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15 Hot Craft Beer Destinations in LA, Fall 2019

The city’s best sips are always nearby

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Los Angeles is no longer an “up and coming” craft beer destination. The city has fully arrived, thanks to a mix of longstanding breweries, more upstart beer bars, and a roaming pop-up food culture that has deeply permeated the scene. Some of the city’s best food can now be found right at the footsteps of LA’s best beer — available everywhere from Agoura Hills to Hawthorne to Long Beach — making for a spectacular one-two punch that puts LA on par with any other beer-obsessed city in America.

Removed: Brewyard, Craft Beer Cellar, Mumford, Mikkeller, Arts District Brewing, Beer Belly Long Beach, Cellador Ales

Added: Glendale Tap, Naja’s Place, Three Weavers, Ladyface, Border X, Ambitious Ales, MacLeod

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.

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14741 Calvert St
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 631-1963
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MacLeod is a standard-bearer for the San Fernando Valley beer scene. The place specializes in traditional English styles, and has branched out in recent months to a more eclectic variety of food as well, including on-site pizzas made to order.

A golden pint being poured at MacLeod Ale.
MacLeod
MacLeod Ale

2. Ladyface Ale Companie - Alehouse & Brasserie

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29281 Agoura Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 477-4566
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Agoura Hills staple beer spot Ladyface hasn’t slowed down despite the increased competition nearby. The corner restaurant, brewery, and patio spot still turns out some of LA’s finest drinks, and all in a supremely cozy hillside environment.

Charcuterie and golden beer sit on a table.
Ladyface
Ladyface Ale

3. Glendale Tap

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4227 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 241-4227
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With dozens of taps and plenty of hard-to-source beer, Glendale Tap has emerged as one of the city’s best beer bars over the past decade or so. The semi-hidden corner location also now welcomes in a variety of food pop-ups weekly, from pizza slices to burgers and beyond.

An old wooden sign reads the Glendale Tap.
The Glendale Tap
Matthew Kang

4. Highland Park Brewery

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1220 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Highland Park Brewery’s Chinatown location is big, fun, and full of flavor. Beer heads come through for speciality pints made on-site, while locals and casual newcomers tend to stick around for a few more drinks thanks to the full kitchen on site, which turns out some deliciously snacky stuff late into the evening.

Highland Park Brewery
Highland Park Brewery, Chinatown
Wonho Frank Lee

5. 6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant

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600 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 998-8565
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This ABC-backed brewpub has fit into the neighborhood nicely, pulling in mostly locals for sports on TV, lots of craft beer, and a menu of food that runs from vegan buffalo cauliflower to a 12-ounce ribeye steak. Brandon’s, the semi-hidden side bar attached to the restaurant, also draws its own crowd.

6. Homage Brewing

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281 S Thomas St #101
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 461-6962
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Pomona star Homage Brewing is playing to increasingly wider audiences these days. The popular brewery is drawing positive review for its Nosedive IPA and saison offerings, all poured from a sunny, modern taproom in the heart of Pomona that feels more like a beachy coffee house than some dusty old beer bar far from the action.

Homage Brewing
Homage Brewing

7. Boomtown Brewery

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700 Jackson St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 617-8497
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Arts District warehouse option Boomtown Brewery hits all the right notes, with their on-site taproom that includes shuffleboard, cozy lounge areas, and a long wooden bar capable of keeping the crowds at bay.

Boomtown Brewery
Boomtown Brewery
Farley Elliott

8. Border X Brewing

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4400 E Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201

There may be no more talked-about new brewery in the past year than Border X, the Bell-based spot that leans into Southern California’s Mexican heritage. Be sure to snatch up some of the horchata golden stout.

A wide shot of an open beer brewery area with communal seating.
Border X Brewing
Wonho Frank Lee

9. Three Weavers Brewing Company

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1031 W Manchester Blvd A-B
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 400-5830
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Inglewood’s Three Weavers is on a massive expansion path, having teamed up with some of that city’s new developments to keep things locally-minded and fresh. The women-owned brewery is poised to lead not only Inglewood, but all of LA, into a new generation of craft beer greatness.

