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 September 24, 2021:
The excellent North Hollywood bottle shop Hop Merchants is hosting their Oktoberfest on Saturday (9/25). You can BYOS (Bring Your Own Stein), and they’ll fill it with any number of locally-brewed beers like Inglewood Juice from Crown & Hops, Mic Czech from Boomtown Brewing, and seasonally-appropriate Helles lagers from Enegren and 8one8. They’ll have live music, hammerschlagen, and a stein-holding competition, too. Also, not this weekend but still worth noting: Hop Merchants is having a collab next Thursday with Shappy Pretzel, which is, bar none, the best pretzel I’ve ever tasted. They’ll pair a flight with four different pretzels – you absolutely don’t want to miss it.
What we’re drinking: Enegren Brewing Co, Oktoberfest (Helles Lager)
King Harbor Brewing
Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing almost got to celebrate their (belated) sixth and (on-time) seventh anniversary this weekend, but they had to call off the full party (again) because of the pandemic. But, party or not, this is still a good weekend to hit their waterfront taproom and give thanks for this South Bay classic. They’re rolling out a bunch of new beers this week, like a pastry stout with cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and maple syrup, a dunkel brewed with rye, and a new hazy double IPA.
What we’re drinking: King Harbor Brewing Co., Lead Sails (Munich-style Dunkel w/ Rye)
Moo’s Craft BBQ
Simply put, there are very few great Texas-style barbeque joints in Los Angeles. There’s one big exception: Moo’s Craft BBQ. This absolutely fantastic Latino-owned Lincoln Heights spot serves up beautifully dark, juicy brisket, heavily-spiced and smoky sausage, and some genuinely absurd sandwiches like the Sloppy Moo, which piles pork, sausage, and brisket all into one behemoth. And their beer list is just as exciting as the food – the incredible 27-tap bar largely features locally-brewed favorites like Trademark, Homage, and Riip beer company. Somehow, despite all this, the lines are still manageable, so we’d go get some smoked meats and beers before word really starts to get around about this excellent restaurant and bar.
What we’re drinking: Trademark Brewing, Cricket Sweater (New England-style IPA)
Pick Up Fresh Beer at Hi-Lo Liquor
- Field to Ferment 2021 Fresh Hop IPA by Fremont Brewing
- Macaquinconing Saison w/ Quince, Quinine, and Cardamom by Brasserie Fantôme
Or drop into their Long Beach location Friday night and dive into their special beer flight featuring a curated lineup of IPAs, including:
Imagined Reality IPA by Three’s Brewing
Chubby Unicorn Guava Milkshake IPA by Common Space Brewery
Lateral Dreams Hazy Double IPA by Highland Park Brewery & Other Half Brewing
Therapist Imperial IPA by Dust Bowl Brewing