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Everyone is a winner at Business & Beer

The Business & Beer networking group met at Smog City Brewing Company for their July gathering, which also marked the 4th anniversary since the first gathering of Business & Beer which was held at Select Beer Store in July of 2012.

We had a very nice turnout, with a total of seven of the attendees being present at the first event as well. To mark the occasion, co-founder Tanya prepared homemade calzones which went perfectly with Smog City’s beer; Phil and Debbie brought in a couple pizzas which ensured there was plenty to eat for everyone. All attendees won the free beer raffle, so everyone was a winner. Thank you to everyone that came out. Continue reading

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

Please join us for Business & Beer a small business networking event which will be held at Smog City Brewing Co. on July 14, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Smog City Brewing Co. is located at 1901 Del Amo Boulevard, Unit B Torrance, California. Please RSVP by commenting below that you will be there.

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Join us at Smog City Brewing Co from 6:00-8:00 PM on July 14, 2016

The September 2015 Business & Beer which was held at Smog City Brewing Company on Thursday evening, September 10. If you recall, we were in the midst of a pretty bad heat wave with even worse humidity, so all things considered, including parents attending Back-to-School nights, we had a pretty decent turnout. Those that did attend were able to network while enjoying a couple new Smog City Brewing brews including Cuddlebug and California Love.

Our next gathering of Business & Beer will be held October 8, 2015 at El Segundo Brewing Company from 6:00-8:00 PM. This is Business & Beer’s first return to El Segundo Brewing Company since they expanded their tasting room, so if you have not been there lately prepare to be surprised. It is probably three or four times bigger than the last time we were there; with plenty of seating. El Segundo Brewing has some new beers you will want to try including their Power Plant Triple IPA. Please see for more information. Continue reading

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