United States > California > West Hollywood
Beer Available At The Surly Goat (arranged by most recent)
Hebrew Funky Jewbelation 2012 94, Craftsman Winter Weisse , Hair of the Dog Greg 86, Maui Brewing Hawaii 90/- Wee Heavy 74, Maui Brewing Freight Trains IPA 90, Sierra Nevada Stout 95, Sierra Nevada 3 Bricks IPA , Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Hips Helles Lager 48, BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale 96, Craftsman Ochre 74, Struise Black Damnation VII - Single Black 82
womencantsail (389) Garbage Grove, California | March 6, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Not exactly the most appealing place from the outside: dull, dark, no indication of whatís contained within. Inside, itís got the typical dark, almost diver bar feel. But the decor and feel is a bit more lounge-like. Pretty solid selection of beers on draft and a quality, but limited bottle selection. Service was quick and moderately friendly. Prices are very Hollywood. A cool place to hang out.
BMan1113VR (305) Los Angeles, California | February 16, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited on the night of a special event. I donít really have a desire to go back anytime soon, and well never return on a special event night. I am going to try to keep this review as fair as possible. Parking is street parking a few blocks away. The exterior screams dive bar (a concrete block painted matte black. The inside is really nice look. Good looking bar, dark, nice colors, nice tap wall. Beers are clearly posted (and their websiteís tap list is all up to date). No food available. Selection appears to be on par with the best beer bars in LA. Staff wasnít friendly (to put it nicely), but they were slammed on a busy night. Ryan (the owner) is a good guy and is doing great things for the LA beer scene, but he cannot seem to run a special event to save his life. I wonít go into details, but I ended up waiting from 4:30pm till a 6pm opening...in line, and was not able to get the main beer of the event (as they advertised). The staff was actually abrasively rude about it and the owner played favorites (40 servings, 10 ounce servings at that, from a sixtel available to the public?! Come on). Ryan appears to be quite aggressively unapologetic about it on beer advocate. Thatís all that I have to say about that. This is by far the fairest review that I can write, I am being very generous.
ajm (191) Los Angeles, California | February 21, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Makes for a nice little 1-2 between Golden State and here. "Wanna do the Gold íní Goat?" Prices are exactly what you would expect for the area. Service is too. And so is the clientele. More male-female couples than you might imagine though. Selection is so good that itís making Verdugo worse. I hate that.
LtDan (65) Los Angeles County, California | June 10, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Ambiance: A total dive/grandma type bar. Really dark and divey. Most of the time there is music going. The people look really trendy who go there.
Service: I delt with some grumpy bar tenders, but the owners are cool as hell.
Selection: Great mix of popular craft beers.
Value: Decently priced draft beers and bottle list.
Overall: Not quite my cup of tea. I like Verdugo better.
MattH (41) California | November 10, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good tap selection of beers that are hard to find. Plus, their website has an up to date tap list so you know exactly what they have before you go. The bar itself is interesting. In a good way. When I was there they were playing some good 70s songs that I love, including Bobby Womackís "If You Think Youíre Lonely Now", Hall and Oatesí "Sara Smile", and The Floatersí "Float On". On television, since no sports were going on that day, they were playing a movie, which was pretty cheesy, but funny. The bartenders were pretty nice and they told me that they have to take a beer certification course, so Iím guessing they know about beer. Overall, Iíd say this is a place worth checking out.
beersearcher (26) Glendale, California | February 18, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Great new place serving an under served part of LA. Wide selection. As an IPA lover, great to see Kern River, Pliny and Sculpin together. Plus house beer from local Eagle Rock!
johnbuck100 (16) Lancaster, Pennsylvania | May 13, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice micro tap selection, very laid back - hard to find but worth the search for a true beer freak. A winner.
Odeed (15) Bakersfield , California | March 3, 2010
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
what can i say,this place is awesome.nice atmosphere,the staff is friendly and funny,and the selection is top notch.i think this will be my new hang out in l.a.
CantillonKing (11) , California | March 18, 2011
32 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 7/20
Terrible service and selection. Lots of dbags here too
socaltay (7) Ventura, California | February 17, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I was at the Surly Goat during the Russian River tap takeover, so my idea of the bar may be different than the regular experience, due in part to the high quality of the taps. They had a huge selection of beers that night, however; to be objective some people were disappointed not to be able to try the main beer of the evening. I can understand their anger, but I got there early because I had heard of the craziness that has come to be expected and didnít want to chance not being able to sample it. Great bar, a little too far to be a regular hangout for me.
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