INFINITE WISHES 2016- Made Your Wish Yet?

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Who’s ready for a WISHES party?!?!?

Last year we sold approx. 1200 bottles in 2 hours, it was fun and stressful and you guys were awesome…after some thought and a well attended(minor understatement) Cuddlebug release, we decided that the thrill of lines and the anxious anticipation of our fans would be better played out on-line in the social media field than in our parking lot and stretching blocks down Del Amo.

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Cuddlebug B2 Release

We ran a test run with our first barrel-aged sour release, THIS SOUR FUTURE on Brown Paper Ticket and were extremely happy with the results. BPT sales reduced a lot of the stress for both sides. You know your bottles are waiting for you and we don’t have to freak out about crazy long lines. Now I’m not saying there won’t be lines…when you read below you’ll know what I mean. Our sneaky little announcement is going to mess everything up but hopefully not too much and this will be smooth and easy and FUN!

 

This year’s Infinite Wishes 2016 vintage is a limited 3000 bottles. We made it legit with killer label design from our incredible designer, Ryan Cochran, and each bottle is wax dipped in preparation for aging.

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BOTTLE PICK UP

Your name MUST be on the ticket/will call list to pick up and have valid ID

Infinite Wishes bottles pick up at the BACK DOOR of brewery only.

We have 5 cases each of Infinite Wishes 2015 and The Nothing 2015 bottles for sale – 1 bottle limit/$15 for Wishes,  1 bottle limit/ $11 for The Nothing (Purchase at Back Door during pick up)

We invite you to come in and have a beer(duh!). Please come around the front of the building and join us in the taproom!

Parking is abundant. You are welcome to park in the back of our building and in the lot one building to the west at 1947 Del Amo. Street parking on Del Amo and Grammery is also good. Please listen to the signage in front of our building. We work hard to be polite and contentious of our neighbors and that is integral in maintaining good neighborly juju. We will have to ask you to move if you park on the far side of the parking lot next to Doggie Daycare.

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FRONT BAR

The following SPECIAL DARK beers will be pouring on Saturday(until gone) in honor of Wishes’s release. The entire list for the Front Bar will be coming forthwith! Check back for details.

  • Infinite Wishes 2016
  • Infinite Wishes 2015
  • The Nothing 2016
  • Something from Nothing – a small beer made from this year’s The Nothing’s second runnings
  • American Stout (experimental pilot brew)

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BREWERS BAR

At the Brewers Bar, back near the brewhouse, we will have two taps flowing Infinite Wishes 2016 and The Nothing 2016 to alleviate some of the front of house lines.

 

Additional Bottles Available: Purchase at Front Bar

The Nothing 2016

The Sour Future (red wine barrel-aged Sour Brown)

Coffee Porter

Saber-Toothed Squirrel

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Drink With Santa Photos!

We always enjoy new adventures and our Drink with Santa event definitely fit the bill. For 4 hours, we had an off-the-beaten-path Santa in house to pose with you, your kids(they were brave!) and pets both great and small.

We also hosted our first craft/art fair with 6 vendors ranging from handmade soaps to photography to jewelry and terrariums. All were very well received and so much fun to have in house.

For expediency’s sake, I’m going to keep my words short and just get this post up for you! Pull your photos and if you would like a larger file, email me at laurie@smogcitybrewing.com and include the image that you want.

And be sure to share your posts on-line.  If you use the #drinkwithsanta we’ll be able to see it too!

Thanks for coming out!

Laurie

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CHEERS FROM SANTA AND THE SMOG CITY CREW!!

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DRINK WITH SANTA at Smog City

Dec 20th, 2015

12-4pm

1901 Del Amo Blvd

Torrance, CA 90501

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We all start writing our wish lists just after Thanksgiving in anticipation of taking full advantage of the Christmas spirit. One of my items was to raise a pint of beer with Santa. Seemed weird and unlikely but when you have creative minds around, anything is possible.

