Monkish Brewing Company is a South Bay brewery with a tasting room that has become quite popular. It is one of the handful of craft breweries that have started popping up and is a great place to hang out with friends or take a date. Henry and Adriana started the Monkish Brewing Co in a small commercial complex in Torrance.
On first inspection the building above would not look like a brewery, but once inside guests can see brewing equipment and tap handles. Finding the location can be a little difficult but well worth the search for this hidden treat.
Inside the building is a very minimalist and clean environment with sunlight streaming in through the windows. Seating includes small intimate tables and some quirky beer barrel seats. The ambiance fits well with the inspiration for the brewery which stems from the Belgian monks who brewed beer and sold it through their monastery.
In their blog, they explain that the Belgian monks sold beer as an active worship to god, and to subsidize their income so they could provide charity to others. While Henry has a doctorate in theology and they are inspired by the monks, they are not trying to replicate the beer tradition exactly, but are using their predecessors as inspiration. Hence the name of the brewery being monk-ish. The owners are always happy to share the story behind their inspiration and are very friendly with customers.
There are snacks served at the brewery, and you are more than welcome to BYOF (Bring your own food). Occasionally a pizza oven is brought into the restaurant and gourmet food trucks frequently are parked out front.
Monkish Brewing Company Beer
Monkish Brewing Co. specializes in creating delicious, handcrafted Belgium beers. Many of the beers feature ingredients like rose hips, chamomile, hibiscus and other herbal ingredients typically found in teas. The result of this unique blending of herbs and typical beer taste is subtle yet flavorful beer that is a delight to consume.
Rosa’s Hips is a Belgian-style dubbel and customer favorite featuring a caramel, malty taste with a floral, herbal finish. It’s a really tasty beer, especially for those who don’t particularly care for the bitterness in most beers and has a 7.3% ABV. When poured Rosa’s Hips has a clear copper coloring with a light brown head that laces the sides of the glass as you drink.
The feminist is also a hit with its hibiscus and citrus flavors. The pour is a dark orange, amber coloring with a creamy white head. Be careful because this Belgian-style tripel has a 9.4% ABV with a very low IBU (Bitterness).
What style of beer do you like to drink? What do you look for in a good craft beer?
20311 S. Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501