***Review Article Dated August 19, 2012***
The Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl hit seven bars on a sunny Saturday afternoon on August 18, bringing out the masses for multiple brands of specialty suds.
Starting off the beer crawl for this writer was Casey’s Irish Pub, a classic Irish bar decorated with photographs of old time Los Angeles when the Red Cars ruled the roads. Casey’s hosted a number of craft brewers, including local brewer Craft Brewing Co. from Lake Elsinore, as well as a food truck by SoCal favorite In-N-Out.
Next up was a visit to Seven Grand, a classy joint located near the intersection of 7th St. and Grand Ave. Among the brewers sampling their crafts was Orange County’s The Bruery, from Placentia. The décor at Seven Grand rung an old-style theme, yet with a young vibe.
Followed by Seven Grand was Golden Gopher, a favorite of LA hipsters with a large bar and outdoor patio area. Brewers on hand included Redlands favorite Hangar 24, which provided tastes of its seasonal Polycot beer, made from pureed Apricots. Also served at Golden Gopher were brews from San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewery, and Ladyface Ale Company from Agoura Hills.
The crawl continued to Broadway Bar, another downtown favorite of LA hipsters with a large circular bar on the first floor and lounge area upstairs. On any weekend night, bar goers are most likely seen donning black or leather outfits, but this sunny day gave way to shorts and t-shirts of all colors.
Cole’s, a staple of Downtown LA history, featured Bootlegger’s Brewery from Fullerton. As proclaimed home of the original French Dip sandwich, it was a good match. Next stop was Las Perlas, just across the street from Cole’s. Served at Las Perlas, lit with colorful novelty lights, was Noble Ale Works from Anaheim, and LA’s own Smog City Brewing Co.
All in all, the 3rd annual LA Craft Beer Crawl was a sold-out hit. This writer gives props to 213 Nightlife for putting on a cool event that kept thousands of people jolly and entertained. Where the LA Beerathon seemed to have failed due to concerns by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, 213 Nightlife was able to make it work. Here’s to looking forward to the 4th LA Craft Beer Crawl in 2013.
*** Original Article Dated June 4, 2012***
In its 3rd year, the LA Craft Beer Crawl takes place Saturday, August 18. Attendees are taken to seven different bars all within walking distance from each other in the concrete jungle known as Downtown Los Angeles to sample more than 50 craft beers. The event is set to include some of the top craft and artisanal brewers in the country, according to event organizers, and also includes seminars on beer and spirits.
Tickets range from about $80 for early admission, just under $60 for general admission, and $10 for designated drivers who provide that invaluable public service.
Participating brewers include Redlands-based Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Black Market Brewing Co. from Temecula, and Bootlegger’s Brewery from Orange County. Others include:
Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Black Market Brewing Co.
Craft Brewing Company
Craftsman Brewing Company
Eagle Rock Brewery
El Segundo Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker Fine Ales
Golden Road Brewing
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Kinetic Brewing Co.
Ladyface Ale Companie
Monkish Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing
Noble Ale Works
Smog City Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Co.
Strand Brewing Co.
TAPS Fish House & Brewery
Telegraph Brewing Company