7 Craft Beers Putting L.A. on the Map
The city's having a microbrew moment
Listen, a chilled glass of Chardonnay is nice and all. But maybe it’s time to swap your usual for something more flavorful and foodie-endorsed: one of Los Angeles’s new craft beers.
You don’t have to be an experienced beer drinker to find something you’ll love, from a light pilsner to a dark malt. For some expert guidance, we tapped the brother owners of Mumford Brewing. Here’s a snapshot of seven local beers they’re digging right now.
Think you don?t like dark beer? Roll into this taproom and ask for a glass of the Black Mamba. It?s dark like a stout and slightly hoppy like an IPA. Sip it with the Röckenwagner pretzels sold there or order from the nearby XLIXE Pizzeria, which delivers right to your table.
Mumford Brewing, 416 Boyd St.; 213-346-9970 or mumfordbrewing.com
Angel City Brewery
Try the Pilsner, the DTLA brewery’s take on the traditional Czech style. It’s crisp and clean with a touch of hops (which give beer that slightly bitter edge).
Angel City Brewery and Public House, 216 Alameda St.; 213-622-1261 or angelcitybrewery.com
Smog City Brewing Company
Want to enjoy a local craft beer but don’t have the time to hang out in a bar or restaurant? Call ahead to this Torrance spot and ask for a growler, a refillable half-liter container that the brewery seals for home consumption. The quaff of choice is the Coffee Porter, a prize-winning dark brew that’s made with--you guessed it--ground coffee.
Smog City Brewing Company, 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Ste. B, Torrance; 310-320-7664 or smogcitybrewing.com
El Segundo Brewing Co.
Remember we mentioned hops? This brewery is all about them. Order the Mayberry, made with a pinch of Mosaic hops that lend a hint of passion fruit. Bonus: El Segundo offers beer-appreciation classes.
El Segundo Brewing Co., 140 Main St., El Segundo; 310-529-3882 or elsegundobrewing.com
Enegren Brewing Company
This Moorpark brewery has distinguished itself with Valkyrie, a German-style Altbier (a brown ale rare among craft breweries, especially in SoCal). Its version ups the bitterness and malt, resulting in a toasty, caramely and chocolatey taste.
Energren Brewing Company, 444 Zachary St., Moorpark; 805-552-0602 or energrenbrewing.com
Ohana Brewing Company
Imagine a German dark beer’s big taste crossed with the lightness of a Belgian pale ale. That’s the Saison Noir, a great introductory dark beer. This one has a fruity, spicy aroma that makes it seem like you’re drinking your dessert.
Ohana Brewing Company, 7 S. First St., Alhambra; 626-282-2337 or ohanabrew.com
Three Weavers (w/ Arts District Brewing)
Ever think the whole craft beer thing is overblown? Stop into K-town’s Beer Belly bistro or visit the brand's Inglewood tap room and order a mug of Return of Sassy--its layered flavors will turn you into a believer. The IPA is made with rye, which gives it a pleasant grassy taste, along with fruity notes of pineapple, peach and grapefruit.
Three Weavers Brewing Company, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd. Unit A-B, Inglewood; 310-400-5830 or threeweavers.la