Rarest of the Rare II – 2015- #LABW7

It’s LABW7 and we’re 4 days out from Rarest of the Rare!!!! If you love bourbon barrel-aged beer, sour beer, wild beer, experimental beer and all around delicious beer…Rarest of the Rare is the most exciting event of the year…besides our Anniversary Event, course. Everyone loves a good birthday party.

On June 27th from 12-8pm, we dig deep into our cellar and bring out the craziest beers we have available.

The following is your guide to surviving this very special day. Please join us, enjoy, drink responsibly and make sure you have a way to get home safely!




1. First and foremost, we will take over-intoxication very seriously. Please have a way to get home safely, eat lots of food (we have Serendoggity) before, during, and after the event and most importantly…pace yourself

2. Do not park in the Doggy Daycare parking spaces. You will be asked to move you car and you will lose your place in line. We have our half of the parking lot in the front of the building and the center spaces, also the parking lot directly behind our building to the west, plus all of the parking lots to the WEST of us should be open and okay to park in, additionally street parking on Del Amo blvd(across the street) and Gramercy Pl are abundant.



3. Grab a taster menu and a pencil when you arrive. Mark your order before reaching the counter. 4 tasters per person or 2 full pours per order. Of course you are welcome to get back in line and go for more…this will ensure we don’t run out of taster glassware and keeps the line moving.

4. We will have two bars pouring unique beers. At the bottom of this blog will be the list of which beers will be at which bar.

5. Pace yourself!


Our 2015 Anniversary Beer, Steamfunk Brett IPA,         bottles still avail


6. Growler fills- All growler fill orders will be filled at the main bar.

7. Some of the options will be “taster only”, they will be indicated on the tasting menu with an asterix. These extremely limited beers are $4 per taster.

8. Food Vendor, Serendoggity will be serving up delicious gourmet hotdogs. EAT!

9. Old Fashioned O.E., our delicious beer cocktail made with bitters, orange bitters, orange zest and FIRE, will be making its return! $7/glass, no tasters


Old Fashioned O.E. ©Bernie Wire


10. Pace Yourself!

11. Wanna hashtag on social media? Use #smogcitybeer and @smogcitybeer for twitter and instagram. @smogcitybrewing for Facebook. Plus #RarestOfTheRare  #LABW7 @LABrewers

Share the love and tell everyone!


Our Smog City Team.

Our Smog City Team plus Tall Ryan.


12. Most importantly, have an amazing day enjoying our beers, and thank you for spending LABW with Smog City Brewing.

*Location of beers subject to change but this is our best guess at this time.


-Infinite Wishes-
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imp. Stout
Double Chocolate Imp. Stout
-Bourbon Collaborative Evil-
BBA Imp. Stout – collaboration w/
Beachwood Brewing
-Bourbon Red-
3 year old BBA Strong Red Ale
-Bourbon Imperial Porter-
3 year old BBA Strong Porter
-2011 Olde English (O.E.)-
Non-Barrel Aged English Barleywine
-Mystery Year Bourbon O.E.-
BBA English Barleywine
unknown vintage!
Strong Saison brewed w/ Merlot then
refermented w/ Riesling must
-Spittin’ n Cussin’-
Wine Barrel Aged Sour
Brown w/ Cherries
Batch 2 BBA Belgian Golden
Saison refermented w/ Kumquats
-Chip Shot Coffee Porter-
Spiced Coffee Porter
-Bloody Knuckle-
Robust Porter on Nitro
-L.A. Saison-
 -Hoptonic IPA-


-2012 Bourbon O.E.-
Vintage BBA English Barleywine
Bourbon Barrel-Aged
English Barleywine
Won GOLD at San Diego Int’l Beer Competition 2015!
-Old Fashioned O.E.-
Beer cocktail w/ 2015 B.O.E.
Steamfunk 100% Brett IPA
-Fluffy Fuzz Buzz-
Sabre Toothed Squirrel w/
Coffee and Cascara
-My Tai HopT-
Hoptonic IPA w/ Coconut
-2015 Unity
Tart Saison – official beer
of LA Beer Week 7
-Pomegranate Unity-
Unity Saison refermented
w/ Pom Molasses
Sour Blonde w/
Peach and Apricot

Bloody Knuckle in a Belgian for dramatic impact.

Check out our tap list from 2013 Rarest of the Rare!

Rarest of the Rare II

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501




American Craft Beer Week – May 11th-17th 2015

How did you celebrate American Craft Beer Week?

We rocked our favorite past-time…Macro Beer Golf. Get down to the taproom to enjoy local, support local and the revel in The Craft.

