- Terelle Jerricks
Michael Koger, Contributing Writer
Within the past few years, LA Beer Week has steadily been growing.
With the influx of new breweries since last years, this year’s celebration should be bigger and better than ever. LA Beer Week starts on Sept. 20 and runs all the way through Sept. 30, with the final day culminating in an epic event near Union Station in downtown LA. Many bars and breweries throughout the area will be hosting their own events.
Here are my personal selections:
Kick off LA Beer Week properly at Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach where they’ll be hosting a local brewery tap takeover. Naja’s will be featuring Bootlegger’s, The Bruery, Monkish, Eagle Rock, El Segundo, Monkish and other breweries from LA and Orange County. This is a great opportunity to see what all of the great local breweries have to offer at one of the finest craft beer bars in the city. If you’re not feeling up to it, you can check out the sneak peek of Stone Brewing Company’s new store in Pasadena. Tickets and info. for Stone’s sneak peek are available here.
Ditch the car and hop aboard the South Bay Shuttle Bus, which will ferry you to four breweries and brewpubs for $15. With your ticket, you get to visit El Segundo Brewing Co., The Brewery at Abigaile, Monkish Brewing Co., and Beachwood BBQ and Brewing in Long Beach. Each stop will feature special deals on beer, and you don’t have to worry about driving. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach is hosting a three daylong Farmhouse Ale Fest. This is a great opportunity to try out saisons and other funky farmhouse ales from local breweries like Smog City and Monkish as well as other breweries from around the United States and the world like Logsdon Brewing and Upright Brewing.
Koreatown’s Beer Belly tavern is hosting its Craft for Crap event. The premise is simple. Bring in a can or bottle of what might be considered “crap” beer (Bud Lite, Natty Ice, MGD Lite, etc.,) and get an outstanding local craft beer for just a penny.
Hop on the Metro and ride to Union Station for the culminating event. The final LA Beer Week celebration brings together more than 70 breweries from around the world under one roof. In addition to sampling some of the tastiest brews, a host of LA’s famous food trucks will be there as well to help feed your hunger. Tickets are $50 but you have unlimited beer tastings. The price of admission does not include food. Click here for ticket info.
Of course, these are just a few of the events that will be happening all across the city. If you’re interested and want to see what else is going on, check out the official L.A. Beer Week website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.