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Firestone Walker's Brewpub Opens This Week in Venice

The brewery has been years in the making

Firestone Walker Venice
Firestone Walker Venice
Nick Gingold
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Firestone Walker first announced their Venice opening over three years ago, but the doors will officially open to the public this week on April 7 on the corner of Lincoln and Washington. The new campus is dubbed the Propagator, the facility will house a restaurant, lounge, and barrel aging cellar that will condition experimental rustic ales. In addition, they'll sell bottles, merch, and growlers of their award-winning craft brews.

Initial hours will run in the evenings only while lunch service will commence some time in May. As for brewing on site, that portion has been delayed because of permits required with the City of Los Angeles. According to Adam Firestone, they hit "many walls in the permitting process." Because of this, they decided to open the restaurant first.

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As for the "experimental" side of this Venice location, that means brewmaster Matt Brynildson will be making beers that are completely unique. Firestone Walker already has a Barrelworks in Buellton, which means the Propagator will on rustic ales. What's the difference between rustic ales and the other offerings from Firestone Walker? These beers tend to be unfiltered, barrel-conditioned, and "charmingly unrefined," but not necessarily of the sour variety.

The pub will offer a wide selection of American-style bites, from tacos and pizzas to small plates and shareables. Think smoked brisket with smashed potatoes, pork belly tacos with handmade tortillas, and the like. Basically the kind of fare you'll pair with Firestone Walker's excellent beers.

Firestone Walker Venice
3204 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA