There’s no shortage of places to drink in Los Angeles, we all know that. We can’t deny, however, that some places are just funner to be at than others. That’s why we’re here to give you our our top picks for the Best Breweries in LA. If you go to at least one of these great spots this weekend, you’ll be satisfied. We guarantee it.
Ballast Point Brewing is a beautiful brewery located at the very end of the marina just off 2nd Street in Long Beach, near Belmont Shores. The two story building has three bars- the main bar, just near the entrance, the backdoor bar which services the outdoor deck that’s on the water, and the upstairs bar that services the upstairs deck.
Although there is no dress code, you can’t help but feel out of place if you show up in shorts and sandals. The place has a classy vibe but still maintains a chill feel. My drink of choice is the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA.
There is another Ballast Point Brewery in San Diego in Little Italy that is also very nice, but a lot smaller. I highly recommend checking out either of the two if you’re ever in the area.
Golden Road Brewing has a handful of breweries in the LA/OC area, but the one I frequent is the Anaheim location. It’s a small yet cozy indoor/outdoor setting with couches and games. However, it’s oddly placed in a mostly warehouse filled complex.
Located just across from Angel Stadium, Golden Road Brewing is dog-friendly and usually has food trucks on-site in case you get the munchies. My drink of choice is the Golden Road Brewing Wolf Pup IPA. (Starting to see the trend here?)
Located in the very hip Arts District in Downtown LA, Angel City Brewery is probably one of my favorite locations, if I feel like traveling outside of my general hometown. It’s a large spot that has a gift shop inside, and they also usually have a small marketplace with local artists selling their work.
They have games like corn hole, Jenga and have an upstairs deck overlooking the ground floor. The outside beer garden is large and is a great spot to get fresh air. They usually have a food truck on-site as well.
A great time to hit up the Angel City Brewery is during Avocado Fest, which is held each year in the Arts District. Angel City offers an avocado infused beer which sounds strange, but isn’t half bad!
My drink of choice is the Angel City IPA, although they offer lots of beers with different strengths, as well as a DIPA that will take you to the next level.
Bootlegger’s Brewery is my all time favorite spot when I want to chill out, max and relax. It’s a small brewery located in Downtown Fullerton. Although it’s not in LA, it’s definitely worth the mention.
Bootlegger’s is sort of hidden from the commotion of Downtown Fullerton and is a half indoor, half outdoor brewery. It’s pet-friendly and kids are also welcome during the weekdays.
If you get hungry, there is a great pizza joint located right next door called Two Saucey Broad’s Pizza, which will walk your order over to you in the Bootlegger’s patio.
It’s my favorite spot not only because it’s right around the corner from my house, but it’s just very cozy, friendly and comfortable to just hang out and josh around with your friends.
My drink of choice is the Bootlegger’s Golden Chaos. It’s not an IPA, but it’s a really strong and flavorful blonde ale. You’ll feel the kick after the first sip, trust me.
This fun spot is located in good ol’ Downtown Long Beach. More of a restaurant than a typical brewery, Beachwood is a very popular spot among locals. It usually gets going on weekends but is still a nice lunch spot during the week.
Part of the greatness of Beachwood Brewing is its location. It’s smack in the middle of the up and coming Downtown area of Long Beach, so there are lots of choices of bars, restaurants and shopping.
Their most popular drink is the Beachwood Thrillseeker IPA.
As you probably guessed, the Arts District Brewing Co. is located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. One of the newer additions to the area, this large brewery has an enormous bar placed conveniently in the center of the building.
It usually gets insanely packed on weekends but that’s fine because of the size of the place. There is an outdoor patio for day drinking as well as a game area that has Skee-Ball and pinball machines.
Arts District Brewing is a great spot for a Saturday outing or even a small birthday party among friends. They serve small foods on location and the best part is that it’s located just steps away from Angel City Brewery!
Their most popular beer is the Traction….you guessed it, IPA.
I really enjoy heading out to the Arts District, and it’s a huge bonus that two of my favorite breweries happen to be neighbors.
There are many breweries in the Los Angeles area, but few are worth the time. We hope some of our picks will entice you enough to try something different and find your new weekend spot.