Levi Fried and Harmony Sage are an LA beer power couple. Together the husband-and-wife team turned their mutual obsession with yeast and fermentation (his experience is in the biomedical field, hers as a globe-trotting pastry chef) into a fully collaborative brewery and bakery. The kitchen churns out kosher meals and fresh challah bread, and the beers use grain and yeast from the baking side to make everything from funky rustic ales to cannabis-terpene-infused lagers.
Must-try beers: Milk the Moustache, Pass the Kvassia, anything labeled “dry-terped”
Everyone outside of LA knows Monkish as the local originator of the haze craze, releasing coveted New England-style IPAs in packs of tall cans nearly weekly. However, real fans know that owner and brewmaster Henry Nguyen is actually just a yeast fan, and his playful takes on traditional Belgian styles -- meticulously aged for months in oak barrels -- are worth skipping the can line to drink instead.
Must-try beers: Feminist, Interstellar Hitchhiker, every single hazy IPA
South El Monte
It’s hard being the only brewery serving the predominantly Latino communities east of downtown LA, but Progress takes this responsibility seriously. With no less than 20 beers on tap at any given time -- from light Belgian-style beers to malty triple IPAs and barrel-aged stouts -- Progress’ South El Monte taproom has become a meeting ground for novices and beer geeks alike.
Must-try beers: Bronco, Cavalry, Tepache