Best Beer City (2013)


In 2010, Strand Brewing Co. opened its modest taproom in the depths of an industrial park somewhere off Lomita and Crenshaw Boulevard. Two years later, Belgian-style brewers at Monkish moved in up the road at Western and Del Amo. And in the last six months, two more breweries — the Dudes' and Smog City Brewing — both began making beer in the city of Torrance. Combine all of these new breweries with the 13-year-old Red Car Brewery in historic Old Town, and Torrance easily possesses the largest concentration of beer brands in Greater Los Angeles. From Monkish's chamomile Belgian blonde to Strand's classic 24th Street Pale Ale, the diverse range of quality craft beer coming out of Torrance has put the South Bay's largest city on the map for suds seekers. And with Mayor Frank Scotto being one of the biggest civic supporters of Torrance's craft beer tourism potential (he recently cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Smog City's taproom), it'll be a while before anywhere else catches up. —Sarah Bennett


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