Greater Wilshire has a new destination for beer lovers, and it’s equipped with 24 taps dedicated to locally-brewed craft beers.
Bar 326 relaunched on Dec. 3 in the Original Farmers Market, located at 3rd and Fairfax, following a remodel that raised the roof and added a refrigerated storage room to keep 50 kegs tapped and chilled.
“We are a Farmers Market bar,” says bar manager Gary Twinn, “so I thought, why not do a brewer-to-glass slant on the trending farm-to-table concept.”
Aiming to become the epicenter for beer enthusiasts in the neighborhood, Bar 326 now pours craft beers produced locally in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
A British expat, Twinn says when he moved to the U.S. in the ‘90s the beer market was mostly Coors and Bud Light. “But now we’re witnessing a rise of craft brewers in Southern California.”
With so many great local breweries, according to Twinn, Los Angeles can now compete with more established beer towns like Portland and San Francisco.
Twinn says his definition of a “local brewer” is simple: “If I can drive to the brewery from the Farmers Market in an hour or less, then it’s local.”
Brewers on tap at Bar 326 include Eagle Rock Brewers, Three Weavers Brewing and Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Co. Can’t decide? Try a flight of four different beers for $7.
Wine lovers shouldn’t feel left out because the bar is going local on the vino too. Twinn has assembled a wine list that includes Saddlerock Ranch Wineries of Malibu, as well as offerings from Topanga and Santa Barbara.
“Everyone likes to support its local team, and its local farmers and to eat and drink local produce; this is what we are doing at Bar 326.”
Bar 326 is open every day from 9 a.m. until late. For more information, visit farmersmarketbars.com.