The beauty of craft beers is the story behind the beer itself when one is discovered and shared with others, giving it a certain flair of character. The quality of the beer itself speaks with one sip of flavorful hops that taste far better than some of the mass-produced ‘beer water’ that has made its way to the mainstream market. With the growing popularity of craft beers taking over taps everywhere, Los Angeles is nothing short on bars serving seasonal beer. Here are some of the best bars that rotate their beer menus on a regular basis, bringing you something new almost every week.
Library Ale House
2911 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Library Ale House is known for its excellent beer selection which includes over 25 beers on tap that get rotated on a regular basis and even double the selection in bottled beer from all parts of the world. The staff here really knows its beer and Library even has its own certified cicerone, or beer expert. Santa Monica resident John Blanchette describes the Library Ale House as a ‘beer lover’s paradise’ with a great menu featuring the best burgers in town. Most people tend to fall in love with the beer garden located in the back of the Ale House. Stop by during happy hour for food specials and $3 off all beer and wine.
1611 S. Catalina Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Bouzy Gastropub carries a limited selection of eight beers on tap, but there is always something new to try on a weekly basis when one keg runs out and is replaced by another. ‘With the boom of local LA breweries, [Bouzy] likes to keeping as many on tap as possible, including Monkish Brewing Co., Strand Brewery, Brouwerij West and Golden Road as well as other California breweries like Ballast Point, Mission, Stone and Trumer, among others,’ says one local insider. Located in the front room of its sister restaurant Chez Melange, Bouzy also carries a decent selection of bottled microbrews. The best part about Bouzy is the bar food, which consists of appetizers as upscale as the food served at its sister restaurant.
The Craftsman Bar & Kitchen
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Craftsman carries beers specifically from breweries based in Los Angeles and California and rotates them on a weekly basis. ‘I would say 80 percent of our beers are local. We also have a local seasonal rotating tap,’ says managing partner John Grondorf. The beach-side lounge is only a year old, but the cozy, intimate vibe inspired by the days of prohibition make it well worth visiting. Originally called The Yard, the place got a huge makeover that traded in all the high tables for comfy couches and replaced the original color scheme with brighter colors to complement the area’s beach culture. The best thing about The Craftsman is the fact that almost everything on its menu is made in-house, even the hot sauce.
229 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Located within a few blocks of the Manhattan Beach Pier, Simmzy’s is usually always packed to the brim and is the perfect place to go if you’re somewhat of a beer snob. It’s a small place with a beachy vibe and a top-notch selection of craft beers that rotate so frequently that the beer menu is written on a chalkboard hanging over the beer taps. Simmzy’s was born as a ‘happy accident’ when the owner’s original ‘man cave’ needed a change of scenery outside of his garage where his wife was frequently annoyed by his beer-making mess. Simmzy’s has at least 25 craft brews on tap at any given point in time, including one or two Simmzy originals.
2141 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Located in Echo Park, this upscale restaurant and bar has the widest selection of craft beers dedicated to California microbreweries. Mohwak Bend carries 72 craft beers on tap, more than any other bar mentioned on this list, and even has six wine taps. Every month, Mohawk Bend features an out-of-state brewery on tap for added diversity to its already extensive beer menu. Mohawk Bend rotates its beer as quickly as possible with lots of varieties waiting to be tapped at a moment’s notice. The retrofitted 100-year-old Vaudeville theater is a nice place to relax and enjoy quality beer amid modern and chic decor.
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