A perfectly civilized place to enjoy a fresh pint or pick up an exotic six-pack
Written by Constance Dunn | Photography by Paul Jonason
What does a dedicated home brewer do when he wants to bring the best of today’s breweries to the masses? Open a neighborhood tasting room.
Meet Wes Jacobs, proprietor of Select Beer Bottle Shop and Tap Room, an attractive stop in Riviera Village where you can peruse an in-house selection of about 500 beers, or unwind with a pal over a chilled pint from one of 18 taps. “I’ve been a home brewer for about 20 years,” says Jacobs, who often can be found behind the bar. “I wanted to do something, but didn’t necessarily want to open my own brewery.”
The diverse, curated selection is among the virtues of the place, as is a welcoming atmosphere—even for the most ardent non-bar-goer—and a minimalist, industrial-tinged design. “We always have a good cross-range of what beer is, particularly since beer is constantly changing right now. Whether it’s a traditional German beer or a Scandinavian beer made with juniper berries. There’s so much out there to try.”
The owner’s camaraderie with local breweries keeps the event calendar packed. “We do a collaboration with Monkish every year,” says Jacobs, adding that on their opening day in 2012, Select Beer Bottle Shop and Tap Room poured the first-ever keg produced by this popular Torrance brewery.
TIP: If you’re not a big fan of beer, there are wine and non-alcoholic drinks, like root beer and ginger ale, available.
SELECT BEER BOTTLE SHOP AND TAP ROOM
1613 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310.540.1221 | SelectBeerStore.com