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Karl Strauss Brewing Gives LA a New Craft Beer Crown Jewel

A new 12,000 square foot beer playground opens Monday in Downtown

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Karl Strauss Brewing at Universal City
Karl Strauss Brewing at Universal City
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.

San Diego craft beer legend Karl Strauss Brewing Company is ready for its Los Angeles close-up, debuting a massive new 12,000+ square foot Downtown brewpub space on Monday.

The Wilshire Boulevard address has been more than a year in the making, but ultimately lands at a great time for Downtown and craft beer in Los Angeles as a whole. It also puts one big foot firmly into the still-growing craft beer market of L.A. for Karl Strauss, the oft-awarded San Diego brewing company with brewpub outlets in places like downtown San Diego, Carlsbad, and Temecula. Yes, the company has previously had a tourist-focused location at Universal City, but this bustling new location on Wilshire is the real flagship focus for the brand.

Karl Strauss

With the arrival of the 359-seat restaurant and pub comes a rare chance for Los Angeles to show off its urban brewing skills, too. So far the city has been hesitant to make life easy for brewers operating in the dense cores of L.A., but Karl Strauss is coming online with a seven-barrel brewhouse and two 14-barrel fermenters, meaning they’ll be able to turn over dozens of small-release beers per year. Guests will be able to drink on site, get growler fills, or take six-packs to go.

As for the dining side, expect a taproom with 24 lines filled with Karl Strauss signature beers as well as on-site brews made right on premises. There will be food too, the kind of unfussy California-centric pub cuisine you might expect from one of the country’s best brewpub brands.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company officially opens in Downtown on Monday, keeping operating hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with an extension to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
600 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA