SoCal Independence Day beer briefs

Long holiday summer weekends=craft beer.

Here’s some other beer related events this weekend. What did we miss?:

  • Angel City Brewing in downtown Los Angeles hosts a “backyard style party” from noon to midnight Friday that’s dubbed “Merica Fest. Details here.
  • Torrance’s Smog City Brewing will be offering $2 off growler fills all weekend and has special holiday hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Independence Day.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing to release first bottled beer Saturday

smogbottlesSmog City will release its first two bottled beers at a release party from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the brewery.

The rich Coffee Porter is virtually a breakfast beer, while The Nothing is actually more like everything, a decadent tasting multi-layered whopper of a brew.

Bottles are $8-$10 apiece and special versions will also be on tap in Smog City’s Del Amo Boulevard tap room.

Fun fact: Did you know the brewery’s Little Bo Pils is far and away its most popular beer accounting for roughly half its sales?

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing marks Second Anniversary Saturday with 20 beers on tap

ElectricSquirrel_copySmog City Brewing Co’s VIP anniversary event is sold out, but fret not there will be no fewer than 20 brews on tap when the brewery opens its doors to the general public at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Highlights include the long anticipated return (well, it seems like a long time in this heat the last few days) of Smog’s thirst quenching MakeOut Session Pale Ale; a Strong Saison brewed with Merlot that is the official anniversary beer; a barrel-aged Bourbon Imperial Porter; the Fennel of Love, a Scotch Ale brewed with hand picked fennel flowers; a Black Currant Saison; and a Mai Tai HopT, which is a – Hoptonic IPA brewed with coconut.

I’m sure I’ve left something out, so head over to the brewery to see what you’re missing.

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Torrance Brews News: Smog City opening Wednesday nights, Absolution ribbon cutting Friday

  • The South Bay’s most inventive brewery, Smog City Brewing, will now open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week. To mark the occasion Wednesday they will tap Bourbon O.E. Incidentally, those who like to plan ahead should note May 17 on their calendar when the brewery will mark its second anniversary with one-off and limited edition beers including a strong Saison brewed with Merlot.
  • Torrance’s newest brewery, Absolution Brewing Co., will celebrate its official grand opening with Mayor Frank Scotto at 4 p.m. Friday by introducing three new beers. They will include the 7.2 ABV Angel’s Demise IPA brewed with mosaic hops tapped the day before that “reminds you of flowering fields, citrus groves and redwood forests,” according to the brewery. The brewery is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with beer paired with food prepared by chef Travis Porter of the Creative Eats food truck.
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Torrance’s Smog City features Battle of the (IPA) Casks II Saturday

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If you attended the inaugural battle of the casks last December at Smog City Brewing in Torrance you know what it was like to sample five distinctly different beers based on the brewery’s Bare Knuckle Porter.

Well, round two is upon us and this time the brewery’s excellent Amarilla Gorilla IPA is featured with a variety of unusual ingrdients including tea, wine juice and fruit purees.

Check out the recipes here.

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Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Company marks two-year anniversary this weekend

monkishlogoUnderscoring the rapid growth of the craft beer industry in Southern California, Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Co., celebrates two years of serving Belgian-style ales this weekend.

For a historical perspective, check out the story that ran in the Torrance-based Daily Breeze two years ago.

And for more details on the weekend event, which includes food trucks and limited release beers, click here.

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Absolution Brewing Company opens — or is that baptized — Saturday in rainy Torrance

AbsolutionBlessed with beer: Steve Farguson, left, vice president of sales, and Nigel Heath, self-described chief tasting officer (and CEO), are two of the three partners behind the latest entrant into the fast-growing Torrance and South Bay craft beer scene, Absolution Brewing Co. (Photo by Staff Photographer Robert Casillas).

Torrance’s Absolution Brewing Company opens its doors for the first time Saturday. Read more here.

CEO Nigel Heath discusses some of the brewery’s offerings in the video below:

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Hosts Inaugural “Battle of the Cask”

smogcitylogoI was at Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Co., over the weekend partaking in the brewery’s latest limited edition beer, a cherrywood smoked porter.

It is, by the way, an excellent winter warmer perfect for a late Sunday afternoon with the chill of the evening closing in.

And if you’re a porter fan, then Smog City is the place for you at noon Dec. 28.

The brewery rapidly becoming known as being the most adventurous in the county will host its first-ever “Battle of the Cask,’ a friendly competition among its beer-making employees. Each edition will feature different variations on the same style of beer and first up is a porter.

Using the brewery’s Bloody Knuckle porter as a base, five beers will be offered including a:

  • Fruit and Maple cask that contains dried orange cranberries and maple syrup.
  • Peanut butter and chocolate cask that includes dried peanut butter and cocoa nibs.
  • Mint chocolate cask suffused with chocolate powder, cocoa nibs, mint oil and vanilla beans.
  • Toasted coconut cask containing toasted coconut and vanilla beans.

Is your mouth watering? Mine, too.

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Inaugural LA IPA fest coming to Mohawk Bend

Calling all hop heads. The inaugural Los Angeles IPA Festival – showcasing more than 60 breweries – is coming to Mohawk Bend this weekend.

“Hoppy IPA has become the defining style of West Coast beer, and no one loves their hops more than we do in LA,” according to the LA IPA Festival website.

The event is open to the public but reservations are needed for Saturday and Sunday. According to Mohawk Bend’s website, the bar area will be open to festival guests.

Local breweries such as Redlands-based Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Torrance-based Smog City Brewing Co are among the participants.

 

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