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Welcome to Homage Brewing, a funky microbrewery where you can grab a beer and bust a move. Located in industrial Chinatown, this unique brewpub specializes in barrel-aged wild ales and other classic styles, but also includes a dance floor complete with DJ.
Homage Brewing can be considered a hidden gem for many because it is directly behind the Highland Park Brewery, one of the most popular breweries in Los Angeles. After leaving Highland Park, I stumbled upon Homage spotting a pleasant patio filled with dogs, toddlers, and their tattooed parents – I decided to join.
As we walked in the brewery, I began to gaze at Homage’s intricate drink menu, and asked myself, “what is a mlíko style pour?”. The beertender explained, “it’s a pour filled with foam, with just a bit of beer at the bottom.” Then he reiterated, “but, you need to chug it.”
I immediately ordered a couple mlíko style pours, and just thought the notion of doing a ‘shot’ at a brewery was fun. And so did the beertender, as he mumbled, “now I want one.”
The mlíko style pour reminded me of my experience at a brewery in Salt Lake City called, “T.F., a.k.a. Templin Family Brewing“. T.F. Brewing offered some of their draughts as a “Ein Schnitt”, or “A Cut”, a pour with half beer/half foam for only $3. I thought it was a good deal, and just a unique idea which I haven’t seen offered at a brewery since then.
I recently saw another mlíko rendition in the Untappd series called, “The Next Exit”, and in one episode the host chugged “milk tube shots” at a brewery in Cincinnati. It is interesting to see some of the tweaks of the foam-based pour at different breweries.
While the weather became warmer, we decided to move inside the garage and explore the taproom which featured a long bar counter, a disco ball, and a DJ set. This is where the party begin – the dance floor is packed on Friday and Saturday nights until 1am.
I really enjoyed the artistic and modern aesthetic of Homage, and it really reflects the hipster vibe of Highland Park.