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What's the best Craft Brewery in LA?

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Serious question. City? County? Greater Southern California Area?

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Question for members. Do you consider Karl Strauss to be a craft brewery, albiet one with brewery operations all over southern California?

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I always have difficulties with 'craft' and 'artisan'. Do they have any legal definition in California or anywhere else?

 

I have even more difficulty with 'best', a completely subjective opinion.

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10 hours ago, Porthos said:

Question for members. Do you consider Karl Strauss to be a craft brewery, albiet one with brewery operations all over southern California?

I'd say "no". 

I think to be labelled "craft" you have to make your beer in quantities small enough that it's possible you could run out of it. I don't think Karl Strauss could qualify for that.

It's ironic that craft beers can become so successful that they expand and eventually become too large to be called "craft" beers any longer. I think Samuel Adams is a good illustration of this. 

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On 9/21/2017 at 11:35 PM, liuzhou said:

I always have difficulties with 'craft' and 'artisan'. Do they have any legal definition in California or anywhere else?

I have even more difficulty with 'best', a completely subjective opinion.

 

The US brewers assoc does have a definition for an American craft brewery that it be small, independent and traditional, with specified standards for each of the 3 criteria.  

This past summer, the association launched a rather ugly seal that qualified brewers can use on their products. 

 

Sorry for the late response.  Not sure it helps the OP's request but my local fave is Ladyface

 

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10 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

The US brewers assoc does have a definition for an American craft brewery that it be small, independent and traditional, with specified standards for each of the 3 criteria.  

This past summer, the association launched a rather ugly seal that qualified brewers can use on their products.

 

Ah. Good. But does it have any legal standing?

 

Does it prevent anyone making a beer, selling it as craft beer but not meeting the criteria and so using  the ugly seal?

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Highland Park Brewery.  I make a beeline for it whenever I am in the area.  Monkish is right up there as well.

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Hanger 24 in Redlands. Their chocolate porter is incredible. For a couple of years it was a weeknight "get together" spot with some of my ren faire friends.

 

Hanger 24

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