Torrance DIY Brew Works and Tasting Room seeks Planning Commission approval March 2

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South Bay craft beer fans who fondly remember the days a decade or so ago of Hermosa Beach’s defunct Hamilton Gregg Brew Works, will no doubt raise a glass to welcome a likely successor on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance: Zymurgy Brew Works & Tasting Room (Zymurgy, BTW, means the study of fermentation in brewing).

Here’s the concept, as explained on the company’s website and FaceBook page:

“Zymurgy Brew Works is not a brewery, rather a “Brewery On Premise” (BOP). We enable our clients to manufacture between five and 15 gallons of custom craft beer. Our primary focus is teaching clients to create a variety of different styles of craft beer for their personal consumption. The BOP will provide sanitary, state of the art facilities, professional brewing and fermentation equipment, space, raw materials, instructions and clean-up to members of the public who desire producing craft beer for personal consumption.

Zymurgy Brew Works is built around six self contained, fifteen gallon, brewing systems that customers will use to craft their beer. The brewing systems are “all-in-one,” all electric, highly efficient, extremely safe, and can be used by beginner and advanced brewers.

Prices will range from $250 to $325 per 15 gallon batch of craft beer, which includes the recipe, ingredients, coaching, equipment, bottles, the bottling/kegging session and four sheets of custom labels.”

Anyone who has considered the daunting task of home brewing knows only too well the pit falls of cleaning (or not cleaning) adequately, so concepts like Zymurgy help take the drudgery out of brewing.

The Torrance Planning Commission will consider approving a conditional use permit at its 7 p.m. March 2 meeting at City Hall, 3031 Torrance Blvd.

Brew Works was literally years ahead of its time, but it will be interesting to see whether the maturing, fast-growing craft beer industry can support the likes of Zymurgy today.

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Bigger and better Strand Brewing of Torrance ups game in booming craft beer industry

strandbreweryNew toys: Strand Brewing has moved into shiny new quarters in Old Torrance giving the city’s first production brewery an opportunity to ramp production both in terms of volume and innovation (Daily Breeze Photo by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank).

Read more about Strand Brewing Company’s expansion here.

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Great American Beer Fest 2015: Local breweries take home 24 medals

Ritual Brewing GABFGreater Los Angeles area breweries can pat themselves on the back.

They’ve claimed 24 of the 282 awards given out at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, which took place Thursday through Saturday of last week.

The winners were chosen from 6,647 entries from 1,552 breweries.

A total of 15 breweries, large and small, from the Santa Barbara area through the Inland Empire were awarded.

Head over the jump to see the list.

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Final weekend at Telo Avenue location before Strand Brewing moves to Old Torrance

stranddorMoving on: The Telo Avenue location for pioneering Torrance production brewery Strand Brewing will closde its doors this weekend.

After six years in a cozy, but cramped Telo Avenue industrial space, original Torrance production brewery Strand Brewing will shut down Sunday and move to larger quarters in Old Torrance.

A soft opening should come next week with a grand opening set for next month in what is a huge space — there’s room for two rows of 10 picnic tables — that will accommodate a canning line, special events and the like.

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