These photos are from our most recent Business & Beer gathering which we had at Strand Brewing Company in Torrance. Strand Brewing is a local microbrewery that has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last several months. I remember when I first started going there, there would be maybe three or four people on a Saturday afternoon. These days you and more likely to find 15-20 on a Thursday evening. I can imagine that Saturdays are even better. We had about 20 people show up for Business & Beer which was about double of what I expected; it is pretty obvious that we are really growing and that Strand Brewing Company is a crowd favorite. One of the co-owners, Rich Marcello, was manning the taps Thursday and as he is a big proponent of networking, he is always sending interested patrons our way. We do appreciate it, Rich.

Next week, Business & Beer will return to Monkish Brewing in Torrance. Monkish specializes in Belgian style brews, and brewmaster/owner Henry Nguyen has been expanding his offerings with new brews on a pretty regular basis. He even has one I have yet to try [as of this writing]. Additionally, they have expanded the size of their operation so there should be plenty of room for everyone. Remember, Monkish Brewing is a local microbrewery which means they do not serve food, but you are more than welcome to bring food or order in. Monkish seems to draw some of our larger groups, so bring your business cards and come ready to do some networking.

If you are a local business owner or have a job that requires you network with small business owners, you might want to check out the Business & Beer networking group. We meet every Thursday at 6:00 PM at a different microbrewery, brewpub or gastropub in the South Bay area. We have no rules, mandatory meetings or dues. You do not need to ask if you can come; you and your friends are welcome. Worst case scenario, you meet some people you did not know and you enjoy some good beer. No one in our group has not been introduced to something they did not know. You will enjoy it. Sign up on their mailing list or Like them on Facebook so you always know where we will be next.

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