Boomtown Brewery opens new taproom

February 2, 2017

On Saturday, February 4, Boomtown Brewery unveils its taproom to the public with a Grand Opening event. Starting at 12:00 noon, festivities include food trucks, DJs, pool, shuffleboard and – of course – plenty of beer.


Brewmaster (and General Partner) Samuel “Chewy” Chawinga has introduced some pretty unique beers to the LA beer scene with a focus on old world approach to beer styles including Belgians, IPAs, Stouts, Wheats and Saisons. Definitely be on the lookout Nose Job IPA – one of their core beers and nice and dry with a citrus aroma. Mic Czech is a favorite low-ABV brew with a classic take. Kilwinning will go quite well with a burger with its malt-forward backbone and a hint of tea (brewed in-house).

For the grand opening, we recommend Working Title – a tart wheat style with loads and mango and passionfruit but a mere 5.4%.




Fans of the brewery can sign up for the Golden Glass membership, which is essentially an on-site mug club with merch perks. Members get a limited gold monogrammed glass to fill ten pints per month for the year, plus first access to new releases and growler fills. Through February 15 the Founders membership is only $325 and also gets you 20% off all merch – after that, memberships are $375 and receive 10% off merchandise.

Membership or not, Boomtown’s taproom will be open seven days a week (official hours pending) and will certainly be a hot spot in downtown LA’s blossoming beer scene.

More info on the opening can be found here.


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Strand celebrates anniversary, introduces new line of cans

November 10, 2016

Strand Brewing, 24th Street Pale Ale

One of the oldest craft breweries in the Los Angeles area is celebrating a few major accomplishments this weekend in Torrance, including its Seventh Anniversary. Strand Brewing Co., which opened in the South Bay in 2009, is one of the early pioneers of the craft beer movement in the area. A year ago it moved from a 1,000 square feet brewery into a 36,000 square foot facility in northern Torrance and nearly doubling its capacity to 8,000 barrels a year.

Strand Brewing Tasting RoomThe tasting room itself is 5,000 feet, and there are a few plans to further develop the space, including offering private events, a barrel program and expanded cold storage. In the larger space they are also capable of adding more tanks, which could (if they maxed out the space) bring them up to 50 or 60,000 barrels in the future. Now, compared to the 850 barrels they produced in 2010, this is a nicely sized expansion.

For now, the brewery’s growth has improved the quality of beer, said co-owner Rich Marcello during a recent brewery tour. “I feel like the consistency has gotten better batch to batch,” he said.

Rich Marcello, Strand Brewing Co.This weekend’s Seven Year Anniversary celebration will also introduce a new line of cans, which is produced in-house on a shiny new canning line.

“I love cans for the light [weight], for the quality, for the shipping aspects. I think that our logo, who we are, where we live… cans just make perfect sense,” said Marcello.

The three can releases include core beers 24th Street Pale Ale, Beach House Amber Ale and Atticus IPA, and are the brewery’s top sellers. While Strand will continue to bottle, cans will replace a large chunk of the packaged beer.

Strand Brewing's new line of cans

Check out the new canning line and some of the brewery’s specialty releases (including an anniversary beer) this weekend, Friday through Sunday, November 11 through 13.

Anniversary Poster



Five LA bars where you can celebrate International Stout Day

November 2, 2016

Thursday, November 3 is International Stout Day, a celebration of the iconic beer style. After all, there’s IPA Day in August so why not a day for stout?

Untappd_StoutDay2016_BadgeHere are a few of our favorite places to grab a craft stout beer because they usually have at least one on tap (or they are celebrating with a special event!).

Check in on Untappd and unlock that International Stout Day badge!

38 Degrees Ale House Alhambra

Grab a Stout Slider and Stout beer flight and pairing starting at 6:00pm. For dessert? An Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist with vanilla bean ice cream, caramel and spiced cashews. Check the event details for more featured beers and food.

Barbara’s at the Brewery

The best craft beer bar you’ve likely never heard of, Barbara’s at the Brewery is a gem! The taplist is always carefully curated and the food gets better and better every time. While they haven’t announced a specific Stout Day event, currently they have Alesmith Speedway Stout and Beachwood’s Udder Love Milk Stout. Click here for the live taplist!

Sunset Beer Co

With over 12 taps in the tasting room and over 700 bottles of beer in the retail section, you won’t have any issues finding a fantastic barrel-aged stout, milk stout, imperial stout, dry stout, etc. Grab a bottle of Uinta Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, go weirder with a Tahoe Mountain Brett Stout, or New Holland Brewing’s Dragon’s Milk Coconut Rum Barrel Stout.

