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Brews News: Two Breweries Celebrate 1 Year Anniversary

Hermosa Beach's The Brewery at Abigaile has started distributing kegs of its beer around Los Angeles.

As new breweries continue to pop up in the South Bay and Los Angeles, two local breweries are celebrating their big one-year anniversaries -- The Brewery at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach and Monkish Brewing in Torrance.

The Brewery at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach announced this week that just in time for its anniversary, it has partnered with distributor Craft Beer Distributors to begin sending kegs of its beers to local bars in the Los Angeles area.

To celebrate the new distribution and also its one-year anniversary, head brewer Brian Brewer cooked up a batch of a double IPA known simply as "001" (pronounced double-oh-one). The beer was release on Monday as part of Abigaile's one year anniversary celebration and is still on tap at Abigaile.

Monkish Brewing, located in Torrance, also celebrated one year of brewing beer this week. Although the brewery did not officially open to the public until last March, head brewer Henry Nguyen brewed the first Monkish brew one year ago this month.

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

Beer Bars, Restaurants and Stores

Mediterraneo | Hermosa Beach

Russian River Pliny the Younger Beer Dinner Auction | Feb. 12-17

Mediterraneo is currently auctioning off three tables of two for a five-course beer dinner which will include pours of one of the hardest to get beers in America -- Russian River's Pliny the Younger.

The auction is currently underway for the Feb. 18 dinner. Bids started at $175 per table with bidding going until this Sunday, Feb. 17. Bids can be placed by emailing contact@themedhb.com

All proceeds will benefit local charity Dig 4 Kids, which provides low-income communities opportunities for academic and athletic achievement.

Other Russian River beers on tap during the dinner will be:

  • Consecration
  • Damnation
  • Temptation
  • Pliny the Elder

Select Beer Store | Redondo Beach

Valentine's Day | Thursday, Feb. 14 | 5-10 p.m.

For that special day in your heart, Select Beer will be putting some Valentines-day appropriate beers on tap including:

  • Alesmith's My Bloody Valentine (American Amber/Red Ale)
  • Boon's Framboise (Raspberry Lambic)
  • Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The BIG Sierra Nevada Night | Thursday, Feb. 21 | 5-10 p.m.

Sierra Nevada will have a tap takeover of Select Beer next Thursday with Sierra Nevada's own Steve Grossman on hand to talk beer with customers. Grossman is a beer ambassador for Sierra Nevada and the brother of Sierra Nevada's co-founder Ken Grossman.

Tap list is forthcoming but it is rumored some barrel-aged Big Foot barleywine will make an appearance along with some other special release Sierra Nevada beers. Wyatt's BBQ will also be on hand serving up BBQ with their "sassy sauce."

The Rockefeller | Hermosa Beach

This week's beer tasting flight at Rockefeller includes:

  • Mad River Steelhead (Extra Pale Ale)
  • Bootleggers Heffeweizen
  • El Segundo Blue House IPA
  • Stone 12.12.12. Vertical Epic (Belgian Dark)

Other beers on tap include:

  • Fruli Strawberry
  • Abita Purple Haze
  • Murphy's (Irish Stout)
  • Hoegaarden
  • Stella Artois
  • Bootlegger's Hefeweizen
  • Goose Island Seasonal
  • Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA
  • El Segundo Blue House IPA
  • Victory Hop Devil (IPA)
  • Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
  • Chimay Triple
  • Maudite
  • Schlagl
  • Oskar Blue G'Knight (Imperial Red Ale)
  • Heelch O'Hops
  • Stone Vertical Epic
  • La Trappe (Tripel)

Sophie's Place | Redondo Beach

Current beers on tap as of Feb. 13 include:

  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing - Danish Red Lager
  • Epic Brewing - Brainless On Peaches (Belgian Ale w/ peaches & aged in French Chardonnay casks)
  • Speakeasy Brewing - Prohibition Red Ale
  • Mission Brewing - Hefewiezen
  • Great Divide Brewing - Orabelle Tripel
  • El Segundo Brewing - Blue House Citra Pale Ale
  • Avery Brewing - The Maharaja (Imperial IPA)
  • Ballast Point Brewing - Victory at Sea (Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter)

Breweries

The Brewery at Abigaile | Hermosa Beach

Pints of Abigaile's anniversary double IPA, 001 are flowing and head brewer Brian Brewer is also working on a batch of a new beer known as "Death or Glory IPA." The new beer promises a good amount of centennial and simcoe hops.

Also, be on the lookout for Abigaile's beers in local bars as distribution has begun.

Smog City Brewing | Torrance

Smog City continues to build its new brewery in Torrance and last week installed glycol lines that are used to keep fermenting beer at consistent temperatures.

In addition, the brewery received its fermentation and brite tanks and is busy setting them up in its new space.

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).

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 

Tom, El Segundo's Cicerone-certified expert will teach another installment of his beer classes next Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the brewery on Main Street in El Segundo. Next week's topic will be "Five Classic Belgian Ales." More information on signing up can be found on El Segundo Brewing's Facebook page.

Beers on tap this weekend at the tap room include:

  • Blue House Pale
  • Citra Pale
  • Two 5 Left Double IPA
  • Blue House IPA
  • Vanilla Hyperion's Stout
  • Standard Crude Imperial Stout (no growler fills)

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

Monkish brewing is celebrating one year of brewing beer!

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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