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Get A Sneak Peek Of A New Craft Brewery In The Arts District Tonight

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Another craft brewery is opening in the Arts District, and you can sample their beers at an open house preview on Friday.

Boomtown Brewery will host their first event—Burgers and Beers—tonight in a neighborhood that's quickly becoming a craft beer haven. While its tasting room space is still under construction, the brewery is up-and-running and beer nerds will have a chance to tour the brewery and sip their brews from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be giveaways during trivia rounds and the burgers will be grilled up by the folks from Little Tokyo’s Far Bar.

The brewery hopes to officially open their tasting room sometime this fall, which will also include a long narrow patio space for plenty of outdoor drinking. The tasting room is expected to have a long bar, communal trestle tables, lounge seating and billiards tables. They have a bottling line planned for the coming months, as well as barrel aging and possibly a membership club for special releases, according to the L.A Times. In the meantime, kegs of Boomtown beer are starting to make appearances at a few bars around town, including Far Bar and Timmy Nolan’s in Toluca Lake with more locations planned.

Savvy beer lovers may have already previewed a taste of Boomtown Brewery's Ingenue Belgian white ale during the L.A. Beer Week kickoff party back in June. Head brewer and partner Samuel “Chewy” Chawinga has also been hard at work on several other brews, some of which will likely be available at Friday's event. “We make robust, old world styles with a clean flavor,” Chawinga tells the L.A. Times. “I like a dry finish, but with substance and structure.” The other pours include Personal Assistant, a Belgian/American hybrid pale ale; Submission, a strong Belgian golden ale that uses carrot blossom honey and jasmine flower. There will also be a year-round IPA, known as Nose Job, which promises West Coast citrus and tropical hop aromas, and the seasonal Limelight, which is said to be more bitter and tropical. Noticing the Hollywood theme in the names here?

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Chawinga has reportedly been trying to open a brewery for nearly a decade—including an effort in Hollywood—but struggled with numerous delays. Everything from finding the right space to dealing with city officials to actually building a brewery slowed his efforts. But now it looks like the brewery will feel right at home, a mere half mile from Angel City Brewing and just a little further from the recently opened Mumford Brewing Company. With Iron Triangle Brewing slated to open in the hood sometime in the fall, and plans for the Arts District Brewing Company in the works, the Arts District is quickly shaping up to be a major craft brewery destination.

Boomtown Brewery is located at 700 Jackson St., Arts District, (213) 687-6548.