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Rarest of the Rare II – 2015- #LABW7

It’s LABW7 and we’re 4 days out from Rarest of the Rare!!!! If you love bourbon barrel-aged beer, sour beer, wild beer, experimental beer and all around delicious beer…Rarest of the Rare is the most exciting event of the year…besides our Anniversary Event, course. Everyone loves a good birthday party.

On June 27th from 12-8pm, we dig deep into our cellar and bring out the craziest beers we have available.

The following is your guide to surviving this very special day. Please join us, enjoy, drink responsibly and make sure you have a way to get home safely!




1. First and foremost, we will take over-intoxication very seriously. Please have a way to get home safely, eat lots of food (we have Serendoggity) before, during, and after the event and most importantly…pace yourself

2. Do not park in the Doggy Daycare parking spaces. You will be asked to move you car and you will lose your place in line. We have our half of the parking lot in the front of the building and the center spaces, also the parking lot directly behind our building to the west, plus all of the parking lots to the WEST of us should be open and okay to park in, additionally street parking on Del Amo blvd(across the street) and Gramercy Pl are abundant.



3. Grab a taster menu and a pencil when you arrive. Mark your order before reaching the counter. 4 tasters per person or 2 full pours per order. Of course you are welcome to get back in line and go for more…this will ensure we don’t run out of taster glassware and keeps the line moving.

4. We will have two bars pouring unique beers. At the bottom of this blog will be the list of which beers will be at which bar.

5. Pace yourself!


Our 2015 Anniversary Beer, Steamfunk Brett IPA,         bottles still avail


6. Growler fills- All growler fill orders will be filled at the main bar.

7. Some of the options will be “taster only”, they will be indicated on the tasting menu with an asterix. These extremely limited beers are $4 per taster.

8. Food Vendor, Serendoggity will be serving up delicious gourmet hotdogs. EAT!

9. Old Fashioned O.E., our delicious beer cocktail made with bitters, orange bitters, orange zest and FIRE, will be making its return! $7/glass, no tasters


Old Fashioned O.E. ©Bernie Wire


10. Pace Yourself!

11. Wanna hashtag on social media? Use #smogcitybeer and @smogcitybeer for twitter and instagram. @smogcitybrewing for Facebook. Plus #RarestOfTheRare  #LABW7 @LABrewers

Share the love and tell everyone!


Our Smog City Team.

Our Smog City Team plus Tall Ryan.


12. Most importantly, have an amazing day enjoying our beers, and thank you for spending LABW with Smog City Brewing.

*Location of beers subject to change but this is our best guess at this time.


-Infinite Wishes-
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imp. Stout
Double Chocolate Imp. Stout
-Bourbon Collaborative Evil-
BBA Imp. Stout – collaboration w/
Beachwood Brewing
-Bourbon Red-
3 year old BBA Strong Red Ale
-Bourbon Imperial Porter-
3 year old BBA Strong Porter
-2011 Olde English (O.E.)-
Non-Barrel Aged English Barleywine
-Mystery Year Bourbon O.E.-
BBA English Barleywine
unknown vintage!
Strong Saison brewed w/ Merlot then
refermented w/ Riesling must
-Spittin’ n Cussin’-
Wine Barrel Aged Sour
Brown w/ Cherries
Batch 2 BBA Belgian Golden
Saison refermented w/ Kumquats
-Chip Shot Coffee Porter-
Spiced Coffee Porter
-Bloody Knuckle-
Robust Porter on Nitro
-L.A. Saison-
 -Hoptonic IPA-


-2012 Bourbon O.E.-
Vintage BBA English Barleywine
Bourbon Barrel-Aged
English Barleywine
Won GOLD at San Diego Int’l Beer Competition 2015!
-Old Fashioned O.E.-
Beer cocktail w/ 2015 B.O.E.
Steamfunk 100% Brett IPA
-Fluffy Fuzz Buzz-
Sabre Toothed Squirrel w/
Coffee and Cascara
-My Tai HopT-
Hoptonic IPA w/ Coconut
-2015 Unity
Tart Saison – official beer
of LA Beer Week 7
-Pomegranate Unity-
Unity Saison refermented
w/ Pom Molasses
Sour Blonde w/
Peach and Apricot

Bloody Knuckle in a Belgian for dramatic impact.

Check out our tap list from 2013 Rarest of the Rare!

