Los Angeles has a reputation as a cocktail town, but that doesn’t mean the City of Angels can’t celebrate the softer suds. In fact, it’s becoming easier than ever to find craft beer in LA. In recent years, a number of locally owned breweries have popped up around the city, turning it into a craft beer capital. These three breweries not only make their own beer, they also have their own taprooms, so you can imbibe their wares while they’re at their freshest. So put down that out-of-state IPA, and start sampling the local goods Your taste buds will thank you.
Angel City Brewery
The aroma of malty goodness envelops you as you enter Angel City‘s Brewery and Public House. A rotating list of small-batch and seasonal beers, along with year-round favorites like the Angel City IPA, are on draft and pair nicely with grub from the venue’s ever-changing roster of food trucks. Check the schedule to see which trucks are parked out front before you head over. An order of tots and a Spicy Angelino (a decadent, bacon-wrapped delight covered in salsa fresca and deep-fried jalapenos) from Dogtown Dogs goes down smooth with a few swigs of a nice West Coast Wheat. Also, feel free to share your food (but not your beer) with a four-legged friend. Angel City is dog-friendly and proud of it.
Eagle Rock Brewery
Established in 2009, the family-owned Eagle Rock Brewery was the first microbrewery to open in the city of Los Angeles in over 60 years—without them, there may be no craft beer in LA right now. (Perish the thought!) Their dedication to the art of beer is apparent in every swallow of their award-winning Solidarity Black Mild Ale and citrusy Manifesto Wit Bier, and the rock ‘n’ roll-infused energy exuded by Eagle Rock’s brewers and bartenders is infectious. Join a free brewery tour on the weekend, or pull up a character sheet on one of their tabletop gaming nights (seriously). And make sure to bring your growler with you, so you can fill it with your new favorite brew on your way out. Can’t decide on a favorite? Just roll your 12-sided die.
Golden Road Brewing
Aside from good friends, nothing goes better with great beer than great grub, and Golden Road has both in spades. Here, you will find no typical pub fare; instead, they offer interesting takes on old favorites designed to pair perfectly with their brews. Dig into a plate of wonderfully messy short rib tacos, while your buddy devours vegan pulled pork sandwiches. Order a pint of their legendary Point the Way IPA, or venture toward their draft-only specialty beers, available exclusively at the pub. The Almond Milk Stout is as rich, creamy and delicious as you’d imagine—like a grown-up (vegan-friendly) milkshake.