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Smog City Welcomes Head Brewer Tim Harbage

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As Smog City continues to grow, we have found it increasingly important to put into place systems and organizational elements that allow us to build brand while maintaining our focus and commitment to quality over quantity. Smog City prides itself on organic and conscientious growth with a heavy lean on the culture within our company first and foremost. We are excited to welcome Tim Harbage to the family as our new Head Brewer.

Tim brings to the table a true passion and dedication to not only the quality of the beer but the cohesiveness of the team. We are beyond excited to give him the opportunity to help us set in place the organization and logistical systems needed to grow our business from a small two-person team in 2011 to a robust and successful beer family of 18 here in 2016. The Smog City environment is designed to give a safe and nurturing place to those that prioritize quality, creativity and innovation over all else. Tim has that passion and that drive to build a stronger more passionate team and we welcome him with open arms into the Smog City fold.

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Finished 2013!

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Five years ago Smog City launched out of a small brewpub in Tustin, CA. In our first year, we produced and sold 240 bbls of beer to the L.A. market, hand picking select craft beer bars and restaurants that heralded our creativity, quality and reflected our own attention to building a strong craft beer community. One and a half years later, we opened in Torrance, CA to a “gigantic” 5,500 sq ft facility and a 450 sq ft taproom. To our surprise, it did not take long to outgrow this space and in the last nine months, we have expanded our square footage to 22,000 sq ft, dwarfing our original space.

Much of the planned growth is to facilitate distribution and to grow the exciting Sour Program that Porter has always been extremely passionate about. With some of the weight of running day to day production, logistical standards, overseeing brewers and maintaining inventory lifted; Porter will be able to return to exploring his passion for sour and barrel-aging. In the new space, we have a 2300 sq ft barrel room dedicated exclusively to barrel-aging our already established Sour Program. The temperature and humidity controlled room will give us increased control over the process and allow us to nearly double our current barrel count.

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The second stage of expansion will be focused on growing our production in the current space from 4000 bbl to approximately 12,000 over the next five years. Slow and steady growth allows us to continue to put in place the best staff and maintain quality control measures to ensure that our brand and beers remain consistently balanced, creative and reflective of who we are and why.

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Bringing on Tim allows Porter to continue to grow the creative side of Smog City and push through to new styles, new approaches while developing innovative procedures to achieve the unique beers that Smog City is known for – beers like Brix Layer that combines wine juice and barrel-aged sour beer in collaboration with J Brix Winery, our Cuddlebug and Snugglebug fruited sour blondes, as well as our collaborations with producers and businesses that push for innovation and community awareness like Food Forward, Weiser Family Farms, and Beer Camp with Sierra Nevada Brewing.

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With our satellite taproom, Smog City at SteelCraft on the horizon, Smog City’s direct to consumer reach will increase, allowing us to expand the brand, build on our brewery’s consumer education focus and expand upon the opportunity for consumer feedback in multiple locations regarding pilot beers, experimental beers and our core beers. Smog City at SteelCraft is set to open Mid Dec alongside 6 food vendors with a communal sitting area.

Tim’s passion and enthusiasm for beer and the craft beer community are hard to match, which when combined with his engineering background and his strong experience growing young breweries, like Golden Road, will be instrumental in helping us to continue to innovate our already unique approaches to beer production. We are very proud to be a family-owned brewery and look forward to having Tim as part of our team.

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Surviving Smog’s Anniversary Event- Saturday, May 21st

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Halfway through 2016 already and so much has happened. See the images below to see how we looked this time 2013 compared to last week. It’s definitely a little more crowded in here…in three years, not much has changed, right?! 🙂
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SURVIVING (and enjoying) OUR ANNIVERSARY

Saturday May 21st, 2016 11am-10pm

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Ready? Deep breath. Let’s go….
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Smog City has been experiencing expansion in all directions: we’ve grown our Beer Family from 7 team members to 14, we’re celebrating the expansion of our Torrance brewery’s footprint from 11,000sq ft to 22,000q ft(!!), plus our GABF 2015 and World Beer Cup 2016 Silvers!, 7 medals between L.A. International Beer Competition and San Diego International, an epic collaboration with Beer Camp Across America including Beachwood Brewing, Bagby, Society, Lost Abbey and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, fulfilling and long-lasting partnerships with organizations like Food Forward and L.A. Derby Dolls, and to top it off, the announcement of our anxiously anticipated satellite taproom, Smog City Steelcraft in Long Beach/Bixby Knolls.
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Incurable Optimist.
Each year we brew a special limited released bottled beer to celebrate another year of delicious Smog City beer. Incurable Optimist is our 2016 Anniversary beer named by Laurie(who IS an Incurable Optimist) to reflect the wild and crazy ride these past 5 years have been for Smog City and an even more exciting future than we ever anticipated. For us here at Smog, this year feels like a tipping point from small budding local business to recognized brand.
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Incurable Optimist – Tart Wild Wheat w/Citrus

 5.3% abv

Our 2016 anniversary ale started life as a tart Belgian style Wit that co-fermented with 3 strains of Brettanomyces. We then blended in several choice barrels of 2 year old white wine barrel aged sour blonde. A 3rd fermentation in the bottle with a 4th Brett strain will deliver more complexity as it ages.

Citrus dominates the aroma with lemon, orange, and tangerine while coriander, white wine, and funk linger in the background. Expect a bright hit of tart citrus up front, then stone fruit, vitamin C, and subtle oak in the finish.

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There is much to be thankful for and the future looks bright to the “Incurable Optimist” regardless of the insanity that prevails on the fringes.  Drink to the future today or lay this baby down and watch it mature in its complexity and depth.
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More Space!

