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American Craft Beer Week, Day One

Today is the first day of 8th Annual American Craft Beer Week (ACBW). We had such a good time finding new craft beers last year that I decided to try something a little different this year. I am going to do my best to visit as many Great American Beer Festival gold medal award winning breweries as possible. Today we rode down to San Clemente and visited Pizza Port brewing. After a little pizza and beer we headed back to Long Beach with the intentions of visiting Beachwood BBQ & Brewing. I did not know that they were closed on Mondays. Fortunately, the Congregation Ale House is virtually next door. While they do not brew beer there, they did have an award winning Wookey Jack available, so all was not lost.

You can learn more about our craft beer journey on CraftBeerGuy.com 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

Beer Paper LA launch party

These photos are from the Beer Paper LA official launch party which was held last night at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach. Beer Paper LA is an online and monthly print paper that dedicates its pages to the local breweries and gastropubs in the Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire areas of Southern California. Rather that reviewing individual craft beers, they concentrate on the brewery itself as well as the brewers that make the magic happen. The paper is free and should be found at any of our local microbreweries, bottle shops, homebrew supply stores and your upscale beer bars.

There was a great turnout at Beachwood with a couple hundred people showing up to welcome Beer Paper LA. In addition to the many fine beers brewed in-house, the guest tap list for the event was spectacular as usual. If you have never visited Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, you really should give them a try. They have some very good food and an amazing beer list. Every time I go there I wish I could spend the day just sampling everything on their guest tap beer list; I have already tried everything they brew there.

Thanks to everyone that made last night a fun evening; and congratulations and good luck to Beer Paper LA. Continue reading

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