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:

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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Sometimes it’s the smallest gesture that can make the greatest impact.


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

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



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