10th Annual L.A. Beer Week & Kickoff Festival

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  1. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (775) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    LA Beer Week Kickoff Info: https://labeerweek.org/

    The 10th Annual L.A. Beer Week is here! Join us for our big Kickoff Festival on Saturday, June 16th at the Los Angeles Center Studios in the heart of Downtown L.A.! We are bringing the heat this summer with an awesome festival featuring 90 independent craft breweries, live music, great local food, games, a photo booth from Snap Yourself!, Hollywood Curling, and more!

    Produced by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, #LABW10 will feature the largest number of Los Angeles County-based craft breweries -- more than any other festival in town! We'll also have some very special guest breweries! Join us and support your local brewers and the nonprofit organization that strives to foster craft beer culture in L.A. County. Admission includes a keepsake glass and unlimited tastes of over 180 beers from 90 breweries. This is surely a not-to-miss summer festival!

    VIP Tickets include a premium keepsake glass, early entry at 12pm, and access to our new VIP Lounge area.

    Participating Breweries & Vendors Coming Soon!

    EARLY BIRD PRICING APRIL 6 - MAY 1, 2018:
    Early Bird General Admission: $45
    Early Bird VIP Admission: $65
    Designated Driver: $25
    (* 2017 Enthusiast members receive 20% off up to 4 tickets - use your member number on your Enthusiast ID UNTIL MAY 1ST. AFTER MAY 1ST, YOU MUST BE A 2018 ENTHUSIAST MEMBER TO GET DISCOUNTED)

    REGULAR PRICING MAY 2 - JUNE 15, 2018
    General Admission: $50
    VIP Admission: $70
    Designated Driver: $25
    (*2018 Enthusiast members receive 20% off up to 4 tickets - use your member number on your Enthusiast ID)

    **Day of ticket sales are NOT guaranteed. Should we have any tickets available on June 16th at the door, prices will be $55 General Admission, $75 VIP, and $25 Designated Driver**

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    Week: https://www.beeradvocate.com/events/info/84939/
    Kickoff: https://www.beeradvocate.com/events/info/84940/
     
  2. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (775) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    Thank you to the moderator for correcting the title :slight_smile:
     
  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,507) Aug 23, 1996 California
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  4. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (653) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    I already have my tix. See you guys there. I'm going to try and *not* buy one of everything from the lobster truck this time around.
     
  5. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (775) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    Mmmmmm, Lobster Rolls :slight_smile:

    Got my VIP Ticket, I'm in.
     
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  6. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,507) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    A week away! For those of you in the area who've never been to the Kickoff Fest, I highly recommend buying tickets to this one; the 10th annual. Besides all of the great beer and eats to be had, you'll be directly supporting the Guild, its members, and the LA beer scene.

    See you there...
     
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  7. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (775) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    And for those of you that have been to the festival before....

    I highly recommend you buy a ticket :slight_smile:

    Great festival, great public transportation options, seems to be getting better very year.
     
