Sunset Beer Company

BA SCORE
96
world-class

10 Reviews
Sunset Beer CompanySunset Beer Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Store, Homebrew Store

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

(213) 481-2337 | map
sunsetbeerco.com

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Added by cowineco on 11-22-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
35
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
3.47%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
700
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 35
Reviews by Gilmango:
Photo of Gilmango
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of mnine
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of BartenderChristopher
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of JayORear
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
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 IceAce
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Jason_cs
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DannyDK
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Buzz3d
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of kingston213
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Alpha309
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of SirBentham
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of deford
4.75/5  rDev +3%

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 jwolfe1311
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Almost all their beer is cold. Fresh. They have tasting AND you can buy single cans. Pretty cool.

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Photo of aoampm
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of ubiq3000
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mig100
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

The best bottle shop in LA. Hands down.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Wukk
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of yarnanimal
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of CameronF
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of BeerBeast
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles, CA
4.61 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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