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LA Ale Works, which opened its doors in 2010, is on the forefront of LA's relatively recent craft beer revolution (Cities like San Diego had a huge head start). Stop into the Hawthorne-based brewery, pop a squat at the bar, and pound as many flights as it takes to try every beer on the list. Unlike most California breweries that tend to focus on hop-heavy bitter bombs, LA Ale Works focuses on range, so your IPA-hating buddies can find something to slug, too. While you work your way through your tasting note checklist (you really can taste the citrus peel!), grab a board game and head out to the patio to take in the breeze beneath the string lights and large umbrellas. The daytime vibe is more romper room than nightclub; later hours bring in the party crowds. Tote in your own food and make a day of it.