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Three Places To Drink Beer This Weekend: 5/20 – 5/22

By my extremely unscientific measure, there are approximately 38,000 different places to drink beer in SoCal. Or at least it can feel that way when we’re trying to figure out where to drink on a weekend. So with that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to tell you three places that our team is drinking right now, including both spots new and old, breweries and beer gardens, and bars and restaurants.

The Weekend of May 20, 2022:

 

Featured Event: Brews & Crews Beer Festival

Coming up this Saturday is the inaugural Brews & Crews Beer Festival at 14 Cannons in Westlake Village. This intimate event features unlimited pours from 15 of Beergang’s partner breweries, which just so happen to be 15 of the coolest breweries in Southern California. We’re talking heavy hitters like Green Cheek and Riip, local legends like HopSaint and Long Beach Beer Lab, out of towners like Sandbox and Station Craft, newcomers like Lawless and Rad Beer Company, and a lot more. It’s all going down this Saturday, May 21st from 11:30am – 4:3pm. Tickets are $50 for GA and $75 for VIP, but you can get $5 off with our exclusive promo code HOPPED.

What We’re Drinking: Madewest Brewing Co., Short Lived w/ Craft Coast (West Coast style IPA), Brewed in Ventura, CA

 

Brennan’s

Another beer festival to have on your radar is Artisanal Brewers Collective’s LA IPA Fest, going down this Saturday at Brennan’s Pub in Marina Del Rey. The LA IPA Fest, which was held in previous years at Mohawk Bend, will feature over 60 California breweries’ takes on West Coast IPAs, including SoCal locals El Segundo, Highland Park Brewery, and Ogopogo, alongside other big Golden State names like Kern River, Alvarado Street, and Moksa. Tickets are available here.

What We’re Drinking: Lots of West Coast IPAs, All Brewed in California

 

Naja’s Place

Naja’s Place is an oceanside hangout right on the Redondo Pier. It’s an authentic beach dive – they’ve been open since 1979 – in the vein of Ercoles 1101 and Jim Morrison favorite Hinano Cafe, but their beer list is anything but dated. They have hundreds of bottles in the cellar, plus 88 taps pouring the likes of South Bay neighbors Smog City and Common Space. And it just so happens they’re hosting their own IPA Fest this weekend as well. The 12th annual celebration features a variety of local, regional, and national IPAs on draft plus a special Pizza Port day on Saturday which includes a special beer made just for the event. Their open-air bar fills up quickly on weekends, but you can usually find a spot amidst the low-key crowd of worn-in locals.

What We’re Drinking: Altamont Beer Works, Maui Wowie (West Coast IPA), Brewed in Livermore, CA

 

Bottlecraft

Bottlecraft might be bordering on a local chain – they have six locations across California – but that should by no means preclude them from your weekly drinking rotation. In fact, because of their size, they can procure breweries rarely seen in these parts with any regularity, like Sante Adairius (Capitola, CA) and Urban Roots (Sacramento). They also have a highly curated collection of on-tap local brews, including excellent selections from Radiant Beer Co., There Does Not Exist, Riip Beer Co., and Lincoln Beer Co.

What We’re Drinking: Radiant Brewing, Such A Fine Line (Pilsner), Brewed in Anaheim, CA

 

Pick Up Fresh Beer at Hi-Lo Liquor

Be sure to stop by our Featured Retailer, Hi-Lo Liquor Market with stores in Culver City and Long Beach, and pick up fresh beer to-go, including their picks of the week:

Short Throw / Other Half – Fade Away

Keeping in tradition with naming their collaborations after basketball terms, we have the absolutely massive Fade Away. This just over 13% imperial pastry stout is loaded with Vermont maple syrup and roasted coffee. Short Throw and Other Half nail these big stouts like Scottie Pippin’s defense and this brew is no different. The maple sweetness balances the chocolate base and the coffee character with more sweetness in the finish to hide that high alcohol content. This ain’t no airball, it’s a fade away leading into a three-point swish.

 

Mason Ale Works / Ogopogo – Nelsonomicon

No this isn’t some kind Nelson Convention – although it could be – it’s a collaboration between Mason Ale Works out of San Marcos and Ogopogo in San Gabriel. This hazy double IPA hopped with Nelson, Citra, and New Zealand Cascade is a juicy delight, But! There’s a dank side to this beer that keeps the flavors riding in tandem with each other. Medium-bodied with a very slight bitterness leading into an easy finish. In closing, yes I would buy a ticket to the Nelson Convention and suggest you do, too.

 

Friday Night Flight

Or drop into their Culver City and Long Beach locations on Friday night and dive into their special beer flight of the week!

Where are YOU drinking this weekend? Shoot us a Tweet or tag us in an Instagram post and let us know!

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