Downtown has been adding new craft beer operators at an unstoppable clip lately, including places like Iron Triangle in the Arts District and the recent Mumford Brewing, which just opened its doors over the weekend. But it’s rare to see a longtime name in the brewing world enter the fray.
Yet that’s exactly what Karl Strauss Brewing Company intends to do. The stalwart San Diego brewery is taking aim at a 9,000 square foot space inside the 600 Wilshire office tower, says Downtown know-it-all Brigham Yen. Sitting right at the corner of Wilshire and Grand, the upcoming Strauss space was formerly a Bank of America, but has surprisingly sat vacant for some time.
It’s a primo spot too, and not just because the Financial District location is in the heart of white-hot DTLA — the actual space itself also boasts wraparound windows and high ceilings, making it a stunner locale for all that craft beer. Speaking of which, there are apparently plans to actually brew on site (that’s sort of the Karl Strauss brewpub model: brew small batches on site while offering full food menus and rotating taps to boot).
With all that space (and lots of money washing in from the other eight or so Southern California Karl Strauss locations), expect the 26-year old brand to make a big splash when it finally comes to market. Most of the newer destinations heading into Downtown’s drinking and dining scene are really rather tiny, but this one should pack in plenty of seats and become a perfect after-work destination for thousands of nearby workers.
Karl Strauss DTLA
600 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA