Smog City gets funky with the release of its first wild ale, a dry-hopped Brett Saison — Brett refers to a strain of yeast, BTW — when its Del Amo Boulevard doors swing open at noon Saturday. You can read more about so-called wild beers here clicking on this Beer Advocate link.
Incidentally, Smog still has its Coffee Porter and Sabre-Toothed Squirrel available in bottles for $1 off during the holiday season, while growler fills are $2 off.
(Photo courtesy Absolution Brewing Co.)
Nothing says the holiday season to a craft beer fan than a winter-warming porter so the first bottle release Wednesday by
Torrance’s Absolution Brewing Co., is especially welcome.
A 750 ml bottle of Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter costs $18 (it’s also on tap at the brewery).
Tasting room hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Hop Saint, as it’s being called, should arrive by early next year in an area that has a dearth of such watering holes.
It will become the city’s second brewpub after the venerable
Red Car Brewery and Restaurant, which itself is expanding after more than a decade in business.
For more on the planned brewpub, see the story in the Torrance-based Daily Breeze
One of the South Bay’s most inventive gastropubs –
Hudson House in Redondo Beach — teams with one of the South Bay’s most creative breweries — Smog City Brewing – for a Oct. 13 beer dinner.
Pouring: Makeout Session, L.A. Saison, Coffee Porter, California Love, and Smoked Smaug Lager.
Torrance’s Smog City Brewery, left, is among the South Bay breweries hauling out limited edition specialty beers this weekend as LABW6 reaches its climax.
What did we miss?
Dudes’ Brewing first cranked up its canning line last spring an off-site tasting room in one of the Beach Cities was mooted.
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.
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.
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
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.
Smog 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?
Smog 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.