Rarest of the Rare II

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501




The 411 on Smog City’s Anniversary Event


Sometimes it’s nice to dip your toe into the water BEFORE you actually dive in. We know that and we hope this post will help you take full advantage of our Anniversary Event this Saturday, May 17th!

Smog City’s Anniversary Event

Saturday May 17th, 2014

Smog City Taproom
1901 Del Amo Blvd
Ste B
Torrance, CA 90501

Facebook Event Page

VIP Session-11-1pm

Tickets must be purchased and we are very close to selling out.
To purchase tickets, please visit brown paper tickets
VIP Session includes early entrance and access to the most limited beers, a special edition growler filled with Anniversary Beer, 5 taster pours and unlimited Little Bo Pils, Coffee Porter and MakeOut Session til 1pm.
We will hand out taster tickets for the VIP’s and you can pick up the included growler on your way out! They will be filled just before we open our doors for ultimate freshness but will also greatly reduce your wait! 

General – 1pm-8pm

We have multiple bars planned to speed up your access to all of our beers. Plan on filling your Anniversary Beer growler at the Brewer’s Bar or Main Bar.
We WILL be offering growler fills all day. At the main bar, we’ll have a dedicated growler filling person to speed things up. Please bring in your Smog City growler or purchase one of new ones.  Sorry, we do not fill growlers that are blank or from other breweries.

Are those Growlers Special?

Our Limited Edition Growlers are ultra special! We ordered a limited number of them and that is all there will be now and forever. Next year will be another year, another design…so be sure to get your hands on these little honeys before they run out! We will also be selling Special Anniversary T-shirts based on this awesome design! Ask your beertender for available sizes.

Beers Available for Growler Fills

Anniversary Beer – Strong Saison brewed with Merlot
Little Bo Pils
MakeOut Session Pale
Hoptonic IPA
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
Coffee Porter
L.A. Saison

What’s pouring at each beer station?!

The Main Bar

Located at the Front of House!

Anniversary Beer- Strong Saison brewed with Merlot – growler fill avail
Quercus Circus – Sour Barrel-Aged Belgian Blonde (4 oz pours only) 
The Tempest- Sour Barrel-Aged Red Rye (4 oz pours only)
Hoptango IPA- Double Dry-Hopped Hoptonic with Mango
Chip Shot Coffee Porter
Fennel of Love – 80 Shilling Scotch Ale brewed with hand-picked fennel flowers
Plum Saison 
Peach Saison
The Nothing – Double Chocolate Imperial Stout
Little Bo Pils-  growler fill avail
MakeOut Session Pale – growler fill avail
Coffee Porter – growler fill avail
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel – growler fill avail
Hoptonic IPA – growler fill avail
L.A. Saison – growler fill avail

The BriteTank Bar (aka the hops bar)

Located next to the 30 and 60 bbl brite tanks
CASK of Double Dry-Hopped Sabre-Toothed Squirrel (our very first Squirrel cask!)
Hoptango IPA- Double Dry Hopped Hoptonic w/ Mango
Mai Tai HopT- Double Dry Hopped Hoptonic IPA w/ Coconut

The Brewer’s Bar

Located near the brewhouse near the back of the brewery
Bourbon O.E.- Bourbon Barrel Aged Olde English Barleywine
Bourbon Imperial Porter
Black Currant Saison
Anniversary Beer- growler fills available at this station!

It’s Gonna Be FUN!

We’re expecting to have a fabulous day filled with extraordinary beers and wonderful friends. Come and stay as long as you like, enjoy the community that craft beer fosters and savor these rare offerings. We thank you in advance for being responsible and making sure that you and your friends get home safely.


We will have Dogtown Hotdog food truck for the event! They will be parking in the loading zone in front of our brewery. PLEASE remember NO beers can leave our building per ABC law so leave your beers inside when you go out to order and pick up your food.

As always we will have chips and beef jerky for sale and you are welcome to bring your own food in.


Please do not park in Doggie Daycare’s parking spaces. We have approval from the businesses to the west of us. You are welcome to use their parking spaces both in front of and behind their building. Also available is street parking on the south side of Del Amo Blvd and up and down Gramercy Pl.

Respect our Neighbors!

When you are leaving the brewery, please be respectful and keep your voices and car radios turned down. Doggie Daycare is a 24 hour boarding facility and we want to play nice with our puppy-loving friends.


See you at the Brewery!! And thank you so much for welcoming us with open arms (and mouths) into the local beer community! We’re honored to be apart of it!


Smog City’s 2014 Anniversary!


