Beachwood BBQ

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Type: Bar, Eatery

131½ Main St
Seal Beach, California, 90740-6316
United States

(562) 493-4500 | map

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I'm in LA for work this week so I stopped by on my drive up. I'd never been to Seal Beach before but it looks like a nice place, though it was hard to tell in the dark. The Main Street had a bunch of pubs and little shops. It reminds me of a place I've been before, but I can't remember where exactly. Maybe that's the beauty of Seal Beach. It reaches out to you on a different level of reality, transcending GPS coordinates and becoming ubiquitous and maybe, just maybe, immortal. It was dark though, so I can't be certain.

Beachwood Barbeque is a small place that you might walk by without realizing it's a beer bar. The facade is less attractive than others nearby, but it houses some a fine beer selection. I sat down at a small table and was immediately helped by a server who explained to me the finer points of craft beer. He then presented me with a bottle list and explained to me that they had none of the bottles on the list, but that it represented a list that would one day detail the beers they had available in bottles. I must say, it was a very impressive list of beers they did not have.

The tap list was very good. Beachwood maybe had 18 taps? I'm not sure on the exact number, but it showcased a nice mix of Belgian and American craft beer. I ordered a Hop Henge to drink and the smoked chicken with baked beans and corn on the cob. I was a bit surprised when the food was brought to me 3 minutes after I ordered. Don't get me wrong, I love prompt service, but I immediately wonder how long the food has been sitting around when it comes to me that fast. Somehow I forgot that I loathe the flavor of smoked meat. How a person forgets something like that is beyond me. Despite that fact, the chicken was not bad. The beans and corn seemed to have been prepared quite a while before I arrived, so they were not too great.

For some reason the people at the two nearest tables to me were yelling instead of talking. They didn't have beers in front of them but it was obvious they were either half deaf or they'd been drinking for the better part of the day. That was pretty annoying.

To conclude this roundabout review, I wanted to check this place out because I'd read about it, and I'm glad I did. I wouldn't come here to eat again, but I might return if I saw something good on the Hop Cam (awesome) and I was in the area. This place has a fine beer selection.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My last (and favorite) leg of a whirlwind SoCal beer tour. Heard about it from Patrick Rue from the Bruery. Small, unassuming place with a laid back atmosphere. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. The tap list was very good, but a little smaller than usual because the restaurant was preparing for a barrel-aged Ballast Point series. Even so, I had Alesmith Anvil on cask. The Ballast Point event wasn't supposed to start until 6, but the bartender tapped a keg early so I could try a brew. The food was excellent. Great beer, great food, great atmospehre, and one block from the beach. A must stop for any SoCal beer visit.

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Photo of Nick3
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited this place on Dec. 26, 2008.

Great beer selection featuring about 25 beers on tap representing small american craft breweries, belgian abbeys, and germany as well. Bottled list was 50+ deep and featured many countries in addition to the standards. Place was clean and the customers and staff were friendly. Our waitress was also knowledgeable and able to recommend a variety of different beers based on your tasting preferences. When I went, they had St. Bernardus Christmas ale on tap which was a special treat. They also have a webcam that always updates you on the current beers on tap. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping by this place for a couple beers.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've "been around the block," so to speak, with beer bars and stores in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area. Hollingshead, Naja's, Father's Office, various Yard Houses, The Abbey, you name it, I've probably been there at this point. The only exceptions I can think of being Stuffed Sandwich, Lucky Baldwin's, and Verdugo, none of which I've been to, yet. Not to detract from Hollingshead, or even Naja's, I would have to say that Beachwood BBQ is, by far, the most overall positive experience I've ever had at any beer bar, much less any place with good beer AND good food.

Much is spoken about Beachwood's selection of beers, which is certainly exceptional and I will get to in a second, but I think my favorite aspect of the place is the staff. All, from the guys behind the bar (Kyle in particular, I think his name is - bald-headed dude), to the cute waitress gals, know something or another about beer, if not a great deal about the subject. Moreover, though, they're generally friendly and very, very accomodating folks. Both times I've been there, the bartender has given customers a pint way past when he's "supposed" to be (read: closing time and last call is pretty flexible), and are just a very friendly group of guys. This past visit, we had a separate tab going for food at our table and beer at the bar, and there was no mix-up or problem - the bartender even would have my beer brought to the table for me. You can casually chat beer with the tenders, and they are very, very generous, in my experience, with giving you nicely-sized samples of anything you want in small wine glasses, free-of-charge. If you're curious about something or even just ask about it, they're quick to give you a sample before you can even begin to say "no."

