Food & Drink

Where to Drink Beer in LA This Fall

Socially distanced of course.

Ten years ago, Los Angeles was craft beer’s biggest sleeping giant. Nowadays, consider it woken way the hell up; we’ve built an incredible brewery and brewpub scene on the backs of trailblazing beer bars, where local drinkers first got to taste top brews from California and beyond. Some of these stalwart beer bars are still intact, while newcomers have bolstered their ranks with the holy trifecta: rotating taps, a range of styles, and enough patience to explain it all to you. Add to that a stunning amount of craft breweries, and LA is absolutely on the beer map.

Life is different now, and we all know it, so while we can’t pile into booths with our friends the way we used to, many brewpubs are offering patio dining, and most of the breweries have to-go options. Check out this list of currently operating craft beer destinations, complete with pickup and takeout links.

FrogTown Brewery

Frogtown

The not-a-frill-in-sight converted warehouse space has been a major local hang for years, featuring everything from a lengthy “Buy a Friend a Beer” board, to communal seating and plenty of dogs. We can’t hang out in the space again just yet, but right now the mom & pop operation is canning all their best beers -- make sure “Painkiller” and “Nebula Fog” are part of your order -- and you can pick them up any day of the week.
How to order:  Online order

Highland Park Brewery Chinatown

Chinatown

Originally starting in conjunction with the Hermosillo in Highland Park, the beer wizards behind Highland Park Brewery opened their own tap room in Chinatown a few years ago. In addition to a socially distanced patio, their beers are also available for pickup and local delivery. A lot of people say Highland Park Brewery is the best in LA, and really, we’re not gonna argue with that.
How to order:  Order online and patio seating

Mumford Brewing

Arts District

The Arts District has really made a name for itself as a craft beer destination over the last five years, and though Mumford never had as much space in their tap room as some of the others in the area, that’s no longer a problem thanks to their current pickup-only system. Mumford’s beer is exceptional, all freshly-canned and available. Don’t skip their new “Black is Beautiful”, a terrific coffee stout collab with Weathered Souls Brewing -- the profits help raise funds for police brutality reform.
How to order:  Order online

Boomtown Brewery

Arts District

About a mile from the buzzy stretch of Arts District life on Traction, you’ll find Boomtown Brewery, sitting among the many warehouses. Their massive space has been a wonderful hang in the past, but like the rest of the LA breweries, they’ve pivoted to can pickups and growler fills. “Bad Hombre” is a must, and will pair perfectly with whatever sport you’re watching… they’re all on at the same time right now, anyway.
How to order:  Order online

Indie Brewing Company

Boyle Heights

A lot of people think the LA beer scene stops at the borders of the Arts District, but those people are very wrong. Hop across the river into Boyle Heights and you’ll find Indie Brewing, consistent, reliable, and delicious. The tap room, like everywhere, is closed at the moment, but order online for pickup and you’ll be able to grab plenty of cans. 
How to order:  Order online

Dry River Brewing

Boyle Heights

Another major part of Boyle Heights’ beer legacy, Dry River is not here to screw around; barrel-aged beers and saisons decorate their menu, but you’re here for the sours. No sour beer fiend should miss the incredible things Dry River is doing, particularly the “Xibalba” sour chocolate stout or the “Chance Encounters”, a golden sour brewed with grilled pineapples & peaches.
How to order:  Order online

Eagle Rock Brewery

Eagle Rock

For over a decade, Eagle Rock Brewery has held it down as one of the true OG breweries in Los Angeles. You’ll find the “Revolution” IPA at hordes of bars throughout LA; just one of the family-owned operation’s best beers. Their tap room is COVID-safe, so pick up some beers or stay a while.
How to order:  Order online

Trustworthy Brewing Co.

Burbank

Previously under the name of Verdugo West, Trustworthy has managed to stay at the top of the surprisingly competitive Burbank beer scene with a lineup of brews that truly don’t miss. Head brewer Zach Johnson has the classics on deck, like pilsners and hazy IPAs, but don’t sleep on his hard seltzer… or the 10.7% barleywine. 
How to order:  Order online

Three Weavers Brewery
Three Weavers Brewing Company

Three Weavers Brewery

Inglewood

A lot of changes have come to the Inglewood neighborhood in the past ten years but Three Weavers remains a beacon of the area, and one of the only female-run breweries around. You know the drill: no tap room, but pickup is available.
How to order:  Order online

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.

Van Nuys

The English-style beer temple started in Van Nuys as a (cue eye roll) hidden gem, but over the years, the place has become one of the most beloved spots in the neighborhood -- maybe even the whole Valley. English beers are undoubtedly the move, but they can brew it all. Grab some pizza to go too, while you’re at it.
How to order:  Order online and patio dining

Father’s Office
Courtesy of Father's Office

Father’s Office

Santa Monica & Culver City

This little chalet has been serving craft beer since before most craft beer fans were born -- in the ‘80s, then-owner Lou Moench pulled Budweiser from his menu and started selling Sierra Nevada and Anchor instead (to much confusion from his customers). Today, Father’s Office is owned by chef Sang Yoon, who’s done time at Michael’s and now owns Lukshon. Yoon kept the innovative 36-deep taplist and added a full food menu, including the infamous no-substitutions-allowed dry-aged beef burger. The Santa Monica & Culver City locations are currently open for outdoor dining, so for one of the most LA burger-and-beer experiences you can get, you know just where to look.
How to order: Order online & outdoor dining available