From an empty warehouse in Torrance to the bustling taproom and brewery we have now, the last year has been an amazing ride filled with fun events, new friends, new tanks, new beers and new employees! May 17th marks the 1 year anniversary of opening our taproom and celebrating finally being able to share our beers directly with fans and craft enthusiasts.

We’ll be opening our brewery and taproom up May 17th to celebrate! Pulling not only from our walk-in cellar archives but showcasing our core line up and our most successful taproom-only experiments- you’ll get to experience the full range of Smog City’s abilities.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged and Sour beers from the cellar will slide in side by side with our newest creations including Hoptango (DDH Hoptonic with mango), Chip Shot Coffee Porter, Mai Tai HopT (Hoptonic with Coconut) and three fruit Saisons. In addition we are continuing our exploration of wine meets beer with our Anniversary beer– a Strong Saison brewed with Merlot. This monster of a beer will have taken more than 6 weeks to finish and promises to be something one of a kind…i.e.: extremely delicious!

Join us for our VIP Session(11-1pm, tickets and details available HERE) or at 1pm when we open to the public! We’re releasing a limited edition anniversary growler and anniversary t-shirt for the occasion and we’ll be serving our beers at multiple stations to reduce your wait time. We’ll even release the menus for each station before the event so you can plan your visit and maximize the day! PLUS Serendoggity will be on hand to satisfy your munchies. Who can complain about that?!

Cheers to another year and more beer!

May 17th, 2014

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501

VIP Session 11-1pm

General Admission (no ticket necessary)- 1pm-8pm



* Anniversary Beer- Strong Saison brewed with Merlot
* Quercus Circus- Sour Barrel-Aged Belgian Blonde
* Mai Tai HopT- DDH Hoptonic with Coconut and Secret Spice
* Bourbon O.E.- Bourbon Barrel-Aged
* Bourbon Imperial Porter- Bourbon Barrel-Aged
* Chip Shot Coffee Porter
* Fennel of Love- 80 Shilling Scotch Ale brewed with hand picked fennel flowers
* The Tempest- Sour Red Rye (Barrel-Aged)
* Hoptango IPA- DDH Hoptonic with Mango
* Peach Saison
* Black Currant Saison
* Plum Saison
* Cask TBD

* Little Bo Pils
* MakeOut Session Pale
* Coffee Porter
* Hoptonic IPA
* Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
* L.A. Saison
* The Nothing


LABW5, How do You Stand Out? Dress Like a Bee!


Sept 19th-29th

Look for the Hive Five! Beee at LA Union Station Gala Beer Fest on Sunday, September 22nd. He’ll be giving our Hive Fives! and new Smog City stickers. Our LA Beer Week beer is called, yup you probably already guessed it, Hive Five! It’s a delicious 6.8% Honey Red Ale made with 5 different types of local honey: Sage, Wildflower, Orange Blossom, Eucalyptus, and Avocado. We’ve sent it out into the LA area, so be sure to keep your peepers peeled!

Besides Hive Five! we’ve also sent out limited quantities of GrapeApe IPA. This new Smog City IPA is made with Topaz and Simcoe, fermented with 500lbs of muscat grapes. What results is a delightful blending of beer and wine character; your favorite bitterness meets the sophistication of the vine. We’ll be pouring this beer exclusively at Cinco, Najas, Silvios BBQ and Tony’s Darts Away during LA Beer Week.

Every year we look forward to LA Beer Week, the best events of the year always happen during the next 10 days. The only downside is figuring out how to fit them all in. This is the time of year to go local, go craft, go for the best of the best and we’ve got a few event you shouldn’t miss!

Rarest of the Rare

Saturday, Sept 28th, RAREST OF THE RARE at Smog City 12-8pm

1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B
Torrance, CA 90501

We have made some adjustments to the event! There will be two bars, our main bar serving most of the special one-offs, barrel-aged and sour beers plus a selection of our core beers will be available.

In an attempt to reduce wait times, we are also setting up a second bar. The beers served at each bar have yet to be determined but will be announced soon.

We will have a growler filling station but fills will be limited to a select number of our core beers. Amarilla Gorilla, LA Saison, Little Bo Pils and Sabre-Toothed Squirrel will be available. Unfortunately, we are about to run out of our growlers- so please bring your Smog City growler with you. We will probably not have any to sell on the day of.

We will also be launching the arrival of our new Smog City HOODIES and a new TShirt design! More details soon!

