California has been a leader in the country's craft beer revolution, but the brewing scene in Los Angeles has long lagged behind that in the rest of the state. While the tide is turning on L.A.'s beer scene, there is one area in Los Angeles that's been ahead of the curve. The South Bay is a hotbed of craft breweries, brewpubs and beer-focused bars, and some of L.A.'s best beers are being brewed in the industrial parks that dot the communities from El Segundo to San Pedro.
Strand Brewing Co, in Torrance, was one of the first breweries to call the South Bay home, and its taproom has become a favorite local hangout. Strand's beers, including the excellent 24th Street Pale Ale, can also be found at fine bars and restaurants across Los Angeles. Torrance is also home to the year-old Monkish Brewing -- likewise situated in a nondescript industrial park just up the road from Strand.
Monkish Brewing, started by Henry Nguyen and his wife, Adriana, after Henry discovered a love for real ale while living in Scotland as he worked on his doctorate in theology, is known for crafting creative and off-beat Belgian-inspired ales brewed with uncommon ingredients. Signature beers such as Florasion -- a hibiscus- and chamomile-spiked farmhouse ale -- and Feminist -- a nearly 10% ABV hoppy tripel -- are poured from Monkish's popular small taproom and from an increasing number of taps from the beach to downtown.