So far, 39 breweries and cideries are expected to participate, including 24 from Southern California. Pre-sale admission tickets are $30 (plus $2.64 service fee) for admission at 1 p.m. and $40 (plus $3.19 service fee) for noon admission. Prices will be $10 more at the door. Designated driver tickets will also be available at the door for $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Loyal Order of Re-enactment Enthusiasts.
You can make a case that when Strand Brewing opened the first production brewery in Torrance almost five years ago, the brewery spawned an industry (they have the business award from the city of Torrance to prove it) that has made the community and the South Bay one of the hotbeds of the Los Angeles craft beer industry.
Now Strand is moving within bar crawling distance of other local breweries as it seeks room to grow.
— Absolution Brewing (@AbsolutionBrew) March 18, 2015
There will be Absolution swag giveaways all day, the launch of their latest brew in collaboration with Sole Coffee Company and, of course, cake!
Torrance’s Absolution Brewing, which specializes in English-style ales that generally tone down the hops, introduces the California Common to its lineup today:
The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It’s brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800’s in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. The lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures.
This is an old tweet, but Barley Hops Grill will be serving up barbecue at the brewery today, the perfect complement to the new beer:
— Barley Hops Grill (@BarleyHopsGrill) January 23, 2015
The 2015 version of The Nothing (which, if you haven’t tasted it is more everything than nothing) continues The Never-Ending (craft brew) Story, while Infinite Wishes is a new barrel-aged version of the beer.
Here’s more from Smog City:
The Nothing, our Double Chocolate Imperial Stout, was aged on 70lbs of raw cocoa nibs and is as decadent as they come. Infinite Wishes spent 364 days in bourbon barrels…the perfect combination of rich fudge, vanilla, bourbon spice and oak.
We will have growler fills and draft of The Nothing as well as bottle sales. Infinite Wishes will be available in very limited bottles and on draft only.
The brewery opens at noon Saturday.
The venerable Red Car Brewery and Restaurant in Old Torrance predated the glut of small craft breweries that have sprouted in recent years in the South Bay.
Brewmaster Bob Brandt brews a batch in the above video.
BTW: the holiday season means its Night Train time at the Red Car; as the name of the brew suggests, it packs a wallop.
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.
— Beer Goggles (@BeerGogglesLA) December 5, 2014
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 here.