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Happy FeBREWary: The 5 Best Breweries in LA!

Hi, I’m Ethan Siegler, resident beer expert.  I’m in the Marshall MBA Class of 2019, I’ve been homebrewing beer for over 7 years, and I’m hoping to get into the beer industry.  Over my year and a half as an MBA, I’ve visited many LA breweries for personal and professional visits.  Here are my top 5 breweries to visit in LA (plus some bonus ones)!

 1. Beachwood Brewery – Long Beach
I love the great BBQ and beers offered at this brewpub.  You can take the Blue Line down and enjoy the Long Beach Promenade for the afternoon.

2. Imperial Western Beer CompanyUnion Station
This is a great space and the beer stands up to it too.  This historical venue features lofty arched ceilings, beautiful stonework floors, and even a speakeasy feeling cocktail bar.  Since its in Union Station, it’s super public transit convenient, so you don’t have to worry about having one too many!

3. Brewyard Beer CompanyGlendale
This brewery features an amazing tap list and a unique outdoor feeling space.  When I went there, I was first struck by the vintage truck they converted into a table.  I then walked up to the bar and saw at least 4 beers I wanted to try.  The string lights and brick façade contributes to the outdoor feeling.  It’s also part of the San Fernando Road Craft Beer Corridor.  If you visit all 8 participating breweries, you get a free glass! As if I needed to tell you to visit a brewery.

4. Three WeaversInglewood
This women-founded brewery features a great selection of beers always on tap.  There are a few rotating seasonal beers, so it’s always a good time to drop in.  The brewery features communal seating, an outdoor patio, and a large projector playing the big game.  Stop on by and enjoy a pint.

5. Dry River BrewingEast DTLA
This off the beaten track brewery features a cozy taproom and something called “Slow Beer.”  Their beers are all fermented in wood, giving them a traditional slightly (to incredibly) sour character.  They also brew with some exciting ingredients and the majority of their tap list rotates, so there’s always something new to try.  The board games and rustic atmosphere help make this a place you can slow down and have some slow beer!


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Thanks for reading and happy drinking, MHGC!