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Imperial Western Beer Co. and The Streamliner at LA Union Station by Los Angeles Concervancy Reporter: Carl Morrison

Imperial Western Beer Co. and The Streamliner at LA Union Station Exclusive Preview

October 1, 2018 by Los Angeles Conservancy

Reporter:  Carl Morrison

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The Preview was set for 6 to 9 p.m.  Since it was in the former Harvey House in the LA Union Station, what better way to travel from Fullerton to Los Angeles than on the train.  We purchased Amtrak tickets on train 583 at 5:17 pm, and train 792 to return at 8:15 p.m.  I took my TravelScoot and the type of tickets we purchased were Adult-Disabled, for me and Companion to Dissabled for Sue.

Parking is very convenient in a new parking garage west of Harbor Blvd. with an exit onto the station platform.  Once on the platform, we waited for the 5:17 train which eventually arrived 50 minutes late. My first sight of train 583 was disappointing, because it is a single level trainset, meaning that 3 giant steps must be navigated for Sue with her limited mobility, and me with my TravelScoot.  Perhaps the 500 train numbers are this single-level  trainset.


Train No. 583 arriving 50-minutes late, scheduled for 5:17 p.m.


My TravelScoot had a place near the 3-step entry.


Los Angeles River and downtown Los Angeles in this early evening light from the flyover, looking like an antique post card taken with an iPhone.


Knowing we had to walk under 14 tracks plus through the enormous waiting room to get to the event, Sue hailed a red-cap cart and I followed in my scooter through the south patio to the former Harvey House.


This new sign can be seen from the Alameda entrance to the station.


The Los Angeles Conservancy had a professional photographer there who took this photo of the entrance to the Preview.  Mike Hume -


Photo Credit:  Mike Hume -

Immediately inside the entrance to the event we were offered a taste of one of their brews. 


This was a fund raiser for the Los Angeles Conservency, so many members had red "Ask Me" buttons and name tags.  Jill Thomsen explained the procedure and said all food and drinks were included in the price of tickets.



We enjoyed oysters, scallops, shrimp, house smoked pork ribs, crispy fried chicken and little gem lettuces with our Chardonnay and Shirley Temples.
Of course, there were 12 different beers available as well.

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A photo of what is on the four double-sided screens above the bar.



The former Harvey House has been beautifully restored with original floor tile, wall ceramic tile, and interior color scheme of Mary Colter.

It was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, an architect who is often credited with helping to build up the reputation of the Southwest as a romantic tourist destination—not only though her designs for other Harvey House outposts but also through her extensive work in national parks.




I asked for permission to go up to the balcony for a photo, but learned that this area is still the property of Metro and not the Imperial Western Beer Company.  The photographer on the right, above, confirmed the lack of access.  He was taking photos for the Consevancy, but has his own photographic website:, Mike Hume.



Games abound and no TV screens - maybe the art of conversation will return in at least this one venue.


There are elevated booths along both the east and west walls from where I took this photo of the main floor.


From the main floor, south toward the former kitchen, is the brewing area and Patio Bar.


Left of the entrance to the Brewery and Patio Bar is this intersting barrell.

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The Brewery


The Patio Bar, pretty uninspiring compared to the rest of the place.


Hand washing area outside the restrooms adjacent to the Patio Bar.


On the east side of the facility is The Streamliner bar.





An LA Conservancy Docent, who leads station tours on Saturdays, Dave McManamin, showed me this original photo when it was a Harvey House.


Sue enjoyed talking with Lindsay McManamin, also a Conservancy Docent who gives station tours.  From Lindsay we learned that what we thought was wallpaper next to us was ceramic tile from the original construction.


We enjoyed talking with the LA Conservancy docents about the station so much that we almost missed our Train No. 792 which was to leave at 8:15 pm.  Outside the event, Sue hailed a red cap cart and got a ride to track 12 and I raced my TravelScoot there as well.


Photo of Author and wife by Mike Hume of


Photo Credit:  Mike Hume -


The TravelScoot on the lower level of a long-distance Amtrak car.  Since this car is bi-level, there is a short lift  of the scooter into the car compared to the 3 big steps of a single-level.

When we arrived trainside, the same conductor that we had ridden up with saw us and opened the lower level of the long distance car in the bi-level trainset.  We made sure that he knew we were getting off at the first stop, Fullerton, beause normally this door is not opened.  Sure enough, when we arrived in Fullerton, he was there to open the dooor for our departure.

Sue and I  had a very enjoyable evening at the Preview of  the Imperial Western Beer Co. and The Streamliner at Union Station.


Official photographer of this evening's event, Mike Hume:

Union Station Walking Tour

My photos and report on the Union Station Walking Tour in 2012:

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