Sunset Beer Company

Sunset Beer CompanySunset Beer Company
Sunset Beer CompanySunset Beer Company
Bar, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

1498 Sunset Blvd
Ste 3
Los Angeles, California, 90026-3471
United States

(213) 481-2337 | map

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Photo of Alyson13
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Love that there are board games and usually always places to sit. The bar tends to have a long line with only one bartender, so opening up a tab and ordering can take a bit of time. That's the only downfall. The huge beer selection makes up for it though.

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Photo of JayORear
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is one of those places that I enjoy well enough when I'm there--quite a lot, actually--but I hardly ever make a point of going. Probably the best thing going for it is the on-premise bar, with ten or so very solid taps running at a time, sometimes quite excellent ones (Cantillon, BCBS, etc.). The "lounge" area of the bar is funky/hipsterish, with big couches, armchairs, and all kinds of quiet nooks that would be great for a date. The selection of beer in the store proper is overall great, although I've never seen a more badly organized floor. A good many of the hoppy beers are both refrigerated *and* unrefrigerated; i.e., six bottles of a particular beer might be in the cooler, with others of the same beer shoved willy nilly into various bookcase-like shelves. I suppose this is a conscious choice, sort of a "choose your own adventure" vibe, but it comes off as a little sloppy and lazy.

The service is always super friendly, especially from the bar staff, and they occasionally get things that no other shop in L.A. does, I suppose because of personal relationships with brewers/breweries. The main reason I don't go more often is the atrocious parking, some of the worst in L.A., and that's saying a lot. I've had to walk several blocks many times, and it's a drag to walk those blocks back with a bag (or belly!) full of beer. If they could find it in themselves to put a little effort into organization/refrigeration, as well as find a better location, they'd probably find even more happy customers. Still number two (or three) to me behind Bill's in Atwater Village.

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Photo of DannyDK
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

An awesome setup: they usually have about a half-a-dozen beers on tap, but what really makes this place special is that you can choose any beer or wine from their adjoining beer and wine store (with an extensive selection) and pay two dollars for an uncorking fee and enjoy that spirit in the bar. The only downside is that you can't pour the beer yourself, and my experience with LA bartenders is that they are so in name only.

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Photo of deford
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Can't think of a better bottleshop anywhere. Lots of rare and hard to find bottles and cans in the coolers. Great stuff on tap too...had Prairie Bomb! here for the first time. Definitely get here when I can...highly recommended.

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Photo of EchoParker
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Sunset Beer Co is a great place. Has a real family feel to it and a laid back atmosphere. Very nice beer selection. I would like to see more volume in terms of choices. I see beers that are easy to get elsewhere that come and go. They get and have great stuff but I'm surprised that they don't have more.
Good team. Most of them seem to be knowledgable but not snobby - big plus.
Always a good place to hang but the pizza next door is not good. The pizza is not part of this business but it's the place to eat while you're there, so don't come hungry.
Overall, I love having this shop in my hood and I really enjoy my time there. I also think things will only get better.

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Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Fantastic bottle shop in Echo Park, coolers upon coolers filled with fantastic beer. All bottles sold as singles, which makes it convenient to buy & try lots of different brews without spending too much. Their Belgian/European selection is great, and they bring in bottles from a lot of small, out of state breweries as well. The bar side is set up more like a coffee house, very comfortable and inviting. The people working are all very friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. If I had to point out a negative, it would be a phenomenon that is merely a product of how great this place is: while they get most/all of the rare beers distributed to SoCal, they open at 2 and often sell out within a matter of hours, making it difficult for a 9-5er to get them. I certainly don't blame them for this though, and am extremely happy to have a gem like this right down the street.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I love this place. They have a tasting room with a bottle shop with around 10 coolers. As expected they carry all the beers distributed in Los Angeles along with some rarities from time to time. Just like them on Facebook to see any special beers they get in like Alpine, Cantillon, limited releases, etc.

