SoCal Brew Bus becomes third local company offering craft brewery tours


SoCal Brew Bus began offering tours at the end of July and is owned by Phil Johnson, who is also a high school soccer coach.

While the other tour companies in LA and the surrounding areas do a good job, I don’t feel that I’m in direct competition with them — there’s plenty of breweries to go around,” Johnson said via email. “Much like how small breweries tend to help each other out and collaborate in many ways, I see any gain in exposure to the beer tourism industry as a plus for everyone involved. It’s not a zero sum game. The market share of craft beer continues to grow, new breweries continue to open, and positive exposure to this market is good for everyone.


I’m a craft beer lover, homebrewer, and also a lover of all the unique neighborhoods of LA. I’m an east coast transplant and I didn’t always love the city’s many discrete pockets. As a newcomer, it can be hard to get around and finding all the best parts of LA can be difficult. But, I’ve come to love the character of this city. There are always some old neighborhoods to revisit, new restaurants to try, and now, new breweries popping up everywhere.

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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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El Segundo Brewing Company unveils only bottling Friday of summer seasonal Grand Hill IPA


El Segundo Brewing, which arguably boasts the best IPA line-up in the county, is bottling its summer release Grand Hill IPA Friday morning and the making it available later that same afternoon:

Grand Hill is nothing but base malt, Big Bitterness, and a heavy dose of Amarillo and Centennial hops which make this India Pale Ale a nod to what has made the California IPA what it is today. Bright presence of lemon zest in the aroma leads well into a base of pine and citrus in the palette.

Larry’s Grill will be here doing tacos starting at 3.

Cases are available for $58. Email Pete(at)

Read reviews of Grand Hill IPA here.

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Claremont Craft Ales celebrating third anniversary today

Claremont Craft Ales Third AnniversaryThree cheers to Claremont Craft Ales!

The brewery is celebrating its third anniversary today (July 11). The celebration event is being held in two sessions: The first began at noon and runs ’til 4 p.m.; the other is from 5 to 9 p.m.

A limited number of tickets, which include a souvenir glass and 16 pours, are available at the door for $30. Children and designated drivers get in free.

More than 35 beers, including barrel-aged varieties, will be flowing at the event.

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Ballast Point Independence Party Friday at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach


Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will hosts its third annual Independence Party featuring the beers of the San Diego brewery from noon to 10 p.m. Friday.

The Ballast Point beer line-up includes Calm Before the Storm (Cream Ale w/Coffee & Vanilla), Schooner Wet Hop (100% Cascade fresh hop ale), Sour Wench (Blackberry Berliner Weiss) w/Raspberries, Barrel-Aged Sea Monster (Imperial Stout), Dorado (Double IPA) w/Watermelon, Victory at Sea (Imperial Porter) w/Peanut Butter, Victory at Sea (Imperial Porter) w/Horchata, Sculpin (IPA), Sculpin (IPA) w/Coffee, Sculpin (IPA) w/Mango, Sculpin (IPA) w/Pineapple Sculpin (IPA) on Nitro, Grunion Pale, Sextant (Oatmeal Stout), Longfin Lager and Wahoo Wheat.

You haven’t lived if you haven’t tasted their Sculpin IPA.

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