Though the taproom at Eagle Rock Brewery might be small—a few tables and chairs, where visitors can take advantage of the board games on hand—the beers on tap pack in big flavor. Three brews are offered year-round, including Populist, Manifesto and Revolution, along with a selection of seasonal beers that we wish would stick around longer. If you're just getting into craft beer, Eagle Rock Brewery is a perfect place to start: the free tours are highly informative, and take place on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. If co-founder Jeremy Raub is your tour guide, be prepared for an in-depth, highly educational (and close to 45-minute) tour, where he'll talk about everything from Eagle Rock's growler collection to how they clean the tank pipes.
While there has been an explosion of craft breweries in Los Angeles recently, not all of them offer a walk-through where you can learn about the beer at hand. Some places, like Smog City Brewing and Monkish Brewing, are happy to give you an impromptu tour if you ask. But for a more thorough, in-depth look—and, let's face it, plenty of beer samples—check out our guide to the best brewery tours in the city. Then head to your nearest beer bar or biergarten and start dropping some serious knowledge.
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