The Dudes’ Brewing Company

Business & Beer returned to The Dudes’ Brewing Company in Torrance for their February gathering and while the group may have been small, it certainly did not prevent business being done while enjoying some of The Dudes’ latest brews.

As it turned out, it was a first time attendance for everyone there except for Tanya and myself; but those that did attend were able to enjoy the company of The Dudes’ Master Brewer, Alex Rabe as he joined us for a while to talk about his vision for The Dudes’ while making a couple business connections at the same time.

The next Business & Beer will be held Thursday, March 10 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the King Harbor Brewing Company tasting room located at their production brewery on 182nd Street in Redondo Beach. They have expanded their beer selection pretty significantly, so if you have not been there lately come see what has changed. Continue reading

hopsaint flight

Enjoying a flight of HopSaint brews

The Business & Beer networking group welcomed 2016 by paying their first visit to the recently opened HopSaint Brewing Company, the newest brewpub to open in Torrance. We had a pretty large group that seemed to rotate in and out which was probably a good thing since HopSaint is still in their “soft open” mode. While this was a first time visit for most of the attendees, many were previously familiar with the work of Head Brewer, Brian Brewer, from our Business & Beer gathering at The Brewery at Abigaile. The food was something that very few were familiar with and I think it was safe to say it was definitely a hit. Since the South Bay has so many breweries and brewpubs now we only get to visit each about once a year now, so if you missed our January gathering, do yourself a favor and stop by there on your own; don’t wait for the next time Business & Beer meets there.

The February gathering of Business & Beer will be held February 11 at The Dudes’ Brewing Company from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. If you have not been to The Dudes’ recently, you just haven’t been. I attended an event last week for a collaboration release they did with KLOS radio. The Dudes’ has a new Master Brewer and Head Brewer and I have to say that their Bohemian Hopsody may be the best beer that has ever come out of that brewery. They have a new sessionable black IPA that was quite tasty as well. I personally look forward to trying more of the new brews coming out of The Dudes’. As a side note, The Dudes’ will be hosting their Trivia Night on the same day. It begins at 8:00 PM which is when Business & beer ends so feel free to stick around and enjoy the fun while exercising your brain. If we have enough people stick around, perhaps we will have a Business & Beer team. Continue reading

Please join us for Business & Beer a small business networking event which will be held at The Dudes’ Brewing Company on February 11, 2016 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 February 11, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM


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

Set up Business & Beer at Strand Brewing

Business & Beer at Strand Brewing Company

The March 2015 gathering of Business & Beer was held at the Strand Brewing Company tasting room in what was likely the last time we will meet at that location as Strand Brewing’s Conditional Use Permit to move to a much larger location was approved. We had a small group of regular attendees as well as a new visitor and we had a couple people come by to see what Business & Beer was all about. One of those people was Nikki of Nikki’s Atomic Oven, who came bearing gifts in the form of some tasty cookies. We hope Nikki becomes a regular attendee; if she brings cookies that is just icing on the cake.

The April 9 gathering of Business & Beer will be held at The Dudes’ Brewing Company in Torrance. This will be the second time we have visited The Dudes’, the first time being back in August when they used Business & Beer as a soft open for their new tasting room. Things have changed a bit at The Dudes’ in the past eight months, including bringing in a new brewer so it should be interesting to see what is happening there. We start at 6:00 PM and stick around until at least 8:00 PM; if the group is large enough we have been known to stay later. As it is a microbrewery they do not serve food but you are welcome to bring food with you. We sometimes have pizza available but it is not guaranteed, so if you are really hungry you might want to stop and grab a bite before coming. Be sure to bring business cards for our drawing and for handing out. Continue reading