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South Bay Beer Week at Sophie’s Place

This week our favorite gastropub in Redondo Beach, Sophie’s Place, is having a South Bay Beer Week in which they have dedicated their eight taps to four of the South Bay’s microbreweries; Monkish Brewing, Strand Brewing Company, El Segundo Brewing Company and Smog City Brewing. Sophie’s Place is owned by three brothers that are craft beer fans and one, Bobby, is a home brewer. Bobby told me that “many are still unaware of the incredible beers right in their own ‘hood” so he decided to have a “dedication of South Bay beers on all taps all week.”

The beer on tap at Sophie’s Place this week are Rosa’s Hips and Crux from Monkish Brewing; Beach House and Atticus IPA from Strand Brewing; Citra Pale and Hyperion Stout from El Segundo Brewing; and Saber Toothed Squirrel and Groundworks Coffee Porter from Smog City. It really is a nice example of the varied beers brewed around here. In addition to the taps being devoted to our local brewers, they also had a Meet & Greet last night with Tom Kelley of El Segundo Brewing Company. Rich Marcello of Strand Brewing Company will be there tonight.

If you are in the Riviera Village and want a good meal with some great beers, I recommend you stop by Sophie’s Place and support the local business that is supporting local brewers. Continue reading

Saint Rocke to host 1st Annual Froth Awards

The Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach will host the 1st Annual Froth Awards, The Easy Reader Beer Experience and Gastropub Challenge, on March 17, 2013 and this is going to be a blast. The Froth Awards will feature the who’s who of the South Bay’s microbreweries, brewpubs and gastropubs who will put together five food and craft beer pairings. If you are a regular reader of GotBaddog.com, the names of the participants should be very familiar to you. The microbreweries participating include, Strand Brewing Company, Monkish Brewing and Smog City from Torrance and El Segundo Brewing Company from El Segundo. The gastropubs include Hot’s Kitchen and The Rockefeller from Hermosa Beach, Hudson House from Redondo Beach and Simmzy’s from Manhattan Beach. The Brewery at Abigaile from Hermosa Beach is the lone brewpub.

Craft beer and food

Craft beer and great food

The Easy Reader Froth Awards will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17 at Saint Rocke, located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach. Doors open at noon and the pairings will begin at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $29.00 per person if purchased in advance and include five beer and food pairings, a custom taster glass, live music and an entry to win over $1000 in prizes. The live music will be provided by Hang Dog Expression, Johnny Jump Up, and Los Sindicate. Tickets for this fun event can be purchased on the Saint Rocke website. I hope to see you there.

UPDATE: There is $6.95 in fees per ticket if you purchase your tickets online; there are no fees if you purchase your tickets at the door. After some discussion, they have released a promo code “Frothy” to take $5.00 off each ticket. You will apply this at checkout; look at the top right under Sub Total for the Promo code link..

Monkish Brewing Co celebrates one year

This weekend marked one year that our friends at Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance have been in business, brewing Belgian style beers. A microbrewery that started off with 9 beers (from what I read), Monkish Brewing has now done 17 different beers, with the latest being a collaboration with Select Beer Store owner, Wes; who was Monkish Brewing’s first account and is a home brewer. The beer is called Select Monk 1, and is a variation of Wes’ recipe; an abbey-style ale with oats, wheat and barley. It is pretty tasty, if you like Crux or Oblate, you will enjoy Select Monk.

Speaking of Oblate, as part of the Monkish Brewing Company’s one year anniversary, Henry (the owner) brought out a keg of Oblate from the first batch he brewed; it was delicious. I think Henry should consider doing that recipe once in a while. There are rumors that he is aging an anniversary batch as I write this, and I heard he will be bottling soon; so sounds like it will be a busy second year for Monkish. On Friday night, Vella Pizza came out with their portable oven; if you enjoy fresh pizza you will like Vella Pizza. It really cannot get any fresher.

These photos are sponsored by BusinessNBeer.com, the South Bay’s business networking group that combines good networking with good beer. You can learn more on their website or on Meetup.com. Continue reading

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