(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.
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.
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, I’d visit a lot more often.
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
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.
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.