The FOMO beer trading crowd was probably out in force when the Anaheim edition of Monkish opened before Christmas. With an appropriately named beer…

I will visit sometime early in 2022 and will report about the 2nd location – 1st visit.


In a case of in with old and out with the newer, Zymurgy Brew Works and Tasting Room in Torrance will be closing as of July 31, 2019. The space will not sitting fallow for long though as Smog City will be taking that space over with a projected 9/1/19 opening (don’t write that in stone).

I never visited the Zymurgy location. In ignorance, I thought it was a homebrew store only for a long time.  I did try their beers at the L.A. Beer Week Kick-Off  but never really learned more about them though they were on my too-long “should visit” list.

The space has “16 taps, a new long bar and a comfortable lounge area”, per the e-mail that announced the closing so that would seem suited to the full range of Smog City beers and not just wild and sours.

With space at SteelCraft in Bixby Knolls, selling at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market and an upcoming stall at a Glendora Food Hall, this new space further expands the empire of Little Bo Pils.

818 is Open

It took a lot longer than expected but with perseverance comes a taproom. 8one8 Brewing is finally open! Now Canoga Park is added to the list of SoCal cities that have a brewery open.

Tasting Room Hours
THURSDAY 5-3-18 from 5pm-10pm
FRIDAY 5-4-18 from 5pm-10pm
SATURDAY 5-5-18 from Noon-10pm
SUNDAY 5-6-18 from Noon-8pm

Brouwerij West is (finally) almost here

In what seems like eons ago, I along with other members of the media, toured the empty warehouse space that would be the home of Brouwerij West in San Pedro.

It is a really huge spot with endless possibilities but news out of the brewery was scarce. But now it appears that it will arrive this month on the 27th! With a tentative beer list: “new versions of our classic beers like Saison, Tripel, Mør Mør (quad), My First Rodeo (100% Brettanomyces saison) and Dog Ate My Homework (blackberry saison), we’ll be introducing a handful of new beers, like a hoppy bitter blond; a traditional Wit with sour oranges.”

Check out what Farley Elliot has to say about the upcoming opening right HERE.

Oinkster in Hollywood

Those that know beer in L.A., know that the Oinkster is part of a beer loving restaurant group that is tied to Maximiliano and Little Bear and that they have added craft beer into their equations which other celeb chef driven spots seem oblivious too. (Looking at you Bourbon Steak at the Americana)

So I was happy to get an invite to the soft opening of Oinkster 2, the sequel.


Thanksgiving Turkey Burger and El Segundo Citra Pale ale. That is how I inaugurated the new Oinkster on Vine. And since I am a fan of the original. This article will be peppered with comparisons.

The new location (years in the making) has six taps compared to four in Eagle Rock. Josh Salinas (who has ably managed the rotating list) will manage both. There will be the same plastic cups that customers are used to as well. You can probably expect plenty of locals like Craftsman and Eagle Rock on tap.

Minimalist design is the motif inside. A bit retro diner meets Ikea. Their is some color mismatch which is jarring with teal on one wall then the classic red tablecloth pattern in one section. Some tables have bench seating and others don’t. Seems a bit random but I am not an interior designer. There is wrap around outdoor seating. It is a nice open space and a dog patio will soon be added as well.

There seem to be more things on this menu that I would repeatedly order (next time I will get the Bacon Cheeseburger or the Bleu Cheese burger) and for the Yelpers who bitch about parking, this spot has its own plus plenty on the street which is a Hollywood rarity.

I can see this becoming a late night spot to grab food when you tire of the scene to the north. And if the smog is light and if you get the right seat, you can see the Hollywood sign in the distance.


Beachwood BBQ AND brewing

from the Beachwood BBQ website

The beer scene in LA will be a little bit brighter on July 5th.

“We are pleased to announce that after two-plus years of hard work and anticipation, that Beachwood BBQ and Brewing will be opening our doors Tuesday July 5th, 2011 in downtown Long Beach. For those of you who don’t know, we have teamed up with well-known Southern California home brewer, Julian Shrago, to bring to you a new 10-bbl brewpub with 90 barrels of fermentation space.

We’ll be producing about eight year-round finely crafted brews, with a
few seasonals and other special beer projects going alongside. And
yes, we are keeping our normal guest tap list of about 24 rotating
taps featuring only the finest in craft beer. You can bet we’ll have
an extensive cellar in downtown Long Beach too. Our HopCams will be up for both locations, so if you don’t see a chalkboard with what you’re
looking for… who knows it could be on at the other place. And, of
course we’ll pour Beachwood Brewing beers at Beachwood Seal Beach on the regular.

In addition to Julian’s signature IPAs, he’ll be brewing a range of
craft beer styles including stouts, wheat beers, Belgians, and pale
ales. Some of the house beers Julian’s got ready include:

Foam Top Cream Ale, which is traditional American cream ale brewed with American 2-row malt and imported German hops. Delicately hopped, light in body, and very refreshing with a clean finish.

Uno Belgian Single Ale is a lively Belgian blond ale accented by notes of lightly toasted malt and graham crackers. Brewed with imported German and Belgian malts, this beer is finished out with German hops. Floral and fruity aromas round out this refreshingly dry Belgian ale.

Kilgore Stout: an American stout brewed with rye malt for a silky body. Kilgore is brewed with British roasted barley and chocolate malts for a roasty backbone with notes of coffee and cocoa. Hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Centennial, and Amarillo hops for a citrusy Pacific Northwest punch.

The food menu will be the same great Southern barbecue we serve at
Seal Beach with items like slow-smoked, dry-rubbed baby back ribs,
beef short ribs, and smoked chicken. The same great sides like
blue-cheese grits, smoked asparagus, and skillet-baked cornbread will
be there too.

We’ll have much more dining room and bar space, and huge patio area on the Promenade, which is a pedestrian only street. Live music and
special beer festivals are definitely on the agenda. And sure, we’ve
got a few tricks in the bag we’ll break out in due time.


Clock Tower Ales

It looks like Hood River is getting some competition in the craft beer market from their neighbor down the road, The Dalles.
“Clock Tower Ales specializes in the sale of craft beers, wine and non alcoholic craft soda. We are located in the second historic Wasco County Court House 311 Union Street The Dalles Oregon. With a relaxed and community focused atmosphere we provide beverages and light food to our patrons.”

My Oregon beer scout and nephew Anakin alerted me to this new establishment and sent in these photos….

The scheduled opening date is TODAY!, February 4th, 2010 at 2pm.
More information can be found HERE.



Some really great news and photos from the soon-to-be opened, Eagle Rock Brewery.  Click HERE to see the photos from the 19 hour brew day.

I can’t wait to try their first beers!