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Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
131½ Main St
phone: (562) 493-4500
(Place added by: instrumentality on 02-06-2007)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Encouraged to drop in here on way to Anaheim after disastrous strike-out at Urge the previous day. The website posting of the beer list the previous day had indicated the presence of Russian River, but to my horror it was already off by the time I arrived around 12 PM Sunday. A sage local indicated that the good stuff does not stay around long.
Even at that relatively early hour the place was quite full and I was able to snag a single spot at the bar. It has a small capacity so I hate to think what it would be like of a Saturday evening. I would guess that most of the customers at that time were there for the food, and just maybe a few were there for the excellent selection (Russian River's absence notwithstanding). When you hear things like, "What do you have that's like a Blue Moon?", you know you are not at Toronado.
To me the barmaid was polite if not overly attentive, for she was spending much quality time chatting with my neighbour who was not shying of letting people know how much he spent on sushi. That said, she insisted I not pay for the beer she gave me in error. That was sporting. The selection is quite diverse; the prices are reasonable; I would return.
04-24-2011 23:03:08 |
More by AylwinForbes
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stop one of a meet-up with several BAs for a "Long Beach" pub crawl (they did a lot more stops, my wife and I met them for the Seal Beach portion). Located on the main drag of downtown Seal Beach, a couple of blocks from the beach and pier. A long, narrow room with two rows of tables reaching back to the "bar" and kitchen. Decor was rather plain and inoffensive. This place is new and had a clean and fresh sensibility to it. Was rather busy on a mid-Saturday afternoon, but we had no problem joining up with our friends.
As the previous reviewer mentioned, there were 8 taps, all craft brews from the West Coast (and from California, if memory serves correctly). Not a large selection by any means, but all good to very good ones. The only problem was that they didn't carry anything my wife liked- she only likes a few beer styles, and she was left on the outside looking in.
The food- I had a pork sandwich and my wife had the brisket. Obviously fresh and homemade, good style. Interesting choices for sides, all creative recipes used (for beans, cole slaw, etc.). I have to admit that it didn't really grab me as BBQ goes, but I think that was just me, because everyone else in the party (10 of us?) just loved it. So I'm going to defer to their opinion and think that maybe I just had an off day.
Overall, a great little stop if you are down at the beach, a nice addition to the beer scene, and the BBQ scene. Give it a try!
02-25-2007 15:56:06 |
More by Dukeofearl
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I'm in LA for work this week so I stopped by on my drive up. I'd never been to Seal Beach before but it looks like a nice place, though it was hard to tell in the dark. The Main Street had a bunch of pubs and little shops. It reminds me of a place I've been before, but I can't remember where exactly. Maybe that's the beauty of Seal Beach. It reaches out to you on a different level of reality, transcending GPS coordinates and becoming ubiquitous and maybe, just maybe, immortal. It was dark though, so I can't be certain.
Beachwood Barbeque is a small place that you might walk by without realizing it's a beer bar. The facade is less attractive than others nearby, but it houses some a fine beer selection. I sat down at a small table and was immediately helped by a server who explained to me the finer points of craft beer. He then presented me with a bottle list and explained to me that they had none of the bottles on the list, but that it represented a list that would one day detail the beers they had available in bottles. I must say, it was a very impressive list of beers they did not have.
The tap list was very good. Beachwood maybe had 18 taps? I'm not sure on the exact number, but it showcased a nice mix of Belgian and American craft beer. I ordered a Hop Henge to drink and the smoked chicken with baked beans and corn on the cob. I was a bit surprised when the food was brought to me 3 minutes after I ordered. Don't get me wrong, I love prompt service, but I immediately wonder how long the food has been sitting around when it comes to me that fast. Somehow I forgot that I loathe the flavor of smoked meat. How a person forgets something like that is beyond me. Despite that fact, the chicken was not bad. The beans and corn seemed to have been prepared quite a while before I arrived, so they were not too great.
For some reason the people at the two nearest tables to me were yelling instead of talking. They didn't have beers in front of them but it was obvious they were either half deaf or they'd been drinking for the better part of the day. That was pretty annoying.
To conclude this roundabout review, I wanted to check this place out because I'd read about it, and I'm glad I did. I wouldn't come here to eat again, but I might return if I saw something good on the Hop Cam (awesome) and I was in the area. This place has a fine beer selection.
