Steam beer unveiled today by Absolution Brewing in Torrance

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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.

I’m guessing most California craft beer fans are familiar with the style — even if they don’t know it.

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:

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Smog City Brewing in Torrance releases bottles of The Nothing and Infinite Wishes Saturday

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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.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing releases its first wild beer Saturday: A Saison Contraire

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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.

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Absolution Brewery in Torrance releases first bottled beer: Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

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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.

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Smog City beer dinner Oct. 13 at Hudson House in Redondo Beach

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.

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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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