Aptly-named Torrance brewery Smog City hosts Oct. 18 fundraiser “A Night Out for Clean Air”


Torrance’s Smog City Brewery sits smack dab next to the Torrance refinery and has had a front row seat as the plant literally belches and fumes, something that has occurred much more frequently of late.

So it’s not surprising the brewery is hosting a fundraiser to raise money to install air quality monitors (almost unbelievably there are none nearby).

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Mob-themed Rubens Distilling and Brewing in El Segundo makes craft beer drinkers an offer they can’t refuse

jaxHead brewer Mike Hancock, right, owner Rob Bubens and his year-old Doberman Jax will mark the grand opening this weekend in El Segundo of the first combination craft brewery and distillery in Los Angeles County. Photo by Staff Photographer Ed Crisostomo).

A combo-brewery-distillery is a lot more complex to open than your average craft brewery, Rubens said.

“We carry eight licenses, two from the feds, three from the state and three from the city,” he said. “We placed our order for (the German-made still) in December 2014 and we received it in early February this year. So it took 14 months from the day we placed the order to the day it showed up in a truck. Then it was another four months until it was operational.”

Although Rubens has quietly had a soft opening for several weeks, this weekend is the first that cocktails will be available.

Read more about Rubens Distilling & Brewing here.

4th Annual Brewer’s Chili Cookoff set for Saturday at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach


While the event itself begins at noon, tasting begins at 4 p.m. at Select Beer Store, 1613 S. Pacific Coast Highway.

From the press release:

Brewers and owners from local breweries will serve their own special batch of chili, while guests will sample each one and vote for their favorite.

This year’s participating breweries: King Harbor Brewing Co., of Redondo Beach, Brouwerji West of San Pedro, Phantom Carriage Brewery of Carson, Arts District Brewing of Los Angeles, Three Weavers Brewing of Inglewood, El Segundo Brewing Co., and Torrance’s HopSaint Brewing Co., Strand Brewing and Smog City.

Beers from each of the represented breweries will be served on draft and the area behind the fenced off to set up a “beer/chili garden” for the anticipated overflow crowd.

All proceeds from the chili cook-off benefit Providence TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance.

I’m not exactly a chili expert, but HopSaint’s chili is incredible, so the competition had better bring their game.

New brew: Two 5 Left DIPA returns Friday to El Segundo Brewing Co


Not only does El Segundo Brewing Company have an incredible line-up of IPA’s, but one of the best is the seasonal Double IPA Two 5 Left (named after a runway at nearby LAX).

And at noon Friday ESB will not only tap that, but what looks like a cask dry-hopped with Cascade hops courtesy of well-known Southern California craft beer photographer Bernie Wire.

A cidery in gritty Carson? Yes, Honest (Abe)

Spencer Chambers has opened Honest Abe Cidery which features hard ciders and meads. The tasting room has more of a lounge feel to it with mood lighting and leather couches. Thursday, August 04, 2016, Carson, CA.   Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Spencer Chambers has opened Honest Abe Cidery which features hard ciders and meads. The tasting room has more of a lounge feel to it with mood lighting and leather couches.
Thursday, August 04, 2016, Carson, CA.
Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Read more about the Honest Abe Cidery in Carson here.

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


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.


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.

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


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: