Taps: 22 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.85/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Meet up with Halcyondays earlier today at Beachwood BBQ, and what a treat it was. The place is small and nondescript on the inside, but if you like BBQ and beer, then you have to stop by.
Beer: 22 rotating taps are offered with a very limited number of bottles, it might be the best draft selection in OC. Many of the drafts are hard to find on draft elsewhere and also feature some locally brewed beer, which is a rarity for me to find at my usual hangout (Hollingshead's). A cask is offered as well, and so are several types of glassware to match each beer. Great presentation of the beers/ What keeps the selection from being exceptional is the lack of bottled beers.
Food: Can say say BBQ pulled pork with sweet potato fries? Delicious. My sandwich was served on a baguette, and their house BBQ sauce is awesome. The fondue is also great.
I usually don't travel to the Seal Beach area, but Beachwood BBQ gives me a reason to come back more often.
Update: After numerous visits, I have no choice but to up the selection and service scores. The tap rotation is frequent, and is always highlighting hard to find beers. Oh, and they do have an exceptional bottle list. Servers are always on top of things, friendly, and know more than a few thigns about beer. And if you are lucky to meet Gabe...well...let's just say he is the man. It is him and his exceptional staff which makes Beachwood BBQ a MUST VISIT!!!
08-01-2008 23:19:19 | More by DoubleJ
4.58/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Cask! All the time. Everytime I go in there they have something amazing on cask: Ruination with some hop addition, Craftsman, Jolly Pumpkin.
Draft line up is always well thought out with solid representations of many styles. I'm a big fan of Hollingshead's, but sometimes I think they go overboard with the hoppy beers. Anyway, Beachwood's tap selection is obviously the product of careful deliberation. Last time I was there we had Chocorubico--amazing stout!
Food is damn nice, not cheap, but not overpriced either. We got an assortment of appetizers last time, and everything was fun and tasty. Their tataki is beautiful.
The atmosphere is warm. Bar keeps are friendly. Last two times we visited Beachwood, we stayed much later than we had any right to. When we finsished our pints, I thought we were gonna' get the boot, but the barkeep asked if we wanted another. I ask if it's too late and he says "no," that he's got some cleaning to do still, and we're welcome to order another round. I love that. I was so happy that afterwards I went swimming in the ocean, which Beachwood is only a few steps from.
Beachwood is the number one place for craft in Orange County.
07-24-2008 05:38:45 | More by Oisin
4.95/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Had been meaning to get in here for a long time. Finally did this past Sunday and it was everything I expected and more.
First thing, we're seated and the eyes are drawn to the tap list, twenty-one amazing beers, including one on cask, and not a dog on the list. Started with Stone Chipotle smoked porter on cask, damn tasty, served in the correct glassware and at the perfect temperature. I had the pulled pork and sausage while the wife had the albacore along with a multitude of sides and some amazing corn bread. Followed the porter with an Urthel Hop-It, again served in the correct glassaware.
Service was wonderful and very attentive, atmosphere was laid back. The owners Gabe and Lena are great, very friendly.
I'll definitely be going back.
05-12-2008 15:08:32 | More by rgrace99
4.85/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
First visited on Saturday night, 04/05/08 with a group of four adults. The wait time for a table was about an hour. Second visit on a Sunday afternoon. No wait for a table at all.
The women folk took the toddler leaving the two male beer geeks to have a few at the bar. The tap selection was awesome, as was having a Stone Smoked Porter on cask! There were also excellent bottle choices at fair prices (Firestone 11, anyone?).
The owner, Gabriel, was nice enough to stand at the bar with us and indulge in beer geekery while we discussed the beers he had and what he wanted to have. The bar is also a spot for other beer geeks to gather and bring their rares and homebrews. There's an actual "scene" developing here!
On our first visit, the joint was packed to the gills and I saw beer going to almost every table; a good sign. Saw some fellow BA/RateBeer guys at a nearby table and started chatting with them. They brought a growler of Russian River Blind Pig with them and in a few seconds I was tasting their freely offered sampling.
The food was good barbecue, but not quite as full-on great as the atmosphere and the beer selection.
Bottom line: come for the beer and the atmosphere and have some food, too. Yeah, I loved it. I just wish I didn't live 40 miles away.
04-07-2008 01:35:32 | More by charlzm
4.78/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I checked Beachwood BBQ out a month ago after reading the stellar reviews on BA. The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a beer engine, which I wasn't expecting (the profile said no cask). I started off with a few pints of Stone IPA on cask and they were perfectly executed: not too cold, full British pint and fresh. I went back two weeks later and was delighted to have Rubicon IPA on cask. It was equally delicious. My non-cask selections were also well executed. I think I counted 25 taps plus the cask.
The food and service was great during both my visits. If I lived a few minutes closer, I would be there a few nights a week.
03-06-2008 02:24:05 | More by kbm
4.2/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ah, two of my favorite things, BBQ & craft brews.
Made a special trip here while out in Irvine for business.