A lineup of wooden craft beer taps from Three Weavers Brewing.
Three Weavers
Three Weavers Brewing

10. The Slice & Pint

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130 W Grand Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 648-8479
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El Segundo Brewing’s offshoot restaurant is a rousing success, playing to lines out the door almost every day. Folks come through for beer, of course, but the inexpensive pizzas and friendly staff certainly help.

The Slice and Pint
The Slice and Pint
Mark Knight

11. Common Space Brewery and Tasting Room

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3411 W El Segundo Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(424) 456-4355
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Hawthorne’s craft beer moment continues with Common Space on El Segundo Boulevard. The upstart now has handles up at beer bars all over the city, and continues to throw one heck of an evening patio party.

Common Space
Common Space
Crystal Coser

12. Los Angeles Aleworks

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12918 Cerise Ave
Hawthorne, CA
(424) 456-4191
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Hawthorne’s first true craft beer destination is a doozy. LA Ale Works sits just around the corner from the SpaceX facility, a short distance from the upcoming Inglewood football stadium, and is already a hit with locals eager to sample the variety of balanced beers from their open warehouse taproom — complete with rotating food trucks on property.

LA Ale Works, Hawthorne
Farley Elliott

13. Smog City Brewing Company

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1901 Del Amo Blvd
Torrance, CA
(310) 320-7664
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Longtime South Bay label Smog Brewing is consistently ranked as among the best places for beer anywhere in town. They’ve even begun expanding with satellite taprooms around town, meaning Smog’s stuff is now easier to find than ever before.

Smog City, Torrance
Smog City

14. Naja's Place

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154 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 376-9951
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It would be easy to dismiss Naja’s Place as little more than a Redondo Beach watering hole with seaside views. The truth is, this boardwalk staple has helped to change the craft beer scene for all of Southern California, thanks to years of pulling in some unique kegs from other breweries and throwing massive tasting parties that promoted the scene long before anyone else.

Sunset over a patio as the water shimmers.
Sunset at Naja’s Place
Naja’s Place

15. Ambitious Ales

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4019 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 285-7199
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Long Beach has its own prodigious craft beer and brewery scene these days, including the young Ambitious Ales on Atlantic Avenue. The Bixby Knolls neighborhood flocks during evening hours for a variety of brews, including a New Zealand-style pilsner called Gandalf the Crisp.

A cloudy golden beer sits in front of some brewing tanks.
Ambitious Ales
Ambitious Ales

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1. MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.

14741 Calvert St, Van Nuys, CA 91411
A golden pint being poured at MacLeod Ale.
MacLeod
MacLeod Ale

MacLeod is a standard-bearer for the San Fernando Valley beer scene. The place specializes in traditional English styles, and has branched out in recent months to a more eclectic variety of food as well, including on-site pizzas made to order.

14741 Calvert St
Van Nuys, CA 91411

2. Ladyface Ale Companie - Alehouse & Brasserie

29281 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Charcuterie and golden beer sit on a table.
Ladyface
Ladyface Ale

Agoura Hills staple beer spot Ladyface hasn’t slowed down despite the increased competition nearby. The corner restaurant, brewery, and patio spot still turns out some of LA’s finest drinks, and all in a supremely cozy hillside environment.

29281 Agoura Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

3. Glendale Tap

4227 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204
An old wooden sign reads the Glendale Tap.
The Glendale Tap
Matthew Kang

With dozens of taps and plenty of hard-to-source beer, Glendale Tap has emerged as one of the city’s best beer bars over the past decade or so. The semi-hidden corner location also now welcomes in a variety of food pop-ups weekly, from pizza slices to burgers and beyond.

4227 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204

4. Highland Park Brewery

1220 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Highland Park Brewery
Highland Park Brewery, Chinatown
Wonho Frank Lee

Highland Park Brewery’s Chinatown location is big, fun, and full of flavor. Beer heads come through for speciality pints made on-site, while locals and casual newcomers tend to stick around for a few more drinks thanks to the full kitchen on site, which turns out some deliciously snacky stuff late into the evening.

1220 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

5. 6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant

600 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This ABC-backed brewpub has fit into the neighborhood nicely, pulling in mostly locals for sports on TV, lots of craft beer, and a menu of food that runs from vegan buffalo cauliflower to a 12-ounce ribeye steak. Brandon’s, the semi-hidden side bar attached to the restaurant, also draws its own crowd.

