I’ve been seeing pictures of angel wings around the internet every now and then for a while. A picture where the wings look like they are a part of the person standing in front of them. I couldn’t resist finding out where they were located and it turns out they are right here in Los Angeles at a local brewery called Angel City Brewery. Though I’m not a big beer drinker, I headed downtown with a friend one night to check it out.
In 2010 Angel City moved their 8,000 barrel brewery from the Alpine Village to the John A. Roebling building located in LA’s downtown Arts District. John A. Roebling was an engineer famous for his wire suspension bridges. This old warehouse, built in 1913, was used to store his nation-wide wire rope company. The old metal slides they used to help transfer the wire from the upper to lower floor are still there today giving the brewery a jolt of history.
Our first stop was at the angel wings painted on the wall outside the main doors. As the night processed they drew an occasional photographer. As we stepped inside we noticed the 4 or 5 huge brew kettles to your left of us and a small bar in front of us. My friend told me that they do guided tours and we thought about taking on next time we came. Across from the main bar is another bar under an upper section which is used by patrons throughout he night. There is a bar up there as well, but on the night we went it was closed.
My friend and I finally sat down at the main bar to try some of their beer. Their Social IPA and Eureka Wit are their two main beers that they feel really represent Los Angeles and Angel City, which my friend tried both of. I decided to try their West Coast Wheat, Amber Ale, Eureka Wit, Marilyn, and White Nite with their custom flight priced at $9.
My favorites were the Eureka Wit and Marilyn. The Amber Ale was really good once it warmed up as well. However, I did not enjoy the White Nite, which my friend absolutely loved. It had too much of a coffee flavor for me. I had hoped it would have more of a chocolate flavor. I traded my friend for her Eureka Wit and everyone was happy.
When we finished our beers we walked toward the back of the building taking in the different art works all around. There were pictures hanging, huge murals, and even an interpretation of Picasso’s Guernica by the far wall. We noticed were two corn hole games to play and we were able to squeeze a few games in before we decided to leave.
Angel City Brewery closed pretty early on the Saturday night we were there, only staying open til about midnight. I would recommend you get there pretty early since parking is difficult as well. And while they don’t serve food at Angel City Brewery, they do have food trucks that rotate through the lot providing you with everything you need. If that’s what you are looking for, then take the short walk down the street to Wurstkuche for some brats.