Steamfunk Brett IPA Bottle Release – Anniversary 2015



Steamfunk Brett IPA

6.8% abv

Much Hops and Much “Bretts” which makes it Much Delicious!


This golden IPA was fermented with Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with experimental hops to amp the Brett fueled funk.
Expect pineapple, melon, ripe cheese, papaya and subtle sweet lemon above the earthy, and yes, funky flavors that Brett lends to this beer.

Debuts at our Anniversary 2015 Party Saturday, May 9th. 

Sold Out VIP Session 11-1pm, General Admission 1pm-8pm

Growlers Available $22, Bottles $10 and Case discount 12/$100

Survival Guide To Smog City’s Anniversary 2015


Hi all! It’s that time of year again…we’re working hard here at Smog City wrapping our brains around the anticipated turnout for our anniversary event on May 9th. It’s going to be a great day and we’re going to make sure that EVERYONE has a blast.

So…as we love to do, we’re going to give you a head’s up on what the general layout will be like for the BIG day and how to navigate it. As we said with Rarest of the Rare 2013(ps: we’re hosting our 2nd Rarest of the Rare 2015 during LA Beer Week on June 27th, mark your calendars!!), Here’s our Survival Guide for Smog City’s Anniversary!

OUr Smog City Team. Each year we all come together to brew the Anniversary Beer. This was that day.  So proud to be apart of this family we have built together.

Our Smog City Team. Each year we all come together to brew the Anniversary Beer. This was that day and Steamfunk Brett IPA was born.
So proud our awesome beer family.

General Details

Anniversary Event: May 9th

VIP Session (SOLD OUT): 11-1pm

General Public (no tix necessary): 1-8pm

Address: 1901 Del Amo Blvd, Ste B Torrance, CA 90501

Phone: 310-320-7664

Okay, Let’s get down to it!!

one try, two tries, three tries…FOUR! High Five, Bro!

one try, two tries, three tries…FOUR! High Five, Bro!

Anniversary Beer 2015!

Steamfunk Brett IPA

What the heck is this?! Each year we choose the Anniversary beer style based on a couple of questions. 1. What’s gets the brewers excited? 2. We’re always looking for a new challenge! 3. Porter brewed a pilot batch a few months back and we tested it out in our taproom. General consensus was double thumbs up. In fact, we kicked 10 gals on a Wednesday night…the people have spoken.

Steamfunk Brett IPA was born. We emphasize the FUNK in Steamfunk. It’s one crazy, hoppy, funky complex work of beer art. Brewed as a team by the Smog City crew.

Much Hops and Much “Bretts” which makes it Much Delicious!

Steamfunk Brett IPA
6.8% abv
This golden IPA was fermented with Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with experimental hops to amp the Brett fueled funk.
Expect pineapple, melon, ripe cheese, papaya and subtle sweet lemon above the earthy, and yes, funky flavors that Brett lends to this beer.

VIP Session Info


If you are part of our VIP Session (thank you!), here are some details that will be important to know about.

We’ll be opening the doors at 11am, but will be checking people in prior to the start time to ensure we get you in the door and enjoying the festivities as quickly as possible,

You’ll receive a Tasting Menu, 4 taster tickets and 1 Atomic Kangarue ticket on us. Please use your tickets to try out the plethora of crazy cellared and experimental beers we will have throughout the brewery (there will be three bars!!)

You’ll also get a wristband. When you are ready to collect your tote bag and bottles of Steamfunk Brett IPA, come to the MAIN BAR (don’t wait in line, please). There you will trade in your wristband for your takeaways! You may buy extra bottles at this time but please no pours or tasters or growler fills. This will help keep the lines moving.

For all attending: Case Discount of Steamfunk Brett IPA is $100, single bottles are $10. YAY!!!

Between 11-1pm, you may enjoy unlimited taster pours of our core beers. We ask you to please be considerate of our glass situation, we will be maxed out, so order one pour at a time. With three bars running and only 150 people, there should be little or no wait when you’re ready for your next palate cleanser!

Black Currant Saison which debuted at last year’s Anniversary Event, will be available in bottles during the VIP Session and if they last into the general admission as well. Only 21 cases available and 4 max per person. $10 each. Bottles will be available for purchase at the Brewer’s Bar next to the brewhouse. There are some pretty awesome offerings at this bar, so be sure to read on and see what will be on tap!

Atomic Kangarue will be on tap at the Main Bar. You will have a special ticket for a taster of this beer. We only have enough for everyone to enjoy a taster, so please understand we cannot give you full pours. Come to the Main Bar for this beer. PLEASE NOTE: Per ABC regulations, this beer can ONLY be served during the VIP session. We will have to pull it off tap at 1pm, so do not wait until after 1pm to try and get your taster. It will NOT be available.

Cuddlebug: Get a sneak peak at Cuddlebug, our peach sour slated for bottle release at the END of May. Bottles are quietly conditioning, so sales will not be available during this event. Limited amounts available but we do expect it to last through VIP and into General Admission. Cuddlebug will be available at the Main Bar.

Walowski holding court

Walowski holding court

General Admission and Bar Details

Open 1-8pm

Gates will open at 1pm, no tickets or reservations are necessary t0 attend this portion of our festivities!!

We will have THREE bars set up throughout the brewery.

Main Bar:
Steamfunk Brett IPA
Cuddlebug – Peach Sour
Atomic Kangarue – Collab with The Bruery. One only during VIP Session
Sour Brown
Kumquat Saison- Collab with Food Forward
Anniversary Beer 2014
Oldie Goldie
Chipshot Coffee Porter
Bloody Knuckle on Nitro
Zwickel Bo Nitro
Little Bo Pils
L.A. Saison
Hoptonic IPA
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
Coffee Porter

Hops/Brite Tank Bar:
Hop Crazed Squirrel
My Tai HopT
CASK: Grape Ape IPA double dry-hopped
Brewer’s Bar:
Steamfunk Brett IPA- Anniversary Beer 2015
Bourbon O.E.
Old Fashioned O.E. (Beer cocktail made with B.O.E.)
Infinite Wishes
Black Currant Saison (bottles available here only!) 21 cases available.
Black Currant Saison- Limited bottles available. Only 21 cases for sale at the event.

Black Currant Saison- Limited bottles available. Only 21 cases for sale at the event.


Our Fearless Leaders.


Our Fearless leaders.

 One last note of motherly concern: PLEASE be sure to consider how you will get home from the event. Uber, taxi and friends and family are great options! It’s true; we like you and we really care. So drink responsibly and get home safely!
See you Saturday, May 9th for a celebration of another year of beer!
Laurie and Porter
and the Smog City Team
Smog City Brewing
1901 Del Amo Blvd . Torrance, CA . 90501


Smog City and Elysian LA Beer Dinner!


Friday, May 1st, prepare to tantalize your tastebuds…Smog City and Elysian LA have teamed up in one hell of a beer and food pairing dinner. Limited RSVPs available, so get your name on the list immediately!  RSVPs can be locked down here: elysianla.com

Beer Tasting Menu:

Grape Ape IPA

Kumquat Saison

Saison Contraire


Bourbon O.E.

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(substitutions may occur)

olives and almonds 6

cheeses: sunset bay, basseri, oma, with stuff 17

pork rillette, pig ear, romanesco, sweet pepper, dried squid vinaigrette 14

anchovy escabeche, fennel, charred onion, pine nut, cherry tomato, meyer lemon 14

asparagus, mozzarella, speck, wild arugula, walnut 13

seared little gem, fava bean, baby carrot, snap pea, radish, sumac 11

cavatelli, lamb neck, purslane, calabria chile, feta 15

pork cheek, crab, green curry risotto 18

yellowtail, kohlrabi, mustard green, kumquat, barley 17

duck breast, roasted cherry, english pea, pistachio aillade21

semolina cake, blackberry, lebneh, candied almond 8

Location: Elysian LA

2806 Clearwater St.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Food Forward and Smog City Combine Efforts! And Our Kumquat Saison is Born


15 trees, 800 lbs of kumquats, dozens of volunteers, 5 brewers, 5 weeks, an industrial immersion blender and a vision. If this Kumquat Saison doesn’t become your benchmark for spring beers, nothing will.

For years, we at Smog City Brewing have sought to partner with a likeminded non-profit. We participate in dozens of charitable events and support dozens of non-profits every year but the ultimate goal has been to find one that mirrored our goals, our company ethos, and felt like a kinship brand. After 3.5 years of looking, we have found a non-profit we are extremely proud to put our support and weight behind. This Saturday, Smog City and Food Forward will debut our first collaborative fruit beer, Kumquat Saison, at the sold out Spring Melt Gala Fundraiser and Smog City’s Taproom.

Food Forward is a non-profit dedicated to collecting and distributing fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go unused. The fruit is collected from people’s backyards and farmers markets, they harvest from local farmers who have an overabundance of produce and make sure that potentially wasted food is distributed to food banks and shelters across the city. Food Forward combines so many of our favorite things into one company; giving back to the community, gardening and harvesting, a family of incredible volunteers and direct contact with producers of our favorite thing: fresh food!


