Red Car Brewery and Restaurant
Active Beers: 5
Beer Ratings: 47
Beer Avg: 3.7
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
1.55/5 rDev -58.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$
I found the beer very flat and uninspired. It totally lacked body. The food was mediocre and the service was poor. I'm a collector of growlers but I couldn't find a beer worth 14.50 for the growler. I tried the IPA,porter,big red, and another brew I don't recall. None were worth the 4.50 a pint no less 14.50 a growler. If I didn't know better I would say the beer was watered down. I also found the one fermenter knuesering on the ground unsanitary but also repulsive. The bartender was rude and very short and the food was bland and cold. Skip it, there are better brewery's in Long Beach.
12-02-2005 00:54:50 | More by theautorestorer
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
My family and some friends ate down the street at La Capilla tonight and stumbled across this place after when we were walking around this old run down part of town, stopped in for a few pints and got a growler to go, do not know how much the pints were because I did not buy them, but the growler I bought was $4.50 for the glass and fourteen bucks per fill regardless of the beer, I had the special bitter first while we there and got a porter for round two, neither were very good, the IPA I brought home in the growler was a little better with a great nose but still lacking some other important qualities, place is an old depot building, the tanks are literally five feet from where you sit right behind the bar, lots of families in here and a few beer drinkers too, did not look over the menu much but most people seemed to be eating pizza, laid back inside but located in a bit of a ghost town in Torrance, service was decent as it was not too busy but they still probably could have used a few more pople working, only had four different beers on tap and they were all their brews, the only one I did not have was their brown ale, will probably go back in October to try their pumpkin ale as I have heard good things about it, not the best beer but cool to have a place like this fairly close to my house, just weird that it took me this long to get out here, will go back, worth checking out if you are in the South Bay
07-13-2009 03:10:19 | More by Floydster
3.44/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in here recently when I was in the area. It's a fairly small place with a side for tables and dining and then the bar side. I sat at the bar and ordered a sampler flight. The bartender said he was out of 2 of the 5 beers but I saw him pour all 5 so I'm not sure why he was saying that. The quality of the beers was pretty good but they seemed a bit warm straight from the tap. The service was alright but there weren't that many people in there and it took a while to get my check at the end. The selection was limited to 5 of the house beers and a few bottled offerings from other breweries from what I could tell. Prices were reasonable for the beer. To be honest, this is sort of a depressing place and I'm not sure I will be back.
03-17-2013 23:12:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.54/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I came two years late. You see, I was in Torrance two years ago doing my own "brew tour" when I received a phone call for baseball tickets which I could not reject. That cut my day short, but I'm back. Sitting in downtown Torrance is the Red Car Brewery, which is housed in an old building. The space inside mixes elements of the old building in with a brewery and restaurant. A simple door opens yourself to the brewpub, where lies the restaurant (left) and bar (right). I'll take a stool, thank you. A roomy bar with seating for over a dozen people, the taps sitting in the middle of the bar, brewpub-logoed glassware at each seat to hold checks (if you do this, make sure the glasses are cleaned and the rims aren't chipped). Sports on TV, lots of sunlight entering the room during the afternoon...I think I can relax.
At one end of the bar is a listing of the day's beers, while the menu itself shows its 6 regular beers. During my visit, "only" five house beers available (Big Red, Special Bitter, Motorman, South Bay IPA, Black IPA), available in pints and tasters. I prefer pints, so I ordered the bitter (much too dry) and Motorman (decent). Just standard shaker pints for the main glassware. $6 pints.
I was more hungry than thirsty, so pulled pork was selected along with a side of garlic fries. While the beer's did not excite me, the food certainly did, and it sounds weird to write that I would come back for the food before the beer. Having a helpful bartender also kept my visit going in the right direction.
Would I return? Maybe. The overall experience was fine. Regarding just the beer, there are other breweries which I would hit before Red Car.
04-07-2014 03:27:02 | More by DoubleJ
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Red Car is in Torrance off of Torrance and Cabrillo. They have a decent sized private lot and there appears to be metered parking in the surrounding blocks.
