Even though our fair city has just about the best weather in the nation, if not the world, the winter months still remind Angelenos of other places where snow and cold are the norm. So, to herald the upcoming holidays in craft beer style, take hold of the spirit (pun intended) of the season by way of dynamite winter beers, drunk courtesy the top breweries that the City of Angels has to offer. Consider the following five.
Angel City Brewery
216 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
By its very name, Angel City Brewery knows it has drawing power for Angelenos of every description who want to down the best beer for this time of year. Don’t think twice about ordering their White Nite, a golden stout that makes your mouth tingle with a creamy treat that starts and ends with the combination of a soothing chocolate and coffee finish. Then stick around as this brewery, which is tucked away in the iconic John A. Roebling Building, is a great place in the downtown arts district to relax and people watch.
Bonaventure Brewing Co.
404 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Take a break during a frenetic downtown foray to sit out on this popular outlet’s fourth floor patio to take in the sun (a pastime others in the nation will envy) accompanied by a distinguished winter brew. Located inside the iconic Bonaventure Hotel, an architectural landmark, and at pool level, the BBC (as this place is lovingly called) has their signature Long Beach Crude at the ready. This hearty craft beer is a cold weather treat. In fact, the roasted finish and complex chocolate malt flavoring is perfect when there is even a slight chill in the air – or not. Bonus: stop by during happy hour and enjoy the Baja tacos which have been creatively conjured up in batter comprised of BBC Marathon Ale.
Beachwood Brewing And BBQ
210 E. Third St
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach’s Beachwood Brewing includes the ever hearty Oatmaster, a typical choice for winter weather in the United Kingdom. Since those blokes know their stuff when the cold comes in, why not try and emulate the taste if not the weather by drinking up this classic? Or, pick their Hef Leppard, a strong German brew with a clever name that is fermented with Bavarian yeast. But don’t stop there. Use your craft beer choice to wash down, say, a side of smoked portobello accompanied by Serrano chili aioli and horseradish parsley dip. Talk about the perfect nightcap.
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Golden Road Brewing
5410 W San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Locals swear by this unassuming pub, located on the east side of town on the edge of Glendale. In fact, you won’t find a person who has visited that doesn’t love Golden Road Brewing. This LA brewery also has a lively outdoor area that entertains tots with a giant Connect-4 game and beanbags, among other child worthy diversions. Indeed, Golden Road Brewing even invites your dog to come along and relax while the adults get cozy with a craft beer or two. Popular among the lot is their limited edition Wolf Amongst Weeds. One more reason to visit, especially when you want to round out your winter evening out, is because Golden Road Brewing offers free French fries after midnight.
9750 Airport Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
If you’re trying to make a quick getaway out of LAX and your plane is delayed, don’t despair. Rather, stop in at nearby Brewsters inside the Sheraton Four Points for a memorable craft beer. With 16 on tap and more than 100 bottles in all, local breweries have the spotlight with Cismontane Brewing and Tustin Brewing among them. Since this list might be a bit overwhelming when choosing a winter thirst quencher, go straight to the Brewsters menu’s malty list and you can’t go wrong. Popular amongst this large collection at this time of year are Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale and Lost Abbey Agave Maria (the latter being Tequila barrel aged), both are strong ales from California that promise to warm you up good on a cold and/or frustrating night before a long overdue flight.
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