Ryan McDonald

Burnin’ Daylight Brewing cuts ribbon in Lomita

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Brendan Lake, Burnin Daylight’s head brewer, with his parents and cofounders Bob and Shannon Lake. Photo by Bernie Wire

By Ryan McDonald

Burnin’ Daylight Brewing Company in Lomita held its grand opening Saturday, drawing locals and suds aficionados to the area’s first craft brewery.

Located near the intersection at Lomita Boulevard and Narbonne Avenue near Lomita City Hall, Burnin’ Daylight is the latest entry in Southern California’s well regarded craft beer market. City officials greeted its arrival with a ribbon cutting ceremony highlighting what they hope will be a transformative effect on the area.

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The brewery had a soft opening in late January. Bartender Brandan Ortega said that since then, a stream of locals have stopped by to express their gratitude about the decision to open in the neighborhood.

“The theme that I constantly get when I’m bartending is that people are thrilled to have a spot in town. Some people feel the city has been overlooked, and people are just super excited to have a spot they can walk to,” Ortega said.

Head brewer Brendan Lake, who began homebrewing with his dad Bob after college, brewed at San Diego’s vaunted Stone Brewing, then at El Segundo Brewing Co. and Hop Saint in Redondo Beach. Lake, his mother Shannon, and Bob serve as co-owners.

Along with a rotating selection of beers brewed on site, Burnin’ Daylight will also offer wine and select beers from other independent breweries, and has a full kitchen. The brewery’s name is a nod to Lake’s grandfather, who used to wake his grandson in the morning by saying, “Let’s go, we’re burning daylight.”

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