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Beachwood BBQ

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Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ
BA SCORE
100
world-class

118 Ratings
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

131½ Main St
Seal Beach, California, 90740-6316
United States
phone: (562) 493-4500

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beachwoodbbq

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(Place added by: instrumentality on 02-06-2007)
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Reviews by vacax:
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4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Outstanding food and guest tap list. I loved this place, I just wish they had more than one of there own beers left the day i arrived. That said the many beers they did offer were carefully chosen and dynamite. I had to visit the longbeach location to enjoy their beer, and that place was also worth the trip. Best Gastropub i've been to, I see why the have been ranked #1 in that category for multiple years!

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Great food, great tap list, and you can almost find RR on tap. Can get a little cramped at times though.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of ThirstyMiner
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Beachwood is my local(ish) watering hole and I am lucky to be within 5 miles of it, as it's likely my favorite beer bar in the US. The quality of the beers on draft is unparalleled. Add to that limited taps (more new beer all the time), awesome events (Sour Fest, anyone?), and extremely knowledgeable bartenders (Vito is the man!), and you have the best place to grab a beer in Southern California. The bar seats about 12-13 so it can be a bit hard to get a seat when they're busy, but the bartenders are always happy to serve the standing crowd (plus, there's a thin bar so you can set your drink down if you do happen to be standing). Most of the food is pretty damn good too.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of graymoment
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.08/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.