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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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Beer Ratings: 1,261
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Taps: 36 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
210 E 3rd St
phone: (562) 436-4020
(Place added by: beachwoodbbq on 07-04-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
Beachwood BBQ & Brewery is amazing. If you are in the Long Beach area for any reason and you like to enjoy quality beer and excellent food you have to go to this place. My wife and I live around an hour away and we still go there about once a month for lunch or dinner and then walk around Long Beach.
Let's start with their beer menu, it is extensive and quality. They have their own on tap for pints, growlers and tasting. Their tasting is around $4.50 for 4 of their tastings, a pretty good deal considering that their beer is top notch. Additionally they always have a long list of other breweries listed; normally Russian River, Stone and a few other quality places. This is one of the only places that I've found Pliny the Elder so I immediately fell in love with the place!
The location itself is really nice, they have a moderately sized bar area with sitting for maybe 20 people or so. They have around 15 tables inside and another 20 tables outside under a covered patio. The location gets a nice breeze off the ocean so on a hot day sitting outside isn't that bad at all! The bar area is somewhat industrial with the exposed ceiling area, a really nice look for this brewery. The back bar has a glass window that overlooks some of their tanks.
The staff is extremely knowledgable. We sat at the bar last time and started talking with our bartender. He knew the ins and outs of the beer manufacturing process and all the varieties of beers that they served. I wish that I remembered his name because he was awesome. We started talking about the beer that I liked and then he would pull a taster out of something that I hadn't tried before to taste.
The last thing that I want to talk about it the food. I could go on about the food at Beachwood for hours but I will try and keep it short. Whoever the chef is at this location deserves an award, and I say chef because that is clearly what he/she is. They have the most amazing food I've ever had at a brewery (Stone included which I also love). If you go you have to try the Tater Tot Casserole with the Duck Confit. It is amazing, I can't say enough about it. All of their appetizers are great, one time we intended to get actual meals but just ended up eating 4 appetizers and it worked out to be a full meal! They have a really good Buffalo Sloppy Joe and Pulled Pork Sandwich also. The one thing that I was surprised about was the ribs. While the ribs were cooked perfectly and flavored very well, unlike other ribs I've had, the meat didn't fall off the bone. They were actually surprisingly lean which is part of the reason. Regardless of that, I would still order them again, they were just more work to get all the meat off.
Overall I recommend if you live within 2 hour of this place, you need to make the trip. Make a day of it, go to Beachwood then go to the Aquarium or something (it's a short 15-20 minute walk away). Make sure to go there on an empty stomach because you will be eating a mountain of really amazing food and drinking quality beer. If you go in the next few weeks they may still have their "Full Malted Jacket" Scottish Ale which was excellent if you like a strong Scottish style ale with a lot of malt!!! Get to this place and enjoy it!
04-07-2013 00:50:47 |
More by BeerEngineer
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been a loyal patron of Beachwood BBQ since they opened in Seal Beach in 2006, and continue to visit either the SB or LB location at least once a week. I've had friends visit from nearly every continent in the world and after landing, this is the first place I take them for a great meal and a great pint. For those that have made return trips, the first place they ask to go for a meal is Beachwood, thus making Beachwood world famous :).
Gabe and Lena are great people and I'm really happy to see all the success and recognition they've garnered over the years. If you're in the LA/OC area and love great beer and food, Beachwood BBQ is a must-visit.
03-22-2013 19:28:40 |
More by dionlbc
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have been frequenting this place since they opened 6 years ago.
The menu hits the spot for BBQ lovers and bar food lovers alike. The appetizers: Loaded fries, Chicken Nachos (personal favorite), tots in duckfat, deviled eggs and fried pickels are world class. Don't get me started on the burger or buffalo sloppy Joe!
The beer? The Hopcam was the first I recall and outside of the occasional April Fools prank it is filled with some of the best and often special releases. Always a good mix of styles and the bottle list is back in full form and then some. '09 Black Tuesday anyone?
Service is great at both locations. Well educated and informed and true beer lovers. I take every out of towner to one of the locations and have made several beer trades.
The only down side is that they aren't open on Monday's and for some reason my wife and I always seem to forget.
Can't say enough about this place.
