Best Brewpubs / Microbreweries?
Hey all. I've been visiting Chow.com and reading posts for a while, but this is a first-time post for me. My girlfriend and I are big time beer people and we only recently moved to LA.
We were both wondering if there are any good brewpubs or microbreweries (with tours/tastings) in Los Angeles. I know there are plenty in San Diego and we've been to quite a few of them, but what about LA? Do you guys have any recommendations?
I'm not aware of any really in LA proper that have tours/tastings. BJ's and Oggi's pizza places have some decent microbrews, as does Alcatraz Brewing (there is one in Orange, in OC but I am not sure if there are others). Also in Long Beach there is Rock Bottom, they brew on the premises as well.
BeerAdvocate lists nine brewpubs in the LA area, none of which receive particularly strong reviews:
Note: The Gordon Biersch in Pasadena closed recently.
There's one excellent brewery in the LA area, Craftsman in Pasadena:
However when I emailed Mark Jilg (Craftsman's brewmaster) a few months ago asking about tours, he replied that they don't do them yet.
There are some excellent beer bars around, though. My favorite so far is Fathers Office, but I haven't yet tried Blue Palms, Verdugo Bar, Daily Pint, or Boneyard Bistro, all of which are supposed to be excellent.
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Dara Thai Cafe
3655 W Anthem Way Ste B127, Anthem, AZ 85086
2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034
Blue Palms Brew House
6124 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The Verdugo Bar
3408 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Thanks for the advice guys. It's too bad that there aren't more brewpubs or open breweries like Stone in LA. Having lived in Kentucky and Georgia, I'm used to having places like the Bluegrass Brewing Company and the Sweetwater Brewing Company around. Guess this is all the more reason I should pick up the pace with my own brewing and start my own company!
Also, what's the word on Manhattan Beach Brewing? I heard they were good.
The Bruery in Placentia (Orange County) makes amazing Belgian-style beers and has a tasting room.
As the Beer Advocate list shows, there's a few others like Red Car in Torrance, but you'll usually get much better beers by going to one of the bars listed here and ordering something from Craftsman or from one of the other local breweries like Telegraph, Dale Bros. or Deans Bros. Hopefully Eagle Rock Brewing will get up and running soon with a tasting room.