The guys that run this place are super cool and very welcoming. For me, the biggest plus is they sell singles of everything. They probably sell half of their inventory in coolers and the other half on two rectangular shelves in the middle of the bottle shop.

It's kinda easy to miss the first time. It's located in a tiny strip mall with limited mall parking and street parking.

The prices are on par with other bottle shops in the area, but given they sell singles, the guys are super chill, and it's relatively close to my house, I'm finding myself visiting this store more often.

I had Cantillon Iris on tap today (8/31/2014). Lovely!

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Photo of JoelPernell
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is my favorite place in LA. I love the people that work here and the selection has gotten so much better. I believe that it will outgrow its current building in a couple of years. Too many great things happen here. Everyone should check out this place.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I had to check this place out since I was in the area. Parking can be tough as the spot is in a strip mall with only a few parking spaces alloted in the lot. Street parking was filled up but I got lucky after making a few passes. It's in a bit of a sketchy area as well. Inside it's a cool combo of a taproom and bottle shop. They had 5 beers on tap in the tasting room which was pretty cozy and relaxing. Their bottle shop part was about 10 coolers and some tables with a wide variety of bottles. You can buy beers to go or buy them to drink after a corkage fee. They had a few beers I have never seen before which is always nice. I just got a beer from the taproom which was a nice tulip pour of Victory Helios for $4. I will definitely be back in the future and I highly recommend a stop for anyone in the area.

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Photo of Abrahammer
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

i'm disappointed that there's only one review.

a: it's a dim pleasant setting. in the lounge area, wood panelling, built in book shelves, and a couple cozy shelves. in the retail area, a wall of refrigerators and 2 table for more inventory. they could do better seating options, as the lounge area has 2 voluminous tables that only seat 3 in stools. they have a narrow outdoor area populated by a few smokers. the crowd is full of bearded vintage clad types focusing on more sessionable brews. i know that turns some people off, but i've never felt that anyone in the crowd was jerky/stupid.

q/selection: their weakest beer is likely hoegarden. they get their hands on seasonals and rarities from like Firestone's Parabola, Taps' Remy, and Hangar 24's Hammerhead. i always find several things worth taking/drinking on sight.

serv: every worker i've talked to is cordial, informative, knowledgeable, clearly passionate about great beer, and helpful. on one visit, my card was overcharged and they comped my beer. i don't know what more i could say.

f: they do not have a kitchen, but allow food in the bar. the neighboring pizza parlor makes a great pizza called "Chavez Ravine" - it was as delicious as what happened in Chavez Ravine was tragic!

value: great value, especially if you go on No Corkage Wednesday - where they waive the already minimal 2$ corkage fee for drinking any of their brews on site.

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Photo of Gilmango
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Right on Sunset Boulevard just a few blocks from Mohawk Bend this was a great find this past Saturday on a trip to LA. This place is both a retail store selling about 200 different cold beers and a handful of wines, and also a very relaxed bar and lounge with 6 beers on draft and you could have them open any bottled beer and have it there for a minimal corkage fee (an extra buck IIRC). Great art on the walls, could use a few more chairs / seating options as the lounge felt full with only 15 people in it.

I enjoyed finding bottles from SoCal and also from Belgium that I have not seen in stores in the Bay Area. Shared a bottle of Dupont Saison I'd never seen before they also had a Lambickx and a Dupont Stout I'd not seen before and then had some nice rarities on draft from New Belgium (Cocoa Mole and Prickly Pear Saison). Took a few bottles and cans home too; would've loved to have seen even more local bottles/cans.

They also had a few older bottles on a reserve beer list (e.g., Parabola), a bit pricier and not sure if those were only for on-site or not.

I did not see any evidence of homebrew supplies being sold - only adding that as I see that is one of the 3 ways they are listed on BA at the moment.

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Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles, CA
Place rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 37 ratings