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#1 Post by Mike Maguire » May 19th, 2019, 4:26 pm

Any can’t miss places beside Monkish and MT ? Will be there next weekend
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#2 Post by BRhoades » May 20th, 2019, 5:24 pm

Mike, your starting with two great breweries that shouldn't be missed with MT and Monkish.MT is in DTLA so I would recommend a couple other's that are close by since your there. Highland Park Brewing has a DTLA location in China Town, fantastic beers and cool pub food. Also in DTLA is Mumford, really good beers as well and there is a Mikkeller outpost close by MT on the same street, Olive. Monkish is in Torrance, or as we call it the South Bay area, you can take the 110 fwy right out of DTLA and be at Monkish in about 45 minutes depending on traffic. You can do Monkish, jump in the car and drive down the 110 fwy 15 minutes and visit Brouwerji West in San Pedro, beautiful brewery that overlooks the San Pedro waterfront. After Brouwerji West continue over the Vincent Thomas Bridge for 15 minutes and make a bee-line for Beachwood Brewing in downtown Long Beach, an iconic brewery that features dozens of world class beers and fantastic BBQ, their wild ale/ sour division called The Blendery is right around the corner and shouldn't be missed. All of the above breweries have bottles and cans to go other than Monkish who's can releases are announced the day of and usually sell out in just a few hours, they always have a great selection of their highly sought after IPA/DIPAs on tap and for growler fills to go. If there are other area's you want to explore shoot me a PM and I can help you customize an itinerary based on time and geographic regions. Remember it's LA traffic so 15 miles could take and hour to cover in traffic. On the west side there is Firestone Walker in Venice and 30 minutes south is El Segundo Brewing Co.

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#3 Post by Mark Y » May 20th, 2019, 5:34 pm

Bottle logic? Firestone walker?
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#4 Post by BRhoades » May 20th, 2019, 5:43 pm

Mark Y wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Bottle logic? Firestone walker?
I was thinking about BL but it's out in Anaheim which is quite a haul from the LA/South Bay area where Mike wants to visit MT and Monkish,other than the Bruery, there is really nothing else out that way that justifies that insane drive.

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#5 Post by Mark Y » May 20th, 2019, 6:25 pm

BRhoades wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Mark Y wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Bottle logic? Firestone walker?
I was thinking about BL but it's out in Anaheim which is quite a haul from the LA/South Bay area where Mike wants to visit MT and Monkish,other than the Bruery, there is really nothing else out that way that justifies that insane drive.

Cheers,

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cool! is MT really worth it? will have to check it out. going in late June and for sure hitting Monk
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#6 Post by Mike Maguire » May 20th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Thanks for the great recos.We will be staying in Westwood Memorial Day weekend so we should have plenty of time
to hit most if not all.

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#7 Post by BRhoades » May 20th, 2019, 6:44 pm

Mark Y wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 6:25 pm
BRhoades wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Mark Y wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Bottle logic? Firestone walker?
I was thinking about BL but it's out in Anaheim which is quite a haul from the LA/South Bay area where Mike wants to visit MT and Monkish,other than the Bruery, there is really nothing else out that way that justifies that insane drive.

Cheers,

Bud
cool! is MT really worth it? will have to check it out. going in late June and for sure hitting Monk
Absolutey Mark, MT is just killing it with everything they do, world class on every level.

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#8 Post by Mark Y » May 20th, 2019, 6:58 pm

BRhoades wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 6:44 pm

Absolutey Mark, MT is just killing it with everything they do, world class on every level.

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Wait, what is MT? i thought modern times, and turns out that's in Oregon.. lol
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#9 Post by Dustin Buchko » May 20th, 2019, 8:45 pm

It is Modern Times, they have several locations. Portland, LA, three in the San Diego area (started here). As Bud says these guys are on point and highly recommended.

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#10 Post by c fu » May 20th, 2019, 8:52 pm

Mark Y wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 6:25 pm
BRhoades wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Mark Y wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Bottle logic? Firestone walker?
I was thinking about BL but it's out in Anaheim which is quite a haul from the LA/South Bay area where Mike wants to visit MT and Monkish,other than the Bruery, there is really nothing else out that way that justifies that insane drive.

