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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!

Video: Alpine Village near Torrance hosts Jan. 30 Stone Brewing Japanese Green Tea IPA release party

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This is an apt event for the South Bay where the numbers of Asian-Americans — and craft beer drinkers — is rapidly rising.

And if you think this sounds familiar, well it does. The IPA was first released back in 2011 and has now been updated.

And, since the 5 p.m. Jan. 30 event is being billed as tap takeover expect other Stone Brewing creations, too.

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Smog City Brewing in Torrance releases bottles of The Nothing and Infinite Wishes Saturday

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The 2015 version of The Nothing (which, if you haven’t tasted it is more everything than nothing) continues The Never-Ending (craft brew) Story, while Infinite Wishes is a new barrel-aged version of the beer.

Here’s more from Smog City:

The Nothing, our Double Chocolate Imperial Stout, was aged on 70lbs of raw cocoa nibs and is as decadent as they come. Infinite Wishes spent 364 days in bourbon barrels…the perfect combination of rich fudge, vanilla, bourbon spice and oak.

We will have growler fills and draft of The Nothing as well as bottle sales. Infinite Wishes will be available in very limited bottles and on draft only.

The brewery opens at noon Saturday.

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NCAA National Championship and Triple Brewery Tap Takeover with a dozen craft brews from Coronado, Tap It and Golden Road Brewing Monday at Tortilla Cantina in Torrance

Three California breweries, present four beers each. Check out the beer list here for the triple brewery tap takeover that starts at 6 p.m. in Old Torrance.

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Oskar Blues Brewery brings limited supply IPA to Alpine Village near Torrance Friday for tap takeover

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Friday’s 5 p.m. event is a release party for Oskar Blues’ IceyPA Keg, said the folks at Alpine Village.

Oskar Blues has allocated only 4 kegs of their coveted IceyPA to the entire South Bay and YOU are invited to have a pint,” Alpine Village officials said on the restaurant’s Facebook page. A full lineup of Oskar Blues’ best brews will be available along with glassware and tasting flights.”

The IPA sounds like a typical West Coast IPA, BTW. Read more about IceyPA Keg here.

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Phantom Carriage, first Carson craft brewery, rides into town with sour beers and a cafe

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Phantom Carriage is an ambitious endeavor, focusing on brewing sour beers (although they have carefully selected guest taps, too) and a small plate menu in their charming (inside at least) brewery on Main Street in Carson, a stone throw away from the Goodyear blimp’s airfield.

Read more about Phantom Carriage here and check out an example of their beer offerings below (caution: this list may not be accurate, but is intended to provide an idea about the brewery’s offerings).

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Rare and limited edition craft beers available Saturday for charity event at King Harbor Brewing Company in Redondo Beach

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Need a last-minute (and early) gift idea for the craft beer drinker in your life?

Then trust me they will love a ticket to this epic holiday bottle share — check out the incredible beer list here — hosted by King Harbor Brewing Company in Redondo Beach.

With a beer line-up like that there should be no problem pairing the appropriate brew with the barbecue on offer — and it’s all for a good cause.

Buy tickets here.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing releases its first wild beer Saturday: A Saison Contraire

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Smog City gets funky with the release of its first wild ale, a dry-hopped Brett Saison — Brett refers to a strain of yeast, BTW — when its Del Amo Boulevard doors swing open at noon Saturday. You can read more about so-called wild beers here clicking on this Beer Advocate link.

Incidentally, Smog still has its Coffee Porter and Sabre-Toothed Squirrel available in bottles for $1 off during the holiday season, while growler fills are $2 off.

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Absolution Brewery in Torrance releases first bottled beer: Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

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Nothing says the holiday season to a craft beer fan than a winter-warming porter so the first bottle release Wednesday by Torrance’s Absolution Brewing Co., is especially welcome.

A 750 ml bottle of Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter costs $18 (it’s also on tap at the brewery).

Tasting room hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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