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Brews News: Learn How to Brew Beer

A look at what is happening on the craft beer scene in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

Ever wanted to brew beer in the comfort of your own home?

For those wanting to know how it is done, the Strand Brewers Homebrew Club will be hosting a homebrewing demonstration this weekend at the South Bay Brewing Supply store in Torrance.

"If you are interested in learning to brew, this is a great opportunity to see firsthand how it is done," Strand Brewers club president Rives Borland said. "Feel free to come and just observe or get your hands dirty pitching in and we will get you involved in actually doing some of the work."

The demonstration will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the South Bay Brewing Supply store located at 1311 Post Avenue in Old Torrance. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning the brewing process.

Here is a look at what else is happening on the craft beer scene in the South Bay:

Beer Bars, Restaurants and Stores

Select Beer Store | Redondo Beach

Sunday, Jan. 27 | Noon | Strand Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration

Select Beer will host another popular beer and pie event this Sunday. In addition to pouring some of Strand's most popular beers, Select Beer will also host pie makers "I Heart Pies" who will serve up sweet and savory pies. Strand beers that will be served include:

  • 3rd Anniversary Bagheera East India Ale (Spiced Ale)
  • Black Sand Double IPA
  • Black IPA
  • 24th Street Pale
  • Beach House Amber

Pies available for purchase include Roasted Pork and Tomatillo, Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese with Asparagus and Prosciutto and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan.

Other beers on tap this week at Select Beer include:

  • Firestone Pivo Pilsner
  • Beachwood BBQ & Brewing El Verano (Saison - Bronze medal winner at the 2012 GABF)
  • Strand 24th Street Pale Ale
  • Hangar 24 Helles Lager
  • Speakeasy Betrayal (Imperial Red)
  • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
  • New Belgium Biere de Garde
  • Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15 (Double IPA)
  • Hangar 24 Hammerhead (Barrel-aged Barleywine)
  • Hangar 24 Pugachev's Cobra (Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout)
  • Tripel Karmeliet (Belgian Tripel)
  • Smog City Coffee Porter

The Rockefeller | Hermosa Beach

This week's beer flight at Rockefeller includes five different Stone beers:

  • Levitation Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Oake Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Sublimely Self Rightous Ale (black IPA)

Other beers on tap include:

  • Fruli Strawberry (Strawberry Wheat)
  • Murphy’s Irish Stout
  • Stella Artois (pale lager)
  • Bootleggers Hefeweizen
  • Allagash White (belgian wit)
  • Deschutes Black Butte (porter)
  • Scarlet Red (red rye ale)
  • Mad River Steelhead (extra pale ale)
  • Rogue Brown Ale
  • Lagunitas Pilsner (czech pilsner)
  • Bootleggers Chocolate Mint Porter
  • Goose Island Seasonal
  • Leffe (belgian pale)
  • El Segundo White Dog (wheat ipa)
  • Ballast Point Sculpin (double IPA)
  • Victory Hop Devil (american ipa)
  • Black Market Rye IPA
  • Allagash Black (belgian stout)
  • Chimay Triple (tripel)
  • Maudite (belgian strong dark ale)
  • Schlagl Doppelbock
  • Oskar Blues G’Knight (imperial red ale)
  • La Trappe (quadrupal)
  • The Bruery 5 Golden Rings (winter ale)
  • Ace Perry hard cider
  • Triple Karmeliet (tripel)
  • Duvel (belgian golden ale)
  • Allagash Curiex (barrel aged tripel)
  • Chimay Grand Reserve
  • Bitburger Drive non-alcoholic
  • O Mission (gluten free) pale ale

Naja's Place | Redondo Beach

Strand Brewing Pint Night | Thursday, Jan. 31 | 6 p.m.

Strand will celebrate its third anniversary with a pint night at Naja's Place -- One of the first establishments to pour Strand's beers. 

Strand co-founders Rich and Joel will be on hand to talk beer and share a few pints of Strand with patrons.

In addition to their flagship and anniversary beer, Strand will also pour a special cask of double dry hopped atticus IPA. First 50 pints of any beer get to keep the glass.


Strand Brewing Co. | Torrance

Current beers on tap at the tasting room include:

  • Beach House Amber (Amber Ale)
  • 24th Street Pale Ale
  • Atticus (IPA)
  • Black IPA
  • Bagheera-East India Pale Ale (3rd Anniversary Ale featuring a blend of curry, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, toasted coconut and tamarind).
  • Black Sand (Double IPA)

Tap room hours this week for beer tasting and growler fills are:

Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

El Segundo Brewing | El Segundo 

El Segundo will begin selling 22 ounce bottles of its Standard Crude Imperial Stout and White Dog IPA starting on Friday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. in its taproom.

This marks the first time El Segundo Brewing will release its beer in bottle format and to celebrate the occasion, will be pouring a cask of rum soaked and oaked Hyperion's Double Stout at the taproom on Feb. 1.

Beers on tap this weekend at the tap room include:

  • Blue House Pale
  • Citra Pale
  • White Dog IPA
  • Blue House IPA
  • Hyperion's Stout
  • Standard Crude Imperial Stout

This weekend is also the last time the public can get growler fills of Standard Crude. After the weekend, the beer will only be available on tap (and eventually in 22oz bottles).

Tap room hours for beer tasting and growler fills are:

Wednesday: 5-9 p.m.
Thursday: 5-9 p.m.
Friday: 5-9 p.m.
Saturday: 2-9 p.m.
Sunday: 2-7 p.m.

Monkish Brewing Co. | Torrance

Tap room hours this week for beer tasting and growler fills are:

Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday: 3-8 p.m.
Sunday: 1-6 p.m.

Editor's Note: Only establishments that have submitted updates are included in this column. If you own a beer bar, brewery, beer store or beer-centric restaurant in the South Bay of Los Angeles and would like to include your establishment's updates in this column, please send editor John Schreiber an email at John.Schreiber@Patch.com. This column relies on the updates from local business owners to keep it running—please contribute!


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