The Phenomenal Finish to 2011 L.A. Beer Week: Kern River Brewing Company at Far Bar + L.A.B.W. Closing Festival at Union Station

Official 2011 L.A. Beer Week Souvenir Glass
Official 2011 L.A. Beer Week Souvenir Glass
Cambria Griffith

The spectacular closing weekend of the 2011 L.A. Beer Week features Far Bar hosting gold-medal winning Kern River Brewing Saturday, followed by the L.A. Beer Week Closing Festival featuring over 70 brewers at historic Union Station on Sunday, and then a drink-til-you-drop after-party is back at Far Bar Sunday afternoon and evening. Talk about a weekend for Angeleno beer fans to remember.

The grand finale starts Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Far Bar in Little Tokyo with a live band on the patio and the darlings of this year's ball, Kern River Brewing Company. The tight knit California craft community has united in a lovefest with the small brewer from Kernville. In a David slays Goliath moment, KRBC won the gold medal for their Citra Double IPA at the recent Great American Beer Festival. Humble brewer Kyle Smith has blown up into a rock star in the sizzling world of American craft beer. You can meet the man behind Citra, Just Outstanding IPA - which we just ranked the fourth best IPA in the world - Class V Stout, Golden Trout Pale Ale, and his seasonal offering, Pumpkin Ale at the very cool Far Bar in Little Tokyo and enjoy all five of these world-class beers.

Far Bar Back Patio
Far Bar Back Patio
Jessica Sandoval

Then Sunday, it's the main event of L.A.B.W: the 3rd Annual L.A. Beer Week Festival. Just 70-some brewers. No biggie. Food trucks? They'll be lined up at the curb as far as the eye can see (warning: this may be a slight exaggeration). For $45 you can get unlimited, let us repeat, unlimited four-ounce pours of delicious craft goodness. From there, you can either crawl to Far Bar for the after-party or take a train home. You're at Union Station. You're drinking like a fish all day. Be smart and take the train. One final warning, friends. The L.A.B.W. Closing Festival is a near sell-out so head to the link below to get your ticket online. No tickets will be sold at the event. If you miss out, wait for us at Far Bar.

L.A. Beer Week Closing Festival at Union Station
L.A. Beer Week Closing Festival at Union Station
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