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Red Car Brewery and Restaurant

Not Rated.
Red Car Brewery and RestaurantRed Car Brewery and Restaurant
Based on:
7 Beers
70 Hads
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 23
Visits: 35
Avg: 3.75
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1266 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, California, 90501
United States
phone: (310) 782-0222

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 35
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I give all fours to this establishment. I've been there twice and each time was a good experience. But I need to try something other than the IPA, which, by the way, is excellent. This brew pub is located in the older part of Torrance, which looks like it's had a face lift over the past few years. It has a bar area, a large eating room and an outdoor patio. The brewmaster is very friendly and enjoys patrons commenting on his beers. His small brewing system is behind the bar and is made of oak. It's like none I've seen before. But he took the time to explain it to us. I will stop by again if I'm in the area.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4


I stopped in here for lunch and this is a quality establishment. It is in the 'old town' part of Torrance, surrounded by shops and dated architecture. I was told the building used to be a telegraph office.

A large rectangular building. Brick walls give this place an old time feel. The decor is more modern. There are photos on the wall of the defunct 'Red Car' transportaion system which used to be very popular in the Los Angeles area. Upon entering the L-shaped bar is on the right. It is good sized and the bar area has a small ledges style bar opposite it. A couple of t.v.'s hang in the bar area for viewing sports. The dining area is to the left of the door and has plenty of tables and chairs. The brewing equipment is behind the bar. Another ledge style bar is near the kitchen. There is a skinny patio but no chairs or tables were set up when I was there. Maybe that is for summer use. A somewhat plain but very warm and friendly feel to this establishment.

The service was superb. The owner and brewer Bob is very friendly. We talked about beer for quite some time. I informed him of BA as he had never heard of the site before. The other servers were attentive and personable as well.

The food is very tasty. The ahi tuna sandwhich with fries was a hit in my opinion. The onion rings are huge, tasty and filling. The menu is large and I hear the fish and chips and the chicken pasta are very good as well. They also have soups, salads, burgers, calimari and quite a few other selections. Prices are fair as this is not greasy bar food. They have wine but no spirits.

The beers are brewed on premises. I had the South Bay IPA and their Winter Warmer. Both were very good. I was poured tasters of their Reserve and the ever popular Electric Lite. They are quality beers as well. The selection is about five of Red Car's beers at a time. They brew a seasonal pumpkin beer during October. There is only one guest beer which is the Bitburger non alcoholic beer. I gave 'selection' a 4.5 because quantity does not necessarily equal quality. These are quality beers. The IPA is not held back. Good and hoppy. Red Car will brew on occasion an imperial version of the IPA. I want to check that one out. The Winter Warmer is smooth, inviting and warming. Red Car is brewing quality beers and hopefully this will continue for years to come. They are not subtle knock offs of the styles for the masses. Beer lovers will find a beer to their liking here. Bob also told me that he is hoping to get his beers to some local establishments like Father's Office and others.

I have now tried the Red and the South Loop Porter. Both are fine examples of the style. The porter is especially nice. Get here and give them a try.

This is a quality establishment. Well run, friendly and fun for the family or a get together with friends. I recommend people give this place a try.

Notes: They have their own parking lot.
They have growler service.
They will serve beer in a schooner if you ask. Six ounces more.

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Photo of stoutlove77
4.5/5  rDev +20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is one of the spots that I decided to venture around by my job after some research I did for a local brewery in my area. The establishment is right next to some trolly rails, (hence the name) and the place looks like it was an old station at some time. The setting is very pleasant and the feel was nostalgic for it displayed many memorabilia from the early years. The food was good especially the wings(i'm a deep wings fans), the beers that are on tap were in house specialties ranging from the golden Electra Lite to the South Loop Porter. On this trip I had the honor of meeting its Brewmaster and owner, (indeed a great person) to explain his detail on his brewpuppies as he was stirring up a batch of IPA while we had our gathering. He explained his teqniques are still based on English single mash fusion, which says much about the mellow taste I had with the sampler. The place has been around for several years and still looks promising. When out here I would recommend you try his unique version of the IPA, every time he has a batch it doesnt last very long.

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Red Car Brewery and Restaurant in Torrance, CA
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.