Last weekend we did some day drinking at Eat.Drink.Play’s LA Beerfest, held at Paramount Studios! The event had two sessions, one from noon to 3PM and another from 4PM to 7PM. We opted to go for the first session (in hopes of cleaner porta-potties) and got dropped off by our cab about twenty minutes before the drinking commenced. Although the line to get to security extended down the block, it moved very quickly and we were in the event with our mini beer mugs by noon.
The event featured over 80 breweries, each with their signature brews on draft. There was a front area of the event with food trucks and one group of breweries, and another area in the backlot with more breweries, a stage with live music, and a photo booth truck. The backlot was a fun place to hang out because it felt like you were part of a drunken neighborhood block party.
The lines for some of the breweries were pretty long, but with two people serving at most tents, the wait for a refill was only about 5 minutes at most. The three-hour time limit was a perfect amount of time and our group was able to try out some great beers, ciders, sake, and soju. One of our favorite beers was Abita Purple Haze, a light, crisp, raspberry wheat ale.
Honestly, toward the end of the session we couldn’t keep track of all of the beers we had tried! We grabbed some food at the Seoul Sausage truck, which specializes in Asian-inspired sausages and deep fried foods. We had the galbi sausage and fried curry rice ball, and both were delicious!
All in all Beerfest was a fun event with a friendly crowd and a cool location. There are more beers than one could possibly drink in one session (although we did see people crossing breweries off their list one by one). We will definitely be back next year and bring pretzel necklaces to snack on throughout the session, just like the pros!