Boomtown Brewery Opens This Weekend in Downtown LAin Beer News
Downtown LA continues to be fertile ground for sprouting new breweries, as a new taproom opens up this weekend.
After starting brewing in 2014 and operating an informal cross between a speakeasy and a warehouse over the last six months, downtown LA’s Boomtown Brewery is upping its game significantly with the opening of a brand-new taproom adjacent to the brewery and current event space this weekend, with a ribbon cutting hosted by downtown LA’s councilmember José Huizar (14th District) at 2:30PM today and the official Grand Opening set for tomorrow, Noon-1:00 AM. On the day, patrons will enjoy a full range of Boomtown beers alongside food trucks, an impressive DJ lineup; games to play with friends from ping-pong to foosball; giant chess to corn hole and darts, along with Floyd’s BarberBus and much more.
At Boomtown, though, it’s all about the beer, and beer starts with water. General Partner and Brewmaster Samuel "Chewy" Chawinga explains that they first work combining filtration and reverse osmosis to create water with as chemically neutral a flavor profile as possible (50 parts per million dissolved solids). Then, they carefully introduce minerals to duplicate the distinctive water recipe native to the area where the beer they’re brewing comes from - Bohemia for Pilsners, for example. Matched with their brewing techniques and the finest ingredients needed to make beer, this attention to water chemistry and detail gives Boomtown’s beers their authenticity and unmatched quality.
At any given time, Boomtown has about 16 old world, unfiltered, gravity-fed, full-flavored beers with integrity: unfiltered and unpasteurized Belgians, IPAs, Stouts, Saisons, Wheats and more. A full range of their current beery dozen regular, seasonal rotating taps can be found online.
Starting today, Boomtown Brewery will initiate its members-only Golden Glass membership. In addition to a monogrammed glass stored on the premises, members can enjoy ten pints per month; first access to new releases; members-only special events; one free growler and growler-fill per month; and surprise spot growler fills as new beers are released. Membership is capped at 300 individuals, and the first 150 of those get 20% off ANY purchases they make over their allotment during the year. Only 75 charter Golden Glass memberships will be sold between now and February 15th at $325 each.
Boomtown has bar snacks and frequent scheduled and unscheduled visits by food trucks. The new taproom features large communal tables sealed with surfboard resin (themselves art objects that form a design when viewed from above, which few are likely to do), a long bar, and rough-hewed ash-wood walls. The cavernous event space, decorated in a homey, haphazard style including tuck and roll naugahyde chairs, sturdy mid-century couches, swap meet and garage sale acquisitions, area rugs, tables made from wood planks atop empty kegs, and a host of table games. An enormous wood sculpture of a heart adorns one corner. With large open spaces, outdoors and casual, comfortable industrial design, the brewery complex promises to become a special event mecca alongside a beer mecca. Boomtown will be rolling out an event schedule featuring regular DJ performances, art programming, and more.
Off the premises, dozens of restaurants and bars in LA and environs carry Boomtown brews. Along with other downtown brewers Angel City Brewery; Arts District Brewing; Dry Rover Brewing; Indie Brewing; Iron Triangle Brewery; and Mumford Brewing, it’s one of seven members of the DTLA Brewers United. With 50 Brewers in the LA Brewer’s Guild, Downtown Los Angeles has emerged as the center of Los Angeles’ craft brewing culture, eclipsing the South Bay.
“We’re already established in the community, and the Arts District is expanding north and east to embrace us,” says managing partner, Charles Lew. “When we all got into business together, we knew the combination of our experience and abilities—bound together by our love of great beer—was going to be formidable, and we’re looking forward to serving the neighborhood.”
Boomtown Brewery is located at 700 Jackson St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Its current open hours: Thursday 5pm-12am, Friday 4pm-1am, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-12am. Open seven days a week starting February 5.
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