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Ok, so i love beer, all sorts. Now when i go to out to the bars, they really don't have much of a selection, are there any good places to go that have more than 3 beers on tap? i mean like easily 10, and then any places that have a bunch of micro brewed beers in LA?!

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  1. You'll find plenty of other threads on this, but start with:
    Father's Office
    Third Stop
    Verdugo in Glassell Park
    Library Bar Downtown
    Wurstkuche sausage Downtown
    Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena
    Laurel Tavern
    Rustic Canyon

    Where are you located? There's plenty more in other neighborhoods.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      Ugh i am sorry but Laurel Tavern sucks, all CA beer and terrible service with a poor layout.

      I second Verdugo, best selection i have seen in LA.

      1. re: laeditormatthew

        well, I haven't actually been to Laurel yet, but nothing wrong with California beer!

        1. re: Chowpatty

          I'm scratching my head and don't know what's wrong with CA beers as well... A lot of great brewing going on all over this sudsy state...

          1. re: bulavinaka

            Oh no disrespect to CA beer just that there are 49 other states and roughly 190 other countries so when a mediocre CA beer gets served over it's superior international counterpart i cry a little. And really, i strongly disliked Laurel when i went. STRONGLY!
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/laurel-tavern...

            1. re: laeditormatthew

              That's fair and can understand your aversion. I've never been to this place but think the concept is interesting - highlighting a region's specific products - in this case, beer. I would think visiting this place a few times would give one a pretty firm understanding of the various "styles," as well as fairly determining one's likes and dislikes about general styles or specific brews from our wonderful state.

              I turned my nose to most brews that weren't from Belgium for quite a while until I started giving some bottles from NorCal a try - now I'm a big fan of those as well. Had I stumbled across a place like Laurel, I would have dropped my baseless bias a lot sooner.

              I looked over the YELP reviews and it seems that you had quite a different experience from the majority of posters - not that this makes you wrong or them right. All in all, it sounds like it just wasn't your cup of tea with a fair dose of service issues. But as for the beers, what did and didn't you like, just so I can get a better idea of their offerings and your palate? Thanks

              1. re: bulavinaka

                Oh i would agree kevin, they both are.
                As far as beer goes i truthfully love everything, I love Rogue Dead Guy, Most anything by Unibroue, Delerium, even some good old Wisconsin PBR.
                To be honest their beer didn't bother me, it was good and there was plentiful selection but i felt like a few selections could have been replaced with MUCH better international brews. As far as the place itself is concerned, the service was terrible, we sat at the bar for a while before we were even acknowledged. I mean it is def a trendy gastro pub, you are expected to have the plot with out being told. I dont get how they have full service food but no waitresses, at least we didnt see any for the tables. Does every one order at the bar? Can any other hounds clarify this? Anyways, like i said on yelp, if i am sitting AT THE BAR i should not have an empty glass for more than a minute, i mean come on. As far as the food is concerned; the chorizo fondue was okay, greasy and def need a more malleable cheese as when it cooled it became a solid mass. It wasn't really fondue at all just heated cheese with chorizo and mushrooms, tasty but nothing i couldn't make in my microwave. The fries pretty much sucked, i was ALL for pork fat drizzled fries, i was even a little excited but they were SO flaccid and the pork fat really only would have been good if they had the fried charred acidic crispy flavor instead of a semi baked potato feel/taste. I dont know, i was just excited for a cool gastro pub but it was pretty bad experience. I will prob give it a second chance in order to try some of the more daring menu items but i hope the service and quality is better when i do... OH and it is pricey as hell.

              2. re: laeditormatthew

                "Oh no disrespect to CA beer just that there are 49 other states and roughly 190 other countries so when a mediocre CA beer gets served over it's superior international counterpart i cry a little. And really, i strongly disliked Laurel when i went. STRONGLY!""

                Laeditormathew. Are you trying to convince Californians that other states in this country matter? That is blasphemy. All kidding aside, Californians take great pride in their artisinal products whether it be our fine cheeses, wines, and yes Beer.

                We have every beer imaginable between the ultra malty belgians and ultra hoppy California style IPAs On one end of the spectrum we have Brother Thelonious (superior to chimay IMHO) and Damnation Ale (superior to Duvel IMHO), on the other end of the spectrum we have killer IPAs like Racer 5 and Ruination Ale. We've got porters like black butte porter and we have got crazy stouts, like Stone Imperial russian stout. If I want 50 different varities and a selection of over 100 quality beers, I have to look no further than my golden state.

