Ryan Sweeney opened the Verdugo two years ago and has branched out to West Hollywood with the Surly Goat.
West Hollywood now has its own high-end beer bar with The Surly Goat, from Ryan Sweeney, Adolfo Suraya, Brandon Bradford and Alen Aivazian. The Goat has been quietly open for about three weeks, and Sunday night the clubby, pubby Santa Monica Blvd. beer bar held a grand opening celebration. There were some intense brews flowing. I tried the complex, high-alcohol Firestone Walker 13 anniversary ale, with hints of fig, bourbon, chocolate and maple syrup; just-right Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale, a medium-bodied, drinkable Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock and an overly light Speakeasy Public Enemy Pils. The spacious pub has a patio, a cozy semi-private room in back, and lots of seating in three other areas. There's no kitchen, so Sweeney plans to let patrons eat sandwiches from Shoop's or barbecue on the patio from Baby Blues next door. With a staff who are all carefully trained in beer styles, 27 craft beers on tap including Eagle Rock brewery beers, cask ales and 100 bottles, many of them rare beers, The Surly Goat is setting the bar high for beer bars and giving the Third Stop some stiff competition.
The Surly Goat
7929 Santa Monica Blvd.