600 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

6. Homage Brewing

281 S Thomas St #101, Pomona, CA 91766
Homage Brewing
Homage Brewing

Pomona star Homage Brewing is playing to increasingly wider audiences these days. The popular brewery is drawing positive review for its Nosedive IPA and saison offerings, all poured from a sunny, modern taproom in the heart of Pomona that feels more like a beachy coffee house than some dusty old beer bar far from the action.

281 S Thomas St #101
Pomona, CA 91766

7. Boomtown Brewery

700 Jackson St, Los Angeles, CA
Boomtown Brewery
Boomtown Brewery
Farley Elliott

Arts District warehouse option Boomtown Brewery hits all the right notes, with their on-site taproom that includes shuffleboard, cozy lounge areas, and a long wooden bar capable of keeping the crowds at bay.

700 Jackson St
Los Angeles, CA

8. Border X Brewing

4400 E Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201
A wide shot of an open beer brewery area with communal seating.
Border X Brewing
Wonho Frank Lee

There may be no more talked-about new brewery in the past year than Border X, the Bell-based spot that leans into Southern California’s Mexican heritage. Be sure to snatch up some of the horchata golden stout.

4400 E Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201

9. Three Weavers Brewing Company

1031 W Manchester Blvd A-B, Inglewood, CA 90301
A lineup of wooden craft beer taps from Three Weavers Brewing.
Three Weavers
Three Weavers Brewing

Inglewood’s Three Weavers is on a massive expansion path, having teamed up with some of that city’s new developments to keep things locally-minded and fresh. The women-owned brewery is poised to lead not only Inglewood, but all of LA, into a new generation of craft beer greatness.

1031 W Manchester Blvd A-B
Inglewood, CA 90301

10. The Slice & Pint

130 W Grand Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245
The Slice and Pint
The Slice and Pint
Mark Knight

El Segundo Brewing’s offshoot restaurant is a rousing success, playing to lines out the door almost every day. Folks come through for beer, of course, but the inexpensive pizzas and friendly staff certainly help.

130 W Grand Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245

11. Common Space Brewery and Tasting Room

3411 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Common Space
Common Space
Crystal Coser

Hawthorne’s craft beer moment continues with Common Space on El Segundo Boulevard. The upstart now has handles up at beer bars all over the city, and continues to throw one heck of an evening patio party.

3411 W El Segundo Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250

12. Los Angeles Aleworks

12918 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, CA
LA Ale Works, Hawthorne
Farley Elliott

Hawthorne’s first true craft beer destination is a doozy. LA Ale Works sits just around the corner from the SpaceX facility, a short distance from the upcoming Inglewood football stadium, and is already a hit with locals eager to sample the variety of balanced beers from their open warehouse taproom — complete with rotating food trucks on property.

12918 Cerise Ave
Hawthorne, CA

13. Smog City Brewing Company

1901 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA
Smog City, Torrance
Smog City

Longtime South Bay label Smog Brewing is consistently ranked as among the best places for beer anywhere in town. They’ve even begun expanding with satellite taprooms around town, meaning Smog’s stuff is now easier to find than ever before.

1901 Del Amo Blvd
Torrance, CA

14. Naja's Place

154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Sunset over a patio as the water shimmers.
Sunset at Naja’s Place
Naja’s Place

It would be easy to dismiss Naja’s Place as little more than a Redondo Beach watering hole with seaside views. The truth is, this boardwalk staple has helped to change the craft beer scene for all of Southern California, thanks to years of pulling in some unique kegs from other breweries and throwing massive tasting parties that promoted the scene long before anyone else.

154 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

15. Ambitious Ales

4019 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
A cloudy golden beer sits in front of some brewing tanks.
Ambitious Ales
Ambitious Ales

Long Beach has its own prodigious craft beer and brewery scene these days, including the young Ambitious Ales on Atlantic Avenue. The Bixby Knolls neighborhood flocks during evening hours for a variety of brews, including a New Zealand-style pilsner called Gandalf the Crisp.

4019 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807

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