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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!

RAREST OF THE RARE II

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SURVIVE AND THRIVE!!!

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.

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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!

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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

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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.

MAIN BAR

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

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

310-320-7664

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“Tap Attack” and it’s Origin

The benefits of being small manifest in our agility to create unique beers, our creativity and our flexibility to make s#!t up.

Over 2 years ago, Porter decided that the term Tap Takeover wasn’t the most accurate name for an event unless you were truly taking over all of the taps. Porter is a man of precision and it’s not a game of semantics here, it’s a quest for concise communication. So I asked Porter for an alternative and “Tap Attack” instantly came rolling out of his mouth.

We both knew immediately we had something awesome. Now, it seems small and insignificant but like making great beer, it’s all about the details. It’s all about those little bits and pieces you hold dear and you know deep in your heart, that they belong to you.

But even as the originators of the term Tap Attack, we hold the line by a string…why? Well, here’s the kicker…we’re tiny. Very few craft beer drinkers across the nation know about us, YET. All it takes is for one big guy to use it and we’ve lost our hold of the term.

After attending the Craft Brewer’s Conference(CBC) this year, it was really hammered home just how small we are. In our first year, we distributed 240 bbl of beer. In our second year, a little over 900 bbl and this year, we’re targeting 2500 bbl.

So as a small fry, we’re clinging to the opportunities we have to make small waves. We released one of SoCal’s first year-round Saisons 3 years ago (name another from 2012…), we helped make a name for Coffee Porters(yes, everyone has one now) before Coffee Porters were a thing and we killed it with our MakeOut Session Pale Ale (which was previously known as Smog City XPA)…a sessionable beer in the lull before Sessionable was even a well-known word.

So when you see Tap Attack…think Smog City. Know that David V. Goliath is still well and good and fighting the good fight for notoriety and that we’re devoted to making your craft beer experience unique and exceptional.

Cheers and thanks for your support!

Laurie

Anniversary Beer Brew Day

To celebrate our anniversary coming up on the 17th of May, our Smog City staff got together to brew a special release!

Anni, as we affectionately refer to it, is a Strong Saison brewed with Merlot. We used Galaxy and Meridian hops,with wheat, pilsner and oats. A light pinkish hue and delicious Belgian character will set this beer apart.

Here’s a look at our brew day! Not pictured: Laurie, but she was most certainly there doing hop additions, making coffee and taking all of these photos!

Join us May 17th 12-8pm for our Anniversary Event at the brewery. We’ll be releasing Anni as well as other special limited releases (to be announced) plus a Limited Anniversary Growler with a new design!! It’s gonna knock your socks off. And if that’s not enough, we are anticipating a major announcement that will coincide with this event, but we’re not quite ready to let you in on that little secret…not quite yet.

RSVP on our Facebook event page to learn about updates on this event.

 

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Coffee with a makeshift coffee kookie.

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Grains Out!

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Adding Merlot while Porter looks on

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“Get off of my brew deck!” says Chris Walowski. Clean up the brew is done!

 

GrapeApe IPA, A Creative Process

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UPDATE: 1/2/14:

This delicious concoction is just now getting the traction we hoped to see in 2013! 2014 is gonna be a good year! Keep your eyes peeled for one of the top 3 beers of 2013 according to LA Times beer writer John Verive who named GrapeApe IPA alongside Noble’s Naughty Sauce and GRB’s Heal The Bay IPA in his Three Most Important Beers of Southern California article.

Coming out later this month is our extremely limited release, Batch 100. A Double IPA made with Viogner grapes to celebrate 100 brews in the new Torrance facility. Batch 100 will be available in our taproom and in limited release to select accounts across the L.A. area. 

Pasadena and Eastside Folks! We have a beer dinner Feb 6th at King’s Row Gastropub that will have Batch 100 on for one of its courses. Check in with them for availability and reservations.  

King’s Row: 20 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105       626.793.3010

Now back to your previously televised program…

There’s something you need to know about Smog City and our new beer, GrapeApe IPA…we’re pushing the boundaries and this isn’t the first time.

When Porter first created the recipe for Groundwork Coffee Porter a little over two years ago, very few were doing coffee beers and even less were doing them well. Now, coffee beers are all the rage. They are delicious and amazing and honestly, the best of both worlds. Good news is Smog City, Porter and his crew are doing it again but this time with wine grapes in an IPA.

Who in their right mind would think to combine wine grapes with IPA? Well, one brewery leaps off the tip of my tongue. The ever experimenting Dogfish Head and their Sixty-One IPA made with Syrah Grapes….this beer got Porter and his assistants talking. Why NOT make IPAs with wine grapes? The grapes add berry and fruit esters that hops cannot. They also pair amazingly well with the more unique hops that we are trying out. And thus GrapeApe IPA was born.

We are designing and redesigning this beer. Each time we brew it, we will be using different grape varietals, adding them at different points during the brewing and fermentation process until we hone in on the perfect, not-to-be-out-done, most delicious version of GrapeApe IPA.

And that means that as we brew GrapeApe it will change; the GrapeApe you had one month ago may not be the same GrapeApe you have next month but rest assured, we will not release a GrapeApe that is anything less than STELLAR! In addition, YOU get to be apart of the process. You will have an opportunity to experience the evolution and the process of creation while enjoying a delicious beer! You may have your own personal favorites along the way but hopefully, you’ll enjoy each one for its own unique qualities.

We don’t know of any other brewery to open up the creative process to the public like this but we’re not afraid to share our successes with you! It’s about the journey, not the destination…okay, it’s also about the destination…but we thrive on challenges and adventures and the crafting of beers. That’s what makes beer so amazing; it’s alive and it should be ever changing. So enjoy the ride, we aim to take you on a good one!