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  8. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,507) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Participating Breweries: UPDATED 6/9/18
    • 101 Cider House
    • 8 one 8 Brewing
    • Absolution Brewing Co
    • Alosta Brewing Co.
    • Almanac Beer Co.
    • Angel City Brewery
    • Angry Horse Brewing
    • Arrow Lodge Brewing
    • Arts District Brewing Company
    • Beachwood Brewing & Beachwood Blendery
    • Boomtown Brewery
    • Bravery Brewing
    • Brewery at Simmzys Burbank
    • Brewery Rex
    • Brewyard Beer Company
    • Brouwerij West
    • Cellador Ales
    • Cellarmaker Brewing
    • Chapman Crafted
    • Claremont Craft Ales
    • Common Space Brewery
    • Craftsman Brewing Company
    • Drakes Brewing
    • Dry River Brewing
    • Eagle Rock Brewery
    • El Segundo Brewing
    • Enegren Brewing Co.
    • Figueroa Mountain
    • Firestone Walkler Brewing
    • Five Threads Brewing Company
    • Frogtown Brewery
    • Green Cheek Beer
    • Hand-Brewed Beer
    • Headlands Brewing
    • Highland Park Brewery
    • Homage Brewing
    • HopSaint Brewing Company
    • Indie Brewing
    • Institution Ale Co.
    • Iron Triangle Brewing Company
    • Karl Strauss Brewing Company
    • Kinetic Brewing
    • King Harbor Brewing Co
    • Ladyface Ale Companie
    • Liberation Brewing
    • Lincoln Beer Company
    • Long Beach Beer Lab
    • Los Angeles Ale Works
    • Lucky Luke Brewing
    • MacLeod Ale Brewing Co
    • Modern Times Beer
    • Monkish Brewing Co
    • Mt. Lowe Brewing
    • Mumford Brewing
    • New Belgium
    • Noble Ale Works
    • Ogopogo Brewing
    • Ohana Brewing Company
    • Old Stump Brewery
    • Pacific Plate Brewing
    • Phantom Carriage
    • Pizza Port Brewing Company
    • Pocock Brewing Company
    • Progress Brewing
    • San Fernando Brewing
    • Sanctum Brewing Co.
    • Santa Monica Brew Works
    • Scholb Premium Ales
    • Smog City Brewing
    • State Brewing Co.
    • Stone Brewing
    • Strand Brewing Co.
    • Ten Mile Brewing
    • The Brewery At Abigaile
    • The Bruery & Bruery Terruex
    • The Dudes Brewing Co
    • The Lost Abbey
    • Three Weavers Brewing Company
    • Topa Topa Brewing Company
    • Track 7 Brewing Co
    • Transplants Brewing Company
    • Twisted Oak Tavern and Brewery
    • Ventura Coast Beer Co.
    • Verdugo West Brewing Co.
    • Wiretap Brewing
    • Wolf Creek Brewery
    • Ximix Craft Exploration
    • Yorkshire Square Brewery
    • Zymurgy Brew Works
     
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  9. Bennettrox

    Bennettrox Aspirant (299) Sep 14, 2010 California
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    Thanks Todd. First time attending, did they provide a beer list prior the festival date? If so, any indication on when we can expect that?

    Anyone think it's a little odd not to see Bottle Logic on that list? Bruery, Noble, and Green Cheek are all attending, figured BL would be a given.
     
  10. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,507) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Good question. I don't recall a beer list last year, but I wasn't looking for one either. My tactic was to simply find brewers I've yet to try and then just try what they had. Worked out great.
     
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  11. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (653) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    They've put out the beer list each year past. Seems like it was out by this time last year, if memory serves.
     
  12. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (775) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    I've always been able to get my hands on the beer list prior to the festival.I don't remember exactly where.

    Bottle Logic was there last year. Not sure why they aren't there this year.
     
  13. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (775) Jun 12, 2005 California
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  14. JohnCassillo

    JohnCassillo Zealot (555) Mar 29, 2013 California
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    At least based on last year's thread, seems the list was out the Tuesday before the event (so should hopefully be tomorrow if the same schedule applies).
     
  15. JohnCassillo

    JohnCassillo Zealot (555) Mar 29, 2013 California
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  16. ZpBrew

    ZpBrew Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2014 California

    Does any one know if the VIP is worth it and if the Premium Glass is anything more than the standard (size and or style wise). One thing about all these Beer fest is the lines and seems like even if you want to try all the beers it's almost impossible to do so. This would be my first year here and want to see if it's worth it.
     
  17. Bennettrox

    Bennettrox Aspirant (299) Sep 14, 2010 California
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    I can't speak for this festival specifically (first time) but VIP has always been worth it for the beer festivals I've attended. The extra hour of minimal crowds to hit all of your high priority breweries is well worth it so you can coast casually through the rest of the festival.

    I'm curious what the VIP lounge entails for those that have attended? Hopefully a designated bathroom area with no lines :grinning:
     
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  18. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (775) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    I do VIP every year.

    Main benefits to me:
    1. I really enjoy the first hour when the crowd is smaller, the lines are short, and you can try most of the things high on your list.
    2. The VIP lounge is great, especially after they let the entire crowd in. Its air conditioned, has bathrooms ( verse porta pottty ), and a rooftop balcony where you can overlook the crowd.