Please drink responsibly and take into consideration how you will get home. “We like you and we really care.”

Also, parking will be tight, so please PLEASE do not park in our neighbor’s(Doggie Daycare) parking spaces. There are plenty of spaces in the parking lots to the WEST of our building (these business are closed on Saturdays) and street parking on Grammercy and Del Amo Blvd are abundant. We thank you in advance!

RSVP on FB (not required) but it sure helps us predict turnout!


Casks (on tap one at a time)
*2009 O.E.
*2011 Callaborative Evil w/Vanilla Beans

*Quercus Circus – 19 month sour barrel-aged Belgian blonde
*The Tempest – 18 month barrel-aged sour red rye
*Farmhouse Funk– An unreleased brett beer
*Bourbon Collaborative Evil – 2011 Collaboration with Julian Shrago of Beachwood BBQ
*Bourbon Red – 15 months in bourbon barrels
*Bourbon O.E.- Bourbon barrel-aged Olde English
*Bourbon Imperial Porter
*Weird Beer– 5 Grain Saison with spices
*Hive Five!– LABW special ingredient beer! 5 different types of Honey at 5.5%abv
*Grape Ape IPA– IPA made with 500lbs of flame grapes, pressed on site
*Groundwork Coffee Porter– 2012 GABF Gold Medal Winner
*Amarilla Gorilla IPA
*Little Bo Pils
*L.A. Saison
*Sabre-Toothed Squirrel

…and more!


Saturday, September 21st, Southbay Brewers Cask Ale Event @ Tin Roof Bistro

Casks from all of the South Bay breweries in one place tapped at one time! Real Ale Lovers Rejoice!!

Please check on ticket avilability, this event may be sold out.

Here’s the LINK.

Saturday, September 21st, Southbay Progressive

Manhattan Beach Brew Co/Stone Brewing
Select Beer Store/Great Divide
Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ/Smog City
Najas Place/The Bruery

Each bar will carry six handles, three of which are special releases and three core brands of the brewery they are highlighting and then two other handles of the other breweries.

There will be two busses to shuttle people to and from each bar from 4-11 pm.

$15 VIP wristbands are available for priority seating and select sections or ordering priority in each bar.


Saturday, September 21st, Oinktoberfest @ The Oinkster

Smog City will have a special beer for this event…WEIRD BEER. this is an unreleased beer, a 5-Grain Saison with Herbs and Spices. It’s a huge hit in the taproom and fantastic food pairing beer. This one lives up to its name but don’t be afraid, it’s fantastic!

Come down and enjoy Oinktoberfiesta!
From the Oinkster:
“We are throwing a Los Angeles style-mashup Oktoberfest party. Sit in the back patio(w/misters), transformed into a beer garden, with a unique limited draft list TBA, Pitcher Special, Big Soft Pretzels, House-made salsa bar and Sonora style Spicy Polish Dogs(bacon-wrapped!! Oh Damn!!!)”

Link to event HERE

Sunday, September 22nd, LA Beer Week Opening Gala@ Los Angeles Union Station 11-3pm

This event features unlimited sampling from over 50 breweries in the beautiful, iconic art deco ticketing hall in LA’s famous Union Station.

Follow this LINK for tickets!


Wednesday, September 25th, Tap Attack at Cinco in Westchester

Bringing Smog City to the top o’ the hill. Porter and Laurie will be there to hang out and talk beer…or whatever you want to talk about!

Bourbon O.E.
Hive Five!
Grape Ape IPA (IPA made with muscat grapes)
Groundwork Coffee Porter

…and more!


Thursday, September 26th, Tap Attack at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank

Our only solo east side event, come raise a glass with Porter and Laurie. Want a sneak peak at Saturday’s Rarest of the Rare event? We’ll be pouring Bourbon O.E.!Event LINK

Hive Five!-LA Beer Week Beer
Bourbon O.E. -barrel-aged for 15months (do to unforseen circumstances, this beer is not going to be at the event but we will be bringing something else incredibly exclusive and perhaps even more divine.)
Grape Ape IPA
Groundwork Coffee Porter
Amarilla Gorilla IPA
L.A. Saison
Little Bo Pils


Don’t Forget to Vote for your FAVORITE Brewery in L.A.! Spoiler: you love US! 🙂

Follow the link and vote for Smog City, it’s definitely in your best interest and we need your help! We’re up against some heavy hitters. Let’s prove the underdog can bring home the Gold. 🙂
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