GrapeApe IPA with Muscat – 8.1% abc

This GrapeApe IPA is currently available in our taproom…but not for long.  Most assume that the muscat lends a sweetness to the beer but of course, the hungry yeast loves sugar and so the result was a drier IPA than our other two IPAs and a higher ABV; GrapeApe clocks in at 8.1%.

Expect a huge bouquet of tropical hop aroma with notes of lychee, mango, and candied lemon peel. Belgian Pilsner malt and wheat lend a light bread crust character to complement the tropical hop and Muscat berry flavors.

GrapeApe IPA with Chardonnay – 7.4% abv

An experimental IPA brewed with Chardonnay grape juice and features Australian Topaz and Simcoe hops

Expect a huge bouquet of fruity tropical hop aromas with notes of pear, mango, and light spice. Chardonnay contributes peach and pear flavors while Belgian pilsner and wheat malts add cracker and bread crust to lightly sweet malt and a soft bitter finish.

We’ve dropped the growler price for the current GrapeApe IPA with Muscat to $18! Come see us in our taproom, we’ve got GrapeApe IPA with Chardonnay on deck! Come and help us blow through the first batch so we can get the new one on line! GrapeApe IPA is regularly $22 for growler fills.

Also, be sure to check out the Los Angeles IPA Festival at Mohawk Bend this weekend! It’s a competition to see whose IPA will bring home the win. We’ve entered GrapeApe IPA with Chardonnay. Believe us, this event is worth attending!

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A Quick Guide to Surviving The Rarest of the Rare

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Tomorrow we will be pouring a selection of barrel-aged, sour and one-off beers, most of which have never been distributed in the L.A. market. You may have seen some of them poured at events like LA Union Station Beer Fest 2012 (Quercus Circus), BAM Fest 2012 (Collaborative Evil), and this year’s LABW5 Tap Attacks at Cinco and Tony’s Darts Away(Bourbon Barrel-Aged O.E.) but never have we offered all of them in one place at one time. We might just be insane…or maybe we aren’t, maybe we are geniuses.

When it came to planning this year’s LA Beer Week events, we looked to other beer weeks around the country: Philly Beer Week, Asheville Beer Week, and San Francisco Beer Week. We researched the events breweries were throwing and realized that for us, Beer Week is about pulling out all the stops- doing something that will leave people talking. With that in mind, we decided to knock LABW 2013 out of the park. We hope you’ve enjoyed the events of this year’s LA Beer Week mightily(there have been a bunch of excellent ones!) but we cross our fingers that The Rarest of the Rare will be the highlight!

Over the last three weeks  we have worked tirelessly to make sure that tomorrow will run smoothly, as smoothly as a speeding bullet train tanked up on bourbon barrel-aged beers can run. So here’s your quick guide to imbibing, thriving, and surviving The Rarest of the Rare 2013 at Smog City Brewery.

1. First and foremost, we will take intoxication very seriously. Please have a way to get home safely, eat lots of food (we have a food vendor!) 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, the parking lot directly behind our building, 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 person 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. Plan accordingly! Hopefully this will help with lines as well.

5. Pace yourself!

6. Growler fills- We will have a growler fill station at the main bar. No taster or full pours will be filled here.  We do not have growlers for sale so please bring your Smog City growler with you. Beers available for fills at the bottom.

7. New Tshirt design, original Smog City tshirts and New hoodies are available for sale!

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

9. Pace Yourself!

10. Wanna hashtag on social media? Use #smogcitybeer and @smogcitybeer for twitter and instagram. @smogcitybrewing for facebook. Share the love and tell everyone!

10. Most importantly, have an amazing day enjoying our Smog City beers! And remember what LA Beer Week is all about…drink local and support the craft!

Rarest of the Rare

Cheers!

Laurie

Main Bar

The Tempest (Sour Red Rye)

Farmhouse Funk (Brett aged Saison)

Bourbon Imperial Porter

Bourbon Collaborative Evil (collaboration with Julian Schrago of Beachwood Brewery)

Bourbon Red

Bourbon O.E.

Hive Five!

Kumquat Saison (Forager Series)

Weird Beer (5-grain Saison w/spices)

L.A. Saison

Hoptonic IPA

Amarilla Gorilla IPA

Groundwork Coffee Porter

Sabre-Toothed Squirrel

Little Bo Pils

Second Bar

1st  tapped: Cask 2009 Olde English Barelywine

2nd tapped: Cask 2011 Collaborative Evil on Vanilla Beans)

Quercus Circus (Sour barrel-aged Belgian Blonde)

Grape Ape IPA (IPA made with 500 lbs of Muscat grapes)

Growler Fills

L.A. Saison

Amarilla Gorilla IPA

Hoptonic IPA

Groundwork Coffee Porter

Sabre-Toothed Squirrel

Little Bo Pils

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Smog City Finds A Home in Torrance!

Well, after months of searching, negotiating and minor heart palpitations Smog City is proud and excited to announce that we are beginning our official move to Torrance, CA!

We will be moving into the same neighborhood as one of L.A.’s  newest breweries, Monkish and not too far from another great brewery and L.A. mainstay, Strand Brewing Co. Smog City’s looking forward to the community that comes with sharing space with these incredible people. Many thanks to Henry at Monkish and Rich and Joel at Strand Brewing Co for their support. We love you guys!

Hopefully our public hearing goes smoothly and we can begin construction in the next few months. Send good vibes or write letters of support, or just raise a glass of Smog City beer and wish us well! Whatever moves you.