We know that 2013 is going to be a banner-year for the LA beer scene, and the LA Weekly’s piece on their Squid Ink blog about the Top 6 Los Angeles Breweries to Watch in 2013 makes us even more excited!
The LA Weekly’s beer beat writer Sarah Bennett says, “whether old or new or not yet past the financing stage, the following six breweries could possibly hold major roles in the future of L.A. beer,” before running through the list.
Smog City Brewing takes the top-spot in the list with a nod to their new facility being built-in the brewery hotspot South Bay and their award-winning brews:
Smog City’s Groundwork Coffee Porter (which won gold at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival), Hoptonic IPA and others (try the winter seasonal appropriately called “Weird Beer”) are flowing from taps at beer bars citywide as L.A. brew fans await the official arrival of what could very well be L.A.’s new signature brewery.
Most of the rest of the list are operations that are also already making beer that you can sample around town. Angel City (whose downtown brewery will be officially opening in “Spring”) and Ohana (who will be opening a tasting room in Alahambra in a few months) get mentioned, as does venerable brewpub San Pedro Brewing Co – who have flown mostly under-the-radar during the awakening of the LA craft beer scene.
We are most excited about the two new breweries on the list: LA River Brewing Co and Los Angeles Aleworks.
LA River Brewing is currently on the tail-end of a Kickstarter campaign to fund their brewery in Culver City (which we think will soon become a new hotbed of craft beer activity in LA), and you can help them reach their goals with a pledge.
LA Ale Works saw some set-backs with their production last year, but they’re hitting 2013 running with a round of fundraising about to begin and some new beer hopefully available in the next couple of months. Nearly all the pieces are in place for John Rockwell and Kip Barnes‘ operation, and having tasted their beer (and fantastic sodas) I can’t wait to see them brewing in earnest.
With all these exciting new breweries popping up across the city we can’t help but wonder why Hollywood seems to be a brewery-desert. With the combination of light industrial spaces, high population density, and large amount of visitor traffic, the neighborhood would be a fantastic location for a brewpub.
Maybe 2013 will be the year that Hollywood houses more than just craft beer bars and gastropubs.
Which new brewery are you most excited for in 2013?
- Source: LA Weekly – Top Six Los Angeles Breweries to Watch in 2013