Slackers! Torrance’s Dudes’ Brewing finally gets around to opening tasting room Sept. 12

When Dudes’ Brewing first cranked up its canning line last spring an off-site tasting room in one of the Beach Cities was mooted.

Nothing happened.

A year later, the dudes at Dudes’ announced a tasting room would open around Independence Day.

But the Fourth of July came and went without so much as a pour.

But Dudes’ Brewing will finally open a 13-handle tap room Sept. 12 that will include $3 pints of their excellent Session Pale Air and a new “never before sampled IPA,” which presumably won’t pack quite the punch of their Double Trunk DPA.

Even better, it’s right around the corner and down the street from Monkish Brewing and Smog City.

Full details here.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewery releases Bourbon Coffee Porter and Hoptango IPA for Labor Day Weekend

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It’s been a long time coming — the Bourbon Coffee Porter has aged a full year in barrels.

The Hoptango IPA (their regular Hoptonic fermented with fresh mango and dry hopped with Amarillo hops) is also ready for its growler debut after several experimental batches.

Growler fills of both are available for $24.

Serendoggity Hot Dogs will be at the Del Amo Boulevard brewery all day Saturday.

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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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