Smog City Brewing

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
unusmunus88  (14) California | November 28, 2015
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
rlgk  (512) Göteborg, Sweden | November 1, 2015
Nice place very close to Monkish. Quite crowded on a sundayafternnon and we had to wait in line for quite a while before getting our beers. The tasting room is in the brewery, and that adds to the atmosphere. Had a flight of beers, and they were fresh and tasty. Cool place.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
PRBeer  (427) Parsippany, New Jersey | October 21, 2015
Great relatively new small brewery in formerly craftbeer starved LA (boy is that starting to change quickly...especially in South Bay). They had 13 bars on tap when I visited recently. I tried every last one of them via flights. I was particularly impressed with the Hoptonic IPA, Chip Shot Coffee Porter, Smoochin Capuchin, California Love, and Peach Saison. Best part though was the vibe and the crowd. The place was loud but in a fun way...as everyone was interacting with each other...so that’s a lot more fun then just talking to the bartender! Speaking of which...they staff was great...interacting with the crowd and making for a very enjoyable evening. I highly recommend a visit here to sample the rapidly growing Torrance and South Bay craftbeer scene.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer  (124) Arkansas | May 10, 2015
Visited yesterday. Nice place, very open tasting area lots of room. Beers were all good to very good. Friendly staff. Tasters are cheap and the beer was good. Nice place to visit, and well worth it.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
fidel  (114) Livermore, California | December 1, 2014
Classic brewery in a wherehouse with a bar and small tasting area. Very nice beers.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Naven  (106) Poway, California | September 20, 2014
Aesthetically, a fairly bland brewery inside a little industrial park. Lots of barrels all about. I only had 2 of the beers but they were very good. Prices seemed a bit high. Growlers were super pricey. No thanks. Service was friendly - almost too friendly - it was kind of a chore getting a beer because the staff was so chatty with patrons. I will definitely head back again when I have a little more time.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad  (457) Olympia, Washington | August 23, 2014
Awesome place. Terrific beer and the food was very good, A great stop for the Beer Bloggers Conference.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs  (201) Livermore, California | April 27, 2014
Visited this place on a recent trip to SoCal. I’ve heard of these guys, but honestly the buzz has been pretty silent on the north side of the state… anyway, it looks like a typical small industrial park brewery from the outside, but inside it’s tastefully designed with lots of space for relaxing with friends. There could’ve been a few more places to sit, but what the hey… They had an impressively massive tap list with lots of beers, at least 16 or so. Most of which were hoppy styles and variants of other styles with hoppy profiles. Most of the beers were really good. In fact, very good IMO. They do samplers of however many you want, and the service was very polite and prompt despite being busy. Overall, I was really glad I visited this place due to the quality of the beers and the fact that they were most likely unavailable anywhere else.
72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun  (60) Santa Monica, California | February 2, 2014
Awesome spot, almost as good as Monkish, good selection, good beers
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 28, 2013
Visited July 27, 2013.

Stopped in with ieattwocansofsalsacantsail on the way up to Santa Monica for a tasting. He said there were ticks to be had so he wanted to go, which was lucky for me since I had never been. Upon walking in this place reminded me quite a bit of Helms Brewing in SD (near AleSmith) but the beers are considerably better. We waited for a while and didn’t get any service but then one of the servers waved and told us to come around the corner to the cash register so we could place an order. Actually they were quite nice and helpful. They don’t do flights but they do sell individual samplers of anything on the board.

I ordered samples of pretty much everything minus a couple that I had tried while they were still brewing at Tustin (Sabre Toothed Squirrel, the tripel, and one other one). I have to say that the Little Bo Pils and the Amarilla Gorilla were quite nice. The rest I could take or leave except the "Weird Beer" (this one with Ardennes yeast) which tasted like rosemary to me. Turns out it has sage in it. No thanks. I also got a laugh out of the growler pricing. Seriously, what’s the point of getting a growler when it costs MORE than the equivalent amount of pints at the bar (at least until you use the growler enough to make the price of the glass negligible)? Remember: part of the reason your bar charges $5 per pint is because you’re cleaning the glass for us, pouring it for us, and cleaning up the counter after leave. I will continue my boycott of growlers. That said, I wish these guys well. They’re also right around the corner from Monkish which is cool.

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