Top 6 Los Angeles Breweries to Watch in 2013
|A Smog City tap at The Yard|
Smog City Brewing Company started over a year ago, making its XPA and L.A. Saison out of Tustin Brewing Company -- the Orange County brewpub where Smog City's head brewer Jonathan Porter is also head brewer -- and building an underground following in the City of Angels, its future home. Late last year, Jonathan and his wife Laurie purchased a spot in Torrance and spent the holidays building out the brewhouse, which will soon become an integral part of the small-but-strong community of formidable South Bay breweries (Monkish and Strand, anyone?). In the meantime, Smog City's Groundwork Coffee Porter (which won gold at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival), Hoptonic IPA and others (try the winter seasonal appropriately called "Weird Beer") are flowing from taps at beer bars citywide as L.A. brew fans await the official arrival of what could very well be L.A.'s new signature brewery.