Where to Find LA's Award-Winning Brews From the Great American Beer Festival

The 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held yet another successful event in Denver in early October. Since 1982, the showcase has put the country’s top breweries at center stage, giving out honors for best-in-class beers for every style.

GABF Photo by Four Brewers

While it hasn’t always been a haven for beer, the Greater Los Angeles area has come into its own in recent years, and has reaped the rewards at GABF. This year’s edition was no different, with 11 different breweries from Los Angeles County and Orange County taking home awards. So where can you find LA’s top suds? Here is a neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown of each award-winning brewery:

Photo courtesy of Ohana Brewing Co.


Brewery: Ohana Brewing Co.

Beer: Spa Water Saison

Ohana’s brewery is in Los Angeles, but its tasting room can be found in a doctor’s office-looking shop right around the corner from 38 Degrees Alehouse & Grill. Swing in for a flight of their staple beers, or take a peek at some of their more daring endeavors like this cucumber-flavored brew.

Photo courtesy of Bruery Terreux


Brewery: Bruery Terreux

Beer: Train to Beersel

Bruery Terreux, the brewer’s second label, is dedicated only to farmhouse style and sour ales. But you’ll still find some of your favorites from the original brewery on tap at the spacious tasting room. Train to Beersel is a traditional lambic, but aged in a couple different wine barrels. 

Photo courtesy of Three Weavers Brewing Co.  


Brewery: Three Weavers Brewing Co.

Beer: Seafarer

Just two miles from the Forum is Three Weavers, who have been cranking out quality beers at a rapid pace in recent years. Seafarer is their highly drinkable German Kolsch, and they have a pretty steady collection of hoppier selections as well.

Photo courtesy of  Beachwood Blendery

Long Beach

Brewery: Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Beer: Hoppa Emeritus 

Brewery: Beachwood Blendery

Beer: Dia de los Mangos

Beachwood BBQ and Beachwood Blendery are located just steps away from one another in Downtown Long Beach. Your best bet is to head to the former for food and drinks, then cap off the trip with some sours at the latter. Both locations sell bottles of some of their regular selections, and you’ll find the atmosphere different enough from location to location that each deserves its own individual praise.

Photo courtesy of Stereo Brewing Co.


Brewery: Stereo Brewing Co.

Beer: Wall of Sound 

Stereo hasn’t been around that long, though the beer comes with quite the pedigree. With both the Bruery (main tasting room) and Stereo in Placentia, along with top-notch bottle shop Mr. K’s Liquor, the town’s quickly becoming a beer hotspot. You’ll find Stereo four miles from the Bruery -- a not-too-far jaunt from the California State 91 freeway. 

Photo courtesy of Sanctum Brewing Co.


Brewery: Sanctum Brewing Co.

Beer: Solar

Before you get to Ontario on the 10, you’ll arrive in Pomona. Sanctum’s location may look inconspicuous as it’s in an industrial area, but it’s home to some of the best beer in that part of LA. You won’t find many of the basics on draft there. Instead, Sanctum prefers to be a bit more daring with its selections. More adventurous drinkers will love their selection of fruit-infused ales and chai-spiced blondes.

Photo courtesy of Artifex Brewing Co.  

San Clemente

Brewery: Artifex Brewing Co. 

Beer: Artifexican

Brewery: Oggi’s Sports Brewhouse Pizza

Beer: McGarveys Scottish Ale

Beach living almost demands great beer to accompany the view, and at Oggi’s you can add pizza to that equation. Swing by either brewery (or both) while taking in San Clemente’s ocean breezes. Artifex utilizes an indoor/outdoor space with a patio, and food trucks are consistently found outside.

Photo courtesy of Cismontane Brewing Co.

Santa Ana 

Brewery: Cismontane Brewing Co.

Beer: The Mesa

Cismontane’s Santa Ana tasting room is one of several breweries in a growing central Orange County cluster, and all are close to the freeway -- making it much easier for non-locals to find and explore them all.

Photo courtesy of HopSaint Brewing Co. 


Brewery: HopSaint Brewing Co.

Beer: Pure Intention Pale Ale 

Next to an unassuming strip mall (and nearly in Redondo Beach) is HopSaint and its array of well-executed beer styles, creative comfort food, and a bar filled with televisions. Pure Intention is on tap fairly consistently and has quickly become a local favorite. Their hoppy ales get the headlines, but you’ll find excellent dark beers as well. HopSaint also cultivates an impressive guest tap list, featuring some of the region’s top selections as well.

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