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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!

SoCal Independence Day beer briefs

Long holiday summer weekends=craft beer.

Here’s some other beer related events this weekend. What did we miss?:

  • Angel City Brewing in downtown Los Angeles hosts a “backyard style party” from noon to midnight Friday that’s dubbed “Merica Fest. Details here.
  • Torrance’s Smog City Brewing will be offering $2 off growler fills all weekend and has special holiday hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Independence Day.

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Dry no more: San Fernando Valley’s first craft brewery opens in Van Nuys

bgMCLEOD (Photos courtesy MacLeod Ale Brewing).

After battling bureaucracy for almost two years, MacLeod Ale Brewing finally opened last weekend with more than 600 people pouring through its doors even though tickets were required to restrict crowds in the small facility.

This week those restrictions are gone and MacLeod is open every evening leading up to its first weekend open to the general drinking public with no tickets required, said co-owner Alastair Boase.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing to release first bottled beer Saturday

smogbottlesSmog City will release its first two bottled beers at a release party from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the brewery.

The rich Coffee Porter is virtually a breakfast beer, while The Nothing is actually more like everything, a decadent tasting multi-layered whopper of a brew.

Bottles are $8-$10 apiece and special versions will also be on tap in Smog City’s Del Amo Boulevard tap room.

Fun fact: Did you know the brewery’s Little Bo Pils is far and away its most popular beer accounting for roughly half its sales?

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing marks Second Anniversary Saturday with 20 beers on tap

ElectricSquirrel_copySmog City Brewing Co’s VIP anniversary event is sold out, but fret not there will be no fewer than 20 brews on tap when the brewery opens its doors to the general public at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Highlights include the long anticipated return (well, it seems like a long time in this heat the last few days) of Smog’s thirst quenching MakeOut Session Pale Ale; a Strong Saison brewed with Merlot that is the official anniversary beer; a barrel-aged Bourbon Imperial Porter; the Fennel of Love, a Scotch Ale brewed with hand picked fennel flowers; a Black Currant Saison; and a Mai Tai HopT, which is a – Hoptonic IPA brewed with coconut.

I’m sure I’ve left something out, so head over to the brewery to see what you’re missing.

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Torrance Criterium: Beer and Bicycling

etchedglassNot at the same time, of course.

But when Strand Brewing Co., is on the Torrance Criterium route and podium finishers receive etched beer glasses like the one shown here, well, you know thirsty riders are going to crowd in after the May 18 race.

Full details are here, but if you’re a craft brew fan considering participating, perhaps this little nugget per the race press release will seal your decision:

“Bring your race number to Strand on race day and you can buy draft beers for $2 each, which is considerably less than their normal $5-$6 a glass!”

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Downtown LA’s Angel City Brewery marks one-year anniversary with its second Music and Arts Festival

angelcityfestA year after Angel City Brewing – formerly of Alpine Village near Torrance, of course, albeit under different ownership — reopened in the downtown Los Angeles  arts district with a Music & Arts Festival they’re doing it all over again from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The event will allow the brewery to showcase its newly-renovated Mezzanine and “a giant shed space” that will house the brewery’s performing arts presentations.

Fun fact: Angel City is only two blocks from the Little Tokyo/Arts District stop on the gold line, and is encouraging festival-goers to take advantage of the city’s public transportation by giving $1 off a pint to anyone who takes a bus, or the Metro.

Event highlights include:

  • A giant second anniversary toast beginning at 1:30pm.
  • Numerous food trucks offering an urban beer picnic.
  • Brewer-led tours & beer tastings.
  • ACB canvas public painting project.
  • Theatrical performances by Frontierville.
  • An Angel City arcade will feature games such as ping pong, darts and board games.
  • Outdoor artisan bazaar with handmade accessories, thrift finds, and art prints.
  • Special beer releases including Imperial Tart Cherry, Barrel-Aged Rye Lager, Mexican-Style Cola Ale, French Sip, Imperial Chai Stout, and Oktoberfest, as well as the usual draft flavors including White Nite, Angeleno IPA, Eureka! Wit, and Gold Line Pilsner.
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Torrance Brews News: Smog City opening Wednesday nights, Absolution ribbon cutting Friday

  • The South Bay’s most inventive brewery, Smog City Brewing, will now open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week. To mark the occasion Wednesday they will tap Bourbon O.E. Incidentally, those who like to plan ahead should note May 17 on their calendar when the brewery will mark its second anniversary with one-off and limited edition beers including a strong Saison brewed with Merlot.
  • Torrance’s newest brewery, Absolution Brewing Co., will celebrate its official grand opening with Mayor Frank Scotto at 4 p.m. Friday by introducing three new beers. They will include the 7.2 ABV Angel’s Demise IPA brewed with mosaic hops tapped the day before that “reminds you of flowering fields, citrus groves and redwood forests,” according to the brewery. The brewery is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with beer paired with food prepared by chef Travis Porter of the Creative Eats food truck.
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