Squirrrrel in Bottttttles. Oh Yeah!

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Finally another in the Smog City line up is going into bottles! Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, our hoppy Amber (7.0% abv) is releasing at the taproom and into the greater L.A. market on Wednesday, Nov 12th.

To get you acquainted with the label, we thought it would be fun to point out a few things specific to the new art.

Our personal favorite and most obvious is the chipper and mischievous squirrel. Huge eyes, puppy dog sized feet with gigantic not-messing-around claws and fangs. He’s a snarky one and oh so drinkable! We like to describe Squirrel around the brewery as a “cute and cuddle Amber WITH A HOPPY BITE!”. Surrounding our hero are hints of the aromas and character of the beer…pine and citrus and of course hops are key components of the beer’s overall character and NO! no butterflies were harmed in the making of this beer, we promise. Unless you think that makes it more exotic and more desirable…then maybe the story goes: one flew into the mash. You decide.

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Upon inspection, you’ll perhaps have noticed the difference between the Smog City circle on the left part of the label, it’s a solid circle whereas in Coffee Porter it was a coffee stain. It’s the little things that make us happy and we hope you enjoy them too. The labels are sprinkled with them.

Why is there a made-up Latin name for the Saber-Toothed Squirrel? Well, we thought that would be fun! In this National Geo Article they used Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Latin name: Cronopio dentiacutus, which just lent itself to a slight Hop and Malt adjustment…hence Hopopio Maltocutus. That Squirrel is so damn cute. Don’t you think? The history of the naming of Sabre-Toothed Squirrel…it’s here.

On each of our core labels we include a small drawing that further hints at the aromas and character within. Coffee was a steaming coffee cup, Squirrel has pine, citrus and hops, Hoptonic IPA will be…oh, wouldn’t you like to know…

One of our favorite aspects of the label is ultra subtle and really just insider info, you’d never know unless we told you. Our designer’s great Aunt owned a general store in the late 1800’s. This is a scanned page from her general ledger. The only adjustment we made was the 2011(which is a composite of her writing) and marks the year we started Smog City Brewing. We love celebrating The Craft: the craft of beer, or woodworking, or handwritten letters and ledgers which are now a thing of the past. Pulling from our designer’s only family history we get to include him in our process just as he contributes his art to our craft and therefore celebrates the creation of all things hand-made.

Okay, all the label art aside, we hope you enjoy this extremely approachable Amber. It sates the hop heads and its balanced complex caramel and toffee sweetness pleases the foodies. We hope this will quickly become your NEW go-to beer!

Bottles will be available in our taproom Nov 12th, 4-9pm and ever onward.

Cheers!

Laurie, Porter and the Smog City Team

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The Day the Maheen Fought Back

Sometimes you’ve just gotta laugh with the **it hits the fan. Today was one of those days and luckily we had cameras to catch it!

Check out our Maheen jet packing off Coffee Porter all over Jake and the brewery. Only a small amount of Coffee Porter was harmed in the making of this video.

Goldie Bottle Release- October 11th, 2014 12-8pm

SATURDAY Oct 11th, 12-8pm

Smog City Brewing

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501

 

Towering above the taproom are the legions of barrels we’ve acquired over the last year plus. You’ve been watching them slumber…bellies filled with infinite potential. This Saturday, some of that potential is revealed in our first barrel series bottle release, GOLDIE.

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Meet GOLDIE, our bourbon barrel-aged Belgian strong ale aged in barrels for 5 months boasts aromas and flavors of coconut, vanilla, and bourbon combined with banana and ripe tropical fruit esters to create a massively complex and balanced barrel-aged beer. Each bottle has a handwritten label that includes the beer name, abv, bottled on date and the bottle number.

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What’s on tap, yo?!

Glad you asked! A line up of incredibly delicious and limited beers will also be available this Saturday! Smoked Smaug Lager returns as our Fall Seasonal! This beer is incredible with pretzels…nay, life changing. Tapping Wet Hop Hoptonic IPA with Columbus and Centennial grown on the vines outside our brewery’s front door, Atomic 82 -Batch 1 and Batch 2, the un-aged versions of Goldie brewed in March and September respectively.

