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Nice group at May Business & Beer

Great turnout at The Brewery at Abigaile

If you have been following along the last few months, you may have noticed that the reviews of the most recent Business & Beer gatherings have had a tinge of discouragement in them. The reality is that we have been considering changing the format of Business & Beer from a monthly event to bi-monthly; we even considered disbanding. Our gathering last month at The Brewery at Abigaile changed all that as we had one of our largest gatherings in many months.

We had a nice mix of regulars, semi-regulars and first time attendees. Since it was also the anniversary of our sponsor Craft Beer Guy, we had a special raffle with the winner choosing between a couple bottles that were brought in. As we are now entering the summer season, it is expected that our gatherings should see an increase in attendance, at least until Daylight Standard Time returns.

Our next gathering of Business & Beer will be at King Harbor Brewing Company on June 11. King Harbor Brewing is located at 2907 182nd Street in Redondo Beach. Initially it was planned that we would meet at the King Harbor Brewing Company’s waterfront tasting room, but due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change to the brewery itself as the satellite tasting room may not be ready in time and we would not know until the last minute. We will definitely include the new location sometime in the future. Business & Beer begins at 6:00 PM and runs until 8:00 PM. Continue reading

Please join us for Business & Beer a small business networking event which will be held at The Brewery at Abigaile on May 14, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The Brewery at Abigaile is located at 1301 Manhattan Avenue, Hermosa Beach, California. Please RSVP by commenting below that you will be there.

This will also be the two year anniversary party for

Logo for The Brewery at Abigaile

Join us at The Brewery at Abigaile at 6 PM on May 14, 2015


Please join us for Business & Beer a small business networking event which will be held at The Dudes’ Brewing Company on April 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The Dudes’ Brewing Co. is located at 1840 W. 208TH ST., Torrance, California. Please RSVP by commenting below that you will be there.

The Dudes Brewery

Join us at The Dudes’ Brewing Co on April 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM


Ready for Business & Beer

Business & Beer is ready for you

I guess it had to happen eventually; after all, Business & Beer has been going on for almost three years. When Business & Beer first launched we met on a weekly basis; after a year we decided to make it a monthly gathering as we found it was difficult for people to dedicate one day a week to this business networking event. Now, after another year and a half we have had our first gathering that no one showed up for. Well, no one besides Tanya and me.

When we came up with the concept of Business & Beer it was decided that we would limit the geographic range to the South Bay so traffic would not be a major concern. It was decided that the furthest north we would go is El Segundo and even though it is not really that far away, our El Segundo gatherings were typically smaller than those we have in a city like Torrance. The thing is El Segundo Brewing Company is one of my personal favorites, so I was willing to have smaller turnouts as long as we could continue to introduce people to new local breweries. The thing that bothered me the most was that El Segundo brewing was prepared to give us a tour of the brewhouse and had someone come in to give us the tour and we had no one to give it to. After this last non-gathering there is no question that we will not be able to expand our reach to include new breweries like Three Weavers or even Phantom Carriage because both locations are too far away from Torrance for us to expect anyone to show up.

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El Segundo Brewing Company labels past and present

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Brewery tour at Smog City Brewing

Chris Walowski gives a personal tour to Business & Beer

Business & Beer welcomed 2015 at the tasting room of Torrance craft brewery, Smog City Brewing Company. We had a nice turnout with a mixture of regulars and newcomers. A couple weeks ago, Smog City provided us with some spent grain and Tanya used it to create some tasty grain crackers and peanut butter cookies; the cookies were perfect with their Coffee Porter. Assistant Brewer Chris Walowski gave us a tour of the production brewery operations and answered any questions. All in all, it was a nice evening of networking and drinking good craft beer with friends.
lagering tanks

Lagering tanks

Our February meeting of Business & Beer will be held Thursday, February 12 at El Segundo Brewing Company. We are scheduled to be there from 6:00-8:00 PM but sometimes stay a little longer. If you have not been to El Segundo Brewing lately, they have really expanded their menu and have plenty of delicious options for those that are not into the “in your face” hoppiness many of us look forward to. Besides the Station No.1 and Hyperion’s Stout, they now have a pilsner! For the hopheads in the group, their Power Plant TIPA (yeah, triple IPA) will be on tap by then so come early and stay late; I am sure I will. Continue reading