The Brewery at Abigaile

Business & Beer ended 2015 with another visit to the Hermosa Beach brewpub, The Brewery at Abigaile. We had a nice little group join us and most attendees were able to try brews from Abigaile’s new brewer, Paul Papantonio for the first time. I have to say that personally, I have enjoyed what I have tried by Papantonio so far and I look forward to trying what he comes out with in 2016.

In 2015 we visited a total of seven different production brewery tasting rooms and one brewpub. Some of the breweries had significant changes in the past year, including El Segundo Brewing Company’s bigger and better tasting room and Strand Brewing Company moving to an entirely new location.

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To a great 2016

While most of the locations were only visited once in 2015, we should see the addition of up to three more tasting rooms and one brewpub in the Business & Beer rotation, meaning everyone except one will get one visit in 2016. In fact, we will begin 2016 at Torrance’s newest craft beer destination, HopSaint Brewing Company in Torrance on Thursday, January 14 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Continue reading

For the second month in a row, the Business & Beer networking group has met at a new tasting room; in October we visited El Segundo Brewing Company’s (ESBC) new tasting room, which was just moved to the other side of ESBC’s prior tasting room which increased their space by 200% or something. In December we visited Strand Brewing Company, who had no room to expand; so they moved. The new location is almost cavernous with their new 36,000 square-foot facility. We had a pretty nice turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy the new surroundings; you will want to visit Strand now that they are getting settled in.

Our December gathering of Business & Beer will be held at The Brewery at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. The last couple of times we have met there we have had some fun groups, Abigaile is quickly turning into a crowd favorite. They have a new brewer now and what I have tried has been great; you know their food is fantastic. We will meet Thursday, December 10 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Just so you are aware, they do have underground parking. The Brewery at Abigaile is located at 1301 Manhattan Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

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Please join us for Business & Beer a small business networking event which will be held at The Brewery at Abigaile on December 10, 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.

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Join us at The Brewery at Abigaile at 6 PM on December 10, 2015


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

The Dude's production brewery

The Dudes’ Brewing Company

On April 9, the Business & Beer networking group returned to The Dudes’ Brewing Company’s tasting room in Torrance. This was our second visit to The Dudes’ since we went there for their soft open back in August. Unlike our first visit, when we pretty much filled the place, we had a pretty small turnout at our April gathering. In fact, the turnout was so poor that we considered changing the format of Business & Beer from a monthly event to a “once-in-a-while” event. Fortunately, the gathering ended up having a few more attendees as a few people joined us before we had packed up. Those that did attend were treated to free beer, courtesy of The Dudes’ Brewing Company. When the date was scheduled I was unaware that Thursday was trivia night at The Dudes’ so when it was announced Business & Beer formed an impromptu team to play. Our team did okay, but none of us were really into it for the long run. When we return there I will find out ahead of time so those of you that want to play will have enough notice.

After a little discussion, it has been decided to continue with the monthly format for Business & Beer and it appears that our next gathering, at The Brewery at Abigaile on May 14, will be very well attended. We have already been notified by several people that they will definitely be in attendance so if you have been waiting for the right time to attend, this just might be the networking event you were looking for. The Brewery at Abigaile is a brewpub so there will be plenty of food options to go along with their fine selection of brews. They have a special Research & Development Menu during Happy Hour, so come a little early if you want to take advantage of that. The Brewery at Abigaile is located at 1301 Manhattan Avenue in Hermosa Beach; that is on the northwest corner of Pier and Manhattan Avenues. Business & Beer officially runs from 6:00-8:00 PM but we should be there by 5:30. We will be seated at the community tables that are opposite the bar when you first come in. Continue reading