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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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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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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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Specialty Beers Exploding in the Taproom!!

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Over the last year we’ve brewed well over 100 different beers both experimental, core and one-offs. Many of them have become fan favorites and our locals and weekend visitors ask for growlers fills. Of course when you’re looking at a single keg, growler fills are impossible but we’ve heard your calls and requests and are trying to bring more specialty growler fills to the taproom.

Our first in this excursion is the DEATH BY HOPS Double IPA. Utilizing our 15bbl fermentor, we’ve created a beer that will have extremely limited distribution. In fact, we’re sending out only 8 kegs into the L.A. market. Of course, not every one of our best accounts can get this beer(and we have many) but the limited few that we’ve approached have promised to tap it this weekend for ultimate freshness. Here’s a list of the locations you can find the Death By Hops, assuming you don’t come directly to the source…our taproom. We’ve attended to make it so that you’ll be able to find it spread nicely across L.A.

Growler fills, full pours and tasters still available in our taproom.

Where to find Death By Hops in L.A.

Library Alehouse

Beer Belly

Kings Row

Naja’s Place (for the IPA Fest on June 25th)

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Barbara’s at the Brewery

Last keg TBD

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And while we have your attention, next up in the specialty taproom release and growler fill beer line up is WEIRD BEER, Belgian Blonde with herbs and spices! To add even more complexity to this spiced beer than the last time, Porter is adding some new fresh herbs straight from the local Torrrance farmers market. We originally poured this beer in the taproom when we opened a year ago and it had a constant and loyal fan following. If you have yet to try it, believe us, it’s a keeper!

We should be brewing WEIRD BEER next week, so keep your eyes on our Facebook and mailing list for the official release.  It’s one of our most food friendly beers and will continue to satisfy your food pairing needs! Growler Fills will be available.

Keep an eye out for future taproom and growler release beers! We’re trying to up the ante and get you some awesome beers to take home and share with friends and family. Fingers crossed for Hoptango IPA and a fruited Saison sooooooon.

Cheers!

 

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!

 

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!

 

Our 3rd Grape Ape IPA is Here

Update 2/25/14

Our 3rd Version oF Grape Ape IPA is here!

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Grape Ape IPA-Semillon – 7.4% abv

The 3rd installment of our experimental IPA brewed with Semillon grape juice and features Australian Topaz and Mosaic hops. Expect a huge bouquet of fruity tropical hop aromas with notes of pear, mango, and perfume-like spice.

Semillon contributes peach and pear flavors while German Kolsch malt and wheat adds cracker and bread crust along with light toast to a soft bitter finish.

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Last Sunday we kegged Grape Ape IPA for the L.A. Beer Blogger Summit held at Smog City’s taproom. While enjoying the company of some 45 local beer bloggers, all of which were sipping on Smog City’s offerings, we learned a little from Bernie Wire of Friends of Local Beer, Tyler Graham of Stone Marketing, Josh Liberman and Smog City’s own Laurie Porter.

The big take away was: use your photography in the same way you use words. Tell a story and you’ll successfully engage your fans and viewers. Shoot Away!!!

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VIEW Previous Grape Ape IPA Post HERE!!!

Smog V. Fog = California Love

       We like seeing things come full circle and partnering with 21st Amendment’s head brewer Zambo is one of those moments. Going way way back, Zambo worked at BJs Brea when Porter first launched into the craft beer industry 8 years ago. Porter was fresh out of the American Brewer’s Guild and found himself cleaning kegs at BJs Brea. Soon after Zambo transferred from BJs Woodland Hills to Brea where they worked together until Porter was promoted to assistant brewer in Oxnard. Now they head up their own outstanding breweries and have come together in Smog City’s first official collaboration.

     Featuring wine character from wine country and citrus from SoCal, California Love is a collaboration designed to bring the best of NorCal and SoCal together.

       Califronia Love is an Imperial Red brewed with pinot noir must, citrus peel and aged on oak chips. This highly hopped red clocks in at 9.6% ABV. On tap beginning this Thursday in the Smog City Taproom!

       Here’s a look at the Collaboration Brew Day.

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Look at the color of that beer! The Pinot darkened it considerably from this color.

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This is what happens when you leave your camera unguarded.

This is what happens when you leave your camera unguarded.

Porter and Zambo

Porter and Zambo

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Citrus Peel

Freshly Grated Citrus Peel

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Amarillo, Citra and Centennial Hops

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California Love, 9.6%

California Love, 9.6%

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