I agree with everything Porter has just said. He just went through it all to get permitted in Torrance.
In my capacity as a Commercial Real Estate Broker, I just found space in Monrovia for a 1 BBL brewery that just received their CUP approval from Monrovia Planning. Just about all of the conditions imposed on the operation concerned the tasting room. The city is not concerned too much about manufacturing, as long as you are in a manufacturing zone.
Monrovia proved to be very accommodating to the young brewers, as I am sure Torrance was for Porter. That is why there are so many breweries in Torrance.
The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) just announced an ABC workshop in San Diego on Tues, Feb. 12. Go to their website to get more info.
http://californiacraftbeer.com/. Going to this also gives you an excuse to visit some of the great breweries in San Diego.
Commercial Real Estate Broker
former owner and brewer,
Crown City Brewery, Pasadena CA