02-26-2013 18:58:57 |
More by OneBeertoRTA
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Great place with the best beer selection in town. House taps are delicious, Foam Top is our current favorite. Staff are very knowledgeable about all beers. Guest taps are always on point, Russian River, Bear Republic are some of my faves. I love the smoked sausage, goes great with any beer.
02-11-2013 23:51:48 |
More by AndrewSmith
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$$
Visited 2.6.13. I don't do many reviews after the demise of beer karma, but thought I should provide update given lack of recent reviews.
Located in the "new" downtown Long Beach, a bit hard to find as the location on website isn't correct. There is a parking lot behind the brewpub with validated free parking for up to three hours, but the lot isn't parked well. On way in we walked by a couple who were just as confused as we were. From there you have to walk down an alley between buildings, needs much better signing.
The vibe is faux post-industrial, the neighborhood has been turned into ground floor businesses with lofts above for yuppie youth. Nice outdoor seating area, 12ish seat bar, and numerous booths, though the narrow tables across from the bar were made for drinking not heating, not sure though tables work. All in all, not close to the vibe of Seal Beach location. 3/5
The quality of the beers was outstanding. The hop cam on the website only scratches the surface on what was available. During my visit they had a number of stouts on tap, Eclipse Elijah Craig 18, Mikkeller Black Hole, Stone RIS, along with a range of pretty rare imports. Ruination on cask was a nice touch. However, being from Beervana, my steely focus was on trying the made in house beers. Note that currently they had **18** house beers on tap, which a viewer of the hop cam would not be privy to. I tried to sampler trays (4 5 oz. pours for $6, a pretty good deal) and they were all pretty solid. The El Verano saison stood out, certainly worthy of its GABF medal, and the IPAs and stouts I enjoyed were all solid. The brewer has certainly hit his stride, and in tandem with the guest beers, the quality and selection was of the utmost quality. It takes a lot of confidence to have such a killer guest beer list to compete with your house brews. Quality 5/5, selection 4.75/5 (could have had more than one sour on tap).
We were fortunate to get in during happy hour (have to smile thinking of the late Don Younger's famous quote, "Happy hour is for whores", miss you Old Tavern Rat) and we enjoyed a plate of fried pickles along with a bowl of chicken nachos, both very tasty, we had enough to eat. I'll be going back for the barbecue which I know to be top notch. The four different barbecue sauces are extremely tasty, though the spicy could have used an additional kick. Note the barbecue prices re ribs, etc are on the high side. Can't complain about the prices, house beers were 5-6.50, a good value for the quality, and after traveling to DC, the mecca of overpriced beers, I can't complain. Food 5/5 value 4/5.
The service was attentive though not being obtrusive. The young lady at the bar during the daytime always had a smile on her face, and her successor during the evening was quite knowledgeable, and willing to serve me a beer at last call when I went back for a nightcap. The wait staff didn't seem too happy, though a slow night/low tips might have been the culprit. 4.25/5
All in all, a very enjoyable beer geek experience, I'm lucky to be staying down the street for 4 nights, will be making a daily pilgrimage to this location. The word on the street is that they will be bottling soon, and given what I was able to sample, this will be grounds to rejoice. Now if I can just figure out what beer to pair with the baby back ribs tonight. Decisions, decision.
An absolute imperative for the traveling beer aficionado. In tandem with the Congregation Ale House a few doors down, and a side trip to The 'Stache for a late night classic cocktail, The Beach is turning into a real beer destination. Skip at your own peril. Very Highly Recommended.
02-07-2013 18:29:00 |
More by jdense
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I stopped in to check out this highly rated brewpub. Construction going on outside - it looks like when it's done, beach wood will have a gorgeously awesome and green promenade outside their front patio.
12 Beachwood taps. Available for growler fills. Cream, hefe, two light Belgians, ESB, APA, two IPAs, red, hoppy brown, and two big stouts. Samples available in flights o four. All were well made beers. I tried eight samples, and the ruxio (sp?) Belgian and Alpha bomb and ESB were my favs. The IPAs were strong and intense, nearing DIPA land. Both stouts were heavy 8%? and super bitter. The first was to style, an American impy. But the other was advertised as a double oatmeal stout, and it was too burnt and bitter for me. However, the beers were all well made and I think a hophead or a impy stout fan would love them. Something like 15+ guest taps. Alesmith brown, like 3 DIPAs, 3 imp stouts, 3 barleywines, 3 quads. Something like that.