Place is very small, probably seats about 60. Looks like it used to be a breakfast diner.
Bar right inside which has about 20 or so well thought out taps. Southern Ca well represented with Stone, Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, Craftsmen as well as other west coast brews from Bear Republic, Lagunitas, etc. Several belgians as well.
The service was friendly as can be. From the bartender, hostess, and server, all were very friendly & accomidating.
The bbq was good. Dry rubbed & suace on the side. I had deep fried pickles, brisket, & pork baby back ribs. Very tasty.
If this place was near me I'd be there at least once a week. I'll be back for sure next time in the area.
Thank you Beachwood BBQ crew!
02-06-2008 02:59:38 | More by bbothen
4.55/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My new favorite place.
Beachwood BBQ is a restaurant/beer bar recently expanded form being a tiny place to a cozy place. It can get pretty noisey, but I think they're working on the acoustics. It now has 23 taps. Also a limited but quality bottle list. No crap on tap here, all are top shelf imports and micros that rotate frequently.
Never had a service problem here, most of the help seems to be familiar with the beer and menu items. The owners Gabriel and Lena are ever present and glad to help making a selection.
For such a small place the 23 taps is a pretty amazing selection. They have always have something I want to drink.
Food is BBQ and homestyle cooking. Smoked Pork, chicken, beef and fish are the headliners. A variety of appetizers, sides and salads (fried green tomatoes and blue cheese grits - yum!) all prepared to order round out the menu.
A full meal followed by beers can get pricey here, but the quality is excellent. If you want to save money you can get a burger here, but I go for the stuff I can't get most places.
01-22-2008 21:37:00 | More by dac
4.9/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to Beachwood BBQ tonight for the first time. This is my new favorite beer bar/BBQ Joint.
Wow! The selection was fantastic. The service was top notch. Very friendly, very knowledgeable. The decor and atmosphere were small, fun and homey. Not a loud bar or a fancy restaurant, just a nice place to enjoy a brew with good friends or new friends.
I met some very cool people there who had some excellent recommendations and new the beers well. Got into some great homebrew discussions and brewery tour discussions...
Only downside is the price, but I have a feeling I will be returning here regularly. A must visit for anyone in the OC.
Edit: The webcam is genius as well!
01-13-2008 04:43:11 | More by antilogic
5/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Finally got to check this place out yesterday as a belated birthday present from my family
Located on Main Street in a really cool part of Seal Beach next to several other bars and restaurants, near the ocean, does not look like a beer hot spot from the outside
This place was tiny with like ten tables total, but by the looks of the wall, they will be expanding some time very soon, cool athmosphere and everybody seems real excited and relaxed, the owner and beer guy, Gabe is a real cool as well
Unfortunately, the two beers I planned on trying today ran out right before we got there, St. Bernardus Wit and Moonlight Twist of Fate, but I was not worried about it after I tasted the different Rubicon beers I ordered
I had a Rubicon Black Capricorn black IPA and a Monkey Knife Fight pale ale, and an Ommegang Hennepin saison farmhouse ale, prices were around six dollars a pint which is a bit pricy
Only had ten taps or so and other consisted of Victory Prima pilsner, Stone Double Bastard, Unibroe Trois Pistoles, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown and Speedway Stout
Place was super clean and our waitress was on top of things the entire time, knowledgable about beer too, she even gave us four different tasters before we ordered
Nice selection of beer for such few taps, have had some beauties here in the past like Moonlight Reality Czeck, some hard to find Lost Abbey stuff, and rare tap only beers from Bear Republic
Food was awesome as well, had 1/2 chicken and beef brisket with sweet potato fries, hushpuppies, corn on the cob, and cranberry cornbread, all for only fifteen dollars
I cannot wait to go back to this place, especially now that I know it is less than a half hour from my parent's house, so when I come visit them, it will become a frequent trip like Naja's is
Very highly recommended and one of the best food and beer combinations I found here on Beer Advocate
Update: Gabe is the one of the coolest guys in the craft beer world and this is the best damn food you will have!
11-19-2007 17:30:12 | More by Floydster
4.25/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Got a chance to visit this place finally on 10/19/07
Very small place on Main Street. At 131 1/2, you know the place is crammed in there
The quality of the taps wasn't as great as I had come to expect. I hear people saying Reality Czech and other hard to find goodies were on tap, and although the selection was not bad by any means, I wasn't blown away with the selection either. It seems they stick to a rigid "No crap on Tap" policy, which is refreshing. I ordered a Lost Abbey Lost and Found to go with my pulled chicken sando
Service was top notch. The Hostess/Server/Busser was right on top of things. As soon as I was down to my last sip, she came over and offered another. The food came out 5 minutes after I ordered
Food was very good. My pulled chicken sandwich and corn bread hit the spot, and their sauces weren't bad either
Pricing is a bit high maybe, but considering the quality of beer and food, it is quite reasonable. I can't wait to go back
10-20-2007 04:12:39 | More by bradford
Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.