Take a Behind the Scenes Tour of Firestone Walker’s New Brewery in Venice

The Paso-Robles-based brewing company is one of the first out-of-town brands to set up an L.A. outpost

Years in the making, Firestone Walker’s newest brewing venture finally opened this month in Venice. They’re calling it The Propagator, and in addition to an experimental brewhouse, the facility has a full restaurant, a couple dozen taps, and gift shop.

General Manager Brad Ellis says the neighborhood has been incredibly welcoming. “I did not expect the amount of love we’ve gotten from the community,” Ellis says. A new destination brewery brings in a lot of people to the neighborhood, there can be parking issues, noise complaints—but Ellis says that the feedback so far has been really positive. “We’re humbled and flattered by the support we’ve gotten.”

The brewery part of the venture isn’t quite up and running yet. But you can expect new brews with a rustic spin from The Propagator in late 2016 at the earliest.

Firestone Walker Venice is one of the first out-of-town breweries to set up an outpost in Los Angeles. But with Modern Times also joining the party, more established California breweries can’t be far behind.