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Business & Beer at Monkish Brewing, Torrance

Two months ago, Tanya and I came up with the idea of Business & Beer; a networking group for small business owners in the South Bay that would meet after normal working hours and we would support the local craft brewers in the area. Since we became familiar with many of the brewpubs and gastropubs in the South Bay area, we decided to include them in the rotation. Last night we had our ninth get-together and our first return to one of our original hosts, Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance, CA. Monkish Brewing is a relatively new micro brewery in Torrance that specializes in Belgian style beer and ales.

Even though we had to compete with the Democratic National Convention and Obama’s acceptance speech we still had a nice turnout and even had a couple people that just happened to be at Monkish while we were setting up come over to learn more about Business N Beer. They both ended up sticking around for a while. I have been asking around and it appears some of you are doing business together now, so Business & Beer is accomplishing what it set out to do.

Next week we will return to Strand Brewing Company in Torrance. Strand Brewing is a great local brewer that specializes in ales with just the right amount of hoppiness. We hope to see you there. Be sure to follow Business N Beer on Facebook; there you can learn about our upcoming event at Oktoberfest at Alpine Village. Free for all Business & Beer members. Continue reading

Business N Beer at Sophie’s Place, Redondo Beach

These photos are from our eighth Business & Beer event which was held last night at Sophie’s Place in the Riviera Village portion of Redondo Beach. Sophie’s Place is arguably the best gastropub in Redondo Beach. It seems hard to believe that we only became familiar with Sophie’s in the middle of July. We always feel so welcome there that I sometimes feel like we have been long time patrons. Besides the friendly atmosphere and the nice variety of food offerings, the thing I like most is their ever rotating taps. While they may only offer eight taps, the beers change frequently and are not brews that you will find just anywhere. In addition to the draft beers, they offer about 50 different craft beers in bottles. One could spend a long time in Sophie’s Place and still not get through all the options.

We had another nice group last night, with a mixture of returnees and a couple first timers. Since I am a big proponent of experimenting with craft beers I was pleased to see the number of flights that people were ordering. Some might let our server come up with the selections while others decided to create their own flights; either way, it is cool to see people expanding their palates and realizing that there is a big beer world out there. Besides the beer, there was business being discussed and that is what the networking is all about. The beer is just icing on the cake.

Next week we return to Monkish Brewing in Torrance. Monkish is a microbrewery that specializes in Belgian style ales and beer. I know that after our last visit to Monkish in July I saw several of the attendees returning on their own. Monkish’s ales have a way of pulling you back in. Do not forget to Like our Facebook page and sign up to our mailing list so you can keep informed of our upcoming schedule. Continue reading

Photos from the Cookin’ Stuff grand opening

Today is the Grand Opening for the new location of Cookin’ Stuff, in Torrance, CA. Cookin’ Stuff is not exactly new to Torrance, in fact, they were at their previous location in the Southwood Shopping Center for close to 25 years. Today, they officially opened their new location at 2722 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505. They actually moved here a couple weeks ago, but today is their Grand Opening celebration. All day long (until 6:00 PM) they will be having raffles, treats and demos for anyone that stops in.

Although I am not in the kitchen much, I have shopped at Cookin’ Stuff, and that is where I picked up my food dehydrator for making my special cereal. It was perfect for what I needed and the price was fair. Today as I walked around the store I could not help but notice that they had some pretty cool stuff. The homemade churros kit definitely caught my eye. There were a couple of items that were being demonstrated that I may end up having to go back with Tanya to see if she wants one. Their motto is, “If we don’t have it you don’t need it.” After looking around, it would be difficult to argue with them.

Congratulations, Cookin’ Stuff on your new location. Continue reading

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