                That being said, obviously german, belgian, Pacific Northwest and East Coast beers are not to be missed despite CA's awesome selection.

                1. re: jlrobe

                  Well said. I didn't see Thelonious or Damnation there (i dig both and might have missed them) and i pretty much like anything Stone brews but i stand by not liking Laurel Tavern.

                  1. re: jlrobe

                    One thing: Black Butte Porter is a product of Deschutes Brewery (Bend/Portland, Oregon).
                    California can boast many fine craft beers, but as an Angeleno recently moved to Portland: fresh-out-of-tap Pacific Northwest beer is plentiful, and amazing! (I miss LA., but the beer here helps.) Most important is to patronize local breweries, for the best beer supply, and support of the local crafters. If the alcohol ordinances support refillable growlers (which I'm not sure happens in L.A), that's a great way to take home a supply of fresh beer.

                    1. re: grinninggourmand

                      "One thing: Black Butte Porter is a product of Deschutes Brewery (Bend/Portland, Oregon). "

                      Funny you mentioned that. About 3 days ago while driving around town and thinking about beer (like I always do), I remember my mistake. Thanks for calling me on it!

                      grinninggourmand. you make an excellent point about Porland. As CA is known for its farm to table, Portland is known for its brewer cask to beer mug!
                      Like I said, the pacific northwest does not dissappoint!

                      Cheers!

                2. re: bulavinaka

                  pasadena based Craftsman 1903 and Prohibition are both wonderful beers.

              3. re: laeditormatthew

                Just tried Laurel Tavern last night and had a much better experience than you, Matthew. While you do have to order at the bar (no waitresses), the bartenders were all friendly and extremely attentive and the food came out quickly. Even when it got a little busy, I never had to fight for bartender attention and eye contact the way it can be in many bars. They were even helpful in recommending some new drinks to try.
                I'm not a beer drinker, so I won't comment there.
                As for the food, it was good. The best? No. But the burrata beet plate was very nice, well sized and more than enough burratta for two of us splitting it (we can both be a bit burrata territorial, so it was nice to not be fork fighting for once...). The fries were not the crispiest, it's true, but they weren't flaccid either, and they had a nice amount of seasoning and taste. Again, certainly not the absolute best fries, but there also weren't any leftover.
                I didn't try the pork belly skewers, but my meat obsessed friends were licking their fingers.
                All in all, a nice experience.

              4. re: Chowpatty

                Library Bar is great! They have some great Ales! Also Father's office is a great choice too. Plus they have the best Burger's around...Beer and burgers...doesn't get much better than that!

              5. Chowpatty has many good suggestions. I'd add the Library Alehouse on Main Street in Santa Monica. And, of course, there's the Yard House in Long Beach or Pasadena, with its 100 or so taps, but it's not so much a bar as a tourist trap.

                But Father's Office is the daddy of them all.

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                1. re: nick_r

                  +1 on the Library Alehouse, last night it was packed to the hilt and they staff still took the time to ask me what I like in a beer in order to recommend something I'd enjoy.
                  I can't quite recommend it, but the Otherroom on Abbot Kinney in Venice has a good selection of beer, if high priced and loud.

                2. I would also add Boneyard Bistro.

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                  1. re: a213b

                    thanks, i really dont like the hollywood scene, i want a good beer and a good time with friends.

                  2. T. Phillips has about 70-80 beers on tap. Locations in La Verne and Glendora.

                    Also good is Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena and Sierra Madre with about as many, very good for Belgians. Bud and Coors not on tap there, only in bottles and hidden away as much as possible.

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                    1. re: heckonwheels

                      Love Lucky Baldwins in Sierra Madre but at the one in Pasadena the beer is always too warm. The Coffee Table Lounge in Eagle Rock has more than 20 on tap. A mix of imports and usa and always very cold. The Weihenstephan is soo good!

                    2. Najas on Redondo pier has an enormous selection.

                      Cafe Boogaloo in Hermosa has well picked beers, good music and excellent food.

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                      1. re: luhkee

                        Naja's - Beer Count:

                        88 - On Tap
                        94 - Belgium (bottled).
                        96 - Other Bottled Beers
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                        278 --> Is that enough ?

                        http://www.najasplace.com

                        1. re: JBC

                          hahaha wow thats incredible. perfect.