The food is also very good. I've only had the pulled chicken sandwich, but it was tasty and smokey, and very reasonably priced at a flat $9. The variety of sides available for each sandwich is impressive - I got the corn on the cob, my friend some hush puppies. Their menu is stock full of interesting foods - bleu cheese grits come to mind. Anyway, I just keep hearing better and better things about the food, which seems to be the exception and not the rule for places with good beer.

Of course, there's the beer. I'm as much of a BA as most, and have heard of or tried most beers I come across at restaurants, but I find myself struggling to keep up when I get to Beachwood. They get stuff that other places can only dream of - limited batches, one-offs, breweries that normally don't pop their heads up in California, you name it. How they do it is beyond me. For instance, this Thursday, they're having a Stone RIS vertical tasting, with 2004 through 2008 RIS's - and not a bottle tasting, a DRAFT tasting. So, in other words, they got their hands on mini-kegs or full kegs of Stone RIS's going back to 2004. None of their beers are macro at all - you simply can't find anything that isn't craft beer here. Glassware is always appropriate, if not dead-on for a style. They even have a glass-rinser, which, the bartender said, was "MacGyvered" together. When I was there I had a Oskar Blues Old Chub, an Allagash Black, a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, a Port Brewing Moonlit Sessions, and sampled both Marin Brewing White Knuckle Double IPA, and Ballast Point Abandon Ship Smoked Lager. None of the beers went above $7 a glass, most being between $5.00 and $6.50. A glass of New Belgium La Folie was only $5.00!

Anyway, can't say enough about the place. Get there, now.

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Photo of TrollCrow
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have visited Beachwood twice in the last three weeks. Both visits were memorable. The first visit was me and my 8 year old son. A nice outing because the wife and I have three girls as well. It was good to be just us guys. When I first went in I wasn't sure how it was going to be with my son. Not a lot of kid stuff. However, both patrons and staff seemed to go out of their way to smile and be nice to him. I order a root beer for him and I enjoyed a Pliney the Elder while we watched the Lakers and waited for our table. We waited about 15 minutes for a table. We decided to split a rack of ribs. We both loved the ribs and had a great time. I looked up at him and he at me with the BBQ sauce all over our faces and we just laughed at each other. It was cool. I had Karl Strauss Poter Cask made with Malt Balls with my meal. I could go on and on about how much I like this place so I leave it by just saying that if you want just a cool place to go, go somewhere else, this place is F'n cool.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Beachwood BBQ is a very small place right on Main Street about 1 block from the beach in Seal Beach, just down from the Abbey. The beer list is on the wall with a pretty good selection, not as good as the places around San Diego but for O.C. it was pretty good. About 20 taps, including Pliney the Elder. After a couple of beers I discovered they had bottles also but there wasn't anything too exciting on that list for me. The food was fantastic. I had a combo plate of pulled pork and ribs. The ribs were extremly well made. Had fried pickles also that made a great appetizer for 2 for 3 people.

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Photo of Calicoast
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First Review All: Love this place. Check the website daily to see what's on tap. Nice selection w/ thought behind it. Just back from the GABF in Denver / October. Stopped bye the Oskar Blues tent: tried the Old Chub and Gordon's, Beachwood had the 10 Fidy on tap, good stuff. Staff friendly - knowledgable. Sat at the bar with me lady for a quick lunch - she liked it alot, chats w/ the merchants - they know why they are there. Also tried the Bling Pig. Love Russian River as well as Bear Republic Racer 5. Wanted to try Pliny the Elder, picked some up at Amazing Grapes in Rancho Santa Margarita. Looking for the younger - but haven't made it to Hollingsheads yet. More reviews to come - cheers to all!

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Photo of OlieIPA
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Traveled down to this wonderful place with my good friends Mike and Tyler...

A: I loved the atmosphere here!!! Not too dark, but bright enough to make out the person you're actually talking too. Not too crowded either, and the noise was minimal as well. The crowd was a mix of college students along with business professionals, which actually enhanced the experience even more for me.

Q: Very Good. Good food along with good beer makes me a happy boy...I mean man! lol.

S: Excellent! Our waitress was very attentive and seemed to know a thing or two about the beer themselves.

S: They don't have a ton of beers on tap (about 15 or 20), but every brew is top notch! A few days before I visited, they had Abyss on tap!! Yes...I said Abyss! I ordered the Rogue Imperial Porter and then Port Brewery's Santa's Little Helper. Both fresh...and both very yummy!

F: A variety of BBQ style food was available...I decided to order the Sloppy Joe with Buffalo meat! Very yummy...especially with my sweet potato fries! Overall... very good food, but nothing incredible.

Value: The food was a little pricey...but the beers were priced just right!

Overall: I know that this place was just recently rated as one of the best beer bars in the world! I can see why now. A must visit! Cheers!

