Though lacking refrigeration and light on “whales” (the scarce suds), this warehouse stocks nearly every well-distributed microbrewer in the game. Snag a keg of Firestone Walker for your next barbecue. 4935 McConnell Ave., Marina del Rey.
Bill’s Liquor Store
While none of them is named Bill, the guys behind one of L.A.’s hoppiest outlets can introduce you to Uncle Jack’s Kolsch, Pliny the Elder (the holy grail of California IPAs), and racks of vintage-specific bombers. The $10 “mixer sixer” option allows greenhorns to taste around. 3150 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, 323-663-0684.
Plaza Market Craft Beer Kings
Hit the cluttered aisles for rare delights from Copenhagen’s Mikkeller and collectible gems priced to move. Don’t forget to ask what’s below the counter. 2400 Peck Rd., El Monte.
If it’s barrel aged, spice infused, or limited edition, this labyrinth of ceiling-high coolers has it, possibly stored in the walk-in fridge nicknamed “the Beast.” 4360 E. Stearns St., Long Beach.
Valley Beverage Company
Since 1953, this Googie storefront has trafficked in fine wine, spirits, and artisan ales. Today’s draw includes dust-coated Belgians (even a nine-liter Piraat for $269), seasonal domestics, and European oddities. 14901 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-981-9463.