June 18th marks the NINTH year of LA Beer Week, celebrating independent and local Los Angeles craft beer. Los Angeles now boasts over 60 craft breweries in the county, many taking home awards from the stage of amazing competitions like the Great American Beer Fest, LA International Beer Competition and more. Showcasing the best of the best, LA Beer Week will keep you busy, buzzed and wanting more of what LA has to offer.
There are so many great events it’s nearly impossible to choose – which is why we recommend scrolling through the entire LA Beer Week calendar. Nonetheless, here are our top picks for how you should spend your afternoons and evenings from June 17th through the 25th (ordered by date/time):
Saturday, June 17 | Tickets
Local breweries plus a few special guests will showcase over 75 craft breweries and 150+ beers at the Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown LA. VIP admission is $70 and gets you in an hour early, with General Admission at $50. LA Brewers Guild Enthusiast members get 20% off tickets.
Sunday, June 18 at 11:00 am in Torrance
It’s been two years since this LA gem has held Rarest of the Rare and it’s worth the wait (only time can age those beers, after all!). In addition to a “comprehensive tasting of Smog City beers on tap” there are over a dozen varieties of bottles for sale, like four years of Cuddlebug and two years of Snugglebug (both American Wild Ale styles) plus so, so much more.
Sunday, June 18 throughout Los Angeles
Not sure what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Take him out on the town for LA Beer Week! Here’s a roundup:
- Dads Do Beerrunch at Sausal Restaurant in El Segundo
- Father’s Day Food Truck & Music Fest at Angel City Brewery in DTLA
- Popfuji Summer Concert Series Kickoff at Brouwerij West in Long Beach
- Sunday Day Drinking w/ Eagle Rock Brewery + Indie Brewing at Everson Royce Bar in DTLA
- Father’s Day Beer Dinner at Mikkeller Bar DTLA
- Father’s Day Carnival at Boomtown Brewery
Monday, June 19 at 6:30pm in Echo Park | Tickets
A guided tour of “Slow Beer” led by brewmaster Naga Reshi of Dry River Brewing. Start at Sunset Beer Co, walk down to The Holloway, then Bar Bandini and finally at Mohawk Bend for a special VIP happy hour. Tickets are $5 and do not include your beers, but all proceeds benefit The Pink Boots Society.
Monday, June 19 at 7:00 pm in Sherman Oaks
A five-course chef’s dinner w/ beer & wine pairings featuring Cellador Ales.
Tuesday, June 20 at 6pm in Highland Park | Tickets
Who know there were so many talented musicians in the craft beer world? Your favorite LA breweries will duke it out for the trophy and bragging rights in this year’s fourth annual Eagle Rock Brewery Battle of the Bands. This year’s lineup is includes Eagle Rock Brewery, 38 Degrees, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, The Bruery, El Segundo Brewing Co., Highland Park Brewery, Pizza Port, Sunset Beer Company, State Brewing and Three Weavers. Each band has 15 minutes to showcase their best talents and audience members vote for their favorite.
Get your tickets now and show up early – this is one of the best LABW events!
Wednesday, June 21 at 6:00 pm in Redondo Beach
Breweries representing LA, San Diego and San Francisco beer guilds throw on some special beers for a massive tap takeover at Naja’s Place.
Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 pm in Highland Park
Featuring beers from Highland Park Brewery, Sante Adairius, Homage, Cellador, Beachwood Blendery, Barrelworks, Good Beer Co, Allagash, and more.
Mythological Creatures Night
Thursday, June 22 at 5:00 pm at Sunset Beer Co in Echo Park
Craft beer bar and bottle shop Sunset Beer Company is featuring drafts of beers named after Mythological creatures. Yetis, unicorns and other strange creatures may make an appearance!
Thursday, June 22 at 6:00 pm in DTLA
Hop on, hop off free brewery shuttle every 20-30 minutes at six DTLA breweries, including Indie Brewing Company, Angel City Brewery, Boomtown Brewery, Arts District Brewing Co., Iron Triangle Brewing DTLA and Dry River Brewing Company.
Highland Park Brewing + El Segundo Beer Bros
Friday, June 23 at 6:00 pm in Echo Park
Hang out with the Highland Park and El Segundo beer bros at Sunset Beer Co and try their new collaboration LA Gold (West Coast Keller), Unity (the official LA Beer Week beer) and other superb beers from the breweries.
Saturday, June 24 in Alhambra
Breaking out some rare and cellared beers at one of Alhambra’s beloved craft beer spots. No tickets needed – just show up, order some amazing beer and stay for the awesome food!
Saturday, June 24 at noon in Long Beach | Tickets
The second Beer Camp held in Los Angeles, this is a MUST attend beer fest featuring “hundreds” of craft beers poured by some of the best craft breweries nationally and internationally. The festival also highlights a series of brews created in a collaboration program between six US and six overseas breweries. The result is a collection of 12 beers ranging from Porters to Double IPAs, Lagers and Ales that are being distributed nationwide.
Sunday, June 25 in El Segundo
Close out LA Beer Week Tropical and Hawaiian fruit themed casks from El Segundo Brewing plus whole roasted pigs from Lil’ Simmzy’s on the Deck.
Sunday, June 25 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Barrelworks barrelmeister Jeffers Richardson will be leading a tour of wild ales at four West Side locations, ending at The Propagator. If you want to learn about sour beers from the best of the best, this is your chance!