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Roll on Red Car: the Red Car Brewery in Torrance

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by Ian Rumery

Tamar Khajadourian enjoys a beer with Red Car’s Nydia Garcia. Photo by Jeff Vincent

In the early 1900’s up until 1961, the Red Car was real – a electric transit system run by the Pacific Electric Company allowed families to connect with each other, allowed people to share time and interact, and it made it affordable for residents to expand their horizons across three counties.

Pacific Electric was an innovator in the rail systems in Southern California. Red Car Brewery in Torrance and its founders and owners Bob and Laurie Brandt are innovators in the South Bay beer scene.

In a historic location on the corner of Sartori and Post (with a large parking lot and free parking), Red Car Brewery and Restaurant has been brewing its own beer since 2000. Priding itself on English-style ales, quality food, and exceptional service, as the old electric railway did, Red Car Brewery has likewise been creating a connection for the community.

You can find Bob behind the counter brewing his select and annual brews. His enthusiasm is contagious and his personality fills the room.

“I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t brew beer,” he said. “I do it because it’s what I love doing.”

And it shows in the interaction with his customers and his relationships with his staff. Bob called everyone who walked through the door by name. Frankie Becerra, an employee of 7 years, referred to Bob as the “Godfather of micro-brews” in the South Bay. His respect for his boss was undeniable.

With 20 years experience brewing a diverse array of beers, from the Electra Lite, the Motorman Brown to the South Bay IPA (at 9% ABV), Bob’s passion for his craft and his people keeps rolling along.

 

 

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