Smog City Brewing Tap Room To Open in May

Torrance's Smog City Brewing announces its tap room grand opening. A look at what is happening on the craft beer scene in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

After months of construction, Smog City Brewing announced an opening date for its public tap room at its new brewery located in Torrance.

The new taproom, located at 1901 Del Amo Blvd, Suite B, Torrance, will officially open to the thirsty beer drinking public on Saturday, May 18 at noon, the owners Laurie and Porter announced in an email. The opening of the tap room also coincides with National Craft Beer Week.

Opening day at Smog City will run until 9 p.m. and will also feature some of the brewery's aged beers on tap including Quercus Circus (American Wild Ale) and the big Bourbon O.E. (Barleywine Aged in Bourbon Barrels). Beers will pour for $6.

Smog City recently fired up brewing operations after moving its brewing operations from Tustin to Torrance. In only a couple of years of being in business, the brewery has already won big awards in the craft beer world including a gold medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for its Groundwork Coffee Porter.

Here is a look at what else is happening with craft beer this week (April 18 - April 25) in the South Bay:

Beer Bars, Restaurants and Stores

Sophie's Place | Redondo Beach

Current tap list at Sophie's Place as of April 18 includes:

  • Ballast Point - Fathom India Pale Lager
  • Deschutes - Red Chair Pale Ale
  • The Bruery - Tradewinds Tripel
  • Dogfish Head - Positive Contact Imperial Wit + Fuji Apples
  • Dogfish Head - Aprihop IPA
  • Ballast Point and Codeo - West to East IPA (last keg around)
  • Almanac Brewing - Barrel Noir Imperial Stout (almost gone)
  • Epic Brewing - Brainless on Raspberries Golden Ale

Naja's Place | Redondo Beach

Speakeasy Pint Night | Thursday, April 25 | 8 p.m.

Naja's will feature San Francisco's Speakeasy Ales for a pint night. All of the brewery's beers will be on tap along with some of its rare beers including a bourbon barrel aged version of their Scarface imperial stout.

Hot's Kitchen | Hermosa Beach

Ballast Point Beer Dinner | Wednesday, April 24 | 6-10 p.m.

Hot's Kitchen will host San Diego county's Ballast Point Brewing for a night of craft beer paired with Hot's Kitchen dishes. Ballast Point will bring along with them some of their more limited release beers including:

  • Pescadero Pilsner
  • Brother Levonian (Saison)
  • Sculpin (Imperial IPA)
  • Habanero Sculpin (Imperial IPA with Habanero Peppers)
  • Homework Series #1 (Hoppy Red Ale)
  • Victory At Sea (Imperial Porter)

Tickets for the dinner include a six-course meal paired with all six of Ballast Point's beers. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased on the event's webpage.

Select Beer Store | Redondo Beach

Ballast Point Can Release Party | Thursday, April 25 | 5-10 p.m.

Ballast Point will celebrate the release of its canned beer with a party at Select Beer Store. Some of Ballast Point's beers, now available in cans include:

  • Pale Ale
  • Big Eye IPA
  • Sculpin IPA
  • Longfin Lager

At the event, Ballast Point beers on tap will include:

  • Dorado Double IPA
  • Fathom Imperial Pale Lager
  • Calico Copper (On Nitro)

1321 Downtown Taproom | Torrance

Figueroa Mountain Tap Takeover | Wednesday, April 24

Santa Barbara County's Figueroa Mountain brewing will takeover the taps at 1321 and the brewmaster from Figueroa Mountain will be at the restaurant for a meet and greet.  1321 will do flights of beer and a special menu consisting of food made with each of the Figueroa Mountain beers.

Monday Night Local Happy Hour | Mondays | 5 p.m. - Close

On Monday nights, 1321 features a $3 local beer night. Every Monday, anything from the South Bay on tap will be $3 after Happy Hour to close. This week's local beers are:

  • Strand 24th Street Pale Ale
  • Strand Atticus IPA
  • Monkish Triplest
  • El Segundo Citra Pale Ale
  • Dudes' Blood Orange Amber

Tin Roof Bistro | Manhattan Beach

Beer & Food Truck Dinner | Tuesday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m.

Chef Anne Conness is putting her cicerone skills to good use by teaming up with Chef Gabriel Caliendo (Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar) for a beer dinner at Tin Roof Bistro. The five course dinner will echo the laid back sentiments of the South Bay with food-truck-casual fare paired with beers from neighboring El Segundo Brewing Co. ESBC founder and head brewer Rob Croxall will be on site with Tom Kelley, ESBC’s “in-house cicerone”, in tow.

Tickets for the dinner are $45 and include the five course meal and paired beers.


Strand Brewing Co. | Torrance

Current beers on tap at the Torrance taproom include:

  • Beach House Amber
  • 24th Street Pale Ale
  • Atticus IPA
  • Black Sand Imperial IPA
  • Musashi Black IPA
  • Second Sleep Imperial Stout
  • White Sands IPA (On Friday)

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.

The Dudes' Brewing Company | Torrance

City Tavern | Thursday, April 18 | 6-10 p.m.

The Dudes' Brewing will be hosted by City Tavern in Culver City on Thursday starting at 6 p.m. Brewery representatives will be on hand to talk about their beer and of course, Dudes' beer will be served. 

El Segundo Brewing | El Segundo 

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.

Other Craft Beer Events

Total Wine & More | Redondo Beach

"Get a Good Kick in the Can" Class | Thursday, April 25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Think craft beers belong in a bottle? Not anymore.  Find out why craft beers in a can are tastier than ever at Total Wine & More’s newest beer class. Craft beer lovers have long looked down on canned beers.  But the “Good Kick in the Can” beer tasting class will challenge that notion and bring a new respect for canned craft beers. Guests will enjoy tasting a selection of Total Wine & More’s canned craft beers, and find out how the packaging makes all the difference in the taste of some craft beer favorites.

The class costs $15 per person and reservations can be made in store.

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!

Full Disclosure: John loves working around craft beer and as such, is an employee of Select Beer Store one day per week. However, he is not involved in the store's submission process for this article.


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