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LA Craft Beer Festival Recap: LA Ready for Craft Beer Culture

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While we can debate over the burritos in LA vs. SF to no end, it is hard to argue over which city has a more prevalent beer culture. Perhaps this is because no one has ever really pushed such a culture here in LA. That is, until now.

Last Saturday, the Los Angeles Craft and Artisan Beer Appreciation League (LACABAL) hosted their first annual Craft Beer Festival at The Echoplex and it was clearly a success, selling out and raising almost $10,000 for 826LA. Festival co-organizer and Hot Knives chef Evan George said "if there's anything we learned, judging from our unexpected over-success, LA is ready for craft beer culture.".

It's almost surprising the success was unexpected (over 900 people showed up), as the event went beyond just beer, showcasing food that is unique to LA and offering up stuff for both beer experts and beer "novices" (like this LAist writer) to enjoy, learn and appreciate.

28 kinds of beer, including "unaccessable local, handcrafted 10% barley wines". Ice cream by Scoops. Cheese pairings by Hot Knives. Vegan snacks by Pure Luck. Burritos by the LA Burrito Project (LAist). Live music. And a craft beer roundtable moderated by Christina Perozzi of Beer for Chicks. All to raise money and benefit the wonderful 826LA.

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Evan added, "We also got people thinking about how beer fits in with eating and living, hence the cheese pairings and beer-friendly snacks, not to mention getting them to sit and listen to a panel discussion about beer industry issues, rather than just letting them loose in a parking lot to guzzle free beer."