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

By Joshua Lurie | November 25, 2015 67 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.

Long Craft Beer Weekend in Temecula

San Diego may get all the ink and L.A. gets our local love but there are other thriving craft communities out there to check out. One of them is Temecula. Also celebrate Three Weavers’ first anniversary and enjoy Kegs & Eggs at The Oinkster Hollywood.

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. 38 Degrees (Alhambra)

Beers of the Week:
1.The Bruery Oude Tart
2. Eagle Rock Umlaut
3. Ironfire Judge, Jury & Executioner IIIPA
4. Russian River Pliny The Elder
5. Prairie Artisan Bomb!

2. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Double IPA
2. Angel City White Nite
3. Angel City Amber
4. Angel City IPA
5. Angel City

Upcoming Event:
Turkey week hours:
Wednesday: 2pm-Midnight
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Noon-Midnight

3. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Street 3, Block 2 Hoppy American Pale Ale
2. Cellarmaker The Glow Pale Ale
3. Beachwood Clear & Present Manger Imperial Pumpkin Beer
4. Sierra Nevada Hellraiser Chocolate Chili Imperial Stout
5. Beachwood Greenshift Double IPA

Upcoming Event:
Both Beachwood locations will be closed on Thursday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

4. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Brews Dickenson English Pale Ale
2. AleSmith 394 Pale Ale
3. Beachwood Hop Nino IPA
4. Craftsman Heavenly Hefe
5. Beachwood Onyx Imperial Stout

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, December 17 – Sunday, December 20 – Beachwood BBQ 9th Anniversary
We’ll be celebrating our 9th anniversary in Seal Beach. To mark this milestone, Chef Jameson is paying tribute to barbecue from around the world: Thursday (12/17) American regional barbecue styles; Friday (12/18) showcases African and South American cuisines; and Saturday (12/19) will feature Asian dishes.

Cellarmaster Shawn will be pouring vintage beers from the Beachwood Brewing archive plus others from our extensive cellar. Expect lots of other sudsy treats as well, including our anniversary beer, Beachwood 9.

Beachwood 9 Double IPA Release ($10/22oz btl) Lucky number nine! To celebrate 9 spectacular years, we brewed this colossal double IPA with 9 special hops: Citra, Centennial, Chinook, Mosaic, Equinox, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Warrior, & Comet. Available at both locations on Thursday, December 17, 11:30am.

5. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weavers Amburana Porter
2. Stone/4 Hands/Bale Breaker Sorry Not Sorry
3. Boulevard Snow & Tell
4. The Bruery Jardinier
5. El Segundo Mayberry IPA

Upcoming Event:
Beer Belly will be closed Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving

6. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon
2. Stone Xocoveza
3. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Maron
4. Russian River Pliny the Elder
5. King Harbor Post Season

7. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cismontane 5th Anniversary Saison
2. Cismontane Cali IPA
3. Cismontane Smokin’ Santiago
4. Cismontane Black’s Nocturne
5. Stone Xocoveza

Upcoming Event:
Sunday December 6th is our 6th Annual Christmas Brunch with The Bruery.  We will feature The Bruery beers such  Chocolate Rain, Melange #3, 6 Geese-A-Laying Barrel Aged.  We will also feature Bruery Terreux beers like Confession, Cinnamonk and Oude Tart.  Chef Tony has an all new menu this year, stay tuned.  Brunch goes from 10am to 2pm with last call at 3pm.  No tickets or reservations required.

8. The Doughroom (Los Angeles)

Beers of the Week:

1. Three Weavers Amburana
2. The Bruery Autumn Maple
3. Gigantic Pipewrench IPA
4. Boulevard Hibiscus Gose
5. Beachwood BBQ Street 3 Block 2

Upcoming Event:
Saturday December 5, 2015 – The Doughroom presents San Diego Appreciation Day
Join us at The Doughroom as we have our annual holiday bash on Saturday, December 5, from 12-4pm. This year we will feature San Diego breweries that are guaranteed to impress. We will be featuring beers from Toolbox Brewing, Rip Current Brewing, 32 North Brewing, Kilowatt Brewing, Modern Times Brewing, Pizza Port Brewing, and more. Your $30 general admission ($40 for VIP) will include tastings from each brewery as well as a pizza on us – Tickets available on Eventbrite.com.

