Top Ten Places for the Best Brew in California’s South Bay by the rock n’ rolls vibrant indie collective band The 131ers.
With the rise of craft beer in Southern California one city has been tested time and time again, quickly becoming the craft beer capital of Los Angeles County. Torrance, California is home to sixteen breweries. If you include the breweries a stone’s throw away in neighboring cities (which we do) it has well over thirty. With so many different options, it can be difficult – even scary – to find the right brew for you while also accommodating your family. As a band born and raised in Torrance, we know these sacred houses of bier better than anyone else. Here’s our top ten breweries in the mecca of SoCal craft beer – Torrance, California.
Number 1 – Yorkshire Square Brewery
Fav beer: The Tennant
A relatively new addition to the T-town beer scene, Yorkshire Square brewery made the quite the splash with their English inspired cask ales. As the son of Brit turned Angelino this brewery has a special place in my heart. Their beers range from the mild pub bitters and lagers you find in a real English pub to the devilishly delicious (and strong) T’ould Lad – Yorkshire’s first bottled beer is a great dark English ale. It has a family friendly vibe with a large taproom filled with board games, cards, darts, and even massive Jenga. On weeknights and weekends, you can always find a delicious food truck outside. The best part? They serve imperial. That means a 20oz pint. Ladies and Gents, we have a winner.
Number 2 – Phantom Carriage
Fav Beer: Carson Genuine Draft
This dark and brooding horror themed brewery is one of a kind. Serving a vast – and ever rotating – selection of Belgian inspired beers they have become one of the first Sour breweries. Their beers represent a new set of craft beer focusing on mixed fermentation processes and barrel aging their brews. Long story short: it’s all insanely good. Though the atmosphere is dark and foreboding, it’s surprisingly kid-friendly. On a weekly basis, they host events that are great for the whole family like popcorn movie nights, improv theater, and group paintings sessions. Their kitchen is also beyond tasty featuring a host of old school sandwiches and specials.
Number 3: Smog City
Fav Beer: Mexican Vacation
If you know a thing or two about California craft beer, then you’ve heard of the geniuses over at Smog. One of the oldest Torrance Breweries, you can find smog beers all over the state in grocery stores and bars. They’ve even opened a second taproom in Long Beach. The Torrance location is the heart of their organization. A bright and friendly taproom with a knowledgeable staff makes it an absolute pleasure to drink at. Bring the family by on weekends for some of the best food trucks in all of LA. Every beer on their extensive menu is unique and delicious.
Number 4: LA Ale Works
Fav Beer: California Cowboy
Well, it’s not technically Torrance… It’s a whole street over into neighboring Hathorne. LA Ale Works has one of the largest menus of revolving beers in the South Bay. The spacious brewery is nestled right next to SpaceX. Every day of the week you can catch Elon Musk’s workforce relaxing over a delicious beer and a tasty food truck. Need to bring the kids along? No worries. LA Ale Works makes their own in house sparkling lemonade and ginger ale. If you get over to this brewery be sure to try their Thai Tea infused beer – Karma Kolsch. Or if you’re feeling man enough you can try our favorite brew – California Cowboy – giddy up partner!
Number 5: Monkish
Fav Beer: Anomaly
It’s hip and fresh and its Belgian inspired beers will force you to walk home. Monkish brewing on Western Ave is an intimate brewery that takes a unique spin on classic Belgian style ales. Just like many of the other breweries close by they have food trucks and events on most nights of the weeks. What makes Monkish special is the overall ‘vibe’ of the place. The fairy light sparkled main room is friendly and open with most people bringing in their kids and dogs. If you go, get the Anomaly – it’s dark and strong and everything a beer should ever be.