Top 5 Craft Beer Bars for Beer Flights

Craft beer bars can be a little intimidating to the uninitiated.
Craft beer bars can be a little intimidating to the uninitiated.
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Thanks to the booming craft beer scene in Los Angeles and California recently dubbed the number-one beer state, chances are that lately you can't look at a beer list without feeling overwhelmed and scratching your head about 99 percent of brews you don't recognize. What is a coffee Belgian Blonde anyway? And will you even like barleywine?

Fortunately those fearful of committing to a pint of something they might end up hating will be grateful for the beer flight option that's popping up in many beer bars. With four or five 5-ounce tasters, you can now risk being adventurous. And even better, create your own specialized "beer fest." Will it be an IPA fest this time, a coffee-infused selection or, ooh, all Belgians?

Check out the top five beer-serious L.A. bars with the best selections for sampling after the jump.

Beer Belly: Get in ma belleh!
Beer Belly: Get in ma belleh!
Caroline on Crack

5. Beer Belly in Koreatown is the smallest bar out of the five on the list and consequently has the fewest taps at 12 beers but with a seasoned staff further trained by Beer Chick Christina Perozzi, it's easy to gab with the beertender over which one you should try next in this intimate setting. Flights are $9 for four 4-ounce tasters, $8 during happy hour til 7pm.

Simmzy's: Bartender's choice.
Simmzy's: Bartender's choice.
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4. Simmzy's in Manhattan Beach is always packed with locals and tourists so if you're lucky enough to score a seat in a timely manner choose from their 24 beers on tap for your flight of four 4.5-ounce tasters ($12 Traditional flight and $19.50 Belgian).

Tony's Brews Away!
Tony's Brews Away!
Tony's Darts Away

3. Tony's Darts Away makes things even easier for new beer fans by breaking up its 36-tap list into two easy-to-ponder categories of IPA and Non-IPA. A flight of four 4-ounce tasters is $8.



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