When I was younger and more of a hophead, I would have been totally satisfied. However the selection is lacking in some variety: no light or medium darks, no sours or wilds, not enough session ales.
Staff was fairly knowledgeable and attentive.
Food: ribs were dry and tough. Pulled pork and brisket were smoked beautifully. Creamed spinach and tangy slaw were both winners. Vinegar sauce at the table was very nice. $21 for the trio.
It was a bit dead when I was there, but the staff was friendly and there always seemed to be one or two beer geeks around (who else asks for sours?).
Overall: if you're looking for high abv craft beers, the selection here is awesome.
11-26-2012 22:31:10 |
More by oggg
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Parked, like, right there (pointing), a stone’s throw from this place in a strip of plaza, some. Funny, this neighborhood seems strikingly familiar (as if we were hereabouts last night around the corner; that which makes for a good one-two revue). Plenty of time on our hands just now, but decided to bag elsewhere and just set up; do the time at Beachwood while waiting for that kid sister of mine, hours away from arrival she be...
Decently sized “L” shaped wood bar with corrugated framed pieces on a wood panel base and a foot box, seating for 16 on leather chairs. Large windows behind the bar offering brew room views, and the barback counter below holding 3 raised “T” towers of 12 each in a long low run. Some of the tap handles are random trophy heads; others are just wood blocks, some carved. Glassware behind the taps countered and shelved below. Handpump on the end; dead, as are most in SoCal post the Real Ale festival in Carlsbad.
House taps listed lining above and a slat pegboard to the left listing guest taps. There’s a panel there with gauges that I can only assume show levels of keggage. They call it the “Flux capacitor’, as I would, too. I think it takes (like) 1.21GW, apparently, it regulates pressure for each keg. A single flat in the far corner of the bar, and BBQ sauces racked to the right of the windows.
The walls are a pale blue, and no, we’re not arguing whether it’s sea foam or robin’s egg, why would you say that? Logo house prints and a trio of cow, beer, & pig ‘sum of the parts’ pieces, and some vintage black & white beery prints down on the far end. Slab cement floorings and grayish ceiling with some coral end pieces with drop lamps at both ends. Exposed duct work, drop bulb in a bowl lighting along the bar and suction cup lamps elsewhere.
On the far end of the bar, a dozen shorty tables, some pushed together and the ones to the rear sharing common benchage and views of outside somethings. The other end of the room holds 4 booths and 3 shorty tables. Halfway in between, 3 garbage doors of panel glass, fronting a pair of 2 seaters each, and the out front seating pen; partially awned, holding 20 square red metal tables solo, in twos, trees, or more. Wood benchings along the perimeters, heat lamps, and planterings on the outside ends.
10 house beers (Foam Top Cream Ale, nice Kolschy goodness; Tart Simpson, a Berliner, pleasant tartness, not too sour, refreshing; El Verano Saison, local sage honey, a lovely Saison; 3rd Dimension Tripel, 9.5%, a big beer, Belgian sweety, finishes dry dry; Breaker Pale Ale, Columbus, Centennial, & Cascade, solid Pale Ale; Forever Bitter, nicely balanced, good malt backbone, an excellent bitter; Knucklehead Red, caramel & toffee, a deep red; Pole Position West Coast IPA, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, & Summit, a great IPA; Hop Ninja West Coast Imperial IPA, a mere 8.9%, not overly sickly sweet, Simcoe, Amarillo, & Columbus; Kilgore American Stout, roasty, awesome, bitter, chocolate, coffee). Foam Top Cream Ale, Forever Bitter, Knucklehead Red, Pole Position West Coast IPA, & Kilgore American Stout were the best of the lot, but really, there was no suck in the mix. The beers here are simply very good. We started with everything was pint & sampler, and now we’re in shorty mode.
