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

By Joshua Lurie | September 11, 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.


Select Beer Store is bringing back the Local Tap Takeover and Brewer’s Chili Cookoff. To make beer life easier, enjoy your Gigantic Beer of the Week and complete your charitable homework assignment in one spot.

The Festival: LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off

Join the LA Brewers Guild at L.A. Chinatown’s Central Plaza on September 20 from 3-7pm for the largest-ever showing of LA Brewers. #LABW6 kicks off with unlimited craft beer samplings from over 35 breweries — 20+ from LA County alone. Admission also includes informational panel discussions, live music and access to a food truck lot. Buy Tickets HERE and check out the brewery lineup

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. Modern Times Lomaland Saison
3. Mad River Scotch Porter
4. Sudwerk Pilsner

Upcoming Event:
Friday, September 12, 9:30pm – The Essentials play Cannonball Adderley’s Live at the Lighthouse, featuring Sam Hirsh on piano

2. 38 Degrees (Alhambra)

Beers of the Week:
1. Berryessa Double Tap DIPA
2. Russian River Pliny The Elder
3. Logsdon Far West Vlaming
4. Ironfire Dead On Arrival
5. Kern River Sequoia Red

3. Angel City Brewery (Downtown LA)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Artie Pale Ale
2. Angel City Cream Ale
3. Angel City White Nite
4. Angel City Brandy Barrel-Aged Dark Rye Lager
5. Angel City Gold Line Pilsner

Upcoming Event:
September 15, 6pm – 7pm – Angel City Ale Academy III: Off Flavors & Taste Comparisons
During our third monthly installment of our public beer class, we’ll discuss ‘Off Flavors’ in beer. We’ll go over common off-flavors in beer, what issue they’re telling you about the beer, and then even taste some ‘off beer’ comparisons. Boost your beer knowledge and join us for a tasting! Tickets are $5 and include the beer tastings and an gift from Angel City.


4. Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Beachwood Melrose West-Coast IPA
2. Noble Ale Works Naughty Sauce Golden Milk Stout
3. Beachwood Tart Simpson Berliner Weisse
4. Smog City Weird Beer
5. Beachwood Hops of Brixton ESB

Upcoming Event:
We’ve got TWO exciting craft beer events happening on September 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 Knucklehead Red Ale
2. Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA
3. Bear Republic Crazy Ivan Belgian IPA
4. Logsdon Straffe Drieling Tripel
5. Beachwood Kilgore Stout

Upcoming Event:
Saturday, September 20 – Zwanze Day 2014 at Beachwood BBQ
Beachwood BBQ is thrilled to be participating in Zwanze 2014. An honor to be selected, we gather in Seal Beach to celebrate this wonderful, rare beer by the legendary Brasserie Cantillon. Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits only 52 locations around the World. In order to ensure that guests are able to enjoy this unique international event in comfort, we are offering a limited number of tickets for two separate sessions, breakfast and lunch. Cost per session is $50.

10:00am – 12:30pm 8oz. pour of Cantillon Zwanze 2014, 5oz. pour of Cantillon Iris, 5oz. pour of Cantillon Gueuze, 5oz. pour of Cantillon Mamouche, and a Breakfast buffet.
12:45pm-3pm 8oz. pour of Cantillon Zwanze 2014, 5oz. pour of Cantillon Iris, 5oz. pour of Cantillon Gueuze, 5oz. pour of Cantillon Mamouche, and a Lunch buffet.

6. Beer Belly (Koreatown)

Beers of the Week:
1. King Harbor Abel Brown
2. TAPS Biere De Garde
3. Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout
4. El Segundo Schot en Het Donker Saison
5. Green Flash Green Bullet

Upcoming Event:
Wednesday, September 17 – A One Night Stand with Drakes Brewing Co.
• Featuring: Hella Fresh Pale Ale (Wet Hopped 1500) • Bourbon Barrel Drakonic • Barrel Aged Robustito • Nitro Dry Stout • Aroma Flora • Robusto Porter • Red Eye • Blonde • Denogginizer IPA • IPA • Amber • 1500 Pale Ale

7. Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus
2. 21st Amendment/ Smog City Cali Love
3. Firestone Double DBA
4. Dogfish Head Bitches Brew
5. Beachwood Brewing Hop Ninja

Upcoming Event:
September 18 – Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
We will be featuring 3 hard ciders from Oregon Cidery, including Envy, a 10.2% intensely hopped fresh apple cider. The Reverend himself will be in the house to meet with guests from 6-9, and we will also have house-crafted cider cocktails available.

8. The Bottle Room (Whittier)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ommegang Gnomegang
2. Chimay Red
3. Great Divide Hercules
4. Bear Republic Racer 5
5. Stone Enjoy By 9.20.14

Upcoming Event:
October 14 is Kwak Night featuring the beers of Bosteels and you get to keep a glass as well.

