Just in time for the weekend, Filling Stations is a weekly post that highlights one of Los Angeles’ destinations for craft beer, be it a bottle-shop with a great selection, a restaurant with great food to go with their beer list, or a bar serving excellent beers.
K&L Wine Merchants
A Bay Area-based wine super-store, their location in Hollywood (just a block down from Sunset & Vine) has a small but well assembled variety of craft beer.
The selection of craft beer might be small at this wine-focused super-shop, but the limited space dedicated to beer is used well and they carry some great and hard-to-find bottles. The stock is split between a wine-rack and one refrigerated case, with lots of single 12oz bottles and cans in the ‘fridge and more bombers in the rack. On our last visit they had a several varieties from one of our favorite east-coast brewers: The Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, as well as some Russian River and Victory beers that we rarely see in-town. They also carry a selection of Belgian and Trappist bottles, with lots of hard-to-pronounce quads beckoning from the shelves. (You can even check their stock here.)
A favorite of celebrities in the neighborhood (we saw Ted Danson picking up a case of wine for a dinner party last time we stopped in), free parking, a ton of different wines, and a good selection of spirits that focus on whiskeys and Scotches round out the draws to this easy-to-overlook shop. While the staff is focused on wine, they are all knowledgeable about beer, and a couple of the guys there really know their beer and sprits. Everyone there is always ready to help-out if you need it. A great place to grab a bottle of vino before a dinner out in Hollywood (if you can stomach the corkage fee at your chosen restaurant). We love the varied selection of craft beer 12oz singles; it’s a great way to build a mixed sixpack of beers you want to try but aren’t sure that you’ll love.
Have you been to K&L? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.