TAP list includes:
Rip Current Brewing Break Line Traditional Bock • Rip Current Brewing Take Off Tripel • Toolbox Brewing PURPLE DRINK •
Kilowatt Brewing Hoptastic Voyage with Equinox •32 North Brewing Landfall w/ Black Cherries Berliner Weisse • 32 North Brewing  Fly By Night Milk Stout • Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado • Ballast Point Homework Series #6 Batch 3 • Pizza Port Lightweight Sour • Pizza Port Scrooged Holiday Ale • Council Beatitude Apricot • Council Beatitude Dry Hopped Mosaic •
Modern Times TBD

9. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Deschutes Pine Drops IPA
2. Hangar 24 Gourdgeous
3. Avery Raja Imperial IPA
4. Almanac Saison De Brettaville
5. Absolution AD/JD

Upcoming Event:
Next Wednesday, December 2, at 6pm, our “Steal the Glass” is going to be Epic Brewing with their Big Bad Baptist Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Rated 100/100 on RateBeer.com and 95/100 on BeerAdvocate.com

10. Federal Bar (North Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Noble Happy Danksgiving
2. MacLeod Jackie Tar
3. New Belgium Cascara Quad

Upcoming Event:
Friday, November 27, at 6pm – Bourbon County Night on Black Friday

The Lineup: 2014 Bourbon County Vanilla Rye • 2015 Bourbon County Stout • 2014 Bourbon County Stout • 2013 Bourbon County Stout • Lolita • Matilda • Sophie • IPA • 312 Urban Wheat • 312 Pale Ale • Honkers • Winter Ale.

11. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. El Segundo Mayberry IPA
2. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
3. AleSmith Double Red IPA
4. Smog City Weird Beer
5. Noble Ale Works Nose Candy (on deck)

Upcoming Event:
Brewster’s Blitz Menu
Every Monday, Thursday, and Sunday during NFL games:

Discounted appetizer specials and discounted beer

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

12. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cask of the week: Breakfast of Champions (Russian Lullaby with bacon and maple)
2. Ladyface Picture City Porter
3. Ladyface Stained Glass Black Saison
4. Ladyface Trois Filles Tripel
5. Ladyface Ferienbier

Upcoming Event:
Ladyface is closed for Thanksgiving, please let your growlers filled today!

13. Library Alehouse (Santa Monica)

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday December 2, 6pm – NINETEEN and TWENTY

Library Alehouse is turning TWENTY and we decided to celebrate Firestone Walker’s NINETEENTH anniversary along with our own. We will have David Walker himself in the house along with an epic tap list of barrel-aged Firestone Walker beer and an Alehouse Cellar Charity Raffle.

TAP LIST: XIX Anniversary • XVIII Anniversary • Walker’s Cuvee • Sour Opal • Bretta Weisse • Agrestic • Velvet Merkin • Sucaba • Parabola • Stickee Monkee • Helldorado • Union Jack • DBA • Pivo Pils

• Two Cans of Non-Perishable Food = One Raffle Ticket
• Limit 5 Tickets per Customer
• Raffle Tickets Available Starting at 11:30AM Day of Event
• Must be Present to Win
• Drawings on the Half Hour from 7-11PM
• All Prizes are Bottles of Rare Vintage Beer (TBA)

Grab an Uber/Lyft/Cab/Bus/Helicopter and we’ll see you at the Alehouse!

14. Maximiliano (Highland Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Acorn Saison
2. Craftsman Fall Back Ale
3. Craftsman Mesa Verde
4. Craftsman Maximiliano House beer
5. Craftsman Triple White Sage (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.

15. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weavers Kill the Lights Dark lager
2. Bagby Beer Co. Back Garden English Bitter
3. Telegraph Flotsam American Pale Lager
4. Firestone Walker Pivo Pils
5. MacLeod Ales Nutty Broon on Nitro

16. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. 21st Amendment El Sully
2. Sierra Nevada Celebration
3. Artifex No Name IPA (on Deck)
4. Ommegang Lovely, Dark and Deep
5. Figueroa Mountain Munich Dunkel

17. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Avery Raspberry Sour
2. Craftsman El Prieto
3. Artifex Hoppy Colada
4. El Segundo Hammerland DIPA
5. The Bruery Humulus Terreux

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday Beer Flight Night 3pm-10pm
Three – 8oz pours for $13

18. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, December 10 – Mission Brewing Tap-Takeover

Taplist includes Holiday Ale • Cortez Belgian Style Blonde • Shipwrecked Double IPA • Carrack Imperial Red

Have the Overland pair your beer with their menu.

19. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City Grape Ape IPA
2. Mumford Boyd Street IPA
3. Cismontane Hop Dumpster Double IPA
4. Enegren Lunch Pale XPA
5. Bravery Pumpkin Apple Pie Belgian Dubbel

20. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Milk Stout
2. Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti
3. Ska Mole Stout
4. King Harbor Storms a Brewin Porter
5. Three Weavers Kill the Lights Black Lager

Upcoming Event:
Celebrate ‘Black Friday’ all weekend long with $5 “black” beers (stouts & porters included)!


  1. I love this time of year! So many different blends. Thanks for the map!

  2. Julie says:

    Just wanted to let you and your readers know about PubQuest (www.pubquest.com) – an interactive map to find every craft brewery location in LA (and the entire U.S. and Canada. Cheers!

  3. 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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  5. 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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  9. 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.

  10. 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! :)

  11. 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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  13. 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?

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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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  21. 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!



  22. 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.

  23. Jay says:

    This looks Awesome #Beerblast

  24. Chris g. says:

    beer week was awesome! now time for #bamfest

  25. Joseph says:

    What happened to the beer blast e-mail

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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

  29. 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….

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. ruben says:

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


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