Friday, July 18, 2014

You Have To Know Where It Is ...

I'm referring to a brewery, set deep in a posh industrial park (Translation:  no guard dogs or barbed wire, no blowing trash.)  Absolution Brewing Co. signs and directional arrows are all of the help you're going to get inside this industrial park -- the kicker is:  which industrial park?  There are acres of them!

Our friend John, a Brit, discovered it and shared his information with Richie and "Raffish" at a lad's night out the other week.  And, yes, they cabbed to and from; no one drove. 

Richie knew that a visit there would show up here so after an appointment in Torrance, he said, "Are you up for a little adventure?"

"Does it involve food?" I asked.  "I'm starving."

"Dunno - I didn't see any there." hence this recommendation from me.  Take a bag of chips or pretzels in with you.  Not peanuts which make  a mess and lead to eviction. 

As you would expect in a warehouse, the space is vast with five brewing kettles?  Beer vats? across the back wall.  The wall opposite the bar was lined with shiny steel kegs on pallets stacked two high.  The bar is L-shaped and stand up only.  If you want to sit 'n sip there are wooden church pews with short Irish pub tables at an easy reach. 

The big deal about this place (besides the various tastes) is that they have a two beers "hand - pulled" dispenser.  Theirs was imported from England.  That day the two beers were "Trespasser" with your choice of  strawberry or orange-tinged beer.  We each had an orange.  The alcohol content is posted beside each beer and Trespasser was 6.6% and $7 each. 

There is no "Restroom" sign - instead a doorway is labeled "Used Beer."  There were eight other customers at 4 p.m. on a Wednesday.  With 30 ft. high ceilings, it was a hushed, almost church-like atmosphere.

Check their Website  because the hours open are:
Closed Mon. and Tues.
Wed. and Thurs. 3 p.m. to 9
Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun. noon to 6 p.m.

2878 Columbia Street, Torrance, 90503

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