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Beachwood BBQ

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Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ
BA SCORE
100
world-class

112 Ratings
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 5.77%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 0
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

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: instrumentality on 02-06-2007)
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Photo of timmtime
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%

I had my heart set on trying this place out when work flew me out to CA for two days, it was the only thing I was looking forward to. I'm a guy that loves beer and loves BBQ. This place is AWESOME on both counts.

Great selection of beers, especially for such a small place. I tried their Melrose IPA and Kilgore Stout. The Melrose was nice, maybe a bit bitter but it IS an IPA. They ran out of it while I was there :(

The Kilgore was a DAMN good stout and I'm very picky with stouts. Smokey malt flavor, a decent hop showing. I'd like to know what the grain bill for this beer is. The Kilgore would sell off the shelf out here in New England in the winter, absolutely DELICIOUS.

Beechwood only had 3, maybe 4 of their own beers that night and honestly after 4 hours there I forgot everything I tried beyond those two, but I'm 99% certain they were the only beachwood brews I tried. I looked at their tap list when I got back home and a bunch had already rolled over.

The bartenders were great too. They loved talking about the different beers and steered me well all night. So did the people sitting near me and I ended up talking to one of the regulars for probably too long :) Richard from Hawaii, you are the man.

The food is seriously beyond criticism. Brisket, pulled pork and chicken were outstanding without sauce. Actually I tried two sauces and I feel like they dragged the flavor down so don't bother with sauce and eat it as is. The ribs were tremendous. Blue cheese grits and smoked asparagus, awesome.

Beachwood BBQ is the nuts and if I'm ever in southern california I will go here, I don't care what it takes.

timmtime, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%

The OG Beachwood location is super duper small with a few tables and a bar area. Come at the wrong time and you will be waiting for a while. Even when there is no real crowd it feels a bit cramped. Lots of brick and wood and beer memorabilia around the walls. All of the beers are listed on chalkboard squares in the bar and the dining room area. This location doesn't seem to have as many beers on tap (maybe 15 or so) but definitely has the better bottle list with a surprising number of rare bottles. Quality of all the beer is great and I think the bottle list is their strong point at this location. Half pours are available and they are great about giving you a free taste of something if you are on the fence about it. Food is great as always. Prices for beer and food are quite reasonable. Service is always good even when it gets super busy. Definitely recommended but come early!

UCLABrewN84, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of CruisaC
4.4/5  rDev -6%

Visited here with the missus on a visit to Seal Beach.

We went for lunch and weren't starving nor looking to drink more than one beer.

Tap list was quality: only "must have" for me was Brandy Eclipse, but there were several other quality offerings from Hangar 24, Stllwater, Green Flash, RR (their regular IPA), Jolly Pumpkin, among others., including several of their own brews which I would've tried if I was drinking more.

Food and menu were definitely good. I got the brisket sandwich and carrots which were surprisingly tasty. Several other options also looked very good.

Service was pleasant and prompt; it wasn't too busy on a Saturday in January but that place is SMALL.

Prices werent too bad; it was $8 for 10oz pour of Eclipse.

Definitely a must if you're in the area.

CruisaC, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.33/5  rDev -7.5%

I went to this place twice last week, having gone once last year as well. It is right in the heart of Seal Beach, and as you walk in you see a long bar with another room of tables. The atmosphere is certainly nice, but by no means amazing.

The quality and service were top notch. Beer was served in appropriate glassware, though there was not specific glassware for each beer. The bartenders were very knowledgeable about the beer, even with the more obscure offerings. They were also quite friendly.

The selection was, although very solid, not overwhelming. It was well thought out and had a good mix of locals, semi-rarities, and some imports. The bottle selection was good but not great.

The food was quite good, and everything was reasonably priced. I highly suggest going for a meal and a few beers.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of dmbsteve
5/5  rDev +6.8%

There is nothing I can say about this place, that hasn't already been said, but I just want to add my 2 cents. I am from Tennessee and we have nothing even close to this place. If the constantly changing taps, knowledgable servers, and friendly atmosphere aren't enough, the food is truly outstanding. I have ordered something different every time I have been there. I started out the with pork ribs, and I must say being from Tennessee, I know my way around a hog and Beachwood's is among the best I've had. I travel to Long Beach frequently for business and I am so happy that I have found this gem. If there is a such thing as a perfect place, this would have to be it. I guess the only flaw would be that it only has 22-23 taps, but with the varied selection that they always seem to have you don't even notice.

dmbsteve, May 10, 2011
Photo of mrvid123
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%

This place is simply the best! I would move in if they let me.

