Colossal Craft Confab: LA Beer Week 2016

Breweries and pubs around SoCal'll host panels, specials, and parties.

Southern California's craft beer scene could be easily compared to a glass of a really robust, multi-dimensional IPA. There's a lot going on in that glass, flavor- and tone-wise, and each hearty pull reveals complexity, depth, and the brewer's creative spirit.

But you don't need to be as hoity-toity as all that, if you simply want to say that our fancy foam makers are doing an excellent job these nowadays, turning out stand-out, award-garnering brews. LA Beer Week recognizes those makers and their beloved libations while giving the fans a lot to chew on over several days of special events.

Those several days fall from Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 26, meaning if you and your pop want to attend the kick-off as a Father's Day Weekend outing, well, that can happen (of course, if you and your pop are over 21).

The LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival happens on June 18 at LA Center Studios, and "over 75 craft breweries are expected." While you sip you can enjoy tunes, noshes, and other craft brew-enhancing convivialities, like a keepsake glass.

You don't need to attend the big party, though, if more intimate hangs are your bag. Well, "intimate" might be a stretch, but you can find your beer-oriented activity on the extensive calendar. There's a Run+Yoga+Beer event at Angel City Brewery on June 19, a Battle of the Bands at Eagle Rock Brewery on June 21, and a Belgian beer night at Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie on June 22.

Crazy about discussing coriander notes, hints of citrus, bready chewiness, and the right way to journey through a flight of lighter beers? This is your week to talk about all of that with others who share your passion, and to raise a hops-y glass of something cold while you do so.

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