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What Would You Brew? We weigh in.

Your beer could come out of this tap.
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Your beer could come out of this tap.

There's a week left before Angel City Brewery's annual What Would You Brew? competition ends, and the stakes are high. For the second year in a row, the Downtown brewery has invited beer-loving Angelenos to submit ideas for unique, LA-centric brews, with the opportunity to win a day brewing with the Angel City team, the winning beer featured in next year's LA Beer Week, and a custom kegerator. Last year's winner, Emily Finch, wooed the Angel City team with her idea for Mexican cola beer, a spicy, caramel-y brew, now on tap at Angel City until the end of September.

It got me thinking: What would Time Out LA brew? I polled the office for ideas, and while there was certainly a common theme—apparently we love fruity beers—each editor came up with their own totally-LA brew. Here are the beers we would love to make happen (and don't even think about submitting them as your own):

Sara Fay, Editor: I’d brew a Foraged Farmhouse using the four fruits I see all the time on public property in LA: figs, lemons, oranges and pomegranates.

Ramona Saviss, Managing Editor: The Fruit Man—mango, lime, Mexican chili powder, and a tequila-infused ale, because the corner fruit cart needs a boozy pairing.

Kate Wertheimer, Senior Associate Editor: I'd brew a Rhubarb Sour, for sharing at Echo Park Lake picnics.

Michael Juliano, Assistant Editor: Lemon + Cherry + Black Currant. Consider this a boozy take on those tempting roving popsicle pushcarts.

Erin Kuschner, Associate Editor: A bacon- and pepper-infused wheat ale, to be enjoyed at 2am alongside your Danger Dog.

To submit your own ideas for Angel City's next great beer, fill out an application here. Want to check out more stellar local brews? Here's our list of LA's best breweries.