Craft beer in L.A.’s downtown is booming, and there are now seven breweries in the region – from the early entrant Angel City Brewing, to a pair of young operations across the river in Boyle Heights. It can be difficult to keep up with all the beer flowing in downtown, but this weekend you have a chance to try all the Downtown breweries in one place.
Sunday, October 16th is the Breweries United Fest in the Triangle Lot adjacent to Angel City Brewing. From 1 p.m. ’til 5 p.m., the members of the nascent DTLA Brewers United guild (Angel City Brewing, Arts District Brewing, and Iron Triangle in the Arts District; Boomtown and Mumford Brewing near Little Tokyo; and Dry River Brewing and Indie Brewing Co. in Boyle Heights — no apparent participation by Downtown’s longtime, under-the-radar brewpub Bonaventure Brewing Co.) will all serve up their best brews. Tickets are $45, you get unlimited pours, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Keep A Breast Foundation. Expect food trucks, some great autumn-in-L.A. weather, and a wide variety of beer.
The DTLA brewery founders I’ve spoken to recently are really excited for this showcase, and while the $45 admission might sound steep, I can’t think of a better way to get up-to-speed on all these breweries in a single afternoon. It sounds like the crowd will be kept small, so you’ll have ample opportunity to chat with the brewers and people behind these breweries, which I think is a big added value over say Drink.Eat.Play’s larger, more sloppy events.
I’ll be there, notebook in hand, so if you make it out to the festival say hi.