Though there’s an ever-increasing wealth of breweries for South Bay beer lovers to enjoy, it’s possible that none will be as unique as the forthcoming Yorkshire Square Brewery. The planned Old Torrance space will not only serve food with their housemade brews, they’ll also be focusing exclusively on English-style cask-conditioned beer.
Not unlike MacLeod Ale in Van Nuys, Yorkshire Square plans to lean on the English brewing tradition. That means cask-conditioned ales, which are finished in actual wooden casks where final carbonation is achieved, as opposed to more common beers like IPAs which are finished and kegged before being sent off to bars and restaurants. Gary Croft, the former Leeds, England native behind Yorkshire Square Brewery, says that it’s a traditional style of beer commonly found in northern England, but rare to the States.
The Van Ness Avenue space is currently in the works, with hopes for a late summer debut. It’s a roomy 3,700 square foot spot with a large outdoor patio, and will allow the Yorkshire team to not only brew onsite using their American-made brewhouse, but will also function as a full-fledged restaurant. The previous tenant left behind a full working kitchen, so the Crofts plan to turn out something between snacky pub fare and California classic dishes, though the menu is very much in the works at the moment. The team at Raveled Studio (Arts District Brewing, Preux & Proper) will handle the design.
It’s early going still for Yorkshire Square Brewery, with lots for these first-time brewery owners to figure out. If all goes well, the taproom should be up and running by August.
Yorkshire Square Brewery
1109 Van Ness Ave.