We will be expanding the taproom into our adjacent space which means MORE ROOM FOR YOU and more room for more beers! We’re super excited to have this opportunity to really celebrate and do so with elbow room. We’ll have two beer stations in that area with special/limited releases on tap and the beer cocktail, Cuddle Paloma, making its debut.

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VIP Session – ticketed

11-1pm: We will begin checking people in approx 30 mins before 11am to ensure a smooth and expedited start to your day!
As in previous years this is a special ticketed session and is Sold Out.
With the VIP Session you get:
Early admission to the event
2 bottles of Incurable Optimist (less than 1000 bottles available)- Can purchase 2 additional
5 tasters
2 full pours
Access to our limited and special release beers (4 beer stations in all!! deets below)
Access to the ultra-limited Beer Cocktails!
First option to purchase Bourbon O.E. bottles
Avoid the crowds for 2 whole hours!
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General Admission – No Tickets Needed

We will be open to the public from 1-10pm.

Throughout the brewery will be 4 beer dispensing areas with unique Smog City beers…all celebrating the quality and creativity that have become synonymous with the Smog City brand. Chart your passage through the brewery ahead of time and hit all your favorite beers! Below is a list of what the various stations will be pouring.

Beer Stations

Main

Incurable Optimist- Anni 2016 (Tart Wild Wheat with Citrus)
Little Bo Pils
Hoptonic IPA
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
Grape Ape IPA (RETURNS!!)
Coffee Porter
Drought Stout on Nitro
Spittin’ and Cussin’ (Barrel-aged Sour Brown with Cherries)
ChipShot Coffee Porter
Steelcraft IPA
Smoked Smaug Lager
Imperial Porter
Zwickel Bo on Nitro
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Brewer’s Station (brewhouse)

Bourbon O.E. 2016  (bottles available)
Infinite Wishes 2016 limited
The Nothing
Incurable Optimist (Anni 2016)
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Beer Cocktail: Old Fashioned O.E. – limited
(returns from our anniversary event last year!)
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Old Fashioned O.E.

 Sour Station

Cuddlebug (Sour Blonde w/ peaches and apricots)
Snugglebug (Sour Blonde w/ raspberry and boysenberry) limited
Ch’nooks and Crannies (Sour Blonde w/Cranberries Dry-Hopped with Chinook) limited
Unnamed Beta Blend (white wine barrel-aged sour) ultra-limited
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Beer Cocktail: Cuddle Paloma –  grapefruit cordial with a himalayan sea salt and grapefruit rim
Beyond delicious and ultra-limited!
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Cuddle Paloma

Citrus Station

 Bloody Optimist (Blood Orange Tart Wild Wheat)
Anni 2014 – Strong Saison w/ Merlot (cellared for 2 years!)
Mexican Vacation (Returns!!)- Little Bo with Mexican Lime
Kumquat Saison
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       Bottles of Incurable Optimist and Bourbon O.E. which are being released for the Anniversary will be available throughout the brewery and at all beer stations. No need to line up at the back door as in previous releases, these bottles will be widely available while bottles last.
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Bottles Available:

Incurable Optimist (limit 4 per person)
Bourbon O.E. (no limit)
Kumquat Saison
(2015 GABF Silver for Belgian-style Fruit Beer)
Coffee Porter
The Nothing
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel
(2016 World Beer Cup medalist! Silver for American style Amber/Red)
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 SHUTTLE AND ESBC
       And to make this day even better….El Segundo Brewing is celebrating their Anniversary on the same day! We highly recommend you organize a DD or plan on Uber/Lyft for the day. We will have 2 free shuttles running between the locations every 30 minutes from 1-6pm but space is extremely limited and signing up for a seat on the shuttle will be required. We hope you appreciate our attempt at getting you from place to place and remain patient with the limitations we have in terms of space available. ESBC and Smog are footing the bill, so you get what you get and hopefully you have one hell of a day! 🙂
Sign up will be at the front roll-up door. First come, first served. If you are not there to claim your spot, your spot will be given away
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KEEP THE GLASS!
Remember if you “keep the glass”, you can take home a souvenir glass at a discount!
$10 for a full pour and Smog City logo’d glass you can take home.
Both Belgian and Pints available.
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We Like You and We Really Care
      We anticipate an incredibly wonderful and exciting time to be had by all at our Anniversary but want to remind you to drink responsibly, stay hydrated, plan on how you will get between the events(if you do) and home. We take over-intoxication very seriously and your safety and the safety of others is paramount to the longevity of this wonderful community we are all so profoundly invested in.
Cheers!!
Laurie, Porter and the Smog City Team
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Laurie’s Dad at Anniversary 2015

Facebook Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/1028567153876335/

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!

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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!

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1901 Del Amo Blvd Ste B

Torrance, CA 90501

310-320-7664

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Steamfunk Brett IPA Bottle Release – Anniversary 2015

 

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Steamfunk Brett IPA

6.8% abv

Much Hops and Much “Bretts” which makes it Much Delicious!

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This golden IPA was fermented with Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with experimental hops to amp the Brett fueled funk.
Expect pineapple, melon, ripe cheese, papaya and subtle sweet lemon above the earthy, and yes, funky flavors that Brett lends to this beer.

Debuts at our Anniversary 2015 Party Saturday, May 9th. 

Sold Out VIP Session 11-1pm, General Admission 1pm-8pm

Growlers Available $22, Bottles $10 and Case discount 12/$100

“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

The 411 on Smog City’s Anniversary Event

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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
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670925
 
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.

Food

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.

PARKING!

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!

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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

 

TapList!

* 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