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Business & Beer returns to Sophie’s Place, Redondo Beach

These photos are from our 14th Business & Beer gathering, which was held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach. Sophie’s Place is a great little gastropub in the Riviera Village and one of our personal favorite destinations in Redondo Beach. On the drive over there I could not help but notice how beautiful the sky and ocean was, so I did stop to take some photos, which is why some of the beginning pictures are not exactly business or beer.

We had a lot of competition yesterday with inclement weather, a Chamber of Commerce business expo and the debate between Biden and Ryan so we were pleased with the turn out. We had about 15 people come out, which included two second time attendees. For the first time since we started Business & Beer, we did not have any first timers, but like I said, there were several things going on yesterday. It is good to see that people that did not know each other a few weeks ago are greeting each other like old friends.

Next week we will return to the Alpine Inn at Alpine Village in Torrance. Long known for their German food and European beers, Alpine Inn now carries a wide selection of craft beers. In fact, they have a lot of craft beer you would not likely expect to find there. The GM is a home brewer, so he knows good beer and now makes it available on their multiple rotating taps. Continue reading

Business & Beer returns to The Rockefeller, Hermosa Beach

These photos are from our 13th Business & Beer gathering which was held at The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach, which is one of our favorite gastropubs in the South Bay area. The Rockefeller offers some great menu selections and has about 25 beers on tap; which makes it perfect for Business & Beer.

While driving over there we discussed how many people we should expect. We knew that many of our regular attendees had other commitments so I was hoping for maybe 10 people to show up. I said that I would like to see one or two new faces and maybe a second time returnee or two; my expectations were blown out of the water. We had one of our largest gatherings to date with almost 10 first timers and another five [or so] second timers. It seems like every week the group grows and grows. I have to admit, I am really looking forward to seeing how large we are after six months or a year have gone by.

Next week we will be returning to Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, which I feel is the best gastropub in Redondo Beach. We had a blast the last time we were there and with the group’s growth, it should be even more fun the next time around. If you would like to attend one of our weekly gatherings, you are more than welcome. Our schedule of upcoming events can always be found on the front page of You can also “Like Us” on Facebook or sign up to our mailing list so you are always in the loop of where we will be next. Come join us, you will enjoy it. 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

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