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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!

Great Society Cider & Mead gastropub set to open in Long Beach

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Long Beach has lagged behind the rest of the county when it comes to production craft breweries (the city has none), but makes up for it when you consider that Beachwood BBQ was named the world’s best brewpub and the community will now get the first restaurant specializing in cider and mead.

Read more in this story from Staff Writer Andrew Edwards.

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Smog City Brewing of Torrance named best South Bay craft brewery by Daily Breeze readers

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El Segundo Brewing arguably has the best lineup of IPA’s in the county.

Inglewood-based Three Weavers Brewing, chosen to make this year’s official LA Beer Week brew, is catching eyes for its quality lineup of beers and is regarded as an up and coming brewery to watch.

But it is Torrance’s Smog City Brewing that was selected as the best brewery in the South Bay as part of this year’s Daily Breeze Readers Choice Awards.

It is the first time the South Bay’s rapidly increasing number of production breweries was included in the annual poll conducted by the newspaper’s advertising department.

Smog, owned by husband and wife team Laurie and Jonathan Porter (who goes by his apt last name), has a reputation as one of the most experimental and innovative breweries in the county as the shot of the beer lineup taken earlier this week below lineup suggests.

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You may notice the list is without a single IPA even though Smog makes Hoptonic IPA year round (it’s the biggest seller at the brewery, although it sells more Little Bo Pils to bars and restaurants than any other), a new Steelcraft IPA (named after the Long Beach tasting room that will open soon) or any of its seasonals such as Grape Ape IPA. I suspect they are so popular, Smog has problems keeping them available.

Smog is among the busiest local breweries, not only because of its excellent product, but because of its freeway-close location on Del Amo boulevard just east of Western Avenue.

Still, its tasting room is among the best with standing-friendly steel tables, stacked oak barrels aging beer and a brooding black and white picture of rock star brewmaster Porter overlooking the space.

Parking has improved markedly in recent months with the departure of its doggy day care neighbor opening up spaces and Smog is always trying new brews in relatively small batches, which pushes locals to become regulars so they don’t miss a thing.

If you haven’t tried Smog yet, make a visit and tell ’em readers of the Torrance-based Breeze sent you.

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El Segundo Brewing Co to roast a pig Saturday, unveil trio of new brews

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The event starts at noon and $20 buys you all the piggie you can eat.

ESB, which already has the best lineup of IPA’s in the county, will also introduce yet another new IPA Saturday dubbed Wayward and a thirst quenching session 4.5 percent ABV IPA called Late to the Party (it is excellent, BTW).

Finally, before brewer Andy Black slips out the door to the new the Yorkshire Square brewery and restaurant in Torrance that is aiming to open next month, he brewed an ESB on Nitro that will also be available Saturday.

Saturday is a good day for session beers:

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Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen opened today in Long Beach

ballastA view of Long Beach Harbor greets guests at the new Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen that opened Friday in time for the long holiday weekend. (Photo by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).

Read the Long Beach Press-Telegram story here.

A photo gallery is here.

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Torrance brewpub Yorkshire Square Brewing hires former McLeod Ales brewmaster Andy Black

blackNew brewpub, new brewmaster: Forthcoming Torrance brewpub Yorkshire Square Brewing has hired dashing brewmaster Andy Black to oversee its craft beer production (Photo courtesy Yorkshire Square Brewing).

Brewmaster Andy Black, who spent three years at San Fernando Valley-based McLeod Ales, has landed at Yorkshire Square Brewing, which plans to open in Old Torrance in August.

Black, who reportedly interned at a brewery in Yorkshire, England guided production at Mcleod Ales for three years before joining El Segundo Brewing Co.

Yorkshire Square Brewing will focus on traditional cask ales and intends to install a traditional Yorkshire Square Brewing system on site “soon.”

A press release issued by the brewpub Tuesday said that the goal is to “push the boundaries of cask ale well beyound

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Three Weavers Brewery in Inglewood releases official LA Beer Week brew Unity on Friday

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Unity, the official beer of LA Beer Week, will officially be unveiled at 5 p.m. Friday release party at Three Weavers Brewery in Inglewood.

Unity is a collaboration between members of the LA County Brewers Guild and its annual creation — the beer can be quite different, but boasts the same name each year — rotates among members of the nonprofit.

This year’s version uses an experimental hop so new it doesn’t have a name, said brewmaster Alexandra Nowell.

The 7.4% abv brew has “bright notes of lemon zest, stone fruit, and a satisfyingly resinous finish,” she said.

“I was impressed by the character of the raw hop,” Nowell said. “It has a bright orange character and a subtle pine resin scent. It’s got that quintessential hoppy aroma.”

San Francisco-based artist Nick Fullmer, known for his craft beer label artwork at Sacramento’s Bike Dog Brewing and others was given free-rein to create the funky label.

Unity’s official release party goes from from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday. A full lineup of Three Weavers beer will be on tap and a special art exhibition of Fullmer’s work will remain on display through July.

LA Beer Week starts June 18.

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