United States > California > Torrance
mrdaws (1) , | October 10, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
The beer is on point and the service is excellent. I wish I could get over to Red Car more! Have you had an IPA today?
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
Dogbrick (658) 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.
tangentrider (2) | June 24, 2007| Updated August 18, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Dine here at least a few times a month. Very flavorful food. Todayís lunch was pork chops with ancho chili saucevery good. The beer is good. Their fall pumpkin ale is quite good.
Charlzm (35) Los Angeles, California | January 8, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Visited on Monday 01/07/08 at about 4:00pm. Place was deserted. My friend and I sat at the bar and ordered an appetizer (spinach/artichoke dip). He had a pint of the porter, while I had the sampler. The bartender was very friendly and attentive, though not as knowledgable about beer as we were. The food took a long time to come, but that was okay. They have six taps brewed on premises, though they were out of the red ale when I visited. The decor is best described as early 20th century red brick reminded me of a firehouse. Dark and quiet when we were there, though I have been before when it was bustling and noisy. The relief bartender was also attentive and friendly she and I struck up a conversation about cars, of all things. Nice place. (here comes my standard closing line). If I lived closer, Iíd visit a lot more often.
BeerandBlues2 (584) 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.
wajacobs (1) | April 20, 2006
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Had lunch and the South bay IPA. The salad was fine (canít ruin a salad). The beer seemed a little off and perfumy, bitter without the aroma I expect from an IPA
kseecs16 (201) 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
brokensail (755) 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 Iíd order again. If youíre doing the Torrance tour, might be worth a stop for a few ticks.
t0rin0 (1130) Do Not Resuscitate, 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 werenít 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 arenít very good unfortunately. The location is a bit weird but as weíve 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.
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