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Photo of dalion037
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Come for the beer, stay for the food!!! This is a great place to have a great beer. Go to their website to see the beer they currently have on tap from their webcam. They always have atleast four to six beers that I must have. Their selections are always very fresh and current. They also have a few bottles but the taps are the reason to show up. While there you might want to get something to eat and their food is just as good as their beer. Loved the smokey chicken wings and the pulled chicken (a take on pulled pork) sandwich was great too. So, if you want to try some damn good beer and food stop by and try for yourself. I'm willing to bet you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here for the first time last friday. The place is clean and about 100 yards from the water. Its easy to miss. Things started off wrong with the bartender giving me crap about the bar being too crowded after the lady sitting there asked me if I wanted her to move over. He then turned around and started walking away before I could order a drink. When I started asking questions about specific beers and when I mentioned that I had been to Rubicon Brewing (after seeing the 3L on the counter) he eased up. Also, when we walked in the front door, the lady that came up to us acted like she didn't know what we were doing there. She started with "What do you need?" and when asked about getting a table she responded "I don't know, maybe 20 minutes". Like I said, the bartender warmed up and the overall experience was nice after the first couple minutes.

The tap lineup was amazing. "Only" 15-20 taps going but they were all very solid choices and probably 1/3 of them were ones that I had never tried. Got a 8oz glass of something called Cuvee de Raisin, and split something called Speakeasy Scottish Ale with my brother. Don't know if this is the same Speakeasy as in SF but I can't seem to find any info on it. My brother got a glass of the Rubicon Rosebud strong ale. All 3 were good beers (especially the Cuvee).

Didn't get to try the food unfortunately because we were running late and didn't have time to wait for food. Everything I saw and smelled was fantastic, but I will reserve judgement until I actually get to eat there. $16.50 for the 3 specialty beers, not great but it could have been much worse. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, even on a Friday night. I was expecting another Toronado but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of brotherliam
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm kicking myself for not going to Beachwood sooner. All around fantastic place. The tap list was very impressive with a wide range of styles and two on cask, all served in the proper glassware. I'm happy I wasn't the driver. They have a live web cam on the rotating beer list so you can see what you'll have before you get there. Brilliant. 24 taps in all with a great bottle list as well. I like a place where the owners are around and working and having fun, which is what I saw. Very friendly staff, even though it was a bit busy when we first got there they were more that helpful in getting us a beer while we waited. We ate at the bar and everything was delicious. Great sandwiches, great BBQ, great sides and great beer. Can't wait to go back.

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Photo of Goldfish
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited the old home town for the summer and was taken to Beachwood by a good friend. I love this place and am dying to go back. From their beer selection which is always good to the food to the friendly and knowledgeable staff - this place rocks. You'll always find someone to start up a conversation and drink with. People constantly bring in bottles and homebrews to share with the regulars. Also - it's right by the beach.


Cold smoked Abacore
MAC AND CHEESE < --- a must
Most BBQ sandwiches.

The owners and bar staff are great.

They now have a webcam of the beer board - I look at it here in NY and salivate:

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Photo of BevMoPatrick1
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is honestly the best place in southern california to find new and rare beer. With a selection always boasting something out of the ordinary, you are sure to go home happy...Pliny, Blind Pig, Racer X, just to name few gems...recently had Allagash Curieux, Trippel Karmeliet and Ale to the Chief from Avery...if you are in Seal Beach, you need to stop here. The staff is knowledgeable and will never make you feel stupid if you haven't heard of something. Also the food is killer, BBQ brisket and pulled pork are both amazing...try and wrap your lips around the flavor from the sweet potato fries or the blue cheese grits...

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Photo of MiScusi
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Beachwood is located about a block away from the beach. Right on main street that leads you right into the beach it's a great setting for a bar like this. When you walk through the door you walk immediately into the bar area, which runs front to back on your right. If you want to be seated at a table you go to the room on your left and sit down. The bar is in an "L" shape and probably has 14 or 15 seats.

The draft menu is on the wall behind the bar, on little square pieces of chalkboard that are pegged individually to the wall. Each beer get it's own board so they are easy to change out. There are about 25 beers on tap along with a cask serving. The selection is very unique. Each time I've been there I've seen things that I've never seen in this area, or even heard of (ie small offerings from big breweries). Beers are served in proper glassware... weizen glass for hefe's, nonic pints for english beers, (large) goblets for strong beers etc. Pours generally range from $5.50 to 6.50.

There is a big flat screen TV positioned at the left end of the bar, running sports which is very nice.

The service is great, very friendly bartenders.

So far I've tried the BBQ Chicken Nachos, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and smoked BBQ buffalo wings. All have been very good.

If I didn't live 45 minutes from this place I would be there every day, easily.

