October marks the one year anniversary for Smog City Brewing, once described as the “little brewery that could“, and we hope we’ve delivered. So much has happened and there is indeed, so much to come.
These past few weeks alone have solidified our future home in the City of Torrance and we couldn’t be happier. Last week our CUP was approved, this week we put a down payment on the remaining pieces of the puzzle: fermentation and brite tanks are in the works and we’re already deep in the building permit application process, not to mention we officially begin paying rent October 1st…this s#!t is getting real! How can you beat a brewery on the westside with an ocean breeze? It’s pure heaven and we are looking forward to setting down roots there.
So in order to celebrate our first pours which happened a year ago at BAM fest, Tender Greens and The Yard we have decided to have a month long celebration. I have always believed that one is entitled to a birthday month so why shouldn’t our brewery have one too? Additionally, by having multiple events around the city, we get to celebrate with all the neighborhoods of L.A. that have supported us throughout the last year. We are extremely grateful to all of you and sincerely hope you enjoy our birthday as much as we will!
The Events, The Beers and Some Anecdotes
Library Alehouse, Anniversary Month Launch Event, October 3rd, 5pm-close, 2911 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405
We’re extremely excited to launch our anniversary month here at Library Alehouse. The Alehouse was our first introduction to the L.A. craft beer scene 10 years ago and only 2 miles from the yard that served as Porter’s pilot brewery for 7 years. He was known back then as “The Beer Guy” by all our Venice neighbors and local dog walkers. I was sad to see the system move outside and off of our stove as I’m an addict for the smell of mash. So I’d open all the doors and windows and hope that the wind would blow it back inside. Alex Davis will be creating some excellent beer and food pairings for this event.
BAM Fest– 18th Street Arts Center, October 6th, 1-6pm, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90404
1. L.A. Saison
2. Groundwork Coffee Porter
3. Bourbon Collaborative Evil (Porter and Julian Shrago collaboration)
BAM Fest was our debutante ball for the craft beer scene. No one knew who we were and we were floored by the welcome we received! Last year we poured the L.A. Saison and Smog City XPA. A year ago, XPA was a newish style, we didn’t know if it was a San Diego Common, Session IPA or an XPA…this little guy was still getting his wings but now the term XPA is well on its way to becoming a household style. http://18thstreet.org/public-programs/upcoming-events/bam-fest-2012
A little history on the Collaborative Evil, this was Porter and Julian Shrago’s collaboration just months before Beachwood BBQ and Brewing opened their doors. The Bourbon Collaborative Evil was brewed at Tustin Brewing Co and split between the two brewers. Porter put some in kegs and the rest into bourbon barrels. One year in the barrel and this brew is going to rock your socks. For the record, another collaboration is in the works…the brewers don’t know it yet but owner Gabe Gordon and I have been talking…
Sausage Fest @ Fig– October 7th, 5pm-8pm, 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Also in attendance and rocking the wieners will be Vartan Abgaryan (Public Kitchen), Greg Daniels (Haven Gastropub), Daniel Mattern (Cooks County), Bernhard Mairinger (BierBeisl) and Kris Morningstar (Ray’s & Stark Bar). Plus Eagle Rock Brewing, Noble Ale Works and Weissbierbrauerei Hopf…sweet!! Tickets are $69 and will probably sell out fast – Fig isn’t a huge restaurant.
Not to mention these guys have a great sense of humor. Beer Belly is working with us on our promo video for the event and we hope you enjoy it. I can’t say much more than, we’re taking a slightly less than traditional route…this you will just have to wait and see…but believe me, IT WILL BE WORTH IT.
Octoberfest Whole Animal Roast –Tender Greens Hollywood, October 28th, 5pm-9pm, 6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
We are not vegetarians! Pulling the crackling off of a pig or gnawing on a pig ear is right up our alley. Each year Porter brews an Octoberfest for Tustin Brewing Co and this is the one keg that will silently slip out the door and make its way to L.A. County. Plus Porter will be in Leiderhosen and that’s worth the $35 right there! Tickets are almost sold out on this one so if you’re interested, get thee to the bank!
Halloween Costume Party, Tony’s Darts Away, 6pm-close, 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506