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Firestone Walker's Massive Craft Beer Space in Venice Should Arrive by September

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The Westside can't wait.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Firestone Walker’s foray into the Southland has been a long time coming. The move by the Paso Robles beer giant into two adjacent Venice properties was first brought to light back in 2013, and since then it seems like slow going for the brewhouse/taproom/restaurant space. Mostly because there’s a lot of work to be done.

Located at W. Washington Blvd. and Lincoln, the area is just blocks from Abbot Kinney in what is technically Marina del Rey but spiritually Venice. Details have been up on the Firestone Walker FAQ page for a while now, and they include some 3D modeling of the site as well as a proposed layout for the taproom and dining area. Plans, which are still in flux, call for a pilot brewhouse, said taproom, some room for operational staff, and an educational component for training sessions.

Just today, the Firestone Walker team shared an interior construction photo (above) of the very much still in-progress facility, with a hopeful September arrival date. Of course, everyone’s calling that timeline tentative, as the build-out continues. When it opens, though, expect the place to be extremely popular; Firestone Walker is a beloved craft beer brand with a large loyal following, and those beachy Westsiders do like to drink. Rumor has it, there’ll even be growler fills available by bike.