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L.A. Is the 'New Frontier of Beer'

A trio of pours at the pub at Golden Road (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Welcome to the wild, wild west, where our taps are tops and our town is one helluva place to go for great beer. So says GQ magazine, who recently put Los Angeles on their list of the 5 Best Beer Cities, deeming us the "New Frontier of Beer." Cheers to that!Right now it's all about the craft beer in L.A., and GQ singles out a couple of top brew "gurus," Ryan Sweeney of Verdugo, Surly Goat, and Little Bear, and Tony Yanow of Golden Road, Mohawk Bend, and Tony's Darts Away.

Of course, no homage to L.A. is complete without the la-la factor, which seeps in via GQ's nighttime sud-swilling pick, the Standard hotel's rooftop Biergarten. "There you'll have two classic L.A. views to choose from: the glittery, beautiful skyline and the glittery, beautiful women," says the mag. GQ also singles out Beer Belly in their "12 Bars for Beer Lovers" around the country.

For those of us who have long enjoyed clinking glasses of tasty craft brews in L.A.'s plentiful watering holes and restaurants with stellar taps, or raiding the well-stocked cases of beer bottle boutiques like the Sunset Beer Company, the GQ shoutout isn't news, but affirmation. L.A. just celebrated a frothy, fun Beer Week, we've got plenty of spots ideal for sipping, an annual craft beer crawl, and lots of beer-centric events to regularly quench our city's thirst for beer.