When you have exhausted all the celebrity hotspots in LA, worn out your shoes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and left your fingerprints all over the windows of the shops on Rodeo Drive, you might need to kick back and relax in one of the 10 best breweries in Los Angeles just to take the California edge off.
10. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beachwood BBQ and Brewing is a tad more sophisticated than it sounds with no detail of its menu or brewing technique going un scrutinized.
With 22 rotating taps, it’s possible to not drink the same beer twice for quite a while, making this one of the best breweries in Los Angeles. Menu items are carefully selected, prepared from scratch by order, and designed to pair well with all their beer.
This one-time World Beer Cup winner for best Large Brewpub, is famous for its killer atmosphere, seasoned slow cooked meats and incredibly well crafted housemade beer. They like to say they ‘teeter between tradition and innovation’. Join trivia night, peruse the beer list try a Chaos Is A Friend of Mine – Belgian style sour ale, and be sure to sample their famous ribs or pulled pork.
Mikkel Borg Bjergso, a one time physics teacher turned brewmaster from Copenhagen, has created an international empire of craft brew pubs with more than 40 worldwide with one of his largest being Mikellar in Los Angeles.
The stripped down simple interior has a European sensibility and allows patrons to focus on the exceptional tastings and food on offer. The reputation of these internationally acclaimed beers attracts aficionados as well as the casual beer drinker looking for an experience so it’s no wonder this is one of the best craft breweries in Los Angeles.
Don’t miss trying some of the mouth watering smoked meat or, for the true Californian, there’s a Garden of Vegan plate of grilled and smoked seasonal veggies. Beers to note, a Mikkeller SD or the unusual Passion Pool , a sour ale with passion fruit and sea salt.
8. Highland Park (Chinatown)
The eclectic vibe in this trendy Los Angeles brew pub is heightened by the adventurous brewing techniques.
Using local ingredients and unusual brew system, like mixed culture fermentation, the selection at Highland Park brewery is unique and full of exciting flavors. There is a fabulous patio in their Chinatown location with a view of the park and one more reason it’s one of the best craft beer bars in Los Angeles.
There is a large off-site brew-only facility on the other side of town to keep up with demand. The kitchen eats are a great selection of everything from Crispy Cauliflower Tacos to Bub & Grandma’s Bread and Butter focaccia. Wash it all down with a Fluff Jackson, a smoked coffee porter with lactose cedar and a hint of vanilla.
Celladoor is a truly unique stop on any craft brewery tour which is part of why it is known as one of the best breweries in Los Angeles.
Using a technique thousands of years old, Celladoor ONLY does oak barrel fermented beers, which are very rare in North America and a real treat. For the environmentally conscious, this brew pub ticks all the boxes by using only locally sourced, organic ingredients. The relationships with local growers are a key part of this fresh community minded brewery.
You’ll have an intense sensory experience drinking beer here with flavors like fennel, black sage, yucca flowers and a variety of mountain berries finding their way into the barrels the same day they are harvested. Celladoor specializes in sour ales and high ABV (Alcohol By Volume) ales.
6. The Stalking Horse
If you are looking for a good old English brunch with bangers and mash, a cod fish sandwich or a lamb pot pie, not to mention amazing craft beer, no need to hop the pond to London.
The Stalking Horse is a hip British-style brew pub in West Los Angeles and they are causing a stir in the beer industry with their old world attention to detail. Don’t let the dim lighting and dark tones fool you, this is an impressive, contemporary place to grab something fun from the rotating tap list. Brandon Edwards, the internationally acclaimed brewer is involved in every recipe here relying on age old techniques with a few twists of his own for good measure.
His personal fave – a Sierra Nevada Pale. Beyond a doubt, one of the best craft breweries in Los Angeles.