Rock & Brews Sets May Opening Date

Rock and Brews in Riviera Village announces its opening date and more news from the craft beer scene in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

After a quick construction turnaround following its permit approval from the City of Torrance in December, Rock & Brews will open its Riviera Village location at the border or Torrance and Redondo Beach in May.

Rock stars and KISS co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons announced in a release on Tuesday that they will open their newest craft beer and rock-themed restaurant May 8 on the former site of Oliver's Cafe at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Palos Verdes Boulevard.

“We continue to expand Rock & Brews worldwide with a commitment to building a family-friendly atmosphere that serves exceptional food along with a broad selection of craft beers,” Stanley said in a statement. “We offer incredible value in a fun, energized rock-themed environment.”

Both Stanley and Simmons will attend the grand opening ceremonies, which include a ribbon cutting and a $250-per-person evening gala benefiting the Torrance Education Foundation. The rock duo will also wait tables during a private luncheon for more than 100 military veterans.

Rock & Brews PCH—as the Riviera Village location is being dubbed—will feature special seating areas with self-serve craft beer taps at the table along with a dog-friendly heated outdoor patio with built in fire features at select tables.

The Torrance Rock & Brews is the franchise's third location, with the flagship restaurant located in downtown El Segundo. The franchise is backed by South Bay restaurateur Michael Zislis with its Torrance location operated by Jon Mesko.

The restaurant's approval did not come easy for Zislis and Mesko, who dealt with opposition from some Hollywood Riviera residents who said Rock & Brews would bring unwanted additional noise and traffic to the neighborhood. The final permit approval hearing with the Torrance City Council saw record attendance with residents both supporting and speaking against Rock & Brews. 

The parcel of land occupied by the restaurant is part of an area of Torrance where the properties have Redondo Beach addresses.

In the end, the City Council unanimously approved Rock & Brews' plans but added more than 40 different conditions that must be met by the restaurant to keep its conditional use permit. Among those conditions are scaled back closing hours for an outdoor patio and the removal of an outdoor sound system.

Once open, the Riviera Village Rock & Brews will close the outdoor patio starting at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Rock & Brews will also cease the service of alcohol at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sundays.

The Rock & Brews franchise said it has plans to expand around the globe with the goal of opening 100 restaurants over the next five years. Locations currently being developed include Kansas City, Maui, Agoura and the Delta Airlines terminal at LAX.

Here is a look at what else is happening with craft beer this week (April 25 through May 2) in the South Bay:

Beer Bars, Restaurants and Stores

Adam's Fine Wine & Liquor | Redondo Beach

New bottles at Adam's this week include:

  • Port Brewing Older Viscosity (Barrel Aged Imperial Stout)
  • Ommegang Fleur de Houblon (Springtime ale brewed with whole cone hops and Ommegan's own Belgian yeast).
  • Great Divide Chocolate Yeti
  • Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout

Adam's also said it expects to receive shipments of Firestone's much sought after Parabola next week.

Select Beer Store | Redondo Beach

Ballast Point Can Release Party | Thursday, April 25 | 5-10 p.m.

Ballast Point will celebrate the release of its canned beer with a party at Select Beer Store. Some of Ballast Point's beers, now available in cans include:

  • Pale Ale
  • Big Eye IPA
  • Sculpin IPA
  • Longfin Lager

At the event, Ballast Point beers on tap will include:

  • Dorado Double IPA
  • Fathom Imperial Pale Lager
  • Calico Copper (On Nitro)

Strand Bottle Release Party | Sunday, April 28 | 12-6 p.m.

Select Beer Store will be hosting the release of Torrance-local Strand Brewing Company's beers in bottles. Draft pours of Strand beers will also be available.  Bottles of Strand's beer that will be available to drink in store or take home include:

  • 24th Street Pale
  • Beach House Amber
  • Atticus IPA
  • White Sand Imperial IPA
  • Black Sand Imperial IPA
  • Musashi Black IPA
  • Second Sleep Russian Imperial Stout 

Queen's Day Celebration | Tuesday, April 30 | 5 p.m.

Select Beer will celebrate the day that the Dutch officially celebrate their Queen. Also known as Konininnedag, this celebration is marked with parties and events to honor the royal family (aka. House of Orange-Nassau) and everyone wearing orange.  

Select Beer Store will celebrate by enjoying some amazing Dutch beers, made by Urthel and La Trappe. Beers can be enjoyed with specially selected artisanal cheeses from Queso Beso. Wear your favorite orange clothes and raise a glass to the queen! Limited quantities of crowns and t-shirts available!

Naja's Place | Redondo Beach

Speakeasy Pint Night | Thursday, April 25 | 8 p.m.

