Reposted from LA Weekly, with Sarah Bennett… Beer is always better at the source, but not all sources are created equal. Some breweries open tasting rooms attached to a warehouse, others provide only guided tours of their space, and still others build entire restaurants around their brewhouses, serving up curated menus alongside house-made specialties and turning mere breweries into brewpubs, destinations where communities gather and happy hours flow daily. With food and drink all made on-site, here are five of Los Angeles’ best brewpub happy hours.
Brewery at Abigaile
Abigaile is a former artists’ co-op/Black Flag rehearsal space turned coastal restaurant boasting a 15-barrel brewhouse. Brewmaster Brian Brewer (Didn’t he luck out in the name game?) attended the UC Davis Master Brewer’s program and earned his pedigree at Riverside Brewing Co. and Stone Brewing Co. For the Brewery at Abigaile, he contributes half a dozen beers brewed on the premises, including the Belgian-style Tangerine Honey Wit and Death or Glory IPA. While the Coconut Imperial Red is a favorite, all Abigaile beers can be had during “R&D Hour” for $4. Look for $5 house wine and any of six “scratch cocktails” for $6 (we recommend Simons 18). An assortment of rotating menu items also is available, with prices from $6 to $10. 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach; (310) 798-8227, abigailerestaurant.com. Happy hour weekdays, 5-7 p.m. - E.B.
One of only two L.A. breweries that earned medals last year at the Great American Beer Festival, Kinetic Brewing is a destination well worth the drive - even though it’s on the north end of Los Angeles County in the Antelope Valley. The casual brewery and restaurant sits on Lancaster’s downtown commercial strip, with a generous menu of varying beer styles to quench the thirst of any weary traveler. Try Kinetic’s year-round and seasonal specialty brews for $1 off during happy hour. Potential Blonde and Torque are award-winning beers, but Inaugurale (imperial bitter on oak) and Dark Matter on nitro (Russian Imperial) will beckon us northward in the future. You have all the more reason to visit on the second Tuesday of every month for Tasty Ladies women’s night, or the third Monday of every month for the bottle share. 735 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster; (661) 942-2337, kineticbrewing.com. Happy hour weekdays, opening-6 p.m.; all day Sunday. - E.B.
Haven Gastropub + Brewery
Most of the breweries and brewpubs that host happy hour discount only the beers made in-house. At Haven, the roomy gastropub in Old Pasadena, all draft beer and wine is $2 off. Head brewer Brian Thorson oversees the brewing on-site - check out Rye Over Spilled Milk or the copper-hued Lenny G. amber ale. Guest taps include selections from neighbors Craftsman and Ohana Brewing and nationwide favorites Dogfish Head, Avery and Deschutes, bringing the total number of taps to 40. Happy hour menu items include beer-soaked potato chips with garlic aioli, Dr. Pepper baby back ribs for $6, and $2 off all flatbreads. Great for groups and families looking for a casual spot to dine. 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena; (626) 768-9555, havengastropub.com. Happy hour weekdays, 3-6 p.m.; also Sunday-Thursday, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. - E.B.