The beer scene in Los Angeles is thriving, and there is a long list of excellent LA-based beer bloggers writing about the beers and the scene. Here are a few recent highlights from some of LA’s best beer blogs!
Farley Elliot has the details on the periodical’s beginnings and the folks behind the endeavor. We’re super excited for Beer Paper LA’s launch, and the presence of an in-print publication should help legitimize the thriving craft beer scene in the greater LA area.
Beer Paper LA has some great talent lined-up, and the masthead is going to read like a who’s-who of beer writing in Los Angeles:
Sarah Bennett is perhaps the most well-known addition to the contributors roster, having been a force for the craft beer industry around Los Angeles and beyond. Daniel Drennon helped redefine the Los Angeles beer landscape with his work at LA Weekly, and Alex Davis is the general manager of Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, long regarded as a craft beer highlight in Los Angeles. The two men directly behind Beer Paper L.A. are Aaron Carroll and Rob Wallace, themselves longtime stalwarts in the beer blogging scene. Together, this is the team tasked with turning sometimes heady craft beer talk into something digestible for the masses.
More details to come soon!
Beer Guy LA Is On a Roll
Regular readers of Beer of Tomorrow know that we don’t post beer reviews on the site. We made the decision when we launched the site that other people we already handling feature-reviews in LA, and we’re happy to leave these posts to those who enjoy writing them.
Jeff Prosser and his team at Beer Guy LA are an example of a beer-review blog done right, and they’ve been on beer review tear recently! Check out Jeff’s review of The Iron Throne Ale from Ommegang that made such a splash when it was released for the premier of HBO’s Game of Thrones or his take on OC’s Cismontane Brewing’s Coulter IPA for some recent examples of the reviews you can expect from the site.
Dave Willis has a column called Dave Hates Your Beer that brings some levity and snark to the site’s normally straight-laced review. Check out his take on the strange lambic/kombucha hybrid beer Lambrucha.
If you’re reading beer blogs about Los Angeles, but you are not reading Beers In Paradise then you are doing it wrong. The site is one of the best beer sites dedicated to greater Los Angeles, and their coverage of everything from local events to new beers is top-notch.
Site founder Roy Chavoya recently covered one of the more underrated breweries in the Southland: Kinetic Brewing. Way out in the Antelope Valley, Kinetic is just over a year old, and they are already turning out some really killer brews. Roy takes a look at their operation and runs through the long list of beers they had pouring in their tap room.
You’re going to be hearing a lot more about Kinetic in the coming months, and this is a great introduction to the Lancaster craft brewery.
Another LABB member, Brian Hardyman, has launched a new craft beer focused community and website called BeerQwest. In addition to event listings and database of review, BeerQwest has news and feature articles. One of the newest pieces is a look at the new big-money venture in San Diego – Modern Times Beer.
Friends of Local Beer – The Next Best Thing to Being There
As the LA scene heats up and more events are happening, it gets tough to be everywhere you want to be! Thankfully there’s Bernie from Friends of Local Beer. Bernie is a photographer who somehow manages to be just about everywhere at once when there are beer events happening. If you’ve been at a beer event in LA over the past couple of years chances are you’ve seen him shooting the festivities.
He takes great pictures, and you should follow Friends of Local Beer on Facebook to see at the updates.
More Where That Came From
There is tons more great coverage on LA beer going up everyday, and you can follow the Los Angeles Beer Bloggers page on Facebook to get more updates from all of the members, and if you’re a writer/blogger/photographer covering beer in Los Angeles you come out to the next meeting of the LABB on May 11th!