So why are we taking fruit from Food Forward to make beer? Well, kumquat trees happen to be a high yield/low use fruit tree…there’s not much we can do with them except appreciate their decorative aspects and (in our humble opinion) MAKE BEER. So, through the partnership with Food Forward, we are able to produce an incredibly unique beer and make good use of a fruit that often goes to waste. Plus through proceeds generated by bottle and taproom sales, we can give back. It’s a win win for all involved.

Through our combined efforts and the generosity of kumquat trees owners throughout the greater L.A. area, we have produced 20 bbl of Kumquat Saison using just about 800 lbs of locally harvested kumquats. This is 14 times more delicious Kumquat Saison than we have ever made at one time! Some trees yielded 60 lbs, some 45 lbs and one tree in Downey gave us a whopping 250 lbs of kumquats in one pick.


Let’s get to work!



250 lb pick!



This tree was planted in the early 1950’s and its owner was an avid home brewer. The fact that these kumquats were going into a beer couldn’t have made these two women happier! An homage to a great father and husband.


250 lbs of beautiful ripe kumquats.

250 lbs of beautiful ripe kumquats.

We are thrilled to bring bottles of Kumquat Saison to market for the first time and provide awareness and generate financial proceeds to the generous and selfless folks at Food Forward; a small thanks to those who have worked tirelessly to bring these delicious orange gems to our doorstep.

So what’s it like up there in the trees?

Don’t let these elegant bottles fool you; it’s not all glam and glory…after each pick we looked like we had recently brought home a new kitten or perhaps 10 kittens and become their personal scratching posts. Scratches run long lines down our arms and hands. Soot covers our fingers and our calves ache from straining on top of a 16ft orchard ladder for that clump of perfectly ripened kumquats always just about out of reach.

Once the kumquats were harvested the work continued. All fruit that came in had to be quadruple washed with stems and leaves removed. An oversized chest freezer was purchased to house them but that quickly proved inadequate to meet the volume that continued to roll in from backyards all across the city. Kumquats were stored in the hop freezer, the employee’s kitchen freezer, and in Chris’ lab freezer. At every turn, kumquats seemed omnipresent in the brewery. It sure seemed like a good idea when we started. When it was time to process them for the beer, all of the boxes were moved to the walk-in and the smell was intoxicating. The beautiful kumquat aroma filled the walk-in with Promise.

Ready for processing!

Ready for processing!


Immersion blending 800 lbs of kumquats, one bucket at a time.


Go time! Porter, Dan and Chris spent a day blending the kumquats and adding them to the fermentor. More and more until the blended puree had reached the manway door and the guys had to call it quits. Young L.A. Saison was racked on top and the Saison yeast got back to work. Turning the sugars from the kumquats into aromas and delicious fruit character. 3 weeks later…the beer is now ready to bottle.

Kumquat Saison has proven to be one of the most labor intensive beers brewed at Smog City and considering our track record for pushing the envelop, that says a lot. Many of our beers are labors of love (Coffee Porter, Mulberry Saison, and Little Bo Pils to name a few) and require far greater manpower and time than you’d probably guess but the ultimate reward is to put into your hand a glass of beer so unique, so beautifully balanced, that the hard work speaks for itself.

We hope you seek out this collaboration beer and share it with your friends. Spread the word about Food Forward and possibly sign up your own fruit trees. We all have the opportunity to make a mark on the community and world around us, we all have an obligation to give back when we can and sometimes the smallest move can make a huge impact on someone else’s life.

So, buy a bottle, raise a glass and thank the fruit trees for their abundant fruit and Food Forward for putting these fabulous kumquats into our hands and think “Smog City ” when you enjoy this beer!



Taproom release 12-8pm

6 bottle limit/$10 per bottle

Kumquat Saison will be on tap

Sorry, no growler fills

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

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Having captured a few blending and bottling shots, it feels only right to share them with you and archive them here. Porter’s barrel addiction is good by us. We all enjoy a great balanced barrel aged beer and Goldie is not one to spoil the fun. Anticipate vanilla, oak, a little banana and especially a robust belgian golden strong ale to bring it all together. Incredibly balanced, even keeled, artfully crafted and meticulously cared for by brewers, Porter and Chris Walowski.

Join us April 4th to celebrate both Goldie and BOE coming to fruition. Bottle Release 

Goldie – a Belgian Strong Ale, 5 mos in bourbon barrels. $12/bottle with a 6 bottle limit

Blending Goldie2-SM




Blending Goldie3-SM

8 Bourbon Barrels filled with Goldie, ready for tasting and blending.

Blending Goldie4-SM


Labeling Goldie bottles

Labeling Goldie bottles

Smog City Brewing Taproom Opens April 4th from Noon – 8pm.

1901 Del Amo Blvd, Ste B Torrance, CA 90501


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