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Ranjit13 Jan 14, 2009 08:25 PM

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?

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    megs8 Jan 19, 2009 05:48 AM

    I've never been to Good Microbrew in Silverlake, but I drive by it all the time and it always has a decent amount of people in it.
    I believe The Library Bar - downtown (6th and Flower?) have a good menu.
    The Red Lion - also in Silverlake - is a proper German beer garden and is fantastic. Make sure you go all the way upstairs. And it fills up quickly with locals.

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      Chowpatty Jan 19, 2009 08:32 AM

      Good is not good at all, neither is Stuffed Sandwich. Yes, Good has a lot of beers, but if they do brew their own, which I doubt, no one has ever recommended it.
      Library Bar is good but not a brewpub, I don't really care for most of the German beer selections at the Red Lion but it's ok if you want a patio.
      However, to recap this thread, the only worthwhile local places where they actually brew beer seem to be Belmont Brewing and possibly Manhattan Beach Brewing, Red Car, Anacapa and Rock Bottom.

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        Ranjit13 Jan 19, 2009 03:28 PM

        Went to Manhattan Beach Brewing yesterday and got a taster of all their brews. A lot of people order the Manhattan Beach Blonde, but I thought it had a funky aftertaste. The Hefeweizen and IPA were okay, but The Rat Beach Red and Winter Ale were the best. The place was pretty nice inside and the bartenders were friendly. Didn't try the food though, but it looked fine.

        It was a bright and sunny day out and we had never been to Manhattan Beach before, so that made the trip more than worth it.

    2. dynamike Jan 17, 2009 06:25 PM

      Been to Hollingshead's...and have heard that Stuffed Sandwich is for the hardcore. Give these a shot.

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      Stuffed Sandwich
      1145 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA

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

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        mikester Jan 16, 2009 09:47 AM

        Not a brewery, but Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena has an outstanding selection of beers, particularly belgians but also local craft brews such as Craftsmen.

        I had an outstanding Moylan's Double IPA on draft, and also tried a unique, red wine ale from Craftsmen.

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          PurpleTeeth Jan 16, 2009 10:27 AM

          I hav e always found the Lucky Balwin's in Pasadena because there beer is not very cold. The one in Sierra Madre though is excellent!

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          laeditormatthew Jan 16, 2009 07:42 AM

          Def worth a try is Belmont Brewery in LBC, the Long Beach Crude is amazing.

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/belmont-brewi...

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            Ranjit13 Jan 18, 2009 08:47 PM

            Hadn't heard of them. Thanks!

          2. Chowpatty Jan 15, 2009 07:34 AM

            The Bruery in Placentia (Orange County) makes amazing Belgian-style beers and has a tasting room.
            http://www.thebruery.com/
            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.
            http://www.redcarbrewery.com/

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              tofuburrito Jan 15, 2009 08:32 AM

              If you feel like trekking north there is Anacapa in Ventura:
              http://www.anacapabrewing.com/

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                Peripatetic Jan 15, 2009 11:37 AM

                You can follow the progress of Eagle Rock Brewery on their blog:

                http://eaglerockbrewery.wordpress.com/

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                  Peripatetic Jan 15, 2009 01:00 PM

                  BTW, Chowpatty is probably too modest to mention her LA Times article, which is a good snapshot of the state of craft beer in the region:

                  http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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                    Ranjit13 Jan 15, 2009 02:43 PM

                    Wow, great article. Thanks!

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                      burntwater Jan 15, 2009 10:56 PM

                      A nice overall read but the best beer bar list seems to be off.

                      I can't figure out why the Verdugo and Blue Palms (which are dedicated to beer) would not make the list over some of the other places mentioned like the Hungry Cat.

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                        PurpleTeeth Jan 16, 2009 09:15 AM

                        Also the Coffee Table Lounge in Eagle Rock has 20 beers on tap and 100s in the bottle

                  2. Peripatetic Jan 15, 2009 01:10 AM

                    BeerAdvocate lists nine brewpubs in the LA area, none of which receive particularly strong reviews:

                    - http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/9

                    Note: The Gordon Biersch in Pasadena closed recently.

                    There's one excellent brewery in the LA area, Craftsman in Pasadena:

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

                    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.

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

                    Dara Thai Cafe
                    3655 W Anthem Way Ste B127, Anthem, AZ 85086

                    Daily Pint
                    2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                    Father's Office
                    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

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                      Ranjit13 Jan 15, 2009 08:02 AM

                      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.

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                        Peripatetic Jan 15, 2009 11:16 AM

                        I've never visited Manhattan Beach Brewing, but BeerAdvocate contributors seem to be fairly equivocal:

                        http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1014/?view=beerfly

                        Yelpers can't seem to get too excited by it, either.

                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/manhattan-bea...

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                        sobriquet Jan 15, 2009 02:29 PM

                        I second Father's Office. Yard House in Long Beach (I think there are other locations) has nice selections, too.

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                        ErikaK Jan 14, 2009 09:14 PM

                        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.

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