Bourbon O.E. and Goldie Bottle Release- April 4th

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Coming up fast and furious are two new bourbon barrel-aged beer releases! Besides making the solid and crowd pleasing core beers known across the city like Coffee Porter and Little Bo Pils, one of Porter’s more well-kept secrets is his barrel addiction. Smog City has a young but robust barrel program ranging from sour beers to bourbon barrel-aged beer. Our barrel program boasts about 200 barrels, puncheons and an oversize puncheon (or foudre).

As we approach 2 years in our Torrance location, to the delight of our taproom patrons who have spent months/years patiently anticipating releases, many of those barrels are reaching maturity. You can expect to see a bevy of barrel-aged and sour beers being bottled and released from our taproom over the next few months.

April 4th marks the beginning of those releases with the inaugural bottling of Bourbon O.E., an English Barleywine aged in bourbon barrels for 15 months, and the second release of Goldie, our Golden Strong ale aged in bourbon for over 6 months.

Bourbon O.E. or B.O.E. as we call it in the taproom has garnered a strong following since 2013 when it was first released. This beer boasts balance above all with beautiful vanilla, oak, and char characteristics balanced out with the malty complexity of a true English Barleywine. Each bottle is hand-labeled, numbered and waxed. $14/bottle – 6 bottle limit

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Goldie, first released in 2014, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale aged in bourbon barrels for over 6 months. Flavors of subtle coconut, vanilla, and bourbon combine with ripe tropical fruit esters to make an amazingly well-balanced beer. Each bottle is hand-labeled and numbered. $12/bottle – 6 bottle limit

2014 Goldie

2014 Goldie

Join us Saturday, April 4th for the bottle release of Bourbon O.E. and Goldie. Limited availability and 6 bottle limits on both brands! Serendoggity will be on hand for padding your stomaches…yum.

As always, plan how you will get to and from the event safely. Driving buzzed is just as dangerous and illegal as driving while intoxicated and we prefer you come back time and time again. Let’s stay safe!


Laurie, Porter and the Smog City Crew


Bourbon O.E. and Goldie Release

April 4th, 12-8pm

@Smog City Brewing Taproom

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501


Death By Hops DIPA and Amarilla Gorilla IPA Releases!!!


We like Hops here at Smog City. We like our IPAs, our Pales, our hoppy Sessions but one beer holds a special place in our hearts…Tomorrow, Saturday Feb 14th, we will be releasing Death By Hops DIPA. This Double IPA was developed and brewed by Porter nearly three years ago and Saturday we are celebrating its fifth release.

It’s not, What hops are in this beer? It’s what hops aren’t! Packed with 67 pounds of hops which comes to over 4 pounds per barrel. You’ll get walloped with Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, and Topaz, in this fruity, resinously dank hop bomb. Death By Hops will certainly get your tastebuds going! Come in for our release and celebrate the beautiful and incredibly delicious “hop”.

We’ll be filling growlers, pints and tasters until this great beer is gone.


Amarilla Gorilla IPA*

If you miss tomorrow…or if searching for the best IPA is your jam, or Amarilla Gorilla got you all hot and bothered last time it came out, we’ve got great news Riiiiiight Here! Our crowd favorite, Amarilla Gorilla IPA will be releasing Saturday, Feb 21s from our taproom. This beer will be going out into craft beer bars and restaurants across the LA Area as well as being offered direct from our taproom. So be sure to keep your peepers peeled and seek out the Gorilla.

Growler Fills, Pints and Tasters Avail from our taproom.

* No Gorillas were harmed in the making of this beer.


Death By Hops DIPA Release

Feb 14th, 12-8pm in the Smog City Taproom


Amarilla Gorilla IPA Release

Feb 21st, 12-8pm in the Smog City Taproom


A Little Something About The Nothing


We’re gearing up for the release of The Nothing, our winter seasonal, a double chocolate Imperial Stout on Jan 17th!

The Deets
We’re very excited about this release! This will be the third time that we’ve brewed The Nothing but only the second year it has been bottled. The vintage is printed on the label, so that collectors or those seeking a vertical(in a few years, :0) ) can keep track! For those of you that have not had it yet, expect a big beautiful smooth Imperial Stout aged on over 70lbs of raw cocoa nibs. Think dark rich complex bitteness coming from the nibs and full bodied roast.
Vintage 2015, The Nothing, a Double Chocolate Imperial Stout

Vintage 2015, The Nothing, a Double Chocolate Imperial Stout

 The Nothing | 9.7% ABV

Winter Seasonal.  This double chocolate imperial stout aged on raw cocoa nibs is about as decadent as they come.  This fan favorite is brewed once a year and its anticipated return is wide spread.  Named in honor of The Neverending Story’s character, The Nothing, who was the embodiment of lost hope and dreams and is set upon destroying Fantasia. 

The Nothing and Infinite Wishes Release January 17th, 2015.
Smog City Taproom
1901 Del Amo Blvd 90501
Saturday 12-8pm

The Nothing in Bourbon which is now, Infinite Wishes 2015

Wait, what’s Infinite Wishes?!?!?
Well, glad you asked. Inifinite Wishes is The Nothing aged in bourbon barrels for almost exactly one year. We’ll hosting a simultaneous release of The Nothing and Inifinite Wishes. We describe this incredible elixir as a bourbon barrel roll down a hill of dark chocolate! Yes, it’s that good- you’ll probably find yourself hooting and hollaring before, during and after each sip.
You’re Welcome. :-)
See you Saturday, Jan 17th! We’ll be hosting Serendoggity for tasty gourmet hotdogs.

Next Year’s Infinite Wishes in barrels. Already anticipating 2016!

Squirrrrel in Bottttttles. Oh Yeah!


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.


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.


Laurie, Porter and the Smog City Team


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.


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.


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!





Geeking out aside…is that even possible?!




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

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

On Tap:

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

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.


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!


Laurie and Porter

and the entire Smog City Team

Porter likes his barrels!!

Porter likes his barrels!!



Return of the Gorilla Taplist Revealed!


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
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


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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