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Old 03-23-2016, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I'll be visiting town in April for a wedding. We decided to make it a week long trip and visit some friends/family. We'll have a day to ourselves and would like to visit a cool brewery or winery in the LA area. We'd prefer to get out of the city and would love an outdoorsy place if it exists. We're just looking for a cool environment and not a tourist trap.

If you have any other suggestions of cool places to grab an afternoon drink, we're open to that, too.

Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:33 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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There's a winery in the Malibu/calabasas area that does tastings. Golden road brewery is also in the city, but its a very cool place to have a meal and some beers.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:43 AM
 
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Cool, thanks. I should add we are willing to drive an hour from the UCLA area to find the atmosphere we want!

I'm researching this winery in Malibu now. Malibu Wines?
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:50 AM
 
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The Bruery in OC and Green Flash, Lost Abbey, Pizza Port and Stone by San Diego. If you're serious about beer it's worth the drive as those are regarded as some of the best breweries in the world.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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Cool, thanks. I should add we are willing to drive an hour from the UCLA area to find the atmosphere we want!

I'm researching this winery in Malibu now. Malibu Wines?
If you are not willing to drive further Golden Road is OK. They have outdoor space but it's in an industrial park and beer is generic. Eagle Rock brewery is good but I think their hours are limited
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:22 AM
 
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If you are not willing to drive further Golden Road is OK. They have outdoor space but it's in an industrial park and beer is generic. Eagle Rock brewery is good but I think their hours are limited
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The Bruery in OC and Green Flash, Lost Abbey, Pizza Port and Stone by San Diego. If you're serious about beer it's worth the drive as those are regarded as some of the best breweries in the world.
The Bruery in OC and the 3 you mentioned in SD are all way better than anything LA has to offer.

There is a Stone tasting room / tap house in Pasadena if you just want to try their product, but it's not the actual brewery.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:51 AM
 
Location: So Cal/AZ
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This one is cool and about an hour
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery


you could stop in a few wineries in Ontario also


http://sanantoniowinery.com/
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:03 AM
 
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Enegren - Moorpark
Ladyface - Agoura Hills
The Lab - Agoura Hills
Sundowner/Wades Wines - Agoura Hills
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:06 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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Cool, thanks. I should add we are willing to drive an hour from the UCLA area to find the atmosphere we want!

I'm researching this winery in Malibu now. Malibu Wines?
Malibu Wines is the place. Also next door is the Malibu Cafe and Calamigos Ranch, which is a fantastic lunch spot. I usually see celebrities when we go there, if that's your thing.

As for beer within an hour of UCLA, Golden Road will be the best experience in my opinion. Their craft beer is middle of the road taste/quality wise, but it's a fun place with a beer garden, patio games, and tons of TVs. The San Diego recommendations are great, but they are pretty far, certainly over an hour away. The Bruery is also great, but it's at least an hour from UCLA with typical LA traffic and they don't have food. Within LA, Van Nuys specifically, is another great spot called MacLeod's. They serve only barrel conditioned English style ales and everything they pour is great, though most are fairly low ABV. If time becomes an issue, this is definitely your best bet.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Looks like Golden Road is the place to check out, then!
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