Stout Burgers and Beers

The name alone, well it’s just perfect! But the taplist at any of the three Los Angeles locations (Santa Monica, Hollywood and Studio City) will be no doubt DIVINE no matter what day you go on. On Stout Day they are offering a dessert and 4 oz pour (any beer) combo for $6, or $8 for dessert and a barrel-aged beer.

On tap in Santa Monica will be Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout, North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, and possibly Allagash Hive 56 (a dark sour – yum!).

In Hollywood, they’re featuring North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Bear Republic Barrel #101 (Big Bear Black Soured), and Lagunitas Willett Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Mohawk Bend

With over 70 taps of beer there should be little trouble finding a good stout. We’ve been pretty much obsessed with Kern River’s Class V American Double Stout as of late, and they will most likely have North Coast’s Old 38 Dry Irish Stout on Nitro. Even though Barley Forge’s The Patsy Coconut Rye Porter is not a stout… no one will know as you sip that delicious, creamy dark beer at the bar.

Pro tip: Happy hour is served in the Pub & Patio from 3-7pm Monday – Friday, with late-night happy hour from 1opm-close.



Giveaway: The Rare Experience beer fest in Studio City

October 29, 2016

Win tickets to The Rare Experience on November 19

There are beer fests and there are Beer Fests. Lucky for us all, the powers that be behind Beer Fests for Beer Geeks are bringing some of the most unique festivals to Los Angeles, the most recent being the Belgian Independence fest last July. Coming soon is probably the best one of them all – The Rare Experience on Saturday, November 19 from 2:00 – 6:00pm.

Stout_Rare-Experience_2016Think of it like The Shelton Brothers Festival but with more of a focus on rare sours, barrel-aged and wild ales from the US. The beers are all rare or unique one-offs from breweries as far as Connecticut to as close as Los Angeles. We’re particularly excited about Apricot Au Poivre from Nebraska Brewing Co., a 6.5% Belgian style stour aged for six months in French Oak Chardonnay barrels with apricots and black pepper.

Or how about all the beers from Ordinem Ocentrici Coctores (aka Eccentric Brewers or OEC), known for making delicate blends for their unusual American Wild Ales. At the festival you’ll get to try three of their beers, including Narcissus and two versions of Tempus Blend #6.

Logsdon’s Peche ‘n Brett, Seizoen Brettaville aged in oak barrels with 1.5lbs of peaches per gallon, is a great intro into the sour beer world but their Kriek Vier is a killer Belgian style quad on cherries.

Don’t pass up a pour of Allagash Nancy – a sour red ale aged in stainless with Maine Balaton and Montmorrency cherries.

Representing Los Angeles is new brewery Cellador Ales from Los Angeles will be on deck, as well Phantom Carriage and Small Batch Beer Makers (a project of Arsenal Urban Ales).

All-in-all, there are 22 breweries each pouring two (or more) beers each – check out the full taplist here. Tickets are worth every penny at $50 for General Admission (gets you 10 draft pours) and $70 for VIP tickets (early entry, 12 draft pours and three special bottle pours).

We recommend buying tickets soon – the event is expected to sell out. In the meantime, you can try your hand at winning a pair of General Admission tickets – details below!

Win tickets!

We’re giving away two General Admission tickets to ONE lucky winner!

How to enter: 

Step 1: Head on over to Facebook and share the event to your timeline (don’t forget to click that “Interested” or “Going” button!)

Step 2: Comment below and let us know what you’re looking forward to most about going! It may be a beer or a brewery from the taplist. Or perhaps you’ve never been to such a cool festival and want the experience.

Winner will be chosen at random on November 7. 




Sacramento-bound: 2nd California Craft Beer Summit

August 16, 2016

Despite our attempts to get things together for a trip to the amazing Great American Beer Festival in Denver this year, we just couldn’t make it happen. Luckily there’s the California Craft Beer Summit and Brewers Showcase in Sacramento September 8-10, organized by the California Craft Brewers Association.

