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The 17 Hottest Craft Beer Destinations in Los Angeles

Craft beer is the hottest drink ticket in LA

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Los Angeles is in the midst of a bona-fide craft beer boom, at least from the production side. While breweries are opening up right and left, that hasn't necessarily meant that a slew of craft beer bars have been sprouting up with the same frequency. What that means is that regular restaurants and bars that didn't have a particular craft beer focus now boast a few taps of quality suds. Beyond that, here are the bars and restaurants that have made a strong commitment to offering craft beer, mostly in tap form, but also via bottles. Presenting the hottest craft beer destinations in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Arts District Brewing

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828 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Big, bold, and beautiful, Arts District Brewing is changing the Downtown drinking landscape — particularly on weekends, when the place is absolutely mobbed.

2. Ashland Hill

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2807 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-3300
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Santa Monica’s Ashland Hill is more than just a strong patio with a restaurant attached. The Main Street option has become something of a craft beer stalwart, with great easy drinking options to match the casual all-day menu.

3. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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210 E 3rd St
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-4020
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Recent World Beer Cup winner for best Large Brewpub, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing continues to fire on all cylinders. Not only are the housemade beers literally award-worthy, the food and ambiance is equally top notch.

4. Button Mash

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1391 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-9903
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What’s better than food and arcade games? The addition of craft beer, which is exactly what you get at new Echo Park star Button Mash, where the list is long (and rotates as often) as the cabinet arcade games and pinball machines nearby.

5. Firestone Walker Venice

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3205 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(310) 439-8264
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After much delay, Firestone Walker Venice is alive and well. The ample brewpub still hasn’t fired up their pilot system to make in-house beers, but the full menu, ample taps, and sours from their Buellton location more than make up for the wait.

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6. Golden Road Brewing at Grand Central Market

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

With tourist season in full effect, Grand Central Market is getting overrun. That’s good news for anyone happening through who’s eager for some craft beer, as the recently opened Golden Road allows for lots of heat-beating pints of Point The Way IPA.

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7. Highland Park Brewery

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5127 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Tucked inside The Hermosillo in Highland Park is the aptly named Highland Park Brewery, which crafts award-winning IPAs and other hyper-local fan favorites.

8. Homage Brewing

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281 S Thomas St
Pomona, CA 91766

Pomona newcomer Homage Brewing is tapping into the Inland Empire’s growing thirst for craft beer with a well-designed downtown space. Less a destination for long-driving Westsiders and more a local favorite, Homage nonetheless stays busy most nights.

9. HopSaint Brewing Company

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5160 W 190th St
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 214-4677

Torrance brewpub addition HopSaint is a fan favorite that offers a casual hang for friends, families, or anyone wanting to watch the game on their array of TVs. They also make some mean baby back ribs.

10. Iron Triangle Brewing Company

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1581 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Brash new option Iron Triangle has big plans for their Arts District space, and that includes the already up and running open taproom on Industrial Street. With room to spare, the open room looks into the brewery space and often features food trucks parked out front.

11. Mega Bodega

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1001 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

Part coffee shop, part all-day craft beer space, Mega Bodega in South Park is a casual hit with a killer vibe. Stop by any time; there’s sure to be something on the menu to catch your attention.

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12. Melody Lounge

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939 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-2823

Melody Lounge is a Chinatown staple, having ridden the neighborhood’s rising wave to success as a casual craft beer destination with one of the city’s strongest rotating tap lists.

13. Mumford Brewing

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416 Boyd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Arts District newbie Mumford has become a strong place for an afternoon drink, thanks to its laid-back vibe and ample seating. It helps, of course, that the beer coming from the fledgeling brewery is already strong.

14. Scholb Premium Ales

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2964 Columbia St
Torrance, CA 90503
(424) 731-3470
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Relative Torrance newcomer Scholb keeps weekend hours only, but is already winning over South Bay locals who are always hungry for more. Food trucks park outside most nights, while inside the brewery’s own brand of IPAs, amber ales, and other rotating offerings keep folks hydrated.

15. Southland Beer

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740 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Koreatown’s Southland Beer is settling in nicely to the neighborhood with a strong rotating tap list that’s drawing locals and commuters alike to the strip mall spot off Western.

16. Sunset Beer Company

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1498 W Sunset Blvd Ste 3
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 481-2337
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Longtime bottle shop Sunset Beer just keeps getting stronger, with an array of hard to source bottles and cans in the fridge, plus a small tap lineup that encourages friends to enjoy the dim confines all night long.

