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

By Joshua Lurie | April 17, 2014 50 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.


Most L.A. taprooms are tucked away in industrial parks, but Ohana Brewing Company’s new taproom is located right off Alhambra’s Main Street. The Session IPA rolls on with a German hop-tinged version from Firestone Walker, and Homework brings a growl.

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. 1642 (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter
2. Avery IPA
3. Stone Saison
4. Sudwerk Hop Lager

Upcoming Event:
Friday, April 18 – Triple Chicken Foot record release

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Alpha Galatic West Coast IPA
2. Goliath Tripel
3. Beachwood Hoppa Smurf Belgian-Style UPA
4. Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit
5. Beachwood Tart Simpson Berliner Weisse

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, April 29 at 5pm – Citraholic Bottle Release
We’re excited to finally bottle Citraholic, our “modern” West Coast India Pale Ale that’s brewed with an abundance of Citra hops. 7.1% ABV. $8/22oz bottle. Attend the release party at our Long Beach location and enjoy food specials to welcome our latest bottled IPA.

3. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Pole Position West Coast IPA
2. Smuttynose Brewing Imperial Stout
3. Drakes & Beachwood Chili Smoke porter
4. Moonlight Brewing Just Enough Rope Blonde Tart lager
5. Knee Deep Hoparillo 3X IPA

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, April 24 at 5pm – Build Your Own Poutine Night!
Originally from Quebec, a Poutine is made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds. We’re mixing it up by letting you take the reins for Build Your Own Poutine Night at our Seal Beach location. Choose from a top shelf collection of fries, fat, cheese, gravy, herbs, vegetables, meats, and more for your chance to make the ultimate Poutine! No reservation necessary. First come, first served.

4. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Port Wipeout IPA
2. Tripel Karmeliet
3. Lagunitas Cappuncino Stout
4. Lost Abbey Dates of Wrath
5. Beachwood Brewing Foam Top

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, April 19 at Noon – Ballast Point 24 Tap Takeover
Featuring: Yellowtail Pale • Big Eye IPA w Ginger • Wahoo White • Sculpin IPA • Fathom IPL • Calico Amber • Rum Barrel Aged • Lenzo Lollipop • Oaked Sculpin • Habanero Sculpin • Grapefruit Sculpin • Sour Wench – Blackberry Ale • Indra Kunindra Curry Export Stout • 3 Sheets Barleywine • Dorado DIPA • Abandon Ship – Rauchbier • Smoked Lager • Barrel Aged (4 Roses) Navigator • Piper Down Scottish Ale • San Salvador Winter Black Ale • Sea Monster • Cookie Monster (Sea Monster w/thin mints) • Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale

5. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Van Steenberge Tripel de Garre
2. Stone Imperial Russian Stout
3. Telegraph Brewing Rhinoceros
4. Abigaile 002
5. Alpine Nelson

Upcoming Event:
We have 2 events for next weekend. Friday April 25th is our mini tap takeover with Monkish featuring 6 somewhat rare beers. April 27th if Game of Thrones/Ommegang Night. We will feature Fire and Blood, Glimmerglass, Fleur du Houblon and Three Philosophers. FYI, we will not be showing GOT on the TVs.

6. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
2. Deschutes Pinedrops IPA
3. Figueroa Mountain Lizard’s Mouth DIPA
4. Deschutes Mirror Mirror Barleywine
5. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Upcoming Event:
Sunday, April 20 – Lagunitas Waldo’s Special Ale Release!
Join Crazy Harry’s Bar and Lagunitas Brewery on Easter Sunday when we tap a keg of Waldo’s Special Ale. For those of you who haven’t had it, Lagunitas makes a very special beer every year to commemorate 4/20. This is one of the best beers you’ll have this year and it’s extremely rare, so drop by the bar for a pint on Sunday – it won’t last!

7. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Parabola Russian Imperial Stout
2. Stone Enjoy By 4.20.14 IPA
3. Figueroa Mountain Lizard Mouth IPA
4. Firestone Pivo Pilsner
5. On cask: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA w/Amarillo Hops

8. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. King Harbor Brown ale
2. Lagunitas Cappucino Stout
3. Avery Majaraja IPA
4. Almanac honey saison.

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, April 23 at 6pm – Steal the Glass night
with The Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout (Wild Turkey barrels).

9. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Knee Deep Hoptologist
2. Drakes IPA
3. Stone Enjoy By IPA
4. Crazy Mountain Gorilla, You’re a Desperado India Brown Ale
5. St. Archer Pale Ale

10. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Noble Ale Works Man’s Milk
2. Noble Ale Works Simcoe Showers (Bottle)
3. Noble Ale Works Big Whig IPA
4. El Segundo Hop Tanker Double IPA
5. Virtue Sidre de Nava

11. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
2. Golden Road Hefeweizen
3. Golden Road 329 Lager
4. Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA
5. Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown

12. Haven Gastropub + Brewery (Pasadena)

Beers of the Week:
1. Haven Brewing Double Hubble DIPA
2. Haven Brewing Spring lager
3. Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
4. The Brewery at Abigaile’s 002 Anniversary DIPA
5. Almanac Single Origin IPA

13. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab Spring Sessions Single Simcoe Pale
2. The Lab Sochi Stout Russian Imperial
3. Figueroa Mountain Lizards Mouth Double IPA
4. Almanac Golden Gate Gose
5. Stone Go To Session IPA

Upcoming Event:
New Spring menu is here Including a new brew, Spring Sessions Simcoe Pale. Great spring food additions include Grilled Artichokes with garlic aioli and orange soy vinaigrette, Local Seabass with lemon cream, and Candied Bacon! Yes, Candied Bacon is back! Open daily from 11am for Lunch and Dinner, see you soon!

14. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Hop Project Lupulus Rabbit – New release!
2. Ladyface Agoura Oaked Amber Ale
3. Ladyface Onager (bourbon barrel-aged 12 months with Brett & calamondins)
4. Ladyface Brett Blossom Bière de Mars
5. Cask of the Week – Orange Blossom (Brett Blossom with orange peels)

Upcoming Event:
New ale release! Drop down the experimental rabbit hole with us, and explore the diversity of flavors and aromas that hops bring to a beer. With hops added from mash to kettle, and a healthy dose of dry-hopping, the thick, focused hoppiness of the journey has only a tiny bit of soft malt peeking through. Intense hop resin lingers on the pallet well after reaching the bottom of the Lupulus Rabbit glass.

15. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bruery BeRazzled (Raspberry Sour)
2. Bruery Sour in the Rye (Sour Blonde Ale)
3. Almanac Farmers Reserve Pluot (Sour Blonde w/ pluot)
4. Lost Abbey Spontaneous Cheer (White Peach Lambic)
5. Logsdon Cerasus (Flanders Red Ale w/cherries)

Upcoming Event:
Today is Little Bear Sour Fest! 14 taps of sour beer from around the globe, in 15cl or 25cl pours, as well as 9cl sampler sizes. Event goes til 2am, and if you’re lucky leftovers just might be on tomorrow as well.

16. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA
2. Modern Times Fortunate Islands Hoppy wheat
3. Ovila Quad
4. Mother Earth Boo Koo IPA
5. Hangar 24 Helles lager

17. Story Tavern (Burbank)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, April 17 from 6:30pm to close – Dogfish Head Flight Night & Glassware Giveaways!

Tap List: 120 Minute IPA • Sixty-One Minute IPA • Aprihop IPA • Noble Rot Saison • Namaste Wit • Palo Santo Maron • Burton Baton • Indian Brown Ale

Our full Draft & Bottle List is available HERE !

18. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ninkasi Dawn of the Red
2. Noble Bill Brasky
3. Alpine Nelson
4. Craftsman Juniper Ale
5. The Bruery Windowsill

19. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Smog City Little Bo Pils
2. Mother Earth Cali Creamin
3. Brewery at Abigaile DIPA 2nd anniversary
4. Anderson Valley Horse Tongue Wheat ale aged in wine barrels
5. Anderson Valley Peachy Barl Saison aged in chardonnay barrels

Upcoming Event:
Check out Tuesday’s at Tony’s. Each week a different brewery is featured. Next Tuesday, Firestone Walker is featured with some rarities.

20. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road 329 lager
2. Dogfish Head Aprihop
3. Smog City Groundwork Porter
4. Stone Enjoy By 5-16-14
5. Green Flash Le Freak

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm – Earth Day Dinner
The Tuning Fork Proudly presents a night of fresh, local cuisine and wine with a special menu created by Chef Jay Bedassie featuring the incredible Semler and Saddlerock wines of Malibu.. All the wines and ingredients for this evening are sowed, sourced, and served with the love and respect our mother earth deserves.

21. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder (bottle)
2. Goose Island The Illinois IPA
3. Ommegang Glimmerglass Saison
4. Deschutes Abyss
5. Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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….

  9. [...] 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. [...]

  10. 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!



  11. 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.

  12. Jay says:

    This looks Awesome #Beerblast

  13. Chris g. says:

    beer week was awesome! now time for #bamfest

  14. Joseph says:

    What happened to the beer blast e-mail

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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….

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. ruben says:

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