The Arts District in downtown was host to the annual BloomfestLA this past Saturday. Named in honor of community activist Joel Bloom (1948–2007), BloomfestLA is part craft fair, part music festival, part beer garden, and showcases all the Arts District has to offer. Throughout the day, local artists put their talents on display for all to appreciate, gaze at, drink, eat, or buy. A huge crowd was expected on this beautiful July weekend, and that was certainly the case.

We arrived a few hours after the gates opened, and the party was in full swing.  In the beer garden the music was blasting, and the beer was flowing. We ran into some friends including Jimmy from Far Bar near the Angel City tent.  Angel City Brewery was the beer sponsor and the only beer available at the event (due in no small part to the brewery actually being located within the festival grounds!).

Angel City Brewery made the day memorable by rolling out five new releases: Wit, West Coast IPA, East Coast IPA, Alt Bier, and a White IPA.  Steph loved the Wit beer, and I was most fond of the Alt Bier; all were great, and we highly recommend you try one if you can. They are currently available at select downtown bars.

We said hi to most of the Angel City crew including Head Brewer Dieter Foerstner who spilled the beans that he’s working on an experimental brew involving everyone’s favorite fruit, avocado! Seriously looking forward to trying this awesome, yet delicate, experiment!

After the beer garden we continued through the festival enjoying the art, clothes, and crafts. There were artists from every walk of life — we even found a vendor who home brewed in his spare time and was handcrafting beautifully striking wooden/iron 6-pack holders. Maybe a future contributor to Bierkast? Who knows!

At the end of the day, Steph and I picked up a piece of art for the loft and bid BloomfestLA good bye. It was a great event that I will look forward to every year! Cheers!

– John


About John Rockwell

John Rockwell is a co-founder of LA Ale Works and contributing writer to Bierkast. He has been home brewing for over seven years and is a certified BJCP judge, "Bring me your beer!".

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