At the end of a dingy street in Glassell Park, you’ll find a true LA original. Eagle Rock Brewery, the city’s first brewery in 60 years, opened in 2009 but still feels like a well-guarded secret. Most patrons arrive in pairs to this clean, 30-person taproom. Smiling bartenders tactfully venerate the politically-themed drafts brewed 50 feet away, including many bold IPAs and the award-winning “Yearling” Flanders Red Ale. Co-founder Ting Su leads a women's forum on the third Wednesday of each month, when the beer-curious and old pros can taste a four-beer flight and discuss with the brewer herself (for $10-$20). ERB also hosts free tours on Sundays and regular food trucks, but for some of the most ambitious modern cuisine around, try their sister location, Eagle Rock Brewery Public House.