9. Crazy Harry’s (Winnetka)

Beers of the Week:
1. Ladyface Hop Project IPA
2. Lagunitas Hop Stupid
3. Ska Modus Hoperandi
4. Drakes Denogginizer
5. Eagle Rock Norm II Smoked Porter

10. Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Beers of the Week:
1. Lucifer Belgian Blonde
2. Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale
3. Stone Delicious IPA,
4. Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale
5. Stone Ruin Ten Imperial IPA.

11. The Factory Gastrobar (Long Beach)

Beers of the Week:
1. Latitude 33 Camel Corps IPA
2. Port Board Meeting Brown
3. Lost Abbey Ten Commandments
4. Rogue XS Russian Imperial Stout
5. Hangar 24 Palmero

Upcoming Event:
LA BEER WEEK is upon us and we have stashed over 30 different rare and exotic beers for our various events. Watch this space next week for our final lineup!

12. The Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village)

Beers of the Week:
1. Golden Road Might As Well IPL
2. Golden Road Get Up Off That Brown
3. Golden Road 329 Lager
4. Golden Road I’ll Have Another Stout
5. Golden Road MoHop IPL

13. The LAB Brewing Co. (Agoura Hills)

Beers of the Week:
1. The Lab After Midnight Moo Milk Stout
2. B. Nektar Meadery Zombie Killer Cherry Mead
3. Enegren Protector Imperial IPA
4. Stone Coffee Milk Stout
5. Barrelhouse Berry Saison

14. 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- On The Fence (Red Rye w/ Palisade hops)

Upcoming Event:
Monday, September 15 – Reyes Adobe Red release. (Style: Imperial Red, ABV 10.6%, IBU 100+
This full-bodied Imperial red ale unfolds with rich caramel & toffee candy character balanced by Super Galena and Columbus hops, which impart flavors of grapefruit and tropical fruit. German Melanoidin and South American Especial malts in the recipe add rich sweetness, dark dried fruit character, and garnet and burnt orange hues. Reyes Adobe Red’s impressive alcohol level creeps through as the beer warms up to cellar temperatures. The purchase of this ale helps Ladyface support the Reyes Adobe Historical Site & Park.)

15. Little Bear (Downtown)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Arbalest Belgian Pale ale
2. Kasteel Ingelmunster Pumpkin
3. Unibroue Trois Pistoles
4. Hangar 24 Anniversary Saison
5. Allagash Confluence

Upcoming Event:
NFL Football season starts with 4 big flat screen TVs at the LB

16. Mohawk Bend (Echo Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Bootlegger’s 6th Anniversary Wheatwine
2. Lagunitas Scarce City Imperial Pilsner
3. Gigantic Pipewrench Gin Barrel aged IPA
4. King Harbor CA Saison
5. Ironfire NuHell IPL

Upcoming Event:
This month we have the good fortune of welcoming a special out of state guest brewery, Gigantic Brewing Company from Oregon! Enjoy the guest taps from Gigantic all month long.

17. Story Tavern (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Avery Kasier
2. El Segundo Mosaic IPA
3. Eagle Rock Populist IPA (Cask)
4. Epic Fermentation without Representation
5. Alesmith Decadence

Upcoming Event:
Thursday, September 18 @ 6:30 PM – Mother of All Stone Tap Takeovers
LA Beer Week is just around the corner, and each year, Stone Brewing Co. participates in the opening day by holding a tap takeover at an old favorite beer bar or a hot upcoming beer bar. This year, Story Tavern in Burbank has the honor of hosting The Mother of All Stone Tap Takeovers, featuring 26 rare and delicious Stone beers. Read on HERE for all the details you need to know, including the confirmed tap lineup. Whether you are a Stone diehard, or new to the scene, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

18. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)

Beers of the Week:
1. Deschutes Not the Stoic
2. New Belgium/Three Floyds – Lips Of Faith Grätzer Ale
3. Firestone Walker Lil’ Opal
4. Highland Park Yard Beer
5. The Lost Abbey Spontaneous Cheer

19. Tony’s Darts Away (Burbank)

Beers of the Week:
1. Stone Arbalest Belgian IPA
2. Saint Archer Double IPA
3. Alesmith 2014 Decadence Wheatwine
4. The Bruery Autumn Maple
5. Russian River Damnation

Upcoming Event:
Saturday September 27 at 12pm – Walker’s Wild Ride
The Firestone Walker gang will be coming by at noon with an unannounced specialty sour beer for our customers. They will be hitting up 4 other local beer bars that day and will be pouring a different special TBA sour beer at each location.

20. Tuning Fork (Studio City)

Beers of the Week:
1. Angel City Gold Line Pilsener
2. Ballast Point Calico Amber
3. Bootleggers Hefeweizen
4. Bruery Humulus IPL
5. Wolf Creek Surfin Monks IPA

21. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park)

Beers of the Week:
1. Allagash Fluxus
2. Russian River Row 2 Hill 56 IPA
3. Firestone Walker DBA
4. Sierra Nevada/ Ballast Point Electric Ray IPL
5. Craftsman Mesa Verde

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  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.