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Brews News: New Beer Classes in El Segundo

Beer school is now in session at El Segundo Brewing Company and more craft beer events in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

Class is in session next Tuesday at El Segundo Brewing Company as head brewer Tom Kelley will be leading classes focused on beer for both beer nerds and novices alike.

Kelley is Cicerone certified (think a sommelier for beer) and will focus his first class at the brewery on "how to store, serve and taste beer ... properly."

"Let a professional guide you through and enhance your ability to enjoy your favorite beverage ... Plus, learn a few party tricks," El Segundo Brewing advertised.

Classes are $20 and include a flight of beers and world class education. Class begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts around 30 minutes according to the brewers.

Future classes will be held every other Tuesday. Future topics and dates include:

  • January 22 | How to Store, Serve and Taste Beer... Properly
  • February 5 | Hops and Their Journey From Europe to California
  • February 19 | Five Classic Belgian Styles and Their Origins
  • March 5 | Barrel Aged Beers: Why Are You So Delicious? 

Those interested in attending classes must RSVP to ciceronetom@gmail.com

Here is a look at what else is happening on the craft beer scene in the South Bay:

Beer Bars, Restaurants and Stores

Select Beer Store | Redondo Beach

Thursday, Jan. 17 | 5-10 p.m. | Hangar 24 Night

Select Beer will host Hangar 24 Brewery from Redlands, Calif. for the evening. Beers on tap include some of Hangar 24's most sought after and rare beers including:

  • Hammerhead (Barrel Aged Barleywine)
  • Pugachev's Cobra (Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout)
  • Helles Lager
  • Double IPA

All beers can be paired with pizza from the Vella Mobile Wood Fired Pizza truck.

Other beers on tap this week at Select Beer include:

  • Firestone Pivo Pilsner
  • Allagash White
  • El Segundo White Dog
  • Speakeasy Betrayal
  • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
  • New Belgium Biere de Garde
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout
  • Victory Golden Monkey

Adam's Fine Wine & Liquor | Redondo Beach

New beer arrivals at Adam's include:

  • Avery Maharaja (Imperial IPA)
  • Gread Divide Espresso Yeti Imperial Stout
  • Kern River Brewing Winter Ale
  • Knee Deep Hop Shortage (Triple IPA)
  • Alesmith 2013 Decadence

The Rockefeller | Hermosa Beach

The Rockefeller will be hosting beer School and beer tasting with Stone Brewing on Jan 21 starting at 6 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the brewer as well. Tasters of Stone's beer will go for $3; $12 for a whole flight. Keep the glass!

  • Fruli Strawberry (Strawberry Wheat)
  • Murphy’s Irish Stout
  • Stella Artois (pale lager)
  • Bootleggers Hefeweizen
  • Allagash White (belgian wit)
  • Deschutes Black Butte (porter)
  • Scarlet Red (red rye ale)
  • Mad River Steelhead (extra pale ale)
  • Rogue Brown Ale
  • Lagunitas Pilsner (czech pilsner)
  • Bootleggers Chocolate Mint Porter
  • Goose Island Seasonal
  • Leffe (belgian pale)
  • El Segundo White Dog (wheat ipa)
  • Ballast Point Sculpin (double IPA)
  • Victory Hop Devil (american ipa)
  • Black Market Rye IPA
  • Allagash Black (belgian stout)
  • Chimay Triple (tripel)
  • Maudite (belgian strong dark ale)
  • Schlagl Doppelbock
  • Oskar Blues G’Knight (imperial red ale)
  • La Trappe (quadrupal)
  • The Bruery 5 Golden Rings (winter ale)
  • Ace Perry hard cider
  • Triple Karmeliet (tripel)
  • Duvel (belgian golden ale)
  • Allagash Curiex (barrel aged tripel)
  • Chimay Grand Reserve
  • Bitburger Drive non-alcoholic
  • O Mission (gluten free) pale ale

Naja's Place | Redondo Beach

Firestone Brewing Tap Takeover | Thursday, Jan. 17 | 8 p.m.

Naja's will host the award winning Firestone Brewing Company tonight (Thursday) with a Tap Takeover and Pint Night.

Naja's said there will be multiple Firestone beers on tap for the event including:

  • Parabola
  • Firestone 16th Anniversary
  • Double DBA
  • Velvet Merkin

A raffle will also be held with the chance to win prizes from the brewery.

Breweries

Strand Brewing Co. | Torrance

Current beers on tap at the tasting room include:

  • Beach House Amber (Amber Ale)
  • 24th Street Pale Ale
  • Atticus (IPA)
  • Black IPA
  • Bagheera-East India Pale Ale (3rd Anniversary Ale featuring a blend of curry, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, toasted coconut and tamarind).
  • Black Sand (Double IPA)

Tap room hours this week for beer tasting and growler fills are:

Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

El Segundo Brewing | El Segundo 

In addition to beer classes starting next week, El Segundo will be tapping a cask of White Dog IPA with passion fruit Friday, Jan. 18 starting at 5 p.m. Pints of this special beer will go for $4 all night.

If the beer lasts until Saturday, El Segundo will do "progressive pricing" for pints:

  • $2 from 2-3 p.m.
  • $3 from 3-4 p.m.
  • $4 from 4 p.m. to close

Other beers on tap this weekend at the tap room include:

  • Blue House Pale
  • Citra Pale
  • White Dog IPA
  • Blue House IPA
  • Vanilla Hyperion's Stout
  • Standard Crude Imperial Stout

Tap room hours for beer tasting and growler fills are:

Wednesday: 5-9 p.m.
Thursday: 5-9 p.m.
Friday: 5-9 p.m.
Saturday: 2-9 p.m.
Sunday: 2-7 p.m.

Monkish Brewing Co. | Torrance

Tap room hours this week for beer tasting and growler fills are:

Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday: 3-8 p.m.
Sunday: 1-6 p.m.

Editor's Note: Only establishments that have submitted updates are included in this column. If you own a beer bar, brewery, beer store or beer-centric restaurant in the South Bay of Los Angeles and would like to include your establishment's updates in this column, please send editor John Schreiber an email at John.Schreiber@Patch.com. This column relies on the updates from local business owners to keep it running—please contribute!

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