Eddie Solt

A Tour of Brouwerij West Brewery in San Pedro

A Tour of Brouwerij West Brewery in San Pedro

Join us as we tour Brouwerij West in San Pedro. This unique Brewery and Taproom is located in a 25,000 square foot former WWII-era Navy warehouse. Brouwerij West partner Brian Mercer gives us the details about what goes into his beer. filmed and edited by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch

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BEER BROS: Brouwerij West, #whenwillyouactuallyopen to one year anniversary celebration

BEER BROS: Brouwerij West, #whenwillyouactuallyopen to one year anniversary celebration

by Ed Solt Craft beer creativity doesn’t just happen in the fermenter. The colorful labels on bottles and cans make bottle shops an adult Willy Wonka’s factory. On a grander scale, a brewery’s creativity can be seen in the tasting room, most commonly a repurposed factory or warehouse. Three years ago, in San Pedro, brewer […]

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BEER BROS: Drumming up a brew, Absolution Brewing collaborates with Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins

BEER BROS: Drumming up a brew, Absolution Brewing collaborates with Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins

by Ed Solt Each sip of a collaboration beer reminds us why we chose to support independent brewing. Craft beer enlightens the palate and is fun. With no grey flannel suits to be accountable to, our local brewers are free to collaborate with other breweries, as well as with an endorser, to produce a signature […]

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A tour of Smog City Brewing Company in Torrance

A tour of Smog City Brewing Company in Torrance

Beer Craft- A Tour of Smog City Brewing in Torrance Smog City Brewing Company owner Laurie Porter takes us on a tour of their brewery in Torrance, Ca.

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Smog City’s Laurie Porter brings unity as LA Brewer Guild President

Smog City’s Laurie Porter brings unity as LA Brewer Guild President

by Ed Solt Craft brewing power couple, Jonathan and Laurie Porter, sought out a brewery location after producing 300 or so barrels during first year of starting Smog City Brewing Company in 2011. Jonathan had been the head brewer at the Tustin Brewing Company since 2008. The Orange County brewpub let Jonathan brew his own […]

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BEER BROS: Steel Reserve, Smog City Brewing Co.’s vision of sustainability

BEER BROS: Steel Reserve, Smog City Brewing Co.’s vision of sustainability

by Ed Solt The burgeoning craft beer movement is redefining what it is to be a brewery. While playing by their own rules, each brewery works with an ethic of sustainability.  Since opening in Torrance five years ago Smog City Brewing Company’s owners Jonathan and Laurie Porter’s environmental ethos has been reflected in their brewery’s operations, including the […]

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BEER BROS: South Bay breweries shine at L.A. Guild fest

BEER BROS: South Bay breweries  shine at L.A. Guild fest

by Ed Solt Since forming in 2013, the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild has organized over 50 breweries within Los Angeles County and has been a major force behind the celebration of local craft beer, organizing events like LA Beer Week. Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Company has been in the Guild since the get-go. This […]

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Beer Bros: Hoppy Happenins’

We are only two weeks away from the first LA Beer and Food Festival. Held on Saturday, January 28 at the Mack Sennett Studios in LA,  40 independent breweries will offer unlimited tastings of 100 beers. Standout food partners include Chef Anne Conness’ Sausal, downtown L.A. favorite Poppy+Rose, and newcomers Fat Dragon in addition to […]

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PCH. Matt Pagan’s Surfari from the past year [SURF VIDEO]

PCH. Matt Pagan’s Surfari from the past year [SURF VIDEO]

Filmed and edited by Mike Pagan and Gage Hingeley A few sessions from baja to central CA throughout this past year. Edited to ‘Dear Lover’ by Social Distortion. For photos, head to sandpipertv.com

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Beer Bros: Brouwerij West gets canned (and other Hoppy Happenins)

Beer Bros: Brouwerij West gets canned  (and other Hoppy Happenins)

by Ed Solt “Life’s too short to drink shitty beer,” I’ve heard once or twice from craft beer veterans ridiculing me years ago, while I stabbed a hole into a can of Silver Bullet CL Smoothie. As local craft beer becomes more mainstream, it’s now possible to shotgun (if you dare, a potent IPA) a […]

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Beach 2016 Surfing: Big waves, in and out of the water

Beach 2016 Surfing: Big waves, in and out of the water

by Ed Solt After a lackluster XXL swell-starved 2015 winter season, El Nino brought back The South Bay Big Wave Challenge in 2016. “Catching the biggest wave of the winter, it’s a punch chance —  there’s so many great surfers in the South Bay, it depends on being at the right place at the right […]

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Beach 2016: A year in beer

Beach 2016: A year in beer

by Ed Solt Let’s put the term “beer nerd” to rest. A taste for craft beer has taken over the majority of the South Bay’s beer palates. Local craft beer is not strictly carried by places like Naja’s Place and Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach, or the obvious, a local brewery, but your neighborhood […]

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Barrel-aged, barley, and brimming El Segundo and Strand Brewing go outside the box, and other hoppy happenings

Barrel-aged, barley, and brimming  El Segundo and Strand Brewing go outside the box, and other hoppy happenings

by Ed Solt After sitting in bourbon barrels for 11 months, El Segundo Brewing Company was ready to release a special version of its Standard Crude Imperial Stout. Primarily known for its award-winning IPA’s, every winter ESBC brews a few small batch, particularly potent beers. ESBC founder Rob Croxall also decided to take on something […]

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RATOPIA 2016: Hot action thaws surfers in epic contest

RATOPIA 2016: Hot action thaws surfers in epic contest

  by Ed Solt All photos by Shawn O’Brien Onshore winds clocking in at 30 mph chilled the beach to 40 degrees all morning at Saturday’s 11th Annual Ratopia Classic at Torrance Beach. Surfers paddled out in three to four foot whitecap-ridden surf. “Me and the other judges, Chris Wells and Shawn O’Brien, were frozen […]

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MUSIC PREVIEW: Stray Life D.A.R.E’s to rap about sobriety

MUSIC PREVIEW: Stray Life D.A.R.E’s  to rap about sobriety

by Ed Solt A year ago, Nicolas Romero was fresh out of rehab. After singing in local Torrance hardcore band Pristine and Van’s Warped Tour band ASI (Avoid Serious Injury) in his teens and early 20s, a hedonistic, alcohol and drug-infused lifestyle took his music, his life, and his soul. It was during his time […]

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