Archive for October, 2014

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!!