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!

 

Smog City’s 2014 Anniversary!

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From an empty warehouse in Torrance to the bustling taproom and brewery we have now, the last year has been an amazing ride filled with fun events, new friends, new tanks, new beers and new employees! May 17th marks the 1 year anniversary of opening our taproom and celebrating finally being able to share our beers directly with fans and craft enthusiasts.

We’ll be opening our brewery and taproom up May 17th to celebrate! Pulling not only from our walk-in cellar archives but showcasing our core line up and our most successful taproom-only experiments- you’ll get to experience the full range of Smog City’s abilities.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged and Sour beers from the cellar will slide in side by side with our newest creations including Hoptango (DDH Hoptonic with mango), Chip Shot Coffee Porter, Mai Tai HopT (Hoptonic with Coconut) and three fruit Saisons. In addition we are continuing our exploration of wine meets beer with our Anniversary beer- a Strong Saison brewed with Merlot. This monster of a beer will have taken more than 6 weeks to finish and promises to be something one of a kind…i.e.: extremely delicious!

Join us for our VIP Session(11-1pm, tickets and details available HERE) or at 1pm when we open to the public! We’re releasing a limited edition anniversary growler and anniversary t-shirt for the occasion and we’ll be serving our beers at multiple stations to reduce your wait time. We’ll even release the menus for each station before the event so you can plan your visit and maximize the day! PLUS Serendoggity will be on hand to satisfy your munchies. Who can complain about that?!

Cheers to another year and more beer!

May 17th, 2014

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501

VIP Session 11-1pm

General Admission (no ticket necessary)- 1pm-8pm

 

TapList!

* Anniversary Beer- Strong Saison brewed with Merlot
* Quercus Circus- Sour Barrel-Aged Belgian Blonde
* Mai Tai HopT- DDH Hoptonic with Coconut and Secret Spice
* Bourbon O.E.- Bourbon Barrel-Aged
* Bourbon Imperial Porter- Bourbon Barrel-Aged
* Chip Shot Coffee Porter
* Fennel of Love- 80 Shilling Scotch Ale brewed with hand picked fennel flowers
* The Tempest- Sour Red Rye (Barrel-Aged)
* Hoptango IPA- DDH Hoptonic with Mango
* Peach Saison
* Black Currant Saison
* Plum Saison
* Cask TBD

* Little Bo Pils
* MakeOut Session Pale
* Coffee Porter
* Hoptonic IPA
* Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
* L.A. Saison
* The Nothing

 

FL Craft Beer Fights the Good Fight

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About 7 years ago, Porter and I considered moving to FL to start our own brewery, deep roots here in L.A. and the realization that the L.A. craft beer market was on the verge of a renaissance convinced us to stay put. One additional issue kept us here and OUT of FL. The antiquated three-tier system and looming control of a gigantic behemoth called Macro Distributors. It was a mountain we felt we could never climb.

We’ve watched the craft beer industry grow and develop in FL with great pride (this is Laurie’s home state) but the recent developments in policy and legislation is extremely sad.

Sending our best to our brothers in the Sunshine State. The big guys are playing dirty…consider this evidence that Florida’s craft brewers and breweries are doing something RIGHT…however this doesn’t change anything until it does.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/19/4068504/bill-could-slow-florida-craft.html

 

Anniversary Beer Brew Day

To celebrate our anniversary coming up on the 17th of May, our Smog City staff got together to brew a special release!

Anni, as we affectionately refer to it, is a Strong Saison brewed with Merlot. We used Galaxy and Meridian hops,with wheat, pilsner and oats. A light pinkish hue and delicious Belgian character will set this beer apart.

Here’s a look at our brew day! Not pictured: Laurie, but she was most certainly there doing hop additions, making coffee and taking all of these photos!

Join us May 17th 12-8pm for our Anniversary Event at the brewery. We’ll be releasing Anni as well as other special limited releases (to be announced) plus a Limited Anniversary Growler with a new design!! It’s gonna knock your socks off. And if that’s not enough, we are anticipating a major announcement that will coincide with this event, but we’re not quite ready to let you in on that little secret…not quite yet.

RSVP on our Facebook event page to learn about updates on this event.

 

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Coffee with a makeshift coffee kookie.

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Grains Out!

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Adding Merlot while Porter looks on

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“Get off of my brew deck!” says Chris Walowski. Clean up the brew is done!

 

The Craft of Formulation

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What would you give to be a fly on the wall of our office when the brewers are verbally hashing out a recipe for a future beer? Keep reading and hopefully you can get a sense of the types of discussions that are going on each and every day here at Smog City.

It all starts when Chris walks into the office one morning and reminds everyone that the recipe for the next sour beer still has to be finalized and we only have two days to decide what is being made if the ordering deadline is going to be met.

 Porter, glancing up for just a second, excitedly questions, “now?!” and no time is wasted getting to work. Within a matter of minutes and a handful of “two steps forward, one step backward” series of conversations over what malts to use, they know what they’re making.  Watching these two weave a mental and verbal web of processes and terminology it becomes clear just how important their combined decade-plus of experience is. Color, aroma, initial flavor, finishing flavor, mouthfeel, aging potential among others all make their way into the discussion.  Then yeast is brought up.  Should a saccharomyces strain be pitched?  Do we have enough Brettanomyces to give the character that is desired?  What about a custom blend to get it just right?  After another minute: done. Within ten minutes of walking through the door, Chris is walking back out as Porter gets on the phone to order malt.

Some beers take years to perfect.  This one gets brewed next week and will take over a year to finish.  This one is a Golden Strong which will be going into bourbon and wine barrels. Stay tuned for updates.

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