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Alpine Village home to Old World brews in Torrance

Alpine Village home to Old World brews in Torrance

“For many years,” says Otto Radtke, the general manager at Alpine Village, “we were one of the only places in Southern California to buy some of the best old world beers available.” It may also be the only place in Southern California where Oktober Fest, which continues through October 27, is celebrated to the beat […]

 Mark McDermott

A toast to beer in the South Bay

Waves of Grain: the Beer Issue explores the South Bay’s emerging craft beer scene.

 Mark McDermott

Steve Roberts: the South Bay’s palate shifter

Steve Roberts: the South Bay’s palate shifter

Steve Roberts goes his own damned way. Others tend to follow. Never was this more apparent than when he opened Café Boogaloo in 1995. The concept wasn’t complicated, but it was plenty audacious: a blues and roots music bar serving downhome Southern food, fine wine and beer. By beer he meant craft beer. When he […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Smog City Brewing Co.: new brew on the block in Torrance

Smog City Brewing Co.: new brew on the block in Torrance

A new craft beer movement has begun, and husband and wife Laurie and Jonathan Porter arrived just in time. Smog City Brewing, the couple’s craft brewery, recently celebrated its one year anniversary and its recent expansion to a new brewery in Torrance. Porter, the head brewer at Tustin Brewing Company, started brewing his own specialized […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach: not your typical gastro pub

Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach: not your typical  gastro pub

Sophie’s Place, in the heart of Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village, looks more like a French café than one of the South Bay’s heavy hitting gastro pubs. Small tables dot the outside patio. Inside, behind large French doors, large black chandeliers dominate the room. Covering the wall near the bar is a large chalkboard. The middle […]

 Jeff Vincent

Monkish Brew Co.: Belgian by way of Scotland

Monkish Brewing Co. is one of the newest microbreweries in Los Angeles to call the South Bay its home. And while it’s located at 20311 S. Western Ave. in Torrance, it really began in Scotland. Henry Nguyen decided to open a brewery while pursing his PhD in theology in Scotland. While there, his interest in […]

 Jeff Vincent

Naja’s Place: the people’s bar in Redondo Beach

Naja’s Place:  the people’s bar in Redondo Beach

In search of Najah, the godmother of good beer, the beloved founder of Naja’s Place.

 Jeff Vincent

Bottle Shop R(evolution): the South Bay’s purveyors of brew

It was a dark time before the revolution. For ages, men wandered far and wide just to find a liquor store with a decent beer selection. A refined thirst drove them to search beyond the standard display of yellow-fizzy domestic offerings; beyond the feigned attempt at carrying “good beer” by stocking Samuel Adams Lager and […]

 Mark McDermott

Two men and a van: Strand Brewing Co.’s hard-working road to success

Two men and a van: Strand Brewing Co.’s hard-working road to success

One day early in 2009, Rich Marcello picked up the phone to find his old friend Joel Elliot on the other end. Elliot, as is his way, was short and to the point. “Hey,” he said. “Do you want to do a brewery?” “Sure,” Marcello replied. “I’ll be there.” Marcello was working for a small […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Select Beer: beer bottle paradise in Redondo Beach

Select Beer: beer bottle paradise in Redondo Beach

Wes Jacobs and his wife Heather went on a two week road trip 13 years ago that changed their lives forever. They drove up to Oregon and Canada, stopping at a brewery a day. Jacobs, a home brewer, was inspired by the beer culture, and when he lost his job, he concocted a plan. “After […]

 Special Contributor

Roll on Red Car: the Red Car Brewery in Torrance

Roll on Red Car: the Red Car Brewery in Torrance

by Ian Rumery 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 […]

 Mark McDermott

Empire made of beer: Mike Zislis, the South Bay’s Brew King

Empire made of beer: Mike Zislis, the South Bay’s Brew King

Mike Zislis has built an empire. He and the Zislis Group, which includes his mysterious, seldom seen brother Dave, have largely remade downtown Manhattan Beach. The Shade Hotel is the cornerstone of the thriving Metlox Plaza development and has proven to be as much a community gathering point as it is a hotel. Zislis restaurants […]

 Mark McDermott

Mediterraneo: beer enlightenment on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach

Mediterraneo: beer enlightenment on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach

Matt Husted was an unapologetic wine snob when he arrived as general manager of Mediterraneo in Hermosa Beach nine years ago. And then he saw the light. He drank a really good beer. He remembers the day. He was across the street at Café Boogaloo and had a drink with its former owner Steve Roberts, […]

 Mark McDermott

The brew scientist: Brian Brewer from The Brewery at Abigaile

The brew scientist: Brian Brewer from The Brewery at Abigaile

Brian Brewer has heard it before. No, he didn’t start brewing because of his name. He did it in the name of science. Really. He was a 17-years-old science geek growing up in Riverside. Just down the street was a home brew shop, and he convinced his parents to let him try his hand and […]

 Esther Kang

The Rockefeller: variety over tradition

The Rockefeller: variety over tradition

“If you said you wanted strawberry-flavored beer 10 years ago, people would’ve laughed in your face,” said Allen Sanford, the 35-year-old owner of the Rockefeller, a contemporary craft house and gastropub in Hermosa Beach. But as evidenced by a growing affinity for authentic craft beer in the South Bay, that is no longer the case. […]