Bob Brandt’s brewing career started when a friend gifted him a home brewing set in college. After stints as a brewer at Huntington Beach Beer Company, an investor in Newport Brewing Co, and a partner at Tustin Brewing Company, Bob and his wife Laurie (who had seen success in the fashion and garment industry) started to recognize a major opportunity: Torrance, their hometown, had no breweries.

In 2000, Bob and Laurie acquired the Red Car Brewery & Restaurant property through the City’s Redevelopment program in Downtown Torrance. Thanks to hard work and Red Car’s superb hand crafted English style ales and delicious food, they were able to pay off the loan a few years later, but in the meantime were the first to bring craft beer to Torrance, now home to nearly a dozen micro breweries, and to also serve as a catalyst for redevelopment of the City’s original Downtown area.

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