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A look at Hawthorne's first brewery and tasting room

A look at Hawthorne's first brewery and tasting room
Los Angeles Ale Works gets ready to open in Hawthorne. (John Verive)

When Los Angeles Ale Works opens in mid-January, it will be the first brewery and tasting room in Hawthorne. It won't be the last.

Bridging the geographical gap between the popular LAX-area craft breweries (Three Weavers, El Segundo Brewing Co.) and the thriving Torrance craft beer scene, Hawthorne could develop into a beer destination in its own right, says Ale Works co-founder Kristofor Barnes. There's already another brewery-in-planning occupying a nearby building in the light-industrial zone off El Segundo Boulevard.

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Los Angeles Ale Works is based around a midsize brew house. Barnes says his goal is to provide an inviting and comfortable space to showcase the wide variety of ales and lagers slated for production at the brewery. The offerings are still in development, and Barnes and his brewing team are excited to start getting feedback from L.A.'s beer fans.

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