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Only in Los Angeles can you taste-test beers on the streets of a fake New York movie set and toast your friends among the backdrops of many a Seinfeld episode. No, this isn’t an illusion! It’s the Los Angeles Beer Festival... ... read more

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Only in Los Angeles can you taste-test beers on the streets of a fake New York movie set and toast your friends among the backdrops of many a Seinfeld episode.

No, this isn’t an illusion! It’s the Los Angeles Beer Festival, which is held every year in April on the famed Paramount Studios movie lot in Hollywood.

Local event company DrinkEatPlay organizes the Los Angeles Beer Festival, which debuted back in 2009 and regularly attracts more than 8,000 thirsty beer-lovers from all over town.

The studio lot isn’t just for ogling, either, as some of the fake storefronts are used during the event, doling out beer cupcakes and beer-related T-shirts, and even housing a temporary dueling piano bar.

A stage for local bands and DJs to play beneath the sounds of swilling is also set up during the Los Angeles Beer Festival, but most people are obviously coming for the 80+ vendors pouring a wide-range of hops-laced goodness throughout the day.

Participating brewers at the Los Angeles Beer Festival usually include big names like Samuel Adams and Newcastle, as well as local faves like Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo Brewing, SoCal Beer Company, and Bootlegger's Brewery.

Each participating brewer offers unlimited 4-ounce pours for two sessions during the Los Angeles Beer Festival, the first of which typically runs from noon–3pm and the second from 5–8pm.

More than a dozen food trucks also take part in the Los Angeles Beer Festival…because it wouldn’t be a true beer fest without the munchies, now would it?

Tickets to the Los Angeles Beer Festival are around $40/session. Designated driver tickets are also available for around $15.

But as Seinfeld once said, “The problem with the designated driver program, it's not a desirable job.”

Los Angeles Beer Festival User Comments

alison t. Nov 7, 2012
Post-Fest Beer Buzzing? Labeling an event a “Beer Festival” is alluring enough. The name itself promises to be a great time. And the LA Beer Fest on the Paramount lot lives up to these expectations and then some. However, instead of discussing the Fest itself, I want to comment on the vendors that attend. What happens when the festival ends, as (sadly) all festivals must? Where will we go to find that delicious beer we savored when the lot goes back to being just a studio lot? Don’t worry. Those vendors can be found all around LA. After this year’s fest, one worth focusing on specifically is The Eagle Rock Brewery. Their newest beer, an Imperial Red Ale called Red Velvet, just won first place at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Located on Roswell Street in Eagle Rock (on the edge of Glendale), this hole in the wall building throws you for a loop when you arrive. (I had to check that I had the correct address three times before going inside my first time.) It’s hidden between an old nursery school and some residential buildings. I’m thankful I decided to go inside the seemingly deserted building that first night because it is truly a diamond in the rough. It only seats about fifty people making the atmosphere extremely relaxed and laid back. There are bowls of pretzels and popcorn to munch on and a wall of board games to choose from. They usually have about six to ten beers on tap along with a few guest beers. The prices are affordable with beers running about $5 and food trucks are always set up outside if you get hungry. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. You can tour the brewery or attend one of their many Beer Forums. And don’t miss Trivia Night! I love this place because it really is a hidden gem. The perfect spot to grab a beer or two with a couple friends in a relaxed environment. You can hear each other talk, play a game of cards, and you will definitely meet someone friendly and interesting as you arrange seats to make room for one another if it’s a busier night. The staff is so friendly and the patrons are all fun, friendly, and down to Earth. When I’m there it’s like I’m getting out of the madness of any other standard LA bar. I feel like I’m sitting down in a secret, quiet sanctuary. Because, to me, a sanctuary is not complete without a cold drink to enjoy. I almost don’t want to leave this comment for fear that I will ruin my little secret by raving about it to the public…
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