The name Beachwood is very familiar to Long Beach and Seal Beach locals, with popular barbecue and beer joints in both cities. Beachwood BBQ serves their own premium beer alongside a delicious menu, specializing in slow-smoked meats like pulled pork, ribs and brisket and savory barbecue sauces. Beachwood primarily serves their own brews, but also offers some local beers and global imports with roughly 22 rotating taps at their restaurant locations. The two Beachwood BBQ & Brewing restaurants are located on 3rd Street in downtown Long Beach and on Main Street in downtown Seal Beach.
Beachwood Brewing – Huntington Beach
A couple of years back, Beachwood Brewing crossed the border from LA County to Orange County and expanded with a brewery and tasting room in Huntington Beach. With the high demand of their craft beers, Beachwood opened this on-site brewing location that focuses only on producing beer, without a restaurant. While the restaurant locations are always packed, this brewery is usually very mellow. The 18 beers on tap in the tasting room vary from blondes to stouts, with everything in between.
Beachwood found space for their barrel room and bar area in an industrial area of Huntington Beach. The atmosphere is modern and minimalistic, so the spotlight is solely on delivering the best beer flavors. The stand-alone brewery is very casual, with a game of Jenga usually going on near the barrels and very easy-going, but hard-working, staff pouring pints behind the bar. Like many California breweries, dogs are welcome to hang out in the tasting room with their owners. It is a hot spot to catch sports games, especially when customers pack in on the weekends, with plenty of TV’s airing local teams.
A smaller Beachwood location, Beachwood Blendery, can be found in Long Beach not far from the restaurant. This taproom is a great location for funky beer enthusiasts who, according to Beachwood Blendery’s Instagram, like their bière artful. The small-batch brewery has an intricate brewing and fermentation process that results in unique flavors. Their menu mostly consists of bold sours that are brewed separately from other styles of beer to generate the best results in flavor. For those who get nerdy about beer, it is a great place visit and learn about their uncommon brewing process. The blendery also serves food and hosts plenty of events for locals, regulars or fresh faces, including comedy night. Originally, it was exclusively open on beer release dates, but by popular demand, Beachwood Blendery is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Beachwood Brewing has had plenty of award-winning beers over the years. One of the award winners, the smooth Udder Love stout, is a classic on the menu, but the brewers also offer other stout variations like Coconudder, which has a complimenting coconut flavor. With the brewery’s California influence, Beachwood has no shortage of West-Coast style IPA’s. The Amalgamator is a crowd favourite for IPA lovers; it is always the staple to come back to after sampling their rotating IPA’s.
The most popular beers are available to take home in bottles or cans, such as the Foam Top American Blonde Ale, Tovarish Russian Imperial Stout, and Citraholic “modern” West-Coast IPA. Aside from their most popular beers, Beachwood always features memorable flavors such as sours, saisons and coffee porters. Beachwood’s 4-beer flight is just $10, which helps to narrow down the many choices.
So much could be said about Beachwood Brewing. Each location could use its own review; in fact, the food alone deserves a separate review. With four locations from Long Beach to Huntington Beach and one of the most extensive tap menus around, Beachwood Brewing is a craft beer icon in Southern California.