Los Angeles breweries took over the space where movies are made and photographs are staged for the Los Angeles Beer and Food Festival. Hosted by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, over 50 independent breweries and 12 food establishments took center stage for the one-day event to celebrate LA’s beer community and food culture.
Los Angeles’ brewing community reminds me of the young and ambitious high school teenagers I used to work with at my previous position. Filled with creativity and innovation, they continue to push the envelope when it comes to brewing and they gain respect from well-established leaders in the process. For example, highly regarded magazine and event producer Beer Advocate partnered with the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild back in December during the west coast expansion of Extreme Beer Fest.
My standards were set high for the new release of Cellador’s Berlinish Blueberry and the brewery didn’t disappoint. The ale capitalized on the sweet flavors of whole organic blueberries to balance the tart flavors natural to the beer. I became a fan of LA Ale Works after tasting its Meseeks Joose, a hazy double IPA and cannot wait to visit the brewery to taste its beer-infused slushies. Yorkshire Brewery’s The Jonathan took me on a trip to England in the 1940s where they used real sugar as part of the brewing process. And the tasty bites featured at the festival were a delight.
The spotlight sure shined brightly on these Los Angeles breweries making their brewers the stars they deserve to be.
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