Monkish Brewing Co.

Monkish Brewing Co.Monkish Brewing Co.
Monkish Brewing Co.Monkish Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar

20311 S Western Ave
Torrance, California, 90501-1504
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Came here with my wife on a recent trip to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tried the following:
Monkish Somewhereness (flight sample)
Monkish Beats Is Infinite (flight sample)
Monkish Feminist (flight sample)
Monkish Swap Meets (flight sample)

Beers were delicious across the board and this was one of the most experimental breweries that we visited. Service was very friendly as the bartender was happy to describe the beers on offer, especially after she found out we’re from Toronto. Chill atmosphere inside the taproom with the brewing tanks in clear view of our table. Liked the monk themed artwork throughout. Our overall experience was a lot of fun, and we would certainly come back.

Apr 04, 2020
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Lively fun place with plenty of room, tables, music and a food ruck outside. Essentially a tap/tasting set up. Service is largely centered on pouring. There is little time for discussing beers, etc. Very friendly but busy least on the Saturday afternoon I was there. Selection of beers was limited to what semed the latest "one off's". Beer was very good, but nothing available that might have been recommended to me in the past. Beers broken into 3 groups - IPAs; Saisons and Sours.Had a good time with 2 others accompanying me.

Feb 06, 2020
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

IPA fans rejoice... well NE IPAs. Horrible horrible parking lot and your GPS will def send you astray. Bartenders are nice which is a plus considering there terrible set up. It's expensive and you have to take the 405 to the apex of shittiness in LA. But, the heart wants what the heart wants.

Jan 13, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Great space that's easy to get to if you're at LAX, there's a great bar/serving area, and seating in the brewery - the tanks are right there. Excellent selection and the quality is world-class. Worthy of your time and multiple visits.

Dec 15, 2019
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Delicious...of course it was....and the setup was great. Smaller than expected but with no can release seating was available and the lines short. Wish they had more taps available. The taco food truck was killer.

Oct 15, 2019
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lucius10 from California

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I got the chance to visit Monkish on a business trip...Nice place with a fantastic selection of beers...especially, if you love the hazies! Customer service was good and they were patient with a first timer and the questions that I had. There were a few things that I didn't of those is the size of the place. Because it is so small, sitting options are limited when trying to settle down and concentrate on their great beers. The other thing is they don't really offer a flight. You can only order two small pours at a time. This is not cool because after getting your two, you have to wait back in line to get two more.

Mar 22, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Visited the brewery in Torrance- and lucked into a can release. So the review is based on the can release and my tasting room experience. Friendly staff, who went out of their way to explain their particular can release rules (since I didn't know anything coming in) and make sure that I was able to try the beers before deciding which ones to buy. So I went into the tasting room, which is a small affair- a few barrels and a bench up front in the tasting room, and if you walk into the brewery and take a right, there are multiple tables available leading up to the garage door which had a pizza food truck there. There are also pretzels and water on a table. Pretty straightforward place, a bit small for a can release. Decent selection of different beers on tap. IPAs, stouts, saisons. Plus on-site consumption bottles. Relatively standard pricing for the Los Angeles area. For the most part, taproom a bit too small during a can release, but overall they have a well-run operation that utilizes social media well.

Jan 10, 2019
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Smaller but awesome place in Torrance. Beer selection out of my dreams, American takes on Belgian beer and awesome NEIPA game. Seating is somewhat limited to honest with a few chairs around barrels and some tables. Staff/bartenders are very friendly and knowledgeable, with great recommendations. Free mini pretzels and food trucks

Nov 07, 2018
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Goneflying87 from California

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Really great place to visit (specially when it is not busy) they do have various food vendors depending on the day. It does tend to get crowded on the weekends in which is almost hard to get a table to sit down and have a drink with food. They do have a good selection most of the times in which there are occasions that they run out some of their beer for the night. Normally the selection is always rotating to different beers in which at time they do not do Growler fills for some IPA's due to availability. Just wish the tasting room was a bit bigger!

Sep 24, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Really cool looking building with a small space. There might have been a capacity for 45 people indoors but it had a great vibe to it. I was fortunate enough that there wasn't a can release on the day that I went, but there were still people in line to get in approximately 20 minutes before open. Quality of the place was good as well. Little bit small, but nothing looked old or out of place. Maybe a little cramped where the vessels are, but that's fine. Service was great and the line for the tap pours was quite quick.

If I do have a negative, on the day that I went there were only 4 IPA beers on draft (which quickly dwindled to 2 about an hour later) and 3 sours. All the beers I had were fantastic, but a bigger selection would have been better.

Overall a really cool place that I would definitely visit again. And although they don't serve food themselves, there was (and apparently always is) a food truck outside.

Jun 30, 2018
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AdamofSoCal from California

4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Amazing place. It can get crowded at times because it's such a small venue, and parking can be very hard. Any time there's a can release you won't get anything unless you're there early, otherwise they do a good amount of Growler Fills so you won't leave empty handed. Amazing hazy ipas and their recent barrel aged stouts are insane.

