It's no secret that downtown's Grand Central Market food hall is overflowing with great places to grab a bite (ie Egg Slut, Sticky Rice, Knead, Belcampo Meat Co. and Wexler's Deli, to name just a few). But now there are more than two dozen varieties of craft beer available throughout the market. Here's a breakdown of which stalls are pouring brews, and some examples of what was offered on a recent visit to the market.
Belcampo Meat Co. (stall F-9)
If you're braving the line for the popular Belcampo burger, you've got a few choices of beer to wash it down with, including Lagunitas IPA, the local Angel City Brewing Pils and Santa Monica Brew Co.'s refreshing and spicy Belgian Wit. The glasses are all priced at $6.50.
Bombo Seafood (stall D-3)
The fast-service seafood counter on the Broadway side of the market offers three beers (recently 805 Blonde from Firestone Walker, Lost Coast Downtown Brown and the Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point) alongside a cider and a few wine options. The brews are priced between $5 and $7.
Craft and Courage (on the Broadway side)
Craft and Courage is the new-look liquor store that replaced the market's old bottle-slinging counter back in November. Besides the small batch and artisanal spirits, Craft and Courage has a cooler with wine and beer to-go, including six-packs of craft, locally brewed suds, and larger format bottles of beer.
Golden Road Brewing at Grand Central Market (market court)
The newest stall to open at GCM is a counter offering 20 taps of Golden Road's brews alongside pierogies and salads. The selection rotates, but includes the core brews such as the Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen, as well as some new varieties and specialty releases. The brewery's new Dunkelweiss dark and fruity wheat beer, light and hoppy Wolf Pup session IPA and crisp Schwarzbier lager were all available on a recent visit.
Horse Thief BBQ (market court facing Hill St.)
Prior to Golden Road opening shop in the market, Horse Thief was the best spot to grab a beer (and enjoy it al fresco). There may be more competition now, but the beer and wine counter next to the BBQ joint's main window is still a great place to enjoy a refreshing brew. With 12 taps (and a couple of canned options) on offer, Horse Thief has a great mix of styles and breweries, including locals such as Smog City Brewing, Texas favorites Shiner Bock and White Wing, and Belgian import Duvel. Prices range from about $6 up to $9.
Madcapra (stall B-10)
There is no draft beer from the stall for "all things falafel," but they do offer $6 cans of Pub Beer from Bend, Ore.'s 10 Barrel Brewery. The classic American style light lager is crisp and balanced so it won't overpower the chickpea-centric dishes.
Olio Wood Fired Pizzeria (stall B-6)
Besides 10" pizzas and salads, Olio has some of the cheaper brews in the market at just $5.50 a cup. The selection isn't wide, but all three taps are highly regarded brews from Pizza Port Brewing, Mother Earth Brewing Co. and White Rascal from Avery Brewing — an excellent Belgian-style wit that's a great choice if you're ordering a salad and looking for something refreshing and light.
Oyster Gourmet (Hill St. Platform)
The stylish kiosk selling fresh-shucked oysters and other sustainable seafood, alongside poke bowls and salads, is much more of a wine spot. But they do offer Stella Artois on draft. And now you can grab a cup of stout to go from the Golden Road Brewing stand to enjoy with the oysters.