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.”