There’s almost nothing better than a freshly pulled pint of your favorite beer. And whether your tastes tend toward the most obscure craft brew or an ice cold Coors, a handful of area bars have you covered, offering a dizzying selection of suds on tap. Here are a few of our favorites:
T. Phillip’s Alehouse and Grill
2335 D Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Popular with students at the nearby University of La Verne, this casual alehouse classic (with another location in Glendora) manages to have a family-friendly vibe (there’s even a kid’s menu) while still tapping 61 microbrews.
1739 Public House
1739 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
What’s better than pizza and beer? Free pizza and over 64 beers on tap (from Abita Purple Haze to Young’s Oatmeal Stout.) Though the pies are only free during happy hour at this Los Feliz favorite, the suds are always flowing.
17 South Raymond Ave.
Old Town Pasadena, CA 91105
Old Town Pasadena’s base for beer lovers features a rotating list of 63 quality brews on tap. To soak up the suds, the British owned Lucky Baldwin’s serves a tasty menu of pub grub, including killer fish and chips and a classic ploughman’s lunch.
154 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Tucked into the Redondo Beach pier, this laid-back brew house lives by the motto “fear no beer,” with 88 beers on draft ranging from the most basic Bud to the best of American and European craft brews. Live music on the weekends and happy hour specials on pints and pitchers make Naja’s Place a perfect boozy beach escape.
Heroes Bar and Grill
125 W. Santa Fe., Ste. 128
Fullerton, CA 92832
This Fullerton pub is all about excess, with its enormous portions, huge drinks, and 119 beers on tap. Even the walls are packed with memorabilia, family photos, and the odd moose head.
Goat Hill Tavern
1830 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
With shuffleboard, foosball, and peanut shells scattered around the floor, this OC favorite is already the near perfect dive bar. But it is the staggering draft list of more than 100 beers that make this stalwart a legend.
800 W Olympic Blvd # 115
LosAngeles, CA 90015
The only thing bigger than the massive menu at this national chain, which opened its first location in Long Beach in 1996, is the beer list. Averaging between 130 and 180 brews on tap (the flagship has a whopping 250) broken down by type and flavor profile, Yard House offers a veritable education in suds.
Katie Robbins is an L.A. based freelance journalist with strong ties to her home town, Brooklyn, USA. She writes about a wide range of topics, with a special emphasis on food, culture, and lifestyle.