Monkish Brewing Company

The Business & Beer networking group held their June gathering at Monkish Brewing Company’s tasting room in Torrance. Graduations and out of town vacationing resulted in a lower than expected turnout; but on the plus side, most of the attendees were first time visitors to Monkish Brewing which fulfills one of the Business & Beer goals which is to introduce our members to each other and possibly a local craft brewery.

On July 14 Business & Beer will celebrate four year of networking over locally produced craft beers at Smog City Brewing. I have to admit, it really does not seem that long ago, but I cannot help but recall that in 2012 we only had four tasting rooms in our rotation. Back then we spent as much time at gastropubs as we did at breweries. As the years passed, more and more breweries came to the South Bay, so we stopped visiting gastropubs and went to a monthly format of breweries and brewpubs only. Today we have 11 breweries and brewpubs in the Business & Beer rotation, with a couple more locations planning on opening in Torrance within the next year. Continue reading

The May gathering of Business & Beer was hosted at Torrance’s latest production brewery, Scholb Premium Ales. While I actually expected larger attendance since this was the first time Business & Beer has visited Scholb, we had a good turnout with this being a first time visit to Scholb for about half of our group. Scholb had 10 of their premium ales available and everyone seemed to enjoy trying their new brews.

The June gathering of Business & Beer will be held June 9, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance. If you have not been to Monkish since our last Business & Beer back in August, be prepared for some big changes and some very nice new beers. Oh yeah, and Henry now brews east coast style IPAs; I think you will enjoy them as much as I do. Visit for more details.

Remember, Business & Beer is open to all; there are no dues or mandatory meetings, just bring your business cards and a willingness to network. You might be surprised at what business actually results from these relationships. You can find all the photos from Business & Beer at Scholb Premium Ales on Cheers!

Please join us for Business & Beer a small business networking event which will be held at Monkish Brewing Co. on June 9, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 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 from 6:00-8:00 PM on June 9, 2016

The Business & Beer networking group met at the Monkish Brewing Company tasting room for their August gathering; it was another successful gathering with close to 15 people participating throughout the evening. It was an interesting evening for us from a personal perspective as it caused us to think back to 2012 when we first formed Business & Beer. In those days we might bring 10 or 20 participants to a gathering and other patrons would come up to ask what Business & Beer was all about. At our August meeting we had about 15 participants and I would be surprised if anyone outside of our group even realized we were there. Monkish was packed; like a line out the door packed. We were lucky, and thankful, that Monkish had saved a table for us so that we had somewhere to congregate. We will have to see if this becomes a trend around the South Bay; we may want to consider changing our meeting date to the second Wednesday instead of the second Thursday.

Our next Business and Beer will be held Thursday, September 10 at the Smog City Brewing Company tasting room. Arguably one of the best craft breweries in Southern California, Smog City is pretty much guaranteed to have something for everyone to enjoy. Our event begins at 6:00 PM and goes on until 8:00 PM. You do not need a special invitation to participate or to bring friends; it is encouraged. Just bring your business cards and a willingness to network with others. Smog City Brewing Company is located at 1901 Del Amo Boulevard in Torrance; we hope you will join us. Continue reading

Absolution welcomes Business & Beer

Absolution Brewing welcomes Business & Beer

The Business & Beer networking group returned to Absolution Brewing Company for their July 2015 gathering. Following two successive months of outstanding attendance, the attendance this time would be better described as intimate. Since it was held in mid-July one might presume that a certain number go off on vacation with their families, so we do not despair too much. While it is always nice when we have large turnouts, the smaller ones are nice also as it gives the attendees more opportunity to visit with each other. I believe Phil will agree that it definitely increases your odds of winning the drawing for a free beer.
Phil wins a free beer

Phil wins his first free beer in quite a while.

Our next Business & Beer will be held at Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance on August 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. For those interested in food, Vella Pizza will be there creating fresh brick-oven baked pizzas. If you grow vegetables and want to customize your pizza, bring some goodies along and they will use them on your pizza. There are some fun brews coming from Monkish lately, including their collaboration with El Segundo Brewing Company, Beer.HOPS.Love, a hoppy Belgian Tripel. Naturally, they have lots of their Belgian-ish brews which all seem to pair well with pizza. The hopheads among you will enjoy whichever “Saint” Belgian-style pale ale is available (guessing Saint Amarillo or Saint Citra) as well as the Beer.HOPS.Love. For sure you will have a good time networking with others that feel the same way about craft beer as you. Continue reading