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Lodge Bread; Credit: Erika Bolden

L.A. Has a New Brick-and-Mortar Artisanal Bakery

There are a few artisanal bakers in L.A. that sell at pop-ups throughout the city. But there hasn't been a brick-and-mortar option until this week, when Lodge Bread opened in Culver City. Visit the bakery and you're likely to see one of the partners, Or Amsalam and Alexander Phaneuf, rotating loaves in......
Guest Room at Estate Restaurant + Bar; Credit: Erika Bolden

The Elegant Guest Room Is Santa Monica's First Speakeasy

The bar scene in Santa Monica is eclectic, ranging from high-end hotel bars to dilapidated dives. Too often, new establishments cater to tourists with uninspired drink lists and inflated prices, leaving locals to frequent the same old haunts. Guest Room, a speakeasy-style bar that opened lat month above Estate Bar......
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New L.A. Breweries Debut Amidst Change at the Great American Beer Festival

DENVER — Change is upon the brewing industry, as evidenced by the goings-on at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, organized by Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association. And the changes in the L.A. beer community, from notable newcomers to shifting ownership, was a hot topic on Thursday night, during the first......

Drink Rare Hard Apple Ciders at Inaugural L.A. Cider Fest

Los Angeles has a lot of festivals — tacos, ramen, sriracha, wine, beer — but it has never celebrated cider. Until now. The inaugural L.A. Cider Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. During each of the two sessions, festival goers will......
Mad Fritz Collaboration Abbey Dubbel; Credit: Erika Bolden

A Beverly Hills Hotel Is Helping Normalize Craft Beer in Fine Dining

You don’t often see beer served alongside haute cuisine. While gastropubs and other mid-range eateries have increased the range of their beverage programs to include local and regional craft beer, high-end establishments have been slow to do the same. Beer, historically a working-class beverage, is an afterthought. The Club Bar......
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A Major Brewery Boom Is Coming to Downtown L.A.

Downtown L.A., already home to two craft breweries, is about to get a whole lot more. In addition to existing Angel City Brewery, which opened at Rose and Traction in 2013, and brand-new Mumford Brewing Co., which opened two weeks ago with a tasting room, there are currently five other......
Whitney Adams took her wine expertise to YouTube.; Credit: Photo by Ryan Orange

If You Don't Know Wine, Watch This YouTube Sommelier

One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. Whitney Adams is changing the conversation about wine — and the change has less to do with the topic itself than the people doing the discussing. It began with a blog post she wrote about a 2009......
FirkFest; Credit: Erika Bolden

L.A. Cask Ales Not to Miss at Firkfest This Weekend

At the sold-out Firkfest, on March 21 at Farmer's Park in Anaheim, SoCal breweries will bring their cask-ale A game, with creative interpretations ranging from hop infusions to local fruit and herb additions. The fest and its lineup are well worth the drive across the Orange Curtain (as long as you already bought your......
Phantom Carriage Brewery; Credit: Erika Bolden

L.A.'s First Sour Beer–Devoted Brewery Launches Tasting Room

Build a place where you want to hang out and fill it with beer you want to drink — even if that place is dark and creepy and the beer is laced with bacteria. That's Phantom Carriage Brewery co-founder Martin Svab's inspiration for a new sour-beer tasting room. The taproom and cafe has......
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