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Yorkshire Square Brewery brings English-style 'real ale' to Torrance

Yorkshire Square Brewery, the latest beer destination in the South Bay’s vibrant community of craft breweries, looks to traditional British beer styles and techniques to stand out in a crowded market. The brewery opened in Torrance on Wednesday. The beer isn’t flat, and it certainly isn’t warm,...

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Why one L.A. wine expert has Georgia on his mind. The country, that is

Why one L.A. wine expert has Georgia on his mind. The country, that is

Where wine is concerned, Taylor Parsons is almost never gobsmacked. The former wine director at République, the Hancock Park restaurant, author of one of the broadest, most idiosyncratic wine programs in the city, has managed the programs in some of L.A.’s finest restaurants, from Spago to Mozza....

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