Why is it called Atomic 82? What a weird name! Well, yes, it is but we love the science of and play on alchemy. In alchemy you run across the three “defining objectives…historically having typically included one or more of the following goals: the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone(NAH!); the ability to transmute base metals(lead) into the noble metals (gold or silver); and development of an elixir of life, which would confer youth and longevity.”(Wiki)

With Atomic 82 and Goldie, we’ve achieved two of the three!! Turned lead (Atomic number 82) into gold (Goldie) and created an elixir of life! IOHO

You’ll have a chance to taste Atomic 82- Batch 1 which became the barrel-aged version you’ll be getting in bottles and on draft and Atomic 82- Batch 2, which was just brewed and put into barrels last month!

 

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Geeking out aside…is that even possible?!

 

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Here’s our tap list for Saturday and a layout of the event!

Event runs from 12-8pm, Saturday, Oct 11th

On Tap:

Goldie
Atomic 82 – Batch 1
Atomic 82 – Batch 2

Smoked Smaug Lager
Wet Hop Hoptonic IPA w/Columbus & Centennial
Little Bo Pils
L.A. Saison
Hoptonic IPA
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
Coffee Porter
Kumquat Saison
Chip Shot Coffee Porter
California Love
Bloody Knuckle on NITRO
Bourbon Coffee Porter
Weird Beer
Mo Wheaty Wheat
Amarilla Gorilla IPA
Gottalottahops

Brite Tank Bottle Pick Up!!

Come in and get bottles of Goldie without the line! We’ll have a table near the brite tank where you can purchase Goldie if you are here for bottles only.

FOOOOOD!!!!

Grilled Cheese Truck! We’re welcoming the grilled cheese truck for the first time. They will be serving by noon, so come hungry.

We look forward to sharing this incredible beer with you. Our process at Smog City ends with you, our fans. It’s a huge step forward in our ultimate dream for Smog and we thank you for participating in it!

Cheers!!

Laurie and Porter

and the entire Smog City Team

Porter likes his barrels!!

Porter likes his barrels!!

 

 

Return of the Gorilla Taplist Revealed!

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Saturday marks the highly anticipated return of Amarilla Gorilla IPA, our tropical fruit bomb of an IPA that masterfully balances an explosive hop aroma and complex hoppy richness throughout!! Expect some guava, papaya and strong mango in the aroma and flavors of tropical fruit, citrus and pine to round out the complex hop profile. This is an exceptional IPA. It’s the last weekend of LA Beer Week, so if you want to go out with a bang, we’ve got the event for you. Read on!

Join us for a stellar line up of experimental, barrel-aged and one-off Smog City beers. Tomorrow we launch two new beers: Mo Wheaty Wheat and Gottalottahop. Plus we’re bringing back the Anniversary Beer which has been cellaring for the last four months. It’s only getting better folks!

So, grab a kleenex and get ready to salivate as you read the line up coming at ya tomorrow!

* Means Growler Fills Avail

TAP LIST Released!!

CASK: Amarilla Gorilla DDH Mosaic and Topaz

* Amarilla Gorilla IPA
* Mo’ Wheaty Wheat Beer
Gottalottahops
ChipShot Coffee Porter
Mai Tai HopT
Anniversary Beer
* Weird Beer
Bourbon Coffee Porter
* California Love
Kumquat Saison
Hoptango IPA

* Little Bo Pils
* MakeOut Session
* Hoptonic IPA
* Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
* L.A. Saison
* Coffee Porter

BRITE TANK BAR!

If you want growlers filled, you MUST go to the main bar!

Cask DDH Gorilla

Amarilla Gorilla

Mo’ Wheaty Wheat

Coffee Porter

Anniversary Beer

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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!

Smog City LA Times review

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