04-06-2009 06:24:04 |
More by HopHead84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
In Orange County for business so based on a recommendation from you fine BA's I drove up to Seal Beach. I really liked the location of Beachwood on main street and just a couple steps from the beach. Also I have to say they have a very cool logo. I had their chips and dip (good), andouille sausage (good), brisket (meh), fried green tomatoes (meh), and blue cheese grits (tasty). I honestly expected a little more out of the brisket, I've had much better from a smoker parked outside a gas station near my work. Service was fine, waitress was very friendly and the beer selection was quite good. Several hoppy IPA's to choose from, several Beachwood beers, and some Belgians as well. I would definitely go back but probablyjust to drink and get some grits, I'd skip the brisket.
06-29-2013 14:55:35 |
More by ArrogantB
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I'd love to begin this review by thanking all the people who responded to my thread about where to go in Cali on vacation. Beachwood was a popular answer so our group went there for lunch after our time down at Huntington Beach. I made the trip up US 1 even more interesting by riding bitch on my girlfriend's cousin's Harley.
Once we arrived at the little strip mall on the road which heading straight to the sea, we went inside the small rectangle place. The atmosphere was actually pretty lame to be completely honest. Pastel green paint covered the walls and there wasn't much of anything to look at. Just inside the entrance you had 3 choices: A bar to the right, a straight hall which headed straight to the bathrooms and back employee area, or lastly, a small dining area to the left divided from everything else by a wall.
The three different decor things going on that were actually good were all placed poorly. The hall leading to the bathroom was lined by tap handles almost horizontally screwed into the walls on either side creating what seemed like a little archway. In the same hall on the right-hand side wall was a framed hop bag from Sierra Nevada. Lastly, one of the two unmarked bathrooms contained a hand-painted picture of a personified fork chasing a pig in hot-rod cars. "Where the fork meets the pork" was the tag-line. Very nicely done.
The beer selection was very nice with a great variety of different offerings listed on chalk-board squares mounted to the wall behind the bar as well as in the dining area. 19 different beers with vast variations in style was awesome to see. Prices on the beers weren't bad either. Specifically, my first pint was Pliny the Elder for $6.
While Beachwood BBQ is a great beer bar the food was by far the pinnacle of this place! A little bit on the pricey size for the serving size, but well worth it's bold, utterly fantastic flavor. I think three of the five of us all got something different. I ordered up the Pulled Pork, "North Carolina style, dipped in our red wine vinegar BBQ sauce & served on a pretzel bun topped with coleslaw". It was sinfully good. Once we all started eating, moans of pleasure came from every mouth at the table.
The other people I was with didn't have a clue what to order for beer so they turned to me and I did the deciding for them but, when another table came in clueless, the waitress that also served us seemed to know just enough to get her by; minimal education to serve decently but no passion in her delivery. The same thing occurred with her serving. She didn't seem to want to be there at ALL.
Besides the almost complete lack of decor and average service, Beachwood BBQ stood out as a place to everyone at the table so much so that the consensus was, "we HAVE to come back. This will be a must-stop on any vacation" which is completely fine with me!
06-21-2010 02:23:47 |
More by BeerFMAndy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ah, two of my favorite things, BBQ & craft brews.
Made a special trip here while out in Irvine for business.
Place is very small, probably seats about 60. Looks like it used to be a breakfast diner.
Bar right inside which has about 20 or so well thought out taps. Southern Ca well represented with Stone, Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, Craftsmen as well as other west coast brews from Bear Republic, Lagunitas, etc. Several belgians as well.
The service was friendly as can be. From the bartender, hostess, and server, all were very friendly & accomidating.
The bbq was good. Dry rubbed & suace on the side. I had deep fried pickles, brisket, & pork baby back ribs. Very tasty.
If this place was near me I'd be there at least once a week. I'll be back for sure next time in the area.
Thank you Beachwood BBQ crew!
02-06-2008 02:59:38 |
More by bbothen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located right up the street from the beach, gotta love it. Beachwood is a little small and can become pretty crowded later in the evening, but is always a blast. There draft selection is not the largest, but what they do have is always amazing. They also offer a "hop cam" on their website that takes daily snapshots of their always changing draft menu so you can check it out before you leave the house. The staff is very knowledgeable and always friendly. They also have an INSANE list of bottled beers. I usually don't buy stuff that I can have at home already, but they actually have some crazy stuff bottled that you would be pretty hard pressed to find elsewhere. All-inall, a great place with great staff and great beers.
