Unless you’ve been living under a rock (that doesn’t serve alcohol), you’ve likely noticed the explosion of craft breweries not only in Southern California, but across the Unites States. In its infancy, craft beer was only accessible to a niche market, but has since expanded its reach to a much wider audience.
Lucky for us Angelinos, quite a few of these craft breweries have come to call Los Angeles home. Whether you’re just beginning your craft beer adventure or you’re a craft beer connoisseur, here are a few local LA breweries definitely worth exploring:
1. Arts District Brewing Company
Aptly named, Arts District Brewing Company is located in the heart of LA’s Art
District just a few minutes from Downtown. Not only do they serve some amazing craft beer of their own, they also feature a rotating tap of other great brews as well. There’s also a kitchen on site that serves up some indulgent bar fare. For those who prefer liquor to beer, you’re in luck! Arts District is one of the few breweries that offer a full bar. Enjoy your drink while playing a few rounds of Skeeball on one of their restored
vintage machines or try your hand at ping-pong or darts.
Our favorite brew: Traction IPA (7.5% ABV) American style IPA that perfectly balances the bold hop flavor with hints of citrus.
2. Angel City Brewery
Just around the corner from Arts District Brewing Co., you’ll find Angel City Brewery. From Pilsners to IPAs to Lagers and everything in between, this place has a beer for everyone’s palette. Can’t decide on what to beer to try first? Order a beer flight and work your way through their signature brews. Angel City also offers daily tours where you get a behind the scenes peek at how these delicious brews make it from the barrel to your mouth. Although they don’t have a kitchen on site, there’s an amazing rotation of food trucks in the outdoor space along with other great weekly happenings, so definitely check out their Events page.
Our favorite brew: Angel City Lager (4.8% ABV) Slightly sweet honey grapefruit lager that definitely has a bite to it.
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3. Golden Road Brewing
Located in Atwater Village near Griffith Park, Golden Road Brewing has been quenching locals’ thirsts since 2011. With its extensive outdoor and indoor space, this brewery is perfect for larger parties and is kid (and dog) friendly! Golden Road brews a few different IPAs, so it’s great for the hop-heads out there. Along with the IPAs, they brew a delicious Hefeweizen, Lager, and Brown Ale all year round and offer a full kitchen menu. Golden Road also features a rotation of seasonal brews and hosts weekly activities, so there’s always something new to check out at this lively location.
Our favorite brew: Wolf Among Weeds IPA (8% ABV) Full-bodied beer that highlights the hop flavor profile in all its glory. Careful, this one sneaks up on you!
4. Firestone Walker Brewing Company
While this Venice location is the new kid on the block (opening just last month), Firestone Walker is no stranger to the craft beer scene. With its headquarters located in Paso Robles, CA, Firestone Walker is one of the largest and most popular craft brewery companies in the United States. Their new Venice location features an extensive menu of carefully crafted food that pairs perfectly with Firestone’s brews on tap. With over a dozen beers on tap, including their 805 Blonde Ale and Double Barrel Ale, there is a great and varied selection of brews to please your palate. There’s also a brewery store on site where you can purchase Firestone Walker merchandise as well as take-home growlers of your own.
Our favorite brew: Opal (7.5% ABV) Easy to drink dry-hopped saison that builds on the traditional Belgian saison style by layering in a spicy & tropical fruit flavor profile.
These are just a few of the many craft breweries you can visit in Los Angeles. If you don’t live in LA, check and see if there’s a brewery near you. This summer is the perfect time to venture out with a few friends and discover new places, new beers, and new experiences.