                      2. Links here...

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                        Cafe Boogaloo
                        1238 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

                        Naja's Place
                        154 International, Boardwalk Redondo Beach, CA

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                        1. re: luhkee

                          naja's is good, you can also go to the Stuffed Sandwich.

                          closed to a thousand beers but they are all in the bottle, except for a rotating tap of a near dozen.

                        2. Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. You can see the beers they have on tap here.

                          http://www.beachwoodbbq.com/beerwine/...

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                          1. re: ozbuc

                            seconded! especially because they had cask ale here the last time i went

                            1. Not sure where in LA you're at but if you're ever in the Orange County area go to the Goat Hill Tavern in Costa Mesa. They have 141 beers on tap. The most I've seen anywhere so far!

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                              1. re: Jaytizzle

                                Have you been here lately ? I haven't, and have not heard much about it for quite a while, so I'm curious how ther're doing. Last time I was there (quite a few years ago), the german beer that I'd ordered was just, plain flat, and the bartender tried to tell me that it was correct. I've been to Germany and had my share of lagers, and it was not correct. I think the large selection means that turnover is too low on the less popular taps.

                              2. blue palms on hollywood and gower next to the henry fonda theater is the best - 20 plus craft brews on tap every day, selection changes every few days. awesome sweet potato fries too!

                                www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com

                                1. The place you are looking for is Verdugo Bar.

                                  http://www.verdugobar.com/

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                                  1. re: B Minus

                                    oh nice, look at this one! thanks!

                                  2. Barneys beanery has about 40 beers on tap, and I think they are included in the happy hour specials. As a founding member of the Rogue Nation, I can't recommend any beers brewed in LA. They do offer several selections from Stone, which Is the best microbrewery in Southern CA.

                                    A list of my Favorites:
                                    Rogue Brutal Bitter- Does anyone know where to find this on tap in LA?
                                    Stone Arrogant Bastard- Your palate in not developed enough to appreciate this one.
                                    Bohemia - great with food or on a hot day.
                                    Grimbergen or Leffe- something different.

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                                    1. re: Mateo R

                                      nice, i have my rogue card! Where in LA had rogue on tap?!?!

                                      1. re: Mateo R

                                        "I can't recommend any beers brewed in LA"

                                        I was similarly unimpressed by Angel City's offerings the last time I tried them, but what about Craftsman? I've had some fine, fine beers from Craftsman over the past few years.

                                        Besides the smoked porter, does Stone make anything that isn't aggressively hopped? I like my hops in moderation.

                                        1. re: Bjartmarr

                                          All the ones i have had are hopptastic, nothing moderate. It's weird, i used to hate Stone brews but i can only imagine my taste buds changed (what is the theory, 5 yrs? 3yrs?) and now i cant get enough!

                                          1. re: Bjartmarr

                                            try the vertical epic aged a couple years

                                              1. re: laeditormatthew

                                                The Vertical Epic is a seasonal release once a year starting in 2002.
                                                The 08 release was 080808 so it's harder to find now but not impossible.

                                                Call Red Carpet in Glendale, They may still have some
                                                http://www.redcarpetwine.com/

                                                The Verdugo has Rogue in it's rotation.
                                                Shakespere Stout on Nitros was the last thing I had from them (pretty recently) but it may be gone.
                                                If there is a hot beer on tap it can go pretty quickly.

                                                Most of the better beer bars usually have some type of Rogue handle
                                                like Dead guy or even double Dead guy.

                                                1. re: burntwater

                                                  haha i had the Shakespere a few days ago at V too! Man i love rogue, i just recently tried double dead as the original is one of my favorite beers! Never been to red carpet and i used to live in Gdale. Have you had Delerium Nocturnum, it is on my list too.

                                            1. re: Bjartmarr

                                              i'm also anti-hops, try the oaked arrogant bastard, the new wood tames the overwhelming bitterness in this version.

                                          2. I would recommend the Yard House in Pasadena or Naja's - big selection at both!

                                            1. seriously. the best place to go is the daily pint on pico and cloverfield on west LA. most interesting beers. very divey, but they have SHUFFLEBOARD! need i say more. oh yeah, they have some of the rarest beers that i've seen in LA. occasionally some hand pumped cask ales, etc. nifty place. guys to girl ration is around 9.9:1.0 but what do you expect.

                                              1. LA is not a beer town, but luckily LA is a huge place, so it still has some offerings. Here is my cookie cutter response.

