Torrance’s Smog City Opens Tasting Room May 18

Smog City Brewing, Torrance’s newest craft brewery, opens its tasting room May 18, the same day the city hosts its biggest community event of the year, the annual Armed Forces Day Parade.

Fortunately, Smog City is in an industrial park to the northeast of the city center – just down the street from the tasting room of Monkish Brewing Company – so craft beer devotees should be able to avoid the worst of the traffic.

Owners Laurie and Porter (their surname is Porter, but head brewer Porter – like the rock star he is – goes by only one name) plan to tap several beers brewed in their new facility and limited supplies of others left over from his time at Tustin Brewing Co.

Prices are $6 (although the size of the pour varies) and there are two flight options.

The opening event caps off National Craft Beer Week and is set for noon to 9 p.m. at the brewery, 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Suite B (that’s just about a block west of the Del Amo Boulevard-Western Avenue intersection where Monkish sits, BTW).

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