I’m excited to announce that Sunday Dec 20th from 12-4pm, you’ll have that chance (and I’ll check one item off my list!) to grab a beer and photos with Santa…and do a little shopping and drinking for extra added Yee-Haw, Merry Christmas!!

We invite you to bring (well-behaved) pets and yourselves and your kids (if they are brave). Feel free to jump in and if you want to bring kids, please warn them this is NOT Mall Santa. He won’t be rude but he will be drinking(tho never to excess) and wearing impossibly short shorts.

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Fun times and out of the box events happen at Smog City and if you’d like to know when more are coming up, please join our newsletter! We send out an email once a week announcing new beers on tap and events. We also do newsletter only releases/announcements to thank those that support and follow us. Here’s the link: http://eepurl.com/t0Imb

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Along with our Drink With Santa event, we’ll be hosting a handful of awesome local artists! Have a beer, drink with Santa and sneak in a little last minute shopping…I’d say that’s a pretty good Sunday.

To make this all more exciting, Monkish Brewing has joined us in the fun  and will be hosting their own art/craft fair on Sunday in their taproom! Word has it there will be a kid t-shirt screen printer and a baker and some other options as well. Spend the afternoon, cruising between our two breweries, shopping, Santa’ing and enjoying our long anticipated winter weather.

Smog City Artists: Natalie Obermaier, Clay Lipsky, Beth Penalty, Tami Demaree, and Jacquelyn Hyde

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Jacquelyn Hyde

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Cheers!

Laurie, Porter and the Smog City Team

THIS SOUR FUTURE – Sour Brown Bottle Release

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THIS SOUR FUTURE
Barrel-Aged Sour Brown

$16/bottle : Max 4/person

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For over two years we have been collecting barrels big and small and filling them with beer pitched with custom blends of bugs and bacteria. Our patience has paid off and our first barrel-aged sour release is upon us!

THIS SOUR FUTURE is a red wine barrel-aged sour brown that serves as the introduction to the sour side of our barrel and blending program. The name is a nod to the direction that we see craft breweries moving, as well as a proclamation to what we hope the future holds for Smog City Brewing.

THIS SOUR FUTURE is balance in a bottle.  Bright acidity is held in check by a solid malt backbone, while the subtle wine character is complimented by rich oak tannin. The harmony of this beer makes it special to us and an exemplary sour brown.

This is a limited release of 2000 bottles. If bottles remain, they will be sold on the day of the event.

PURCHASING DETAILS:
**$16 per bottle (500ml), 4 bottle limit per person**
Online bottle sales will end Friday, Dec 18 at 12pm (24 hours before release) or when bottles are sold out. Any additional bottles not sold online will be available for purchase the day of the event.

PICKUP DETAILS (Starting Dec 19th):
Purchased bottles will be available at Smog City’s Tasting Room starting on Saturday, Dec 19th at 12pm, and the beer will be available on draft. Purchased bottles must be picked up by Sunday, Jan 17th.

-In order to pick up your bottles, you will need to show your valid photo ID; it must be your ID and the name must match that of the ticket buyer. No Proxies or duplicated orders accepted.  Smog City Brewing reserves the right to cancel and refund any order we deem in violation of this policy.

*** Bottles not picked up by Sunday, Jan 17th will be considered forfeited. ***

Please note that we will not issue refunds, exchanges, or returns. All sales are final.

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SteelCraft and a Growing Team

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So details of SteelCraft, our coming satellite taproom have dropped…thank you, LA Weekly. Growth at Smog City has been fast but organic and the new taproom feels like a continuation of that…we want to reach more consumers, we want to build more brand recognition and we like selling our beer direct because we get to talk about the product and this company we’ve built. We also LOVE watching communities grow up and around a healthy bustling taproom life…so LBC here we come!

