As a born and raised Los Angeleno (a rare specimen in this town), this brewery holds a special place in my heart. I get so weirdly proud when I see Angel City beers on supermarket shelves, and am so glad I finally found a day to check out their brewery and public house. I dragged my boyfriend Robbie over there for an Earth Day festival last month, and it was everything I could’ve hoped for!
The brewery is located in a weird industrial section on the outskirts of downtown LA, right on the edge of Little Tokyo and the Arts District. You would never expect to find a brewery here. I’ve driven through this area hundreds of times over the years and had no idea it was here until a couple months ago. The area seems a little sketchy, but this part of town is actually ok. It’s just a little dirty and rundown.
Angel City Brewing was founded in 1997. It started out modestly, operating out of a German-made brewery in Alpine Village (near LA) until moving to its current location in the historic John A. Roebling building in LA’s Downtown Arts District in 2010. In 2012, Angel City Brewing was bought by craft beer collaboration Alchemy & Science and began undergoing massive renovations. They started brewing onsite in April of 2012, and opened the doors to the brewery and public house in 2013. Their goal was to give Los Angeles a great brewery, and they were absolutely successful.
The brewery offers a rotating selection of Angel City beers on tap, including ones available exclusively at the brewery. They also offer tours, events, a shop, and bottled beers and growlers to take home. Plus it’s just overall a really cool place to hang out.
The building itself is super cool. It looks like it could’ve been an old factory or warehouse (which makes sense, based on the area it’s in). It’s very wide and open, with tons of seating. The bar can get pretty busy and it may take awhile to get a drink though.
There is almost always something happening at Angel City, so it’s worth checking out their event calendar before heading over. Craft vendors, live music, yoga, karaoke… no two weeks are the same here. And there are always games such as darts or corn hole available to play at the brewery regardless of what else is going on.
Since we were there for an Earth Day event, we wanted to walk around and check everything out before settling in to drink. So we each grabbed a pint to sip on as we strolled through the festival. I tried the Saaz-berry, which was fruity and refreshing and wonderful, brewed with raspberries, blueberries, elderberries, and noble hops.
SAAZ-BERRY, fruit beer, 4.8% ABV
There are around 14 beers on tap to choose from, so definitely try more than one.
After we were hot and tired from walking around (I am fairly certain the brewery doesn’t have air conditioning), it was time to get our drink on! We ordered a flight and sat down to drink it while watching one of the bands performing at the festival.
Our beer flight:
WHITE NITE, nitrogenated ale, 4.3% ABV
ANGEL CITY LAger, honey grapefruit lager, 4.8% ABV
BERLINER WEISSE, berliner weisse, 3.3% ABV
BLACK DAY DRY STOUT, dry Irish stout, 4.6% ABV
RAUCHBIER, rauchbier, 5.5% ABV
My top pick: the White Nite. While listed as a nitrogenated ale on the website, the menu in the brewery called it a white stout, which is what intrigued me. This is one of the trippiest beers I’ve ever had. The flavor was just like a stout, except the beer was less heavy. It was so weird getting a stout flavor from a light beer. All the flavor, way less filling. Super cool.
The brewery itself doesn’t serve food, but there is always a food truck or two parked outside, and you are totally welcome to bring your food into the brewery. We got these awesome veggie nachos. Yum. Click here for their food truck schedule!
On the way out we stopped by the gift shop, which has tons of cool merch and bottled beers to take home (and also a smaller, secondary bar/tasting area). We picked up a bottle of their Srirachelada, and when we brought it up to pay, the bartender offered us a sample.
O.M.G. it was so good! Basically a pre-mixed michelada in a bottle. Served with lime and some tajin on the rim…perfection.
SRIRACHELADA, ale, 4.0% ABV
216 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 622-1261
Mon-Thurs: 4pm – 1am
Fri: 4pm – 2am
Sat: 12pm – 2am
Sun: 12pm – 1am
I think this quote from Robbie as we were driving back home best sums up our time at Angel City Brewery: “We drank a lot of good beers today.”
For more information, check out their website!
Have you been to Angel City Brewery or tried any of their beers from the store? Share your thoughts!