L.A. Beer Week has been moved up this year from October to Sept. 20 through 30, to avoid conflicts with the Great American Beer Festival for those breweries who wish to participate in the GABF. Makes sense, and besides, it's even hotter in Sept. than in Oct. which means we'll need plenty of good beer to get us through the late summer-early fall heat!
While there will be several events at local quality beer outlets during the duration of the 11-day celebration, not to be missed is the microbrew festival on Sunday Sept. 30th at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, noon to 4 PM (I posted my tasting notes from this event last year at this website). $50 buys you unlimited 4 oz. tastes from as many as 70 breweries, including many local LA and Orange County micros, and proceeds benefit charities. As a Westsider, I plan to take the Expo Line from Culver City to the 7th Street & Flower Street transit center downtown, then take the Red Line subway from there to Union Station. Who needs to drive?
Note: Tickets for the Sept. 30th festival go on sale through the website (link below) on Aug. 16th, and it does sell out, so don't wait very long to get your tickets!