Mediterraneo: Best Craft Beer at a Tapas Restaurant

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Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Half of the tap handles at Med - DANIEL DRENNON
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  • Half of the tap handles at Med

Since 2003, one of the hottest hangs on Hermosa's thriving Pier Avenue bar and restaurant scene has been "Med." With an inviting indoor bar and dining room, but an even better outdoor patio for bikini and board short clad people-watching, Mediterraneo was an immediate local hit for the killer tapas featuring Spanish, Italian, French and Greek inspirations and its extensive 30 wines-by-the-glass list. But in the ensuing eight years, Med has increasingly become known for its wonderful selection of 30 craft beers on tap.

click to enlarge 30 craft beers on tap at Mediterraneo - DANIEL DRENNON
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  • 30 craft beers on tap at Mediterraneo
In a nice touch, Med serves each beer in each brewery's logo glass. Thanks to brew guru Adam Aro, their selection ranks right up there with the very best in the Southland with highlights like Ballast Point Sculpin and Russian River's Pliny the Elder on a regular basis. From 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., locals know they have one of the best happy hours on the planet with two-for-one on most of the tapas and the craft beers, no Bud or PBR here, are at, thank you very much, half price. We give the tapas and the beer selection an A plus. The setting at L.A.'s best beach is even better than that.

click to enlarge The bar at Med - DANIEL DRENNON
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  • The bar at Med

click to enlarge Beachview patio at Med - DANIEL DRENNON
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  • Beachview patio at Med

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