The event is mainly two parts – the Craft Beer Summit and the Beer Festival. The Summit takes place in an expo hall and features educational sessions, cooking demos, displays and booths. Some of the highlights over the Friday and Saturday sessions  include:

  • Chartering Growth Over 21 Years with Peter Zien, Owner & CEO of AleSmith Brewing Co.
  • The Rise of Sour Beers with Jay Goodwin (The Rare Barrel) Tim Clifford & Adair Paterno (Sante Adairius Rustic Ales) Gail Ann Williams (Beer Journalist) and Tom Dalldorf (Editor of Celebrator Beer News)
  • Past, Present and Future with David Walker, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • The Craft Beer Boom with Natalie & Vinnie Cilurzo with Russian River Brewing Co., Tomme Arthur, Lost Abbey/Port Brewing
Photo via CA Craft Brewers Association

Photo via CA Craft Brewers Association


The Beer Fest takes place on Saturday with over 150 craft breweries showing off 400+ California brewed beers. Last year the fest saw 4,000 attendees on the scenic lawn of the Capitol Mall. This year so far nine Los Angeles and area breweries will be on deck, including Beachwood, El Segundo, Angel City, Highland Park Brewery, HopSaint Brewing Copmany, Monkish, Scholb, Smog City and Three Weavers.

Tickets are $60 for the beer festival and $289 for the VIP Summit Pass (all access) along with some other piece-by-piece options.


Drink to Independence: Beer fest celebrating Belgian Independence Day

July 18, 2016


This weekend, Beer Fest for Beer Geeks is bringing nearly 60 beers to Stout in Hollywood for its first ever Belgian Beer Fest, Drink to Independence.

The fest features 28 breweries, most of which are Belgian and six non-Belgian. There, are a few rare beers pouring on Saturday, including Lost Abbey’s Framboise De Amoros (sour aged for a year in red wine barrels), an unblended Lambic from Brouwerij Oud Beersel, Brouwerij Alvinne’s Wild West (aged in French Pomerol Barrels with French Plums), and a five year old La Trappe Quad and La Trappe Isid.

VIP access gets ticketholders early entrance at 4:00 pm along with 15 drink tickets and three bonus tickets for access to rare, specialty bottles. Regular admission ticketholders receive 15 drink tickets with access to the festival at 5:00 pm. Everyone has the option of purchasing additional tickets, including the specialty bottle tickets. Food is sold separately but festival-goers can take advantage of Stout’s Half-Off Happy Hour food menu during and after the fest.

Click here to get your tickets!

For $5 tickets use our special promo code BEERGEEKGIRL



Your LA Beer Week 2016 guide

June 15, 2016


The best week in Los Angeles kicks off this Saturday, and while every week is beer week in Los Angeles there are some pretty special things happening. While we can’t list all the best events to go to, these are the best of the best – just be sure to check out the full calendar here to get everything on your radar.

Some tips

  • Purchase tickets in advance, if they are offered.
  • Use public transportation or one of those ride-sharing apps
  • Support your neighborhood bars, these are some of the best ways to get to know great LA beer!

LA Beer Week Kickoff

Saturday, June 18, Los Angeles
195 beers from 85 craft breweries – this is one of the best events of the year! Tickets are still available for $65 VIP, $45 General Admission

Vegan Beer & Food Fest

Saturday, June 18 at 11:00am, Pasadena
We know what you’re thinking, LA Beer Week Kickoff or Vegan Beer & Food Fest? If food is more of your thing, this is the place to be. Tickets are $100 VIP and $50 General Admission.

MacLeod 2nd Anniversary

Sunday, June 19 at noon, Van Nuys
Casks from 26 California breweries, panel discussion and anniversary specials. Tickets are $50 for unlimited pours, there are two sessions to choose from.

Cellarmaker at The Hermosillo

Sunday, June 19 at Noon, Highland Park
What more do we need to say? Cellarmaker + HPB collaboration beer. Do it.

Farmhouse Brewsters: Sante Adairius at Ladyface

Sunday, June 19 at 5:00pm, Agoura Hills
Meet the brewesters Cyrena Nouzille and Adair Paterno, plus tasting flights. Tickets are $25.

LA To SD Party at Sunset Beer Company

Monday, June 20 at 4:00pm
Featuring Highland Park Brewing, Noble, Societe, Eagle Rock Brewery and Chapman Crafted

Pink Boots Takes Over Three Weavers

Monday, June 20 at 4:00pm, Inglewood
Purchase tickets in advance for six pours plus a glass of some special California beers.

Wake N Bake w/ Almanac & Smog City at Beer Belly

Tuesday, June 21 at 5:00pm, Koreatown
Breakfast for dinner menu with your favorites from Almanac and Smog City

Battle of the Beer Bands at the Echoplex

Tuesday, June 21 at 6:00 pm, Echo Park
Our favorite event of the year showcases bands formed by breweries (and a couple of non-breweries). Tickets are just $10, we recommend purchasing in advance.

