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!

Beer dinner: Abigail’s in Hermosa Beach teams with Three Weavers Brewing Wednesday for British pub-inspired brew and food pairing

resizeaAbigaile’s in Hermosa Beach and Inglewood’s Three Weavers Brewery pairs five courses including a cheese plate, fish and chips and bangers and mash with South Bay-brewed craft beer in the last of a summer pairing series (Photo courtesy Abigale’s)

For tickets and complete menu, click here.

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New Brew: Alpine Village near Torrance hosts Stone Brewing Thunderstruck DIPA release party Friday


The Alpine Village event begins at 5 p.m. and features $5 pints.

Here’s more from the typically over-the-top Stone press release:

Our 19th anniversary beer brings the boom, delivering it to the palate in a voluminous, hop-driven thunderclap backed by the power of our brewing passion and intensity. This double IPA owes its considerable oomph to a quartet of Australian hops—Topaz and Galaxy, plus newcomers Ella and Vic Secret. We also had Fairview malt shipped in from Australia just for this brew. The beer’s striking tropical fruit, citrus and peach hop flavors and slightly resinous and aromatically dank earthiness are sure to electrify your senses.

We have many special beers planned for release to celebrate our 20 years of brewing, so let this serve as the first course to what will be an undoubtedly epic feast for craft beer enthusiasts, with particular thanks to those who’ve been with us for the long haul and helped us attain such longevity.

Also on tap from Stone at Alpine Village: Ruin Ten Triple IPA, Imperial Mutt Brown Ale, Arrogant Bastard, Stochastisity Hifi + Lofi Mix Tape and Go To Session IPA.

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Hop Head New Brew Alert: Danker Tanker tapped Thursday at El Segundo Brewing Co


If you’re a fan of El Segundo Brewing Company’s hopped up IPAs this new brew is for you, as the brewery explains in its newsletter:

What happens when you add an additional 2 pounds of dry-hop to an already ridiculously hoppy beer. Well.. only good things I can now tell you.

This thing is a freak of nature! Giant fruit comes spilling out of the glass and permeates.. well.. the room essentially. The hops take you on a journey that certainly doesn’t end once you’ve finished the beer.. they stay with you for about 5 minutes after the last sip. And yes.. its DANK.

The beer is only available in limited quantities,, but growler fills will be available this weekend only as long as supplies last.

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Cask and Cheese Night: First in a series of beer and Vagabond Cheese Co. pairings Saturday at King Harbor Brewing in Redondo Beach


Experts at Vagabond Cheese Co., will introduce the uninitiated into the world of craft beer and artisanal cheese pairings Saturday in the first or a series of monthly events.

First up is King Harbor’s new Day Drinker, an English-style session ale I tried Saturday for the first time at their new tasting room down on the Redondo Beach Pier.

Should be excellent with cheese.

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New brew: Smog City Brewing in Torrance on Wednesday gives session beer lovers a summertime smooch


Torrance’s Smog City Brewing has a line-up of some of the most innovative craft beers around, but it hasn’t had an approachable, low-alcohol beer on tap regularly since the demise of its Make-out Session Pale Ale due to poor sales.

But at 4 p.m. Wednesday Smog unveils a 5 percent ABV Smoochin’ Capuchin Session IPA that seems a nod to its drinkable, but departed predecessor, just as the weather in the South Bay heats up yet, again that’s described as a “delightfully intense, super hoppy, full bodied Session IPA.

“Notes of ripe melon and grapefruit with a light malt character keep this little beauty extremely drinkable,” reports the brewery and unlike many of Smog’s limited edition beers this one will be available in growlers, too.


And, perhaps not so coincidentally for you true beer nerds out there, Smog is retiring its teal growers for a golden one that’s perfect, one supposes, for a similarly-colored session IPA.

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Smog City Brewing in Torrance releases popular Amarilla Gorilla IPA in bottles for first time at 4 p.m. today


Amarilla Gorilla (7.8 percent ABV) is one of two IPA’s Smog produces on a regular basis (along with their Hoptonic). Here’s more from the brewery press release:

Brace yourself for Amarilla Gorilla IPA’s tropical assault. Expect notes of mango, papaya, and candied orange peel reinforced by a supportive bitterness, subtle malt, and a hint of citrus and pine mid palate to keep this beast balanced.

Join us today (Wednesday) at 4pm when we welcome back the beast! Bottles will be available for the first time, as well as the usual growlers, pints and tasters.

Want something a little lighter, but just as zesty? Smog will also release a limited batch of their top-selling Pilsner with limes that checks in at 4.4 percent ABV.

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