The Cellar Bottle Shop & Tasting Room

Whittier

Part of the Ramirez Liquor empire of eastern Los Angeles, The Cellar in Uptown Whittier is the family-owned chain’s only bottle shop and taproom. Floor-to-ceiling beer and wine bottles -- from twist-off to cork-and-cage -- line one wall, and brightly lit fridges wrap around the other, leading you toward shelves of glassware for sale and a dimly lit bar in back. Grab something, take it to go, and enjoy.
How to order: Pickup only

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Hollywood

A bar that’s attached to a popular music venue on the Hollywood Walk of Fame doesn’t have to try very hard for business, and yet Blue Palms Brewhouse has become a genre-defining brewpub, with a serious approach to bar food and one of the best rotating beer selections in the region. In the early days, owner Brian Lenzo would have to personally drive to breweries in San Diego and Northern California in order to bring back specialty kegs from Russian River, Alpine and more. Nowadays the beers get delivered to him, including one-offs and special releases only available at Blue Palms.
How to order:  Order online

Glendale Tap

Glendale

The brick corner door known as Glendale Tap has held down a lonely stretch of San Fernando Road for years, and it feels like it’s been lived in for a lifetime. More of an Atwater Village bar than a Glendale bar (it’s baaaaarely on the border), the place has an impeccable reputation as an elite beer spot. Though right now we can’t experience the peanut shells that line the floors and vintage tin beer sign decor, they’re still stocking rare and delicious bottles for pickup (even grabbing loads of stock from the best of Orange County’s illustrious beer scene, like Noble Ale Works and Bottle Logic). 
How to order: Pickup only

Congregation Ale House

Azusa

No, it’s not a church and they don’t host AA meetings -- but yes, it is a Catholic church-themed beer bar. The first Congregation Ale House chapter opened in downtown Long Beach in 2010 with a flushed out theme that extended to the daily pint specials (“The Chosen One”), the generous happy hour (“Mass”) and the international bottle list (that included all six Trappist beers available in California). All four locations (one’s in OC) keep tap lists peppered with local, regional, and even house-made beer.
How to order:Order online

Sunset Beer Company

Echo Park

A bottle shop with an attached taproom was an unheard-of concept when Sunset Beer first opened its doors, but eventually the whole city saw the benefits. Though the adjoining leather couch-laden lounge area isn’t available at the moment, you can still pick up some of their obsessively sorted bottled and canned craft beers.
How to order:  Order online

Naja's Place

Redondo Beach

The Redondo Beach pier is a relic of days past, and while most of it is unavailable while we wait out the apocalypse, the 100+ taps at Naja’s Place are still available for outdoor seating with a harbor view. Rumor has it that the real Naja tends bar out in Barstow somewhere, but she left her mark here: a place where drinkers of macro and microbrews alike can thrive, and constant search for the best beers are always alive.
How to order: Patio drinking

Mohawk Bend

Echo Park

“All California all the time” is the theme of Mohawk Bend, a cavernous beer bar and restaurant built into a former single-room movie theater on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. The wood-fired pizza, creative salads, and vegan nibbles draw in the non-beer drinkers, while a 72-deep taplist of exclusively Golden State beers (so long that it needs to be printed on a tri-fold menu) draws in the curious beer fans. Mohawk Bend is the brainchild of Golden Road Brewing founder Tony Yanow, who over the last decade opened a slate of neighborhood bars (see also: Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank) and recently took money he made from Golden Road’s sale to Budweiser to invest in a series of small brewpubs across LA.
How to order:  Delivery, online pickup, and patio dining

Uncle Henry's Deli

Downey

When an old Polish deli with a Budweiser tap in the middle of a suburban sprawl gets inherited by third-generation owners who have a craft beer obsession, you get Uncle Henry’s Deli: a fully functioning sandwich shop with over 100 taps built wherever they would fit into the back wall. Every square inch of space in this late-night storefront taken up with beer these days -- from the bookshelves of wax-dipped, annual-release bottles you can take home, to the mind-boggling array of tap handles, their contents displayed on flat screen TVs. 
How to order: Pickup only

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Long Beach

You know Beachwood for its award-winning house beers, but the original location in Seal Beach got its start as one of the best craft beer bars in the country. Owner Gabe Gordon comes from a serious food background and is a self-proclaimed beer nerd who selfishly wanted to open a bar that served his own favorite beers, from Russian River to Cantillon. The concept expanded into Long Beach brewpub territory in 2012 and even though the list of Beachwood Brewing beers has grown crowded, the guest taps (and downtown beach vibes) consistently impress.
How to order:  Order online

Lucky Baldwin's Pub

Pasadena

You know you’ve made it as an LA beer bar when a 140-year-old brewery in Belgium loves you so much they offer to make you a custom house beer (Brouwerij Van Steenberge’s Lucky Baldwin’s Red). Tucked into a labyrinthine two-story location on an alley in Old Town Pasadena, the original Lucky Baldwins is a British pub founded by two Brits that serves British food, screens British soccer, and has a sweeping tap list of British and European beers. Lucky’s has a long tradition of bringing new beers to LA (in the ‘90s, it was the first Chimay draft account in the region) and across three Pasadena-area locations now equally supports friends both local and international.
How to order: Patio dining