The la times the guide launched maybe 6 months ago. I stumbled onto a really respectable beer bar list. All beer lovers should peruse the list.
LA should be WAY better when it comes to beer. CA has the best beer outside of belgium in my opinion. From Lagunitas, to bear republic, to Anderson Valley, to Stone, Firestone, Pizza Port, Craftsman, Alesmith, Lost Coast, Russian River, Mendonico County, etc. CA has the craziest IPAs, ridiculously great stouts, malty hefs, and belgium style ales. I didn’t even mention Anchor, Sierra Nevade, and Gordon Bierch. LA is getting better about representing CA’s elite brews!
Anyhow, I wanted to add a few places though that have respectable beer by the bottles
Tompkins Square Park Grill in Westchester (The Father's office of LAX area)
Delerium Pub in sierra Madre (Same as lucky baldwin)
red lion tavern in eagle rock (Large german/belgium beer bottle selection)
Beachwood BBQ in the OC (The boneyard Bistro of the OC)
Blue Velvet DTLA (Very respectable bottle selection, and sometimes they make inhouse specialty brews for their tasting menu)
Cafe Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach (Live blues, passable cajun, good beer bottle selection)
beechwood in venice (respectable beer menu)
Blairs in silver lake (Just like mozza, it has a decent selection for a fine dining restaurant)
Pizzeria Mozza (Osteria mozza was listed, but the pizzeria just upgraded thier beer offerings. Dont let the waitors bring you italian lager crap. Get the good stuff)
3 on 4th in santa monica (Fine dining establishment in santa monica with great beer)
Pure Luck on Heliotroupe (This is a vegan resto with a strong selection)
Landmark theatres (Just a movie theatre, but one with an awesome selection of beers)
Brussels in Laguna Beach (Great belgium beer bar in pretty downtown Laguna)
El Prado in echo park (new tiny winebar witha small selection of craft beer. It ONLY serves craft beer, so that is why it is listed, despite its small selection)
There are so many other places with good beer like a west coast IPA I had at Lucques, or the delicious brews of Unibroue Brewing that I had at Angelini Caffe on Melrose and Violet in Santa Monica. Each of those places only has 2-3 beers, but they are all specialty beers, so they are worth mentioning.
Most decent places in LA will carry Chimay these days.
There is a new specialty beer and gourmet sausage restaurant building out in downtown LA. Probably wont be ready until this time next year given the typical speed of LA construction.
Anyhow. Long live great CA craft beer!
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