Mar 31, 2018
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alextastic from California

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Best beer around and great staff. Space is small, so feels crowded pretty easily. Can be hard to find a spot to chill at times, but it's nice when you can. Also, free pretzels!

Feb 14, 2018
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LaurenLyla from California

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I love all things funky and sour which is why I fell in love with Monkish! Then the haze craze came and I didnt have the patience to wade through the crowds of can bros! But those hoppy, hazy, hella hot beers are delicious!
A must stop if you are in LA!

Jan 04, 2018
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Ninastorms from California

5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've got to say that I was highly impressed by the down-to-earth and pleasant vibe of this place! The lines were a bit long, but I was told that depending on the day or events that are taking place, it can vary. The staff there was super friendly and helpful when I had questions about where to start. I enjoyed a glass of Ciel Noir which was such an absolute delight!!! It's a dark beer (my fave) that was well balanced and surprisingly did not seem heavy at all on the palate!

I really do love this place. There is zero ego or pretentious vibes, which is really heaven on earth to me! Love, love, love! Thanks Monkish! You NAILED IT! (Which is what even inspired me to write a review) I will definitely be back.

Nov 29, 2017
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Ooh-sila from Mexico

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Loved this brewery, very cool and laid back. I was surprised that there was a line to purchase beer Saturday afternoon around 12:30pm. It was well worth the wait, the line and everything. Great place and great beer.

Nov 25, 2017
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heytomcat from Minnesota

4.74/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Not much to look at from the outside but a very cool space once inside. Order your beer in the small front room then head to the back to stretch your legs. They even have bags of grain on the stools to sit on. There was an awesome wood fired pizza guy there when I was there.

Sep 23, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Based on the criteria listed above from BeerAdvocate, Monkish is superb. Awesome quality , great service, incredible beer. They do, however, need to upgrade their space. The exclusive feel of the brewery is nice, and they run their releases as well as they possibly could, however they need to start thinking more of how they can update the space to accomodate the regulars that just want to sit, relax, and enjoy some awesome beer. I get that right now all the hype is with Monkish and that's awesome, but I feel like creating a more open atmosphere with more seating and space would be huge to their success and local popularity. Anyways, an awesome experience at Monkish and even after waiting hours for cans and tasters, they are sure to draw me back in! You can't argue with quality product.

Aug 17, 2017
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Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Recently made the trip out to LA from Philly and my first stop was here for a growler fill and an 8oz pour of the sought after foggy window. Lots of hype about these beers and from the ones I tasted they lived up to the expectations. Great beer here, only issue is that I wasn't able to fill a growler with foggy window which my favorite beer that I sampled from them. Overall a cool little hangout with great beer.

Jun 07, 2017
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jooler from California

2.92/5  rDev -32.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.5

Selection wasn't that good, especially for people who travel far for beer. They wouldn't put an IPA in a 64oz growler but they are able to put a 9.8% tripel in a growler. I wanted some IPA to take home but I was sad when they said no. This doesn't make sense with ABC rules. And the beers you are able to take as a growler are gross.

Oct 06, 2016
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DrinkThemAll from California

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice little spot in the cut. Solid vibe, mixed crowd. Had an alright selection on tap. Not much to choose from. Chorizo man outback was fire! Free pretzels and water. Impossible to get can releases unless you live next door.

Sep 25, 2016
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Really enjoyed my first experience there. Very mellow, low key vibe and the locals were more then wiling to talk shop and give me some good suggestions. I wish they had a few more IPA's on tap, but still, all the beers were delicious. Only complaint is that I ordered a flight and instead of giving you all the beers at once they give you 4 tokens so every time you finish a beer you have to get back on line for your next which gets a little tedious. Otherwise though I had a really good time and will be stop by next time I am in Los Angeles

Aug 19, 2016
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nvbrew from Nevada

4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Any time I'm in town Monkish is a mandatory stop. The staff that is working is always helpful and friendly, and if your there on a non-release day they are always down to talk and give great recommendations. Only complaint is due to the IPA's being made in small batches, they tend to go pretty quick, so if you find something you like it may not be there the following day.

Aug 12, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

One of the best brewery vibes I've found in a while. Great staff, friendly and helpful. Classic hip hop playing which is alwaysa winner for me and a welcome relief from the typical banjo/bluegrass at the brewery type deal.

The beer selection here is wide and all the beers I tried were excellent.

Bottles and cans were for sale and that's cool too.

Great interior and cool to be able to drink in the taproom or in the brewing area.

Excellent spot.

Jun 01, 2016
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Beer_Line from California

5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Beer selection is always on point. Always some one off's that are amazing. The vibe is typical brewery. Tasting room to order and drinks in the actual brewery. The staff is awesom and friendly and the crowd is great as well.

May 18, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small brewery, set a bit back from the street in an industrial area of Torrance. Monkish specializes in Belgians and makes an array of farm house saisons. Recently, the brewery acquired a foeder and is beginning to experiment more with wild offerings. There's a tasting area, as well as a small area aside of brewing operations. The vibe and service are pretty chill.

Mar 16, 2016
Monkish Brewing Co. in Torrance, CA
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