The Bottle Room
Lovers of high- gravity barley wines and complex stouts will groove on the Bottle Room’s tap list. But the real draw is the 60-beer-strong bottle list, with hard-to-find selections. 6741 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier.
The larger Helms branch of Sang Yoon’s celebrated gastropub is the premier stop for established craft breweries such as Lost Abbey and up-and-coming locals like Brouwerij West. Breezy outdoor communal seating makes for a nightly beer nerd convention. 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City.
This Pasadena pub offers the most exciting Belgian beer selection around. Fans will find obscure brews from Brasserie Dupont and Brouwerij Bosteels amid a friendly crowd of like-minded regulars. 17 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.
The Surly Goat
Low-lit with a cleaned-up dive-bar vibe, Ryan Sweeney’s (Verdugo Bar, Blind Donkey) West Hollywood spot boasts an extensive tap list and doesn’t skimp on rarities like Pliny the Elder or Bourbon County Stout. 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
Tony’s Darts Away
The Burbank bar offers a dedicated California IPA menu, and the remaining 22 taps pour beers brewed exclusively in-state. Bonus: This place has some of the region’s chummiest tap tenders. 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.