liamla (14) California | February 10, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic dive bar with easy street parking and a huge selection of craft. For the most part they have a really great selection, but I have had a few warm/flat beers there - which explains the low service score. Big selection, free pool tables, free peanuts and a very unpretentious vibe keep me coming back. The very limited food offerings make my stays shorter than Iíd like. Get some food trucks and Iíll stay all night.
t0rin0 (1383) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 13, 2014| Updated January 21, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited January 12, 2014.
Now this is a diamond in the rough. I was not expecting very much at all when I pulled up. This is in an industrial area and from the outside you would have no idea what to expect inside (minus the oak barrel with a Firestone flyer stapled to it). There are no windows, no real advertising (just a small GT sign), and a steel door. Inside the place looks like you might expect: dark, stuff on the walls, a pool table, some dedicated local drinkers, etc, but they have a ridiculous tap lineup. I didnít count the taps to make sure there were really 52 but all the way down the counter there were tap towers with four taps on them and on the one end on the wall were another dozen taps. They have booklets sitting on the counter with a complete tap list that seems to be fairly up to date. From the sounds of it they rotate taps quite often too.
This isnít your 50 taps and all crap sort of place. I saw beers available from Almanac, Angel City, Bruery, Bootleggers, Drakes, Deschutes, Golden Road, Green Flash, Lost Abbey, and plenty more. They had a few crappy ones mixed in but mostly good stuff. I went with a small glass of Denoginzer which was only $3 since it was a half pour and during happy hour (until 5 on Sundays apparently). I also got a free taste of the LA Aleworks Roggenbier. I was tempted to try the Figueroa Mountain third anniversary barrel aged imperial stout but Iíll save it for another day. The server was very friendly and fairly knowledgeable. Even the bar fly sitting next to me knew something about the beer, though not much more than which ones get you drunk the quickest. There was a big group playing pool and drinking the crap out of the LA Ale Works beers. Very friendly crowd over all. I could see making this a regular stop when I pass through the area.