About Nick Green

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!

Torrance’s Smog City Brewery releases Bourbon Coffee Porter and Hoptango IPA for Labor Day Weekend

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It’s been a long time coming — the Bourbon Coffee Porter has aged a full year in barrels.

The Hoptango IPA (their regular Hoptonic fermented with fresh mango and dry hopped with Amarillo hops) is also ready for its growler debut after several experimental batches.

Growler fills of both are available for $24.

Serendoggity Hot Dogs will be at the Del Amo Boulevard brewery all day Saturday.

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San Pedro’s Brouwerij West behind schedule, but port community should have two craft breweries open by next year

SPbreweryCrafted: The future home of Brouwerij West in San Pedro (Photo by Staff photographer Charles Bennett).

The bad news: the ambitious plans we wrote about last year for the Belgian brewery in a historic warehouse at the Port of Los Angeles has hit bureaucratic snags and is running behind schedule (and the planned restaurant is on hold).

The good news: San Pedro will soon be home to not just one, but a pair of craft breweries.

More on this fall’s planned craft beer festival in San Pedro that was mentioned in the article is here.

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Avocado Ale returns Sunday for second annual Angel City Brewery festival in downtown Los Angeles

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Angel City Brewery celebrates the return of Avocado Ale in “all its green glory” at the second annual festival of the same name that runs from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The beer is brewed with avocados (from the ranch of the brewmaster’s grandmother) and “guacamole-inspired ingredients like fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper and lime.”

The event features a half dozen live bands, contests and games, a bazaar and guacamole pies.

Full details here.

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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

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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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