Brewster's - a Beererie
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Taps: 16 / Bottles: 84
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is near LAX. I've been here several times and have never had a bad experience. I mainly like it for the beer selection. They have almost a dozen craft beers on tap plus a pretty good-sized selection of bottles and cans. The food here is pretty good, too.
There are multiple TVs on the wall of the main bar area with sports on and plenty of seating at the bar, at stool-height tables in the middle, at couch/booths that are off to one end, or at dining tables in another room off the bar.
This place also has a different tasting event each month. I've never been able to make one but from what I've heard they've had some pretty good brewers there. There's also an adjacent pool bar that has its own events.
The only knock I can think of is some of their staff aren't so knowledgeable on beer but it hasn't been an issue for me because I've usually been there when they're not busy.
If you're in the LA area, check out their beer selection on TapHunter or their web site for special events...it just might be worth a special trip.
07-20-2013 21:34:18 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
4.16/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Seems it has been a while since someone reviewed this place. My ratings on Beer selection is a 5.0. That is mainly because it is a BEER BAR in a HOTEL! If every hotel had a "lounge" like this I'd be a happy man. 10 beers on tap ranging from summer wheats to a DIPA and the beer I drank. A Nitro Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. The bottle selection is also vast and just as diverse. The food smells good although I'm not having any. There are several hotels in the area no more than a mile away from this one so I highly recommend the place. Open until 1:30 am every day.
07-20-2012 20:53:12 | More by kwesib
3.21/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
For a hotel bar...this place is really quite nice.
5 taps when I was there--Old Rasputin, Allagash White, Chimay, Racer 5, and one other...maybe Sierra. I can't remember. The bottle selection was quite nice, too. The beer list is divided up by region with American and Belgian being the most popular. The german list left me wanting a bit--it was populated almost solely by hefeweizens.
Service wasn't anything to write home about. The bartender didn't seem too interested in talking beer, or making any sort of recommendation. The rest of the men manning the bar barely spoke english. But whatever. Such is life.
If this wasn't a hotel bar I might visit it every now and then.The atmosphere just doesn't do it for me. Way too ho-hum.
The verdict- if you're staying at the hotel or a similar hotel near LAX...make the trip. Enjoy a nightcap there. The Old Rasputin works quite well for just that. But otherwise, I wouldn't really bother.
04-29-2009 08:22:09 | More by originalsin
2.68/5 rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$$
For years this place has had a great rep as a beer haven in an otherwise beer wasteland. Now that they've moved into a different location (within the same hotel) and have no draft beers it is just a small step above a typical hotel bar.
Sure they have Duvel and some other Belgians, but with so many BevMo's around and with newer additions like Blue Palms BrewHouse I can't imagine this being a destination spot the way Celebrator or Brewing News have made it sound for years.
I maybe over reacting, but with color printers is there any reason to have an outdated menu? I sit down and see they have Green Flash's Hop Head Red and Bear Valley's Racer 5 on tap. Two great pints to kill time before making my pick up at the airport. As mentioned earlier, they've relocated and this new spot has no draft beer. Add to that half of the bottle listed they didn't have and it was a disappointing visit.
Sure, it beats sitting in the car waiting for an arriving flight, but that is all it beats.
09-25-2008 13:36:05 | More by jpwalz
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First off, what a selection for a hotel, very nice. Seemed to be about 5 taps, Racer 5, Old Rasputin, Spaten Original, Paulaner Hefeweizen, and another I can not remember. Great bottle selection, 3 Chimays, Orval, Duvel, Spaten Optimator, etc. A good selection between American and European beers. I was a bit disappointed as 2 of my choices were out of stock, however that is really a minor complaint. The bar itself is pretty small, but has a couple televisions to catch sporting events. Proper glasswear displayed behind the bar is a nice touch. Staff was very friendly and helpful, but maybe not the most knowledgeable. We sat out at the pool, and the staff was more than happy to bring our order out to us. We did not eat in the bar, but we ate in the grill on the other side of the lobby, where we were still able to order off the beer menu. Very nice, especially if you are traveling and staying at the hotel or nearby.
09-29-2007 13:55:52 | More by Bierguy5
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located off the lobby of a "business traveler" hotel near the airport. The atmosphere is pretty average; blah even. Just seating for 8 at the bar and tables for about 20. One big TV and four smaller ones with sports in progress.
