The Dankness Dojo: Good Times At Modern Times
It’s clear the beer scene’s been pouring and growing in DTLA. And now newcomer Modern Times is tapping itself onto the scene with its flagship - The Dankness Dojo - ready to round out the beer experience with plant-based food that’ll have you asking “Are you SURE this isn’t a burger burger?”
“Our goal is to build weird little pockets of radness that make the world a more interesting place,” says Modern Times founder Jacob McKean. Modern Times is based out of San Diego but Jacob grew up in the Los Feliz/Silver Lake area. He chose to bring MT to DTLA for a homecoming of sorts, “This is my chance to contribute to the awesome growth of craft beer in LA, and to bring everything that is unique and marvelous about Modern Times to my hometown.” So he’s here with his incredibly chill crew serving up beer flights in cigar boxes and food that’ll have meat worshippers considering converting to that vegan life.
If you’re not familiar with Modern Times then definitely start with a flight so you can sample various sips. Here’s a possible lineup: Bourbon barrel-aged Mexican chocolate beer, a super fruity Super Berliner, a Gose and a Barbados rum and rye whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout (that’s a mouthful to say and also to taste). When asked what sets MT apart from other craft breweries Jacobs says, “We're infinitely curious, so that leads us to constantly experiment and push the boundaries of what beer can be.”
Ok now let’s talk food. All you need to know is this: Get the damn burger! This plant-based burger is so delicious and so big it’ll have you unhinging your jawbone to snap off the perfect bite. It’s a messy must-have! Jacob’s proud to present a menu that’s focused on what vegan food should taste like, “It can be decadent, protein-focused, and insanely delicious, if it's done right. As expected, the burger is definitely the crowd favorite, but the asada tacos and the Marrow of the Earth are also extremely popular. We've been going through so much food, our distributors have been running out of some items, so we've had to run around to grocery stores and clear out the shelves. It's been crazy. “
Not only will you drink good beer and eat good food at The Dankness Dojo – you’ll also do it in a DIY art den. “We do all of our own art and design in-house. Coming up with the concepts, designing the pieces, and then building and installing them was a monumental effort. And every step of the way it was collaborative: we're constantly brainstorming new ideas for art and how to make it.”
So enter The Dankness Dojo for good times by Modern Times.
Written by Linda Hosmer | Photography by Robiee Ziegler