National Beer Day is Sunday, April 7, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a pint or two in celebration all month long. These events, many of which are family friendly, bring cheers for all, from the most militant hop-head and to the casual partaker.
Saturday, April 6
L.A .Beer Fest 2019
Los Angeles Center Studios is getting bombarded by 80 breweries (including local faves Common Space and Claremont), pouring more than 200 different beers, plus more than a dozen food trucks and live music. There’s something for everyone here, including White Claw’s alcoholic seltzers and Humm’s kombuchas, but try not to be distracted by familiar national brands. Instead take a chance on some local hard workers like Cosmic, Pacific Plate, and 6th & La Brea Brewery. There are two sessions: noon–3 p.m and 5–8 p.m. $45 or $85 for VIP (includes taco bar and access to event deck with limited availability beers). 1201 West 5th Street
Angry Horse is celebrating its second-year anniversary with a parking lot blowout featuring live music, food vendors, and beer specials all night long. The brewing company will also debut its anniversary barrel-aged imperial porter, Long Live the King. It has been putting out great examples of a variety of styles in these early years, so it’s exciting to see what these guys can do with a barrel-aging program. $25 or $35 for VIP early entry. Bring the kiddos; they get in free! 603 West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello; 5–11:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7
2019 Montrose Craft Beer Fest
You’ll get a 4-ounce taster glass and a chance to sample brews from more than 20 breweries, mostly local (including Bottle Logic—maybe some Fundamental Observation will make its way over—and Modern Times). Food samples from local restaurants Giuseppe’s Pizzeria, Basin 141, and John Sparr Tavern will be provided, and a DJ will be there kickin’ out the jams. $45 before the date; $55 day of. DDs can join in the fun too, with a reduced entry of $25. 2200 Honolulu Avenue, Glendale; noon–4 p.m.
Imperial Western enjoys a beautiful and spacious Art Deco home with cathedral-high ceilings in the Harvey House next to Union Station. Today it is celebrating National Beer Day with brunch, live music, specials on house-brewed beers (don’t miss Bells & Whistles, an American sour with peaches), and, oh yeah, an oyster eating contest! It only lasts one minute and it starts at 2 p.m., so blink and you’ll miss the champ, who will win a cash prize. 800 North Alameda Street; noon–11 p.m.
Saturday, April 13
This annual all-day event at Enegren Brewing Co., now in its third year, celebrates the coming of spring with the tapping of a Maibock Spring Lager. Just as Oktoberfests have their Marzens, spring sings for this Maibock, with a healthy 7 percent ABV and bready malt backbone with a smooth drinking mouth feel. Commemorative steins, German food, and German music are all givens, though the merriment is overflowing with a kids’ Ferris wheel, German marketplace, and log-sawing and stein-hoisting contests. 444 Zachary Street, Moorpark; 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, April 20
Best Buds Day
It’s 4/20, so you know what that means: Best Buds Day! Arrow Lodge Brewing is releasing this year’s Best Buds beer, a hazy IPA with Nilla Wafers, lactose, and vanilla. (Arrow Lodge has good beers all around, but it has been groovin’ nicely in the hazies lately.) It invited some friends to help celebrate—Alvarado Street Brewery, Moonraker Brewing, Homage Brewing, Modern Times, Brouwerij West, 8 Bit Brewing, and Beachwood Brewing will all be there with their goodies, too. $39.99 regular admission, $59.99 VIP, $14.99 for designated drivers. 720 West Arrow Highway, Covina; noon