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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


Call for Entries and a Short History of Smog City’s Logo

Call for Entries!

Smog City’s 1st Anniversary is approaching and approaching rapidly. We are designing a special logo to celebrate and if you’re an artist, we may be looking for your help.

Here’s the background. Porter and I have been avid art collectors for many years. When Smog City came into being we focused on The Craft. Craft beer, word craft for our beer names and wood craft for our tap handles, hand branded coasters and, of course, our logo. Our dearest logo, this was the image we hoped to brand into the memories of those dedicated to supporting and pushing forward the craft beer industry. We wanted it to be art.

Smog City knew when we started out that the logo was key. It had to be memorable and speak for and about our brand. Many people have asked us where it came from and now here’s the answer.

As I said, Smog City is about craft. So when we started conceptualizing the logo it was always with an artist’s hand in mind. Our earliest logos looked more like a classical etching which spoke to our traditional leanings, create solid base beers and then modernize them. Bring them into the fold of new craft beer, innovative and creative but still balanced.

Our friends at Ignition Print helped create the Smog City logo. They used one of their freelance artists to work specifically on the logo. We were excited to find out that our logo was to be drawn by artist, Su Jen Buchheim. She’s crafted children’s books (which Emmett loves!), movie posters and her own personal art work. When Laurie heard that Su Jen was working with us, she was especially excited as she had known about her work for years. Best of all, Su Jen nailed our concept almost immediately.

As concepts came in we lived with the print-outs on our kitchen wall and when one fell out of our favor, it was folded up but not taken down. The earliest drawings were of an old oak tree drawn in a classical style, which evolved into a wood cut style and then modernized into the silhouette we all know and love.

One of the original oak tree sketches.

Originally we loved the idea of an old oak or elm tree, which we felt spoke of knowledge and tradition but as the logo progressed we realized we needed to localize the tree. We chose the California coastal cyprus as it is known for its longevity and has long been a recognized symbol of California. What also made the tree more personal is that it is Laurie’s favorite tree in the world. (Next to the monkey pod trees of Hawaii!) In our logo, the roots of this beautiful tree come down to form the Los Angeles skyline, where both Porter and I have placed our own roots and where Smog City was born.

The more we looked at the logos the more we leaned towards a clean, sharp line. The ones that read easily from our couch kept jumping out at us. We imagined sitting at the bar and looking at tap handles, we wanted to be able to read the Smog City logo even when we couldn’t see the name.

Here’s one of her first passes at the coastal cyprus tree version.

So now, here we are, one year later and looking for a piece of art for our 1st anniversary. Once again we have the concept but not the art. So this is what we are doing. We’re putting out an all call for entries. Entries are to be sent to Laurie at and a favorite will be selected on August 20th 2012. Feel free to send jpgs, computer renderings or snap shots of the original artwork. Anything to show us what you’re working on.

This is one idea that we’d like to see explored but we’re open to all ideas.

The artwork:

A prehistoric sabre toothed squirrel skull with one lit candle on top of its head. The wax dripping down from the candle over the skull forms the city skyline like we have it in our logo. All entries must be one or two color max.

Attached is a skull jpg in the style we’re thinking…although if someone comes up with a better idea, we’ll happily switch directions. And the second is an artist rendering of a saber-toothed squirrel for reference in creating a skull.

Run with it and have fun. If you want to draw up a sketch and send it for review or comments, please do! Also and best of all, besides bragging rights and a free T-shirt the selected favorite will receive $100. We are anxious to see your artwork, so get working!!!