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

By Joshua Lurie | August 14, 2014 58 comments
L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

Craft Beer Los Angeles
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.


Hops, Yeast and Malt are the most talked about beer ingredients, but water is just as important and California is facing a serious water problem. This week’s Brew & You also includes the return of Red Velvet, a Gold Medal winner from Eagle Rock. Finally, L.A. Beer Week tickets are on sale now!

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. 38 Degrees (Alhambra)

Beers of the Week:
1. Kern River Just Outstanding IPA
2. Beachwood Hop Ninja West Coast IPA
3. Noble Tongue Tickles Double IPA
4. Bockor Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge
5. Stone Woot Stout 2.0

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Uno Belgian Single
2. Craftsman Ursa Minor Flanders Red
3. Beachwood Skyline Gold Kolsch
4. Highland Park Brewery Enter the Future IPA
5. Beachwood Hop Ninja West Coast IPA

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, August 14 – Saturday, August 16
Celebrate the Summer with our third annual Peachapolooza. Back by popular demand, Beachwood BBQ & Beachwood BBQ & Brewing is featuring peach inspired menu items paired with Beachwood’s award winning house beers.

3. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Udder Love Milk Stout
2. Monkish Galaxy Defender Belgian Pale
3. Breckenridge Thunder Stout
4. Societe The Harlot Belgian Pale
5. Eagle Rock Populist IPA

Upcoming Event:
One of San Diego’s most venerable beer bars, O’Brien’s Pub, is celebrating 20 years of serving craft beer. To help commemorate this milestone, Beachwood Brewing will release PRIDE OF cHOPS on August 26. This marvelously hoppy and aromatic India pale ale is hopped with a blend of Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic.

4. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Coffee Milk Stout
2. Stone RuinTen
3. The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel
4. Craftsman Mesa Verde
5. Bootleggers SoCo IPA

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, August 20 – A One Night Stand with The Brewery At Abigaile

5. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Faction HEMI Pale Ale (Blue Palms 6th Anniversary beer)
2. Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee Central Coast Quad
3. Lost Abbey Deliverance
4. Russian River Happy Hops
5. Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper 2013

6. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Tripel Karmeliet
2. Kinetic Combustion Wit
3. El Segundo Blue House IPA
4. Bruery Mischief
5. Noble Ale Works Bill Brasky

7. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Double DBA
2. Drake’s Aroma Coma
3. Knee Deep Hop D-Ranged
4. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Extra
5. St. Bernardus Prior 8

Upcoming Event:
Smog City Tap Takeover – Wednesday August 20th! We’ll be pouring 6 great Smog City Beers – Makeout Session Pale Ale, L.A. Saison, Sabre Toothed Squirrel, Hoptonic IPA, Grape Ape IPA & Groundworks Coffee Porter. Are You Crazy?

8. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Widmer Bros/Boneyard Collaboration Blacklight Black IPA
2. Beachwood/Heretic/Stone Collaboration Unapologetic Imperial IPA

Upcoming Event:
Tonight is the last Thursday for Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Collaboration Ales featuring Sierra/Ninkasai Double Latte Milk Sout, Sierra/Oskar Blues CANfusion Rye Bock, Sierra/Russian River Yvan the Great Belgian Blonde Ale and more.

9. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Hangar 24 Essence DIPA
2. Firestone Walker Easy Jack
3. Absolution Coconut Porter

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, August 20 at 6pm – Eureka is hosting a double tap takeover/ Steal the Glass Night with Ninkasi & Karl Strauss.

10. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Drake’s Denogginizer Imperial IPA
2. Bootlegger’s Dry Hopped Golden Chaos Belgian Strong Ale
3. Cismontane Holy Jim Falls Amarillo Single Hop XPA
4. Mother Earth Kismet IPA
5. North Coast Red Seal

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, August 20th – Smog City Brewing joins us at The Factory!
The cities of Long Beach and Torrance both have a reputation for poor air quality due to their proximity to the Port and a variety of oil refineries, so it’s only appropriate that we welcome Smog City Brewing Company to The Factory so we can all share abate our congested misery with nine of their fine libations! Smog City’s Weird Beer and Grape Ape are already on the tallest, along with their standards like Little Bo Pils, Saber Toothed Squirrel and Hoptonic! We are also expecting a guest appearance by Long Beach hometown hero, Chris Walowski-Smog City’s assistant brewer, and Laurie and/or Porter!

11. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Coronado 18th Anniversary Double IPA
2. Smog City Grape Ape
3. Modern Times Black House (nitro)
4. Almanac Ichibier
5. Noble Ale Works Tongue Tickles (bottle)

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, August 27, 4pm-close – Firestone Walker Tap Takeover
8 Firestone Walker draft beers including:
2012 Double DBA
2013 Sucaba
2013 Velvet Merkin
Agrestic Ale
Bretta Weisse

Glassware while supplies last. $2 off draft beer from 4-7pm. Parking validated

12. The Glendale Tap (Glendale)

Beers of the Week:
1. Macleod Ales The Session Gap Ordinary Bitter
2. Macleod Ales The Little Spree Yorkshire Pale Ale
3. Macleod Ales The King’s Taxes Scottish Ale
4. Macleod Ales Jackie Tar Brown Stout

Upcoming Event:
Tonight, August 14, at 8 pm, MacLeod Ales will be bringing four beers from their line-up from Van Nuys to Glendale. You can meet the team behind the British ales from one of L.A.’s newest breweries.

13. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab Hop Solution Double IPA new batch dry hopped with Citra
2. Enegren Protector Imperial IPA
3. Stone Coffee Milk Stout
4. Barrelhouse & Green Flash Collaboration Triple Double Session IPA
5. Lindemans Framboise Lambic

Upcoming Event:
The Labs newest menu additions include a Bison Gouda burger and a Bacon Wrapped Bratwurst, goes great with many of the 32 beers on tap! Plus 50% off R&D Pizzas tonight with live music by Don Randi – A legend amongst keyboard players, tonight at 8pm!

14. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Chesebro IPA (Imperial IPA)
2. Ladyface Guillotine (2014 release- Flemish Red-style Sour Ale)
3. Ladyface Cataclysm IPA (2014 release- Imperial Oatmeal IPA)
4. Ladyface Red Rye (2014 release- American Ale brewed w/ 20% Rye)
5. Cask- The Nutty Brewer (Picture City Porter w/ Vanilla Bean & Hazelnut)

Upcoming Event:
Monday, August 18 – Ladyface will be releasing “Stack VI” English Old Ale, A special release from Ladyface’s Ingenuity Series of Barrel-aged inventions.

15. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lost Abbey 10 Commandments
2. Prearis saison
3. Timmermans strawberry
4. Brewery at Abigailes The Synergist
5. The Bruery Tart of Darkness

16. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ska Brewing Buster Nut Brown Ale
2. Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds Double IPA
3. Knee Deep Tanilla Porter
4. Hangar 24 Essence Double IPA
5. Bruery Tripel Tonnellerie

Upcoming Event:
It is a Summer of Sours at Mohawk Bend. Every Sunday from now through September we’re tapping a special sour at 3 p.m.

17. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. Almanac Saison Dolores
2. Smog City Little Bo Pils
3. King Harbor The Quest w/El Dorado
4. Hangar 24 Palmero
5. Stone Coffee Milk Stout

18. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Monkish St. Dorado
2. Brewery at Abigaile Hops N Rye
3. Alpine Nelson
4. El Segundo Mosaic Pale Ale
5. Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout (on deck)

19. Story Tavern (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Eagle Rock Populist on cask
2. Energy summer session
3. Modern Times Blazing World Hoppy Amber
4. St Archer IPA
5. Stone Woot stout (bottle pours)

20. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Eagle Rock Solidarity
2. The Lost Abbey Red Barn
3. Russian River Pliny the Elder
4. Stone w00tstout 2.0
5. Wandering Aengus Anthem Hops

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, August 14, at 6:00PM – Dogfish Head takes over Surly’s taps!
Run, don’t walk, for delicious, brewed curiosities: World Wide Stout, 120 Minute IPA (2013), 120 Minute IPA (2014), Immort Ale, Festina Peche, and more!

21. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Levitation Dry Hopped with Amarillo Hops on Cask
2. Alpine Nelson Golden Rye IPA
3. Bruery Hottenroth Berliner-Weisse
4. Stone, Heretic, Beachwood Collaboration : Unapologetic IPA
5. Smog City Weird Beer Saison- brewed with herbs sourced from a local farmers market (amazing food beer)

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, August 19 – “Beers and Books” event.
This edition is featuring Nick Gingold and his book CA Brewmasters. He will be here to chat and sign copies of his newest work.

22. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone 18th Anniversary IPA
2. Golden Road Heal the Bay
3. Eel River Emerald Triangle IPA
4. Angel City Gold Line Pilsener
5. Ladyface La Grissette

Upcoming Event:
Stop in today and check out our delicious new dinner menu!

23. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1, Alpine Nelson
2. Stone 18th Anniversary
3. Avery Samaels
4. Anderson Valley Huge Arker
5. Bottle: Russian River Pliny The Elder

Related Categories: L.A. BEER BLAST


  1. [...] We also have some terrific bars that support craft beer, most of which appear every Thursday on the L.A. Beer Blast (shameless [...]

  2. [...] L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer [Food GPS] [...]

  3. 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.

  4. 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! :)

  5. Adam says:

    I don’t see Mediterraneo on this list. They can stack up to any of these places I believe.

  6. [...] very well, with their meager online presence and dismal visibility in local beer communities like Food GPS’ Beer Blast, Beer Paper LA, and Westcoaster [...]

  7. JD says:

    No Venice Ale House? Great beers and delicious food!

    • Joshua Lurie says:

      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?

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    • Joshua Lurie says:

      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.

  12. 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

  13. 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….

  14. [...] Craft beers are available at multiple restaurants and bars but for a true craft brew experience, visit small independent joints like our recent Farm-to-Table guest Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands. There are plenty of craft breweries throughout Los Angeles, from Simmzy’s in Manhattan Beach to City Tavern in Culver City (my personal favorite), to Spring Street Bar in downtown to Beer Belly in Koreatown. The key is to be adventurous and to try brews you haven’t experienced before. Food GPS does a great job of rounding up the best brews in L.A. [...]

  15. 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!



  16. 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.

  17. Jay says:

    This looks Awesome #Beerblast

  18. Chris g. says:

    beer week was awesome! now time for #bamfest

  19. Joseph says:

    What happened to the beer blast e-mail

  20. 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

    • Joshua Lurie says:


      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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. 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….

  24. 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.

    • Joshua Lurie says:


      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.

  25. 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.

    • Joshua Lurie says:


      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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

    • Joshua Lurie says:

      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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. ruben says:

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