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Craft Is King: LA Beer Fest

LA Center Studios is the sunny scene for the sip soiree.



    Craft Is King: LA Beer Fest
    LA Beer Fest
    Summer, is that you? LA Beer Festival is all tapped up at Los Angeles Center Studios on Saturday, April 5.

    It's true that winter has decided to make a showing in April, what with the chilling winds and low elevation mountain snow, which inspires us to ask "uh, where were you in January, colder times? What up? Should we talk?"

    No matter. The early part of the month before the month when the summer season unofficially begins is all about teasing us with harbingers of the Official Season o' Chillaxing. And one of the tastiest of harbingers arrives on the first weekend of April: LA Beer Festival.

    Seriously, LA Beer Festival, are you trying to make us think it is July? With your bands and your taps and your sunshine? You!

    Date is Saturday, April 5, there are two distinct sessions you can wrist-band-up for -- one in the early afternoon, one in the evening -- and, as in years past, the location is Hollywoodian. This go-around, the sixth annual for Drink|Eat|Play, lands at Los Angeles Center Studios.

    Did you just think "Mad Men"? Yep, the show is pretty synonymous with the downtown location, though you'll be drinking more foam and no Don-Draper-esque cocktails.

    As for the swank brews doing the little pour thing? Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Ventura's Surf Brewery, Prohibition Brewing Co., and Gramercy Beverage Co. are just four of the many. "The many," by the by, will cover a swath of the state's premier make-beer houses as well as the majors from elsewhere.

    Cost? Forty bucks. You're not far from downtown, nor a major bus line at the studios, so Metro it home.

    Nope, it isn't summer yet, but we can pretend. We'll take a few more summery haps before the real thing arrives.