Second AND Third Locations, Lievre Variations + Rare Beer Hollywood

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MacLeod gets more savory in Van Nuys while Bootlegger's expands to Costa Mesa.

As our brewing scene grows, that means smaller breweries will be become bigger breweries and bigger breweries need more space. One L.A. county and one Orange county brewery have begun the process of launching new locations to pour their beer.

Here in L.A., MacLeod Ale Brewing is on the road to adding food to the equation with their second location in Sherman Oaks. Bruce Hall, a long-time patron of the brewery, which opened “way back” in 2014, is also a chef and he re-created some serious British pub food to complement the traditional (and untraditional) beers coming from the Van Nuys brewery.

Since the industrial spot at the brewery had no room for a kitchen, that meant a new location had to be secured for the pork pies, Scotch eggs, house-made sausage and Cornish pasties. That is exactly what is happening at MacLeod Ale + Pie Emporium, which means that 2018 will be a good year for the British expats amongst us.

Bootlegger’s Brewery has been under the radar of many beer geeks here, but now they will have a new location in Costa Mesa to tempt people to make the trip to neighboring Orange County. The brewery already has two locations, but Costa Mesa is where Bootlegger’s owner Aaron Barkenhagen lived and began his beer journey with a fateful batch of home brew.

B3 will have a 745-square-foot tasting room near the LAB complex of shops and eateries that will be augmented by an outdoor patio. And, of course, brewing will be done on-site as well.

Which brewery will be next to expand and what creative concepts will they bring to their taps?

The BEER OF THE WEEK could be one of many. L.A. Ale Works has released local fruit variations of Lievre Saison. You can go tropical with Guava, the berry beery route with Huckleberry or the combined flavors of Kumquat/Calamansi. Of course, you should also try the base beer. For science.

Your HOMEWORK is to check out the list of breweries expected for Beer Fest For Beer Geeks The Rare Experience at Stout’s Hollywood location on Cahuenga Boulevard. The event will take place on November 18. Washington State’s Fremont Brewing and Third Window Brewing – which has been making waves in Santa Barbara – join the beer list this time around.

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.


Sean Inman

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.

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