There’s no denying it—Southern California is a destination for craft beer aficionados. And while Los Angeles might not have quite as many breweries per capita as, say, San Diego, there are breweries here in parts of the city that you’ll actually want to visit, rather than the anonymous business parks where breweries tend to sprout up. Here are six notable L.A. breweries that are as inspiring in palate as they are in place.
Angel City Brewery
Some years ago, Angel City Brewery opened among the warehouses, lofts, and street art murals in the Arts District; it quickly became a neighborhood gathering place. The massive brew pub comes complete with picnic tables, board games, several bars, art gallery space, and a separate music venue called “The Shed.” Angel City keeps a packed events calendar: almost every day of the week, there’s anything from a farmers market to nights of comedy, trivia, live music, board games, karaoke and more. Don’t leave without trying the Angeleno IPA, and if you happen to be there on Thursday, ask for a pour of whatever the brewers have been playing with—usually on cask—while it lasts.
216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Arts District Brewing Company
Not far from Angel City is the new brewery in the neighborhood. Arts District Brewing Company is a little more dressed up than its neighbor, and we’ll leave the comparisons there. Go here for Skee-Ball, darts, the beer (obviously), and elevated pub food. It’s especially hard to say no to cheap beers during happy hour, especially one of their nine beers made in-house.
828 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Yet another option in the Arts District is Boomtown Brewery. The vibe is sort of windowless-industrial-winter-den but that suits the occasion just fine, we think. Those for whom beer is not entertainment enough in and of itself will enjoy the shuffleboard, pool table, and darts.
700 Jackson St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant
When it comes to the usual brewery format—cement floors, darkish woods, an over-all masculine aesthetic—some might abide by the adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Others, though, who prefer their ale had in a light, bright, and elegant room, will decidedly prefer 6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant. An other bonus? It’s a quick cab ride from SIXTY Beverly Hills.
600 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Golden Road Brewery
Golden Road Brewery’s main location is in the midst of a bland business park, but it’s worth the trip nonetheless. Inside, it’s a modern biergarten with long tables, tons of beers on tap, and an extensive food menu. To boot, it’s more vegan-and-vegetarian-friendly than your average booze house. It also happens to be one of the few spots in the city where you can sing live-band karaoke. If you don’t make the trip out to Glendale, you can still taste Golden Road beers all over the city and at their bar right in the middle of Grand Central Market.
5430 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Firestone Walker is the pride of Paso Robles, up in wine country, but its brewpub, called The Propagator, is in the heart of Venice. You’ll find the core of Firestone Walker’s lineup here, but this brewery is meant for the R&D of experimental beers. Notably, try the rustic ales, farmhouse ales, and sours here. Lost? Just ask for something funky. With a wine list full of local pride, it’s also a great place to taste the wines of Paso Robles without the drive—if you can stand to choose wine over beer, that is.
3205 W Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA
Photo courtesy of Bence Boros