Until recently, well-stocked bars in Los Angeles were loaded with voluminous varieties of barley-and-hops beverages, both in bottles and on tap. The only thing missing were any beers brewed locally–because L.A.-brewed beer was virtually nonexistent.
That is no longer the case.
As reported by Joshua Lurie in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. is finally turning into a beer-making town. The nationwide resurgence of craft brewing has reached all the way to Southern California.
According to the American Brewers Association, 11 of the top 50 U.S. craft breweries are now located in California, and several new L.A. craft brewers are stepping up to the plate and aiming to crack that list. Among the newcomers are Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo Brewing Co., and Kinetic Brewing. Another newcomer opening soon is Ohana Brewing Co., which will be crafting small batch beer in a facility that formerly housed a mortuary, crematorium, and casket warehouse. Brighter days ahead!
Home brewing has exploded, too, in California and across the U.S. The American Home Brewers Association, based in Boulder, Colo., has seen its membership more than double in the past five years, from 11,724 to nearly 26,000. Sales for home brewing equipment have seen big jumps, too.
It’s all part of the larger movement to eat and drink locally produced products, whether it’s an heirloom tomato from a nearby farm, or a beer brewed across town or in your own basement.
Whether it’s going on in L.A. or NYC or Waterloo, Iowa, we think it’s a good thing. So let’s raise a glass and toast the new breed of D.I.Y. brewmasters doing their thing across the USA.
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