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Business & Beer Meetup at Abigaile

These photos are from our Business and Beer gathering with Meetup last Thursday, May 9, at The Brewery at Abigaile. I cannot really say why I am just now getting around to posting the photos, other than it was a busy weekend. The Brewery at Abigaile is my favorite brewpub and is located in Hermosa Beach. I was introduced to them one year ago and became an instant fan. Last Thursday was a special evening at Abigaile in that they were doing a food pairing with Beachwood BBQ & Brewing from Long Beach and they are another of my favorite local brewers, so it was a very good night to be at Abigaile.

Out turnout was not great, but we did get a couple new attendees that came as a direct result of our involvement with Meetup. I guess it should figure that as soon as I announce that we are going to drop Meetup, more people using them would show up. You can read more about the event on BusinessNBeer.com. Continue reading

Mother’s Day at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Sunday was Mother’s Day and it was beautiful in Southern California. Since Tanya has been doing so much better and has been doing a lot of walking lately, I asked her if she wanted to go to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. At first she did not express much interest, but after our morning walk she indicated she wanted to go and we could take the bike. That was all I needed to hear; we were off in a flash.

I have been gone to the Renaissance Faire several times in the last 40 years, but I had not been in about 20 years. When I first went, it was held at Paramount Ranch in Agoura; I think that was the most realistic setting for a location. At some point it relocated to Glen Helen Park and recently was moved to Irwindale. I think Irwindale is the closest location, but I was not really impressed with the setup.

This was Tanya’s first Renaissance Faire, so she was not really sure what to expect. As she put it, “it is an arts and crafts fair to buy items that were popular hundreds of years ago.” That pretty much sums it up, except there are some entertaining shows to watch on the 13 stages as well as the many people strolling around in their period costumes. As hot as it was yesterday, I certainly did not envy them. Burlap is not really known as an easy breathing fabric. The fair food is better than your typical county fair food; there were no deep fried Snickers that I noticed. It is definitely something that is fun for the entire family. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire runs through next Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. Tickets are $25 for adults, children ages 5-12 are $15 and children 4 and younger are free. Continue reading

Smog City Brewing Industry Party Photos

Smog City Brewing Company, the latest microbrewery to locate to Torrance, held an industry only party Saturday afternoon as a continuation of the soft open that they have been having for the past couple of weeks in preparation for their grand opening this coming Saturday, May 18, 2013. The industry only party was to celebrate the launch of their new brewery and taproom and included guests from all facets of the local craft beer community, including owners and representatives from local breweries, brewpubs, and gastropubs as well as members of various media platforms that promote local brewers. It was a very good turnout, with a couple hundred people showing up. The tasting room was opened to the public after the party officially ended.

Smog City Brewing introduced three additional brews to the five that they had available at their soft open of two weeks ago. Penumbra Stout, Amarilla Gorilla and Weird Beer were added to the existing taps of Smog City XPA, Groundwork Coffee Porter, Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, Quercus Circus and Bourbon Red. Their plans include brewing up to 20 different beers, which will definitely set Smog City Brewing apart from most new microbreweries. One main advantage Smog City has over other new breweries is that owner/brewmaster [Jonathan] Porter has several years of experience brewing large batches having started with BJ’s when they brewed on location, then becoming the brewmaster at Tustin Brewing Company back in 2008. All I can say is that if these initial eight varieties of brew are any indication of what we have to expect, Smog City Brewing is going to be very well accepted in the South Bay.

Smog City Brewing is located at 1901 Del Amo Blvd. Ste. B, Torrance and will be open on Saturday May 18 from 12:00 until 9:00 PM. They will then be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Continue reading

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