I’m not really sure why. I guess aside from Monkish, there haven’t been any breweries widely renowned enough to really grab my Canadian-centric attention. But after visiting, I’ve realized L.A. is a place that should sit right at the top of everyone’s craft beer destination lists.
We were in San Diego for almost a week before departing for LA. I truly had no expectations and genuinely felt that The City of Angels couldn’t possibly live up to San Diego, so everything I came across was a bonus, really. Within minutes of arriving in the city, our friend and craft beer family Teo Hunter from Dope & Dank met me at his fave spot, Craft Beer Cellar in Eagle Rock — and not only did we get to finally meet in person after a multi-year online friendship, but Teo blessed me with fresh cans of Monkish’s Vocabulary Spills, some haze from Brouwerij West and Indie Brew Co.’s Found That Juicy Double. I was floored at how good Indie was (the others were phenomenal too, of course), so I was extra stoked to be chatting with Co-Owner Connor the next day.
Indie is located in Boyle Heights, in an industrial district full of dope art which is very much reflected in the brewery itself. Covered in great graffiti pieces in a high ceiling, open space, Indie has a frat house vibe in the best sense of the sentiment. We drank more of Found That Juicy Double and their flagship IPA, Del Rey, (both of which were bomb) while we chatted to Connor about the local scene, his come up and the neighborhood itself. I was legitimately blown away with Indie’s beer and their hustler ethos, so I was stoked we got to come back again on the Dope & Dank Brewpub Crawl the following week.
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