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Strand Brewing to Release Bottled Beer

Brews News: A look at what is happening on the craft beer scene in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

After becoming one of the South Bay's most well known breweries over the past three years, Torrance's Strand Brewing Co. will hit another major milestone next week when it begins distributing its lineup of beers in bottle format.

According to Strand co-founder Rich Marcello, the brewery will release four of its beers in bottle format beginning March 16.

The initial bottle release will include 24th Street Pale Ale, Atticus IPA, Beach House Amber and Second Sleep Imperial Stout. Eventually, Marcello said the brewery will make its full lineup of beers available in bottles.

"It is a milestone," Marcello said. "Somebody is going to be able to come home and have Strand beer in the fridge."

Previously, Strand's beers were only available on tap or in growlers filled at the brewery's tasting room. With the new format, Marcello said he can extend the brewery's reach.

"Growlers are a good thing but growlers have a shelf life that is very short," Marcello said. "I can expand my territory a little bit," he said, adding that bottles do not need to be returned like kegs do.

As for the bottles themselves, Marcello chose a smaller format – 16.9 ounces – over the more traditional 22 ounce large format bottles. Marcello also said that he took some inspiration from the wine world in designed the clean, consistent labels.

"I didn't want it to be too beachy," Marcello said. "The goal is to take something that is a little more for everyone... By being classy, you actually include a lot more people," he added, saying that many breweries use too "cartoonish" labels.

"I don't want to pay $9.99 for a beer with a picture of a clown getting shot in the head," Marcello joked. "I feel like we have done a very good job of protecting our brand from being silly."

To celebrate the bottle releases, Strand will be hosting a celebration at the brewery on Saturday, March 16. A new keg of White Sand Double IPA and a cask of oaked Second Sleep Russian Imperial Stout will be tapped at noon.

Bottles will soon be available in local stores and restaurants and will range in price from $4.50 to $9 per bottle.

Here is a look at what else is happening on the South Bay craft beer scene:

Beer Bars, Restaurants and Stores

Hot's Kitchen | Hermosa Beach

Dude's Brewing Beer Release | Wednesday, March 13

Hot's Kitchen will be releasing beers from the South Bay's newest brewery – Dude's Brewing in Torrance. The new lineup of beers that will be featured at Hot's on Wednesday include:

  • Day 1 Pale Ale
  • Grandma's Pecan
  • Coconut Porter
  • Blood Orange Amber

Naja's Place | Redondo Beach

The Dudes Brewing 'Official' Release Party | Friday, March 15 | 5:00 p.m.

Naja's will also celebrate the South Bay's newest brewery with a release party next Friday. Free glassware and giveaways will be available as well as the brewery's lineup of beers for purchase.

The Rockefeller | Hermosa Beach

Beer School With Ballast Point Brewing | Monday, March 25 | 6 p.m.

San Diego County brewery Ballast Point will be on hand for Rockefeller's monthly beer school. Participants will be able to talk with the brewer and learn about some of Ballast Point's beers as they drink them. The restaurant will feature $3 tasters of Ballast Point beers and $12 taster flights (and customers will get to keep the glass). Beers on tap will include:

  • Longfin Lager
  • Calico Amber
  • Sculpin IPA
  • Sea Monster (Imperial Stout)

For reservations call 310-372-8467 or visit eatrockefeller.com for more info.

Select Beer Store | Redondo Beach

Select Monk Beer Release | Thursday, March 7 | 5 p.m.

Select Beer, in partnership with Monkish Brewing will release the "Select Monk 1." The beer is described by Select Beer as a "multi-grain, Belgian-style table beer" and was brewed from a longtime homebrew recipe of Select Beer owner Wes.

The Vella Mobile Wood Fire Pizza truck will also be on hand serving up fresh pizzas and calzones to enjoy with the beer.

L.A. Total Tap Takeover | Saturday, March 9 | Noon - 10 p.m.

All 12 of Select Beers taps will feature local Los Angeles and regional breweries all day long.

Hot dog truck Let's Be Frank will also be there serving up gourmet, grass fed all beef hot dogs.

Pi Day | Thursday, March 14 | 5 p.m.

Select Beer will be celebrating "Pi Day" (3/14, get it?) by hosting pie company I Heart Pies to pair up their sweet and savoury pies with beers on tap.  

Sophie's Place | Redondo Beach

Sophie's South Bay Beer Week | March 10-16

To celebrate all that is South Bay craft beer, Sophie's will be featuring two beers from each local brewery on tap for the week beginning March 10. Featured breweries will include: Smog City, Monkish, Strand and El Segundo Brewing. Beer specials and other events of the week will be announced on Sophie's Place's facebook page.

This week, Sophie's will also be featuring a few different anniversary beers on tap including:

  • Eaglerock Brewing Anniversary Beer (Tress)
  • Ironfist Anniversary Beer (Imperial Rebellion)

Sophie's is also having a 30% off special on some winter beers and other interesting selections.

Breweries

El Segundo Brewing | El Segundo 

Brewer's Tour | Thursday, March 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Ever wanted to peek behind the curtain (well, big glass wall) of El Segundo Brewing? Thursday is your chance as brewer Rob will give a tour of the brewery and explain the brewing system to those interested.

El Segundo Brewing also said that bottle of its Standard Crude Imperial Stout are running low and will be gone soon. A new batch of Two-5-Left Double IPA will also be available soon.

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.

The Brewery at Abigaile | Hermosa Beach

A new batch of Orange Blossom Blonde Ale as well as the new Death or Glory IPA are now on tap and pouring at the bar (and for growler fills).

Strand Brewing Co. | Torrance

Current beers on tap at the tasting room include:

  • 24th Street Pale Ale
  • Beach House Amber
  • Atticus IPA
  • Bageera 3rd Anniversary
  • Second Sleep Imperial Stout

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.

Monkish Brewing Co. | Torrance

Monkish brewing is celebrating one year of brewing beer!

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

Strand Brewers Club

Monthly Meeting | Wednesday, March 13 | 7-9 p.m.

The Strand Brewers Club monthly meeting will take place at South Bay Brewing Supplies, 1311 Post Ave Torrance, CA 90501.

Strand Brewers is a group of local homebrewers that meet monthly to discuss the art of brewing beer. Meetings are open to the public.  

San Diego Bus Trip | Saturday, March 16 | 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

The club has also scheduled a bus trip to the American Homebrewers Association Rally at Stone Brewing in Escondido on March 16th. To attend the rally, you must be an AHA member, but those who want to ride along and visit Stone Brewing can still come along.

The bus ride is $30 and will leave Redondo Beach at 10am and return 10pm. The club will also visit White Labs Tasting Room and Societe Brewing. For more info email activities@strandbrewersclub.com.

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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