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Brewyard Beer Company

906 Western Ave.
Glendale, California
Brewyard Beer Company

Sarah Bennett


  • Wed-Sunday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Brewmaster Sherwin Antonio and partner Kirk Nishikawa have been home-brewing together for the last decade, mostly out of Antonio's house in Mission Hills. The four beers on draft when we visited Brewyard's taproom on opening day last Wednesday came directly from their favorite home-brew recipes and included sophisticated first batches of Tropico Saison, a sweet Belgian-style beer infused with passion fruit, and Soul Cal, a hoppy California Common, which is a hybrid beer style native to the state. Also on draft were two lagers: a roasty, light-bodied black lager called Black Sunrise and a crisp, bitter India Pale Lager (like a lighter IPA) called Split Shift. A spiced root beer was available in tasters or pints but not to take home (yet). It is the first brewery-made root beer we've found in L.A. The taproom is a comfortable place to kill a few hours drinking their beers and playing board games and darts. The vintage 1930s delivery truck that inspired Antonio and Nishikawa to open a production brewery when they bought it a few years ago sits restored but still rustic in the middle of the space, its wooden bed available as a place to sit or rest your drinks.

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