From the ESBC press release:
WWE Hall of Famer, Steve Austin, and ESBC, one of LA’s premier craft breweries, have teamed up to create what Austin describes as “one bad ass beer”. Known around the world for his intense in-ring style, trash talking, and beer swilling antics, Austin has embraced the craft beer world with a hands on approach.
After meeting with ESBC founder, Rob Croxall, it was clear they had a lot in common. Austin, who knows good beer when he tastes it, was already a fan of ESBC’S Citra Pale and Mayberry IPA. Over a table of beer, conversation shifted to a collaborative effort utilizing ESBC’s expertise in brewing and Steve’s vision of the ultimate India Pale Ale. Austin described in detail the characteristics he loved in a great IPA. The resulting recipe, churned out by Rob, created a beer that boasts a big mid palate flavor from ample use of Cascade, Chinook, and Citra hops. The finish is wonderful with hops fading quickly and a polite bitterness that trails off easily. This is the ultimate IPA designed for the working man and woman who love great beer.
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Smog City in Torrance marks the Day of the dead from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
From the press release:
Join Smog City in celebrating Dia de los Muertos; a holiday that celebrates the lives of the deceased with drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Come celebrate and toast the lives of your loved ones with excellent craft beer and a community altar.
Bring a photo of your loved ones to add to our altar and receive a $1 off your first full pour.
We’ll also be offering FREE calavera face painting from 12-3pm, and $1 off all Smog City Candles all day.
New toys: Strand Brewing has moved into shiny new quarters in Old Torrance giving the city’s first production brewery an opportunity to ramp production both in terms of volume and innovation (Daily Breeze Photo by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank).
Read more about Strand Brewing Company’s expansion here.
Port Town Brewing, an off-shoot of the successful San Pedro Brewing Co., is aiming to open a new tasting room about a year from now at Seventh and Centre streets.
City officials signed off on the location Wednesday.
Port Town will offer German-style ales such as the Pilsner and hefeweizen it currently brews. Read more here.
Tickets are $25.
Here’s more from the press release:
There will be 24 taps flowing with 18 different brews for your imbibing pleasure – including all of your favorite cores, specialties, and several special one offs made just for the party.
VIP Hour from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. with extra special beers and small crowds ($40); general admission 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. ($25).
Ticket price includes a commemorative glass, five 5 oz. pours and live music from Curtsy & The Tin Man and Litaoa. Additional beer tickets will be available. Food available from Fill R Up Gastro Garage and Front Page Jamaican Grille.
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Both breweries won silver medals at the 27th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver with Smog picking up an honor for its Kumquat Saison in the Belgian-style Fruit Beer category and Beachwood for its Mocha Machine, a 9.2 percent ABV Porter.
The GABF medal was old hat for Beachwood BBQ, which has won 10 medals since 2012, but this was only Smog’s second in its young existence.
Incidentally, you can taste the saison for yourself Saturday when Smog releases it in limited bottles and on draft at its Del Amo Boulevard tasting room.
Moving on: The Telo Avenue location for pioneering Torrance production brewery Strand Brewing will closde its doors this weekend.
After six years in a cozy, but cramped Telo Avenue industrial space, original Torrance production brewery Strand Brewing will shut down Sunday and move to larger quarters in Old Torrance.
A soft opening should come next week with a grand opening set for next month in what is a huge space — there’s room for two rows of 10 picnic tables — that will accommodate a canning line, special events and the like.
BTW: bottles of seasonal powerhouse brew Power Plant, released last weekend, are still available at El Segundo Brewing Co.
Drink in the details about the hoppy Imperial Red from the Smog City press release:
Brewed with Pinot noir grape must, orange zest and aged on oak, this hoppy seasonal brew will be available starting at 4. p.m. Wednesday.