By my extremely unscientific measure, there are approximately 38,000 different places to drink beer in Los Angeles. Or at least it can feel that way when we’re trying to figure out where to drink on a weekend. So with that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to tell you three places that our team is drinking right now, including both spots new and old, breweries and beer gardens, and bars and restaurants.
The Weekend of December 3, 2021:
Long Beach is a fantastic brewery town – but it also has one of my favorite cideries in California, Ficklewood Ciderworks. Two LBC locals, Stefan Enjem and Joe Farrier, opened this East Broadway spot just before the pandemic hit in January 2020. Ficklewood’s ciders are all naturally fermented and typically beautifully dry. They don’t make just traditional apple cider, either – they’ve got a blackberry cider, a beet and date cider, and a dry-hopped cider made with Mosaic hops grown on their roof.
La Bodega Brewing Co.
Newly opened is La Bodega Brewing, a brewery and restaurant just off Philadelphia St. in downtown Whittier where you’ll catch me this weekend. They started pouring just last week with ten beers on tap, including lagers, IPAs, a blonde, and a nitro-pour stout infused with chocolate, coffee, and hot peppers. There’s an extensive food menu as well – alongside standard brewery fare like wings and fried chicken sliders, they have a whole menu of steak options (like ribeye or tomahawk) and chile colorado – Oaxacan-style braised short ribs.
When I’m in the mood for both Italian food and incredible beer, the first place I go is Ospi. There aren’t many better restaurants in Venice than this fancy, new(ish) Italian restaurant serving incredible handmade pastas and thin-crust pizzas. But Ospi also has a sneaky great beer list, including three Russian River beers on tap and an exclusive pale ale from El Segundo, which you can only get at their restaurant.
Pick Up Fresh Beer at Hi-Lo Liquor
- Abnormally German Pilsner from Abnormal Brewing Co
Or drop into their Long Beach location Friday night and dive into their special beer flight featuring four beers from Harland Beer Co, including:
Japanese Lager – Inspired by the crisp lagers of Okinawa, this beer is clean and refreshing.
Tropical Daydream – This ale is a fruit salad of sorts, featuring guava, mango, peach, and apricot for a fruity and delicious surprise.
New Zealand Hazy IPA – This Hazy IPA highlights some of New Zealand’s finest. Motueka and Southern Cross provide a bright, citrusy, tropical hop profile that complements the pillowy mouthfeel of a hazy IPA.
India Pale Whale – A bitter, moderately strong India pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.