Just in time for the weekend, Filling Stations is a weekly post that highlights one of Los Angeles’ destinations for craft beer, be it a bottle-shop with a great selection, a restaurant with great food to go with their beer list, or a bar serving excellent beers.
The Strand Brewing Co. Tap Room
- Neighborhood: Torrance View Larger Map
- Type: Brewery Tap Room
- Yelp Page
- Selection: 3/5 Price: 4/5 Staff: 4/5
One of the oldest of the South Bay breweries Strand Brewing Co has been brewing beer since 2009, though the tap room in a Torrance industrial park just opened in 2012. Strand is another small operation that is turning out excellent beer only available in kegs, and if you want a growler filled with their signature 24th Street Pale Ale you’ll need to head down to Torrance.
The brewery is small, even by start-up standards, though they have just increased production to just shy of 4000 barrel annually according to this story by the LA Times. The new tap room is a simple counter, ten taps of Strand beer, a few spots to hang out while you enjoy your pints. One liter growlers are available for fills; the glass will cost you $8 and the fills are between $8 and $14 depending on the variety of beer.
On a recent visit they had 5 beers available from their flagship pale ale to a Black IPA to a seasonal Berliner Weisse. They made their name with the 24th St. Pale Ale, and the crisp and hoppy pale remains one of the finest examples of the style being made in Los Angeles. It’s at the high-end of the %ABV scale for the style, but it remains refreshing and oh so easy to drink.
We also samples the Strand Ito Weisse, their sour-mashed take on the Berliner Weisse sour wheat beer, and found it to be quite refreshing with a bracing tartness and a more grain-forward flavor. It had a slightly heavier body than other Berliner Weisses that we’ve sampled, though it remains very low alcohol at only 4.2%ABV. They have the traditional flavoring syrups, both raspberry and woodruff, though we opted to sample the beer straight. The sour-mash technique, where the unfermented wort is left to sit overnight to develop the souring lactic acid, produces a complex and slightly funky tartness.
Pints from the tap room are $5 or $6 and pitchers are available for all but the specialty beers. The tap room is a popular spot for the locals to hang out at, and even on a recent sleepy Sunday afternoon there were a dozen people there chatting and drinking. The co-owners and brewers are often there to pour your pints and chat about their beers, and everybody there is happy to recommend a beer. We just wish they did tasting flights (a must for any tap room in our book).
Just 4 miles from the beach Strand Brewing Co’s tap room is a great place to stop on your way to a picnic or for some refreshment after a sun-soaked day in the sand! While they do not bottle their beer, their beer is available at bars and restaurants across LA and OC; give them a shot if you see a Strand beer on tap!
Have you tried Strand Brewing’s beer? What did you think? What’s your favorite beer that they brew?