17. The Surly Goat Encino

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17337 Ventura Blvd #100a
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 745-5012

Already a strong local name, West Hollywood’s Surly Goat expanded into Encino not long ago and has become a Valley favorite for a variety of hard-to-find craft beers.

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1. Arts District Brewing

828 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Big, bold, and beautiful, Arts District Brewing is changing the Downtown drinking landscape — particularly on weekends, when the place is absolutely mobbed.

828 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

2. Ashland Hill

2807 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Santa Monica’s Ashland Hill is more than just a strong patio with a restaurant attached. The Main Street option has become something of a craft beer stalwart, with great easy drinking options to match the casual all-day menu.

2807 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

3. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802

Recent World Beer Cup winner for best Large Brewpub, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing continues to fire on all cylinders. Not only are the housemade beers literally award-worthy, the food and ambiance is equally top notch.

210 E 3rd St
Long Beach, CA 90802

4. Button Mash

1391 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

What’s better than food and arcade games? The addition of craft beer, which is exactly what you get at new Echo Park star Button Mash, where the list is long (and rotates as often) as the cabinet arcade games and pinball machines nearby.

1391 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Firestone Walker Venice

3205 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Nick Gingold

After much delay, Firestone Walker Venice is alive and well. The ample brewpub still hasn’t fired up their pilot system to make in-house beers, but the full menu, ample taps, and sours from their Buellton location more than make up for the wait.

3205 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018

6. Golden Road Brewing at Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Farley Elliott

With tourist season in full effect, Grand Central Market is getting overrun. That’s good news for anyone happening through who’s eager for some craft beer, as the recently opened Golden Road allows for lots of heat-beating pints of Point The Way IPA.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

7. Highland Park Brewery

5127 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Tucked inside The Hermosillo in Highland Park is the aptly named Highland Park Brewery, which crafts award-winning IPAs and other hyper-local fan favorites.

5127 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

8. Homage Brewing

281 S Thomas St, Pomona, CA 91766

Pomona newcomer Homage Brewing is tapping into the Inland Empire’s growing thirst for craft beer with a well-designed downtown space. Less a destination for long-driving Westsiders and more a local favorite, Homage nonetheless stays busy most nights.

281 S Thomas St
Pomona, CA 91766

9. HopSaint Brewing Company

5160 W 190th St, Torrance, CA 90503

Torrance brewpub addition HopSaint is a fan favorite that offers a casual hang for friends, families, or anyone wanting to watch the game on their array of TVs. They also make some mean baby back ribs.

5160 W 190th St
Torrance, CA 90503

10. Iron Triangle Brewing Company

1581 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Brash new option Iron Triangle has big plans for their Arts District space, and that includes the already up and running open taproom on Industrial Street. With room to spare, the open room looks into the brewery space and often features food trucks parked out front.

1581 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

11. Mega Bodega

1001 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
Farley Elliott

Part coffee shop, part all-day craft beer space, Mega Bodega in South Park is a casual hit with a killer vibe. Stop by any time; there’s sure to be something on the menu to catch your attention.

1001 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

12. Melody Lounge

939 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Melody Lounge is a Chinatown staple, having ridden the neighborhood’s rising wave to success as a casual craft beer destination with one of the city’s strongest rotating tap lists.

939 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

13. Mumford Brewing

416 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Arts District newbie Mumford has become a strong place for an afternoon drink, thanks to its laid-back vibe and ample seating. It helps, of course, that the beer coming from the fledgeling brewery is already strong.

416 Boyd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

14. Scholb Premium Ales

2964 Columbia St, Torrance, CA 90503

Relative Torrance newcomer Scholb keeps weekend hours only, but is already winning over South Bay locals who are always hungry for more. Food trucks park outside most nights, while inside the brewery’s own brand of IPAs, amber ales, and other rotating offerings keep folks hydrated.

2964 Columbia St
Torrance, CA 90503

15. Southland Beer

740 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Koreatown’s Southland Beer is settling in nicely to the neighborhood with a strong rotating tap list that’s drawing locals and commuters alike to the strip mall spot off Western.

740 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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16. Sunset Beer Company

1498 W Sunset Blvd Ste 3, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Longtime bottle shop Sunset Beer just keeps getting stronger, with an array of hard to source bottles and cans in the fridge, plus a small tap lineup that encourages friends to enjoy the dim confines all night long.

1498 W Sunset Blvd Ste 3
Los Angeles, CA 90026

17. The Surly Goat Encino

17337 Ventura Blvd #100a, Encino, CA 91316

Already a strong local name, West Hollywood’s Surly Goat expanded into Encino not long ago and has become a Valley favorite for a variety of hard-to-find craft beers.

17337 Ventura Blvd #100a
Encino, CA 91316

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