In addition to the new taproom, which is slated for opening between Feb and April, we have also amended our CUP in Torrance for extended taproom hours. As the Southbay has seen small craft breweries thrive, the demand for more hours has been heard! We want to continue to build that local support but we also want to become a destination for beer tourism and being open only a few evening hours a week and weekends has made that tough…SO, Torrance in its typical, We Love Small Business(and especially craft breweries) Way has helped us get there…Now the tricky part; with more hours comes the need for more staff…so we’re looking for some new great additions to our team.

Warning! This isn’t going to be easy. We have strict guidelines and expectations. Below is the job listing; if you or someone you know fits the bill, waves their beer geek flag high and loves Smog City- let us know! At Smog City, we don’t just add staff- we build family- so if you’ve got passion and knowledge of the craft beer world, experience in bars or restaurants and want to join us…we’re here with open arms.

Cheers!

Laurie, Porter and the Smog City Team

Our Smog City Team.

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Job Posting – Beertender

Smog City Brewing Co is looking to add to our taproom staff!

This position requires bar and/or service experience – if you do not have experience you will not be considered for this position.

 

The ideal candidate is passionate and well educated in craft beer, is able to discuss styles, flavor profiles and respond quickly and with knowledge about craft beer beyond just our taproom. You must possess an extraordinary customer service personality, an insane attention to detail, a ridiculous work ethic, and be a team player. Our taproom staff are in effect brand ambassadors; the front line to the craft consumer. Your roll is to expand their knowledge and appreciation for the industry and educate them on our brand. We value our customers and want them leaving with only good memories of their visit…that’s a significant part of your job. Now the nitty-gritty…

 

We are a small and nimble team who gets a ton of work done with very few employees. If your idea of working in a brewery is standing around and drinking beer, don’t apply.

 

Job requirements may include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Greet and serve guests in a polite and respectful manner
  • Answer questions and educate guests about Smog City Brewing Co. beer
  • Speak intelligently and with knowledge about craft beer in general – Beer Geek preferred!
  • Follow all laws as they relate to the serving of alcohol
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment
  • Bus and clean tables, bars, chairs and stools, keep restrooms clean and stocked
  • Sweep and mop floors as needed
  • Wash and restock glassware
  • Be available to work mornings, afternoons, nights, and weekends
  • Participate in beer festivals and events as needed
  • Work special Smog City Brewing events as needed

 

Minimum Physical Requirements:

  • Must be in good physical condition and able to maneuver in tight/confined spaces.
  • Must be able to walk, sit, stand, and crouch for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. and maneuver at least 165 lbs.

 

To Apply:

 

Send a cover letter and resume to ilovebeer@smogcitybrewing.com

The subject line of your email should say: “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers”

 

The cover letter should describe why you are interested in the position and why Smog City Brewing Company should consider you.

 

 

Established in 2011, Smog City Brewing Co. is a brewer owned and operated craft brewery in Torrance, CA. We are devoted to producing creatively inspired and exceptionally balanced beers; each a celebration of whimsy and independence because to be normal is just that. So join us in embracing Different and enjoy our vast array of quirky quality beers.

Grape Ape IPA Returns!!! And We’re Getting Weird…Again.

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GRAPE APE IPA: 7.1% abv

Once selected by the L.A. Times as the Most Important SoCal Craft Beer of 2013, The Ape as returned…with a vengeance! This version of the infamous Grape Ape IPA was brewed with Muscat and Semillon grape must and generously hopped with Topaz, Mosaic and Cascade. Read more about Grape Ape and its evolution HERE.

This version of Grape Ape IPA clocks in at 7.1%. Expect a huge bouquet of tropical hop aroma with notes of lychee, mango and candied lemon peel. Belgian Pilsner malt and wheat lend a light bread crust character to complement the tropical hop and grape berry character.

Fun Fact: This is the first time we’ve repeated the recipe. After 2 years of experimentation we feel like we might…just might have found the perfect combination of hops and wine must. Come and see if you agree! We withhold the right to change the recipe in the future should our whims or expertise tell us to!

