Compared to other parts of California, Los Angeles took a little longer to fully join the craft beer revolution. Now, it’s on board big time, with hip taprooms throughout the region.
Start in East L.A. at Eagle Rock Brewery, opened in 2009 and arguably the city’s first major player. It has now a neighborhood-y outpost on Colorado Blvd., too, serving such signatures brews as Stimulus Coffee Belgian Amber and Manifesto Witbier along with some surprisingly sophisticated dishes (pork cheeks with pearl onions and celeriac; Cornish hen with potato, radish, and nettle chimichurri).
Next, sample what’s on tap—and see what’s on the walls—at Angel City Brewery, also known for displaying local artworks in its airy, gallery-like space. Head to leafy Glendale (a favorite address for celebs) to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at The Pub at the Golden Road, which serves up Golden Road Brewery creations such as 329 Days of Sun Lager ad Wolf Among Weeds IPA.
Though technically not a brewery, no beer geek’s visit to L.A. would be complete without downing a few of the selections at the sprawling Mikeller DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles), the largest of Danish brewer Mikkel Birg Bjergsø’s 20-plus watering holes scattered around the world. Concoctions from L.A. breweries such as Mumford, Three Weavers, and Craftsman are among the 40 taps, as well as a dozen or so from Mikeller’s brewery in San Diego.
North of the city, in the Conejo Valley, follow locals to Ladyface Ale Companie. And south of L.A., discover a trio of outstanding craft brew finds: El Segundo Brewing (in El Segundo), Monkish Brewing (in Torrance), and Belmont Brewing Company, founded in Long Beach in 1990.