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Jun 9, 2008 09:08 PM

Belgium Beer on the westside.

So I have recently fell in love with Belgium beer. The problem is I have been in NYC for the past 2 years finding all the great Belgium beer bars and I don't know any on the westside. I am in Mar Vista (between Venice, Santa Monica and Culver City) and I am dying to find a/some good places to go! Any ideas? Thanks!!

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  1. Father's Office is a good choice. They aren't focused on belgian beers but they have quite a few and the new location in Culver City ought to serve you well.

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    1. re: Frommtron

      I like that they have Allagash on tap.

    2. Library Ale House on Main Street in Santa Monica usually carries some good choices as well. They rotate a certain number of their draft beer selections regularly but almost always carry at least a handful of Belgian/Belgian-styles on tap, and at least 10-12 in bottles as well.

      If you're willing to head down to Redondo Beach, try Naja's on the pier. They have upped their game over the past 10 years and pride themselves on carrying tons of Belgians, both on their fleet of taps as well as in bottles (probably 80-100? It's insane). And if you head down there, try Yakitori Bincho - you could load up on some great yakitori before heading over to Naja's - they still need to raise the bar on their food. This place is very unpretentious to a fault, so don't get dressed up - they may throw you out!

      1. There are great BelgiAN beer places in LA, but you may want to travel a wee bit farther.

        The Delerium Cafe in Sierra Madre or it's sister, Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena is the belgian Star of LA-the owner was knighted by the BelgiAN prime minister. A good selection all the time and a once or twice yearly BelgiAN beer festival.

        In redondo Beach, Naja's Place has a huge tap row of beer, and some fine BelgiAN choices.

        1. Father's Office, 3rd stop, library alehouse are probably the top choices in your area. Lucky Baldwin's is great, but it's a bit far in Pasadena. On a more random note, I remember 26 Beach has Chimay on tap. It's a great restaurant in your area. They only have 3 beers on tap mind you, so it's not a beer place, but it is a food place with good beer. Another random note, a Vons next to me started carrying Chimay and a few other belgians as well, the world sure is changing (now if only those grain prices would stop going on up..).

          You can also check out beerfly on for more places.

          Father's Office
          1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

          26 Beach
          3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

          3rd Stop
          8636 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          Library Alehouse
          2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          Father's Office
          3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

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          1. re: karamazov

            Chimay isn't exactly rare. Now Rodenbach is a little harder, and soon going to get even harder, as once again it will soon not be imported to the US. Stock up now!

            1. re: Diana

              I can't remember the entire selection, but I was surprised to find a decent assortment of Belgian beers at Cost Plus a couple of weeks ago. Good prices, too, iirc. Delerium, Duvel, and Chimay are the ones I recall seeing.

              1. re: CynD

                Costco has an OK BelgiAN beer selection. I know th OP wanted a bar in particualr. Frankly, I still say it's worth going to Pasadena for Lucky B's. Yes, it's a drive, but he has stuff no one else does, things you may only find in a little bar in Brussels.
                Hey, it's closer than going to Belgium!

                1. re: Diana

                  I haven't seen ANY Belgian or Belgian style craft beers at any of the several Costco's that I frequent. They do have Fat Tire Amber Ale, an American style amber/red ale from New Belgium Brewing Company but that's about it and deffinately NOT a selection! If I missed something point me to a particular store, OK?

                  1. re: sel

                    sorry, I meant cost plus. I was responding to CYn D.

                    Although for an American beer, New Belgium is one of the great ones!

                        1. re: Diana

                          Referring to your habit of screaming the last syllable of Belgian to make a point. Sorry, I always get a good laugh when someone makes a typo when calling others to task. Meant only as a joke as it happens to me nearly everyday in my line of work.

                          1. re: Frommtron

                            What's worse, you know, is I do it all the time! :)

                            It's not my spelling skills that suck; it is my typing! No spell check on this board, and I usually type and post without proofreading. A very bad habit!

                            Hey, it just proves I'm human!

                            Too bad it seems the moderators removed some of the posts on here, though!

                            1. re: Diana

                              Yeah! How about exercising some moderation with that moderation, eh?

                              My favorite typo so far on the board was when I referred to Shutters in Santa Monica as Shudders. Hmmm. Different.

                              Anyway, yes! Belgian beer good.

                2. re: CynD

                  The Whole Foods at Arroyo Parkway at Pasadena has a pretty good selection of Belgian beer as well. They have Westhalle, and cherry beer. Duvel, Chimay and the Raspberry/Peach Lambic are pretty commonly available.

                3. re: Diana

                  Rodenbach Grand Cru is one of my favorite Flanders Red Ales that has been relatively easy to find, I'M NOT HAPPY CAMPER!

                  1. re: sel

                    You should have stocked up! We did...

                    1. re: Diana

                      I have a little but my large fridge and cellar (read bedroom closet) is piled up with cases of Russian River's Temptation, Supplication and Beatification plus Lost Abbey's Isabelle Proxamus, Cuvee de Tommee and way too many craft brews after a couple of beer trips to San Francisco/Santa Rosa and San Diego County! I'm the only one in my house that consumes beer or any alcohol really so my monopolization of fridge space does raise the ire of my GF and kids sometimes! Yea, I know I need another dedicated beer fridge and a temp/humidity controlled cellar but...

                      At least there are other options for a Flanders Red Ale within the confines of this board. Yesterday I had La Folie Wood Aged Beer from New Belgium Brewing Inc. at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach which paired very well with their Smoked Albacore Sandwich and Sweet Potatoe Fries and last week I enjoyed a Ommegang Rouge from Brewery Ommegang at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange along with their Italian Style Devil Sandwich, very tasty, this is another place that I love!

                      P.S. Sorry about the detour from the original post as the above 2 places are not on the 'westside' but as least for me they are worth the trip!!!

                      Beachwood BBQ
                      131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

                      Hollingshead's Delicatessen
                      368 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868

              2. I have it from a good source that Daily Pint and Otheroom are solid beer geek bars comparable to what you would find in San Diego or Northern California.

                Daily Pint
                2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                  One caveat - neither serve any food.

                  1. re: Eat_Nopal

                    I'll second Daily Pint. It's been off my radar for awhile but Eat_Nopal is right. While they do't have the tap selection that a lot of the heavy hitters mentioned have, they have a lot of stuff in bottles.

                    1. re: Frommtron

                      Be careful with the Daily Pint nowadays...they switched ownership a few years ago and it turned into a VERY different place with a hostile vibe to match. They lost a ton of locals and haven't gained any back.

                      1. re: mr. O

                        I don't know what your talking about. I've been going to the Pint for over 6 years now and it has had the same owner the whole time. The vibe is much more laid back than say FO. Also they have recently put in hand pumps. While there is a shortage of cask conditioned beer in SoCal, the hand pump takes the gas charge out and renders satisfactory beers into something delightful.