Log in or Sign up
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Active Beers: 82
Beer Ratings: 1,261
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 36 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
210 E 3rd St
phone: (562) 436-4020
(Place added by: beachwoodbbq on 07-04-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev
| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Long Beach is trying really hard to attract me. Congregation Ale House was a good first step, but what fun is it to only visit one place for a drink? Beachwood Brewing, located literally a stone's throw from Congregation, provides another reason to come visit, and as a bonus (by word of Jon) B-Wood will validate your parking. In English, that means you get 3 hours of free parking.
Significantly larger that the original location. Brewing tanks sit behind the bar in its own room. A backward L bar must have room for 15 people. Lots of wiggle space around the restaurant and bar. The vibe stil retains some of original Beachwood's charm, but with an industrial vibe mixed into it.
The tap list is already legendary among SoCal bars; an ever-changing list of hard to find kegs. Moylan's Bitter, Green Flash Barleywine, Baladin Noel, and many other kegs make up the exciting tap list. There's also a cask, and as a bonus, 10 house beers. Among them are several IPA's, two stouts, a red ale, a pale ale, a wheat ale, a cream ale, and a Belgian single. I've had four Beachwood beers so far, and they range from "pretty good" to "killer", so don't be shy to try their house beers. Lots of clean glassware with properly handled kegs and proper serving equals a very high standard of the quality of the beers. Beers are reasonably priced; house beers are $5-6, "guest drafts" a little more.
The same excellent food is featured here as well, along with friendly service and folks who know their beer. I tried the ham sandwich earlier today on an onion roll, topped with aragula and brie. Yummy goodness.
It's hard to say exactly how often I'll stop by the Long Beach locale, cuz it ain't fun driving to downtown. Still, Beachwood Brewing has all the qualities that made the original a must stop....but now with homemade beer!
08-19-2011 06:26:13 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $
Beachwood BBQ is definitely my favorite current beer destination in LA. The beer list isn't the most extensive in the area but it is definitely filled ONLY with beers that I would be happy to imbibe. The guest taps are ridiculous. Here's a sampling from this week:
RR Pliny the Elder
Port Dusk Till Dawn
Bear Republic Cognac Old Baba
+ like 8 others.
The house taps are really good too, I especially appreciated the IPAs. Melrose was great, the cask Melrose + Simcoe was sublime. SUBLIME.
To top it off the food is really down my alley. Excellent BBQ with all of the correct sides, prices were reasonable too. Especially during happy hour when you can get a full-sized sandwich + side for $5. That is unreal value.
In summary I will do whatever I can to stop at Beachwood BBQ on subsequent visits to LA.
05-12-2013 02:55:42 |
More by TurdFurgison
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: 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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Firstly, congrats to Gabe, Lena, and Julian for getting this place up and running.
I got out of work early today so I made the drive down to Long Beach to check out the brewpub for the opening.
This place is significantly bigger than the original location in Seal Beach which is an instant plus. A much bigger bar and more seating will help to keep more people happy.
I didn't eat on this occasion, but looks like the same food menu and the food smelled just as good as always.
A great guest tap list with tons of different Southern California beers, including some fairly obscure beers. And on opening day, five house beers were being poured. They were all solid, but I found the stout to be the best of the bunch.
Should be a great spot for years to come.
07-06-2011 02:20:02 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited just after lunchtime on a weekday in early August 2011.
The decor is retro Americana streamline diner, not overdone to the point of theme restaurant but noticeable. Staff was uniformly helpful, friendly and talkative.
My friend and I sat at the bar; he ordered a brisket sandwich, I had a tater tot casserole (with duck fat gravy and cheese curd). His was delicious; mine was far too heavy and caloric for me to order it again.
I had a taster flight of their own beers and found all of them to be at least respectable iterations of the style. Several were beyond this level and were good enough to order on their own next time (Kilgore Stout and Knucklehad Red, specifically).
The only downsides to me were that the lunch menu is somewhat limited and that the prices were a little high for this to be a regular habit.
09-07-2011 19:41:20 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
Very small crowded bar on a Saturday afternoon; tables in the second section which didn't hep my cause, just wanted beer. Ended up just posting up against the wall with my buddy, who cares really anyway.
Sampled their house ESB which was really really good and surprised me, also had something from Drakes afterward which wasn't as memorable obviously. There's about 10-12 offering which obviously rotate quite often, some in house, most guest local offerings.
The bartender/owner from what I was told, really likes to keep the beer and his lines fresh which I greatly appreciate and give bonus points for.
Prices were fair, didnt sample food. Would probably be better not on a busy Saturday afternoon to better enjoy the atmosphere but still enjoyed my visit.
06-18-2013 21:46:10 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I planned the whole day going here for beer and dinner with the family and what a good choice! The place is in a Loft district and actually located in what seems like an entire glass surrounded garage. Has an urban feel to it and when walking in, looks exactly like a Steak N' Shake with how the tables are rounded and then have red, leather seats everywhere.
The quality was great! All glasses brought out in glasses appropriate to their styles and they all were brought out quickly.
Service was decent. She knew her food but couldn't tell much about their beer or ANY on the guest list. I guess this is not a priority for Beachwood to teach each server to know the Beers one-by-one but could help!
Selection, awesome! 6 of their own were available on-tap and then there is a Chalkboard of guest taps (25+).
Food was 5.0! We first split the Len's Fried Pickles and Deviled Eggs. Then I enjoyed the Brisket w/ Blue Cheese Grits, Asparagus, and Sweet Potato Fries. I recommend!
Good pricing, and might have looked harder into their Happy Hour or Specials and came at these times but I was too caught up in their awesome BrewPub and beer! Will be back!
07-13-2011 17:49:39 |
More by DCon
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
« first ‹ prev
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address