12-07-2009 17:41:44 |
More by tang3nt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Got a chance to visit this place finally on 10/19/07
Very small place on Main Street. At 131 1/2, you know the place is crammed in there
The quality of the taps wasn't as great as I had come to expect. I hear people saying Reality Czech and other hard to find goodies were on tap, and although the selection was not bad by any means, I wasn't blown away with the selection either. It seems they stick to a rigid "No crap on Tap" policy, which is refreshing. I ordered a Lost Abbey Lost and Found to go with my pulled chicken sando
Service was top notch. The Hostess/Server/Busser was right on top of things. As soon as I was down to my last sip, she came over and offered another. The food came out 5 minutes after I ordered
Food was very good. My pulled chicken sandwich and corn bread hit the spot, and their sauces weren't bad either
Pricing is a bit high maybe, but considering the quality of beer and food, it is quite reasonable. I can't wait to go back
10-20-2007 04:12:39 |
More by bradford
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I know everyone rants and raves about this place, so I made the trek up to check it out. It's small and in the middle of a very commercial/touristy area and we ended up walking around for a while, maybe 30 minutes, before we found it.
I have to say that the tap selection is some of the best in OC. The BBQ is tasty, and likely the best available in the immediate vicinity. It's not deep-south quality, but decent enough for the OC.
I've heard others complain about the amount of food you get for the money, but I have to say the sandwiches we ordered were good and reasonably priced given the quantity and location, just 2 blocks from the beach.
The waiter we had was in training and had another waiter overlooking him the whole time. While he was good at what he was doing, he wasn't familiar with the products yet. The staff was friendly, but I wouldn't say they went above the call of duty in any regards.
We sat in the restaraunt vs. at the bar, and they had a chalkboard tap list in both sides to let you know what was available. Something like a dozen beers as I recall. Having never had a cask beer before I ordered the Chai Tea Porter that was on cask. I was not impressed, it was a bit watery and pretty flat. However while I was drinking it they mysteriously tapped a Pliny the Elder, so of course I made that my second beer. I had never had Pliny before and this really made the trip worthwhile. These beers ran something in the area of $7-$8 a pint, not cheap.
I seem to recall seeing Ommegang, Bear Republic, The Bruery, and several other excellent brewers on tap, and I don't recall seeing any double-ups from the same brewery, nor any macros, which was nice. I saw a few brews I was not at all familiar with as well. Unfortunately I had to entertain the family so it was 2 beers with lunch and I'm out.
I probably won't make the trip up here regularly just to drink. However I might use "going to the beach" as an excuse to come here, instead of a local beach in the future as it's only about a 30 minute drive.
If you are in the area you owe it to yourself to stop in for a beer, you won't go home unhappy.
08-08-2008 23:26:21 |
More by raiser
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here for the first time last friday. The place is clean and about 100 yards from the water. Its easy to miss. Things started off wrong with the bartender giving me crap about the bar being too crowded after the lady sitting there asked me if I wanted her to move over. He then turned around and started walking away before I could order a drink. When I started asking questions about specific beers and when I mentioned that I had been to Rubicon Brewing (after seeing the 3L on the counter) he eased up. Also, when we walked in the front door, the lady that came up to us acted like she didn't know what we were doing there. She started with "What do you need?" and when asked about getting a table she responded "I don't know, maybe 20 minutes". Like I said, the bartender warmed up and the overall experience was nice after the first couple minutes.
The tap lineup was amazing. "Only" 15-20 taps going but they were all very solid choices and probably 1/3 of them were ones that I had never tried. Got a 8oz glass of something called Cuvee de Raisin, and split something called Speakeasy Scottish Ale with my brother. Don't know if this is the same Speakeasy as in SF but I can't seem to find any info on it. My brother got a glass of the Rubicon Rosebud strong ale. All 3 were good beers (especially the Cuvee).
Didn't get to try the food unfortunately because we were running late and didn't have time to wait for food. Everything I saw and smelled was fantastic, but I will reserve judgement until I actually get to eat there. $16.50 for the 3 specialty beers, not great but it could have been much worse. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, even on a Friday night. I was expecting another Toronado but was pleasantly surprised.
11-10-2008 22:16:59 |
More by t0rin0
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