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 didn’t want to chance not being able to sample it. Great bar, a little too far to be a regular hangout for me.
Visited on the night of a special event. I don’t 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 website’s tap list is all up to date). No food available. Selection appears to be on par with the best beer bars in LA. Staff wasn’t 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 won’t 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. That’s all that I have to say about that. This is by far the fairest review that I can write, I am being very generous.
Odeed (15) Bakersfield , California | March 3, 2010
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.
ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | February 21, 2010
Makes for a nice little 1-2 between Golden State and here. "Wanna do the Gold ’n’ 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 it’s making Verdugo worse. I hate that.