Cheers,

Bud
cool! is MT really worth it? will have to check it out. going in late June and for sure hitting Monk
If i was gonna go to one brewery in the downtown LA area it'd be highland park brewery. Their variety is excellent.
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#11 Post by Mark Y » May 20th, 2019, 9:09 pm

c fu wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:52 pm

If i was gonna go to one brewery in the downtown LA area it'd be highland park brewery. Their variety is excellent.
Cool.. good to know. what are they known for? haze? sour? stout?
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#12 Post by c fu » May 20th, 2019, 9:18 pm

Mark Y wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 9:09 pm
c fu wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:52 pm

If i was gonna go to one brewery in the downtown LA area it'd be highland park brewery. Their variety is excellent.
Cool.. good to know. what are they known for? haze? sour? stout?
lil bit of everything. But i'd say their hazy stuff is their weakest.
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#13 Post by Jason Hagen » May 21st, 2019, 12:20 pm

If you go to Monkish you can also easily pop over to Smog City.

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#14 Post by Mike Maguire » May 21st, 2019, 1:53 pm

Any love for Mumford?

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#15 Post by Jorge Henriquez » May 21st, 2019, 2:18 pm

What Charlie wrote above. Went out to LA for a Mods’ weekend last year and we hit up Monkish, Modern Times Downtown Dojo & Highland Park Hermosillo all in one day. Highland Park was my favorite by a good stretch. Went to the new Chinatown location earlier this year and still prefer the Hermosillo location.
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#16 Post by BRhoades » May 21st, 2019, 5:14 pm

Mike Maguire wrote:
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Any love for Mumford?

Mumford is good, not on the Highland Park, Modern Times levels.

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#17 Post by BRhoades » May 21st, 2019, 5:17 pm

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 2:18 pm
What Charlie wrote above. Went out to LA for a Mods’ weekend last year and we hit up Monkish, Modern Times Downtown Dojo & Highland Park Hermosillo all in one day. Highland Park was my favorite by a good stretch. Went to the new Chinatown location earlier this year and still prefer the Hermosillo location.
There is something special about the OG location in Highland Park Jorge, it's such a beautifully unique old building.

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#18 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 22nd, 2019, 1:43 am

El Segundo Brewing Co. is definitely worth a stop. Rock 'n Brews across the street is a perfectly acceptable place to eat, as long as you're not a snobby foodie.

Beachwood has fantastic beers, and I highly recommend them, too. Again, as long as you're not one of those people who are picky as all hell, this is a great place to eat, too.

MT & Monkish... yes yes yes.

Mikkeller beer bar is only a couple blocks from MT, and is definitely worth a stop.

I haven't been to HPB or Mumford, so can't personally vouch.

Next tier:
Brouwerij West
Three Weavers
Smog City
King Harbor

Don't bother:
Strand Brewing (fwiw, my wife does like this place, and she does have a learned palate)
Scholb
Absolution
Golden Road Brewing
The Dudes Brewing Co.


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#19 Post by BRhoades » May 22nd, 2019, 6:26 pm

Mike Maguire wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Thanks for the great recos.We will be staying in Westwood Memorial Day weekend so we should have plenty of time
to hit most if not all.
Mike, since I posted Brouwerij West just announced a special can release today in collaboration with Great Notion, it's a DIPA called Time Bandits, $18 per four pack, another reason to drop by after you visit Monkish, it's literally 15 minutes south. Beachwood just announced they are releasing for the 1st time ever this Saturday the 25th, their amazing hype justified DIPA called Greenshift in 16oz 4 pack cans @ 15.99 per, some classic west coast, I.E clear ! juice for you to take back home. So there is your world class trilogy, Monkish, Brouwerij West and Beachwood all within 30 minutes of each other. Some great things happening this weekend craft beer wise to help off-set the cold wet weather forecasted for Saturday and Sunday here is So Cal. Yea, hard for us to get our heads around this freaky weather, hail, thunder and lighting and heavy rain today, never seen anything like it and I'm a So Cal lifer. Hey Friday and Monday should be perfect !!