The brewpub is housed in a historic brick telegraph building. The exterior has stucco and a patio, with lots of windows. The inside is brick with cream colored walls. The bar is on the right side with a small dining area opposite. Brewing equipment is visible behind the bar, and there is a chalkboard listing what beers are on tap.
Red Car has 5 beers on draught and has a sampler for $5.25. The styles are pretty typical, including an Amber, APA, IPA, Porter and Anniversary Ale. The beers are average for the most part.
Service on a weekday lunch at the bar was pretty good. The bartender was not very busy and was friendly.
I had a sandwich and fries for lunch and it was decent.
Overall this place does not exactly have a robust array of beers, and the ones they do have are straightforward. However it still merits a visit due to the nice atmosphere and overall quality of the beer and food.
09-15-2010 20:45:12 | More by Dogbrick
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
My girlfriend and I visited this brewery specifically because we wanted to check out their Pumpkinhead beer and see if it was growler worthy for an upcoming Halloween party. I've just reviewed two of their beers, including this one, so I'll try not to be too redundant here.
We arrived on a Tuesday evening around 6pm. Getting there was relatively easy from the 110, and apparently just as easy to get to from the 405. In fact, we probably could have just taken surface streets from my place in Long Beach and made decent time as well.
The one annoyance is that there doesn't seem to be any simple way to get there by public transportation. I checked the MTA web site and they couldn't even plot a course that would get me there.
Nonetheless, we got there...
The atmosphere was comfortable, with a reasonably long bar with brewing equipment in the background, and behind our bar stools, a significant supply of tables for dining. Others have broken the visual down with more detail, so I'll defer to them for much of this.
Apparently, we got there on the day they were having a special Oktoberfest Food-and-Beer pairing meal (five beers, five courses, $45 if I recall correctly), and by 7:00, the place was packed, but the clientele was pretty mellow (probably mostly early 30s to early 50s) and it wasn't all that noisy once everyone found their seats. About 1/3 of the bar seats remained vacant throughout our time there.
The bartender was a little slow (attention-wise, not mentally), but we weren't in too much of a hurry, and when he did show up, he was helpful, so I was happy with his service.
They only had four brews on tap: the Motorman's Reserve (bland), Big Red (like the chewing gum), the South Loop Porter (coffee/chocolate), and their seasonal special, the Pumpkinhead Ale (refreshing, slightly pumpkiny). I think all of the brews could have stood for a bit more carbonation, as there was no head to be found on any of them, but flavor-wise, they were all at least average. They were served just a bit too cold, but this tends to be the standard and I'm learning to get used to it.
The food, however, was quite impressive. I had the Motorman's Bacon Cheeseburger (three cheeses, hold the bacon and the "secret sauce"/Thousand Island) and fries and my girlfriend had the chicken picatta. We were both quite pleased. She couldn't even finish her meal, but somehow had extra room available to snatch up some of my fries.
Overall, I'd say the beer was so-so and the service was slightly better, but the food was worth coming back for and I'll take a so-so local beer with good food over a generic macrobrew any day.
I did end up purchasing two growlers of Pumpkinhead, but that was more out of desperation than any signficant appreciation. I'm optimistic, though, as I hear their IPA will be showing up very soon, and their dIPA should pop up sometime in December, so hopefully I'll have something tasty to refill those growlers with soon.
10-25-2006 21:51:46 | More by instrumentality
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited on Monday 01/07/08 at about 4:00pm. Place was deserted. My friend and I sat at the bar and ordered an appetizer (spinach/artichoke dip). He had a pint of the porter, while I had the sampler. The bartender was very friendly and attentive, though not as knowledgable about beer as we were. The food took a long time to come, but that was okay. They have six taps brewed on premises, though they were out of the red ale when I visited. The decor is best described as early 20th century red brick: reminded me of a firehouse. Dark and quiet when we were there, though I have been before when it was bustling and noisy. The relief bartender was also attentive and friendly; she and I struck up a conversation about cars, of all things. Nice place. (here comes my standard closing line). If I lived closer, I'd visit a lot more often.
03-10-2008 23:33:36 | More by charlzm
Red Car Brewery and Restaurant in Torrance, CA
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