The now mostly quarterly Beer Paper LA will be holding an 11th Anniversary shindig at ISM Brewing in Long Beach near the end of the month. I will be up north in PDX but this would be a good time to visit ISM, if you haven’t already….

1st Visit – Campsite Brewing

Usually, visiting a brewery taproom for the first time, you expect it to be, putting it kindly, industrial. Campsite Brewing in Covina is decidedly not that.

It is a little oasis with a camping theme but more glamping since there is draft beer. There is an expansive outdoor area with fire pits, an outdoor balcony area, a hidden inside seating area and then the main indoor spot and bar. Oh and an event venue too. This is a restaurant compound. A smaller version of Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens.

I gad sampled two beers from Campsite two weeks ago at the L.A. Beer Week Festival in Long Beach and was heartened enough to go see it.

The beers were all well done and distinct. I went one light, two IPA and one dark plus a Shandy to gauge where their strength was and found all but the Blonde Ale well good and even the blonde was more m’eh than anything wrong. My favorite was the Cold Front Cold IPA since they are on Front Street. It was bright, real bright with a great combo of citrus and dank to it. The S’mores Sweet Stout was also good and sweet in a good way with getting too deep into marshmallow.

Next time I find myself in that neck of the L.A. County woods, I will drop in again.

Beachwood 13

On Saturday, July 13th, the mighty Beachwood Brewing will be celebrating 13 years of brewing IPAs and all sorts of other styles at all five Beachwood locations. Five locations and thirteen years which is amazing.  Pick your favorite spot and have fun!

A New Home for Beer History

Beer history got another place to call a potential home as The Museum of Beer and Brewing opened on May 11, appropriately enough in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Historical Society spearheaded the effort and according to Gary Luther, the President Emeritus of the museum, “There is so much history in Milwaukee, not just related to great breweries like Schlitz, and Pabst, and Blatz, and Gettelman, and Miller, but also the entire industry…”

Other features include an oil painting from 1935 that shows the history of brewing and a beer hall of fame display.

MORE LABW 2024 events

I promised posts about L.A. Beer Week and here is another one with some BSP picks for the almost here celebration of L.A. beer….

All month the Stuffed Sandwich will have an L.A. brewers flight available.

Monday, June 17th – Cellador Ales

Cellador Ales has a tap takeover in Virgil Village at Alma’s Cider. And if you can’t attend that event, then…..

Wednesday, June 19th – Cellador at Southland Beer

“LA is not only blessed with great beer but is also surrounded by agriculture and a great way to showcase how those two factors meet is with Cellador’s sour beer program. We’ll have a selection of beers never before seen at Southland, and Cellador will be in the house telling the stories behind those beers.”

On tap:

Oogum Boogum – Wild Ale with Murray Limequats, Fukushu Kumquats, 2nd use late harvest Masumoto Le Grand Nectarines, vanilla & elderflower.

Raspberry Beer – Wild Ale with Raspberry, Blood Orange and 2nd-Use Nectarines and Apricots


15 Petals – Wild Ale with Roses and Masumoto Rose Diamond Nectarines

Nouvelle Pêche – Tart Saison with Masumoto Baby Crawford Peaches

Thursday, June 20th – Lincoln Beer Company

L.A. Beer Week Collective Brew – join the team and be a party of the brewing process. Brew with them, smell the hops and vote on your favorite and get your signature on the can.

Friday, June 21st – Farmer’s Market Bars

El Segundo Brewing and Three Weavers Brewing tag team at the historic Farmer’s Market for a one night tap takeover.

Saturday, June 22nd – Brewyard Art Festival

Come out and support your community of 20+ local artists and vendors. There will be so much good food, live music, DJ’s and of course, special beer releases!

Sunday, June 23rd – King of the Kolsch

Arts District Brewing hosts Wave 2 of their Kolsch contest between L.A. brewers starting at Noon

MacLeod at Ten

After the trials and tribulations of the last 4+ years, MacLeod Ales has hung on and has reached the double digit milestone of 10 years.  That achievement alone should push you to a trip to Van Nuys to have a pint, maybe even a cask ale. 


Five Tarantulas

Tarantula Hills Brewing in Thousand Oaks has hit a significant milestone.  Saturday, June 22nd is their 5 Year Anniversary.

Festivity Details include:⁠ (yays and nopes are mine)

5th Anniversary Beer + Brewer’s Special Keg⁠ – yay!

Smoked Old Fashion Cocktail⁠ – yay!

El Rey Oyster Shooters⁠ – nope

Great Lineup of Live Music⁠ – OK

Birthday Sundae flavored Ice Cream⁠ – yay!

5th Anniversary Merch⁠ – OK