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#20 Post by Mike Maguire » May 22nd, 2019, 6:34 pm

Thanks Bud, I will report back [cheers.gif]

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#21 Post by Mark Y » May 23rd, 2019, 9:01 pm

Is bottle logic worth the drive?

big fan of their stouts (FO, etc).. but they are a 40 mins drive from Monkish..
do they have a good tap room where u can try the rare stuff?
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#22 Post by Mike Maguire » May 23rd, 2019, 10:56 pm

Mike Maguire wrote:
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Thanks Bud, I will report back [cheers.gif]
Will make me feel right at home [highfive.gif]

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#23 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 23rd, 2019, 11:15 pm

Mark Y wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:01 pm
Is bottle logic worth the drive?

big fan of their stouts (FO, etc).. but they are a 40 mins drive from Monkish..
do they have a good tap room where u can try the rare stuff?
I went there a few years ago and liked many of their beers but loved none of them. Many of their beers were "weird." I had zero interest in ever returning ... that is until I just checked their tap list. Apparently, they have gone full steam ahead on the NEIPA craze, and I don't see the endless offerings of beers that have weird flavoring ingredients. I would check them out again. That's a long way of saying, "I don't know."

If you do go down there Noble Aleworks is worth a stop.
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#24 Post by ClarkstonMark » May 24th, 2019, 6:30 am

Mark Y wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:01 pm
Is bottle logic worth the drive?

big fan of their stouts (FO, etc).. but they are a 40 mins drive from Monkish..
do they have a good tap room where u can try the rare stuff?
I’d say it is, depending on what’s on tap.
But the room is not big, and no food, they do have food trucks - the day I was there the food truck never showed up which made a few people including me unhappy.
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#25 Post by BRhoades » May 24th, 2019, 9:58 am

Mark Y wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:01 pm
Is bottle logic worth the drive?

big fan of their stouts (FO, etc).. but they are a 40 mins drive from Monkish..
do they have a good tap room where u can try the rare stuff?
That drive could be well over an hour depending on time of day. If you do go make sure to stop into Greencheek brewing right around the corner. Evan Price is doing very good things there, IMO do not waste your time going to Noble, they are a shell of their former self after Evan left to start Greencheek.

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#26 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 24th, 2019, 4:07 pm

Ohwaitwhat?!?? When did Evan leave Noble?!? To be fair, the last beer I had of theirs was a collabo woth El.Segundo that was off-the-charts good. But that was a while ago.
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#27 Post by BRhoades » May 24th, 2019, 4:41 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Ohwaitwhat?!?? When did Evan leave Noble?!? To be fair, the last beer I had of theirs was a collabo woth El.Segundo that was off-the-charts good. But that was a while ago.
Brian, Evan opened Green Cheek two years ago so it's been roughly 2 1/2 years since he was last at Noble.

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#28 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 24th, 2019, 4:44 pm

No shit ... well, I'll be ...

That ESBC collabo.was definitely in the last year; admittedly, I dont know who took the lead in brewing it.
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#29 Post by c fu » May 27th, 2019, 10:59 am

Mark Y wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:01 pm
Is bottle logic worth the drive?

big fan of their stouts (FO, etc).. but they are a 40 mins drive from Monkish..
do they have a good tap room where u can try the rare stuff?
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#30 Post by BRhoades » June 5th, 2019, 6:44 pm

Mike, how were your beer travels in Los Angeles ? Interested on your perspective of our burgeoning local beer scene.

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#31 Post by Mike Maguire » June 7th, 2019, 8:12 am

BRhoades wrote:
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Mike, how were your beer travels in Los Angeles ? Interested on your perspective of our burgeoning local beer scene.

Cheers,

Bud
My son and I had our non beer drinking spouses with us so we only made it to Monkish and MT. the beers were very good across the board.The goods news is his company’s US headquarters are in Irvine and he goes down every quarter for meetings.We will have a guys only trip soon.

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#32 Post by JulianD » June 26th, 2019, 11:32 pm

If you do go to bottle logic in Anaheim, also check out The Bruery and Green Cheek. If you’re a fan of sours, check out Hoparazzi
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