LA Beer Week – Open Invitation to Aspiring Brewers
The landscape of the craft beer scene has never been more promising. All over the country, small craft breweries are popping up left and right, trying to bring beer lovers of all degrees fresh, local, tasty beer.
Cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Portland have rapidly risen to great beer city status. It would take you probably two to three weeks to try all the amazing beers they make and to visit all the beer bars serving these fresh local treats.
So while the craft beer revolution is in full swing, I want to point out that the second most populated city in the country desperately needs to catch up, and start brewing amazing, fresh local beer for this enormous population of beer lovers. We do get some pretty fresh amazing beer from San Diego, it just seems crazy that in such a big market, we can’t have our own Alesmith or our own Stone or our own Green Flash or our own Lost Abbey.
This is TheFullPint.com’s plea with all aspiring commercial craft brewers. Please, come to Los Angeles, make amazing beer, make the beer that people care about, make beer that’s innovative, put LA on the map as another destination for not only us locals, but for travelers to seek out stellar craft beer. It’s embarrassing that we don’t already have this. I’m telling you, based on how well the craft beer bar scene is doing, as well as the large beer business at retailers like BevMo and Whole Foods, great beer is something us Angelinos want to buy.
I will say whole heartedly that Eagle Rock Brewery is a brewery to be proud of. They aren’t even a year old, and they are winning GABF gold medals, and they understand that making a boring ass Amber of watery American Hefe is not going to cut it these days. With that said, they have a long way to go, as they haven’t even started bottle production. With Los Angeles being the size of some small states, how could anyone justify driving more than 15-20 minutes to fetch said great beer? Even when Eagle Rock gets to a size where they can spread their joy around a bit more, that won’t be enough to fill this gigantic void.
If I haven’t mentioned you, and you brew in Los Angeles, it’s because this rant isn’t about pointing out that you aren’t cutting it , it’s about me asking anyone who’s up for the task to step the fuck up and make amazing beer that we can easily obtain.