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

By Joshua Lurie | August 28, 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.


The 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference inspired Sean Inman to explore new San Diego craft beer destinations. Learn about four prime stops, plus Rough Draft and two websites.

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. Mother Earth Kismet IPA
2. Refuge Blood Orange Wit
3. Mad River Scotch Porter
4. Sudwerk Pilsner

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, September 28: Monica Howe & Jose Promis, 9:30 pm.

2. 38 Degrees (Alhambra)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Mesa Verde
2. Eagle Rock Red Velvet
3. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
4. Russian River Blind Pig
5. Russian River Pliny The Elder

3. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Avocado Ale
2. Angel City Oktoberfest
3. Angel City White Nite
4. Angel City Angeleno IPA
5. Angel City Vanilla Porter

Upcoming Event:
Tonight! Join Angel City Brewery every Thursday at 4pm for a specialty cask release.
Wet Unicorn #1: A Belgian White Ale brewed with grapefruit and wet-hopped with Columbus Hops from the Angel City rooftop.

4. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Uno Belgian Single
2. North Peak Archangel Summer Wheat
3. Beachwood Hop Ramen West-Coast IPA
4. Boulevard Saison Brett
5. Beachwood James American Brown Ale

Upcoming Event:
We’ve got TWO exciting craft beer events happening on 9/18 at our Long Beach location. Meet the author of California BrewMasters book Nicholas Gingold and rub elbows with several of the brewers featured within its pages. ALSO sip on our latest Drake’s collaboration Swill Wheaton, a West Coast IPA made with spelt malt. Another exciting collaboration with our friends at Drake’s Brewing – NOT TO MISS!

5. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Pride of cHops IPA
2. Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA
3. The Brewery at Abigaile’s The Synergist Belgian dubbel
4. Tahoe Mountain Rhus Juice Mango IPA
5. El Segundo Sleek Zeke Wheat

6. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Noble English 201 on Nitro
2. Hangar 24 Betty IPA
3. Sudwerk CA Dry Hop Lager
4. Smog City LA Saison
5. Logsdon Far West Vlaming Flanders Red

Upcoming Event:
August 30, BRUNCH IS BACK! The NFL regular season is quickly approaching, and you know what that means, Beer Belly Brunch! Every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 3:30.

7. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Walker Sucaba English Barley wine
2. Port Older Viscosity
3. Sierra Nevada Hop Harvest
4. Superstition Meadery BDSM
5. The Bruery Tart of Darkness

Upcoming Event:
On September 9. Blue Palms is very happy to be hosting the SoCal release of 21st Amendment and Smog City’s collaboration beer, Cali Love! On September 9, the day that California officially joined the Union in 1850, we will be celebrating with California themed food, music, and costumes. Prizes will be awarded to the best Cali-themed costumes we see that night.

8. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Avery Twenty One
2. Avery The Beast
3. Avery Lilikoi Kepolo
4. Avery The Reverend
5. Avery The Kaiser

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, August 28, is our mini tap take over with Avery Brewing Co. from Boulder, Colorado. We will have 6 beers on tap (add Ellie’s Brown Ale) and will give away cool Avery glassware. Avery West Coast Rep will be here to discuss and pour from the various Series all night starting at 7pm. Stay tuned for our End of Summer Smog City Bash, Every Burger Ever!!!

9. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Surf County Line Rye
2. Lagunitas Sucks
3. Ska Modus Hoperandi
4. Knee Deep Hop D-Ranged
5. Port Older Viscosity

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday September 3 – IT’S FIRKIN WEDNESDAY with MacLeod Brewing!
We’re tapping a cask of The Session Gap Ordinary Bitter and we’ll also be pouring The Crisis Pale Ale and Jackie Tar Brown Stout from our Taps. Are You Crazy?

10. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. New English Brewers Special Brown Ale
2. Mother Earth Cali Creamin Cream Ale
3. Stone Coffee Milk Stout
4. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
5. on cask Stone Levitation Amber w/Hibiscus Powder

11. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Hangar 24 Essence DIPA
2. Absolution Coconut Porter
3. Mission Work Day IPA
4. Smog City Weird Beer

Upcoming Event:
Eureka Tasting Kitchen will feature Steal The Glass Wednesday at 6pm. Also, join us for Live Music with the Goldsoundz on Saturday from 6 to 9pm.

12. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Upcoming Event:
The great crowd for our Smog City Tap Takeover on Wednesday was already obsessed with talk of LA Beer Week (September 20-28), and great plans for LABW are being contrived. But be sure not to overlook the International Bacon Day Celebration at The Factory on Saturday, August 30! 12 hours of bacon creating and craft beer libating begins at high noon! Watch this sopace next week for more info!

13. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Walker Double DBA 2012
2. Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin 2013
3. Firestone Walker Sucaba 2013
4. Firestone Walker Agrestic
5. Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse

14. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road MoHop
2. Golden Road Might As Well IPL
3. Golden Road Carry On Citrus Ale
4. Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds Double IPA
5. Golden Road Pub Ale

15. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab Beer School Hop Burst Pale Ale, limited release
2. B. Nektar Meadery Zombie Killer Cherry Mead
3. Enegren Protector Imperial IPA
4. Stone Coffee Milk Stout
5. Barrelhouse and Green Flash Collaboration Triple Double Session IPA

Upcoming Event:
The Lab’s newest menu additions include a Pork Bahn Mi Flatbread and Crispy Calamari Fries, they also go great with many of the 32 beers on tap! Plus 50% off R&D Pizzas tonight with live music by The Hills of Malibu at 8pm!

16. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Hop Project “Random & Sporadic” (American IPA feat. Zythos hops)
2. Ingenuity Series, ‘Stack VI’ (English Old Ale aged 12 month in Semler Syrah Barrels)
3. Ladyface Cataclysm IPA (2014 release- Imperial Oatmeal IPA)
4. Ladyface Red Rye (2014 release- American Ale brewed w/ 20% Rye)
5. Cask- Caskin Robbins (Picture City Porter w/ Mint & Cacao Nibs)

Upcoming Event:
Live music here on Friday, August 29, from 8-11 pm featuring modern Jazz trio, Oui’3. We will also have musician Shawn Kolb playing saxophone on Sunday August 31st from 6-9pm. We will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.

17. Library Alehouse (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lagunitas Sucks
2. Noble Chinook Showers
3. Craftsman Mesa Verde
4. Ommegang Scythe and Sickle
5. Smog City Coffee Porter

18. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Duvel
2. Cuvée de Trolls
3. Lost Abbey Red Barn
4. Mc Chouffe
5. Lucifer

19. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown
2. King Harbor The Quest with Mosaic hops
3. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley wine
4. Lost Abbey Lost and Found Dubbel
5. Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit

Upcoming Event:
This month we have the good fortune of welcoming a special out of state guest brewery, Gigantic Brewing Company from Oregon! Meet Gigantic Brewmaster Ben Love at Mohawk Bend on September 2 as we kick-off a month of guest taps with a delicious lineup of their brews.

20. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. Cismontane Tiny Ripper
2. Bootlegger’s Pumpkin Ale
3. Figueroa Mountain Hoppy Poppy IPA
4. Stone Coffee Milk Stout
5. Craftsman Smoked Black Lager (on deck)

21. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman 1903 Lager
2. El Segundo Mosaic Pale Ale
3. Cismontane Tiny Ripper
4. Noble Ale Works Brad’s Bitter
5. Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

Upcoming Event:
This Saturday, August 30, 12-6pm, The Oinkster Hollywood is teaming up with Low End Theory and El Segundo Brewing to do an end of summer patio bash! Full 6 Tap El Segundo takeover, and DJ sets on our patio by Low End Theory. Also we’re offering a one day only Shrimp Lo’ Boy Sandwich and Chile Mango Shake to celebrate the occasion.

22. Story Tavern (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Straffe Hendrik quad
2. Eagle Rock Revolution XPA (cask)
3. Lost Abbey 10 Commandments
4. Ohana Rhinos Redemption IPA
5. Stone Enjoy by 9/20 IPA

23. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. New Belgium/Three Floyds Lips Of Faith Grätzer Ale
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
3. Anchor Zymaster No. 6 Saarema Island Ale
4. Highland Park Enter the Future IPA
5. Noble Naughty Sauce

Upcoming Event:
Friday, September 5, 7pm – Shmaltz Reunion Raffle Fundraiser
Shmaltz raffles off their 2014 Magnum Reunion Ale on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research . Share the love, and enjoy great beer!

24. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Modern Times Blazing World Hoppy Amber
2. Ston Enjoy by 9/20 IPA
3. Ladyface Onager Barrel Aged Sour Golden Ale
4. Drakes Aroma Coma IPA
5. Noble Ale Works English 101

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, September 2 at 6pm – MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.
Get to know the newest members of the San Fernando Valley beer community with a night of cask-conditioned British ales. Head Brewer Andy Black will be on hand to answer questions.

25. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Enjoy By IPA
2. Angel City Gold Line Pilsener
3. Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA
4. Bruery Humulus IPL
5. Hangar 24 Orange Wheat

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

26. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Avery Lilikoi Kepolo
2. Avery Samaels
3. Avery White Rascal Wit
4. Avery Ellie Brown Ale
5. Bottle: Avery the Beast

Upcoming Event:
Tonight! Salt’s Cure is back at the Verdugo and will be paired with the beers of Colorado’s Avery Brewing such as Uncle Jacob’s Stout.

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.