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

By Joshua Lurie | February 23, 2017 72 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.

The Beards, Arrowmatic + Breakfunch

Will craft beer advance in the James Beard Foundation Awards? Enjoy Arrowmatic beer from Covina’s Arrow Lodge and anniversary celebration at Brouwerij West.

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 Rye Bock
2. Angel City Wee Heavy
3. Angel City Citrus Wheat
4. Angel City Sun Bather
5. Angel City Little Tokyo Super Dry

Upcoming Event:
Monday, February 27, 8-10PM – Drinky Draw
Come Draw a model at Angel City Brewery!
“Harley Quinn” with Jin N Tonic (2-20 minute poses)
Cost: Only $20, 21+ only event
Prepay at the door or at www.drinkydraw.com

Drinky Draw is dedicated to helping artists practice their life drawing skills in comfortable beer-friendly environments. Come practice your art skills by drawing professional models and try new brews every week.

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Hop Nino IPA
2. Beachwood Knucklehead Red Ale
3. Beachwood Jean-Quad Van Damme Belgian-Style Quadrupel
4. Beachwood Hopernicus Double IPA
5. Beachwood Kilgore American Stout

3. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Bruery The Order Belgian Dubbel
2. Chapman Crafted Blogger Black Lager
3. Beachwood Hops of Brixton ESB
4. Rough Draft Summer Rye
5. New Belgium Love

Upcoming Event:
Friday, February 24 – Vintage Flight Night

We’re going deep into our cellar to bring you some amazing aged beers! Create custom flights with aged beers. Plus we’ll have special food pairings from Chef Jameson. Beer starts pouring at 5PM for this event.

4. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Allagash Hoppy Table Beer
2. Artifex Unicorn Juice
3. Mumford Third Term IPA
4. Chapman Crafted x Three Weavers Hot Curly
5. Craftsman Democracy’s Darkest Day

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, February 25, 7PM – Boulevard Road Trip at Beer Belly Koreatown

Beer Belly Koreatown welcomes back our friends from Boulevard Brewing Company for Road Trip. Come by for beer, games, and swag.

Taplist: Boulevard Tank 7 • Boulevard The Calling IPA • Boulevard American Kolsch • Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale • Boulevard Saison-Brett • Boulevard Rye on Rye • Boulevard x Firestone Walker Collaboration No. 6

5. Beer Belly (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Three Weavers Knotty DIPA
2. Chapman Crafted Ales Hot Curly
3. Bottle Logic Benzatyne Vision
4. Artifex Show Me Your Roots
5. Mikkeller Breakfast Stout

6. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. El Segundo 5lb Sledgehammer
2. Brouwerij West Mor Mor
3. Transplants Not Getting Any Younger
4. Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown
5. Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout

7. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Mumford Nod to Axlerod
2. Artifex Party Milk Milk Stout
3. Eagle Rock Tarte Noir
4. Founders All Day IPA
5. Craftsman French Toast

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, February 25 – Pliny the Younger Day

Doors open at 10 am. First come, first served!

As in previous years, we will tap some other Russian River beers such as Pliny the Elder, Supplication, and Redemption. We will also pour our So Cal vs. Nor Cal Flights, stay tuned for the line up.

As usual, Chef Tony will be throwing out some cool new dishes from the kitchen.

Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

8. Harlowe’s French Dip (Pasadena)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Tangerine Express
2. Noble I love It!
3. Gulden Draak on NITRO
4. Van Steenberge Tripel Van De Garre
5. Almanac/Stillwater Blueberry Jack Sour

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.

9. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface 7th Anniversary The Sherperdess Barleywine
2. Ladyface LA Blonde
3. Ladyface Pareidolia Black IPA
4. Ladyface Trois Filles Tripel
5. Ladyface IPA

10. Overland Cafe (Culver City)

Upcoming Event:
February 23, 2017 – Mumford Tap Takeover
Two happy hours every day featuring $5 draft: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., 9 p.m. – closing

Unlimited Champagne Brunch every Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.!

11. Southland Beer (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Eagle Rock Stimulus, draft
2. Smog City Chip Shot, draft
3. Brouwerij West Coffee Tripel, draft
4. Beachwood Pablo Escobeer on nitro
5. El Segundo Foggy Doggy on cask

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, February 25 – Coffee Beer and Donuts II

It’s back! We’re brining back our most popular event ever, Coffee Beer and Donuts. We’ll be doing another six-beer flight with donuts from our Koreatown friends California Donuts.

Confirmed beers include: Beachwood’s Pablo Escobeer on nitro • Eagle Rock’s Stimulus • Brouwerij West’s Coffee Tripel • Epic’s Son of a Baptist • Smog City’s Chip Shot

12. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Allagash Hoppy Table Beer
2. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
3. Chapman Hot Curly
4. Green Flash Sepia Frumento
5. Harviestoun Ola Dubh (12 Year Old)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, March 2, 6PM – Pliny the Younger Tapping

Russian River Pliny the Younger taps here, at the Surly Goat West Hollywood.

Early entry granted for beer passport holders:
• Full Passport: 5PM
• 60 stamps: 5:30PM
• 40 stamps: 5:45PM

Need a beer passport? Ask for one at the bar ($3). A completed passport grants the holder eternal glory in The Surly Goat Hall of Fame, 10% off for life, and early entry at special events.

Younger orders are first-come-first serve. Tickets will be given to persons in line, to be exchanged for Younger once inside. After all tickets are collected, the bar will open to serving additional orders of Younger!
One order per person, $10, 25cl

13. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Barley Forge Black Dahlia
2. Stone Pataskala
3. Oskar Blues Old Chub
4. Golden Road Wolf Pup
5. Wolf Creek Howlin Hefe

Upcoming Event:
We will be celebrating our 4th Anniversary all next month with live music and daily beer and drink specials!

14. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Highland Park For Crazy
2. Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose
3. Eagle Rock Stimulus
4. The Bruery Dodie
5. Chapman Searching For Wifi

Upcoming Event:
March 1 – Russian River Pliny The Younger Event

Pliny The Younger, Pliny The Elder, Consecration, Blind Pig, Temptation, Happy Hops and Supplication. Doors open at 6PM and we will start serving Younger at 8PM. Food Truck and Games.


  1. 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.

  2. 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!!


  3. 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?

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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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  8. 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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  12. 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.

  13. 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! 🙂

  14. 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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  16. 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?

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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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  24. 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!



  25. 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.

  26. Jay says:

    This looks Awesome #Beerblast

  27. Chris g. says:

    beer week was awesome! now time for #bamfest

  28. Joseph says:

    What happened to the beer blast e-mail

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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….

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

  40. ruben says:

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


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