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Brewers launch new Los Angeles craft beer company

March 01, 2013|By Stuart Pfeifer
  • Los Angeles Ale Works founders John Rockwell and Kristofor Barnes.
Los Angeles Ale Works founders John Rockwell and Kristofor Barnes. (Los Angeles Ale Works )

A couple of Los Angeles home brewers have big dreams about their hobby.

Los Angeles Ale Works, founded by Kristofor Barnes and John Rockwell, has launched its first commercial beer, Gam-Bart, which is similar to a Bavarian Hefeweizen. They’ll be pouring it Friday at 6 p.m. at Far Bar in Little Tokyo.

Without a space to call their own, the pair have been “ninja-brewing” with downtown’s Ohana Brewing Co. The pair have launched a Kickstarter campaign and are seeking private investors to help raise money for their own brewery, either in Culver City or downtown.

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“It’s been an incredible journey becoming a part of the L.A. craft beer community,” the brewers said in a news release. “And we can’t wait to get our first beer on tap. … We have been working like crazy to get to this point.”

In addition to Gam-Bart, the pair have plans for other styles of beers, a black rice sake and a non-alcohol Thai tea soda. The L.A. Weekly named Los Angeles Ale Works one of its “top six breweries to watch in 2013.”

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