Sugar Monkey Brewing Grand Opening Photos

These photos were taken Friday afternoon at the Sugar Monkey Social Club, in El Segundo, where they celebrated day one of the Sugar Monkey Brewing Grand Opening. In case you missed my article about their soft open, Sugar Monkey took over the old Upshift Brewing location.

I arrived shortly after they opened and they already had a pretty decent crowd forming, and ‘The Best Umbrella’ pizza, manned by Sugar Monkey’s head brewer, Jason Eich, was cranking out pizzas as fast as his pizza oven would allow. Continue reading

Trademark Brewing 5th Anniversary Photos

These photos were taken Saturday afternoon, June 1, when my friend Phil and I headed to Long Beach to attend Trademark Brewing’s 5th anniversary celebration. Sorry for the delay, but I had some out-of-town guests that I can only suggest have been a bad influence over the past few days; but that is what friends do, right?

I have only been to Trademark once before, and that was back in 2021, which means we were in the middle of our COVID lockdown and no one could go inside to drink. I was allowed to go in (since there was no one else in there) to grab some photos, but this was the first time I saw the location with consumers inside and the tap handles actually in use. Continue reading

Introducing Sugar Monkey Brewing

These photos were taken Wednesday afternoon at the new Sugar Monkey Brewing, at the Sugar Monkey Social Club, in El Segundo, where they opened their doors for day one of their soft open. For those wondering, yes, Sugar Monkey Brewing took over the old Upshift Brewing location.

For those paying close attention, yes, I did mention the Sugar Monkey Social Club; which I will do my best to explain. The back of Sugar Monkey Brewing has a nice tented area, with plenty of seating, and that section is the Sugar Monkey Social Club, with the taproom being Sugar Monkey Brewing. Continue reading

LA Independent Beer Fest Coming Soon – Discount Inside

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It is that time of year again; LA Beer Week is beginning soon! The 15th Annual LA Beer Week is kicking off June 15, with the return of the LA Independent Beer Festival to Shoreline Park in Long Beach.

With a reported 75 local breweries and counting, this day promises to be a blast with local food trucks, games, live music by Red Hot Tribute Band, and lots of local, fresh, independent craft beer. The venue, Shoreline Park, is pretty tough to beat if you enjoy Southern California. If you missed it last year, you can find my photos at Continue reading

11th South Bay Beer & Wine Festival Photos

These photos were taken Sunday afternoon at Ernie Howlett Park, in Rolling Hills, where close to 1,000 people gathered for the 11th South Bay Beer & Wine Festival. Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Palos Verdes Peninsula, San Pedro and Southbay Sunrise (Torrance), all proceeds fund community outreach programs within the South Bay and Harbor cities of Los Angeles.

The event featured craft beer, wine, food and spirits (for VIP ticket holders) from 100 vendors, live music, a pretty upscale souvenir tasting glass, and free parking. Combine that with an outdoor venue that includes zero asphalt, just nice, cool, green grass. It really takes advantage of our local weather. When it all comes together it becomes pretty easy to see why I have called this one of the best craft beer festivals within 100 miles. Continue reading

Rob’s Birthday Party at Project Barley Square

These photos were taken Saturday evening at Project Barley Square, in Torrance, where they were closed for a private event to celebrate the birthday of a high school classmate, Rob. The event featured a taco bar, live music, and plenty of cask ales.

I am sure regular visitors to local breweries have probably seen Rob, even if you don’t know his name. He can frequently be found in area tasting rooms with his kilt and bicycle, or his dogs and a pint, dancing an Irish jig. Continue reading

El Segundo Brewing 13th Anniversary Photos

These photos were taken Saturday afternoon at El Segundo Brewing Company, where they were celebrating 13 years of being the South Bay’s most hopcentric brewery. The day featured food from Buddha Boy Tacos, the White Dog of the Year finals, a dog adoption put on by SPCALA, and a tap list offering 22 selections, including their anniversary brews, Greetings from El Segundo TIPA and Lost in the Mail QIPA.

It was a pretty nice afternoon as far as the weather was concerned, so that was a pleasant change from our recent temperatures. There was a nice group of beer consumers, and lots of dogs, which is always a good thing in my book. Continue reading

Port Town Brewing – From the Beginning

This article has taken me over five years to put together. The first photos were taken in September 2018, with the most recent ones being taken Friday afternoon.

Ever since 2017, I have been suggesting that Port Town Brewing should open within the next year. Well, I am happy to announce that they are finally open! Continue reading

19th Annual American Craft Beer Week Begins Today

In case you were not aware, today is the beginning of the 19th annual American Craft Beer Week, which runs from May 13 through May 19. I actually started photo-documenting my American Craft Beer Week adventures in 2012 when it was the 7th annual American Craft Beer Week (ACBW7). My girlfriend at the time had recently changed the medications she was using and was now allowed to drink beer, so we took advantage of it.

We spent each day trying to find award winning beers, starting our journey at Naja’s Place. I think this is when Tanya discovered she was into Imperial stouts, especially of the barrel-aged persuasion. Continue reading

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