I love beer. After now having visited over 460 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
When I was in downtown Los Angeles for work this past March, I had some time to explore the DTLA beer scene. Though I don’t think it meets the standards of Portland or Bend, I found some really cool spots along the way. One of the coolest vibes I got was in Grand Central Market – an awesome spot complete with tons of supermarket items, as well as really sweet restaurants as well. Inside the market was also my first stop at a Golden Road Brewing pub – the Golden Road DTLA spot. They also have a few other spots now across Southern California – their main brewery near Glendale, as well as newer ones in Anaheim and Sacramento.
I have tried a couple of their beers, but the one that really knocked my socks off was had at their DTLA spot. The Mango Cart (which came complete with a chili-salted rim) was delicious and now I was eager to try out the non-salted version, as well as their Wolf Pup Session IPA. While I think I liked the Mango Cart with the fancy addition at their DTLA Pub, I still liked this simpler version. It’s a refreshing fruit beer with a can design that is inspired by the iconic fruit cart vendors in LA. It’s definitely fruit-forward, which I absolutely love. It’s great when the weather is 50 degrees, but this will be absolutely amazing in the summers. The Wolf Pup is only about 4 years old and is pretty dang refreshing as a Session ale. The IBU meter is relatively low (45) but still pretty hoppy and extremely drinkable. Add this to the list to look for once the weather starts heating up again.