About Nick Green

South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group columnist and blogger Nick Green writes about soccer 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 features Battle of the (IPA) Casks II Saturday

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If you attended the inaugural battle of the casks last December at Smog City Brewing in Torrance you know what it was like to sample five distinctly different beers based on the brewery’s Bare Knuckle Porter.

Well, round two is upon us and this time the brewery’s excellent Amarilla Gorilla IPA is featured with a variety of unusual ingrdients including tea, wine juice and fruit purees.

Check out the recipes here.

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First Annual Bite at the Beach in May celebrates pairing of craft beer and food in Manhattan Beach

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More than 20 restaurants and breweries will take part in the event including newcomers Ohana Brewing Company and Alosta Brewing Co.

Adam Gertler, from “The Next Food Network Star,” will host two panels featuring expert chefs and brewmasters including Cyrena Nouzille of Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie.

Tickets went on sale Monday and can be purchased here.

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King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach’s first craft brewery, opens Saturday

photoReady for their closeup: Two of the three King Harbor Brewing co-owners, brewer Phil McDaniel and Tom Dunbabin, pose for Daily Breeze photographer Brad Graverson  at their new brewery, which opens its doors to the public Saturday.

Read more about the South Bay’s newest craft brewery here.

Read about three more new breweries coming to the South Bay and Harbor Area here.

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Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes celebrates St. Paddy’s Day Southern California style this weekend

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Rancho Palos Verdes’ Terranea Resort hosts a St. Patrick’s beer-centric three-course dinner at Nelson’s Friday through Monday.

Here’s the menu.

First Course:
Oysters rockefeller with bacon, spinach, and artichoke – paired with Harp Irish Lager
Second Course:
Lobster shepherds pie – paired with North Coast Old #38
Third Course:
Homemade Guinness ice cream sandwich – paired with Guinness Stout
Cost is $60 a person. Call (310) 265-2836
And the weekend weather forecast? Pretty much perfect:

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Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Company marks two-year anniversary this weekend

monkishlogoUnderscoring the rapid growth of the craft beer industry in Southern California, Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Co., celebrates two years of serving Belgian-style ales this weekend.

For a historical perspective, check out the story that ran in the Torrance-based Daily Breeze two years ago.

And for more details on the weekend event, which includes food trucks and limited release beers, click here.

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Los Angeles Craft Brewery Tap Takeover in Redondo Beach

selectbeerSaturday marks the first opportunity for most local beer drinkers to sample the forthcoming offerings from soon-to-open King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach’s first craft brewery (and before anyone comments or emails, venerable Redondo Beach Brewing Co. is a brewpub, not a craft brewer).

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will showcase a selection of beers from the fast-growing South Bay and Los Angeles craft brew industry as you can see from the above graphic, including King Harbor, which just saw its first-ever keg of beer head out the brewery’s doors this week.

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Absolution Brewing Company opens — or is that baptized — Saturday in rainy Torrance

AbsolutionBlessed with beer: Steve Farguson, left, vice president of sales, and Nigel Heath, self-described chief tasting officer (and CEO), are two of the three partners behind the latest entrant into the fast-growing Torrance and South Bay craft beer scene, Absolution Brewing Co. (Photo by Staff Photographer Robert Casillas).

Torrance’s Absolution Brewing Company opens its doors for the first time Saturday. Read more here.

CEO Nigel Heath discusses some of the brewery’s offerings in the video below:

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