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Beer selection at Alpine Inn at Alpine Village

Last Thursday we brought BusinessNBeer back to the Alpine Inn at Alpine Village; a German gastropub located in Torrance. It was day four of American Craft Beer Week and while Alpine Inn was having issues with several of their taps, they still had several award winning breweries represented on their tap list. We had a pretty small turnout, but we had three first timers in the group, so that was a plus. This will be our last association with Meetup as there was no value in continuing. The Meetup group has been officially deleted.

Todd wins a free beer

Good beer is always better when it is free

This week’s gathering is going to be very special as we will be coming to Smog City Brewing, a new microbrewery in Torrance. Smog City is an award winning brewery and just had their grand opening this past weekend. We feel very fortunate to have them open their doors to us on their first Thursday of being open. They will have a food truck there, so food is going to be available. If you have not had an opportunity to visit Smog City yet, you are in for a treat as they brew several different styles of beers including an IPA, a saison, sour, porter, stout, barrel aged and more. They are a great addition to the Business & Beer rotation of breweries we will visit. We hope to see you there.

You can see all the photos from Business & Beer at Alpine Inn on GotBaddog.com.

Beachwood flight

A flight from guest brewer – Beachwood Brewing & BBQ

First things first, happy American Craft Beer Week. In case you did not know and want to start counting, this is the 8th Annual American Craft Beer Week and it runs from May 13-19th.

Last week, Business & Beer returned to The Brewery at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. The Brewery at Abigaile is the only brewpub in the Business & Beer rotation and it happens to be a personal favorite of mine, so I always look forward to these gatherings. As luck would have it another of my favorite local breweries, Beachwood Brewing & BBQ from Long Beach, was doing a food pairing with Abigaile; so we were fortunate enough to have two great breweries under one roof. We are lucky to have two brewers of this level so close in proximity and willing to work together.

Our turnout had fewer than expected, however we did have two new people join us that came as a result of our association with Meetup. Unfortunately, there is no way that we can utilize Meetup to get more members, so we have to rely on people finding us. As a result, we are going to let it do whatever abandoned Meetup groups do (we cannot delete it); if we get an influx of new members we might revive it.

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Enjoying a little Business & Beer

This week, Business & Beer will be returning to Alpine Inn at the Alpine Village in Torrance. While the Alpine Inn is a German gastropub, they have some very nice and hard to find American craft beers in their cellar, so you never know what to expect. They have good German dinners as well as happy hour snacks, so come on down and meet us at 6:00 PM. We usually have a pretty large group there, so bring lots of business cards.

The photos from our Meetup at The Brewery at Abigaile can be found on Gotbaddog.com.

Please join us for Business & Beer a small business networking event which will be held at Monkish Brewing Co. on June 27, 2013 at 6 PM. Monkish Brewing Co. is located at 20311 South Western Avenue Torrance, California. Please RSVP by commenting below that you will be there.


Logo for Monkish Brewing Co

Join us at Monkish Brewing Co at 6 PM on June 27, 2013

Please join us for Business & Beer a small business networking event which will be held at Sophie’s Place on June 20, 2013 at 6 PM. Sophie’s Place is located at 1708 South Catalina Avenue Redondo Beach, California. Please RSVP by commenting below that you will be there or let us know on our Business N Beer Facebook page .

Logo for Sophie's Place in Redondo Beach

Join us at Sophie’s Place at 6 PM on June 20, 2013

Business & Beer returned to the Tortilla Cantina in downtown Torrance last Thursday for another business networking event. This was our fourth appearance at Tortilla Cantina, a taco bistro/gastropub that serves up to 40 different beers on tap and touts 18 varieties of tacos. We did not have a very large group with us, but did have a few people come up to find out what we are all about. Hopefully, some of them will find our group interesting enough to join us again. We are still using Meetup until our membership expires, but no one showed up as a result of our efforts with them. If you know someone that wants to take that group over, have them contact us.

Tortilla Cantina flight

A tasty flight from Tortilla Cantina

This Thursday, May 9, we will be returning to one of my favorite places, The Brewery at Abigaile, in Hermosa Beach. The Brewery at Abigaile is currently the only brewpub in the South Bay that we include in our weekly rotation of Business & Beer venues. To refresh your memory, a brewpub brews their beer on location and serves upscale food. The Brewery at Abigaile does it in spades and sets the bar for brewpubs in my opinion. This week will be extra special in that Abigaile is doing a cross-over event with Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in which they will be pairing four of their beers with Chef Tin’s creations. This will be a fun evening of business, beer and good food. They open at 5:00, so if you want to come early, we will likely be there when they open.

Free beer winner

It is as easy as dropping in your business card!

The Business & Beer networking group is quickly approaching one year of weekly gatherings. Since we started in July 2012, we have had a Business & Beer meeting every Thursday except for Thanksgiving and the first Thursday of April. It has been a learning experience and we appreciate everyone that has come out, whether you are a regular attendee or if you only joined us for one or two meetups. We are going to start doing things a little differently beginning in July, so come on out and find out what we have on tap (no pun intended).