South Bay Craft Breweries – Weekend Recap

March 7, 2016

Ya’ll know how much I enjoy sharing all the good stuff the South Bay has to offer – and I always enjoy playing tour guide to visiting family and friends.

My cousin, another Jackie, was in town with her beau, Daniel, this weekend. They mentioned a recent trip to Boston where they visited several of the local breweries, and as the South Bay is now the epicenter of the craft brew scene, I knew exactly what our itinerary would be for the next few days!

We spent Saturday night at Absolution Brewing’s Hoppy 2nd Birthday celebration in Torrance. There was a live band, food trucks, games, anniversary casks and numerous tasty brews to savor. My favorite, a raspberry stout! My cousin is in the PR biz and was mightily impressed with their branding. We were introduced to their marketing guru, Laz, and spent a good part of the evening with him and other members of the Absolution team. The place was packed and a good time was had by all. If you haven’t stopped by the tap room yet, put it on your must-do list.

We spent a windy Sunday hopping around the Beach Cities. First stop, Kincaid’s for brunch, followed by stops at Naja’s and the King Harbor Tap Room at the International Boardwalk in Redondo.

Then it was on to El Segundo. After a stroll and mini-tour around downtown – Old Town Music Hall, ESMoA, Studio Antiques, the Purple Orchid – we stopped at Rock & Brews to quench our thirst with yet more local brews. Our final stop was the new, greatly expanded El Segundo Brewing Tap Room where we bought a Growler to-go for a dinner party last night. The new space is terrific, with plenty of seating and a great selection of brews to choose from.

I also learned there are a few other breweries scheduled to open in the South Bay in the coming months. This brew train is not slowing down anytime soon and I highly recommend gathering a group of friends for a brewery crawl. It’s a refreshing and tasty way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!