Torrance: Smog City Brewing Company

Smog City Brewing

Smog City Brewing

Following the disastrous Ramen Yokocho Festival and a quick bowl at Umenoya Ramen, we headed over to Smog City Brewing Company for beer. Torrance is rapidly becoming a haven for craft beer breweries. Smog City Brewing’s unassuming taproom is located in a nondescript industrial park.

We studied the list and were originally going to get 6 tasters but the cute tray persuaded us to take on one more. The trays are merely a subliminal suggestion. You can order as little or as many as you want.

From left to right:

Third Nipple Tripel – funny name, good beer

Sabre Tooth Squirrel – Hoppy Amber that was unobtrusive. I think this would be a great beer to have with food.

Smog City XPA – This black IPA wasn’t quite what I wanted. I had tried the black IPA from Firestone Walker recently and liked theirs a bit more.

Hive Five – This honey amber was the first one we finished. I really enjoyed it.

Weird beer – Saison with spices was how the Weird beer was described to us. I thought it tasted like a beer cocktail with lots of cardamon. But coming from the cocktail world, I liked it. I’m not sure craft heads would like this one as much.

Hoptonic IPA – I normally drink dark beers like porters and stouts. I’m coming around to hoppy beers. Hoptonic struck a balance for me so it didn’t taste like just grass water to me.

Smog City taproom

Smog City taproom


While we were there, a bus load of beer drinkers came in. That is probably a good idea if you’re visiting more than one brewery. We thought about going to Monkish next but opted to head over to the beach.

Smog City Brewing Company

1901 Del Amo Blvd., Ste B, Torrance, CA 90501  —  (310) 320-7664
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