 

WEIRD BEER: 6.5% abv

We’re all a little Weird…it’s true. Weird Beer returns and this time around there’s more weird stuff in it but it’s definitely found a wonderful herbal balance between the added ingredients and the Belgian yeast. This version was made with fresh Lemon Verbena, Lemon Thyme, Lemon Peel, Coriander, Sage and Chamomile. Much of which was grown at the brewery. This delightful beer refreshingly bridges the gap between the heat of late summer and welcomed fall temps. Just say, Hello Weirdo!

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Both Weird Beer and Grape Ape IPA will see distribution in the Greater L.A. Market!

Available in the taproom for tasters, full pours and growler fills while supplies last.

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501

TAPROOM HOURS

Wed-Fri 4-9pm

Sat 12-8pm

Sun 12-6pm

2015 GABF SILVER for Smog’s Kumquat Saison and TWO Bottle Releases!

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Making the home team proud!

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Someone must have slipped the “Good Timing” Gods a tenner, cause we just won a medal for Kumquat Saison and this weekend, Saturday Oct 3rd, we are releasing it in bottles and serving it on draft in the taproom. Timing couldn’t have been better!

Needless to say, we haven’t stopped celebrating and we would love to continue the celebration of this SILVER at GABF 2015 in the Belgian- Style Fruit Beer Category with you…on Saturday…in our taproom. You in?!

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What’s the Great American Beer Fest, you say? Well, it’s the single biggest all American Craft Brewery competition, we like to compare it to winning an Oscar. Follow the GABF link and read more and maybe next year, you’ll join us in Denver!

Back to the Quat!

As a quick recap, Kumquat Saison was born 3 years ago from a tree in Porter and Laurie’s backyard. Originally, this limited fruited saison was a small batch, once a year experimental beer. It is now the cornerstone to a wonderful partnership we launched this year with Food Forward, the non-profit gleaning company that harvests fruit from local backyard trees and salvages throw aways at the L.A. Wholesale market. Food Forward donates to local food banks and shelters and is constantly giving back to the community. Currently, FF clocks in over 13 million pounds of salvaged fruit in 2015! For those of you that don’t do math, that’s a lot of “doing good”. To learn more about our partnership check out this blog I did when the first batch released.

Luckily for Smog City and all of you, kumquats are a highly productive citrus with very limited use. I’d venture that there’s no better use than to make beer with kumquats but I think I’m only slightly biased here.

Beyond just being extraordinarily proud to see this beer medal at GABF, we are even more excited because it is a true passion project of Laurie and Porter’s. More hands contributed to and “crafted” this beer than any other Smog City beer and it truly speaks to the community building benefits of the craft beer movement. I’m convinced that this is our secret ingredient…

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These three contributed 250 lbs of kumquats (from one tree) to the first batch! Lorna’s husband (not pictured) planted their kumquat tree in the early 50’s. Wild.

More on Kumquat Saison hère from the LA Times.

HIVE FIVE BOTTLE RELEASE!!

To make this weekend’s bottle release a little “sweeter”…We’re releasing a limited amount of Hive Five, honey beer, in bottles on the very same day. That’s right! Two bottle releases in one day. Yay!

LA Beer Week 2013 the LA Brewer’s Guild breweries brewed beers across the county using a common ingredient, honey. Porter fell in love with brewing with honey and specifically with this beer. 2 years later, we’ve decided to bring it back for a limited run.

Hive Five is made using 5 different kinds of locally sourced honeys: Eucalyptus, Avocado, Wild Flower, Buckwheat and Coastal Wild Flower.

Hive Five boasts intense honey aromas and sweetness without being overly sweet. Very floral and fruity with a beautifully balanced malt character.

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Our former head brewer, Chris Walowski getting the royal “Hive Five” from Greg Koch of Stone Brewing.

4 bottles per person/Kumquat Saison

4 bottles per person/Hive Five

 

Taproom Hours

Wed-Fri 4-9pm

Sat 12-8pm

Sun 12-6pm

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