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May 19, 2006 07:39 PM

Beer Lovers - What Place has the Largest Selection ??

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What establishment, restaurant or bar, in the greater L.A. Uberopolis maintains the largest selection of Beer (on-tap and/or bottled)?

Anyone want to take a bite, or gulp, on this important question?

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  1. Crown City Brewery in Pasadena. They have beers from all over the world; a beer "passport" that they stamp for each that you drink, and after you have your entire passport stamped, they engrave your name on a brass plaque that goes up on the wall. At least I think they still do all that, haven't been there in awhile, but they definitely have a very large selection.

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    1. re: slacker

      Great place, but the food is pretty standard. I like Library Ale House, much smaller selection, but nicely edited with good grub!


      1. re: Dommy!

        And on the east side, I've enjoyed Good Brew! Great selection of bottled beer...


    2. If you're on the westside and you're willing to brave the uber-cool crowd, My Father's Office has a pretty good assortment of beers, though not as extensive as Crown City.

      Also, The Other Room, another uber-cool spot on the westside, has a smaller, but very good collection of beer. They've got Hoegardden on tap, which forever endears them to me, even if they amateurishly drop a slice of lemon in the glass. I can definitely look past that.

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      1. re: glutton

        bowery bar in hollywood also has hoegardden on tap.

        1. re: glutton

          the other room does have a lot of beers, but any true beery would be disappointed ultimately. along with the lemon in your beer (which is not always a faux pas by the way), they have poor glassware, temp is always off (some too cold, some too warm), and because most people do not know the difference between orval and stella, they tend to order the more well known beers and keep the turnover quite low-in other words, the cases sit around, getting warm and then chilled and then warm again. plus its too loud in there.

        2. Tom Bergin on Fairfax used to have a good one, and the Yard House in multiple locations seems to have a pretty good one, although I cannot personally vouch for either - give me the vino!

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          1. re: carter

            Tom's selection is not that impressive... But they will make you a REAL black and Tan with a spoon... awesome! :)


          2. An important question that comes up is "Who has the Best Wine List" being defined by quality and how deep it is (quanity). All I was looking for here is:

            Who has the Deepest Beer List? Beind defined by the number they provide to their cutomers; Bar or Restaurant. Bottom line is what's the number?

            A debate on the quality of any particular brand of beer or the food they may serve would be immaterial.

            1. Barney's Beanery on Santa Monica and La Cienega