Torrance’s Smog City Brewing has a line-up of some of the most innovative craft beers around, but it hasn’t had an approachable, low-alcohol beer on tap regularly since the demise of its Make-out Session Pale Ale due to poor sales.
But at 4 p.m. Wednesday Smog unveils a 5 percent ABV Smoochin’ Capuchin Session IPA that seems a nod to its drinkable, but departed predecessor, just as the weather in the South Bay heats up yet, again that’s described as a “delightfully intense, super hoppy, full bodied Session IPA.
“Notes of ripe melon and grapefruit with a light malt character keep this little beauty extremely drinkable,” reports the brewery and unlike many of Smog’s limited edition beers this one will be available in growlers, too.
And, perhaps not so coincidentally for you true beer nerds out there, Smog is retiring its teal growers for a golden one that’s perfect, one supposes, for a similarly-colored session IPA.
Amarilla Gorilla (7.8 percent ABV) is one of two IPA’s Smog produces on a regular basis (along with their Hoptonic). Here’s more from the brewery press release:
Brace yourself for Amarilla Gorilla IPA’s tropical assault. Expect notes of mango, papaya, and candied orange peel reinforced by a supportive bitterness, subtle malt, and a hint of citrus and pine mid palate to keep this beast balanced.
Join us today (Wednesday) at 4pm when we welcome back the beast! Bottles will be available for the first time, as well as the usual growlers, pints and tasters.
Want something a little lighter, but just as zesty? Smog will also release a limited batch of their top-selling Pilsner with limes that checks in at 4.4 percent ABV.
Dudes’ Brewing Company has signed a distribution deal with Southern Wine and Spirits this week to expand their reach in Southern California.
The Torrance-based company hopes to quadruple production this year and expand their craft beer selection with the help of Alex Rabe, their new master brewer.
Rabe was formerly with San Diego’s Rough Draft Brewing Co.
“Instead of focusing on individual processes, I think about the beer as a whole,” said Rabe in a statement. “ I think about how each small change will affect the final product because that is what truly matters.”
At 4 p.m. today Smog City in Torrance will release the official beer of LA beer Week, Unity.
Here’s more from the press release:
Created as a celebration of innovation and experimentation, this Tart Saison exemplifies what the LA Brewers Guild is becoming known for: the UNITY of individualized voices coming together. We believe that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and our community will continue to benefit as we raise the bar together. Brewed in collaboration at Smog City Brewing, this years’ UNITY commemorates LA Beer Week 7, which promotes and celebrates the growth of craft beer in Los Angeles.
Check out all the LABW7 events Smog City Brewing has planned below and click on the link for complete details:
Tickets are available now for the fourth iteration of Taste of Brews Inland Empire. The event is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 18) at Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 Baron Drive, Corona.
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.
Strand Brewing Co., will soon be leaving its current quarters for more space in a new home in Old Torrance.
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.
Read more in the Daily Breeze story here.
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.
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: