What the Ale! Smog City Brewing Opens Woodcellar

Saison De Miel, a farmhouse ale with sage honey by Smog City Brewing. Photo by Greg Nagel

Torrance is home to all kinds of fun things: the Del Amo Mall, King’s Hawaiian Bread and, of course, a hotbed of incredible breweries worthy of a drive. Smog City, which also has a small taproom at Steelcraft in Long Beach and was born out of Tustin Brewery, is damn near nine months’ pregnant with sour and funky beers, and it’s having a party to release the litter.

Though cigars will not be provided, at the Welcome to the Woodcellar event, bungs will fly, stainless-steel nails will be pulled, and bottles will be uncorked, releasing their inner brett-, pedio- and lacto-developed  funkensour, which have sat on oak for their full gestation period.

“It’s been a passion project at Smog City for a long time coming, and we’re finally ready to show off a bit of what we’ve been up to,” says co-owner Jonathan Porter. “A lot of you have experienced some of what our sour side has to offer, but few have seen the whole vision—and even fewer have seen the production side of things. We’d like that to change.”

Guests will get a chance to tour the sour/funky facility; gawk at the lab equipment; watch fermentation happen in real time; and most important, sample experiments, old beer, current beers and future projects.

Rumor has it Quercus Circus is being rereleased after a long hiatus. It’s a beer I was floored by at the 2012 LA Beer Week.

Not only will there be a special beer release, which you can buy to take home, but there will also be super-fun magnum pours, releases every hour, food trucks on-site and festive balloon artists.

Welcome to the Woodcellar at Smog City Brewing, 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Ste. B, Torrance; smogcitybrewing.com. Sat., noon. Free to attend (not including beer).

Greg Nagel has been writing about beer since 2011, is an avid homebrewer of wine, cider, and beer, is a certified Cicerone Beer Server, a podcaster with the Four Brewers Show, and runs a yearly beer festival called Firkfest. When not writing about, photographing or filming beer, cocktails, and food, he can be found talking trash while playing Battlefield V under the name “OCBeer.”

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