Fresh Hops // Our Hops

Owning a brewery is a lot (A LOT) of hard work and a lot of fun, to be sure…so I’m sure you won’t blame us for looking for fun ways to stretch our creativity and test the limits. Whether it’s experimental beers, sour concoctions, repurposing materials in the brewery or growing our own ingredients, we’re there!

This past year we planted four sets of rhizomes: chinook, centennial, cascade and columbus in planters in the parking lot. Not only did it create a beautiful arbor but the vines are now yielding copious amounts of hop cones!

Here we are harvesting last week!

THIS WEEK: We’re tapping our first ever FRESH HOP Hoptonic IPA and tapping it in the brewery. Join us tonight for the tapping of California Love and Fresh Hop Hoptonic IPA. Delicious.

Let creativity reign!

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Smog City Kills it on the Brew Dogs

 

Smog City makes it onto Brew Dogs on the Esquire Network and is named second best brewery in L.A.! We are in great company.

If you know craft beer, you’ve at least heard of the Brew Dogs. We’re proud to say they’ve now drunk and enjoyed our Hoptonic IPA (it’s on film, there’s proof!) and gave a major shout out to Coffee Porter. Duh!

Check out this one small cut from the show(shared with us by a taproom regular, thanks Jose!), then go watch the whole episode!

PS: We don’t think being in Torrance is an “inconvenient truth”…but if that’s all they can come up with…we’ll take it. Come see us in our taproom and prove to the world that Torrance isn’t that far. :-)

Keep your peepers peeled for Chris Walowski! *He’s on TV!!!!  *Chris asked me to remind you.

Thank You, L.A. Times!

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“Tap Attack” and it’s Origin

The benefits of being small manifest in our agility to create unique beers, our creativity and our flexibility to make s#!t up.

Over 2 years ago, Porter decided that the term Tap Takeover wasn’t the most accurate name for an event unless you were truly taking over all of the taps. Porter is a man of precision and it’s not a game of semantics here, it’s a quest for concise communication. So I asked Porter for an alternative and “Tap Attack” instantly came rolling out of his mouth.

We both knew immediately we had something awesome. Now, it seems small and insignificant but like making great beer, it’s all about the details. It’s all about those little bits and pieces you hold dear and you know deep in your heart, that they belong to you.

But even as the originators of the term Tap Attack, we hold the line by a string…why? Well, here’s the kicker…we’re tiny. Very few craft beer drinkers across the nation know about us, YET. All it takes is for one big guy to use it and we’ve lost our hold of the term.

After attending the Craft Brewer’s Conference(CBC) this year, it was really hammered home just how small we are. In our first year, we distributed 240 bbl of beer. In our second year, a little over 900 bbl and this year, we’re targeting 2500 bbl.

So as a small fry, we’re clinging to the opportunities we have to make small waves. We released one of SoCal’s first year-round Saisons 3 years ago (name another from 2012…), we helped make a name for Coffee Porters(yes, everyone has one now) before Coffee Porters were a thing and we killed it with our MakeOut Session Pale Ale (which was previously known as Smog City XPA)…a sessionable beer in the lull before Sessionable was even a well-known word.

So when you see Tap Attack…think Smog City. Know that David V. Goliath is still well and good and fighting the good fight for notoriety and that we’re devoted to making your craft beer experience unique and exceptional.

Cheers and thanks for your support!

Laurie

Specialty Beers Exploding in the Taproom!!

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Over the last year we’ve brewed well over 100 different beers both experimental, core and one-offs. Many of them have become fan favorites and our locals and weekend visitors ask for growlers fills. Of course when you’re looking at a single keg, growler fills are impossible but we’ve heard your calls and requests and are trying to bring more specialty growler fills to the taproom.

Our first in this excursion is the DEATH BY HOPS Double IPA. Utilizing our 15bbl fermentor, we’ve created a beer that will have extremely limited distribution. In fact, we’re sending out only 8 kegs into the L.A. market. Of course, not every one of our best accounts can get this beer(and we have many) but the limited few that we’ve approached have promised to tap it this weekend for ultimate freshness. Here’s a list of the locations you can find the Death By Hops, assuming you don’t come directly to the source…our taproom. We’ve attended to make it so that you’ll be able to find it spread nicely across L.A.

Growler fills, full pours and tasters still available in our taproom.

Where to find Death By Hops in L.A.

Library Alehouse

Beer Belly

Kings Row

Naja’s Place (for the IPA Fest on June 25th)

Cinco

Barbara’s at the Brewery

Last keg TBD

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And while we have your attention, next up in the specialty taproom release and growler fill beer line up is WEIRD BEER, Belgian Blonde with herbs and spices! To add even more complexity to this spiced beer than the last time, Porter is adding some new fresh herbs straight from the local Torrrance farmers market. We originally poured this beer in the taproom when we opened a year ago and it had a constant and loyal fan following. If you have yet to try it, believe us, it’s a keeper!

We should be brewing WEIRD BEER next week, so keep your eyes on our Facebook and mailing list for the official release.  It’s one of our most food friendly beers and will continue to satisfy your food pairing needs! Growler Fills will be available.

Keep an eye out for future taproom and growler release beers! We’re trying to up the ante and get you some awesome beers to take home and share with friends and family. Fingers crossed for Hoptango IPA and a fruited Saison sooooooon.

Cheers!

 

Smog City’s First Bottle Release!

