Movies and TV are generally not filmed “in” Hollywood, and unfortunately, nothing is “brewed” in this famous neighborhood either. And like movies and TV, you have to wade through quite a few mass-marketed, four-quadrant, ad-driven products to find the real thing. But once you do, there is a Variety of destinations for a Hollywood (Beer) Reporter.
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Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Establishments also appear in alphabetical order instead of in order of preference.
1. Berlin Currywurst [CLOSED]
Brush up on your German language skills when you enter Lena and Hardeep Manak’s sausage joint, which has an East German look. German beers are the dominant choice but you can also find a local or two on tap as well as some Belgians to go with your meal. Then head out to the patio and relax in the garden atmosphere.
Brian Lenzo’s bar is the standard bearer for the area’s craft beer scene. One reason may be that you can see their tap list in real time on their website. Another is that said tap list sprawls all over the style map where you can find something for everyone from the “new to craft beer” to the seasoned veteran.
3. The Cat & Fiddle [CLOSED: Visit New Location]
This classic haunt on Sunset is past 30 years in a town with short memories. Go through the gates and courtyard to experience the British pub feel of the bar inside. The Cat may not be crafty in the current definition of the word, but it’s fun and has atmosphere that other places in town lack.
Pizza and craft beer. To me, a match made in heaven, and if you are craving a hit of NYC then check out owner George Abou-Daoud’s pie names and find a craft beer to match with them. They have 20 taps so you are bound to find a beer to match whatever pizza you desire. Just look for Delancey written in neon on the building.
5. District 13 [CLOSED]
District 13 is located in the same mini-mall as Stout, occupying the corner. Look for the purposeful graffiti and art on the wall. They also have an eclectic list. One night featured $4 drafts ranging from Holy Jim Falls XPA to Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Oatmeal Stout.