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

By Joshua Lurie | July 17, 2014 58 comments
L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

Craft Beer
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.


If someone asks you for a smoke, it might be for one of these ten Rauch (smoke) beers brewed right here in California.

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. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Skyline Gold Kolsch
2. Avery XXI Anniversary
3. Beachwood Hopular Mechanics West-Coast IPA
4. Modern Times Black House Coffee Stout
5. Beachwood Greenshift Double IPA

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, July 29 – Mocha Machine Bottle Release
Take note beer fans, we’re thrilled to release the award winning Mocha Machine Imperial Coffee Chocolate Porter!

Mocha Machine is a well-engineered endeavor in massive aromatics and rich flavors. The porter — which took home the 2014 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal in the Coffee Beer category — is brewed with an array of British and German malts and infused with masterfully roasted coffee from Costa Mesa, California’s Portola Coffee Lab. Then aged in cacao nibs from Ecuador, this burly brew finishes with a dimension of fudge awesomeness.

2. Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Duvel Single
2. Firestone Walker Easy Jack Session IPA
3. Malheur 12
4. Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA
5. Beachwood Kilgore Stout

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, July 17 at 5pm – Beachwood on a Stick
Inspired by the OC & LA Fairs rolling into town, we’re offering our take on battered-and-deep-fried FAIR FOOD!

Preliminary Menu Items Include:
• Funnel Cake Dog: Spicy Pork Sausage Dipped in Funnel Cake, Basil Maple Syrup
• Poutine: Mozzarella Cheese Curds, Potato, Lamb Gravy
• Twinkie: Deep Fried, Sage Cream
• Chicken Cordon Bleu Taquitos: Deep Fried Chicken Skins, Smoked Ham, Gruyere

3. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Lemon Lager
2. El Segundo Citra Pale
3. Alpine Nelson
4. Cismontane Holy Jim Falls
5. Stone Saison

Upcoming Event:
Monday, July 21: We celebrate Belgian Independence day with Duvel, Ommegang, Maredsous, LaChouffe, and Liefmans!

4. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Alpine Nelson IPA
2. Epic Big Bad Baptist
3. Double Mountain Clusterf#ck
4. Epic Fermentation without Representation
5. Delirium Red

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, July 19, open noon til 2am! – Drake’s Aroma Coma release
Drake’s super hoppy summer IPA is back- come have a pint with us Saturday July 19th!

Also featuring:
• Batch 5000 Belgian Golden
• 1500 Pale
• Hefe
• Denogginizer DIPA
• Drakonic stout

5. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Monkish St. Simcoe Belgian pale
2. Noble Ale Works New Edition barrel-aged Brown ale
3. Kinetic Combustion
4. Telegraph Ravena Stout
5. Strand Musashi Black IPA

Upcoming Event:
At the end of July we will have a Delirium Night featuring 4 beers from Brouwerij Huyghe. Beers on the list are Delirium Red, Deliria, Delrium Noctornum and Delirium Tremens. We will also give away those cute pink elephant goblets everyone loves!!!! Date TBA

6. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. SKA Buster Brown Ale
2. Modern Times Lomaland Saison
3. Stone ago To IPA
4. Hangar 24 Double IPA
5. On Cask: Stone IPA w/Moroccan Mention Tea.

7. Eureka! Tasting Kitchen (Hawthorne)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bear Republic Rebellion El Dorado single hop
2. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
3. King Harbor Swirlie Vanilla & Cocoa infused brown ale

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, July 23 at 6pm – We’ll be featuring a tap ambush with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. We’ll have 6 of their beers on tap and will feature them for Steal The Glass.

8. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. King Harbor Abel Brown
2. King Harbor California Saison
3. King Harbor The Quest-Hallertau Blanc
4. King Harbor The Swirly
5. Bourbon Barrel Aged Stone Arrogant Bastard

Upcoming Event:
Our King Harbor Meet The Brewer Night was a great success, with special thanks to Brewer Phil McDaniel who hung out and gave us all the lowdown on their tasty treats. Next up is a visit from Smog City on August 20. Bea devised that a legendary smorgasbord of 9 Smog City creations will populate our taps. Watch this space for beer list announcements!

