I wanted to do a happy post for May about the recent grand opening of Lawless Brewing in North Hollywood (which I will get to, promise), but first the bad news before the good.
There has been much talk about staffing at restaurants and taprooms. I have seen a decided uptick in “We’re Hiring!” posts on social media, but as Kendall Jones detailed for Washington Beer Blog, there is a major stumbling block. Servers are not finding enough money to compensate them for dealing with “maskholes” who refuse to play by the rules.
This is where the true beer fan can help. I am not advocating confrontation but instead some passive aggression. Be extra nice to any server who you see has had a tough time. Keep tipping high too. Loudly thank the staff for enforcing mask rules. Post photos of you with a beer and a mask on social media. Remember that waitstaff are not also security guards. Then, maybe, we will truly be out of the upside down and back to normal.
One place where you can be mask friendly is the new Lawless Brewing. Tucked away on a side street off of Magnolia Boulevard is the bright yellow building where you can taste NoHo BoHo pilsner or grab an IPA like Dankershim.
The black and yellow warehouse building is quite striking inside with brewing operations at one end (including a small barrel aging area) and what may be mezzanine seating to go along with seating inside and out. Staff were friendly and helpful as they worked out the first week kinks.
My beer buddy and I tasted through most of the opening week menu and both of us concluded that the lighter side was currently their strong suit. Start with the aforementioned NoHo BoHo Bohemian pilsner, Passport to Party International pilsner and the Mexican Lager, Flight of the Chancla. All were crisp and clear and excellent for the arriving SoCal summer.
To-go 4-packs will be available in June/July and new beers in the pipeline include a Strata Hop pils and a Hibiscus beer.
Since we are in NoHo, let’s stay awhile. I suggest going to Hop Merchants Bottle Shop to look for Pink Boots Society beers. For those unfamiliar with PBS, they are a fantastic group that supports women in the brewing industry. Each year they devise their own special blend of hops and breweries can use that to make unique beers.
Here is the list of breweries and beers in the Los Angeles area:
- Brewjeria Company: Step Into Power Elderberry Pale Ale (5.2% ABV)
- Claremont Craft Ales: That’s Rad West Coast Pale Ale (5.0% ABV)
- Frogtown Brewery: All Places Pale Ale (5.5% ABV)
- Feathered Serpent Brewery: IXTA Ale (5% ABV)
- Highland Park Brewery: Mas Chingona IPA (7% ABV)
- Indie Brewing: Squad Juicy Double IPA (8% ABV)
- Poseidon Brewing Co.: Siren’s Kiss IPA (7.1% ABV)
- Tarantula Hill Brewing Co.: So Sawft N’ IPA (7.2% ABV)
- Trademark Brewing: All Dolled Up Hoppy Pale Ale (5.5% ABV)