Los Angeles Microbreweries
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It’s safe to say that a holiday to LA is a no-brainer. It’s got the world’s best entertainment industry, great weather and amazing wine to name but a few benefits. Los Angeles has also been quietly forging a reputation for its hops. If you’re planning a flight to LA, and looking to check out the best taprooms and microbreweries, we’ve highlighted some of the best craft beer breweries “The Big Orange” has to offer.
Ohana Brewing Co
Meaning ‘family’ in the Hawaiian language, Ohana’s beers are a perfect blend of LA and Polynesian native culture. While the brewery is located downtown, the tasting room can be found in the city of Alhambra. The brewery’s best known for its Pacific Ale, look out for seasonal tipples including the Surf Shack Akala and the festive Ohana Noel 2013.
Address: 7 South 1st Street, Alhambra, CA 91801.
A serving of olde-English in SoCal (Southern California), this brewery in the San Fernando Valley neighbourhood of Van Nuys specializes in stouts, Scottish cask ales and bitters. While there’s darts to play and bagpipe music to jam to, don’t forget to sample Macleod’s Coffey Time brew – made with coffee beans roasted in nearby Pasadena.
Address: 14741 Calvert Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411.
Angel City Brewery
If you’re down in the Arts District, Angel City Brewery is where you can find an eclectically-named range of offerings such as the Funky Wit, the SaazBerry and the Belligerent Bloke. Also on show are special brews like the 9.9 Problems black lager which is unsurprisingly 9.9 ABV. For those who like to “earn” their drink, there’s pop-up yoga every other Sunday with beer-tasting afterwards.
Address: 216 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Three Weavers Brewing Company
Three Weavers Brewing Company has been making the right kind of noise within LA’s microbrewery community since its launch in 2013. Shandy fans should pay major lip service to 3WBC’s take on the German radler, made with a grapefruit and mandarin twist. As well as tasting sessions and an array of board games, this Inglewood-based brewery even offers a growler option to serve its brews to-go straight from the tap without them losing any fizz.
Address: 1031 West Unit A-B, Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA 90301.
Strike Brewing Co
If ale’s your thing then find your way to San Jose. Strike make everything from golden to pale ales through to double IPAs. They’ve even found time to team-up with legendary Californian skateboard brand Santa Cruz to produce the Classic Dot Blonde Ale – available in cans, bottles and on tap. Their taprooms put on events such as Grilled Cheese Paradise and the Mug Club Appreciation Day.
Address: 2099 South 10th Street, San Jose, CA 95112.
Indie Brewing Company
The good people at the Indie Brewing Company produce brews that are high in flavour and low in alcohol content. The concept being so its patrons can realistically try a little bit of everything. Situated in Boyle Heights between the LA River and the 5 Freeway – both locals and those from afar have been travelling up and down the Interstate to visit and return through its doors since it opened last year.
Address: 2301 East 7th St., C100, Boyle Heights.