Cosmic Brewery marks one-year anniversary in Torrance with party Saturday

Oft-overlooked Cosmic, sandwiched between Monkish Brewing and Smog City on Del Amo Boulevard in Torrance, holds an almost free one-year birthday bash.

Cosmic is requesting attendees bring an unwrapped new toy for a child at the Long Beach Millers Hospital cancer ward or dog beds or toys for the Carson, Downey and South LA animal shelters.

Registration for the almost-free event is here.

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Countdown to LA Beer Week 2017: El Segundo Brewing releases official beer Unity on Friday

The massive LA Beer Week downtown kickoff is just about a week away and the official beer — dubbed Unity but brewed by a different brewery every year — will be released Friday at more than 20 county locations.

It is, not surprisingly, an IPA also available in El Segundo Brewing’s hallmark 22-ounce bombers.

Here’s where you can find it:

Host Brewery + Event Location
The Brewery at Abigaile at Abigaile Restaurant
Arts District Brewing Co. at Arts District Brewing Co.
Beachwood Brewing at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Long Beach
Beachwood Brewing at Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach
Arrow Lodge Brewing at Bread & Barley
The Brewery at Simmzy’s at Simmzy’s Burbank
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Azuza
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Long Beach
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Pasadena
Eagle Rock Brewery at Eagle Rock Brewery
Eagle Rock Brewery at Eagle Rock Public House
Highland Park Brewery at The Hermosillo
HopSaint Brewing Co. at HopSaint Brewing Co.
Kinetic Brewing Company at Kinetic Brewing Company
Ladyface Ale Companie at Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie
Los Angeles Ale Works at Stanley’s Wet Goods
Phantom Carriage Brewery at Phantom Carriage Brewery
Sanctum Brewing at The Rookery
Twisted Oak Tavern & Brewery at Twisted Oak Tavern & Brewery
Verdugo West Brewing Co. at Market City Cafe
Wolf Creek Brewery at Wolf Creek Restaurant
Yorkshire Square Brewery at Southland Beer

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Little Shop of Mary bahn mi pop-up Saturday at Scholb Brewing in Torrance

Tucked away in a tiny Torrance Boulevard storefront next to a laundromat and barber shop sits Little Shop of Mary, which makes incredible bahn mi sandwiches for just $7 apiece.

Quite often on Saturday I’ll stop by and take one with me to a local brewery — Strand and Smog City are five minutes away — because those Vietnamese sandwiches complement craft beer perfectly.

And I’m not alone in that belief.

Check it out Saturday at Scholb Brewing when they will have the lemongrass chicken, sesame beef and (a personal favorite) slow roasted pork.

You will never eat a Lee’s again.

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

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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.

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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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