Best burger around
Tap list so good it is sort of unfair to anyone else in the game.
They do half pours of most anything you see on the list.
Pricing can't be beat.
Even though the place is small and can get crowded they always make sure to keep you updated on wait time and keep you happy at the bar while you wait to be seated.

The place is kept clean. They run a tight ship. I love taking a peek at what beers are on deck when visiting the bathroom too :)

I try to branch out and try something new off their food menu each time. I can't think of many other places who have earned my confidence like that. Try the muscles!

Too many good taps on to ever dip into their bottle list, but that looks legit too.

mrvid123, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of AylwinForbes
3.88/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

AylwinForbes, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of werdnacross
5/5  rDev +6.8%

The things I miss most about living in Seal Beach. The beach and Beachwood BBQ. Seriously didn't realize how good I had it until I left. This THE best beer drinking establishments I have ever been to. Atmosphere is nice. Right down the street from the beach. Usually pretty crowded especially if it is a special night so get there early although there is plenty to do and see while waiting for a table or you can grab a beer. THe food is incredible. The pulled pork sandwich and sweet potato fries were my go to but there are many great dishes and appetizers that can be ordered. The tap list is always changing. A good selection of beer can always be found and there is something for everyone. Service was always high end, everyone was extremely knowledgable and friendly. I frequented this place weekly for the year I lived there and try to make it down when I can now. Can't wait to try out the newer bigger location in Long beach when it opens.

werdnacross, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of josh80
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%

I hate to start a beer review with a food review but wholly cow, you gotta try these ribs. The food at Beachwood is amazing - good enough to take my beer fearing friends and I never get a complaint, unless we have to wait for a table.

Now the beer. The owner, Gabe, keeps a great tap list and some top tier bottles too. Check out his HopCam on his website to see what's on tap. You won't be disappointed. He has some pretty eclectic beers mixed in with some solid local choices. Reliably amazing.

The crowd is sophisticated but not snobby and leaps and bounds ahead of anything else is Seal Beach or anywhere else in OC.

Don't walk, run to Beachwood.

josh80, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Stopped in here after the bruery party for the tasting. What an awesome place.

First off, this place is small, and our group was quite large. We squeezed our way in and grabbed the last few seats at the table. The place was packed with tons of local BA's there for the tasting and others just looking to eat and drink that this awesome spot. The quality was absolutely top notch. From the amazing food to the excellent beer selection. All the beers were served in the correct glassware and nothing in the place felt cheep.

The service could not have been better. Like I said our group was quite large and they didn't mind at all. Our server Jackie was great and she really knew her stuff. The owner, Gabe, came around quite a bit and was a really cool guy. He even opened a few bottles for all of us to try. The only thing better than the service was the food, which was just awesome. I got the triple meet sampler made up of ribs, smoked chicken, and brisket with sweet potato fries and blue cheese grits. I could only eat half of it because there was just so much food. I ate the rest the next day and it was just as good as the night before. I just wish I could have tried even more because I spied quite a few things on the menu I would have liked to try. Prices were very good. My huge meal was only $20 and the beers were just as reasonable.

Now, on to the beer. So many tasty offerings, so little time. I really wanted to try the Midnight Sun panty peeler but it kicked right when we walked in the door, oh well, I had to settle for the Stone double dry hopped sublimely self-righteous...yeah poor me. After that I was going to go with the cask ruination with simcoe but they put a keg of Moylan's apple brandy barrel aged double kilt lifter on, yeah I know so many words, and I just had to get it. One of the best tap lists I have seen in some time.

Overall one of my favorite stops on my trip to cali. I can't wait to see how the new brewpub location turns out. If it is anything like this place I am sure it will be one of the best.

orangesol, Jan 12, 2011
Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.