write-up in the daily breeze

A write-up in today's Daily Breeze:

"Ale brewery gets Torrance Planning Commission OK"

Ale brewery gets Planning Commission approval: Torrance will soon be home to a third brewery specializing in craft ales.

The Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a permit that will allow a small, independent brewery called Monkish Brewing Co. to operate out of a space at an industrial park on Western Avenue just south of Del Amo Boulevard.

While the 11,180-square-foot brewery is a permitted use in an industrial zone, a conditional-use permit was necessary because owner Henry Nguyen also intends to operate a tasting room open to the public on-site.

Bottled beer will be sold at the tasting room.

The Manhattan Beach resident and long- time home brewer became enamored with Belgian-style ales, which traditionally were often brewed by monks, while studying for his doctorate in theology in Europe.

He plans to produce six to eight similar beers that will rotate seasonally out of the "experimental" brewery. Nguyen hopes the brewery will open its doors this September.

Torrance is also home to the small Strand Brewing Co., which is not open to the public and sells its draft ales to local pubs, as well as the Red Car Brewery and Restaurant, which has chugged along in Old Torrance for more than a decade.

- Nick Green