ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | November 30, 2015
I donít run out the door to go here but their events are great. Stout Week 2015 was way killer! Iíve had a friend say that whenever he comes they always have a Buffalo Wild Wings-quality taplist but thatís never been my experience. Pretty interior, nice, competent waitstaff and bartenders.
GRG1313 has been hyping this place for years and I just never find myself out this way so I havenít been until now. Glad I did visit it though. They have a lot of taps, many of which are pretty good. The Pliny wasnít quite as good as it usually is but the Drakes IPA was as were the samples of a few of the others that the bartender provided. I kind of wish I hadnít skipped the food now but the plan was to stop in Hollywood on the way back home and hit Blue Palms for dinner. Next time, whenever that is. I didnít look at the bottle list but I hear there are some neat things on there. Speaking of lists, the tap list is written on the wall opposite the bar, so you basically need to figure out what you want to order before sitting down, or be prepared to get up and look at the wall for your next round. Parking wasnít too bad but this on a busy street so I could see it being an issue, as is crossing 4 lanes of traffic to get here.
Had the BBQ chicken/ribs combo with my first taste of Russian River Brewing Companyís Double IPA íPlinty The Elderí. This is a great brew, well balanced and great tasting, and the combo of the food and beer was perfect!
Visited on a Sunday evening for dinner and a few beers. We received a friendly greeting from the waitress that only got better when she informed us that they had Pliny the Younger on tap!!! After a few glasses of that I was a happy man. They had 40ish taps of interesting Californian beers as well as a focus on Allagash on draft. The bottle selection was very interesting and included lots of Bruery sours, which I never saw anywhere else on my trip. The downside of the bottle list was of course the high price! Great cocktails. The food was delicious. We opted for Kobe beef donuts to start then fiery mahi mahi jerk tacos for the main. For me this is a world class beer restaurant. When I come back to LA, this will be top of my list for a return visit.
Stopped by for lunch. Great looking place. Street parking. Very knowledgeable, obviously beer geek bartender (his favorite beer is Supplication which they had on tap). Tap list is very good with some very local stuff (including some relatively rare beers such as BA Imperial Black Phoenix) and some good belgians and other non locals. Bottle selection appeared decent. They have a full bar (including Pappy 23 and a good selection of bourbons otherwise) with a very awesome looking cocktail list (bacon old fashioned anyone?). Food was great too. Really the only problems with this place are the prices. $15 for a sandwich and $10 for a glass of beer. Expensive even for LA. I will definitely be back (happy hour is 25% off beer), but Iíd be back more often if it was more reasonably priced.
The beer selection here is awesome, something for everyone, WONDERFUL, but even without that, I have three words for you: St. Louis ribs. Melt in your mouth. Trust me, I wouldnít steer you wrong. Best beer restaurant in the Valley, and up there for L.A. as a whole.
The first time I went here I was simply searching for a good gourmet burger. I found so much more than that. Not only do they have great food, their beer selection is incredible. The bar tender was knowledgeable and the service was well within my limit of patience( it was slightly crowded). I try to go here one every month or so just to enjoy the beer and the atmosphere. One of my favorite restaurants without even including the amazing beer list.