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April 3rd, 2018

Marina del Rey’s Best Brew Stops for New Beer’s Eve & National Beer Day

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I think this would be a good time for a beer.”  — Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 22, 1933 (The day Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law)

We couldn’t agree more, FDR! This Friday night (starting at midnight) and all-day Saturday are two must-celebrate beer-a-licious holidays: New Beer’s Eve and National Beer Day. Here’s the history—you see, way back in 1920, beer, wine and alcohol were deemed illegal in the United States, and the dreaded Prohibition was born (and lasted for 13 long years). But on April 7th, 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect and to the relief of thirsty Americans everywhere, beer was legalized again. (Tidbit: Not to be mistaken for Repeal Day on December 5th, which officially put an end to Prohibition once and for all!)

Anyway, here’s the point: this weekend’s beer holidays commemorate the glorious day when taverns and breweries opened their doors and gave customers want they’d been craving for years—BEER! So, starting at midnight on Friday, it’s your turn to pay tribute by indulging in a frosty, frothy brew at one of Marina del Rey’s awesome beer-friendly establishments.

Here are five spots you must check out this weekend. Just remember, moderation is key…so drink responsibly, beer lovers!

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Firestone Walker Brewery—Propagator
3205 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey

What better way to celebrate beer holidays than going to a working brewery? Head to Firestone Walker for a beer brewed right on site. Currently, they’re pouring Coconut Milk Porter, Kettle Sour ale, Schwarzbier black lager, Cashmere single hop pale ale, Hammersmith English IPA and Hefeweisen. And if none of those brews tickle your fancy, don’t worry, they have a slew of other Firestone options.

PS Here’s a cool idea for April 7—take their Firestone Walker Brewery tour. They just happen to have two that day—the first at 12:30 pm and the second at 4:30 pm. Email them for details.

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Tony P’s Tavern
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey

Another excellent idea—Tony P’s, of course! They have been voted best beer selection on the Westside—so, you know you’ll find some delicious concoctions on their vast beer menu. Here are a few that get rave reviews: Ballast Point Brewer’s Pineapple Sculpin; Dogfish Head Brewery’s Palo Santo Marron; Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout; and for sweetness lovers, the Tank 7 Farm House Ale by Boulevard Brewing.

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The Yardhouse
13455 Maxella Ave, Marina del Rey

Another spot that has a great beer list (and fun atmosphere) is Yardhouse. Head to the bar area and order up something grand like the highly rated Elysian Day Glow or Petrus Nitro Quad from Belgium (both new additions to their menu). Other dependably great choices are the Avery White Rascale, Stone IPA or the malty Spaten Oktoberfest (it’s not just for Oktoberfest so have at it!).

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Whiskey Red’s
13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey

Whiskey Red’s may not have a gigantic beer list, but it does have that amazing waterfront patio—so yes, it’s definitely on the list for New Beer’s Eve/National Beer Day destinations. For $10, enjoy their Beer Flight where you can have four 4 oz. mugs of any of their drafts, or grab an IPA (like the All Day IPA from Michigan’s Founders Brewery), a 310 Blonde Ale from Santa Monica Brew Works, or a good old ice-cold Modelo.

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Beachside Restaurant
4175 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey

Another beautiful spot to relax with a crisp, refreshing beer is Beachside Restaurant at Jamaica Bay Inn. Again, the beer list may not go on for days, but there are definitely some yummy choices, plus you have the awesome waterfront setting to enjoy too. A few menu standouts include the Wolf Pup IPA (brewed by LA’s Golden Road Brewing), Strand Brewery’s Blonde Beach Ale from Torrance, or the German-brewed Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

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Are you ready to celebrate April’s beer holidays this year? What are your favorite spots to enjoy a cold, frosty brew in Marina del Rey? Tell us in the comments section!