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

By Joshua Lurie | April 27, 2017 73 comments
L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

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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.

Lagunitas Temp Taproom, Kalifornia Kolsch + Way Beer in SoCal

Lagunitas Azusa has opened a pop-up taproom. Another Bay Area brewery, Magnolia, is sending canned Kali Kolsch our way. Way Beer from Brazil comes to Southland Beer.

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 Rauchbier
2. Angel City Black Day Dry Stout
3. Angel City Marilyn Blonde
4. Angel City Berliner Weisse
5. Angel City LAger

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, May 6 + Sunday, May 7 – Heritage Music & Arts Festival

Featuring live music, great food and live art, as well as a beer garden in the triangle lot next to Angel City.

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Freak Mode Double IPA
2. Beachwood Cool WIPA White IPA
3. Beachwood Hops of Brixton British Style ESB
4. Beachwood Eyes Wide Open Coffee IPA
5. Beachwood Uno Belgian Single Ale

3. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Faction Java World Nitro Coffee Stout
2. Monkey Paw Lab Monkey Simcoe IPA
3. Chapman Crafted Citra Calling IPA
4. Pure Project Evangeline
5. Noble Ale Works Mosaic Showers Double IPA

4. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weavers Cashmere IPA
2. Beachwood Citraholic: Super Citrus
3. Kern River River Buddy
4. Eagle Rock Ginger Saison
5. Almanac Passion Project

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, May 3, 5pm – The Good Beer Company at Beer Belly Koreatown

Beer Belly Koreatown will be hosting The Good Beer Company and featuring four of their Barrel Aged Fruit Sours and more! More info at beerbellyla.com

5. Beer Belly (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman 3rd Flor
2. Noble Ale Works Mosaic Showers
3. Cascade Vlad The Impaler
4. Garage Project Hops On Pointe
5. El Segundo Hop Plunge

6. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Pen & Ink Russian Imperial Stout
2. Phantom Carriage Potage #1 Oat Saison
3. Artifex Bog Trotter Irish Red Ale
4. Transplants Sumnug
5. Avery Raspberry Sour

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, May 3 – B. Nektar Mini Tap Takeover

We’re hosting our friends from B. Nektar for a mini tap takeover, featuring 4 of our favorite meads and ciders! Whether you’re already a fan of meads, or unfamiliar with the style, this is a great chance to try some back-to-back.

Thursday, May 4 – Wing Night with Saint Archer!

Join us for an extra special Wing Night, featuring specialty releases from Saint Archer and Tusk & grain, as well as a suggested Wing Sauce pairings!

7. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Noble Ale Works Sailor Mom Double IPA
2. Modern Times Devil’s Teeth with Coffee
3. Rodenbach Grand Cru
4. Ohana Black Coral Stout
5. Craftsman Cabernale 2013

8. Dog Haus Biergarten (Pasadena)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lagunitas The Waldo’s Special Ale
2. Coronado Conquista IPA
3. Wolf Creek Howling Hefe
4. Modern Times Fortunate Islands Wheat Pale Ale
5. Flat Tail DAM Wild: Hops and Verbena

Upcoming Event:
Cinco De Mayo!
$6 Haus Margaritas
$10 for a shot of tequila and El Sully Mexican style craft lager
$5.99 El Mariachi Dog – smoked bacon-wrapped dog, grilled onions, jalapenos, pickled peppers, and white American cheese.

9. Harlowe’s French Dip (Pasadena)

Beers of the Week:
1. Eagle Rock Solidarity
2. The Bruery Hoppy Obligations
3. Craftsman 1903 Lager
4. Artifex Fake Brews
5. Mumford Brewing School for Ants

Upcoming Event:
Happy Hour Monday through Saturday 2pm-6pm and ALL DAY Sunday. $2 off all taps, selected wines by the glass and all Bar Bites.

10. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyfacce Chesebro IPA
2. Ladyface Weizenbock
3. Ladyface Flamberge Flemish Red
4. Cask: The Brewer’s Garden – Brett Blossom Biere de Mars with Mugwort, Sage & Yarrow
5. Stone Dayslayer IPL

11. Paper or Plastik Cafe (Pico)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bitter Brothers Golden Child Hefeweizen
2. Modern Times Lomaland Saison
3. The Lost Abbey Devotion Belgian Pale Ale
4. Stone Jindia Imperial IPA
5. Mission Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout

Upcoming Event:
Daily Happy Hour (4-7:30pm) all bottled and canned beers are $4.
Just added 5 draught beers to our selection! Try a 3 tap sampler for $7 or just $5 with food purchase. As always, our happy hour goes from 4-8pm daily with $4 local craft beers

12. Southland Beer (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Phantom Carriage – Leapwood French Saison – DRAFT
2. Logsdon Farmhouse Ales – Wilde Appel Cider – DRAFT
3. Brouwerij West – Barrel Aged Tripel – DRAFT
4. Cascade Brewing – Apricot Sour – BOTTLE
5. Bottle Logic – Hostile Intent – CANS

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, April 27 – Way Beer (Brazil) Flight Night. Way Beer is known for incorporating South American fruits and other ingredients into their beer. Each beer on the flight will feature one such ingredient that you don’t normally find in North American beers. Check it out!

Farmhouse Ale (w/ gabiroba) • Jabuti Gose (w/ jabuticaba fruit) • Sour Me Not (sour ale w/ acerola) • Sour Me Not (sour ale w/ graviola) • Amburana Lager (doppelbock aged on amburana wood)

Plus, we’ll have cans of their Watermelon/Hibiscus collaboration with Jester King and their Cachaça-barrel aged coffee brown.

13. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Mumford Flight Starter Kölsch
2. Melvin Asterisk
3. Chapman Dankmaster
4. Ballast Point Sea Rose
5. Garage Project Sauvin Nouveau

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, May 4, 6PM – Firestone Walker All-Tap Takeover with David Walker

David Walker and friends help us tap 27 rare and favorite Firestone Walker kegs, including six-years of Parabola!

14. Thee Elbow Room (Montrose)

Beers of the Week:
1. Great Divide Strawberry Rhubard Sour
2. Bell’s Mars DIPA
3. Sixpoint Sweet Action Cream Ale
4. MacLeod Paddy McGintys Goat Irish Red
5. Beachwood Annihilator Barleywine

15. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bell’s Oberon
2. Figueroa Mountain Lizards Mouth DIPA
3. Stone Wussie Pilsner
4. Mother Earth Cali Creamin
5. Smog City Groundwork Porter


  1. Love this break down! So many amazing brews to give a try. Looking forward to seeing how many of these we can sample. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Pascal 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.

  3. Ashley Hoober says:

    Is there anything better than locally brewed delicious beer?! Not for this girl! I love trying different kinds of draft where ever I am. Very cool article!!


  4. As an espresso junkie, I would love to see events like these that are focused on coffee houses. I think it would be just as fun but maybe safer…maybe. What do you think?

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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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  9. 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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  13. 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.

  14. 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! 🙂

  15. 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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  17. 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?

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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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  25. 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!



  26. 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.

  27. Jay says:

    This looks Awesome #Beerblast

  28. Chris g. says:

    beer week was awesome! now time for #bamfest

  29. Joseph says:

    What happened to the beer blast e-mail

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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

  33. 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….

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. ruben says:

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


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