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.
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
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
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
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