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Hermosa Brewing Company celebrates new Torrance location, 5-year anniversary

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Hermosa Brewing Company, which opened nearly five years ago and survived the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, recently opened a new taproom brewery in Torrance.

The 10,000-square-foot taproom and brewery, 1855 Del Amo Blvd., opened early last month and includes a game room and office space for the brewing company. The owners also have plans to build an event room and a boardroom that can be rented out by the public for special occasions.

The original location on Hermosa Avenue, which will celebrate its fifth birthday in March, is 1,200 square feet and offers 12 beers on tap, as well as a full restaurant menu, from burgers to tacos.

The new Torrance location, meanwhile, has room for a lot more beer, said founder Dave Davis — with 27 brews on tap. For now, food trucks provide the eats.

“Twelve beers of tap always limited us as a brewery,” Davis said, referring to Hermosa Beach location. “(The new spot) really allows our brewer to do whatever they want and have fun with the recipes and create some small batch beers.”

With the additional space and its emphasis on experimental beers, Davis has also hired new talent.

Adrianne Hodapp became head brewer a few months ago.

“I get to have a lot of creative freedom,” Hodapp said, “so I’m really excited to make my own recipes and explore new things.”

Hermosa Brewing has grown quite a bit since it initially opened — though not without some setbacks.

In March 2020, the company opened a production facility in El Segundo, two years after the original taproom opened on Hermosa Avenue. Because of COVID-19, though, the owners could not open a taproom.

Instead, the company launched a canned beer line, which many breweries relied on selling during the pandemic, Davis said.

The brewery outgrew that location and closed the facility last May, a few months after signing the deal for the Torrance location.

Last year, Hermosa Brewing produced 600 barrels, according to co-founder and head of sales and distribution Jorge Delgado. And that was while the Torrance location was under construction.

This year, he said, the company is projected to produce more than 1,000 barrels. The biggest seller each year has been Hazy AF, a New England-style IPA.

The company has also expanded wholesale distribution.

“We increased our wholesale business through a combination of self-distribution and signing with a third party distribution company,” Davis said. “Between these efforts and strategic deals with retailers such as Total Wine, HBC products are available throughout the greater LA region and as far north as Sacramento and south to San Diego.”

Davis said Hermosa Brewing looked at around 150 buildings before landing on the Torrance location — formerly a technical company that left the space spotless.

“It was so clean,” Davis said, “which you don’t find in a manufacturing facility.”

The major undertaking, Davis said, was building the infrastructure of a brewery from the ground up, which was overseen mainly by Delgado.

What is yet to be complete is the approximately 1,400-square-foot event space and 15-square-foot boardroom.

“Instead of being locked away in a dark, windowless room,” Davis said, customers “can rent this space (boardroom), and they’re able to see the production facility and the process of of beer being made while they’re in here.”

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