Brewing Up An Ale Storm

By Stephanie Meade

Pacific Plate, Monrovia

A short trek east of the San Fernando Valley along the 210 freeway leads thirsty adventurers to a nano-brewery that cleverly incorporates notes of Latin America to their brews. Pacific Plate in Monrovia, established in 2013, is Southern Californias smallest licensed brewery, according to the beer producers website, and provides casual picnic style seating inside. Visitors of the taproom will often find one of the brewers themselves pouring and serving beers, providing intimate insight about what goes into making the brews. Although the brewery occasionally has a visiting food truck, customers are welcome to bring in their own food or have food delivered. 

Must tries: Horchata Stout (English Milk Stout made with cocoa, Mexican cinnamon, and vanilla beans); Copa de Oro (Belgian Blonde Ale made with orange zest and coriander).

Address
1999 S Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016 USA

Hours
4-10pm Monday - Friday
12-10pm Saturday - Sunday

Highland Park Brewery, Highland Park, Los Angeles

Tucked away inside The Hermisillo restaurant on trendy York Boulevard, sits the Highland Park Brewery taproom. An old overhead projector, like you might remember from elementary school, casts the available beer list which is printed on a transparency sheet. This taproom and restaurant has a cool, vintage feel, making it a comfortable place to relax and enjoy a brew. One of the more interesting beers on the menu is the Ham Porter, a smokey American porter with a hint of saltiness, and yes; it is made with a real whole ham. Vegetarians do not despair - The Hermisillo menu is available at the bar, and offers vegetarian options. Dont forget to bring quarters for parking. 

Must tries: Beer Spaceship (American Pale Ale made with Galaxy hops), Fun Juice (Sour made with passionfruit and citrus)

Address
5125 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Hours
5pm-2am Monday - Thursday
12pm-2am Friday - Sunday

Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

Eagle Rock Brewery, which opened in 2009, was the first microbrewery to open in Los Angeles in about 60 years. Visitors enter the brewery through a loud-orange speakeasy style alley door, and into an strikingly orange lit taproom. Much like Pacific Plate, Eagle Rock allows customers to bring in food or have food delivered, and will occasionally have food trucks parked outside. However, if you prefer a gourmet meal with your craft brew, Eagle Rock Brewery recently opened up a restaurant called Public House just a few blocks away from the taproom. Eagle Rock hosts a monthly womens forum, and, for a fee, ladies can join in on taster flights and partake in beer-centric conversation. Parking can be a bit difficult here, as the small parking lot has stacked spaces, so be prepared for a potential alleyway walk.

Must tries: Solidarity (Black mild ale), Manifesto (Belgian wit-bier)

Address
3056 Roswell St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Hours
Closed Monday - Tuesday
4-10pm Wednesday - Friday
12-10pm Saturday
12-8pm Sunday

Golden Road Brewery, Los Angeles 

Golden Road Brewery, located near Glendale, provides ample patio seating, making this an excellent beer getaway for a sunny summer day. This brewery is always packed on weekends and no wonder - with a vegan friendly food menu and a large beer list, visitors have an easy time finding something to suit their individual tastes. Golden Road offers a numerous selection of India pale ales. If you can not make the trek down to Glendale, it is typical to find cans of Golden Road brews at grocery stores, even as far up as Ventura County. Golden Road also brews the house-beer at Trader Joes under the label Ol’ Burro.  

Must tries: Wolf Among Weeds IPA (Indian Pale Ale), Get Up Offa That Brown (Brown Ale).

Address
5410 West San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Hours
11am-12am Monday - Tuesday
11am-2am Wednesday - Friday
10am-2am Saturday
10am - 12am Sunday