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

By Joshua Lurie | August 27, 2015 63 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.

End of Summer Craft Beer Shopping List

Forgo pumpkin beers for another month. Instead check out this craft beer shopping list of Overlooked Classics and New and Weird beers. Plus, learn about a Beer (Not) to Buy and a new Ladyface bottling.

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. Smuttynose Old Brown Dog
2. Knee Deep Aviator Series 6.5
3. Sudwerk Farmer’s Market Citrus Gose
4. Victory Prima Pils

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

2. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Srirachelada
2. Angel City West Coast Wheat
3. Angel City Amber Ale
4. Angel City Social IPA
5. Angel City Angel City IPA

3. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Citraholic IPA
2. Moonlight Reality Czech
3. Beachwood Table Saaz Biere de Table
4. Cellarmaker Underneath the Pine
5. Beachwood Hop Ninja Double IPA

Upcoming Event:
Get out the antacids and get ready for the biennial return of ‪SourFest‬ ‪#TheUltimateAcidTrip‬ – October 6-11. We’ll be tapping more than 100 kegs of ‪‎Sour Beer‬ and featuring 5 special Brewers Nights, including Allagash Brewing Company Avery Brewing Company Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and more! Both locations. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

4. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Breckenridge Agave Wheat
2. Hop Concept – Lemon & Grassy
3. Boulevard Saison Brett
4. Cisco Tripel
5. Beachwood James Brown

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, August 27th 6:00PM – NOBLE ALE WORKS TAP TAKEOVER
Join us in Seal Beach as we host Noble Ale Works for a tap takeover featuring world-class IPAs, a Naughty Sauce variant (TBD), a special cask and more. Plus, Chef Jameson will have some special menu items.
Taplist so far:
‪Citra Showers‬ DIPA • ALS DIPA • I Love It‬ IPA • Baby GaGa‬ Session IPA • Spicy Pepper Beer (TBD) • Naughty Sauce‬ Variant (TBD) • Man’s Milk‬ Milk Stout • The Londoner‬ Brown Porter on cask • Shandyland‬ • Pilsnear‬ Pre-Prohibition Lager • We Saved Latin‬ Brett Saison – collaboration w/ Monkish Brewing Co. (Bottle Pour)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

5. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Hop Ninja
2. The Bruery Autumn Maple
3. Ommegang Triskel Hennepin
4. Three Weavers Blood Junkie
5. Smog City Amarilla Gorilla

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, September 16th – One Night Stand with Monkish Brewing

6. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weavers/ Arts District Brewing Even Sassier Double Rye IPA
2. Avery Tectum Et Elix
3. The Bruery Tart of Darkness
4. Firestone Anniversary XVI
5. Lagunitas CitruSinesis Pale Ale

7. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. King Harbor Abel Brown
2. Great Divide Hercules
3. El Segundo Mosaic Blue House
4. Kinetic Potential Blonde
5. Oskar Blues Pinner

Upcoming Event:
Happy Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3pm-7pm, Friday 12pm-7pm and ALL DAY Sunday and Monday. Don’t forget about Tuesday Night Burgers, all burgers are discounted $3 from 3pm to 10pm. Also, dont foget about Happy Tuesday, that magical hour (6pm-7pm) when Happy Hour and Tuesday Night Burgers cross paths!!

8. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Pliny The Elder
2. Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest
3. Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
4. Saint Archer White Ale
5. on Cask Stone Pale Ale 2.0 w/Juniper, Rose Hips & Vanilla Bean

9. The Doughroom (Los Angeles)

Beers of the Week:
1. Speakeasy Baby Daddy Session IPA
2. Telegraph Reserve Wheat
3. Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
4. Allagash Midnight Brett
5. Smog City Little Bo Pils

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, September 16th – Join us for our next BEERS & CHEERS event featuring MONKISH BREWING

10. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ballast Point Calm Before the Storm
2. Ommegang Rare Vos
3. Stone Woot Stout 3.0
4. Lagunitas Citrusinensis Pale ale
5. Smog City LA Saison

11. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck
2. Monkish Shadowboxing Dubbel
3. Almanac Paris of the West Quad
4. Ballast Point Calico Amber
5. Cismontane Whiting’s Wit

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, September 1st 5pm – The Factory Gastrobar will host a visit from Costa Mesa’s hot new brewery, Barley Forge
! Founders Greg Nylen and MaryAnn Frericks, as well as brewer Kevin Buckley ( a longtime Factory friend) will be in the house with loads of glassware and freshly released One Louder Double IPA!!!

Barley Forge will also debut their Dog Days Oktoberfest, outside of the tasting room for the first time, and bring a special treat-Tart Cherry Black Dahlia Belgian Dark Strong!! God’s Way Love IPL, Grandpa Tractor Dortmunder Lager, The Orange Curtain IPA and other great brews will also pour!

12. Federal Bar (North Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
2. Drake’s Aroma Prieta
3. Gigantic Snakebite
4. Sierra Nevada Witbier w/ Grapefruit
5. Deschutes Twilight

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday September 8th at 6pm – Oskar Blues Brewery Night.

Draft Lineup includes: Mamas Little Yella Pils, Dales Pale Ale, Deviant Dales, G’knight, G’knight Nitro, Goofer Dust, Pinner Session IPA, Death by Coconut, ’13 Ten Fidy, Old Chub Nitro, Barrel-Aged Old Chub (Ridgemont Reserve)

Also we’ll be making Beer Can Chicken with the newly released Oskar Blues IPA!

13. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Noble Ale Works Citra Showers
2. Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
3. Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA
4. Three Weav3rs Expatriate IPA
5. Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Upcoming Event:
Pool Bar now open Wednesday through Sunday 12pm-6:30pm w/ $5 draft beers, including Ballast Point Point Victory at Sea

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. Stained Glass Black Saison brewed w/ spices
2. Vallis Aurea – Barrel fermented w/ Brett yeast, aged 24 mos.
3. Chesebro IPA
4. Ladyface Red Rye
5. Cask: Chai Me Up – Blind Ambition infused w/ Chai tea

15. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Cali-Belgique
2. Ballast Point Homework #5 Belgian Pale
3. Petrus Oude Bruin
4. North Coast Brother Thelonius
5. Bavik C’est La Vie

16. Maximiliano (Highland Park)

Beers of the Week:
1 .Craftsman Cassia Summer Ale
2. Craftsman Smoked Black Lager
3. Craftsman Summer Sumac
4. Craftsman Maximiliano House Beer
5. Craftsman Sour Saison (On Deck)

Upcoming Event:
Every Monday & Tuesday is Flight Night. Enjoy 5-4oz pours of Craftsman Brew for $12!
Pair it with some pizza and start your week out right.

17. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Wheat Ale
2. Sudwerk Northern Pilsner
3. Kinetic Ignition Pale Ale
4. Knee Deep Breaking Bud IPA
5. Sierra Nevada Harvest IPA

18. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City Little Bo Pils
2. Ninkasi IPA Sandwich w/Rye and Caraway seeds
3. Allagash Black
4. Craftsman Heavenly Hefe
5. Highland Park Beer Spaceship (On Deck)

19. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Port Summer Pale Ale
2. El Segundo Vanilla Hyperion’s Stout
3. Strand Atticus IPA
4. Tahoe Mountain Hot Pants
5. New Belgium Hop Tart (On Deck)

20. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, August 27th – Tap Take-Over with Boomtown Brewery
Tap list to include:
Ingenue Belgian White Ale • Submission Belgian Ale • Nose Job IPA • Magic Napper Scottish Style Ale
Early Happy Hour is 4-7pm, dine-in only, no substitutions, no discounts.
$5 menu – $5 draught beer – Half priced wine!

Late happy hour is 9pm-closing: $5 draught beer and half priced wine! (NO $5 menu)

21. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Oskar Blues Vienna Lager (Beerito)
2. Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 3.0
3. Anchor Meyer Lemon Lager
4. The Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
5. Lagunitas Pale Ale w/ Motueka (cask)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, August 27th, 7:00PM – Deschutes Takes Over!
Deschutes drops in with an award-winning lineup of their adventurous brews! Tap into IRA India Red Ale, The Stoic BA Quad, Abyss ’14 BA Imperial Stout, Pinedrops IPA, Foray Belgian IPA with Mosaic & Galaxy hops, Mirror Mirror Barleywine, and Obsidian Stout on nitro! Doors open at 6:00PM. Get here early for choice parking and seating.

22. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA
2. Golden Road Wolf Pup Session IPA
3. Boomtown Nose Job IPA
4. MacLeod The King’s Taxes Scotch 60 Shilling
5. Monkish Shadow Boxing Dubbel

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, September 1st 6pm-10pm – Saint Archer Brewery
A SoCal favorite takes over Burbank! Your favorite flagships and specialties too!

23. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Drakes Aroma Coma
2. Saint Archer Mosaic DIPA
3. Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti
4. Golden Road Citra Bend
5. Stone Thunderstruck Anniversary IPA

Upcoming Event:
Check out Chef Jays jerk chicken and other new menu items!

24. Vertical Wine Bistro (Pasadena)

Beers of the Week:
1.Avery White Rascal Witbier
2. Eagle Rock Solidarity Black Mild
3. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
4. Saint Archer Blonde Ale Kolsch
5. Stone Brewing Mutt Brown American Brown Ale

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, September 1st – Grilled Cheese night + tap takeover from Hangar 24.
Five beers on tap, paired with five amazing grilled cheeses from chef Laurent Quenioux.


  1. Michael Coletta says:

    Hi Joshua, I’ve been following L.A. Beer Blast for a little while now and would love to be apart of a upcoming edition. We here at Slater’s 50/50 Pasadena love beer and boost one of the largest collections of L.A. County brews. Keep up the good work.

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  3. Tom says:

    Greetings, I totally enjoy following you, but I have to ask why you never have any of the locations in the Southbay listed? Select BeeStore, Rock and Brews, Hots Tacos, The Abigale or any of the great Breweries located in the area like smog city or monkish.

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  7. 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.

  8. 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! :)

  9. Adam says:

    I don’t see Mediterraneo on this list. They can stack up to any of these places I believe.

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  11. 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?

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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….

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  19. 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!



  20. 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.

  21. Jay says:

    This looks Awesome #Beerblast

  22. Chris g. says:

    beer week was awesome! now time for #bamfest

  23. Joseph says:

    What happened to the beer blast e-mail

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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

  27. 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….

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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!

  35. ruben says:

    welcome back…missed my beer blast the past few weeks. hope all is well.


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