Best Local Brewery/Taphouse: Firestone Walker’s The Propagator
Firestone Walker took home the top prize for best local brewhouse this year, but in 2020 it could also lay claim to the title of Best Beer Garden West of the 405. Known for its signature 805 blonde ale, Firestone Walker is now serving up its distinctive beers and experimental brews (some made on-site) in its recently revamped parking lot, carpeted with astroturf, peppered with charming brewing barrels and spaced out seating that’s perfect for parties of one or small groups of up to six. Cool off under a Firestone Walker-themed pop-up tent with the new Gen-4 Double IPA inspired by Venice or choose from an assortment of lagers, pilsners, stouts or ales all on tap. The menu is extensive and contains all of the perfect foods that go with beer. Starters like the Propagator Pretzel with mustard and cheese or the Taproom Buffalo Wings are mouthwatering and easily shareable. The tri-tip, pastrami and hot fried chicken sandwiches will conquer any appetite. The chicken or fish tacos with refreshing yellowtail are great for a change of pace from typical bar fare and are shareable as well.
So why not raise a glass in the Venice sun?
— Anthony Torrise
Visit firestonebeer.com/venice to learn more.

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Best Wine Bar

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Best Local Brewery/Taphouse

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Firestone Walker’s The Propagator
3205 Washington Blvd., Venice
(310) 439-8264, firestonebeer.com

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