Intense cartoon animals may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of an image to cover a beer receptacle, but it's exactly what makes the growler at Smog City Brewing so ingenious. While most breweries are satisfied just to print a logo and address on these refillable, take-home beer jugs, a Soviet propaganda–worthy scene of squawking chickens, screaming rabbits and a hostile gorilla casually hugs Smog City's 64-ounce glass version. “I didn't want to have a growler that looked like anyone else's,” co-owner Laurie Porter said when asked why she recruited an artist friend to help with the design when the brewery's taproom opened in May. The resulting fresco of animals spouting their noises (inspired by the term “growl-er”) is so out of place in the beer world that it works to Smog City's benefit, reminding everyone who sees it that beers from the new Torrance brewery have as much quirk and personality as their container. 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Ste. B, Torrance. (310) 320-7664, —Sarah Bennett

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