I stopped by MacLeod Ale in Van Nuys last night.
The mood was low-key. Scottish music played. People sat on stools in the cool air-conditioning. The servers were jokey.
Brewer Andy Black, serious and studious as usual, was in back testing his brew for sugar content.
At the new wood tables up front, people sat, drank beer and ate pizzas and truck food from Haute Burger.
This good looking couple came all the way from Haskell Street in Lake Balboa.
And outside the brewery, as night closed in, the dented cars and steel fences stood motionless as another long, hot day on Calvert Street went dark.