    As for the glassware, they change it up every year. Not sure I would buy a VIP ticket just for the glassware. On the other hand, I've got no complaints about the glassware used in previous years either.
     
  19. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (653) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    I always get VIP to this and it's always worth it. By the time the commoners arrive, I've already tried most of my wants and can relax.

    The VIP glassware is usually a different size and style. Honestly, I'd prefer the regular glasses from a beer festival standpoint, but the VIP glass looks nicer in a cabinet.

    I've spent a grand total of about 30secs in the VIP lounge areas in the past. Who's got time to chill when there are so many beers to sample???
     
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  20. Ponzu4u

    Ponzu4u Initiate (41) Jun 19, 2015 California
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    I'll personally weigh in on the other side, as I don't think this is necessarily the festival to be doing much "whale chasing" at. I just did GA last year and the only prohibitive line I saw the entire day was for Monkish, which, if you live in LA, shouldn't really be beer you're spending 30mins at a 4 hour festival waiting for IMO. Of the multiple beer fests I went to last year, this was probably the most laid-back and I never had issues with things I wanted tapping out. I also remember them doing a really good job with water stations, and there was enough shade around the main building to mellow out in. Looking forward to this year's!
     
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  21. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,566) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Last year the VIP glass was a large stemmed tulip style glass. I actually dropped mine while trying to navigate myself into a porta-potty and broke it, so I had to go to the front and get a regular mini tasting glass. I was lucky because at the end of the festival when they were shooing people out, there was a table with numerous VIP glasses that people left behind for some reason. I snagged one to take home, so I ended up with both glasses because of my drunken clumsiness.

    This year I am doing VIP again. Totally worth it for the extra hour, not so much the glass.
     
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  22. ZpBrew

    ZpBrew Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2014 California

    WOW! Thanks so much everyone... So much great info, I think I might be going for the VIP - If you see a slightly chubby dude with a Gumballhead Three Floyd's shirt and a hat on - that's me - come say hi! Cheers everyone.
     
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  23. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (775) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    Looking forward to seeing everyone out there tomorrow.

    Should be a great day.

    I'll be the guy with a beer shirt, drinking a beer :slight_smile:
     
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  24. Todd

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  25. JohnCassillo

    JohnCassillo Zealot (555) Mar 29, 2013 California
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    Haze bros already formed 30 min line at Monkish...
     
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  26. ComradePalmer

    ComradePalmer Aspirant (223) Jul 27, 2015 California
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    Really dug the fest this year. Still as packed as ever but the lines moved along at a decent clip.

    Anyone know what was up with the ambulance toward the end of the day? Saw the EMTs were looking after a guy slumped over on the steps but don't know if he made it out OK.
     
  27. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (653) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    Had a GREAT TIME once again. Did actually spend some time in the VIP lounge this year. It had seating, A/C, an outdoor patio overlooking the throngs of people, and bathrooms with no lines. VIP was worth it just for the bathrooms alone!

    We could be wrong, but my friends I thought that VIP was a bit oversold this year compared to years past. It seemed as if the lines were longer in some spots during that first hour, but maybe not.

    Surprise of the event for me was Topa Topa. They had the best stout I tried all day (BA Imperial Tux), another REALLY well done BA stout (BA Black Wing), and a couple really great IPA offerings (Chief Peak and NoBo SoBo). They are definitely on my radar after that!
     
  28. JohnCassillo

    JohnCassillo Zealot (555) Mar 29, 2013 California
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    I walked by the entry a few minutes before 1 p.m. and seemed like there were twice as many VIPs an hour before as there were GA folks.

    Didn't necessarily see bigger lines early, though. Walked right up to every brewery I wanted to hit and drank right away in that first hour.

    A couple of the highlights for me:
    - Got a hefty late pour of Griffith J. Griffith -- had yet to be able to give that one a shot, and was not disappointed
    - Red Wine Barrel Black Tuesday was awesome
    - Modern Times' Llano Del Rio stood out amidst the sea of IPAs
    - Also loved Drake's Cultured Chaos, Cellador Clockworks, Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial and Firestone Jugosito.

    Wish I'd gotten to check out a few more spots I wasn't as familiar with. Dry River was a new one for me and their beers were pretty excellent.