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Brews News: El Segundo Begins Bottling Beer

The popular South Bay brewery will make its beers available in 22 ounce bottles starting on Friday with a party at its brewery.

This week, El Segundo Brewing will become the first local South Bay brewery to bottle and distribute its beer (just in time for the Super Bowl).

According to the brewers, El Segundo will be bottling its popular White Dog IPA along with its newest beer, Standard Crude Imperial Stout, in 22 oz bottles.

The new bottles will officially hit the market at the brewery on Main Street in El Segundo starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 and should then start appearing in stores across the Southland including Select Beer Store and Adam's Fine Wine and Liquor  in Redondo Beach.

A little about the two bottled beers from the brewer himself:

  • White Dog IPA: "White Dog IPA has been our best selling hoppy beer of the past year, and has garnered acclaim across Los Angeles. We use 50% wheat in the malt bill, and the Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand which give it a very unique character that our customers have come to love."
  • Standard Crude Imperial Stout: Standard Crude is an American Imperial Stout... since, why should the Russians get all the recognition? All malted barley with just a sprinkling of oats for texture. This beer is roasty throughout with many deep undertones of blackberry, cassis, tobacco and leather. The layers of malt reveal themselves one by one as the beer changes in the glass. Take your time with this one. Enjoy now, or lay it down in your cellar for a few years! This is a once a year release, and the first from our brewery.

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, Feb. 3  | Noon | El Segundo Bottle Release Party

Select Beer will help El Segundo Brewing celebrate the release of its beers in bottle format on Super Bowl Sunday with a celebration at the store. Brewer Tom will be on hand from noon until 3 p.m. to mingle and talk beer with customers. 

Of course, both White Dog IPA and Standard Crude Imperial Stout will be available for purchase in bottles as well.

Thursday, Feb. 7 | 5-10 p.m. | Drake's Hopocalypse Release Party

Next Thursday, Select Beer will be tapping Drake's Brewing Hopocalypse, a massively hoppy double IPA. Other Drake beers including Draconian Stout and 1500 Pale Ale will also be on tap.

The Ragin' Cajun food truck will also be on site serving up cajun food for the hungry beer drinkers.

Other beers on tap this week at Select Beer include (as of 1/30):

  • Victory Braumeister Pils
  • Beachwood BBQ El Verano (Saison)
  • Almanac Extra Pale Ale 
  • Ballast Point Sculpin (IPA)
  • Avery Maharaja (Imperial IPA)
  • Stone/Evil Twin/Stillwater collaboration The Perfect Crime (Black Smoked Saison)
  • Hangar 24 Hammerhead (Barrel-aged Barleywine)
  • Pizza Port San Clemente Way Heavy (Scotch Ale)
  • Black Market Brown
  • Bootleggers Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Stout) on Nitro

The Rockefeller | Hermosa Beach

This week's beer tasting flight at Rockefeller includes:

  • Abita Purple Haze - Raspberry Wheat
  • Lagunitas - Czeck Pils
  • Big Daddy - IPA
  • Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard - Strong Ale

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

Sophie's Place | Redondo Beach

Current beers on tap as of Jan. 29 include:

  • Oskar Blues - Mama's Lil Yella Pils
  • Smog City - L.A. Saison
  • Epic Brewing - Imperial Red
  • Black Market Brewing - Hefewiezen
  • Monkish Brewing - Magnificat (Belgian Strong Ale + Spices)
  • Coronado Brewing - Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA
  • Port Brewing - Mongo Double IPA
  • Allagash Brewing - Bourbon Barrel-Aged BLACK

Adam's Fine Wine & Liquor

New bottle arrivals this week at Adam's include:

  • Noble Ale Works Big Wig IPA
  • Nobel Ale Works Pale Ale
  • Lost Abbey Serpents Stout '13
  • Lost Abbey 10 Commandments
  • Los Abbey Deliverance Ale.

Breweries

Smog City Brewing | Torrance

Smog City is inching ever closer to completing its new brewery this year.

Last week, crews transported and installed two horizontal lager tanks as well as the main brewing system, according to co-owner Laurie Porter.

This week, staff is working to install glycol lines throughout the brewery and is also concentrating on firming up permits before their opening sometime this year.

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 

In addition to it's bottle release party on Friday, El Segundo will also be tapping a cask of rum soaked and oaked Hyperion's Double Stout for the occasion.

Meat and veggie pies will also be available for purchase at the brewery from El Segundo Catering.

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

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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