Brewski Time: The Haute 5 Beer Lists in Los Angeles

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Brewskis are no longer for the obnoxious jock set. Microbreweries and gastropubs have brought a little sophistication (and better taste) than you may remember from your last kegger. Let Haute Living guide you through the top five best beer selections in Los Angeles.

1 Wurstküche

Pub crawlers looking to take a walk on the wild side should venture downtown to Wurstküche. With a menu of specialty grilled sausages (rattlesnake sausage, anyone?), Wurstküche offers an extensive selection of brew meant to be paired with the grub. Personally, I was overjoyed at the wide selection of Belgium beers, including old time faves Chimay and Duvel, though I experimented with a St. Louis Framboise, a raspberry lambic bottled brew.

800 E. Third St

Los Angeles


2 Library Ale House

Located on the edge of Santa Monica and Venice, this storied tavern is an institution for those looking to knock back a tall frosty mug of brew. The tavern boasts over 29 microbrews and imported on tap, as well as hard-to-find bottled beers from around the world. Local lore has it that employees are sent on road trips out-of-state just to pick up kegs of a particular brew. But the true gem at the Library Ale House is Beer Guru, Leo Stanton. Beer devotees swear by his extensive knowledge and charm.

2911 Main St

Santa Monica


3 Father’s Office

With two outposts — one in the middle of ritzy Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, the other located in the infamous Helm’s Building in Culver City — the Father’s Office has built a name for itself as the pub with best beer and burger deal in town. With a rotating selection of over 30 specialty-crafted brews, the Father’s Office has something to offer even the most avid beer drinkers. The only drawback: the word is out on the Father’s Office so expect large crowds of beer cognoscenti.

1018 Montana Ave,  Santa Monica, 310.736.2224

3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, 310.736.2224

4 Verdugo Bar

If you’re willing to make the trek to Glassell Park, Verdugo Bar will make it worth your while. The secret haunt carries more than 20 beers on tap, a rumored 80 different types of bottled brew and apparently even sells beer-to-go. I’m planning on hitting up Verdugo Bar for their Oktoberfest celebrations to sample some famed German selections and maybe even a pretzel or two.

3408 Verdugo Road

Los Angeles


5 Manhattan Beach Brew Co.

The extensive selection of rare beers at Manhattan Beach Brew Co. often calls to me like a beacon in the night with more than 40 brews on tap or bottle. This is the place to come after a long day surfing or just lying in the sand. My brewski of choice: a bottle of Blue Frog Blonde Ale.

124 Manhattan Beach Blvd

Manhattan Beach


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