125 Miles from San Diego, one small town is experiencing a big craft beer revolution. This burgeoning market is none other than Los Angeles and over the next 14 days, they’re out to prove why they belong in the discussion. Today marks the beginning of LA Craft Beer Week and like many others, seven days just isn’t enough.
Kicking it off, local favorite Stone Brewing will be pouring over 40 of their beers tonight at Naja’s place and what follow’s over the next two weeks is nothing short of amazing. Top breweries from around the world including Firestone Walker, Dogfish Head, and The Bruery will be taking over the City of Angel’s bars, breweries and even nightclubs. It is LA after all so also expect great food, great music, great people and of course, great after parties. To culminate the event, over 70 breweries will be pouring their best at the LA Beer Week Festival which will take place at the famous Union Station in downtown LA.
Let’s take a look at some of the other LA Craft Beer Week events going on over the next two weeks:
Naja’s Place Official LA Beer Week Kickoff with Stone Brewing Co. – Expect 40+ Stone Beers, including vintage and special releases. Not to be missed! (Redondo Beach, Session A: 3-7pm, Session B: 8pm-12am)
Musical Beer Crawl – A night of craft beers and live music along Echo Park’s Sunset Blvd. Some of LA’s finest beer and music establishments will have discounts, deals and surprises just for crawlers with the FREE print-at-home Musical Beer Crawl Passport. (Echo Park)
Breakfast for Dinner Pairing – Beachwood BBQ & Brewing will be collaborating with L.A.’s Eagle Rock Brewery for a “Breakfast for Dinner” event featuring five courses. (Long Beach, 6-9pm)
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Firestone Walker Deconstructed – The Avalon Theater is hosting Home Brew Chef Sean Z. Paxton, who will be preparing pairings for each of the eight beers that were blended into the much-anticipated Firestone Walker XV Anniversary Ale. (Hollywood, 7pm)
3rd Annual Uptown Whittier Pub Crawl – 10 different Uptown Whittier establishments celebrate beer culture by hosting a unique beer and cuisine pairing at each stop! (Whittier, 5-11pm)
Karl Strauss Reverse Tap Takeover – Karl Strauss turns their taps over to four of LA’s hottest breweries. Enjoy locally brewed craft beer and small plate pairings, and bump elbows with the brewers. (Universal City, 5-9pm)
Boneyard Bistro & The Bruery’s Epic 12 Course Dinner – The title says it all. The menu backs it up. (Sherman Oaks, 7pm)
Dogfish Head Night at Naja’s Place — Close to 20 Dogfish Head beers (the most ever poured in LA!), including some very rare treats. (Redondo Beach, 8pm)
4th Annual Verdugo Bar Oktoberfest – Traditional German and local breweries pouring their German-style beers; authentic sausages, pretzels, and other delights. (Glassell Park, 1-7pm)
3rd Annual LA Beer Float Showdown – Five top chefs are collaborating with five top California breweries to develop imaginative beer floats. Every attendee is a judge, voting on flavor, originality, and presentation. 25% of event proceeds will go to Share Our Strength. (Eagle Rock, 1-4pm)
Factory Gastrobar Oktoberfest — The Factory will be pouring 7 of the greatest American-made Oktoberfest brews, and cranking out German specialties like bratwurst and schnitzel. (Long Beach, 3pm-12am)
Golden Road Brewing Grand Opening Festival – Meet Brewmaster Jon Carpenter, tour the huge facility and try the beers behind LA’s newest craft brewery. Specialty beers from local breweries will be poured and food trucks will be serving up eats.(Los Angeles/Glendale, 2-7pm)
4th Annual Beachwood BBQ Molecular Gastronomy Dinner with The Bruery – A six-course beer pairing dinner of epic proportions. (Seal Beach, 6pm)
Public School 612’s Belgian Beer 101 – Professor Trevor Mortensen returns to educate on brewing and techniques that go back to the Middle Ages. Six beers and snacks. (Downtown LA, 7:30pm)
Lucky Baldwin’s Exclusive Pub Tour – A hop-on/hop-off bus pub tour, taking you to all three Lucky Baldwin’s pubs. (Pasadena, 6:30pm-12am)
3rd Annual Autumn Avery Brewing Dinner – A brilliant 5-course beer pairing dinner, inspired by the flavors of fall, at The Bottle Room. (Whittier, 7:30pm)
Ladyface Ale Companie Brewmaster’s Dinner — Five gourmet courses paired with Ladyface ales. Hosted by Proprietor Cyrena Nouzille, Brewmaster David Griffiths, and Chef Adam Fritz. (Agoura Hills, 6pm)
Mohawk Bend / Stone Brewing “Riddle Me This” — a night of festive beers that you have to EARN by solving the associated riddle. Also, Mohawk’s food menu will feature Stone Farms produce delivered fresh that day! (Echo Park, 6-10pm)
Big Crawl in Little Tokyo — Pub crawl spanning 9 bars, featuring 9 breweries, and 18+ Stone Brewing tap handles at Far Bar. (Little Tokyo, 5pm-12am)
Dionicess IX – Steingarten LA will be hosting this 5-course beer cocktail menu, showcasing the brilliance of Matt Biancaniello (of Library Bar fame), Dave Watrous, Gev Kazanchyan, with paired bites by cookbook author Randy Clemens. All proceeds benefit Real Medicine Foundation. (West Los Angeles, 7pm)
Surly Goat Oktoberfest — Featuring beers from Weihenstephan, the world’s longest running brewery. (Founded in 1040!) More details TBA. (Santa Monica)
LA Beer Week Festival – Closing out LA Beer Week in style at Union Station, this event features over 70 breweries pouring a wide array of their beers, gourmet food trucks, educational sessions, and much more. (Downtown Los Angeles, 12-4pm)
This is only a snapshot of what will be going on so be sure to click on the dates above to find out about more awesome events. Cheers to LA Craft Beer!
- Philippe Gagnon
Philippe Gagnon is the founder and writer for Craft Beer Culture. Currently residing in Orange County California, you can find him at the local brewery drinking craft beer or online through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.