Full Pint Nite at the Oinkster

Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00pm, Eagle Rock
The Full Pint beer blog hosts this yearly event featuring special menu items.

Fifty Fifty Brewing at Blue Palms

Wednesday, June 22 at 4:00 pm, Hollywood
Get a pour of the coveted Eclipse as well as special flights and bottle selections.

Cascade Collaboration + Showcase at Phantom Carriage

Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 pm, Torrance
Rare Cascade and Phantom Carriage beers plus two versions of their collab.

Sour & Funk Night at The Hermosillo

Thursday, June 23 starting at noon, Highland Park
Not much to say about this one… other than it will be a packed event! Go early, leave late and take an antacid for all those sour beers!

Beachwood Brewing + Highland Park Brewing at Glendale Tap

Thursday, June 23 at 4:00 pm, Glendale
Each brewery is bringing a few kegs for the taplist, including Beachwood’s Ultrahop 2000 IPA and HPB’s Yard Beer.

Battle of the Guilds 2016 at Naja’s Place

Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 pm, Redondo Beach
Breweries representing LA, San Diego and San Francisco beer guilds throw on some special beers for a massive tap takeover.

Cider Style-Off: Old World vs. New World at Everson Royce Bar

Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm
Taste handcrafted ciders from LA’s local 101 Cider House and Oregon’s Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, joined by classic European ciders from France and Spain. $27 ticket includes eight pours plus burger and fries.

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America

Saturday, June 25 at Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, Long Beach

This beer fest features 152 breweries from California and beyond. Tickets are $50 general admission, $70 VIP.

Gold Line Pub Crawl

Saturday, June 25 starting at 11:00 am
Various bars along the Gold Line featuring a tap take over at each location. Participating venues are listed here.

Beat the Brewers at Tony’s Darts Away

Saturday, June 25 at noon, Burbank
Another favorite LA Beer Week event! Beer Trivia Brunch featuring brewers from Eagle Rock Brewery, Arts District Brewing Co., Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie, and Three Weavers Brewing Company

Block party at Glendale Tap

Sunday, June 26 at 5:00 pm, Glendale
If you have survived LA Beer Week up to this point, Glendale Tap is the place to be. Monkish, Phantom Carriage and Smog City will be the featured breweries on tap.


Mark your calendars for LA Beer Week 2016

March 6, 2016


LA Beer Week returns for its eighth year on June 18 through June 26. Kicking off the week is the June 18, 2016 beer festival highlighting the city’s best craft beer along with some special, out-of-town guests. Los Angeles has seen quite a few new breweries open up in the past year, so there are a few newcomers to the scene, including Arts District Brewing, Dry River, Mumford, Boomtown, Iron Triangle, Transplants and more. Not new to the beer scene but we haven’t seen in a while is Brouwerij West, which just opened its new facility in San Pedro in February.

This year’s fest promises to be a pretty special one, taking place at the Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown LA. Early bird tickets will cost you $60 for VIP (gets you in an hour early) and $40 for regular admission. Prices will go up after April 1 – click here to purchase!

Other than the Kickoff festival, other major events to keep an eye out for are the Battle of the Beer Bands on June 21 in Echo Park, and the Battle of the Guilds (info TBA). End the week in Long Beach with Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp tour, which has its final event on June 25 at the Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park (tickets are now on sale).

Our Ladies of LA Craft Beer event in 2015 was a great success, so we’ll be on the lookout for another great event to be held during LA Beer Week 8.

Last year’s kickoff was a blast – check out the photos below!


What’s on tap: Our picks for the LA Vegan Beer Fest

May 16, 2015

Today’s the day! The LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival starts at 1pm (noon for VIPs)  at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. If you’ve been in years past you’re familiar with the growth of this wonderful festival – starting out in the parking lot of the Roxy in Hollywood six years ago with just a few food vendors and breweries, today it boasts more than 65 breweries pouring over 100 craft beers and 40 food vendors.

With all these choices, we’ve got a few beer suggestions* to put on your priority list, including:

Ballast Point: Grunion

El Segundo: Mayberry

Noble: I Love It IPA

Firestone: Easy Jack

Phantom Carriage: Muis

Smog City: Coffee Porter

Kinetic: Grapefruit Kolsch

Three Weavers: Ghostface Chili Beer

King Harbor: The Quest w/ Citra

Ritual: Hellion

Figueroa Mountain: Lizard’s Mouth DIPA

Golden Road: Almond Milk Stout


New breweries to the festival include Three Weavers, King Harbor, Bell’s Brewery and SolArc. Also check out our food suggestions.

