L.A. BEER BLAST

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

By Joshua Lurie | April 10, 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.

GREAT PLACES TO DRINK CRAFT BEER IN ECHO PARK, SILVER LAKE + LOS FELIZ

To add a twist to this list of craft beer destinations in Echo Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz, Food GPS beer editor Sean Inman purposefully left off two spots. Where do the craft beer fans of Los Angeles go in this section of the city?

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. Pizza Port Swami’s IPA
2. AleSmith Horny Devil
3. Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter
4. Sudwerk Hop Lager

Upcoming Event:
Friday, April 11 at 9:30 p.m. – Rachele Goodrich and the grrrls

2. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Hoppa Smurf Belgian Style IPA
2. Antwerp Seef beer
3. Beachwood Pole Position West Coast IPA
4. AleSmith Old ale
5. Beachwood El Verano Belgian style saison

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. Anchor Brewing California lager
2. North Coast Brewing Blue Star wheat
3. Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial stout
4. Russian River Pliny the Elder
5. Coronado Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, April 24 – 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!
5pm. No reservation necessary. First come, first served.

4. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Firestone Walker Winter Wookey
2. Beachwood 8 Buffalo
3. Deschutes Black Butte 25th Anniversary
4. Drake’s Denogginizer
5. Smog City GrapeApe IPA

5. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lost Abbey Red poppy
2. Stone Imperial Russian Stout
3. Avery The Maharaja
4. AleSmith Horny Devil
5. Epic Brainless on Peaches

Upcoming Event:
Friday, April 25 from 7 pm – 11 pm – Monkish Night
We will be pouring Select Monk 1, Select Monk 2, Seme Della Vita, Apophatic, False Prophet and Altar Boy. We will also offer 750ml bottles of Matrimonium. Free Monkish glassware to the first 100 Monkish fans!!! As always, Chef Tony will have something special from the kitchen.

“Monkish beers are so food friendly, I love it!” – Chef Tony

6. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Modern Times Fortunate Islands Wheat IPA
2. Dogfish Head Aprihop
3. Figueroa Mountain Lizard’s Mouth Double IPA
4. North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Double
5. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, April 16 – Deschutes Brewery Tap Takeover!
We’ll be pouring 7 delicious beers from Deschutes, one of which is usually on tap only at the Brewery! Black Butte Porter, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Mirror Mirror Barleywine, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Obsidian Stout (Nitro) and Pine Drops IPA.

7. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire & Blood Red Ale
2. Greene Goblin Oak Aged Cider
3. Saint Archer Red Ale
4. Great Divide Rumble Oak Aged IPA
5. on Friday night buy a Black Sheep Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale and keep the Holy Grail Mug.

8. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Angeleno IPA
2. Coronado Blue Ridge Coffee Stout
3. King Harbor Quest Pale Ale
4. Golden Road 329 Lager

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, April 16 at 6pm – Lost Abbey Carnevale Steal the Glass Night

9. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Upcoming Event:
TONIGHT! April 10, at The Factory we will be debuting 3 San Diego breweries for the first time!
Mother Earth, Modern Times and St. Archer will each pour 3 great brews. Lots of hops will flow with Bookoo IPA and Hop Diggity from Mother Earth, and Blazing World and Fortunate Island from Modern Times. Don’t miss St. Archer’s new Red Ale. All brews $4 every Thursday!

10. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Brewery at Abigaile 002 Anniversary IPA
2. Taps Cali Gold IPA
3. Virtue Sidra De Nava
4. El Segundo Blue House Citra Pale Ale
5. Noble Ale Works Simcoe Showers (bottle)

11. The Glendale Tap (Glendale)

Beers of the Week:
1. Deschutes Black Butte XXV
2. Deschutes/Great Lakes Class of ’88 Imperial Porter
3. Deschutes Mirror Mirror Barleywine
4. 2013 Stone Espresso IRS
5. Ommegang GoT Fire & Blood Red Ale

12. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road 329 lager
2. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
3. Golden Road Cross the Pond Session IPA
4. Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA
5. Golden Road Hefeweizen

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. Firestone Sucaba 2012
4. Brouwerij Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne
5. Avery Czar stout

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. Agoura Oaked Amber Ale (new release)
2. Ladyface Onager (new release)
2. Ladyface Brett Blossom Bière de Mars
3. Ladyface Chesebro IPA
5. Cask of the Week –Saloon-y Tunes (Agoura Ale with sarsaparilla)

Upcoming Event:
New ale release! Agoura Hills is home to hundreds of heritage oak trees so it’s only fitting that we named our new oaked ale after our city. Noticeable oak aromas & flavors impart a roasted, vanilla character and build the structure & body of the ale. Moderate bitterness from citrusy hops, soft malt complexity, and subtle caramel finish. Enjoy Agoura Ale with Ladyface’s new Spring Pork Chops.

15. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Oskar Blues Old Chub Wee Heavy
2. Mother Earth Siren Blonde ale
3. Brewery at Abigaile 002 Double IPA
4. El Segundo Grand Hill IPA
5. Coronado / Cigar City Jurata Baltic Porter

16. Story Tavern (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. (Tapping Friday) CASK: Eagle Rock Botany Bay ESB
2. Stone Russian Imperial Stout 2014
3. Noble Big Whig IPA
4. Speakeasy Payback Porter
5. Hobgoblin ESB

Upcoming Event:
Next 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!

17. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Darts Away DIPA (Brewed by our staff here at TDA our very own recipe)
2. Knee DeepBelgo Hoptologist
3. Anchor Brewing IPA
4. Golden Road 329 Lager from GRB
5. Eagle Rock Dairy Tank Imperial milk stout

Upcoming Event:
Check out Tuesday’s at Tony’s. Each week a different brewery is featured.

18. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Enjoy By IPA
2. Lagunitas Fusion 19
3. Hangar 24 Spring Ale
4. Green Flash Le Freak
5. Lightning Thunderweizen

Upcoming Event:
Happy Hour weekdays 3-5pm… $2 off beers PLUS Trumer Pils just $3 at lunch!

19. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Euro Porter
2. Ommegang Glimmerglass saison
3. Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
4. Lindemans Lindemans Gueuze
5. Bottle: Russian River Pliny The Elder

Upcoming Event:
Tonight! April 10 – Salt’s Cure will be on hand for a Pig’s Roast along with beers from Deschutes Brewery

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Friends of the Los Angeles River. Deschutes beers to include Black Butte Porter, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Mirror Mirror Barleywine, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Obsidian Stout (Nitro) and Pine Drops IPA.

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Comments

  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!

    Thanks,

    Brenna

  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:

      Corey,

      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:

    Josh,
    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:

      Mark,

      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:

      Greg,

      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:

    Josh,

    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.

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