United States > California > Torrance
t0rin0 (978) Riverslime, California | July 23, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Stopped in with gobzilla on a brewery tour of the area (this is before Monkish, the new Angel City, and El Segundo). We actually arrived after they closed but the guy that was sweeping up unlocked the door for us and let us order a flight. There were actually some other customers in there too but they weren’t serving beer or food anymore for the night. Because of that my experience may not be entirely representative of their normal service but they were all quite nice.
We sat at the bar (which was pretty nice) and admired the wood covered fermenters as the beers were poured. As has been mentioned, the beers really aren’t very good unfortunately. The location is a bit weird but as we’ve discovered that matters very little for most breweries. I tried the flight, left a generous tip, and headed back off into the night, never to return.
Dogbrick (637) Columbus, Ohio | June 1, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
(Visited 08/2010): Red Car is in Torrance off of Torrance and Cabrillo. They have a decent sized private lot and there appears to be metered parking in the surrounding blocks.
The brewpub is housed in a historic brick telegraph building. The exterior has stucco and a patio, with lots of windows. The inside is brick with cream colored walls. The bar is on the right side with a small dining area opposite. Brewing equipment is visible behind the bar, and there is a chalkboard listing what beers are on tap.
Red Car has 5 beers on draught and has a sampler for $5.25. The styles are pretty typical, including an Amber, APA, IPA, Porter and Anniversary Ale. The beers are average for the most part.
Service on a weekday lunch at the bar was pretty good. The bartender was not very busy and was friendly.
I had a sandwich and fries for lunch and it was decent.
Overall this place does not exactly have a robust array of beers, and the ones they do have are straightforward. However it still merits a visit due to the nice atmosphere and overall quality of the beer and food.
brokensail (624) Orange County, California | May 18, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Somewhat small brewpub. Nice historical Spanish-style decor on the outside, plenty or parking, and a definite charm to it. The service was quick and friendly and the prices seemed decent. The beers, however, are wholly disappointing/subpar. Five beers, none of which were something I’d order again. If you’re doing the Torrance tour, might be worth a stop for a few ticks.
BeerandBlues2 (547) Hanover, Maryland | August 26, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice oasis sitting in sunny LA. The house beers are good and the food is decent, albeit a little pricey, but not by LA standards. I enjoyed seeing the brew tanks right behind the bar and the brewer/owner performing his craft.
BMan1113VR (346) Los Angeles, California | November 21, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Stopped by on a rainy Sunday. Nice, historical exterior. Plenty of parking on the street and lot next door. Big space, long bar, some big screen TVs for sports. Didn’t try the food, only a sampler flight (of the 5 house beers). Well priced, but all mediocre. Very small brewing system. An interesting stop, but not worth going out of your way.
kseecs16 (200) Naperville, Illinois | March 12, 2008
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Small, dark cozy bar with big vats behind. Busy open dining area. Basic lineup of brews, nothing mind blowing, passable quality.Nice pub grub menu with CA influences. Diverse low key crowd. Friendly service, comfortable place
BeerLimey (113) California | September 2, 2004
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Place was faily busy when I was there for lunch, ambience is low key. The lite and wheat were pretty ordinary, the porter and IPA were decent. Only ate an appetizer, Thai Chicken Skewers, which was good.
elihapa (65) Honolulu, Hawaii | July 17, 2009
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
A humble spot in downtown North Torrance. Upon entering you are led to a large hall that is divided equally into a bar section (with brew equipment behind), and a restaurant seating area. My friend and I chose to sit at the bar. The beers we had were all decent, but served improperly cold and in funky goblets. Five were on tap the day I went, all pretty standard offerings (IPA, porter, amber, etc) The food was tolerable, but, again, nothing to write home about. Overall, there is nothing really worth complaining about this place, but it falls short of an "exciting" experience.
beernoevil (51) Suwanee, Georgia | March 20, 2010
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Not much of a lunch crowd but we were there a little before noon. Only 3 beers on tap. I asked about the Motorman’s Reserve and then ordered the IPA. I think the server ended up giving me the Reserve. At least I hope she did for the brewer’s sake because it sure was not an IPA in my book! I didn’t feel like causing a fuss and the beer tasted good (just not as an IPA) so I just drank it and ate my Ahi Tuna Burger, which by the way, was very good.
Otherwise it was a like so many other brewpubs around the country - good food, OK beer and nothing to really make it stand out. I’d go back if in the area but wouldn’t go out of my way.
trampdaddy (43) California | March 14, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Such tasty beers! IPA is killer! Great food and excellent happy hour specials
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