Reposted from LAWeekly, with Sarah Bennett… As another year comes to a close, we can’t help but gush about how thankful we are to be drinking and writing about craft beer in Los Angeles right now. It may have taken L.A. a little longer to start on this journey (sorry San Diego and NorCal), but now four years into actually having our own local suds scene, we’re pretty damn proud of the accomplishments that have placed the region on the map as a beer force to be reckoned with.
Between the half-dozen new breweries that opened across the county this year and the unexpected sweeping wins by Kinetic and Beachwood at the Great American Beer Festival in October, there has been no shortage of mini milestones to fuel the momentum of our growing culture.
But it’s the continual procession of world-class beers that keeps Angelenos excited about the potential of our local breweries. From summer sours and bourbon barrel-aged beers to more easy-going styles infused with experimental adjuncts like jasmine and coffee, L.A. breweries proved in 2013 that they can nail traditional beer styles, but would also rather push the craft forward, too.
Here are 10 beers from the last year of this mounting L.A. scene that we’d love to still be drinking right now.