Best Of 2018

Best West Side Brewery: West Side Brewing

Best West Side Brewery
click to enlarge MEGAN WADDEL
Megan Waddel

OK, so West Side Brewing may be the only brewery on the West Side — for now. But since opening in spring 2017, this spot has brought a lot of life to its little corner of Westwood. Not only is West Side Brewing a great neighborhood watering hole, it’s also a community hub that’s seen a chili cook-off, dog-friendly nights, pop-up workout classes, live music, fundraisers and countless big-game watch parties in its first year. And it makes sense — more than 400 people supported WSB’s efforts on Kickstarter, and many of their names appear on the brewery’s backer wall. Originally pegged as a craft brewery for the everyman, WSB is inviting enough for the casual beer drinker, spacious enough for groups and families and legit enough to impress the most discerning local brewpub frequent flyers. WSB also has smart taps — all beer is tracked and displayed on digital menus, kind of like a phone battery, so you can see what’s freshly tapped (you’ll see a green, full keg icon) or what’s most popular (red, empty keg icon). Not a big beer drinker? They also have ciders, wine and cocktails, a few standby snacks and a solid lineup of food trucks outside or vendors in the taproom. West Side Brewing, 3044 Harrison Ave., Westwood, westsidebrewing.com.