What has happened to LAs best craft beer pub?
I use to enjoy the Fathers Office when the original owner Lou owned the Office.
What a wonderland of micro brews the place use to be. Its always been self serve but back in the 80s and early 90s you could always find the surly Victor pouring the brews. He always had a story to tell anyone who would listen.
Oh the brews. You had the staple five Anchor brews at all times and Anchor OSA the day after Thanksgiving and you could count on that. There was always the 3 incredible beers from Alpine Village Brewing Company when it was owned by the Hofbrauhaus in Munchen. Then you could always find Widmer hefe and seasonals. Portland Brewing Companys Timberline Ale all of the Bert Grant beers
St Stans Sierra Nevada Buffalo Bills and many more beers that were not available anywhere else in LA. If memory serve me I remember the beers were always around $3 a pint. While the Office did not serve food you could order from any number of great places that would deliver your
If this place were in my neighborhood, I would be there every night I left the house. Outstanding selection of beers, tremendously low-key, low-light, and intimate place. Friendly staff who know their stuff and don’t condescend. Guests who are looking for good beer rather than focused on looking good -- that scene at the other FO. A pity this jewel is across the country from me. Alesmith, Russian River, Pizza Port and Maredsous 6 on tap.
Chalsk (41) North Caldwell, New Jersey | April 28, 2012
Wow. Love this place. First, the burger is ridiculous. I’ve had some top notch burgers but this one is up there. A must try. The taps are very solid. It was easy to get excited about the selection being an East Coast guy. It’s a clean looking place and had no proble finding a seat at 5:30 on a Thursday night. Will count down the days until I can hit up this spot again for a burger and a (few) beer(s).
Been here twice. Last time was Saturday night. Nice selection. A lot from California. Prices on tap range from $6 to $10. Place was packed, but bartenders were quick in getting beer, wine and food out. Bartenders definitely know their beer. A lot of people order their famous hamburger. I had it once. It is good and worth trying. On this night we had the stuffed mission figs. They were good.
Stopped in here for dinner last night, I have wanted to check this place out for years now glad I could finally stop in. Atmosphere is pretty laid back but busy at the same time. Tables are shared amongst groups so they are hard to come by. We got lucky and two people left the bar so we snagged the seats right away. Service was solid. They were always around to get me a beer but they weren’t the most approachable people either. Quality was top notch. My food was high quality and my beers were all served in the proper glasses so no complaints there. Selection was killer. Abyss, §ucaba etc. on-tap were all pleasant surprises that I was able to partake in. I had heard nothing but amazing thing about the burgers so I knew what I was getting when we walked in and I was not let down, it was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Prices were a touch high but I was expecting that going in. Overall an awesome place to stop in Santa Monica, I would return in a heartbeat.
Best burger ever!!!! Ever! Usually I endure the food at beer bar for the beer, here the world class beer selection is just gravy to that burger. I live on the other side of town but if I’m west of the 405 I do my best to go to Fathers Office. Culver Location is good too but I like the OG.