Best Beer List (2012)
With a strictly curated tap list of 12 hyper-local brews rotating on a near-daily basis, Koreatown's Beer Belly has become one of the craft beer bars of choice for drinkers looking to bump their beer knowledge into the next echelon. Can't order your usual hefeweizen? Try Eagle Rock's Manifesto witbier. No Guinness? Try Bootlegger's chipotle-coffee porter. By eliminating "the usual" order without overwhelming neophytes, Beer Belly probably has converted more Bud-swilling blockheads into certified beer nerds than any other place in town. Owner Jimmy Han's sharp eye for hard-to-find IPAs and obscure sours doesn't hurt, either, especially when it comes to his collection of by-the-bottle offerings stocked in a back-room fridge. 532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown. (213) 387-2337, beerbellyla.com.
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