Remember to drink lots of water and take public transportation if you don’t have a designated driver!



*These are, of course, subject to change and there are a ton of other great choices. Follow us on Instagram for more!



Los Angeles craft beer uniting for Nepal

May 5, 2015

This weekend breweries and craft beer bars in Los Angeles and Orange County have dedicated one of their taps to help raise money for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

We’re calling it Crawl4Nepal because it’s the biggest craft beer crawl we’ve ever seen – stretching from Northeast LA to West Covina and all the way down to Rancho Santa Margarita and then some, we have over 25 participants and growing.


This means no matter where you live in LA or OC, on Saturday swing by a nearby bar or brewery and ask for the beer they are donating for Nepal. Drink a pint and help raise money! All the participating venues are listed on the Facebook event page.

You’re also supporting your local businesses – Beer Paper LA is donating ad space to the location that raises the most in donations. If you’re interested in participating, let me know in the comments below and I’ll get you set up!

We’re supporting an organization called Global Giving, which has set up a relief fund. If you can’t make it out to Crawl4Nepal on Saturday, consider donating directly by clicking here.

See you on Saturday and be sure to use the hashtag #crawl4nepal


Get ready for LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest

May 1, 2015

May 16, 2015 at the Rose Bowl | Tickets

Vegan or not, the LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival is truly one to look forward to each year. We had a BLAST last year sampling some super fresh brews from Noble, Eagle Rock Brewery (Ginger Saison – wow), Modern Times and other local and semi-local breweries. When the festival first started six years ago, it was held in the Roxy parking lot with a few food vendors and breweries. Now that the festival has grown in popularity, so has it in size – this year we’re heading to a much larger venue, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The event is a collaborative effort between three forces in the Los Angeles community – Nic Adler of The Roxy, Tony Yanow of Tony’s Darts Away (also Golden Road, Mohawk Bend) and QuarryGirl, a popular vegan food writer. The idea was to divide and conquer each part of the festival – music, beer and food. Having sold out the past four years,  it’s a unique idea that obviously works.

With just a couple of weeks to go, we’re looking forward to a few things:

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Countdown to LA Beer Week Kickoff tickets

April 2, 2015

LA Beer Week 2014

Mark your calendars, set your alarms… the LA Brewers Kickoff event tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, April 3, 2015. The event kicks off the first day of LA Beer Week, which begins on June 20. Put on by the LA Brewers Guild, the event itself takes place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Exposition Park.

Last month, the LA Brewers Guild announced it would be moving up LA Beer Week from September to June in order to accommodate the breweries better as well as have the event during a better time of the year (when it’s not blazing hot). The June 20 celebration represents a fast growing craft beer community in Los Angeles, so if you live in LA and you’re a serious craft beer geek this is the place to be with to sample brews from over 70 breweries (30 of which are members of the LA Brewers Guild).

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Spend your entire weekend at Tony’s Darts Away for its 5th

April 1, 2015


Tony’s Darts Away is celebrating its 5th Anniversary in style, and we wouldn’t expect anything less. The party kicks off this Saturday starting at 10:00 am with a special tapping every hour on the hour, including a custom brewed IPA by Golden Road called Darts Away IPA at midnight.

Sunday the big guns come out with a full day of sour beers on tap, also tapping one each hour. There’s no admission to the party but you can buy a commemorative pint glass and a fill of Darts Away IPA for $10.

The Taplist



10 am – Velvet Mocha Merlin
11 am – 2013 Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard
12 pm – 2014 Firestone Stickee Monkee
1 pm – H24 Pugachev’s Cobra
2 pm – 2014 Older Viscosity
3 pm – Lagunitas Sucks
4 pm – 2014 Bruery Bois
5 pm – 2013 Hammerland
6 pm- 2013 Parabola
7 pm – Lost Abbey Brandy Barrel Angel’s Share

Sour Sunday

10 am – Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus
11 am – Firestone Bretta Weisse
12 pm – Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
1 pm – Bruery Oude Tarte
2 pm – Firestone Agrestic
3 pm – Bruery Rueze
4 pm – Russian River Consecration
5 pm – Bruery Sour in the Rye
6 pm – Bruery Tart of Darkness
7 pm – Russian River Supplication

See you there!