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Photo of dbONE
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Seal Beach is a nice community. Its peaceful walking up the main from unmetered parking spot a few blocks away. This was the first time going so I dragged a friend who enjoys good beer but wont buy it and my wife. First impression when I walked in was this place is pretty clean. I didnt realize they just got with a remodel that doubled the restaurant. As a smart beer drinker we sat at the bar to be as close to the source as possible. This was a good move because we over heard people complaining about the service in the tabled area. The 22 selection on draft left us wondering were to start. Without question my wife for the Maharaja I noticed that they rinsed the glass before filling to the top. The was a regular practice for all the the beers. I started with Erics ale that was a wonderfull start to the day. My friend Eric went for the Craftsman IPA. The bartender Vanessa was fun to interact with joking back and forth mad for a great experience. She was well versed with all the beers so it was helpfull to those who didnt know about a curtain beer. The owner Gabe made an apperience and chatted us up for a bit about the workings of his establishment. An empty keg was the only thing that took his attention away. Come to find out the keg that he just put on was friggin Pliney the Elder. "Serve me up a glass good man, I want the first one". And he did! We started getting a little hungry so I got some fantastic wings and a fondu thing that was just as good. We stayed so long there was a shift change. This guy was just as knowledgable as Vanessa but not quite as fun. Oh back to the empty keg. When you go to the rest room you will find yourself surrounded by them. I cant wait to get back, the beer selection is hand picked and will change everyday. You also might find on Thursdays some guests will bring some special bottles from who knows where. Well worth it.

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Photo of opwog
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The zone where Orange and LA County meet each other and the Pacific Ocean is a great place to live. You have every conceivable lifestyle available to you. From the anti-culture of HB to the apparent cultural renaissance that Long Beach has been under going; you can hang out watching national surfing competitions in HB in he morning and spend your evening doing an artwalk of LB's art district. All that this area lacked was one serious non-brewpub beer destination.

Not that there is anything wrong with HBBC, BBC or Rockbottom (OK, each may have several things wrong, but those are different reviews), but there has not been a proper bar for foreign and US craft beers in this area until Beachwood arrived. Gabe (the owner) has a laid back style that helps make this place a comfortable stop to sit back and try a couple of new beers each week. Kyle mans the taps most nights that I have been there and he can inform you about any beer on tap. But everybody there is helpful and if they don't know about the beer, then they will find out.

Within an incredibly short period of time, Beachwood is becoming a "scene" and a "must stop" for many people; from industry types to aficionados to locals waiting for tables for BBQ. For those already in the know, it is name dropped right alongside any of the top beer stops in the state of California. If there is any drawback to such comparisons, Beachwood can come off as a little pricey. Carlsbad Pizza Port, Toronado, etc. are less of a strain on the wallet, but with as rare as a bar on this level is in this area, the additional cost of an evening is far better than the distance of other similar beer destinations.

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Photo of raiser
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I know everyone rants and raves about this place, so I made the trek up to check it out. It's small and in the middle of a very commercial/touristy area and we ended up walking around for a while, maybe 30 minutes, before we found it.

I have to say that the tap selection is some of the best in OC. The BBQ is tasty, and likely the best available in the immediate vicinity. It's not deep-south quality, but decent enough for the OC.

I've heard others complain about the amount of food you get for the money, but I have to say the sandwiches we ordered were good and reasonably priced given the quantity and location, just 2 blocks from the beach.

The waiter we had was in training and had another waiter overlooking him the whole time. While he was good at what he was doing, he wasn't familiar with the products yet. The staff was friendly, but I wouldn't say they went above the call of duty in any regards.

We sat in the restaraunt vs. at the bar, and they had a chalkboard tap list in both sides to let you know what was available. Something like a dozen beers as I recall. Having never had a cask beer before I ordered the Chai Tea Porter that was on cask. I was not impressed, it was a bit watery and pretty flat. However while I was drinking it they mysteriously tapped a Pliny the Elder, so of course I made that my second beer. I had never had Pliny before and this really made the trip worthwhile. These beers ran something in the area of $7-$8 a pint, not cheap.

I seem to recall seeing Ommegang, Bear Republic, The Bruery, and several other excellent brewers on tap, and I don't recall seeing any double-ups from the same brewery, nor any macros, which was nice. I saw a few brews I was not at all familiar with as well. Unfortunately I had to entertain the family so it was 2 beers with lunch and I'm out.

I probably won't make the trip up here regularly just to drink. However I might use "going to the beach" as an excuse to come here, instead of a local beach in the future as it's only about a 30 minute drive.

If you are in the area you owe it to yourself to stop in for a beer, you won't go home unhappy.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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!!!

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Photo of Oisin
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of kbm
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of bbothen
4.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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!

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4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
Place rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 136 ratings