. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Sour Saison
2. Firestone Walker Parabola
3. Almanac Golden Gate Gose
4. Logsdon Seizoen
5. Stone Mutt Brown Ale

5. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Upcoming Event:
This Saturday, April 25, Blue Palms Brewhouse is pulling out all the stops for our Full Tap Takeover with Coronado Brewing Company!

Taplist will include Port Barrel Aged Jurata Baltic Porter • Berry the Hatchet Wheat Beer with boysenberries, blackberries & blueberries • Second Chance Sour Berliner Weisse • Stingray Point IPA • Slightly Stupid Black Mild Ale • AND MORE!

6. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bootlegger’s Galaxian
2. Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
3. Almanac Golden Gate Gose
4. Craftsman Second Floor
5. Noble Ale Works Citra Showers

7. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. New Belgium Lips of Faith – La Folie
2. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
3. Lagunitas Olde Gnarlywine
4. 2015 Stone IRS
5. 2015 Stone Chai Spiced IRS

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday April 29 – Port/Lost Abbey Tap Takeover! Check out our website for beers we’ll be pouring! http://www.crazyharrysbar.com

8. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Elysian Space Dust IP
2. Lagunitas Waldo Special Ale
3. Pure Order Crooked Neck Heffeweiss
4. The Dudes Grandma’s Pecan Brown Ale
5. Mother Earth Boo Koo IPA

9. The Doughroom (Los Angeles)

Beers of the Week:
1. Tahoe Mountain Gose Rustica
2. Figueroa Mountain Davy Brown Ale
3. El Segundo Hammerland DIPA
4. TAPS Hefe
5. Ommegang “Game of Thrones” Three-eyed Raven Dark Saison

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, May 13 @ 5 PM – Set your calendar for Ballast Point Brewing at The Doughroom. Food specials, rare/limited released beers, and live music.

10. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. King Harbor Sh!ft
2. Alesmith IPA
3. Abita Strawberry Harvest
4. Modern Times Blackhouse with Coconut and Cocoa Nibs
5. Firestone Easy Jack

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, April 29, 6pm – Steal the Glass with Abita Brewing of New Orleans! Come taste their Wrought Iron IPA.

11. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Karl Strauss Big Barrel 2xIPA
2. Mammoth Brewing Epic IPA
3. Barley Forge Goesting! Belgian Amber
4. Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
5. Sudwerk Cascaderade IPL

12. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bruery Tart of Darkness 2014
2. Three Weav3rs Bohemian Bao Bao IPA
3. Pizza Port Ponto SIPA
4. Saint Archer Coffee Cream Porter (nitro)
5. El Segundo Hammerland

Upcoming Event:
Happy Hour Daily 4pm-7pm
$2 off all draft beer
$5 well drinks, $5 house wine
$2 off bottled/canned hoppy beers

13. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Derailleur Bière de Garde
2. Ladyface Conejo Lager – silver medal, 2015 Los Angeles International Beer Competition category 35 German Style Marzën
3. Ladyface Verückt Weizen – Bronze medal, 2015 Los Angeles International Beer Competition category 23 Wood and Barrel Aged Sour
4. Ladyface Ladyface IPA – silver medal, 2015 Los Angeles International Beer Competition category 47 English style IPA
5. Ladyface Cask of the Week: Hazed and Confused (Russian Lullaby with Hazelnut)

14. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Damnation
2. Lost Abbey Avant Garde
3. Societe The Debutante
4. McChouffe
5. Societe The Widow

Upcoming Event:
We are partnering with Cheers to Trees a non profit organization that successfully plants over 20,000 trees in Los Angeles every year. We will be featuring Our signature cocktail “the Naturalist” and 10% of the profits will go towards planting trees in Los Angeles. This started on April 10 and lasts two weeks.

15. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Darts Away Double IPA
2. Three Weavers Unite Red Ale
3. Alesmith Anvil ESB
4. Kinetic Velocity Double Stout
5. King Harbor IPA

16. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. Noble Ale Works Irisher
2. Knee Deep Exp.727 IPA
3. MacLeod Ale Nutty Broon
4. Eagle Rock Ginger Saison
5. Hess/Green Flash Unite Red (On Deck)

17. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Alesmith Robust Porter
2. Craftsman Poppyfields
3. Hess City Park Strong Ale
4. Boulevard Tank 7
5. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

18. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Bruery Jardinier
2. Golden Road Hefeweizen
3. Three Weavers Seafarer Kolsch
4. Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit
5. Smog City Sabre Tooth Squirrel

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, April 30 – Tap Takeover at The Overland with Ninkasi Brewing Company
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. Societe The Bellowsman
2. Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale
3. Boulevard Smokestack Series Chocolate Ale
4. Firestone Walker 2014 Velvet Merkin
5. Russian River Pliny the Elder
Upcoming Event:

Thursday, April 23, 7 PM – Ballast Point Rare Takeover!

Ballast point drops off a nitrogenized version of their widely-loved IPA here first, for your tasting pleasure! The NITRO Grapefruit Sculpin won’t be alone: Longfin Lager • Grunion Pale Ale • Indra Kunindra Stout • Grapefruit Sculpin IPA • Three Sheets Rum BA Calico Amber Ale • a rare BA Tounge Buckler • and a very special BA Bread Pudding edition of Victory at Sea, are all invited!

20. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road 2020 IPA
2. Cismontane Citizen Steam beer
3. Beach City Hang 10 IPA
4. El Segundo hammerland Double IPA
5. Barrelhouse Templeton Kolsch

21. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ale Industries Cherry Kush
2. Ninkasi Tricerahops
3. Tap It Amarillo IPA
4. Stone Imperial Mutt Brown
5. Figueroa Mountain Hoppy Poppy IPA

Upcoming Event:
Stop in for a beer flight and take a photo with it, tag us @tuningforkla and post on social media with #ForkFlight for a chance to win a free beer flight! Winner will be drawn every Thursday.

22. Vertical Wine Bistro (Pasadena)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weavers Brewing Bohemian Bao Bao.
2. Three Weavers Brewing Overnight Bender Belgian-style Tripel
3. Three Weavers Brewing Seafarer Kölsch
4..Three Weavers Brewing Stateside Session IPA
5. Three Weavers Brewing Deep Roots ESB

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday April 28, a month-long tap takeover from Three Weavers Brewing Co. Launching a series of monthly local brewery tap takeovers, and also launching weekly Grilled cheese Tuesday, with 5 amazing grilled cheeses from chef Laurent Quenioux.

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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