L.A. BEER BLAST

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

By Joshua Lurie | November 20, 2014 58 comments
L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

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.

SANTA ANA + COSTA MESA BEER SCENE

With the debuts of Cismontane Brewing, Barley Forge and The Good Beer Co., it’s almost as if the Santa Ana + Costa Mesa’s craft beer scene opened in an instant. Also, celebrate with Eagle Rock Brewery’s Jubilee and holiday variety packs.

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 Winter Vanilla Porter
2. Angel City Pomegranate Saison
3. Angel City Angeleno IPA
4. Angel City Marilyn Cream Ale
5. Angel City For the Sake of Ale

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, November 20 – For the Sake of Ale Launch Party at Japanese American Cultural Community Center (244 S. San Pedro, Los Angeles)

Angel City Brewery will be releasing a very limited edition saké-inspired ale, aptly named “For the Sake of Ale.” Inspired by the brewery’s neighbors in Little Tokyo, Angel City has combined their brewing expertise with traditional Japanese saké fermentation methods to create a unique flavor of beer. The rich, complex rice flavors from the saké balance naturally with the malted barley and hops. While huge floral notes blend with fruit flavors of pear and pineapple, then round out with a signature, dry finish. For the Sake of Ale weighs in at 9.2% ABV. More info and $5 Tasting Party Tickets

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Citraholic West Coast IPA
2. Baird Numazu lager
3. Beachwood Foam Top Cream ale
4. 3 Fonteinen Beersel lager
5. Beachwood Denver Jackhammer West Coast IPA

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, December 18 – Beachwood Eight DIPA Bottle Release
At Both Beachwood BBQ locations

8 marvelous hops for 8 marvelous years! In celebration of Beachwood BBQ’s 8th anniversary, we brewed this bodacious double IPA. An endlessly complex flavor and aroma profile comes from: Chinook, Warrior, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Equinox, Azacca, Belma, & Mosaic hops. $10 per bottle / 10% ABV.

3. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Oatmonster Oatmeal stout
2. Ballast Point Grunion Pale ale
3. Bayreuther Zwickl Kellerbier
4. Great Divide Peach Grand Cru
5. Firestone Walker 18th Anniversary blend

Upcoming Event:
Friday, November 28 – BLACK FRIDAY Goose Island Event
Goose Island will release this year’s lineup of Bourbon County beers and we’re thrilled to be participating. The event has been an annual tradition since 1992 and this year’s lineup is sure to impress: 2014 Bourbon County Stout, 2014 Bourbon County Coffee Stout, 2014 Bourbon County Barleywine, 2014 Bourbon County Vanilla Rye plus several more Goose Island beers and goose-inspired dishes to round out the event. 5pm. Seal Beach location only.

4. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Late Summer Sumac
2. Noble Aleworks Naughty Sauce
3. Almanac Golden Gate Gose
4. Craftsman Angelino Weisse
5. Double Mountain Falalala

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, November 26 – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Pre-Release

’13 Bourbon County Stout • ’14 Bourbon County Stout • ’14 Barleywine Bourbon County Stout
Matilda • Sophie • IPA • 312 Wheat • 312 Pale
Rambler red IPA • Honkers Ale • Muddy • Madam Rose

5. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City Grape Ape
2. Reverend Nat’s Halleluiah Hopricot
3. Double Mountain Fa La La La La
4. Craftsman Late Summer Sumac
5. Stone Bourbon Barrel Bastard

6. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Ursa Major
2. Stone Quadrtritiacle
3. Van Steenberge Tripel Van de Garre
4. Stone Enjoy By 12.05.14
5. Mother Earth Hop Diggity

Upcoming Event:
Sunday November 23 is Dogfish Head Night. We will pour 60 Minute, 90 Minute and 120 minute side by side,…by side. Plus Punkin Pumpkin Ale @ 7%, Kvasir Scottish Gruit @ 10%, and Indian Brown Ale, a well-hopped American Brown Ale @ 7.2%

7. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City Amarilla Gorilla
2. Houblon Chouffe
3. Knee Deep Hoparillo
4. Liefmans Cuvee Brut Cherry Ale
5. Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin

Upcoming Event:
It’s our Birthday! Join us on Saturday, November 22, to celebrate our 3rd Anniversary! We’ll be pouring some great beers, blowing out some candles, giving away a few presents and have some fun surprises planned for all! $2.00 Off All Drinks from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Are you crazy?

8. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Upcoming Event:
Join us Thursday night, November 20, at 7 pm for Modern Times Brewery Pint Night featuring Fortunate Hoppy Tropical Wheat, Blazing World Hoppy Dank Amber, Black House Coffee Oatmeal Stout, Aurora Red Rye IPA, Monster Park Imperial Stout & more.

9. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Noble Nelson Showers Double IPA
2. Golden Road Might as Well IPL
3. Three Weavers Hounslow Porter

Upcoming Event:
November 26, Eureka! Tasting Kitchen is starting off the holiday season with Steal The Glass on Wednesday night at 6pm.

10. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Upcoming Event:
Get ready for Progress! Progress Brewing that is! The South El Monte brewery will début their brews in Long Beach in 2 weeks on Wednesday, November 19! Come meet brewer and Bixby Knolls native Kevin Ogilby and try some great new brews.

11. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Prairie Birra
2. Noble Ale Works Big Whig IPA
3. El Segundo White Dog IPA
4. Double Mountain Black Irish Stout
5. Alpine Nelson (on deck)

12. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout
2. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
3. Golden Road Might as Well IPL
4. Golden Road Hudson Porter
5. Golden Road Hefeweizen

13. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab Belgian Breakfast Brown, Fall Seasonal
2. Stone Smoked Porter with orange and chocolate
3. Avery Jubilation Winter Ale
4. Figueroa Mountain Grendel Barrel Aged Stout
5. Enegren Kolsch

Upcoming Event:
The new Fall Menu is here! Come try our new Lobster Risotto or Miso Glazed Salmon, both pair great with one of our 32 beers on tap!

14. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Pareidolia (2014 Release, Black IPA)
2. Ladyface La Trappistine (Belgian Dark Strong Ale)
3. “Calabaza Valiente” Bravado (Pie-Spiced American Brown Ale w/ Bravo and El Dorado Hops)
4. Ladyface Hutash (Wet Hop Harvest Ale w/ Cascade Hops)
5. Cask- “Green Belly” (Blue-Belly Barleywine w/ Irish whiskey-soaked Oak Chips)

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, November 26 – Russian Lullaby Release.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout – ABV 11%
Bittersweet chocolate and roasted barley flavors and aromas explode off the top of this jet black ale with a rich brown head. No small baby batch, the 900 pound malt bill, balanced with 83 IBU of intense Northwest hops make this a full-bodied brew. You’ll want to have more than one, but be careful, it will rock your cradle. (Bronze Medal – 2012 California State Fair.)

Ladies At Ladyface Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate Monday, December 1, 6pm
Join us for another tasty episode of the The Ladyface Women’s Fermentables & Comestibles Education & Tippling Society. Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer will be the invited guest presenter, leading the group through a paired tasting of uber flavorful Ladyface beers, yummy Dagoba Organic Chocolate, and Cypress Grove Cheeses . $20/pp.

15. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Speakeasy Accomplice
2. New Belgium Lips of Faith Salted Caramel stout
3. Logsdon Oak aged Bretta
4. Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
5. Lucifer Golden ale

16. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bottle Logic Tattered Prince Saison
2. Telegraph Handlebar Belgian Dubbel with Coffee
3. The Bruery/Smog City Atomic Kangarue
4. Ballast Point Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Porter
5. Bravery Valides Session IPA

17. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Bruery – Autumn Maple THANKSGIVING SPECIAL ALL WEEK!!!
$5 for 12oz $7 for a pint if you dare…..

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. 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:

• Beach House Amber paired with chanterelle mushroom risotto
• 24th Street Pale Ale paired with grilled spiced pork chop with braised leeks
• Atticus IPA paired with Thai chili scallops
• White Sands Imperial IPA paired with Prawn, orange and grapefruit salad
• Batch 100 Export Stout paired with an olde English sticky toffee pudding

18. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Upcoming Event:

Wednesday, November 26 at 6PM – Goose Island Tap Takeover at The Surly Goat
An embarrassment or rare riches await you as we welcome Chicago’s finest to the Goat. Many of these kegs are super rare and some are the greatest examples of Barrel Aging we’ve ever come across. It doesn’t get much better than this folks. Walk, Run, Crawl or Cab on over, we’re bringing out the big guns! Facebook Event Link

Tap List:
2014 Bourbon County Vanilla • 2014 Bourbon County Coffee • 2013 Bourbon County Stout
2014 Bourbon County Stout • 2013 Bourbon County Barleywine • 2014 Bourbon County Barleywine
The Muddy Imperial Stout • Madame Rose Flanders Oud Bruin • Class of ’88 Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Rambler IPA • The Illinois Double IPA • Matilda Lambicus • Festivity Brown Ale
Père Jacques Dubbel • Matilda Belgian Strong Pale Ale • Sofie Saison • IPA
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Bottles: 2013 Bourbon County Backyard Rye with Berries

19. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Alpine Nelson IPA
2. Smog City Hoptonic IPAD
3. Cismontane Smokin’ Santiago
4. Stone Lukcy Bastard
5. Stone Enjoy By 12.26.14 IPA

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.

We 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. More info at .

20. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Modern Times Blazing World
2. Wolf Creek Little Red Ryeding Hood
3. Stone Enjoy By 12.05.14
4. Golden Road 329 Lager
5. Drakes Jolly Rodger Imperial Coffee Stout

Upcoming Event:
Please check out our new and improved website.

21. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Alpine Hoppy Birthday IPA
2. Stone Enjoy by 12.5.14 IPA
3. Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin
4. Russian River Perdition
5. Dilewyns Vicaris Tripel gueuze

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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