On Saturday, October 22, I learned that seven breweries in an afternoon is too many. I don't think I have ever cried Uncle before on my beerventures, but it happened. I was relatively well behaved (it's still me) and did samples and flights wherever they were available, but even so by #7 I was walking crooked. I had to look up the name of the last brewery I stopped at when I woke up the next morning. Scholb, it was Scholb. Don't ask me what I thought of their beer. The guys at Absolution treated me well and so Scholb didn't have a chance.
Los Angels has some serious sprawl. The main problem with a beer tour here is definitely the distance. I walked a lot. A lot. A lot. Using Uber, or signing on for a brew tour would be my recommendation, but the walking gave me some much-needed breathing time between pours. This write up is focused on Torrance. I didn't get a chance to head downtown (again with the sprawling distance) and before I even arrived I had decided Smog City was my main destination. There are over 50 breweries in the area, so I think I did pretty well for a long weekend.
3. Absolution Brewing Co: solid beers, solid staff and I got to play with a puppy while drinking in their sweet looking hangar. They made the standard industrial space their own, and I liked their style. Plus, puppy.
2. Smog City Brewing Co: I couldn’t say a bad thing about this place if I wanted to They offer a wide array of beer styles, all of which are done well. Great staff who are knowledgeable about their products.
1. Monkish Brewing Co: Can't be missing if you like funk and tartness. Lot's of barrels and Foeders. This was definitely my favourite stop on the trip, with excellent beer and a great vibe. They also get the #1 spot because I spotted their homebrew gear in the corner on the walk in fridge. In addition to the sours, their hoppy stuff was phenomenal.
Our quick trip to LA was a ton of fun and full of great beer. Thanks to Kat, Jordan and Nigel who were in town for a teaching conference and let me dictate where they ate and drank all weekend.
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