Six taps with high quality beers (Racer 5, Old Rasputin, Spaten, Jeremiah Red, Chimay Cinq Cents and Paulaner Hefe). They were rather "agressively" priced at $5.50 domestic and $6.50 imported pints.
Lots of bottles available, also high priced. No taps for BMC but they were in bottles.
Food was mainly appetizers, bar food with about five "entree" type meals. We had the nachos which were excellent and filling ($8.95) and the jerk chicken consisting of about 8 chicken strips with salsa (also $8.95). I thought the food was tasty but way over-priced.
The (Mexican) bartender, Victor, was very friendly and helpful but not a great source of beer information. He informed us that happy-hour was from 5-7pm and applied only to bottled Bud Light and some free chips and salsa.
This place is clearly intended for business travelers on an expense account. If you are staying nearby and are desperate for a quality beer, you might have to visit. Other wise, get your beer at Trader Joe's and drink in your room!
04-17-2007 23:14:08 | More by joedon
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This place is down by the airport. A pretty boring neighborhood. Parking at the hotel is convienent and be sure to get validated by the bartender or waiter. It will be much more inexpensive to park and if you are there less than three hours it will be free to park at the hotel.
I have been to establishments with bad atmosphere. This place tries to have no atmosphere. It is bland. Clean but there is really nothing to it. The Delerium Tremens bar sign is about the best piece of eye candy in the bar. A jukebox is here. A small t.v. at the bar and another t.v. and big screen in the dining area. They show sports. The bar is medium sized with stools with backs which provide a comfortable sit. Small tables which seat four make up the rest of the place. Across the hall are more tables and chairs. It would be more private over there. They have a fooseball table and a fake dart board game. The plastic tipped darts.
The service is good. Nothing spectacular but nothing bad either. The food is pretty basic. My girlfriend thought the burger was very good. It was very large. The minestrone soup was weak. I have had better out of a can. The fish tacos were pretty good. They also have a happy hour buffet which is okay. A few dipping vegetables, some tiny quiches and some chips and salsa.
They only have six taps. SN Barley Wine, Racer 5 IPA, Spatan, Chimay, Old rasputin and Humboldt Pale Ale. The bottle selection is huge. English: Fullers, Abbot, and Samuel Smith's. Irish: Belhaven and Guinness. Germany: Spaten, Paulaner and a German smoked beer. I cannot remember the name. Sorry. A large Belgian selection: Triple Karmeliet, Chimay, Duvel, and plenty more. Also plenty of unibroue selections and Belgian knock offs. American: North Coast, they had the winter seasonal along with Pranqster and Red Seal, Dogfish Head Stout, Raison D'Etre, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout and Hop Ottin IPA, Stone, Rogue and plenty of others to choose from.
This place does have a very good selection of beers. It is just very plain and it gets a pretty mild crowd. It is in a hotel by the airport afterall. They also carry wine and have a full bar.
Overall a good place to have a pint. They have tastings every third Wednesday of the month. A nice idea. There are cups of the ingredients which make beer on a table. A person can open them up and smell them.
11-29-2003 08:21:20 | More by Rumrunner
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I feel sorry for my other reviewer since he seems to have fallen in Brewster's at a bad time.
I'll give him all the points on the atmosophere of the joint. Let's be frank, the Four Points isn't a world class hotel. Brewster's is your typical interior hotel bar.
Well, except for the fact that there isn't a single tap in the joint devoted to BMC. Sure they stock bottles of the stuff, but the taps are off limits. Typical drafts ranges across Pilsner Urquell, Hop Rod Rye, Old Rasputin, Chimay Cinq Cents and more.
Bottled selection is large.. probably on the order of 50 bottles. Most of those bottles are not kept up front, but are kept in the hotel's refrigerated lockup. (I've been in there. It's cool.)
The food by Chef Carlos ranges from the standard pub burger and club sandwich to fancier pasta and seafoods. The catch? All of the food is designed to match beers with beer suggestions listed on the menu. Carlos and Phil are both big beer lovers with a well trained staff.
If you can make it there every 3rd Weds of the month is a different beer tasting.
10-11-2003 08:59:19 | More by drewbage
Brewster's - a Beererie in Los Angeles, CA
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.