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Monkish Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
4.03/5
Monkish Brewing Co.Monkish Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

20311 S Western Ave
Torrance, California, 90501-1504
United States | map
www.monkishbrewing.com

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Added by UnknownKoger on 03-12-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
88
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
1,181
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
80
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Taps:
1
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 80
Reviews by Halcyondays:
Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of PBRandJ
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of bottlecapitas
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of jas0n02
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of jaeone
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of erjaq
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rothobinide
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SovereignGood
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CubsFanfromSOCAL
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Super friendly, knowledgeable staff. Nice vibe. Picked up a couple bottles.
Will return again

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Photo of crob3888
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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 HippieDave56
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of zanbell
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Beerbom
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Raziel313
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +13.6%
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 -6.6%
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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Monkish Brewing Co. in Torrance, CA
93 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.
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