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Saturday June 7th, 12-8pm

@Smog City Brewing’s Taproom

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501

 

We’re finally up and running with our bottles. As I type we are labeling and filling Coffee Porter for the first time! The clinking is like music to my ears. The Nothing bottles will be getting their final dressings (labels) today or tomorrow and we’ll be ready just in time for our June 7th release!

You’ll see that we’ve imbued the same amount of personality into our labels as we have our beer names and the creativity of our recipes. Our core brands will each feature “characters” that resonate with the beer’s name and as our first core brand to launch, Coffee Porter does not disappoint! This little guy is known as The Caffeinated Beer Bot. We hope you’ll spend some time with this stellar label and really get to know him!

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Our first special release in a bottle is The Nothing. Although we don’t want to get sued by a certain movie production company, our label offers a couple nods to one of our favorite childhood movies. This is in a funny way a huge moment for us, The Nothing accurately reflects our personal (and brand) quirkiness and playfulness as well as the proper amount of sophistication necessary for such a beautifully crafted beer as this dark Double Chocolate Imperial Stout.

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Details for the bottle release can be found on our Facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/261035457433338/

The 411 on Smog City’s Anniversary Event

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Sometimes it’s nice to dip your toe into the water BEFORE you actually dive in. We know that and we hope this post will help you take full advantage of our Anniversary Event this Saturday, May 17th!

Smog City’s Anniversary Event

Saturday May 17th, 2014

Smog City Taproom
1901 Del Amo Blvd
Ste B
Torrance, CA 90501

Facebook Event Page

VIP Session-11-1pm

Tickets must be purchased and we are very close to selling out.
To purchase tickets, please visit brown paper tickets
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670925
 
VIP Session includes early entrance and access to the most limited beers, a special edition growler filled with Anniversary Beer, 5 taster pours and unlimited Little Bo Pils, Coffee Porter and MakeOut Session til 1pm.
 
We will hand out taster tickets for the VIP’s and you can pick up the included growler on your way out! They will be filled just before we open our doors for ultimate freshness but will also greatly reduce your wait! 

General – 1pm-8pm

We have multiple bars planned to speed up your access to all of our beers. Plan on filling your Anniversary Beer growler at the Brewer’s Bar or Main Bar.
 
We WILL be offering growler fills all day. At the main bar, we’ll have a dedicated growler filling person to speed things up. Please bring in your Smog City growler or purchase one of new ones.  Sorry, we do not fill growlers that are blank or from other breweries.
 

Are those Growlers Special?

 
Our Limited Edition Growlers are ultra special! We ordered a limited number of them and that is all there will be now and forever. Next year will be another year, another design…so be sure to get your hands on these little honeys before they run out! We will also be selling Special Anniversary T-shirts based on this awesome design! Ask your beertender for available sizes.
 

Beers Available for Growler Fills

Anniversary Beer – Strong Saison brewed with Merlot
Little Bo Pils
MakeOut Session Pale
Hoptonic IPA
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
Coffee Porter
L.A. Saison
 

What’s pouring at each beer station?!

The Main Bar

Located at the Front of House!

Anniversary Beer- Strong Saison brewed with Merlot – growler fill avail
Quercus Circus – Sour Barrel-Aged Belgian Blonde (4 oz pours only) 
The Tempest- Sour Barrel-Aged Red Rye (4 oz pours only)
Hoptango IPA- Double Dry-Hopped Hoptonic with Mango
Chip Shot Coffee Porter
Fennel of Love – 80 Shilling Scotch Ale brewed with hand-picked fennel flowers
Plum Saison 
Peach Saison
The Nothing – Double Chocolate Imperial Stout
Little Bo Pils-  growler fill avail
MakeOut Session Pale – growler fill avail
Coffee Porter – growler fill avail
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel – growler fill avail
Hoptonic IPA – growler fill avail
L.A. Saison – growler fill avail
 

The BriteTank Bar (aka the hops bar)

Located next to the 30 and 60 bbl brite tanks
 
CASK of Double Dry-Hopped Sabre-Toothed Squirrel (our very first Squirrel cask!)
Hoptango IPA- Double Dry Hopped Hoptonic w/ Mango
Mai Tai HopT- Double Dry Hopped Hoptonic IPA w/ Coconut

The Brewer’s Bar

Located near the brewhouse near the back of the brewery
 
Bourbon O.E.- Bourbon Barrel Aged Olde English Barleywine
Bourbon Imperial Porter
Black Currant Saison
Anniversary Beer- growler fills available at this station!
 
 

It’s Gonna Be FUN!

We’re expecting to have a fabulous day filled with extraordinary beers and wonderful friends. Come and stay as long as you like, enjoy the community that craft beer fosters and savor these rare offerings. We thank you in advance for being responsible and making sure that you and your friends get home safely.

Food

We will have Dogtown Hotdog food truck for the event! They will be parking in the loading zone in front of our brewery. PLEASE remember NO beers can leave our building per ABC law so leave your beers inside when you go out to order and pick up your food.

As always we will have chips and beef jerky for sale and you are welcome to bring your own food in.

PARKING!

Please do not park in Doggie Daycare’s parking spaces. We have approval from the businesses to the west of us. You are welcome to use their parking spaces both in front of and behind their building. Also available is street parking on the south side of Del Amo Blvd and up and down Gramercy Pl.

Respect our Neighbors!

When you are leaving the brewery, please be respectful and keep your voices and car radios turned down. Doggie Daycare is a 24 hour boarding facility and we want to play nice with our puppy-loving friends.

 

See you at the Brewery!! And thank you so much for welcoming us with open arms (and mouths) into the local beer community! We’re honored to be apart of it!

 
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