                                                Comprehensive and/or Great Selection:
                                                Lucky Devils
                                                the otheroom
                                                fathers office
                                                Blue Palms Brew House
                                                The 3rd Stop
                                                library bar
                                                lucky baldwins / Delerium Pub
                                                Verdugo
                                                laurel tavern
                                                Najas (Best Selection, bad atmosphere)
                                                Santinos
                                                Daily Pint
                                                stuffed sandwhich
                                                Sheddy's
                                                el prado
                                                Brussels in Laguna Beach
                                                Boneyard Bistro (Expensive Sit down restaurant)
                                                red lion tavern


                                                Restaurants with 15+ Quality Offerings:
                                                library ale house in Santa Monica
                                                york
                                                WurstKuche
                                                3 on fourth in santa monica
                                                Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach
                                                cafe boogaloo In Hermosa Beach


                                                Large Selection, but unimpressive in my book:
                                                yard house
                                                Barney's Beanery
                                                Good Luck Bar

                                                Restaurants with a < 10 truly solid choices but possibly worth a mention:
                                                8oz
                                                Blair's
                                                Village Idiot
                                                Pure Luck Restaurant

                                                LA's upper crust is solid (as always), but the typical LA bar is TERRIBLE.
                                                All of the places I mentioned are quality IMHO.

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                                                1. re: jlrobe

                                                  Thanks jlrobe. I've only visited a few of these places but I can tell you know what you're talking about. I'll have to make my way through the rest. I'm no beer connisieur but I Belgian beers rule, although I do like my racer 5 and anchor steam

                                                  1. re: peppermonkey

                                                    "Thanks jlrobe. I've only visited a few of these places but I can tell you know what you're talking about. I'll have to make my way through the rest. I'm no beer connisieur but I Belgian beers rule, although I do like my racer 5 and anchor steam"

                                                    sure thing. Racer 5 is GREAT stuff, and achor makes some solid beers, e.g. their summer ale with BBQ ribs! Belgians make great beer, but so does American Microbrew.

                                                2. Verdugo is a great place for exceptional beer.

                                                  Their macro tap is Stella and it only gets better from there.

                                                  They are into rotating as much unique, quality and seasonal taps as they can at this little gem in Glassel Park.

                                                  As of a few nights ago they had Fantome on tap which is pretty much unheard of around these parts and most of the US for that matter.

                                                  Here's a report card from folks who care about good beer....

                                                  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

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                                                  1. About fifteen taps, but well selected, huge selection of bottled beers to take away: Hollingshead's Deli in Orange (the city within the county). They'll let you sample anything, the prices aren't cheap but fair for the quality, and you have a choice of portion size. Lots of regular beer-ists frequent it which keeps the always-changing selection of taps fresh. As far as cali microbrews, I know the n.cal ones better as a resident there, and they have n.cal stars like Russian River ales, and always a solid representation of Belgian and German stuff on tap, not the usual big brewery products, either. The German and Belgian bottled selection is equal to most I've seen in LA/OC, and the old guy and his son know what they're pouring. They do straightforward, basic deli sandwiches and a couple of plain salads, as far as eats. cheers

                                                    1. When I was travelling to LA regularly my best beer places were usually British Pubs such as the Robin Hood Tavern in Van Nuys or the Crown and Anchor in Thousand Oaks.

                                                      Nowadays I'm travelling more to OC and have found a variety of good places.

                                                      My current favorites are Taps Fish House & Brewery in Brea which always has eight of their biers draft and usually one cask. Their brewmaster Victor makes a wide variety of styles ranging thru English, German, Belgian and American. So far pretty much all of them that I've tried have been true to style.

                                                      Other Pubs with good bier selections in that area that I've liked have been The Olde Ship in Fullerton for a good English Pub, Heroes in Fullerton and Yard House in Brea both with hugh selection of drafts.

                                                      1. I was introduced to cask-conditioned beers a few years ago in Pennsylvania, and loved them. I also found them at the Steelhead brewpub in my former home town of Burlingame, CA, and enjoyed them too. Since moving back to LA, I have found nada.

                                                        Any other cask-conditioned enthusiasts, or any recos regarding LA locations that serve it? I'd prefer South Bay, West side, or Long Beach, but would go anywhere in a pinch.

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                                                        1. re: Tony Miller

                                                          Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach always has something on cask. Their food is a carnivores delight.

                                                          http://www.beachwoodbbq.com/