9. Four Points LAX (LAX Airport)

Beers of the Week:
1. Knee Deep Simtra
2. Drake’s Aroma Coma
3. Ladyface La Grisette
4. The Brewery at Abigaile Cacophony IPA
5. Alpine Nelson (On Deck)

Upcoming Event:
Happy Hour Daily 4pm-7pm – $2 off all draft beer, $4 well drinks, $4 house wine

10. The Glendale Tap (Glendale)

Beers of the Week:
1. Alpine Nelson
2. Drake’s Aroma Coma
3. Drake’s Denogginizer
4. Chimay Red
5. Ommegang Fleur de Houblon

11. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Pub pale ale
2. Golden Road Carry On Citrus ale
3. Golden Road Pamplemousse saison
4. Golden Road Wolf on Lager yeast, cask.
5. Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA

12. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab Pummelo Pale
2. Angel City Tart Cherry Imperial Wheat
3. Figueroa Mountain Coconut Porter
4. Enegren Golden Spur Saison
5. Stone/Beachwood/Heretic – Unapologetic IPA

Upcoming Event:
Great music weekend at The Lab! Urban Dread bring their Reggae Vibes Friday July 18th @9pm and then we welcome the Iron Butterfly Experience on Saturday, July 19, at 10pm with original Iron Butterfly Members! Great music weekend at The Lab! Urban Dread bring their Reggae Vibes Friday, July 18, at 9pm and then we welcome the Iron Butterfly Experience on Saturday July 19 at 10pm with original Iron Butterfly Members!

13. Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Guillotine (2014 release- Flemish Red-style Sour Ale)
2. Ladyface Cataclysm IPA (2014 release- Imperial Oatmeal IPA)
3. Ladyface La Grisette (Grisette Farmhouse Ale)
4. Ladyface Trébuchet® Golden Farmhouse Sour (aged in Sauv. Blanc barrels and GOLD medal winner at 2014 LA International Beer Competition)
5. Cask- Fool’s Paradise (Blind Ambition w/ Grains of Paradise)

Upcoming Event:
Live music feat. Point Conception (Folk/Blues Duo) on Saturday July 19 from 8-11 pm. On Sunday we will be pouring our ales alongside many other local craft breweries at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Southwest Edition in San Diego.

14. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ommegang Cooperstown Ale Belgian Pale Ale
2. Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge Flanders Red ale
3. La Trappe Quadrupel
4. Seef Bier Antwerp-style Pale
5. Maredsous 7 Tripel

15. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Dogfish Head Festina Peche
2. Ballast Point Yellowtail Kolsch
3. AleSmith Cream ale
4. Noble Cuddle Puddle Sticke Alt
5. Smog City Grape Ape IPA

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.

16. The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)

Beers of the Week:
1. Craftsman Heavenly Hefe
2. AleSmith Cream Ale
3. Alpine Nelson
4. Cismontane The Citizen
5. Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus (on deck)

17. The Oinkster (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Telegraph Cerveza De Fiesta Pilsner
2. Brewery at Abigale Cacophony IPA
3. Alpine Hoppy Birthday
4. Craftsman Poppyfields
5. Modern Times Black House

18. Story Tavern (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Unapologetic IPA
2. Pizza Port Ponto Session IPA
3. Speakeasy Payback porter
4. Anthem pint barrel aged cider
5. Eagle Rock Manifesto Wit

19. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Redemption
2. Port/The Lost Abbey Track 8
3. Craftsman Longest Day
4. Dogfish Head Immort Ale
5. Beachwood Control Malt Delete (nitro)

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, July 18, at 7PM: Kick off Belgian Independence with Surly Goat!
Do as the Belgians do, and celebrate all week with Ommegang Three Philosophers, Ommegang BID IPA, Ommegang Witte, Mersdsous 8, Liefmans Goudenband, Duvel Single, and Houblan Chouffe. Doors open at 6PM.

20. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Coronado Sock Knocker Imperial IPA
2. Monkish Anomaly Belgian Strong Dark
3. Noble Ale Works Five & Dime Fruit beer
4. Almanac Golden Gate Gose
5. Drakes Denogginizer Double IPA

21. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Modern Times Blazing World Hoppy Amber
2. Stone Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard
3. Ladyface La Grissette
4. Ommegang Fleur de Houblon
5. Coronado Hoppy Daze IPA

22. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Lost Abbey Track 8
3. Noble Ale Works Naughty Sauce
4. Avery Samaels
5. Firestone Walker Agrestic

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.