Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by vacax:
4.7/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere: Simple yet attractive decor greets the visitor, my favorite feature being the array of chalk boards for the rotating beer selection. Cozy unit in picturesque Main St. Seal Beach, right next to the beach. Frequently full of seekers of fine beer and delicious food. Common to see other BeerAdvocates, Long Beach Hopheads, and other beer fans eating drinking, and sharing special bottles and homebrews. Very welcoming.
Quality: A high level of dedication to beer. Proper glassware, always up to date information as to what is available with price, and the HopCam even tells me what is on tap when I'm not there. Everything is done right.
Service: The employees are exceptional. They are all helpful and knowledgeable about the beer and food selections and have no qualms with bringing out tasters if you are unsure about a selection. The only setback is that this is a small, popular place. The employees are great, but they can get swamped when it is busy.
Selection: Arguably the best rotating taps in the LA region (or for that matter everywhere south of the Bay Area and north of San Diego). 22 rotating taps and one beer engine. No BMC, not even any boring crafts really. Normally a broad range of styles and a special attention for rare and interesting beers. Quite a great beer place.
Food: Delicious and interesting menu. Nice BBQ and innovative food without being pretentiously pseudo-fancy like some bars have been doing as of late. Barbecue is all North Carolina style, slow smoked with dry rub and four homemade sauces are available at the tables. Interesting dishes populate the menu such as the wild boar meat loaf with blueberry gravy, or the buffalo sloppy joe with pickled onions and fried sage leaves. Famous sweet potato fries. Must have: the macaroni and cheese, appetizer during dinner hours. Lots of choices but my favorite is the regular old Smokehouse Burger--a half pound of sirloin and brisket makes a delicious burger, preferably with blue cheese on top served with greens and fixin's on an artisan bun.
Prices are about standard for LA. Mostly $6-7 pours.
Beachwood BBQ is a requirement for all BAs in the region. Oftentimes it is necessary to sacrifice great food for great beer or vice versa. Beachwood is the best example I have come across of a beer destination without compromise. Here I get great food and great beer without any concessions.
04-16-2009 10:07:01 | More by vacax
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4.88/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
The Seal Beach location is the original Beachwood BBQ, and its success is what brought about the Long Beach BBQ and Brewery location. They publish their current tap list on their website through an internet connected "hopcam." They typically have 24-26 beers on tap at any given time, which are fairly small production beers that beer geeks will appreciate. I've been to beer bars all around the country, and this truly is one of the best in terms of beers selection and food.
The food: this is straight up BBQ, with a fancy twist. Nothing pretentious, just a twist that shows the owner's background in the restaurant business. Beyond the regular menu, they have a "wild game" menu that involves things like ostrich, buffalo and alligator. Unfortunately, one of the best things -- no, THE best thing -- that they have had on the menu was recently take off: the mushroom stew. I hope that enough people chime up on this decision to get them to bring it back. It was epic.
Beers: They do a good job of representing most beer styles on their tap list, and they often get some pretty rare kegs on the board. The funky and sour selection isn't quite what it used to be in years past. I believe the owner is now hoarding most good sours for the biennial sour fest, which is a week long amazing event. They also regularly do small beer/food pairing dinners with breweries. They're not cheap at all, but they're small, intimate, and good.
07-15-2013 17:58:44 | More by graymoment
4.08/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
In Orange County for business so based on a recommendation from you fine BA's I drove up to Seal Beach. I really liked the location of Beachwood on main street and just a couple steps from the beach. Also I have to say they have a very cool logo. I had their chips and dip (good), andouille sausage (good), brisket (meh), fried green tomatoes (meh), and blue cheese grits (tasty). I honestly expected a little more out of the brisket, I've had much better from a smoker parked outside a gas station near my work. Service was fine, waitress was very friendly and the beer selection was quite good. Several hoppy IPA's to choose from, several Beachwood beers, and some Belgians as well. I would definitely go back but probablyjust to drink and get some grits, I'd skip the brisket.
06-29-2013 14:55:35 | More by ArrogantB
4.73/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Seal Beach Beachwood is a cool place, just expect a small venue with a great brew selection and great service. It may be a hole in the wall but the tap selection is excellent and the cellar list is spectacular. With that said, be ready to shell out a bit for your favorite cellared brews (IE Black Tuesday '09 was $80/bottle.) If you don't want to dive into the cellar, plenty of great taps are available and the serive is top notch. If you’re here, you had better have some BBQ....it is phenomenal. Smoked chicken wings, bleu cheese grits, and Bourbon barrel aged hot sauce are just a few of the delicious items on the menu. This is a must stop for food and drink, none the less, a gorgeous location.
05-13-2013 04:47:23 | More by tourdot
4.7/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This is our go to place when we are in So Cal. We never miss going there and drove over 70 miles one way on our last visit for dinner. The food is great and includes everything from BBQ to gourmet bistro. I always have the BBQ and really love the Pulled Pork, Brisket dinner or Ribs. The smoked asparagus is fantastic but the BBQ beans are a little to spicy for me. My son loves the Wild Mushroom stew on the starter menu. The BBQ chicken was raved about by our friends on our last visit. Just about anything you order you will love. They also have a huge beer list that is varied and changes daily. The service is always friendly and they go out of their way to make your visit enjoyable. Value for what you get is very reasonable.
12-29-2012 18:36:58 | More by Jodi215
4.83/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I had my heart set on trying this place out when work flew me out to CA for two days, it was the only thing I was looking forward to. I'm a guy that loves beer and loves BBQ. This place is AWESOME on both counts.
Great selection of beers, especially for such a small place. I tried their Melrose IPA and Kilgore Stout. The Melrose was nice, maybe a bit bitter but it IS an IPA. They ran out of it while I was there :(
The Kilgore was a DAMN good stout and I'm very picky with stouts. Smokey malt flavor, a decent hop showing. I'd like to know what the grain bill for this beer is. The Kilgore would sell off the shelf out here in New England in the winter, absolutely DELICIOUS.
Beechwood only had 3, maybe 4 of their own beers that night and honestly after 4 hours there I forgot everything I tried beyond those two, but I'm 99% certain they were the only beachwood brews I tried. I looked at their tap list when I got back home and a bunch had already rolled over.
The bartenders were great too. They loved talking about the different beers and steered me well all night. So did the people sitting near me and I ended up talking to one of the regulars for probably too long :) Richard from Hawaii, you are the man.
The food is seriously beyond criticism. Brisket, pulled pork and chicken were outstanding without sauce. Actually I tried two sauces and I feel like they dragged the flavor down so don't bother with sauce and eat it as is. The ribs were tremendous. Blue cheese grits and smoked asparagus, awesome.
Beachwood BBQ is the nuts and if I'm ever in southern california I will go here, I don't care what it takes.
10-16-2012 18:18:47 | More by timmtime
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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
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