Los Angeles is by far my favorite place to be. From the music, downtown, diversity, and of course the food – there is no city I love more. Another great reason to love LA is the abundance of festivals and events to go to! In this series of blogs, I will be discussing a few of my favorite LA festivals. Let’s begin with the LA IPA Fest, which happens to be this upcoming weekend!
Get ready to get hoppy as the Los Angeles IPA Festival returns for its fifth year. You either love or hate IPAs (India Pale Ale), but if you are a fan of the hoppy beer, be sure to visit the LA IPA Fest. While IPAs can be seen over of the globe, no one loves this hoppy style drink more than we do in LA.
The festival is a celebration of both the beloved craft beer, as well as the community producing it. Tony Yanow, the former owner of Golden Road Brewing and an IPA fanatic, founded the festival that has grown into a prestigious event. The event takes place in the Echo Park restaurant with brewers from across the Southland and scads of thirsty hop-heads. The 2018 festival will welcome over 60 different breweries, many of which have created a unique draft just for the event! All of the selections have been brewed in the home golden state.
“One of the fun things about craft beer is arguing about which IPA is better than the other,” Yanow said. “It’s a conversation that happens at my bars every day that we’re open, and IPA Fest is a chance for drinkers to settle these arguments on their own.”
While there are many different styles of IPAs, the West Coast version is known for its fruit hop explosion. Some hate IPAs due to its bitterness, but the West Coast does a great job of balancing the bitter with crisp fruity notes. A personal favorite of mine is the Stone Brewing Company – who will be at this year’s festival!
Other breweries to look out for include: Cellarmaker Brewing Co., Drake’s Brewing Co., Highland Park Brewery, Russian River Brewing Company, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
The event starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and awards will be announced at 4 p.m. This is not a ticketed event, as it’s first come first serve. Each 10 oz beverage is $5, and there will be a small food menu.
If you are crazy about craft beer, especially IPAs, be sure to check out this year’s LA IPA Festival!