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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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: Peripatetic

        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.

        1. re: Ranjit13

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

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

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

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

        2. re: Peripatetic

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

        3. 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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          1. re: Chowpatty

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

            1. re: Chowpatty

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

              http://eaglerockbrewery.wordpress.com/

              1. re: Chowpatty

                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/...

                  1. re: Peripatetic

                    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.

                    1. re: burntwater

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

                1. 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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                  1. 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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                    1. re: mikester

                      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!