The Arts District in downtown LA is in the midst of a trendy revitalization: Handsome Coffee attracts caffeine-lovers from near and far with its house-roasted beans; there’s a sushi place, a theater company, and a pie shop; and beloved Stumptown Coffee Roasters and ecofriendly grocer Urban Radish are set to open their doors in the near future.
Another welcome addition is the newly renovated Angel City Brewery, a craft beer maker that’s been brewing since 1997. The brewery moved to the Arts District a few years ago but only recently opened to the public for pints and tours.
“Big space, handsomely decorated and not too loud,” Will Owen reported on Chowhound after his first brewery visit. Rightly so, the star of the trip was the beer. “This place is the Champ of Cheap,” says Will Owen, with pints set at $6 each, half-pints at $3, and $11 for a 64-ounce growler. There are always about a dozen beers on tap, plus a few surprises each week according to the website. Will Owen and his party fancied the Berliner Weisse with a splash of pomegranate juice and the bold Angeleno IPA. If you’re not sure what to sample, ask one of the knowledgeable and friendly bartenders.
The downside to the pub is that there is no pub food, but outside orders are more than welcome. Food trucks have taken to parking in the adjacent lot on a nightly basis (there’s even a schedule posted online), and some guests bring in pizza or a homemade picnic. Whatever you choose, plan to stay awhile—some guests even tote in a board game or two.
Angel City Brewery [Downtown]
216 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles
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Photo of Heritage Festival 2013 from Angel City Brewery