+25 guest taps (‘cause a brewpub needs that), roughly 3/4 of them American craft, mostly Cali offerings, with a few out of regionals. The other 1/4 are imports, and for some reason, the house Beachwood Kilgore American Stout (nitro) is in this mix. Now, maybe it’s me but with what they do for house beers, I don’t feel like they need guest taps, let alone 2 dozen of them. So, the bottled list of 40 selections (1/3 or so Belgian, another 1/3 US craft, and the rest beers of the world) may just be overkill unnecessary. I just don’t see the point of it. And some of them bitches are pricey pricey, too. I’m just a-sayin’.
We will need to food then. Started with some apps; Ben, the Lena’s famous fried pickles (dill) and I, the blackened albacore sashimi, which was quite nice. For entrees, Ben hit the tater tot casserole (duck gravy of madness, I lifted some from his plate) and as I had been contemplating the Que, gone ‘et the baby back rib (damn good)/salmon (had some kind of apricot chutney of didn’t suck on it) combo. Choice of sides, I opted for cayenne & honey glazed carrots (slivered, very very good) and the tangy slaw (solid), and was dealt a cranberry cornbread bonus. 4 sauces jarred in a rack tableside; spicy, sweet, mustard, & vinegar to mess with. All was well.
Brewer Julian dropped by to visit (hey, man). Good news, the Red Sox are getting hammered. I just texted Phil to remind him so, ‘cause I’m a good friend. Great house shirt reads “If a cow is in a coma, does that make it a vegetable?” Good food, very good beer. I approve.
10-14-2012 15:28:15 |
More by slander
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Ode to Lambic day
This place is a beer drinkers place. Nice industrial feel. Large amount of tap space and a wide open feel for roaming and talking with friends.
Quality- I came down strictly for the event and the quality that the beers and staff displayed was top notch. The beer was properly served. Great time.
Service- I will admit I am knocking a bit due to the event, but when you do events all the time you should know what to expect.
Selection- Top notch from the house beers to the treats on the bottle list. Great guest beers along with the house beers.
Food- I only had the pickles and they were good but needed something to make them pop.
Value- $4 basket of pickels, $5 pours at an event. Im in all day.
05-08-2012 15:40:58 |
More by FosterJM
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited Beachwood BBQ & Brewing yesterday while I was in Long Beach. This location is bigger than the Seal Beach location but it's still pretty cramped when it gets busy. The aesthetics of both locations are the same down to the tap list on chalkboard squares. I got a seat at the bar and ordered some beer and the BBQ chicken nachos (fantastic by the way). The bartender was somewhat overworked due to the crowd but service was still good. All of the beer I ordered was fresh and tasty. They have 8 of their house beers on tap and around 15 to 20 guest beers, some of which were rare treats. Prices are reasonable for both beer and food. Overall, I prefer this location over the Seal Beach one but either is a great stop for beer and food.
04-03-2012 01:55:47 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
For the long beach location:
In the base of a newer loft building, large glass roll up doors connect a large shaded/heated patio with the smaller main dining area. Sat at a comfy round booth, also there were many tables and chair settings. Large glass window behind the main bar that looks into the brewery.
Have been waiting to try Beachwood in general for a long time and the new brewpub specifically. Overall I thought the beer was solid if not particularly exciting - all were well balanced and smooth. Had slightly higher expectations for the house beers based on history of Beachwood.
Very nice tap and bottle list. I focused on the house brews since I had never visited before, but the guest taps included many beers I had never had, not to mention heard of. 8 house brews on tap running the style gambit, you can get flights of 4 - so amongst our party we tried them all. Then decided to have a pint of Melrose IPA 9my hop centric favorite) Also do half pours of the guest taps - tried a Moylans Hop Craic. Also many bottles on their list that are not common to find in the typical beer centric establlishment, with semi-reasonable prices: examples being FW15, 50/50 eclipse, 3f, etc.
Focused food menu, but again slightly let down from what my expectations were. Tried the BBQ brisket (too dry), chicken (quite good) and pulled pork (too dry). Also the chicken nachos (interesting), hush puppies, cornbread and both a field green and butter lettuce salad (my favorites). We might have made a mistake by not ordering any ribs - but that was beyond my control. Bar B Q sauces were good, appreciated the sweet and spicy choices. Large portions.
All in all a fun place with a great beer selection, that I will definitely go back to. Know that you can park in the building and get 3hrs validation.
Kid friendly, lots of families for lunch on a Sunday
02-20-2012 06:54:57 |
More by drewone
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