You’re in LA, you’re most likely hopping on an 8 lane highway to anywhere you want to go. But what if there was a hoppy watering hole nestled right in between the mess of brake lights? Bordered by THE 110, THE 101, and THE 5 is Los Angeles’ Chinatown and the little big spot pouring pints to those who #hittheconcrete, saddle up at Highland Park Brewing.
OUR ARTICLEBY: Ben Hitch Contributing writer
The corner lot is always a great spot to set up shop and in this case, the second brewing operation and first dedicated tasting room for Highland Park Brewing. With the help of renowned local architects, design teams and contractors, HPB was able to transform a right-angle lacking building into a masterfully crafted beer hall. The interior is steel, wood, brick and brick, wood, and steel. It’s a fortress with a Douglas Fir bar top snaking throughout the space as picnic tables and obtusely angled tables fill the remainder of the brewery.
Highland Park Brewery has one truly simple goal, to brew the best beer LA has to offer with the focus on community, adventure, and just enjoying life with a pint in hand.
The beer is right where you want it to be with Hazy IPAs, a Mixed Culture Saison, lagers, sours and an 8.3% Hazy Dipa – but the list is always updating, so take a peek at the tap list before you head out. And there is just something extra special about sipping on a beer that you can see from where it was brewed… right behind the bar. The beers are accompanied by a handful of tasty snacks like Crispy Cauliflower Tacos, Queso and Chips, and few baked options from Bub and Grandma’s Bread. Really you can’t go wrong with any of their beer or snacks, but definitely smother your face in Queso.
The atmosphere is very representative of the transformation of LA’s Chinatown and the relatively newly coined NoChi. HPB is a mere quarter-mile from the Chinatown stop on the metro’s Gold Line making your attendance that much easier and they have a dedicated parking lot for all ya’ll rollin’ over in your whip. The patio is great for the dog days of summer, spring, and fall, but then again this is SoCal – is there ever a bad time to be outside? And where HPB is family-friendly, your fur babies are only allowed on the patio.
Highland Park Brewery has one truly simple goal, to brew the best beer LA has to offer with the focus on community, adventure, and just enjoying life with a pint in hand. They will impress with crazy hops pairings and wacky microbes mixed with local ingredients that has J.J. Gittes shining his detective badge. And when you’re in need of exploration, a tasting room designed unlike most, and a bite and a beer, Highland Park Beer is the spot.
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