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Sep 6, 2012 08:02 PM

My 'to do' map - Microbrewers of Los Angeles county

For a long time I've meant to attack this systematically and finally 'cracked the codes' of the state ABC site. Here's a map of licensed microbrewers, brewpubs and home brew suppliers in the county:

Due to the higher costs of meeting county health dept requirements, most microbrewers don't serve food but most have 'tap rooms' for tasting. Surprisingly, there aren't that many places categorized as brewpubs.

I challenge one and all to Drink Local Brews and show us your (regional) maps!

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  1. You are aware of an entity called BeerAdvocate, aren't you?

    1. Better yet, check out beermapping ( for a very thorough map of the greater LA area. In my experience LA, like New York was a little slow coming to the craft beer scene but theyve both made leaps in bounds in just the past few years.

      1. @InsidiousRex, thanks for the link - they're Way ahead of me :-). Hope they keep it up to date. To my surprise, it lets one toggle display of specific categories on and off.

        @RBHound, I'm aware of BeerAdvocate but, even more so than Chowhound, keeping up with the volume of interesting posts can lead to subject matter burnout. Perhaps it's time for a beer and a recharge .....

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        1. re: DiveFan

          My answer was pretty stupid, DiveFan, because BA doesn't have a cool map associated with it - my apologies. I second Indsidious Rex's suggesting of the beer mapping project.

          1. re: DiveFan

            If you're up for a drive I highly recommend a trip down to Bootlegger's in Fullerton. That guy makes some excellent beer (much better than Bruery, IMO).

            1. re: Josh

              Don't drink too much there and then head to Cismontane in Rancho Santa Margarita.

              1. re: JAB

                Has their beer improved? When I went there I thought it tasted like mediocre homebrew.

                1. re: Josh

                  Which of their offerings did you try?

                  1. re: JAB

                    Blacks Dawn
                    Coulter IPA
                    The Citizen

                    It was a long time ago, though, so they could well have improved.

                    1. re: Josh

                      Any chance the Coulter IPA was named after Ann Coulter?

                      Just curious...

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        I asked that. It's named after a type of pine tree. If it was named after Ann Coulter I probably would have walked out of the brewery.

                        1. re: Josh

                          What! And miss out on the Rush Limbaugh stout??

                          1. re: Josh

                            If it were an Ann Coulter IPA, not only would it be very bitter, but it would be frigidly cold and flat.

                        2. re: Josh

                          I do like their Coulter. I'm not much of a fan of either their Blacks Dawn or Citizen. Another one of theirs that I liked was their Bruin.

              2. Knowing where the breweries are with maybe a site link is some help, but not much. Better would be to link to reviews by the beer bloggers down there.