Naja's will feature San Francisco's Speakeasy Ales for a pint night. All of the brewery's beers will be on tap along with some of its rare beers including a bourbon barrel aged version of their Scarface imperial stout.

Sophie's Place | Redondo Beach

Current tap list at Sophie's Place as of April 25 includes:

  • Great Divide - Nomad Pilsner
  • Iron Fist - Anniversary Imperial Rebellion Saison
  • Epic Brewing - Brainless on Raspberries Golden Ale
  • New Belgium + Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! - Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa Tripel
  • Dogfish Head - Positive Contact Imperial Wit + Fuji cider and spices
  • Ballast Point - Dorado Double IPA
  • Firestone Walker - Union Jack IPA
  • El Segundo Brewing - Hyperion's Stout

1321 Downtown Taproom | Torrance

Monday Night Local Happy Hour | Mondays | 5 p.m. - Close

On Monday nights, 1321 features a $3 local beer night. Every Monday, anything from the South Bay on tap will be $3 after Happy Hour to close. This week's local beers are:

  • Strand 24th Street Pale Ale
  • Strand Atticus IPA
  • Monkish Triplest
  • El Segundo Citra Pale Ale
  • Dudes' Blood Orange Amber

Tin Roof Bistro | Manhattan Beach

Beer & Food Truck Dinner | Tuesday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m.

Chef Anne Conness is putting her cicerone skills to good use by teaming up with Chef Gabriel Caliendo (Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar) for a beer dinner at Tin Roof Bistro. The five course dinner will echo the laid back sentiments of the South Bay with food-truck-casual fare paired with beers from neighboring El Segundo Brewing Co. ESBC founder and head brewer Rob Croxall will be on site with Tom Kelley, ESBC’s “in-house cicerone”, in tow.

Tickets for the dinner are $45 and include the five course meal and paired beers.


Strand Brewing Co. | Torrance

In addition to Strand's bottle release party at Select Beer (see above listing), current beers on tap at the Torrance taproom include:

  • Beach House Amber
  • 24th Street Pale Ale
  • Atticus IPA
  • Second Sleep Russian Imperial Stout
  • Black Sand Double IPA
  • White Sand Double IPA
  • Musashi Black 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.

The Brewery at Abigaile | Hermosa Beach

Head brewer Brian Brewer will release the brewery's new spring beer next week and is calling it "Not a Wit."

Brian describes the beer as follows:

Our Belgian Spring seasonal is a light Belgian style wheat beer made with pilsner malt, malted white wheat, flaked oats, flaked barley, and honey malt. The addition of blood orange juice and zest along with fresh ginger in the whirlpool adds nice subtle citrus and spice notes.

The Dudes' Brewing Company | Torrance

Boneyard Bistro | Tuesday, April 30 | 5:30 p.m.

The Dudes' Brewing will be hosted by Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. Brewery representatives will be on hand to talk about their beer and of course, Dudes' beer will be served. 

Library Ale House | Wednesday, May 1 | 6 p.m. (Tentative)

The Dudes will be on hand at Library Ale House serving up their flagship beers. The date has still not been completely set in stone so check the Dudes' website for final details. 

El Segundo Brewing | El Segundo 

On tap this week at the Main Street El Segundo taproom:

  • Citra Pale
  • Blue House IPA
  • White Dog IPA
  • Hyperion's Stout
  • Two 5 Left DIPA
  • Standard Crude American Imperial Stout

El Segundo Brewing will also be tapping a cask of Blue House IPA with amarillo hops on Saturday with progressive pricing. 

  • 2-3 p.m. | $2
  • 3-4 p.m. | $3
  • Then $4 till its gone

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.

Other Craft Beer Events

Total Wine & More | Redondo Beach

"Get a Good Kick in the Can" Class | Thursday, April 25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Think craft beers belong in a bottle? Not anymore.  Find out why craft beers in a can are tastier than ever at Total Wine & More’s newest beer class. Craft beer lovers have long looked down on canned beers.  But the “Good Kick in the Can” beer tasting class will challenge that notion and bring a new respect for canned craft beers. Guests will enjoy tasting a selection of Total Wine & More’s canned craft beers, and find out how the packaging makes all the difference in the taste of some craft beer favorites.

The class costs $15 per person and reservations can be made in store.

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!

Full Disclosure: John loves working around craft beer and as such, is an employee of Select Beer Store one day per week. However, he is not involved in the store's submission process for this article.

Rachellg April 26, 2013 at 04:00 PM
As a South Redondo resident, I am looking forward to any new restaurants opening in the area. There are currently so few restaurants that I would want to bring my out of town guests as the service and food at most of them leave much to be desired. Good luck Rock & Brew, I can't wait to come check it out!


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