Monkish Brewing Co.

Monkish Brewing Co.Monkish Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar

20311 S Western Ave
Torrance, California, 90501-1504
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Added by UnknownKoger on 03-12-2012

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 103
Photo of jooler
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.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | 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. I would come back if I was in the area, but wouldn't go out of my way to get here.

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Photo of Mehinaman
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

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Photo of nvbrew
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
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.

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Photo of Beer_Line
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
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.

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Photo of ebin6
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Don't be scared if Belgians aren't your thing. They typically have at least one hoppy pale ale on draft. Every time I visit this place, I leave liking it a bit more. Their beers are artfully made with an emphasis on quality.

The brewery itself is pretty cool as well. Finding a seat can be hard, but not impossible.

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

It's such a treat to have two really good breweries within a short walk of each other. After a short stay at Smog City, it was off to Monkish, where a large Friday night crowd greeted us. Most of the parking spots were occupied, and we were lucky to grab a spot. A pizza truck outside the brewery, the main door wide open that lead to the brewhouse and a healthy crowd that lead me think that I was packed in like sardines. The taproom has a separate feeling to the brewhouse, being more enclosed and easier to move around (but with no surfaces to lay your glass of beer).

Monkish goes the Belgian route with its beers, and sometimes will put an American twist to it. More than ten beers on-tap, including a really tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale which I had. Bottles are available for take away. Along with Smog City, Monkish is well worth the visit during your beer tour of Torrance.

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Photo of B33rN3rd
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I love this brewery. There's something about it, the vibe, the people that work here, the small things that all come together. Their beer selection on tap is incredible, double what any of the other local breweries offer, with a great limited release selection, and the staff are incredibly friendly - they always offer up new suggestions and recognize local faces. I hadn't been here but twice and a cute beertender knew who I was almost immediately. Once you get your beer, you pass a large vat of free pretzels as you make your way past their wonderful metalworks, and enter into a decent-sized room for libations. There's tall bar tables in the center of the room, and tables with bags of beans or grain sit on, along the sides. It's one of the few breweries that offers a TV and has often sent out invitations to come down and partake in some sports enjoyments for big games. However, if you're not into sports, no worries, because it doesn't dominate the social area. Finally, there is often a pitfire pizza company out back and I will tell you first had, your stomach will thank you for the partake. Their only downfall is parking, and can be quite a bitch, but that's par for the course with most of these breweries in the business districts. There are several breweries in Torrance, all within a three mile radius, but this, by far, is my favorite.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Found in the area yesterday and check out the local beer breweries. As another brewery in the area, I found a long line to be served. Had the Sem-I Delli Vita. a great Belgian type beer. Probably shorter line during the week to get a beer but, If it wasn't any good, there will be no line. I was not disappointed. Glad I stopped in.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very small space in the tasting room, but tables set up in the brewing room double the space, possibly even triple it. Selection is always pretty solid and has a wide range. Good wide ranging selection of beers and never an ipa which is almost too common in Southern California. I would recommend the flight at $8 for 4 beers. Most of the beers on the menu are included so you can sample almost anything. The tenders have the appropriate knowledge of the product and are very helpful. Self serve pretzels and peanuts are available, food trucks are common and outside food is ok.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited on 4/5/13

Monkish is located in an industrial park in Torrance, and has a tiny tasting room with a few tables and chairs. Not a ton of character. You can also go into the brewery, and there is some additional seating there. There happened to be a food truck there that day, which is the primary source of food. Peanuts and pretzels are self serve and complimentary.

A tasting flight is $8 and includes 4 pours - your choice - from a 10 beer selection. Options were Oblate, Crux, Moria, Altar Boy, Galaxy Defender, False Prophet, Rosa's Hips, Select Monk 2, Anomaly, and Feminist. Seme Della Vita, Apothatic, Magnificat, and Matrimonium were also available, but not in the flight. The pours were healthy, and the staff was knowledgeable. Great selection of beers and a good value.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Monkish primarily to try Vigil. I ended up also trying Lumen, Crux, and Rosa's Hips. I thought each were high-quality representation of their respective beer styles with Henry's personal twist.

The tasting room is located in an industrial park off Western. The space is somewhat small, but modern and cozy. Peanuts and pretzels are complimentary. Since they don't serve food, outside food is welcome. Flights are not served in typical flight glassware on a paddle, you are instead given about a 4 oz. pour in a snifter, and given wooden chips. Once you're done with one beer, you take the chips to the server, they'll clean your snifter, and pour your next beer. I would rather have all my beers in front of me simultaneously, but that's just me.

They will be bottling their beers in the near future, so you may see them at your favorite bottle shop soon.

I enjoyed my visit.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I visited Monkish on Sunday 1/20/13. Going back to my birth town of Torrance. Monkish is located in a little strip mall off Western Avenue a couple miles south of the 405. Walking in I was suprised how small it was, about 7-8 four person tables with the brewing tanks clearly visible. They had 8 of their beers on-tap, I opted for a flight of 4 (Crux, Red Table, Lumen, Magnificat) for $7. I've always enjoyed Monkish's beers when I've seen them on-tap so I wanted to visit the source. Crux and Red Table were good Belgian-style beers, but Lumen and Magnificat were fantastic and great examples of why these guys are one of my new favourite breweries. Talked to the brewer Henry as well; he was friendly, gracious and willing to talk about the beer in hand. Monkish is a little out of the way, but fans of experimental Belgian-style beers should check them out, especially as a little side trip on the way to the Redondo Beach pier.

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Photo of Narfish
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Monkish is a new brewery to SoCal concentrating on the lower-ABV end of the Belgian spectrum. As the name would suggest, many of their beers are non-idiomatic version of Belgian favorites - a blonde with chamomile, a dubbel with rose hips, a dry-hopped amber, tripel with hibiscus, etc. Monkish has a ways to go 'til its offerings are as distinguished its Belgian-inspired brethren at Ommegang, Allagash, The Bruery, etc. But Monkish is trying interesting things for sure, and visiting its tiny tasting room feels as comfortable as being invited into someone's kitchen.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped by Monkish when I was in the general area for a tasting. Located in a small industrial park, the inside space has a pretty modern but vintage tinged feel. Lots of wood and metal and whatnot. They have 8 of their beers available on tap at a time (only 6 when I went though). The quality of all the beers I tried was pretty great as the tasting room is attached right to the brewery. Service was great and the workers took a good amount of time to chat with me when I was there. Prices are pretty inexpensive for both tasters and pints. However, their growler prices with additional fill prices were a bit expensive. Check it out if you are in the area.

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Monkish Brewing Co. in Torrance, CA
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